04/20/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
Mr. J. William Etheridge

John William Etheridge
(4 Mar 1922 - 19 Apr 2005)


Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

  I have more sad news to impart.

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/20/05:

It is with great sadness that I send you Mr. Etheridge's obituary. Please give it widest dissemination very quickly. Many may wish to attend the memorial service on Sunday.

Tom Flax ('64 - of VA) called me at work and told me he had seen the obituary in this morning's paper.
Most mornings I read the paper early, but had not today.

I am SO glad we invited him to the Reunion and that he received such a warm welcome. His passing is a reminder that one cannot defer such things in the misguided belief that there will always be a tomorrow.

J. William Etheridge

    CHESAPEAKE - J. William Etheridge, 83, of the 1300 block of Bunker Ridge Arch, died April 19, 2005, in Norfolk.
    A native of Portsmouth, he was the son of the late John Cecil and Nora Marie Cherry Etheridge. After 40 years of service in education, he retired in 1984 from Newport News public schools as director of staff development, after serving as a principal of the former Newport News High School and supervisor of English.
    An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the European Theatre. He was a member and Sunday school teacher of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, former member of Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church and former member and Sunday school teacher of Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, Newport News.
    He is survived by a sister, Julia E. Small and husband Oliver; a niece, Karen Dale Small, all of Chesapeake; and a nephew, Conan Bent Small of Bedford, Va.
    A private graveside service will be held in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Robert Weeks officiating. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in Aldersgate United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Larry Adams officiating. Memorial contributions should be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4320 Bruce Road, Chesapeake, VA 23321 or a charity of one’s choice. Please share a memory with the family at www.grahamfuneralhome.com

Published in the Virginian-Pilot on 4/20/2005.


There is a web site on which to share memories; I would hope that hundreds of Typhoons will flood this site
with their fond memories of this wonderful man.


   Thank you, Dave.  What a shock!  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mr. Etheridge's family and friends at this time.

Fall of 1963 Saturday, October 23, 2005          
J. William Etheridge          




From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 04/20/05:  

I was sorry to see the notice of Mr. Etheridge's passing.  I am glad we were able to spend time with him at the '64 Reunion
in October where he certainly seemed to enjoy himself.  This certainly points out why these events are becoming more
important each year, and that we should take advantage of every opportunity to gather. 

   Thanks, Dave.

From Jimmy Hines ('64) of Northern VA - 04/20/05:

I remember that Mr. Etheridge was not afraid to be interested or interesting. The years allow us to put feelings
and observations into words, I think. It seems to me that he cared about all of us, and wanted us to know that.
He was so alive and in the moment, that one could not help but like him. I remember an assembly in which he
did something on stage that we (respectfully) thought was silly - and he admitted as much-which he had
promised to do, though I do not remember why, or exactly what he did. Certainly I knew then that I'd seen no
other administrator in my life do anything like what he did. He was absolutely unafraid! I think that was also
an assembly during which we all sang Bless This House (do we have that tune on any site?). But, looking back, 
I think he wanted us to enjoy and appreciate the time we had there with him and with each other. At least that
is my memory of him as my principal. There was nothing smug or indifferent about Mr. Etheridge, and anyone
can see that in his smile! The words 'openly positive' come to mind as an apt description of Mr. Etheridge, and 
we are all the better for having known such a man. Regards, Jimmy

   Thank you, Jimmy.  I appreciate your thoughtful remarks.  And yes, Bless This House (which was sung at many assemblies) is
linked to Miss Sherman's page:




From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/20/05:

I took the liberty of ordering a floral arrangement in the name of the Class of 1964 to be delivered for Mr. Etheridge's memorial service on Sunday.
The memorial  service will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4320 Bruce Road, Chesapeake, VA 23321. I plan to attend and hope to see many of you there.

 I added the following message:
"In Fond Remembrance of
Our Beloved Principal
From the Members of the
Newport News High School
Class of 1964"
Carol:  You can publish this so that the remaining Class Members will see it.

   Thank you, David.  And the floral arrangement is lovely.

From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/24/05:  


I arrived about 25 minutes early and stood in the back near the door so I could spot any Typhoons who arrived.
Miss (Ettalea) Kanter (Hampton HS - '55) was already there when I arrived, so I said hello.

