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11/03/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Frances Cosby Nettles

Frances Cosby Nettles
(d. 28 Oct 2009)

Probably Newport News High School Class of 1931
Newport News High School Faculty

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news today.  Beloved Newport News High School teacher,  
  Frances Cosby Nettles, mother of    Adrienne Nettles Holderby ('56) and   LaRhue Nettles Mitchell (’58) of VA, and mother-in-law of    Johnny Mitchell (’57) of VA, passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at the age of 95.

From the Daily Press - 11/03/09:   

                   Frances Cosby Nettles


NEWPORT NEWS - Frances Cosby Nettles, 95, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.

Frances was a native of Newport News and a 1935 graduate of the College of William & Mary. She was a biology teacher and chairman of the Science Department in the Newport News Public School System, first at Newport News High School and then at Menchville High School.

Frances was dedicated to her students and conveyed to them her love of the natural world. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and The American Association of University Women. She was a former member of Orcutt Baptist Church and a current member of First Baptist Church.



Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar L. Nettles.

Survivors include two daughters, Adrienne Holderby and LaRhue Mitchell and her husband, John; her grandchildren, Pam Jenkins, Jim and Sean Holderby, John and Edward Mitchell; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Blvd., Newport News.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Health Care Unit at The Chesapeake for their service and dedication for so many years. The work they perform is valuable.

The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to The Peninsula Rescue Mission, 3700 Huntington Ave., Newport News, VA 23607. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from November 3 to November 4, 2009.
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November 03, 2009

We are so sorry to hear about Mrs. Nettles. She and Mr. Nettles were very special people. Your family is in our hearts and prayers. Love,
~ Bill & Debbie Vaccarelli & Staff, Danny's Deli, Newport News, Virginia
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November 03, 2009

Mrs. Nettles was a wonderful teacher. I had her many years ago at Menchville. She was a very kind lady and I will always remember her. My prayers go out to the family. May God bring comfort to you and love through your family and many friends.
~ Linda Seward Vinyard, Newport News, Virginia

November 03, 2009  

A new star will shine in heaven tonight. Frances has gone home. I have fond memories of her when I was a child. Your family lived next door to my Aunt Lee, and we girls played together.

My thoughts and prayers are with your families at this time.

~ Trissie Dobson Myers, Centerville, GA


November 03, 2009

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is sad when our parents leave us no matter their age or ours. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Brownie Shaffer Haracivet, Gloucester, Virginia

November 03, 2009  

Mrs. Nettles was the cutest little lady at Orcutt. I'll bet that she and Virginia Smith are just kicking up their heels for joy as they dance around with their husbands in heaven. I have such fond memories of the Nettles family. Our loss is heaven's gain. We will all miss Frances so much.
~ Pam Garrett Chalkley, Hampton, Virginia

November 03, 2009  

What a sweet lady and a great biology teacher. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her remaining family. May she rest in peace.

~ John DiGiacomo, Prince George, Virginia


November 03, 2009  

Bill and I send our sincere sympathy to your family.
Mrs. Nettles was a lovely woman and special on many levels. She was my Biology teacher at NNHS and I enjoyed her class. But before that she was a special neighbor and I recall dying Easter Eggs in her home several times while growing up in the East End. She and Mr. Nettles were special people at Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church during my youth and I will always remember them fondly.
We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy (Mitchell) Wynne and Bill Wynne
~ Nancy Wynne, Middletown, Maryland

November 03, 2009  

Sorry to hear of your loss. I only met Mrs. Nettles on one or two occasions when I was very young but I remember my mother Mildred who has passed on speaking of her many times as such a beautiful person. My mother did private duty nursing for Mrs. Nettles' mother and brother Eubank and another family member in the East End area of Newport News. May God be with the entire family during this most difficult time.

Barbara Clark Newton


November 03, 2009  

Mrs. Nettles was my biology teacher at NNHS many years ago. She was an inspiration to me and made me want to excel. She is a teacher I have never forgotten especially because she was kind, loving and had the most gorgeous smile. She is and was loved by many.
Gail Latta Pearce
~ Gail Pearce, Newport News, Virginia
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November 04, 2009  

John & LaRhue sorry to hear of your loss God Bless All.
~ Ronnie Smith, Williamsburg, Virginia

November 04, 2009  

Mrs. Nettles was my tenth grade biology teacher at NNHS. She was always kind and understanding and what a "true" teacher should be. I will always remember fondly the time I spent in her class.
~ Ron Smith, Scottsville, Virginia

November 04, 2009  

Mrs. Nettles was a beautiful person and a strong teacher. I look back to those years at Newport News High School as great years because of the friends there and because we were blessed with fabulous teachers like Mrs. Nettles. I remember her love of science, her firm kindness with students, and her absolutely gorgeous complexion. I'm glad she had a long life as she touched so many in a positive manner. While sad, I'm sure her family is very proud to have had such a wonderful person as a mentor.
All good wishes,
Becky Goolsby McCallum
~ Becky McCallum, Virginia Beach, Virginia

November 08, 2009

I send sincere condolence to the family in the loss of Mrs. Nettles. She was a wonderful lady and teacher. How fortunate I am to have had her help me ‘make the grade” in biology in 1959. May God keep her in his care.

~ Norman Covert, Frederick, Maryland

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Nettles' family, friends, and former students at this difficult time.

    From Don Chaney ('66) of MD - 11/04/09 - "Death Notice for  Frances C. Nettles":

Did not know if you saw in the Daily Press online that Frances Nettles passed away. She was one of my homeroom teachers in the 9th grade.

Take care, Don Chaney

   Thank you, Don, I appreciate your telling me this, as I might have missed it while I was out of town this week.

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 11/09/09 - " Mrs. Nettles":


Although much belated, I had to express my sadness regarding the passing of Mrs. Nettles. What a wonderful lady!! She was truly caring, helpful, and concerned with the welfare of her students. I was fortunate enough to have been taught Biology by Mrs. Nettles and have nothing but fond memories of her and her class.

To me, it seemed she never forgot anyone. Some twenty years after '65 I saw Mrs. Nettles at the Warwick Restaurant during breakfast hours and she addressed me by name! Spoke with me about what I had been doing, my family, and assured me that I would succeed in any endeavor I undertook. She even mentioned my being in her class!!

Many are the times that I have thought about her over the passing years. What a magnificent and decent human being. A great loss.


   Thank you, Wayne, what a beautiful remembrance.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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Words and Music by George Bennard, 1913

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And exchange it some day for a crown.

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Till my trophies at last I lay down;
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And exchange it some day for a crown.

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