06/25/05 - Old Style NNHS Newsletter -Three More Deaths

 

Dear Friends and Classmates,
 
    Eternal optimist that I am, I am just certain that any old day now I'll have some grand and gloriously happy news to report to you (such as all my systems being restored), but for now, here are the three latest bits of sad news.
 
From Jimmy Parker ('62) of VA - 06/21/05:
 
Carol,    
 
I read this morning that Johnsie Bost, mother of Andra Bost (class of '58) and Linda Bost, deceased, (class of '62), passed away on Sunday, June 19th. Thought you might like to know.
 
   Thank you, Jimmy.  I did see it; I was just dragging my feet.
 
Johnsie Irene Reece Bost
 
NEWPORT NEWS - Johnsie Irene Reece Bost, 83, died Sunday, June 19, 2005, at York Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center after a long battle with cancer. Born in Biscoe, N.C., she lived most of her life in Newport News. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Fletcher W. Bost Jr.; a son, Fletcher W. Bost III; a daughter, Linda Bost Costello; a great-grandson, Robert Brodie Taft; and a sister, Wilma Reece Britt. She is survived by daughters, Andra Bost Pearce of Yorktown and Mildred Bost Viers and husband, Hassel, of Newport News; grandchildren, Barbara and Ray Taft of Colonial Heights, Katherine and Jan Koman of Newport News, Jennifer and David Paxton of Winterville, N.C., Charles and Roberta Costello of Florida, John and Shannon Costello of Georgia and Angela Bennett of Chicago, Ill.; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings include John E. Reece of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mary Jo Difatta of Natrona Heights, Pa. and June K. Reece of Mooresville, N.C. Family visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A brief graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at Peninsula Memorial Park with the Rev. Katherine Gray officiating. The family would like to express deep appreciation to the staff at York Convalescent Center for the loving care given to our mother and for being her 'other family.'

Published in the Daily Press on 6/21/2005.
 
   Many of us remember the Bost family with fondness.  Audra was a member of the Class of 1958, Linda of 1962, and Millie of 1966; I cannot find their brother's class.  Our thought and prayers are with them all.
 
Annie L. 'Sue' Lightfoot
 
NEWPORT NEWS - Annie L. 'Sue' Lightfoot, 86, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her loving family, Saturday, June 18, 2005. Sue was born in Norge, Va., and moved to Newport News where she attended Buxton Hospital Nursing School, graduated in 1939 as a registered nurse and was employed as a private duty nurse on the Peninsula. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Sue was a member of Orcutt Baptist Church and will be fondly remembered by those who knew her for her strength, independence, 'I can do it myself' attitude and her wonderful sense of humor. Sue also had a special love and compassion for dogs and all of God's creatures. She is survived by her only child, Nettie Lamb and her husband, James W. Lamb; two granddaughters, Jennifer and Jessica; and a sister, Nettie Marie Worsham of Arizona. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, in Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, with the Rev. Reggie Warren officiating. The family will receive friends in their home following the service. The family would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. Elizabeth Hardin and the staff of Virginia Oncology Associates in the Newport News office, the Riverside Lifeline Personal Response and Support Services, and a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Personal Touch Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to The American Cancer Society for Ovarian Cancer Research, 895 Middle Ground Blvd., Suite 154, Newport News, VA 23606.

Published in the Daily Press from 6/20/2005 - 6/21/2005.
 
   Mrs. Lightfoot's son-in-law, Jimmy Lamb, is a member of the Class of 1963.  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the family.
 
Elaine Parks Ball
 
ONANCOCK - Elaine Parks Ball, 84, died June 18, 2005, in Onancock, Va., in the presence of her loving sister and her three loving children. Mrs. Ball was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Onancock, where she was raised among family and countless friends, first on North Street, and then in the home her grandfather built, at 24 Kerr St. She graduated from Mary Washington College in 1941 with a bachelor of science degree in education. She was married to the late David Joseph Ball in 1944, and they lived in Hampton, Va., until 2002 when she returned to Onancock, for a retired life near friends and family, supported by the devoted staff of the Hermitage of the Eastern Shore. Mrs. Ball taught high school in Accomack County for two years, and she was then a librarian in the Newport News school system for 28 years, at Newport News High School, Newport News Intermediate School and Dozier Intermediate School. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Hampton and she later transferred her church membership back to the spiritual roots of her childhood, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Onancock. She was a member of the PEO, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, the Peninsula Arts Society and other professional and service organizations. She contributed heavily to the growth and development of many students on both shores of the Chesapeake Bay and was an educational inspiration to her three children. Elaine was dearly cherished by all who knew her, and she would want all to know that her love for us was every bit as deep and strong. Mrs. Ball is survived by her devoted sister, Mildred Beth Graham; her daughter, Jeanne Ball Burger, and children, Scott and Andrew; her son, John David Ball, his wife, Bonney, and children, Michael and Taylor; her son William Parks Ball, his wife, Kati, and children, Benjamin and Kelly; her nephew, Richard Stuart Graham Jr., his wife, Debbie, and daughter, Lindsay; her nieces, Sandra Brown, Bonnie Unger, Cindy Socci and Laney Ball; and her nephews, Sandy Ball and Keith Ball. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on Market Street in Onancock. In lieu of flowers, donations of love may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 66 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417, or to any area Hospice Program. Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 6/22/2005.
 
   Mrs. Ball, of course, was our beloved school librarian for many years.  Her son, Bobby, I believe was a member of the Class of 1963; I've been unable to determine Jeanne's class.  Our sympathies are extended to the entire family.
 
   Y'all take care of each other.  TYPHOONS FOREVER!
 
                                  Love to all, Carol
 

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Carol Buckley Harty
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