I learned that he was diagnosed with cancer in February and declined chemo and radiation ... choosing to die
with dignity and on his own terms. By all accounts, he was ready and made it easy for his friends to let him go
though his courage and good spirits.  There was so much more to this man than we ever knew at NNHS, and I
learned all about it today.

One of the speakers who is listed on the program, Dr. Larry Mercer ('67 - of VA), is a church member and
spoke about his remembrances of Mr. E.  Mr. Etheridge was still principal when he was there. Most of his
thoughts were of more recent times in the church.

It was indeed a celebration of his life. There was much laughter and good memories. It is clear that he touched
so many people. The church was filled; I estimate about 350-400 people  were in attendance.

Here is a scan of the Program: Of course I did not take any images during the service, but waited until the attendees cleared. Here is a shot of the altar showing the Class of 1964 Arrangement I sent.  Incidentally, I did not see any other flowers for the service: Behind the pews was a photo of Mr. E on a table with some flowers:      
Sunday, April 24, 2005 - Chesapeake, VA      
 Images by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/24/05
Thank you, Dave.

Notice near the end of the program the entry "Special Music" and a chorus for the attendees to sing. The soloist
sang this song. I found the lyrics on the Web (
http://www.achievebalance.com/data/songs/thankyou.htm)   There was nary a
dry eye as it ended:

Thank You for Giving to The Lord

(Words and Music by Ray Boltz)

I dreamed I went to heaven
and You were there with me
We walked upon the streets of gold
Beside the crystal sea.

We heard the angels singing
Then someone called your name.
You turned and saw this young man
And he was smiling as he came.

And he said, "Friend, you may not know me now"
And then he said, "But wait"
You used to teach my Sunday School
When I was only eight.

And every week you would say a prayer
Before the class would start.
And one day when you said that prayer
I asked Jesus in my heart."

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave.

Then another man stood before you
And said, "Remember the time
A missionary came to your church
And his pictures made you cry.

You didn't have much money
But you gave it anyway.
Jesus took the gift you gave
And that's why I am here today."

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave.

One by one they came
Far as the eye could see
Each life somehow touched
By your generosity.

Little things that you had done
Sacrifices made.
Unnoticed on the earth
In heaven now proclaimed.

And I know up in heaven
You're not supposed to cry.
But I am almost sure
There were tears in your eyes.

As Jesus took your hand
And you stood before the Lord.
He said, "My child look around you.
Great is your reward."

(Chorus twice)
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave.

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave.

© Copyright 1988 Gather Music/ASCAP All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, David.  I'm so glad you were able to attend this service, as so many of us were
regrettably unable to do.

