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11/17/16 - NNHS Newsletter - I Say a Little Prayer

No one is a firmer believer in the power of prayer than the devil;
not that he practices it, but he suffers from it.

- Guy H. King

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   Here's a nice peaceful golden oldie for you.
I don't know about you, but I myself could do with a few peaceful feelings right about now, and I'm sure we could all use a few prayers as well.

BONUS - - I Say a Little Prayer - Dionne Warwick, 1967  


"I Say a Little Prayer" (sometimes erroneously rendered as "I Say a Little Prayer for You") is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick, originally peaking at number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in December 1967.[1]

Intended by lyricist Hal David to convey a woman's concern for her beau who's serving in Vietnam, "I Say a Little Prayer" was recorded by Dionne Warwick in a 9 April 1966 session. Although Bacharach's recordings with Warwick typically took no more than three takes (often only taking one), Bacharach did ten takes on "I Say a Little Prayer" and still disliked the completed track feeling it rushed. The track went unreleased until September 1967 when it was introduced on the album The Windows of the World which largely consisted of older material; it was Scepter Records owner Florence Greenberg rather than Bacharach who wanted "I Say a Little Prayer" added to that album. [2] from which it had a single release in October 1967 as the intended B-side of the newly recorded track "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls": however the brisk sound of "I Say a Little Prayer" which Bacharach disliked proved to be the comeback sound for Warwick as "I Say a Little Prayer" became the original favored side reaching #4 that December on the Billboard Hot 100 - Warwick's first Top Ten appearance since "Message to Michael" in the spring of 1966 - and also #8 on the Billboard R & B Chart and #4 on the Canadian Charts. "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" would become a hit subsequent to the success of "I Say a Little Prayer" reaching #2 in February 1968: Warwick's "I Say a Little Prayer"/"(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls" single would receive gold certification from the RIAA for sales of a million units becoming the only certified gold single of the first phase of Warwick's career.

"I Say a Little Prayer" b/w "(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls", became one of the most successful double-sided hits of the Rock era. Like several Bacharach compositions, both sides contains passages written in unusual time signatures. The verses of "Prayer" are constructed of 2 successive measures of 4/4, a measure of 10/4 (using 4/4 + 2/4 + 4/4), and 2 final measures of 4/4. The chorus is in 11/4 (using 4/4 + 3/4 + 4/4).

"Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness."

- Psalms 143:1


1.   From Candy Hixson Whitley (Ferguson HS - '68) of VA - 11/15/16, 1:02 PM:

Would appreciate thoughts and prayers for my sweet monster-in-law, as she calls herself.

She has dementia but I am happy to say to those of you who have known Mary Whitley (mother of  David Whitley - '67 - of VA), she still retains her wicked and hilarious sense of humor. Very late Saturday night she fell at the nursing home and broke her hip. She had surgery around noon Sunday. She came through it very well. What recovery lies ahead, I'm not sure. She's not very aware right now, don't know a release date from Riverside. She is 87 but in better shape than I am at 66. She did all the walking and water classes I didn't do for many years and still has continuing to walk the halls of James River. I don't want her to suffer through Rehabilitation although I'm sure they'll be gentle considering her circumstances....

   Oh, NO! Thank you, Candy!

2.  From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 11/16/16, 7:46 AM:

I am happy to report that my wife, Ethel, came through her knee replacement surgery without any problems and may be ready for rehab by later this afternoon! A minor problem had been expected but once our surgeon got in there, he found that all was OK! This is a great answer to prayer for this old man! Thanks to each of you for your prayers! God Bless each of you...

   GREAT! Thank you for this super news, Butch!

3.   From Nancy Winall ('70) of VA - 11/16/16:

I am asking for prayers for my son, Dale, who is in Mary Immaculate Hospital with pneumonia. He is located in ICU and hopefully will relocate to the main floor tomorrow. Thank you everyone.
God bless you.

   Oh, NO! Thank you, Nancy!

   We'll certainly keep Mary, Ethel, and Dale in our prayers!


  Happy Birthday today to Ronald Creech ('57) AND Wayne Gaskill ('63)!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to  Joe Drewry ('58) of VA AND   Jane Coltrane Leonard ('64) of VA AND  Ann Allen ('65) of NC!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

21 - June Veneris Collie (Hampton HS - '62) of VA AND     Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA AND  the late Rose Woodard Groff ('65) (deceased 10/14/84);

23 -  Sandra Ray ('61) of VA AND  John Howard ('66) of VA AND Peggy Cooke Wolfley ('71) of VA AND the late Fayetta Covert Stansbury (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '72) (deceased 06/03/10);

24 -  Sharon Hilsdon Bryant ('68) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns, One and All!


