04/28/05 - NNHS Newsletter - Kay Burks McCormick

Mary Kay Burks McCormick
(1947 - 27 Apr 2005)

Newport News High School Class of 1965

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news again this morning.   Kay Burks McCormick ('65) passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2005.

                    Mary 'Kay' Burks McCormick

  YORKTOWN - Mary 'Kay' Burks McCormick, 58, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2005. A native of Newport News, she was a 1965 graduate of Newport News High School and was a member of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church. She was a kind-hearted and very loving person. Kay was a tom-boy growing up, playing football with the boys and climbing trees. She enjoyed making redwood clocks and tables and was an avid gardener with her house full of plants. She also enjoyed her Pomeranian, Willie. Kay was preceded in death by her father, William R. Burks. Survivors include her mother, Lois Burks Davis; stepfather, Murphy Davis; brother, Jerry Burks and wife, Terry; stepsister, Dianne Miller and husband, Brad; two stepbrothers, Robert Davis and wife, Dolly, and Gary Davis and several loving nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Lamar Black. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, 2200 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666.

Published in the Daily Press on 4/28/2005.
Kay Burks


Lois (and Family)....I am so sorry to hear of Kay's passing. She was so much fun to be around. I remember Bill ALWAYS calling her 'cuz'....and then they'd laugh their heads off and hug like no tomorrow.
My thoughts are with you at this time.
Cindy Burks (Hampton, VA ) - April 28, 2005
I'm sorry to hear about Kay. She was funny and spoke very sweet when she was around people, but now God and Dad have greeted her to her new home were she's a lot better. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Shauna Burks (Hampton, VA )  - April 28, 2005
To the family of my best friend and companion of 21 years.

I know these last months have been painful ones. Kay's suffering has finally come to an end, however, I know Kay will always be with me in my heart of hearts.
She was smart, kind, generous and very hard working; she will be missed by me and my family.
Peace and love to each of you, especially to Lois; may God Bless you all.
Carroll Harris (MD ) - April 28, 2005
She will be missed. Dad and "Cuz" are reunited! My thoughts are with Aunt Lois and Uncle Murphy.
Nia Burks (Richmond, VA )  - April 28, 2005
Dear Lois and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Kay's passing. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you. We will keep you in our prayers.
Love, Virginia and Don Coletti   
Virginia Coletti (Sunnyvale, CA )  - April 28, 2005

   I was so looking forward to seeing Kay at the reunion this fall.  Her obituary describes her exactly as I remember her from forty
years ago - kind-hearted and very loving.  I recall her always happy and smiling, and making things more fun for everyone around

   This information is also posted here:



   Kay's brother, Jerry, is a member of the Class of 1962.  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Kay's family and friends at this time.

From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 04/28/05:

Hi Carol:  

Hope all is well with you. I saw in the morning Daily Press that Mary "Kay" Burks McCormick who was a Graduate 
of the Class of 1965 of Newport News High School, passed away on Wednesday April 27th, 2005. Thought I would let you 
know since I know you have Reunions for the Class planned.  Sorry for the loss of your class member.  

Cathy Hudson

   Thanks, Cathy.  I had just posted this Newsletter (for once, I had read the morning obituaries!) when I found your note. 
I appreciate your thinking of me.

From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 04/28/05:

My deepest sympathy to the Burks family.  I remember Kay and Jerry very well.  I went to Ivy Memorial Baptist Church
from the time I was 16 until I left for college.  Such great kids, Kay always had a big smile and that is how I will remember

Love, Jean (Poole) Burton '64

      Thank you, Jean.  I thought of you first when I read that Ivy Memorial connection.  And like you, I cannot remember Kay when she
was not smiling.

From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 04/29/05:

Hi Carol,

I went through Wilson Elementary School with Kay and she was just as described, a tomboy and always smiling. I remember
in my early years of elementary playing with her on the "monkey bars" and she could play kickball better than most of the boys
in our class, including me. I kind of lost track of her in high school but the obituary brought back some good memories of my youth.
Alas, that is all we have of our youth. May God Bless her family and loved ones; I am sure she is up in Heaven smiling down on us.

   Thanks, Jimmy.  Your mention of Wilson School reminded me of these precious images sent to us by Eddie Perry ('65) of TN
and Henry Hoyle ('65) of Northern VA:

Mrs. Taylor's First Grade Mrs. Scoll's Second Grade    

FRONT ROW: Gregory Edsell, Carol Ann Timberlake, Bobby Nettles, Terence Scott Abbott, Mary Earl Scruggs, William Lee Shelton.

SECOND ROW: Linda Faye Hancock, Mitchell Lee Abbott, Henry Hoyle, Betty Joe Elliott, Nelson Harris, Tommy Newman.

THIRD ROW: Suzy Ann Christmas, Lawrence (Eddie) Perry, Bobby Yevak, Ann Sawyer, Kay Burks,
Don Hicks, Johnnie Harmon, Edna Whitcomb.

BACK ROW: Jimmy Dick, Johnny Montague,
Millie Bost, William Lee Stevenson, Mary Carolin, Joe Poe.

NOT PICTURED: Michael Callahan and
Johnnie Jenkins.

"My memory is failing, but here are the names
I remember:"  - Henry Hoyle

FRONT ROW:  Nelson Harris, Richard Gordon, _____ _____, Bobby Marston, Dennis _____, _____ _____, _____ _____, Carol Ann Timberlake, Johnny Jenkins.

MIDDLE ROW:  _____ _____, Henry Hoyle, _____ _____, Gregory Peck, _____ _____, Jimmy Dick, _____ _____, _____ _____, William Shelton.

BACK ROW:  Mrs. Scoll, Edna Whitcomb, Eddie Perry, Charlotte Thompson, Bobby Yevak, Kay Burks,
Millie Bost, Ann Sawyer, Johnny

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/taylor5354.html http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/mrs-scoll-grade2.html  



   Thank you again, Gentlemen, for sharing these photographs with us.

I kept remembering something about something she once wrote in my Anchor
I finally located it in my 1962 Anchor, written at the end of our freshman year,
I realized then that it wasn't so much what she wrote, but how she wrote it. 
It was guaranteed to bring a smile to my face - so that it would match her own.

Thanks, Kay!  I'll miss you.

1962 Anchor  


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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Words by John Newton 1779

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

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