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09/01/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Norris Apperson

Norris Edward Apperson
(28 Feb 1936 - 29 Aug 2020)

Newport News High School Class of 1954

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have still more sad news today.    Norris Apperson, Class of 1954, passed away at The Newport in Newport News on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the age of 84. 

   He was the brother of the late Lemuel Apperson (d. 11 Sept 2005) ('50).

From the Daily Press - 09/01/20:

    Norris Apperson


    NEWPORT NEWS - Norris Apperson, 84, passed quietly from this earth and into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

He was born February 28, 1936, a lifelong resident of Newport News.

Norris attended Wilson School, played football with the East End Blue Devils and the Newport News High School Typhoons. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1954, going on to attend and play football for the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School.

Norris retired after over 40 years of service with Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company.

He loved golf and continued to follow the game even after his playing days were over.

Norris Apperson
  Norris Apperson was preceded in death by his beautiful wife of 59 years, Patricia W. Apperson; his brother, Lemuel "Pat" Apperson; and his parents, Lemuel R. and Mary Alice Apperson.

He is survived by daughters, Cyndi Hefner (John) and Melinda McGowan (Seamus); granddaughters, Caiti McGowan, Jennifer McGowan (Pablo Siekiviza), and Valerie Kiziltas (Serdar); great-granddaughters, Emma and Alice Siekiviza, and Hailey Kiziltas; and nephews, Lem Apperson (Debbie and Elizabeth) and Sam Apperson (Ron Braswell).

Heartfelt thanks go out to The Newport staff for their dedication, love and care over the last year and a half. You are all true heroes, especially during these unprecedented times.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lackey Clinic or the Peninsula Rescue Mission. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

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Published in the Daily Press from September 1 to September 6
, 2020.
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August 31, 2020 

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

~ Loughmiller Family

September 01, 2020 

I was sorry to hear about Norris. Another "Typhoon" is gone. He was a couple of years ahead of me in high school but he was well known and well liked. May our Lord ease the families pain for their loss.

~ Jim McDonald

September 01, 2020   

I am so sorry to read of the passing of Norris. We were both in the Original Club, and had many good times. To the family, please accept my most heartfelt condolences.

September 01, 2020

I'm deeply saddened to read of the passing of my cousin, Norris. As a young child I remember visiting my relatives on Sycamore Avenue. Condolences to the entire family .

~ Bill Gardner

September 01, 2020

So sorry to hear of your loss; he was a gentleman to his core. I'm grateful I had a opportunity to know him and his wife. Blessings they are now reunited, praying for your comfort and reassurance that all is well. He has his wings.

September 06, 2020    

I was in Norris' high school graduating class. I remember him as being shy and respectful, and having eyes only for Patricia. My condolences to the family...Heaven has gained a good man.


September 06, 2020  

Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers. - See more at:

Cyndi and Melinda, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I will always remember both your mom and dad, and the times spent at your house when I was younger. Love to you both, Cindy (Langston) Grella

September 08, 2020  

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow; keeping you in my prayers.

~ April VanDyke

September 08, 2020    

He was a wonderful man. It was my honor to get to know him and care for him. My heart goes out to you!

~ Stacie

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Norris' family, friends, and classmates 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

The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

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

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

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