10/04/05 - NNHS Newsletter - One Fine Day

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   There is enough grief and pain out there among us this morning to fill the world.  At the same time, many of us
are in high spirits of jocularity and light-heartedness.  I do not normally like to mix the two, but there seems to be
no way around it today, and that, I suppose, is as much a metaphor of life as anything else.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you who weep and mourn, and our love and laughter are with all of you
who frolic and rejoice. 

   Happy Birthday today to my former brother-in-law, Rennie Dick ('54) of VA.


   I'd like to put all this sadness into chronological order, but as most of them occurred almost simultaneously,
that is going to prove to be difficult.

   Members of the Class of 1957 learned a bit belatedly that they had lost one of their own.  Charlotte Jones
passed away in Athens, GA on September 20, 2005.  Her name has been added to their Memorial
Page, and her Memorial Newsletter has been prepared and has already been updated:




   Bob Carden ('61) of VA lost his mother-in-law, and Marty ('67), Johnny ('68), and David Whitmore
of VA
lost their father.  David Whitley ('67) of VA lost a beloved aunt, and practically at the same moment
learned that a close co-worker of his and Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) and of Johnny Bateman ('68)
at Dominion Power Company had been killed in an automobile accident.  As it develops, this co-worker was
none other than Barbara Nunnally Turner, who attended NNHS in the eighth and ninth grades with the
Class of 1965,
before moving to Hampton.  Barb was a tiny and adorable little doll of a girl, known and loved
by many of us.

   These four obituaries follow:

Elizabeth Rowe Dickenson

NEWPORT NEWS - Elizabeth Rowe Dickenson, 96, passed away Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, at Warwick Forest Assisted Living Community after a short illness. She was born Jan. 17, 1909, in Newport News, Va. She was married to the late James E. Dickenson Sr. for 54 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and was known to many others fondly as 'Granny.' She will always be remembered for her faith, spirit, kindness and determination to keep going even when times were difficult. Mrs. Dickenson taught first grade in Hampton City Schools for more than 20 years, a job she truly loved. She was a devoted, lifelong member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, a life member of the United Methodist Women, a member of the Clyde Smith Sunday School Class and a member of the Live Wires. She was a past member of the Newport News Woman's Club and the Hampton Retired Teachers' Association. Survivors include her son and his wife, James E. 'Ed' Dickenson and Trudy of Seaford; her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Clay Leonard of Glen Allen; and her daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Bob Carden of Yorktown; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. The family extends special thanks to the first floor nursing staff at Warwick Forest and to her doctor of more than 30 years, Dr. Frank Medford. A very special thank you to Rochelle Graham and Susan Lyles who gave her such loving care during her final days. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Published in the Daily Press on 10/3/2005.
David Walter Whitmore Sr.

NEWPORT NEWS - David Walter Whitmore Sr. went to be with the Lord after a long courageous battle with heart disease on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005. He was born in Lynchburg, Va., on Dec. 28, 1923, and had been a Peninsula resident for more than 50 years. He was the son of the late Thomas Clarence and Ruth Brautigan Whitmore. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie, in March 2005 after 60 years of marriage; two brothers; and two sisters. Survivors include three children, Johnny Whitmore and his wife, Debra, of Carrollton, Marty McCoy and her husband, David, of Hampton and David Whitmore Jr. and his wife, Jeannie, of Gloucester; two sisters, Ruth Burnett of Lynchburg and Elizabeth Pleasants of Greensboro, N.C.; two brothers, Danny Whitmore of Roanoke, Va., and Edgar Whitmore of Albuquerque, N.M.; nine grandchildren, including his special granddaughters, Erin McCoy and Ashley Whitmore; eight great-grandchildren, including his special great-granddaughter, Morgan McCoy; many nieces and nephews; and Midnight, his black lab and best friend. He was a faithful member of Parkview Baptist Church for 45 years, where he served in many capacities, including the chairman of the building and grounds committee, baptism committee and kitchen committee. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Army Air Force from 1942-1945 where he was an automotive equipment operator and mechanic and munitions worker. Prior to enlistment in the Army, he worked with his Dad as an electrician. After leaving the military, he was the first employee of A.M. Savage Electric and retired as an electrician from Klate Holt in 1986. Our Dad put a whole new meaning to the phrase 'It is better to give than to receive.' Whatever the need - he was your man and was called 'Mr. Fix-It' by many people. He loved life till his last breath and made everyone around him laugh and feel comfortable. People would always say 'he is a character' shortly after meeting him. During the 1950s, he was a Cub and Boy Scout leader for several years. During the 1960s, he created a place for teens to 'hang out' by opening the Hilton Community Center on Hilton Boulevard with a sock hop on Friday and Saturday nights and was on the board of the Hilton Community Center. During the 1970s and the 1980s, he was Santa bringing joy to both young and old. During the 1990s, he loved driving a limousine for several local owners and had such fond memories of those years. Thanks to the staff of James River Convalescent Center and his former caregiver, Susan Harris from Personal Touch Home Care. Walter loved his family and friends and will be missed tremendously; especially his wisdom and knowledge of so many things and we cherish the fond memories of many fun times together. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Parkview Baptist Church by the Rev. Lawrence Biermann, the Rev. Dr. R. Furman Kenney, the Rev. Donald Ambrose, the Rev. Stan Putney and the Rev. Rusty Beck. Memorial donations may be made to Parkview Baptist Church, 604 Hilton Blvd., Newport News, VA 23605.

