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07/28/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Gregory Russell

Gregory Lee Russell
(25 Jan 1947 - 25 July 2011)

Newport News High School / _____ High School Class of 1965

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.
         Gregory Russell, Class of 1965, passed away at his home in Hampton on Monday, July 25, 2011, at the age of exactly 64-1/2. He attended Newport News High School through at least the tenth grade before transferring elsewhere.

From the Daily Press - 07/28/11:

              Gregory L. Russell



HAMPTON - Capt. Gregory L. Russell, 64, passed away at home on Monday, July 25, 2011.

He was born in Newport News and was a resident of Hampton for 23 years. Gregory was employed with the Newport News Fire Department as its Captain and retired in August 2002 after 35 years of service. He was a veteran and served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps.


Gregory Russell



Preceding him in rest is his wife of 32 years, Peggy T. Russell; and his mother, Jean K. Allen.

He is survived by his daughter, Yvonne Gilbert and her husband, Jamie; his son, Christopher Russell and his wife, Nightingale; grandchildren, Timothy, Taylor and Paris Russell; and aunt, Mary Lou Shives.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A celebration of Gregory's life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 29, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.

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

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from July 28 to July 29, 2011.
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July 28, 2011

This is a very sad day for me. Butch Hutson

~ Butch Hutson

July 28, 2011
Gregory (or Pretzel as we called him as kids), was a wonderful childhood friend - fun loving and fiercely independent as a boy. We got into some mischief in the early 60's but nothing too serious. He was a great and loyal friend, the kind every boy seeks growing up. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

July 28, 2011
Like my brother Barry, I to am sorry to hear of his passing. I inherited his paper route and due to his "passionate" way of collecting the weekly subscription from his customers, I had no problem with getting my money. He was a good friend and my condolences go out to his family.

~ Michael Meredith, Orlando, Florida
July 28, 2011

July 29, 2011
To family, Gregory was a good person and I had a lot of good times at the Fire station. We would talk for hours and he will be missed; I'm so sorry to hear he's gone. I made a knife for him years ago and gave it to him; he was so happy it made me happy just to give it to him. I will miss him, Larry Cooper

~ Larry Cooper, Newport News, Virginia

July 29, 2011

Vonnie and Chris,
We are sorry for your loss and pray that you will be comforted in your memories.

~ Kathy and Ronnie Brame

31, 2011
Vonnie & Jamie,
Thinking of you during this time of reflection and sorrow. Know my thoughts and heartfelt sympathy are with you.

~ D.M. Reynolds

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Russell family and their friends at this difficult 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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 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.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

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

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

Firefighters' Emblem courtesy of - 08/17/07

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