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02/21/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Precious Memories

“Savor and taste each moment in life - for it soon shall be a memory.”

- Shana Wiersum

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   Today's Newsletter theme is being revisited from exactly five years ago today:

BONUS #1 - - Precious Memories - Tennessee Ernie Ford

BONUS #2 - - Precious Memories - Dolly Parton

BONUS #3 - - Precious Memories - Willie Nelson


Precious Memories is a traditional gospel hymn credited to J.B.F. Wright in 1925. J. B. F. Wright was born in Tennessee, February 21, 1877. It has been performed by a wide variety of famous recording artists including Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Daniel O'Donnell, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, and Bob Dylan. It was also the last song on the soundtrack of the 1979 film Hardcore, then performed by Susan Raye at the film's opening and closing credits.

Aretha Franklin recorded the song for her album "Amazing Grace" (1972) and Ronnie Milsap for his album "Then Sings My Soul" (2009).


  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 02/20/11, 10:43 PM - "Passing of Mary L. Hudson":

Hi Carol :  I have some sad news.
It is with a heavy heart that I advise all my family and friends of the death of Mary L. Hudson.

On 2-19-2011, she passed from this life to be with her beloved husband, David W. Hudson, and son     L. M. "Doc" Hudson (Warwick HS - '60) (05 Jan 1942 - 24 Apr 2010), and daughter Marsha L. Hudson-Rosenbaum.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory a son, Mark Hudson and his wife Debbie, and granddaughter April. She also leaves her other 5 grandchildren and their families: granddaughter Monica Stefanowicz and her husband Mike; great-grandsons Kyle and David; grandson Scott Hudson; grandson Todd Hudson and his wife Dradi; and great-granddaughter Lauren Marie and great-grandson Andrew; granddaughter Amy Rieger and her husband Lance; great-grandsons Alex and Hunter; and great-granddaughter Hailey; and grandson Shawn Rosenbaum and his wife Amanda; and great-granddaughter Athena.

It was my pleasure to have loved and been her daughter-in-law for 46 years; may she now Rest In Peace. She will always be remembered and loved by us all and her memories will last us a lifetime.
Mary was a graduate of NNHS and so was her husband, David W. Hudson. Mary was 90 years old at the time of her death. She graduated from Riverside School of Nursing at the original Riverside Hospital down next to the Shipyard. She also worked for Dr. A.B.H. Mirmelstein and Dr. Irving Berlin and she worked at Tidewater Regional Police Academy when it was in Hampton. After retirement she attended and graduated from the Newport News Senior Citizen Police Academy.

   Oh, Cathy, I'm so very sorry to hear this!

   I tried to find her high school portrait in one of my older yearbooks, but then I realized I did not know her maiden name. I'll prepare a Memorial Edition Newsletter for her when her obituary appears in the Daily Press. Meanwhile, our deepest condolences are extended to you and your family in your time of loss.


   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Ronald Bass ('57) AND Curt Lauterbach ('65) of VA AND Billy Reece ('68) of ID!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

23 - Richard Prince ('57);
25 - Peggy Wellington Craft ('57)
AND the President of the Class of 1965,     Joe Wingo of NC!

27 -     Evelyn Vretos ('55) of VA AND       Phil Hammond ('64) of UT AND     My Grandson, Azrae Woods of IL;

28 -  Wayne Agee ('58) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 02/20/11:


On the 1966 Alumni contact page would you please put my phone number and e-mail address?  I am the one keeping up with everyone’s home address and e-mail address now, not    Anita Morgan Becker or   John Howard.

Thanks much!!

Dee Hodges Bartram

   Okay, Dee, I think what we have here is a case of our website having grown too big for me to know what's happening.....

   I checked the 1966 Contact page, and it lists your current email addy:

   Then I checked the Alumni Page for the Class of 1966, and added your addy there:

   Then I checked the main Reunion Page where I have all the Reunion Contact people listed for each class. You and your correct addy were already listed there:

   Nowhere do I show Anita and John as being in charge of anything; indeed, I did not realize that they ever were.

   I do not normally post (or keep) phone numbers, and I cannot seem to find yours to do so now.

   One last thought occurred to me.  These following links I have posted merely as a convenience; I have no control over their content:

      - AHA!!! Ja, they won't take MY word for it! I have no authority whatsoever. You'll need to call or email them personally and tell them that you da man - or, you know, the woman!

Newport News Public Schools  •  12465 Warwick Boulevard   •  Newport News, VA 23606  •  Phone: (757) 591-4500

   Thanks, Dee - sorry I couldn't have been more helpful!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/20/11 - "RE:     Wayne Stokes' ('65 - of VA) 3 Questions for a Redneck Engineer":

Wayne sent me the image of the pre-fab home straddling the stream.

I replied with two suggestions:

Leave it where it lies.

Buy the property from the State.

Run water, sewer, electricity.

Install jack-up pilings to support the center weight.

Market it as waterfront property with limited access.


Depending on the strength of the flow of the stream, you could install a waterwheel and make it a grist mill or an electric power generator.

Better yet, make it an electrically self-sufficient home with the water powered generator.

     Spoken like a true engineer - I love it! Thank you, Captain!

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/20/11 - "RE: Sherlock Holmes joke":

Sherlock Holmes jokes, eh?

Here’s mine:

Dr. Watson: “Amazing, Holmes! You solved the case merely by analyzing the contents of his late Lordship’s stomach!

Holmes: “Alimentary, my dear Watson.”

       Thanks again, David!

  From Adrian Whitcomb ('67) of VA - 02/20/11 - "Winners of Hampton Roads Blues Challenge to sing Friday":

Here's an opportunity to see and hear two very fine musicians perform. Hope that you can be there.