Published in the Daily Press on 10/4/2005.

Barbara Jean Nunnally Turner

SMITHFIELD - Barbara Jean Nunnally Turner, 58, of 209 Oakwood Lane, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2005. Barbara was a native of Richmond, Va., and worked in the planning department at Dominion Virginia Power, Surry. Barbara is survived by her husband, Charles Wayne Turner of Smithfield; two daughters, Melanie Joynes and Elizabeth 'Beth' Giuliana, both of Hampton, Va.; a sister, Nancy Jones of Louisa County, Va.; two brothers, Rufus 'Bubba' Nunnally III of Louisa County, Va., and Donald Nunnally of Savannah, Ga.; and four grandchildren. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Donald R. Rhoton will be officiating. Burial will be in St. Luke's Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, Va.

Published in the Daily Press on 10/4/2005.

Ann S. Whitley

HAMPTON - Ann S. Whitley, 75, wife of Robert E. Whitley, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2005. Arrangements
by Peninsula Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 10/4/2005.


   Our deepest sympathies to all the families and friends involved.

   If you don't know what I'm going to say next, you don't know me very well.

   Last year just before the reunion, I tried to be subtle and sensitive and allude to this as gently as possible.  This
year I cannot afford to be so coy.

   Have you not noticed how very quickly one of us can be gone?  If you're thinking of waiting until "next time" to see
everyone, look around.  "Next time", either they - or you yourself - may not be around to partake of that opportunity.
How many have we lost this year alone??  You count them all; I cannot bear to do so.

   If you can't attend, you can't attend, and that's that.  But if you're vacillating about whether or not to come, if you're
just "thinking about it ", and haven't quite decided - and especially if your mind is filling with a lot of nonsense such
as, "I'm too fat.  I don't want to see everybody looking like this" - please let me point out to you that your friends love
you, and they don't care how you look, they just want to see you again, and everything else is pure balderdash!!!

   As I can't find the exact quotation, I cannot find the exact date, but I believe it was about sixty years ago when
Ashley Montagu
said, "The greatest forces of evil in this world are those which seek to keep a baby from its
mother's breast." 

   While I wholeheartedly agree with that, I would extend it to read, "The next greatest forces of evil are those
which seek to keep people from their friends by inflicting lies of self-doubt upon them."

   And let me also remind you what Pam said five years ago, which I have preserved on the Reunion Page, lest
we forget:

 I think the joy of going to a class reunion is that EVERYONE really knows
 how old you are and you don't have to try to pretend a thing.

The other interesting phenomenon that I have experienced is
that no matter what a person looks like now,
I still tend to see them as looking like the same people I knew in 1965.

Where else can you go and have 35 years shed?  Can't wait to see everyone!!!

- Pam (Smith) Tomczyk ('65) of IL - 09/08/00
{now Pam Smith Arnold ('65) of VA}
just prior to 1965's 35th Reunion of October 27/28, 2000

   I might get off this soapbox soon - but don't count on it. 

   "I excuse not myself."


The 54-Year Reunion of the Class of 1951
 will be held on on Sunday, October 16, 2005 at Kiln Creek
 - a Sunday lunch brunch from Noon to 2:00 PM.
The cost is $21 per person or $42 per couple. 

Contact Robert Allen at RBADDS@cox.net
or Nancy Fogle Moore, 76 Columbia Drive,
Newport News, VA 23608





The 40-Year Reunion of the Class of 1965

will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2005
at the Point Plaza,
950 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard,
Newport News,
and is open to all NNHS Alumni -  and a few others!.








From Mike Miller ('65) of NC - 10/03/05:

Hi Carol, 

I am sorry that you have been feeling poorly. I hope that you are on the mend, and are ready
to Party!

I have another West Point story to add to the Typhoon Tale List.  One dark foggy night, Todd
Givens ('65)
, and his date (I can't remember who), Judy McCall ('65) and I decided to "See the
Light". We found West Point with no trouble. It was a perfect night, dark and really foggy. We parked
under one of the big old oak trees by the tracks and never saw the train lights, but we had a lot of fun
trying! I was driving and when we got back out to 64, I made the wrong turn, and due to the dense fog,
did not know that I had made the wrong turn, until I crossed the bridge into Richmond! This was in the
day that fathers shot young men for keeping their daughters out too late, so naturally we were all
panicked. We found a phone booth, and all called home. A State Trooper was parked near by, and he
led us back in the fog, all the way to Newport News.

