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10/09/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Jim Loving

James B. Loving
(d. 07 Oct 2011)

Newport News High School Faculty

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 I was devastated this Sunday afternoon to read of the passing of one of my very favorite teachers.    Jim Loving passed away at the Gardens at Warwick Forest in Newport News on Friday, October 7, 2011 at the age of 82.

From the Daily Press - 10/09/11:

James B. Loving


NEWPORT NEWS - James B. Loving, 82, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at the Gardens at Warwick Forest.

Born in Lynchburg, Va., he had been a Peninsula resident since 1958. Mr. Loving retired as a teacher with Newport News Public Schools after over 30 years of service. He taught industrial arts at Newport News High School and math at Denbigh High School. He was a graduate of Virginia Tech and a member of First United Methodist Church. He also served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.


Jim Loving

Mr. Loving is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, June L. Loving; two daughters, Lynette and Cindy of Newport News; and a sister, Connie Horden of Norfolk.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Weymouth Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at First United Methodist Church, by the Rev. John T. LeGault Jr., followed by entombment at 1:30 p.m., at Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the General Fund of First United Methodist Church, 10246 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from October 9 to October 10, 2011.
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October 09, 2011
Mr. Loving was a great guy! He was the advisor for our Hi-Y Club in the '60's. Fortunately I never received a "rap on the head" with that big Virginia Tech ring he sported. I will always have fond memories of Mr. Loving. Ron S., NNHS Class of '65.

October 09, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with the Loving family. Mr. Loving was one of my favorite teachers at Denbigh High School, and he was also one of my favorite people. I cherish the memories of his gentle good humor and kindness. God bless you!

October 09, 2011
Mr. Loving was one of those kind of teachers you saw portrayed in movies from the 50's ... he knew his subject (I had him for geometry in '63), was able to reach some of the less bright students, and loved NNHS ... he was at all football and basketball games and many of the track meets. One great memory is ... if during class a fire truck's or ambulance's siren was heard he'd get this far away look on his face and then say, "Did I ever tell y'all about when I was a volunteer at the firehouse up at Tech (VPI)?" and he would tell some funny story about his adventures in Blacksburg. Mr. Loving was a good teacher, a supporter of NNHS sports, and a nice guy. I am so glad that he attended the '66's 40th reunion.

October 09, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers to the Loving family.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Loving.

October 09, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Loving's passing. He was a wonderful teacher and a man I thought of countless times over the years. Every day in his class was a treat: I learned so much from him, and he made us smile and laugh all along the way.

~ Joel Fisher

October 09, 2011
Mr. Loving was my homeroom teacher at Newport News High School and he was such a nice man.. We occasionally would run into him at the local Hardee's for breakfast! He was so friendly and personable. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.....

~ Dianne (Adams) Puckette

October 09, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with the Loving family. Mr. Loving was one of my favorite teachers at Denbigh High School. I will always cherish the memories of him. God Bless you until we meet again.

~ Susan Purcell Accardi, Yorktown, Virginia

October 09, 2011

Mr. Loving was a special geometry teacher at NNHS. I have enjoyed talking to him and his family at the First Methodist Church dinners and programs. My deepest sympathy to his family.

~ Linda L. Lane NNHS 64, Williamsburg, Virginia

October 09, 2011
I saw Mr. Loving just as he was arriving at the Gala 40-Year (Open) Reunion of the Class of 1964. I went running up to him squealing, "Mr. Loving, Mr. Loving!" and threw my arms around him and hugged him. He said, almost with wonder in his voice, "You remember me?!?"

Well, of course I remembered him! How could anyone forget Mr. Loving?!? He was one of my all-time favorite teachers!

Two years later I was privileged to sit at the same table with Mr. and Mrs. Loving at the 40-Year (Open) Reunion for the Class of 1966. Throughout the evening people came to visit with him to thank him for the impact he had made on their lives and invariably they would say, "You were my favorite teacher."

His passing leaves a sadness in our hearts, but we are left with cherished memories of a fine teacher and a truly great man. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Carol Buckley Harty, NNHS '65

October 09, 2011
I do remember Hr. Loving as a firm and dedicated teacher; someone I could look up to in my quest to become a man. Rest in Peace. (NNHS 1966)

~ Harry Pasquier, Miami, Florida

October 09, 2011
As a former NNHS graduate who was lucky enough to be in Mr. Loving's class in the 1960's, I, too, was saddened to hear of his passing. Send my deepest sympathy to his family

~ Carla Fine Cripps, South Australia

October 10, 2011
  We very sadly pass our deepest sympathy and condolences to June, Lynette, Cindy, Connie and all other loving members of Jim’s family due to his passing. What a blessing it was for us to have become next-door neighbors September 1, 2002 when we moved into our home directly across the street from him and you, June. Jim was unquestionably a gentleman’s gentleman. We shall miss his always pleasant demeanor, and his always cheerful and often humorous greetings His favorite response to “How are you today?” was “I’m still vertical.” Although Jim shall no longer be physically present and “still vertical” when we step outside our front door, he shall certainly be present and vertical in our fond memory of him stepping outside his front door to get his newspaper, mow his lawn, etc. As for me (Ozell), I shall miss our curbside discussions about politics and about local, country and world affairs. We shall miss him greatly, but are consoled by the knowledge that he is now in a better place for all eternity. We shall gladly honor your request to make a donation to the General Fund of First United Methodist Church in lieu of sending flowers.

October 10, 2011
My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the Loving family. Mr. Loving was my geometry teacher during my junior year at Denbigh High School. He was a wonderful and patient teacher and I shall remember him always.

October 10, 2011
I had Mr. Loving for Math class at NNHS. I remember he would rap his ring on the desk to get your attention. Then he would say a word to the wise is sufficient. Great Math teacher. May he rest in peace.

~ Marvin Barnes, Gloucester, Virginia
October 10, 2011
Lynette and Family, May God be with you at this difficult time. Your hearts should be filled with wonderful thoughts of Mr. Loving as he was a wonderful person. It has been a while but I used to see him having breakfast every morning at Hardee's with his buddies. Peace be with you.

~ Terry Smith-Powell, Newport News, Virginia
October 10, 2011
My prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Loving. He was an outstanding teacher who helped this student to better understand the laws of mathematics and life.

October 10, 2011
It is with great sorrow that I read of Mr. Loving's passing. As one of his geometry students from the '70s he was a great inspiration to me, as well as many others struggling to learn math. My sincerest condolences to his family at this time of loss.


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I thought of Mr. Loving with fondness just last week. He taught me Geometry at Denbigh High School in 1972. He seemed to be everywhere at Denbigh; everyone seemed to know him. Everyone should have a Mr. Loving in their history.

~ Jana Robbins, Woodbridge, Virginia

  June, Lynn and Cindy, Our sincere sympathy to you all. We know Jim will surely be missed. Have known you all for a number of years and know Jim was a wonderful husband and father to you. May God Bless you with His Tender Mercies.

~ Bob and Judy Weikle, Newport News, Virginia

Dear Loving Family, I am a former student of Mr. Loving's. I was in his Geometry class in 1985. He was a very caring teacher who went the extra mille to make sure students understood the content.
May God Bless your family and bring you comfort during this difficult time.
I will miss Jim's sense of humor and his smile as we would meet at Wendy's. It was always fun to discuss the changing world of Denbigh High School and Newport News education with him. What a great and sensitive true gentleman he was.


  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Mr. Loving's family, former students, and friends.

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  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

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
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 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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