Those of us who knew and loved Bill Etheridge give thanks to God for his life and allowing our paths to cross. Bill was truly a teacher, mentor, father and friend. Many of his Sunday School lessons centered on living a righteous life. To his students, we grew to learn that meant being right with God. Bill was truly a righteous man. His life exemplified a true servant of God. I give thanks to God that He allowed our paths to cross and will always remember his teachings, feel his love, and I'm grateful for the memories. I love you Bill and will truly miss you.
From: Patsy Southard    04/24/2005 10:08 PM
What a void the death of Mr. William Etheridge has left to all of the people who knew him and loved him. I met Mr. Etheridge in 1976 when he came to Hilton School to train the Skills Development Aides. Later on I worked in the Newport News Public Schools Administration Building, and I had the opportunity to get to know him as a person who was gentle, thorough, honest and he loved his family, church and the community he lived in. God Bless you Bill Etheridge! Memories of you will be here forever.
From: Joan De Priest    04/24/2005 07:53 PM
From:    04/24/2005 07:40 PM
Recently, while compiling a scrapbook from all the "stuff" I'd saved from high school I came across a letter Mr. Etheridge had sent to me during my senior year. I was president of the Future Teachers of America at NNHS in 1966 and the club gave a tea for teachers each year. In his thank you note, Mr. Etheridge thanked me for all the hard work that I and my fellow club members had put into the event. He also wrote me a personal note and told me that he noticed that I was very busy with all my activities but not to forget to slow down and enjoy life as well. Those words were certainly appreciated at the time, but how much more they mean to me now that I'm old enough to understand what he was really trying to say to me. My greatest regret is that I didn't get to tell him in person how much I appreciated him. I share your family's grief and you will be in my prayers.
From: Jeanette McDonald Hornsby    04/24/2005 04:05 PM
As a member of the NNHS Class of '65 and being active in student government I had many occasions to work with Mr. Etheridge. He was always supportive of our activities and willing to listen to our thoughts and ideas on projects that not only benefited the school, but also the community. My condolences to the family; we who had the pleasure of knowing him will never forget him. Ron Smith, NNHS-'65
From: Ron Smith    04/23/2005 12:59 PM
Julia, Since I was unable to locate your address or telephone number, I am writing to offer condolences from the family of Eddie Warwick and Mary Warwick Everett. Since I was a child, I have heard about the wonderful family of Etheridges who were neighbors of my grandmother, Minnie Warwick. I feel fortunate to have known your mother(Marie) and Bill, and only wish that I could have known all of you better. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Janet Warwick Lilley 2802 Lilley Cove Drive Chesapeake, VA 23321
From: Janet Warwick Lilley    04/23/2005 10:30 PM
From: Janet Warwick Lilley    04/23/2005 10:17 PM
Bill Etheridge was a wonderful friend both to me and my husband, Paul. His faith taught us to have a stronger faith of our own. I will never forget what he did for my family when Paul was so sick. I also won't forget what he did for my children. They are so blessed to have had him in thier lives. He will truly be missed and will always be loved. My thoughts are also with his family. God bless each of you. Rest well, dear friend, Wanda McMillan
From: wanda mcmillan    04/23/2005 05:57 PM
I will miss my "Uncle Bill." What a wonderful man, what a wonderful Christian. He was a very faithful friend to my family. His love for each of us will never be forgotten. The love and friendship he gave my father, Paul McMillan was a Godsend. He helped my dad through one of the most difficult parts of his life-when he went through cancer. The time he gave to my father and our family was enormous and helped all of us. I will never forget the Christmases he spent at our home and how much fun we had. Christmas never goes by that I don't think back on those days long ago. Uncle Bill touched many lives and helped many people find God. What a great spiritual man. He said that "heaven" was one of the mysteries of God and Christianity. Now he knows what that mystery is all about. Thank you Uncle Bill. I love you and I will miss you. Give my dad a kiss for me. Traci White
From: Traci White    04/23/2005 05:53 PM
I was saddened to hear of Mr. Etheridge's passing. I will never forget his warm smile, that same smile he wore each and every time I would see him in the halls of NNHS. He made it a personal priority to become involved in our school, not just lead it. Mr. Etheridge was the epitome of what a principal should be, both to his staff and his students. He was one of a kind.
From: Diane Sandler Marcus    04/23/2005 03:32 PM
I was saddened to learn of Bill's illness last week and sorry that I did not get to visit with him before he passed away. Mr. Etheridge served as Supervisor of English when I joined Newport News Public Schools as a teacher in 1966. I always found him to be a wonderful mentor, cheerleader, and friend. He encouraged me to pursue my education and I had the opportunity to work with him through the years in a number of initiatives. He was a true gentleman and a scholar who was admired by all who had the opportunity to know him. He will be missed by all who loved and respected his leadership and counsel. Jean Beckerdite Newport News
From: Jean Beckerdite    04/23/2005 03:28 PM