What a night! Those really were the GOOD OLD DAYS!

Mike Miller, NNHS Class of 65, and damned proud of it!!!

   Thank you, Michael Darlin', you're a hoot!

   (We'll just have to have a new page for this quite soon now.  Hang in there!)

   See you soon, Blue Eyes!  I'll certainly ready to dance by then, too!

From Gloria Woolard Price (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 10/03/05:

To Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA:  Thanks for clearing up the Hobbyland/Variety store mystery.  I
really thought there were two different stores.  And how far down Ivy Home Road did you live? 

To Chandler Nelms
(Hampton HS - '65) of MD:  Thanks for letting me know that Robert is your brother.  I
live in Niceville, about 15 miles from Shalimar.  And, dahling, it's not Southern Alabama......it's called "LA"
for Lower Alabama, altho we take great umbrage to being called that.  :)  :)  
To Carol:  I hope your tests will prove you're fit as a fiddle and still in good working condition.  Enjoy a few days
off.  We'll be praying for you and anxiously awaiting news.

   Thanks, Gloria!  My blood tests just went to the lab today, and as my physician seems unconcerned at this
moment, so shall I be!  Nonetheless, I do appreciate your prayers!

From Chuck Ragland ('66) of VA - 10/03/05:


Please add my brother, Henry (Butch) Ragland "63" to your birthday list. He retired from the Colorado
Department of Corrections last week. (No, he wasn't an inmate) and turns 60 Weds., Oct. 5...

Chuck Ragland

   Why, that's tomorrow!  Thanks, Chuck!  I've added your brother's name:


   Congratulations on your retirement, Butch - and Happy Early Birthday!

From Harron Ellenson ('65) of MA to Dave and Pam Smith Arnold (both '65) of VA - 10/03/04:

Dave, Pam, and other old friends:

I'm really sorry, but my client has said that the company is holding an event on the weekend of the reunion.
I won't be able to get down to Newport News. I know it's going to be great and I can't wait to see all the pictures.

Best always,


  Okay, here's another one of those "Can't-Argue-with-That" stories.  But I can cry all I want,
so I will.  I am so sorry to hear that, Harron.  I was really looking forward to seeing you again. 

   I've added your name to the "regrets" column, Harron:  




From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/03/05 - "Inspiration from The Magic Shower":

Hi, Carol:

I have tried in vain to locate the comment from one of your faithful subscribers to the ever popular
Newsletter regarding "Marching Through Georgia" by Henry Clay Work, and regret that I did not
respond earlier while it was fresh on everyone's mind. She did not share with us which version of this
old song she hums while taking a shower.

Of course, the original version of this old song was an up tempo "Square Dance" type of melody that
celebrated the advance by General Sherman's Army on Atlanta.

The later version known as the "Marching Through Georgia" (Lament) was after the destruction
of Atlanta and is a slow tempo version, almost mournful version, and was performed beautifully
by Jacqueline Schwab at the piano. She captured the feelings of almost anyone viewing the images
of the awful devastation of war, as General Sherman performed his duty during the Civil War.
Also, Dear Conduit...May I also send greetings to Donald Harvey. It was so nice to see this former
NNHS Teacher is a subscriber. He was also an outstanding example for young men when he was a
counselor and faithful Boy Scout in his youth.
TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   And I thought I knew exactly where that was, but I cannot find it at the moment either, Joe.

   But I'm sure we'll hear back, and all things shall be made known unto us. 

   Thanks, Adonis!

From Cathy Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 10/03/05 - "Hi":

Good Morning Carol :  

Great to hear you are feeling a little better. 

Tell Renee (Helterbran) Benton ('59 - of VA) I added the Breast Cancer Web Site to my favorites
and I will visit it every time I visit your wonderful Newsletter.  Both do great things to help people and it
is the least I can do to help others. I strongly believe in and support the fight against Breast Cancer;  hope
everyone does. 


I think the Buster Brown Show was tied into the Howdy Dowdy Show or at least they showed the
commercials for it .

The Appliance Store in South Hampton Shopping Center was Shauls TV and Appliances. When I first
 got married 41 years ago this past September 11th.  We lived in the Southampton Apartments and I would
walk up to the center with our daughter for our daily walks.  We spent a lot of time at the Laundry and in the
Soda Shop while we were waiting for the clothes to dry. The Drug Store was where our first prescriptions
were filled, and they had to order the baby's formula because no one carried it.  We would buy groceries
at both the food stores. I also saved Green Stamps and would visit that store too. When you only had one car
and were new parents; you did a lot of walking when your husband was at work. We lived in the end apartment
across from the Marina. We had a big tree in the front yard and I was always tempted to tell our distant
relatives that I lived across from the Marina and sat under the tree in the front yard eating Bon Bon's and
sipping on a cool drink (well, it sounded good).
Take care and don't get too tired and have a relapse.     Catherine

   Thanks so much, Cathy - and a belated Happy Anniversary to you and Leonard!  See you soon???