Fetner & Dikon at TFFM* Coffeehouse

7:00PM, Friday February 25, 2011, Wesley United Methodist Church

2510 N. Armistead Avenue at Tide Mill Lane, Hampton, Virginia

Details & Map Link at:

Admission by donation. Refreshments for sale.

Tom Dikon & Ron Fetner

The duo of Ron Fetner of Seaford and Tom Dikon of Hampton were named winners of the Hampton Roads round of the International Blues Challenge, sponsored by the local Natchel' Blues Network



"This means we're headed in the right direction," Fetner, a guitar-playing singer-songwriter, said. His partner, who impressed the judges and crowd with his deft harmonica solos, said he was pleased. "I'm flattered, and humbled, honestly," Dikon said. "The competition was pretty stiff. I'm excited to go to Memphis [for Final Round], eat some barbecue and play the blues."

The local round was held Sunday, Oct. 17, [2010] at the Commodore Theatre in Portsmouth. Fetner and Dikon were winners in the solo/duo category... Fetner and Dikon's prize-winning performance included a version of "Shake, Rattle & Roll," and Fetner's own "Let Me Play You The Blues."


Driving on 64 from the direction of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel: After crossing the Hampton River, take Exit 265B for Armistead Ave/VA-134 W toward La Salle Ave. Merge onto Armistead Avenue/VA-134 W.

Wesley Church is about 1.9 miles. Turn right at Tide Mill Lane and the first left into the parking lot.

Driving on 64 from the direction of northern Newport News: After entering Hampton, take Exit 261B for Hampton Roads Center Parkway E. Turn right at N. Armistead Avenue. Turn left at Tide Mill Lane, the next traffic light, and then left into the parking lot.

Driving from Warwick Boulevard and Harpersville Road: Drive on Harpersville Road past Jefferson Avenue toward Hampton & continue straight when you reach Hampton Roads Center Parkway (at Games Market). From Hampton Roads Center Parkway turn right on N. Armistead & left at next traffic light onto Tide Mill, then left into the parking lot.

*TFFM: Tidewater Friends of Folk Music

   WOWZERS! Thanks, Adrian!

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 02/20/11 - "The Band KISS - WOW! **** Probably not what you would think!!..."G"":


This video clip was forwarded to me by a member of our antique car club, most of whom are veterans.  I now have a very different opinion of Gene Simmons.


It will do your heart good to hear this one.

This was filmed in Iraq at a USO tour of a US Marine Base.

   MORE WOWZERS! Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Dave!

      From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of IL - 02/20/11 - "The Perfect Husband":

The Perfect Husband

Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A cellular phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen.

MAN: "Hello"

WOMAN: "Hi Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?"

MAN: "Yes."

WOMAN: "I'm at the shops now and found this beautiful leather coat. It's only $2,000. Is it OK if I buy it?"

MAN: "Sure, go ahead if you like it that much."

WOMAN: "I also stopped by the Lexus dealership and saw the new models. I saw one I really liked."

MAN: "How much?"

WOMAN: "$90,000."

MAN: "OK, but for that price I want it with all the options."

WOMAN: "Great! Oh, and one more thing. I was just talking to Janie and found out that the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They're asking $980,000 for it."

MAN: "Well, then go ahead and make an offer of $900,000. They'll probably take it. If not, we can go the extra eighty-thousand if it's what you really want."

WOMAN: "OK. I'll see you later! I love you so much!"

MAN: "Bye! I love you, too."

The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths wide open.

He turns and asks, "Anyone know whose phone this is?"

  Thanks, Dools!


From - 02/20/11:

Her husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months yet she stayed by his bedside every single day. When he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer.

As she sat by him, he said, "You know what? You have been with me all through the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business fell, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you gave me support. When my health started failing, you were still by my side. Well, now that I think about it, I think you bring me bad luck!"

1. Thursday, March 3, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have fiends in that year, go visit with them.

2 . Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

3. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - The NNHS Class will have a Luncheon. Team Leaders are Mickey Marcella ( - 757-249-3800), Betty Hamby Neher ( - 757-898-5099), and Dr. Harry Simpson ( - 804-694-0346). - CLASS OF 1954

4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

PRAYER ROLL : - updated 02/18/11

BLOG: - updated 10/21/10

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                           Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Precious Memories

- Music and Lyrics by J. B. F. Wright (21 Feb 1877 - ???), 1925

Precious memories, unseen angels
Sent from somewhere to my soul
How they linger, ever near me
And the sacred scenes unfold.

Precious memories, how they linger
How they ever flood my soul
In the stillness of the midnight
Precious, sacred scenes unfold.

Precious father, loving mother
Fly across the lonely years
And old home scenes of my childhood
In fond memory appear.

In the stillness of the midnight
Echoes from the past I hear
Old-time singing, gladness bringing
From that lovely land somewhere.

I remember mother praying
Father, too, on bended knee
Sun is sinking, shadows falling
But their prayers still follow me.

As I travel on life's pathway
Know not what the years may hold
As I ponder, hope grows fonder
Precious memories flood my soul.

"Precious Memories" midi (sequenced by Frank W. “Grandpa” Schober) courtesy of - 01/24/06
at the request of Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/19/06
Thanks, Jean! 

 "Precious Memories" lyrics courtesy of - 01/24/06
also at
the request of Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 01/19/06
Thanks again, Jean! 

"Bunny Love" clip art courtesy of - 08/18/05 

 Heart Vine Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/30/06

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of - 10/04/05

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Animated Dancing Snoopy courtesy of Billy Turner ('65) of TX - 11/26/08
Thanks, Billy Turner!

Animated Laughing Frog courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 07/16/08
Thanks, Wayne!

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Smiley clip art courtesy of Jerry ('65) and Judy Phillips ('66) Allen of VA - 08/13/10
Thanks, Sweetie-Pies!

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