What memories all of us from Warwick Memorial have of Mr. E.! We not only knew him as a friend, but as a mentor. Every word that came from Bill was meant to teach, love, and share. Bill shared so much of his life with so many. Each of us are blessed to have had him in our lives.
From: Ann and Barry Barley    04/23/2005 03:09 PM
To Oliver and Julia E. Small and Family I am so sad for your loss. Please accept my sincerest sympathy. Mr. Etheridge was one of my teachers during l959-60 at Oscar F. Smith High School on Rodgers Street in Chesapeake. The Etheridge family lived three doors from mine during the latter part of World War II on Park Avenue in South Norfolk. He and you all should live forever. You all are such nice and fine people.
From: (Joy)ce A. Tarkington    04/23/2005 02:27 PM
Dear Julia Small, In the 1960s when I was stationed at Langley AFB, I took some evening classes from you brother for college credit. Not only was William a very good teacher but he encouraged me strongly to continue my studies by writing me a personal letter. This is something no other teacher has done for me in my many years of studies. I did go on to get a BS from Ohio State University and also a degree in dentistry. After moving to Edmonds, Washington and starting my own private dental practice, I heard from your brother by phone. He had found some of my writings among his papers and he found my name over the internet and wanted to send me those papers. Unfortunately I never heard from him after that and my many efforts to locate him were unsuccessful until a few weeks ago I noted his name in connection with a high school reunion. Yesterday I received an email from Dave Spriggs with the obituary. Please, know that your brother had a lasting impact on my life. I am sad that I could not establish contact before he passed away. It would have been so nice to receive the writings that he wanted to send me. Some day when you go through his paper work and find something with my name on it, please take the time to send it to me. It would mean a lot to me. Let me express my condolences to you and your family. Know that your brother influenced many people in a very positive way. Norbert Hertl 9714- Lindsay Pl Edmonds, WA 98020 email: nhertl@aol.com 
From: Norbert Hertl    04/23/2005 01:35 PM
I worked with Bill in Newport News. He was a great person.
From: Dr. Stanley P. Jones    04/22/2005 09:57 AM
Last week, upon hearing of Bill's serious illness, I wrote him the following note. I'm not sure that given the mailing time he had a chance to read it or hear it. I am sharing it at this time so that his family will know the love and gratitude for Bill shared by those who worked with him in Newport News. Our condolences to all the family and friends. Dear Bill: We just learned about your illness and we wanted to let you know that we care and that we’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Of all the people that I encountered over my 33 years in public education, none made a greater impact on the lives of those touched than you- including both students and peers. I count it as a blessing as well as an honor that our paths did cross at that juncture in Newport News both when you were a principal, when you were a Supervisor of Language Arts, and when you spearheaded the most successful program that I ever saw in a public school system. You led the efforts to do the massive training of teachers required in the PET program and you did so through being a sterling example of a master teacher yourself as you brought countless others through the program. Bill Etheridge was synonymous with PET and you were the driver of what Superintendent Don Roberts envisioned when the program was conceived. Please know that you were and are loved by all of the Newport News Administration’s “Alumni”, just as you are by other individuals and groups with whom you interacted. Molly and I truly hold you in our highest esteem and we pray that you will be safe and at peace in God’s hands. Yours truly, your friends Bill and Molly Cox Calabash, NC
From: Bill and Molly Cox    04/22/2005 09:39 PM
I'm from the class of 1963 at O. F. Smith High (the one on Rogers Street). I remember Mr. Etheridge as a very pleasant man, willing to do anything for you as long as you followed the rules. But, may the Lord above help you if you messed up. He had no sympathy for anyone who didn't carry their share of the load, although if he saw you were having a hard time, he would do anything and everything in his power to help you achieve whatever you were striving for. He was the principal when i graduated. I had lost track of him until I saw the obituary. I only knew that he was in the Peninsula area after he left South Norfolk. Thank you, Mr. Etheridge, for making my senior year a most enjoyable one.
From: walter d "buck" tatem    04/22/2005 07:32 AM
To The Family, I read of your loss and want to express my deepest sympathy. I also want to share the comfort of John 5:28,29 which assures us that those who have fallen asleep in death will receive a "resurrection" back to life when the earth is restored to a paradise. Revelation 21:4 says, "He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more neither mourning nor outcry nor pain be any more." Please find comfort in these promises. Sincerely,
From: Mrs. Jordan    04/22/2005 05:07 PM
I remember Mr. Etheridge fondly from my years at Newport News High School. He made an impact on countless lives and will be sadly missed. My sympathies to the family he leaves behind.
From: Pattie Garcia    04/21/2005 12:04 AM