  From My Favorite Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 10/03/04:

Greetings, Typhoons, Farmers, Crabbers, Justices, (Mariners??), & eva’body,

Oh, mercy, mercy, mercy – we have ALL gone over the edge!! Buster Brown, Sky King … – next thing you
know we’ll be putting our Winky Dink vinyl screens on our computer monitors and sending emails that way -
WILD GIGGLES (see, she’s got me doing it now) Can’t you just image that – ha ha he he roll-in-the-floor
giggles !! (you can still get them, you know)

“Winky Dink and you, Winky Dink and me …” over the edge we go!! Wild GIGGLES, again

RE: Robert Hall Store: Did the store on Oyster Point move over to Warwick Boulevard up closer to Fort
? My last memory of Robert Hall was around 1971 when my then 5 year old son (Mike - #1) began
to run wildly through the racks of clothes – the clerk politely (or not so politely) said, if could not control my
child, to please leave – Well, I left VERY humiliated!! – never went back – would not go today if they still
existed – would bring back traumatic memories! Anyway, they were still around in 1971.  

   AHHH - I often think children were designed for the express purpose of publicly embarrassing their parents,
and thereby teaching them humility and patience and probably a few other things I never learned....

RE: ’65 Reunion – there is a possibility we could come on Friday. Even if we can’t, we will still be contributing
to a “Reunion” because the reason we are keeping the kids is so Chris (my #2 son) can go to his William
& Mary
15 year reunion.




Hey, I have an idea for a contest – that is when I can photograph a certain object for you all to guess what it is –
I’m just slow about those things – I’ll get to it before end of week – I’ll provide the prize!

   Oh, GOODY!!!  I LIKE contests!  Thanks, Cheryl!

Oh, found one postcard so far – picture of the ferry (Princess Anne) that used to go over to the Eastern
(from Little Creek to Kiptopeke Beach) before the bridge was built – we went (my Aunt Virginia &
) on LAST run of the ferry (’64??).


Did they start using that boat for something else??

   DUH - I dunno......

YES, Carol, hope you are feeling better – your friend Chandler (Nelms - Hampton HS - '63 - of MD) is
right – we need the medicine – I sure do after running after a 19 month old all day – then tending to 90 year
old parents – the mind needs the diversion – that is, if I still have one!!

Take Care,
Cheryl (Carol’s favorite cousin)

   Thanks so much, Cheryl! 

   I am so excited at the prospect of seeing you again!  And (get ready), "You'll just love it!" 

   Sorry - like twins, Cheryl and I developed a language of our own over the years.  We dissolve in giggles at things
no one else would find even mildly amusing.  But we're cute!

   Okay, Sweetie-Babies, this Newsletter was going to top all records for length, so I divided in smack in half, and
I'll give you the rest tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

   Call someone you love and tell them how much they mean to you.  Mend fences.  Touch hearts.  Time grows short.

   Y'all have a good day - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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One Fine Day

(The Chiffons)

One fine day
You'll look at me
And you will know our love was
Meant to be
One fine day
You're gonna want me for your girl
The arms I long for
Will open wide
And you'll be proud to have me
By your side
One fine day
You're gonna want me for your girl
Though I know you're the
Kind of boy
Who only wants to run around
I'll keep waiting and
Someday darling
You'll come to me when you want to settle down oh
One fine day
We'll meet once more
And then you'll want the love you
Threw away before
One fine day
You're gonna want me for your girl
One fine day
We'll meet once more
And then you'll want the love you
Threw away before
One fine day
You're gonna want me for your girl

 "One Fine Day" midi courtesy of http://www.garyrog.50megs.com/midi2.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/04/05
Thanks so much, Dave!

 "One Fine Day" lyrics courtesy of http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/onefineday/onefineday.htm
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/26/05
Thanks again, Dave!

"One Fine Day" Book Cover Image courtesy of http://www.fiona.co.jp/BOOK_PICTURE_PAGE/onefineday.htm - 10/01/05

 Acorn and Oak Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html - 10/04/05

Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/ - 10/02/05

Crying Baby clip art courtesy of http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05

Justice clip art courtesy of http://www.antiquemapsandprints.com/spy/SPY-1870.htm - 10/02/05

Animated Ye-Haa Typhoon courtesy of Al Farber of GA - 08/18/05
Thanks, Al!

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