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03/10/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Don Carroll

Donald L. Carroll
(d. 07 Mar 2018)

Newport News High School Class of 1960

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have still more sad news this Saturday. Don Carroll, Most Athletic Boy in the Class of 1960, standout player on the Football Team, Basketball Team, and Co-Captain of the Track Team, passed away at The Chesapeake in Newport News on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 at the age of 76. 

 From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 03/07/18, 9:56 AM AND 03/08/18, 8:12 PM - "Death of Don Carroll ('60) of VA":

Good Morning...

I just wanted to let you know that Donald Carroll passed away this morning at The Chesapeake, here in Newport News.

As you know, I work part-time at Peninsula Funeral Home. Don’s wife wanted Carol Brewer Johnson to call me and pass the word on to the class... As you may recall, he was Most Athletic in our Hall of Fame, along with Ruby Phillips. I understand she is not too well either.

I recall he played semi-pro football……..quite an athlete. When I get particulars, I will let you know. His wife is Joyce and she is a real dear……..really good for Don. We would see them from time to time whenever we visited The Chesapeake, as we have close friends who reside there. They are Martha Magann Keesee and her husband Tom. She graduated in 1957 and he in 1954. His father was Dean of Boys, Thomas O. Keesee, as you recall...

Take care, Fred Mays, ‘60

P.S. Hope you and yours are doing well.

Hey, thought I would let you know the arrangements for our classmate, Donald Carroll.

There is a visitation one hour before the funeral. This visitation is at 1100 a.m. on Monday, 03/12/18 at Calvary Baptist Church, downtown N.N., located on Huntington Avenue. The service is at 12:00 noon at the church. Burial is at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Take care, Fred Mays of Newport News, ‘60

   Oh, Fred, I'm so sorry to learn of this, but thank you so much for letting me know.  

From the Daily Press - 03/10/18:

    Donald L. Carroll


    NEWPORT NEWS - Donald L. Carroll, 76, went to be with His Lord and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, Who is our only Hope, the Messiah, the Savior of the World, the Way, the Truth and the Life after a 5 ½ year battle with Mesothelioma, on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Druscilla Carroll, a sister and step-sister.

Don is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Joyce, of over 54 years.

Don Carroll
  He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he trusted Christ as his personal Savior as a 15 year old under the ministry of Pastor Albert Sims. He attended the Builders Sunday School Class taught by Alvin Andrews for many years. He served as an usher and greeter at the door for many, many years, as well as on various committees.

Don graduated from Newport News High School in 1960, where he lettered in three sports. He lettered in basketball, football and track and field while leading his team to championship seasons. While playing basketball for the legendary coach "Lefty Driesell", Don led his 19-4 District Championship team in rebounding. His senior year of playing football, anchored by his stellar line play, helped his team to have a 9-1 season only losing to State Champion Norview. Additionally, his team crushed the cross town rival, Hampton, in the annual Turkey Day game. His outstanding senior season play lead to all 1st Team All District Honors and 2nd Team All Regional.

As the co-captain of the Typhoon Track & Field team, he helped lead his team to the state Championship while establishing himself as the record holder of the 12 lb. shotput. In his senior year, Don continuously set and broke his own state record during various meets. Additionally, he was simultaneously winning the Discus to help propel his team to winning meets. As a result of his banner year, he was honored by the Peninsula Sports Club on the all Track & Field Team for Shot Put and Discus. In his senior year, he was voted to be the "Most Athletic". He was also voted into the Newport News Track & Field Hall of Fame. Don excelled in all three sports as a Typhoon and as a result of his outstanding play, was awarded a full scholarship to play football for the University of Miami.

After Don came home from Miami, he went on to continue playing football for the semi-pro team, the Norfolk Neptunes. His success playing for them led to him being invited to try out for the Washington Redskins.

In 1964, Don began his career building great ships in support of our Navy to protect and serve America while continuing to play for the Norfolk Neptunes until 1967.

He brought great pride and team spirit from his days of playing sports to a successful career working for the Newport News Shipyard. He held various positions and worked on many different programs during his 42 years in shipbuilding earning the designation of a "Master Shipbuilder" for his forty plus years of service. He retired in August of 2006, as a Senior Engineering Analyst.

Don enjoyed spending his time off working in his yard until his physical condition would not allow him to continue.

Special thanks goes to the Riverside Hospice, especially nurse Melissa, and to the healthcare team at the Chesapeake Retirement Center.

Visitation will be on Monday, March 12, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, at 4700 Huntington Avenue followed by the funeral at 12 p.m. Burial will be at the Peninsula Memorial Park, with a reception following at The Chesapeake.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on March 1
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~ Dan Coleman, Dunn, North Carolina

March 09, 2018 

Joyce, I'm so very sorry to learn of Don's passing. I worked beside him for five years from 1981-1986. I would visit with him after that from time to time until he retired. I always enjoyed his company and his friendship. We managed to have fun and a lot of laughs, even though we were working. I have nothing but fond memories of Don and will cherish his friendship forever. May God bless and comfort you today and always.

~ Mike Wallace, Yorktown, Virginia

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Don's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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