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03/19/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Walter Leyland

Walter Alfred Leyland, Jr.
(11 Sept 1936 - 14 Mar 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1954

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There is sad news this Sunday.   Walter Leyland, Class of 1954, passed away on Pi Day, March 14, 2017 in Williamsburg at the age of 80. He was the brother of the late   Tommy Leyland ('58). His mother, the late  Eunice Bassett Leyland, Class of @ 1927 (d. 16 Dec 2002), taught sixth grade at Magruder School for many years.

From the Daily Press - 03/19/17:

        Walter A. Leyland, Jr.


    WILLIAMSBURG - Walter A. Leyland, Jr., Walt, Dad, Gramps, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 after bravely living with Dementia/Parkinson's Disease. His wife Shirley Jane Lucy Leyland was at his side at Windsor Meade in Williamsburg, Virginia.

He was 80 years old. He was born in Newport News, Virginia, to Eunice Bassett Leyland and Walter Alfred Leyland, who have preceded him in death. His younger brother Thomas also preceded him in death.

It is appropriate Walt passed on Pi Day since he was a strong math and science student at Newport News High School. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary and then a Master of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute - V.P.I. (as he would say). He also received a Master's Degree in Management Science from Lehigh University.
  Walt worked at the Newport News Shipyard, taught at Hampden-Sydney College, worked for Spindle Top Research in Kentucky, the Naval Air Development Center (NADC) in Pennsylvania and Patuxent Naval Air Station in Maryland. Walt, Shirley, and their two children spent most of their life as a family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Walt enjoyed time spent with family and friends, traveling, boating, sailing, bowling, model airplanes, an occasional snow skiing trip and turning the handle to make homemade ice cream. He was a faithful member of and served many years in the local United Methodist Church, the last one being Williamsburg UMC. He is remembered fondly for his love of science, his sense of humor, and his sayings like "Golly Pete" and "Hot Dog".

Walt is survived by wife, Shirley; his daughter, Stephanie Leyland McClain and husband, Bryan of White Stone, VA; his son, Stephen Heath Leyland and wife, Lisa of Telford, PA; and five grandchildren, Nancy-Jane McClain, Erin-Darby McClain, John-Liam McClain, William Leyland and Tyler Leyland.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 or to Friends of Piney Point Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Road, Colton's Point, MD 20626.

A celebration of Walt's life will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, March 25, at Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at 3:00 pm in Greenlawn Memorial Park, 2700 Parish Ave, Newport News, VA 23607.

Friends are encouraged to visit: to view pictures and to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.
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Published in the Daily Press on March 19, 2017.
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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Walt's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also recorded here:

  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

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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