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09/30/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Pop Wyatt

Henry James Wyatt, Jr.
(d. 28 Sept 2010)

Newport News High School Class of February 1942

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
  We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Thursday morning.     Pop Wyatt, Class of February 1942, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at the age of 86.  His brothers, Frank and Ralph Wyatt, predeceased him.

From the Daily Press - 09/30/10:




Henry J. "Pop" Wyatt, Jr.
    HAMPTON - Henry James 'Pop' Wyatt Jr. went home to be with the Lord at the age of 86. Pop fought a long battle with cancer and was resting at home when he passed away Sept. 28, 2010.

Born in Sullivan County, Tenn., he was a resident of Hampton since 1933. Pop was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Anne Wyatt; and brothers, Frank and Ralph Wyatt.

Pop graduated from Newport News High in 1942 before going into the Navy. He was with the 'underwater demolition squad' until receiving an honorable discharge because of injuries received. During his time in the Navy he took up boxing, once going three rounds with Champion Rocky Garciano.
Pop Wyatt
Pop had many hobbies including fishing, hunting, and playing cards. But his main hobby was auto racing. Pop started his career at Dude Ranch now known as Langley Speedway. He was credited with winning the first sportsman race at the track. Later in his career he raced the 'Flying Mile' at Daytona, averaging 142 mph in a 1963 Pontiac. Pop ran many tracks up and down the east coast winning his share of races. Later Pop would turn his efforts towards helping his son, grandsons, and great-grandsons race. From 1995 to 2002, Pop helped with the major reconstruction of Langley Speedway where he developed many valuable friendships and left a major impact on all.

In 2009 he joined First Baptist Church where he accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized. Pop made many friends while attending church there.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Lorraine Wyatt. Between he and his wife they have four children who also survive, Wayne Wyatt and his wife, Shannon, Teresa Miller and her husband, Larry, Kathy Riemann, and William Smith and his wife, Sherrie. He also has 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, at First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2010, at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Please leave condolences at Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press from September 30 to October 1, 2010.  Visit Guest Book

September 30, 2010

Wayne & Shannon - I am so sorry to hear that your father has passed away. He seemed to have had a great life enjoying his family and friends. Mine and Laurel's thoughts and prayers will be with you.
Sincerely - Jim Kyriazis

~ Jim Kyriazis, Surry, Virginia

September 30, 2010
Wayne & Family - Pop had a very positive impact on many lives including mine. His optimistic outlook and easy going style have created memories that will live on in all of us. Robin and I share in your grief, but are relieved that he is now free of pain and on his way to bigger and better things with his savior. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless you all.

~ Rick Wertel, Lanexa, Virginia

September 30, 2010
Lorraine - so sorry to hear about James. I'm sorry I can't be there but you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love you and I will talk to you soon. Your sister, Betty & family
~ Betty & family

September 30, 2010

Our condolences to the entire Wyatt family. Pop was a great man that lived an amazing and full life. His legacy will live on through your family.

~ Abigail Hester, Newport News, Virginia

September 30, 2010
Sorry to hear about Pop; he was a old friend. Sam Perry

~ Sam Perry
September 30, 2010
Thoughts and prayers with you all. Bruce Caneup
~ Bruce Caneup 

September 30, 2010
Wayne, Chrissy, and all the Wyatt family, I extend my heartfelt sympathy at your loss of Pop. I know he was a great man to the world and a special man to you all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve and cherish his memory.

~ Kimberly (Hinnant) Triplett, Carrollton, Virginia

September 30, 2010
Sorry to hear about your loss......our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
~ Unsigned

September 30, 2010


September 30, 2010



  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Wyatt family and their friends.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

No Night There

Words by John R. Clements, c.1899
Music by Hart P. Danks (6 Apr 1834 - 20 Nov 1923)


1. In the land of fadeless day
Lies the city foursquare;
It shall never pass away,
And there is no night there.

* Refrain:
God shall wipe away all tears,
There’s no death, no pain, nor fears,
And they count not time by years,
For there is no night there.

2. All the gates of pearl are made,
In the city foursquare;
All the streets with gold are laid,
And there is no night there.

3. All the gates shall never close
To the city foursquare;
There life’s crystal river flows,
And there is no night there.

4. There they need no sunshine bright,
In that city foursquare;
For the Lamb is all the light,
And there is no night there.

"No Night There" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 01/12/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

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

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

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