To Bill's biological family and all of us who considered him family: Father, Grandfather, and most of all, Friend, I offer my sincerest sympathies in the loss of this GREAT person. After hearing Bill speak only once at church, I knew I wanted to be a member of his Sunday School class. That was years ago that I joined his class and now I will truly miss this GREAT teacher, this warm, caring and gentle man, and a true friend. Bill taught me so very much about being a Christian, not from just his knowledge of the Bible, but from the way he lived his life. He was such a generous, caring and selfless man, always thinking of others. I will miss Bill's wonderful lessons each Sunday morning, lessons filled with endless knowledge, his beautiful smile and sense of humor, his little dances when he was excited, and his always positive outlook on life. Bill has been a true blessing to this world and will shine even brighter in God's kingdom. Thanks, Bill, for all you have been in my life. I love you! Jean Noble
From: Jean Noble    04/21/2005 10:18 PM
My husband, Randy, and I met Bill in 1988 at Warwick Memorial UMC. We had just joined the church and we were looking for a Sunday School class to attend. We sat down in Bill's class, Trinity, and there had to be at least 80 people in there. We were overwhelmed. This man was so full of energy and enlightenment, we couldn't believe he was for real. Not only that, he came up and greeted us and made us feel right at home. Not too long after that Bill decided to move back to Chesapeake and be with his mom. We couldn't believe it, but he taught all of us so well that we picked up where he left off. In 1993, I was transferred to Nashville, TN, and the Sunday School class threw me a surprise luncheon. I hadn't seen Bill in about a year, and he came all the way up to Newport News to wish me well. This was unbelievable, that this man would travel from Chesapeake to Newport News just to wish us well. In 1998, Randy and I moved back to Tidewater and we settled in Portsmouth. We had visited a few of the churches around and we went to Aldersgate and there he was; it was like fate. Bill came up to us after church and asked when we moved back, and were we attending Sunday School. Needless to say, we were hooked up to be with our mentor, our friend, our teacher, our rock. Bill was more than just a Sunday School teacher to us; he taught us how to care about one another and not take things for granted. He taught us the easy way is not necessarily the right way. He taught us how to love one another and how to love God, and his son Jesus. There're just too many great things about this man that could be said. To his family: i\It was an honor to have met you and sat with you; you have all been in our prayers and will continue to be. Thank you for sharing Bill with us, and may God bless you all.
From: kathy germroth    04/21/2005 10:08 PM
I was a student at NNHS while Mr. Etheridge was principal. I always remember his cheerfulness and willingness to listen to students. He could be seen throughout the school with a small and a positive comment at all times. My sympathy to his family and close friends. I think of the days at old Newport News with great fondness and Mr. Etheridge is one of the main reasons. God Bless.
From: James Dick    04/21/2005 07:29 AM
Bill was a wonderful, sweet, gentle man. We loved being around him and talking with him at Aldersgate. We were not in his Sunday School Class, but we are the organist & choir director at the 11 AM church service, & Bill was always so kind to compliment the choir on the anthem or whatever music was done that particular Sunday. Whenever we walked into the church & saw him standing in the Commons, he always brightened our day . He had nice things to say about everyone & everything. Through the years, Bill gave us several books, "God's Words of Life" & another entitled, "Stories of Christmas Carols", which we both love. We will miss him so very much, but know he is now brightening the heavens above. Nancy & Morris Gardner
From: Nancy & Morris Gardner    04/20/2005 11:46 AM
Hi my name is Bill Canady. The paper read share a memory. I have over 10 years of memories of my life & this GREAT person. Debbie & myself met Bill as he taught a class on Easter over 10 years ago, when we left the 1st class we looked at each other and said if this man ever teaches a Sunday School class we would join. Not long after this we saw a notice in the bulletin that a new class was going to start & that Bill would be the teacher. We were both excited, we along with another couple were the first members of what would turn out to be a large & loving class. Bill helped transfer me from a person who went to Church with his wife because she wanted to go, to a truly devoted Christian who loved Church and the message it brought to my life of the love of Christ. I have to say that 1 thing I think about all the time is a class that Bill was teaching that he asked the question, What does father mean to you? There were many answers but as soon as I heard the question I thought of the word DAD, this really seemed to please Bill when I gave this answer & from that day forward we were son & DAD in many a conversation. All the answers before mine were great Biblical answers, but what a strong word DAD is, Loving, Caring, Forgiving, what all of us hope to be to our children. Bill recently on one of my visits at the hospital told me that the one thing in the Bible he missed out on fulfilling , was the part of getting married & having children & grandchildren. I told him I thought some people marry their job & that I did not think this was a good thing & that I did not think he did this, instead the Church had been his wife that he had devoted his life to. As for children & grandchildren I told him he had a Sunday School Class full of children & grandchildren. This GREAT man touched so many lives & I am so grateful that mine was one of them. In closing I would like to say there are 3 GREAT things that have happened in my adult life, marrying my wife, having my 2 sons & sharing the last 10 years+ with such a GREAT, person, teacher, mentor and DAD. with LOVE Bill Canady
