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04/21/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Donnie Spencer

Donald Reynolds Spencer
(d. 20 Apr 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 1956

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this morning.      Donnie Spencer, Class of 1956, husband of    Nancy Timberlake Spencer ('57) of VA, and brother of Bill Spencer of VA and   Janet Spencer Verrell ('61) of VA, passed away Monday morning, April 20, 2009 at the age of 70.

    From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) of VA to the Class of 1957 - 04/20/09, 11:27 AM - "NNHS Class of '57 - FYI -    Nancy (Timberlake) Spencer's ('57) Husband,   Donnie ('56)":

Dear Classmates:

I'm very sorry to tell you that Donnie Spencer ('56) passed away at 12:50am this morning at home with all of his family by his side. 

A graveside service will be held tomorrow, April 21, 2009, at 2:00pm at Peninsula Memorial Park.  After the funeral a reception will be held at their church, Open Door Baptist Church, 14 Deep Creek Road, Newport News, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Please keep Nancy and her family in your prayers.

Typhoon regrets,
Pat Beck Letzinger

   Oh, Pat, I'm so sorry to hear this, but thank you for letting us know!

    From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 04/20/09, 2:00 PM - "RE: NNHS Class of '57 - FYI -    Nancy (Timberlake) Spencer's ('57) Husband,   Donnie ('56)":

More sad news.

   Thank you, Joe.  I just received the same note from Pat.

        From Sydney Dearing ('56) of TN - 04/20/09, 7:07 PM - "   Donnie Spencer ('56)":


I just received an e-mail from    Judy Leggette Elliott ('56) with the attached e-mail about the death of Donnie Spencer (NNHS '56).  This is all the information I have.

  Good morning,

Spoke with brother Harry this morning, and he had talked to 
  Carolyn (Moell) Marcella ('56 - of VA), and was told that she had just received word that Donnie Spencer died last night (or it could have been very early this morning). I'm sure more details will be coming forth. Just wanted to let you know.


   Thank you, Sydney - and Judy.

  From Charlie Hilling ('56) of FL - 04/20/09, 7:25 PM - "   Donnie Spencer ('56)":

Hi Carol,

We were so sorry to learn of Donnie Spencer's passing.  Here is a old photo of our basketball team:

Back Row:  Donnie Spencer ('56), Charlie Allen ('56), Woody Hudson, George Spady, Merle Cobb ('56);
Front Row:  Charlie Hilling ('56), Freddie McDowell ('56), Doug Brown, Bucky Lenhart ('56)

Charlie Hilling

1953 North End Basketball Team

   Thank you so much, Charlie. What precious memories. (I'm not certain what happened as I was processing this image, but fortunately it appears much clearer once it is enlarged.)

   I've also posted it here:

From the Daily Press - 04/21/09:

              Donald R. Spencer

  NEWPORT NEWS - Donald "Donnie" Reynolds Spencer, 70, a lifelong Peninsula resident passed away Monday, April 20, 2009 surrounded by his family.

He graduated from Newport News High School, the class of 1956, and was a member of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division from 1956-1959. He owned Timberlake Home Improvement for 41 years. He made his home and living in Gloucester for over 28 years, putting his stamp on many homes and businesses throughout the county. He was a charter member of Open Door Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Eunice Spencer.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy T. Spencer; his three daughters, Stacey McKittrick and Susan Waldman of Denver, Colo., and Amy Spencer-Westerkamp of Gloucester; his son, S. Brent Spencer of Richmond; his brother, William L. Spencer Jr.; and his sister, Janet Verrell, both of Newport News; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Donnie Spencer

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at Peninsula Memorial Park by the Rev. Clarence Hilling and the Rev. David Ryerse. A reception will follow at Open Door Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Open Door Baptist Church, 14 Deep Creek Rd., NN, VA 23606 or The American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A-102, NN, VA 23606. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.
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Published in the Daily Press from 4/21/2009 - 4/22/2009.

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21, 2009

Nancy & family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Sandra & Joe Filippo

April 21, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. We count it a blessing having you both as friends and part of the Newport News family.

~ Betty & Slade Dunn, Hayes, Virginia

April 21, 2009

My heart goes out to you and your family as you go through this difficult time. I will never forget how kind and caring Donnie and you were in getting our house ready for Julius and me to move back to Bena.

~ Renee Benton, Bena, Virginia

April 21, 2009

Nancy & Family: Our Condolences. We share your loss of Donnie & hope you can have Peace in that his pain is over & he is with his Lord.

~ Bruce & Charlotte Sims, Gloucester, Virginia

April 21, 2009

Mom and I were shocked to read of Donnie's passing. We send our sincere sympathy. He was a great friend to Mom and me. My Dad (who is gone now) loved him and his wit. He did a beautiful job on our putting siding on our home and the new windows.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Donnie will really be missed.


Pearl and Faye Hutchinson

~ Faye Hutchinson, Onemo, Virginia


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Nancy and the Spencer and Timberlake families at this time.

     This information is also posted here:

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

Thine Be the Glory

Words by Edmond Louis Budry
(30 Aug 1854 - 12 Nov 1932)

Music by George Frideric Handel, 1947
(23 Feb 1685 - 14 Apr 1759)


Thine be the glory, risen, conq’ring Son;
Endless is the vict'ry, Thou o’er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave clothes where Thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness, hymns of triumph sing;
For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught without Thee; aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conq’rors, through Thy deathless love:
Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.
Thine be the glory, risen conq’ring Son,
Endless is the vict’ry, Thou o’er death hast won.

"Thine Be the Glory" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/30/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

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

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

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

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

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

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