November 17, 1939 - Nine Czech students were executed as a response to anti-Nazi demonstrations prompted by the death of Jan Opletal. In addition, all Czech universities were shut down and over 1200 Czech students sent to concentration camps. Since this event, International Students' Day is celebrated in many countries, especially in the Czech Republic.

November 17, 1941 - Joseph C. Grew, U.S. ambassador to Japan, cabled the U.S. State Department that he had heard that Japan had prepared a plan to attempt a surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. The attack was "planned, in the event of trouble with the United States."

Thursday, November 17, 1966 - Basketball player and manager Alvin Patrimonio was born Alvin Vergara Patrimonio in  the Philippines.

Thursday, November 17, 1966 - Bassist and composer Ben Allison was born in New Haven, Connecticut.

Thursday, November 17, 1966 - Singer-songwriter and guitarist Jeff Buckley was born Jeffrey Scott Buckley in Orange, California. On 29 May 1997, while awaiting the arrival of his band from New York, he drowned during a spontaneous evening swim, fully clothed, in the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee when he was caught in the wake of a passing boat; his body was found on 04 June 1997. He was 30 years old.

Thursday, November 17, 1966 - Singer-songwriter and actress Kate Ceberano was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Thursday, November 17, 1966 - Guitarist, songwriter, and producer Richard Fortus was born in St. Louis, Missouri.

Thursday, November 17, 1966 - Model and actress Daisy Fuentes was born in Havana, Cuba.

Thursday, November 17, 1966 - Actress, director, and screenwriter Sophie Marceau was born Sophie Danièle Sylvie Maupu in Paris, France.

 From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 09/08/16 - "Spectacular Pictures (#17 in a series of 40)":

  Here are several really nice photos to enjoy.

   WOWZERS! Thank you, Billy!


“My husband wanted one of those big-screen TVs for his birthday. So I just moved his chair closer to the one we have already.

- Wendy Liebman
(b. 27 Feb 1961)


  27 Stylish Modern Thanksgiving Décor Ideas - "We all got used to traditional Thanksgiving décor but what about something more modern? Traditional Thanksgiving colors are brown, gold, green and yellow, so for a hot modern touch try to incorporate black, purple or gold colors – it’ll give your space an elegant look. Black and white look very minimalist and stylish, so why not go for them? Don’t be excessive with decorations – for modern style it’s not necessary. Decorate your pumpkins in a calm way: one color or one pattern. Try natural décor: twigs, berries, gilded pumpkins, pinecones and leaves – that’s clear modern minimalism. Get inspired by gorgeous ideas below and give thanks!"


BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS (Sorry, not theme related): - Easy Baby Hat Patterns



     From Me ('65) of NC - 11/16/16 - "Foolproof Pie Crust":



From - 11/16/16:

I went to see my doctor this morning. “Some one decided to graffiti my house last night!” I raged.

“So why are you telling me?” the doctor asked.

“I can't read the writing,” I replied. “Was it you?”


1. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.


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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

"Never underestimate
the power of a drop
in the bucket."


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I Say a Little Prayer

Burt Bacharach (b. 12 May 1928) and Hal David (b. 25 May 1921)
 Dionne Warwick (b. 12 Dec 1940), 1967

The moment I wake up
Before I put on my makeup
I say a little prayer for you
While combing my hair now
And wondering what dress to wear now
I say a little prayer for you

Forever and ever
You'll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever
We never will part
Oh how I'll love you
Together, forever
That's how it will be
To live without you

I run for the bus dear
While riding it I think of us dear
I say a little prayer for you
At work I just take time
And all through my coffee break time
I say a little prayer for you

Forever and ever
You'll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever
We never will part
Oh how I'll love you
Together, forever
That's how it will be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me

My darling believe me
For me there is no one
But you
Please love me too
I'm in love with you
Answer my prayer

Forever and ever
You'll stay in my heart
And I will love you
Forever and ever
We never will part
Oh how I'll love you
Together, forever
That's how it will be
To live without you
Would only mean heartbreak for me


"I Say a Little Prayer" midi courtesy of - 11/16/07

"I Say a Little Prayer" lyrics courtesy of - 11/16/07

Image of Woman Praying courtesy of - 11/17/07

Image of Woman Applying Makeup courtesy of - 11/17/07

Pastel Divider Lines clip art courtesy of - 05/24/06

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of - 05/23/16

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