From: Bill Canady    04/20/2005 09:38 AM
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers in the loss of your loved one. He was a wonderful man and a great principal during my time at NNHS '64.
From: Sheila Smith Moler    04/20/2005 08:55 PM
Bill was an amazing man! As a member of the New Horizon's Sunday School class at Aldersgate UMC, I was fortunate to have Bill as my teacher. With tremendous knowledge and humor, Bill shared his love of the Lord with each of us. Bill was one of the most interesting people that I have ever met. His stories were fascinating. Bill was a blessing to all who knew him. Bill touched so many lives in such a positive way. I can think of no one who is more deserving of or will appreciate the glory and splendor of heaven more than Bill. Dear friend, you will be greatly missed.
From: Sheila Gosey    04/20/2005 08:44 AM
Mr. Etheridge was a gentleman at all times. I respected him as our NNHS principal and I loved him as a friend and favorite of the Class of 1964.I'm sure he felt our love and respect. His expression of joy for being invited to our Class Reunion will always remind me to express gratitude to those who organized it and remembered to invite Our Special Friend. Mr. Etheridge positively touched countless lives and he will always be celebrated as a model educator and Christian. May God bless you and be with all who are saddened by Bill's passing. We will meet again.
From: Charlie Snead    04/20/2005 07:10 PM
Mr. Etheridge was everything a principal should be. My sister Lynn and I send our regards to his family.
From: Jo Ann Stewart    04/20/2005 06:14 PM
I had the privilege of having Mr. Etheridge as a principal at Newport News High School in the mid-60s. He was a wonderfully kind leader and a willing listener and young-hearted. It was wonderful to see him at our 40th class reunion last October. He was delightful and we reminisced about those high school years. He seemed so appreciative that we invited him as our guest. It is surely a great loss. My condolences to all of his family.
From: Margaret Tyndall    04/20/2005 05:49 PM
I graduated from Newport News High School and recall that Mr. Etheridge was a kind and caring teacher. Former students will truly miss him. He touched our lives. We are saddened by his leaving.
From: Kelly Loose Bustamante    04/20/2005 04:57 PM
When I think about Bill Etheridge, the first word that comes to mind is "gentle" for that is the best way to describe his spirit and his grace. My most recent memories of Bill are of seeing him in one of his most favorite Greenbrier restaurants. He would be holding court with the wait staff...each of them listening intently to what this sage elder had to say. Young people especially were enamored by his words and his stories for they sensed his nurturing attitude toward them. My family and I will always be indebted to Bill for something that he did of which most people never know. My father, Paul McMillan, battled lung cancer in 1986. Everyday the mail would bring a lengthy, hand-written letter from Bill Etheridge. Bill would describe in vivid detail what he had done that day, with whom he had visited; even what he had eaten for lunch...but more importantly, Bill would share a little prayer for healing for my father. Those letters meant the world to my father and he vowed to continue to read them as long as they showed up in the mailbox. After six months, my father went into remission despite the fact that the doctors had given him six weeks to live. He always said until he passed away in 1998 that it was the prayer...from our church and from Bill Etheridge that saved his life. Bill Etheridge touched many people in his 83 years and his legacy will continue touch many more for years to come. God bless you, Bill.
From: Richard McMillan    04/20/2005 04:46 PM
We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Etheridge. He was our High School Principal, NNHS class of '66. I have a picture of myself kissing him on the cheek! Another light has gone out of this world! Our loss is Heaven's gain. I will always remember his sweet spirit and smile. Cheryl Mays Howard Yorktown, Va.
From: Cheryl & John Howard    04/20/2005 04:30 PM
I was very fortunate to graduate from Newport News High School, and was even more fortunate to have had Mr. Etheridge as my Principal. During my senior year, he was very instrumental in my graduation. I had to pass typing to graduate, and Mr. Etheridge let me practice in his office, on his typewriter. He would often coach me, and more often cheer me on. He was a great man, and he will be missed by many. I am truly sorry for your loss.
From: Mike Miller    04/20/2005 04:30 PM
I've never forgotten the warmth and outgoing personality that Mr. Etheridge brought with him to Newport News High School. As the leader of our school, he showed us how to have an enjoyable time being there, and that he was not afraid to be interested or interesting. We knew he truly cared about all of us. Because of that, I believe he had in influence on me and my later dealings with colleagues in the education arena, and am grateful to have known him. Even though I only knew him as my principal for one year-my senior year of 1963-64, Mr Etheridge set a standard in my mind that I have only seen in one other administrator in 40 years. Thanks, Mr. Etheridge!
From: Jim Hines    04/20/2005 03:44 PM

Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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