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11/18/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Petie Yevak

Peter James Yevak
(04 Feb 1949 - 15 Nov 2012)

Newport News High School Class of 1967

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There is yet more sad news this Sunday morning.      Petie Yevak, Class of 1967, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2012 in Newport News at the age of 63.  He was the brother of   Karen Yevak ('69), Shannon Yevak Leskin, and Tommy Yevak, and of the late      Bobby Yevak, Class of 1965, who passed away almost four years ago.

  From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA to the Members of the Class of 1967 - 11/15/12, 3:09 PM - "Sad News -    Pete Yevak":

George Hankins ('67) called    Melissa Moody ('67 - of VA) - Petie Yevak had a fatal heart attack last night! He has been very ill and battling skin cancer for years and years; guess his heart just gave up! His brother Tommy called George. No arrangements announced yet, but something should be in the paper by the weekend or Monday. I will send you any more details when I get them

Thanks Marty

   Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear this, Marty; thanks so much for letting me know.

  From Nancy Sosebee Seay ('67) of AZ to the Members of the Class of 1967 - 11/15/12, 4:09 PM - "RE: Sad News -    Pete Yevak":

Oh sad to hear.  He was always smiling.  Will look for the obit.  

Thank you, Marty

   It is very sad.  Thanks, Nancy.

  From Carol Moell Marcella ('56) of VA - 11/16/12, 9:12 AM:

Hi, Carol.
      Mickey (Marcella - '54) and I would like to let you know that     Peter (Petie) Yevak passed away several days ago. His brother Tommy called to tell us. He is a NNHS graduate and we think it was around 1968.

Thank you for all you do, Carol.

Carol Marcella

   Thank you so much, Carol; I appreciate that.

From the Daily Press - 11/18/12:

        Peter J. Yevak


    NEWPORT NEWS - Peter James Yevak, 63, was taken suddenly from his family and friends and went to our Heavenly Father on Nov. 15, 2012.

Petie was born on Feb. 4, 1949, at Elizabeth Buxton Hospital, Newport News.

Petie was the son of the late John Robert Yevak Sr. and Lavinia Stallings Yevak; and younger brother of the late John Robert (Bobby) Yevak.
Petie Yevak
  He attended Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Newport News High School and the University of Oklahoma. He was most recently employed by the Newport News City Schools as an Avid tutor. Petie was a musician and artist who played the guitar like no other. He always had a song in his heart and wrote and sang songs about the world and life around him. A free spirit, he had an easy going personality, was a good listener and was easy to talk to. Petie was very active, enjoyed the outdoors, camping, concerts and especially the beach. He loved his family dearly and would give the shirt off his back to help anyone. He will be forever loved and missed. In our hearts he will always "stay forever young."

Petie is survived by sisters, Karen A. Yevak, Shannon Leskin and husband, Will; brother, Tommy Yevak and wife, Kathy; as well as three children, Eric Yevak, Megan Mullis and husband, Thomas, and Earl Yevak. He is also survived by nephews, Edwin Leskin and Jay Yevak; nieces, Michelle Claire, Lauren Yevak, Leanna Yevak; and dear friend, Stephanie Gray. Petie, "Papa," is the proud grandparent of three beautiful grandchildren, Brianna Yevak, Sage Gray, and Liam Mullis.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1510 Todd's Lane, Hampton, VA 23666.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606.

A viewing will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, followed by a visitation from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Smith Brothers Funeral Home, 545 E. Mercury Blvd., Hampton, phone, 757-723-4117. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from November 18 to November 19, 2012.
Guest Book


November 18, 2012 
I am at such a loss for words for my friend Petie. He has been such a good friend ever since I opened my first guitar store back in the 1970's. He had such a passion for life, his friends and family. His wit and laughter were second to none and I will miss that. Once in my early years in the music business, Petie came by our store, and it was a kinda stressful day. He looked around the shop and headed for the door, he turned around and sez: "You're losing your fun factor". I never forgot that and I'm glad I was able to remind him of this the last time he came by the store. May God bless you my friend. I'll never forget you and I will keep your friends and family in my prayers.

November 18, 2012 

  Pete, old pal, we're gonna miss you. Tks for a lot of memories, and none of them bad. You've left a legacy that won't be forgotten by your family and your many, many friends.

November 18, 2012 

Karen and Yevak family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of your brother, May God give you peace and strength in this time of need.

Michelle Murray Artis

November 18, 2012 

God bless you and your family during this time. Petie was a really sweet guy at NNHS and I was saddened to read of his passing.

~ Dianne (Adams) Puckette, Newport News, Virginia

November 18, 2012

Megan, Brianna and the entire Yevak family, I would like to extend my condolences to you. I enjoyed the times I had with Pete just sitting around while he strummed the guitar, joking, laughing, and playing games. This is how I will remember him as this was the only way I ever saw him.

~ Unsigned

November 18, 2012

I was very saddened to hear about Pete's sudden passing. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

I would love to hear some of his music, if at all possible. Maybe someone can post a link? I would appreciate it.

November 18, 2012 

November 18, 2012 

You will be missed, Pete, I know you have touched many of lives, and filled them with a sense of joy and happiness. I will always remember that huge smile on your face.

~ Joshua Roscoe, Gloucester, Virginia


November 18, 2012 

Dear Karen, Shannon and Tommy,
I want to share my love of your family on the loss of your brothers, Bobby and Petie.
Your mother and father were dear friends of mine. As you know, your dad & I coached football together for many years & I loved cooking for your mom. I will always remember Petie and Bobby playing ball for me. They were wonderful to coach
and I loved them dearly. The Yevaks are special people. They were in the family of Harrison Phoebus, who the town of Phoebus was named for. To all of you, with all my love at this time. We know both boys are in Heaven with your parents. God bless you and we love you dearly. Mickey and Carol Marcella

~ Mickey & Carol Marcella, Newport News, Virginia


November 18, 2012

I have not seen Petie since graduating from Newport News High School, but his positive attitude and warm embracing smile has been in my mind for the last 45 years. I will remember him that way forever. I send a warm embrace to all his family and friends who will surely miss him. Jennifer Perkins Akers

~ Jennifer Akers, Ormond Beach, Florida


November 19, 2012 

Though not the biggest Typhoon, Petie had as much punch per pound as any we knew or played with. We saw him only infrequently in the last 40+ years, but on each occasion, it was a pleasure. It appears he packed a great deal into a life we wish were not as short. We will remember him fondly. With our condolences,

Mickey & Pam (Weaver) Haskins

~ Mickey & Pam (Weaver) Haskins, Newport News, Virginia

November 19, 2012 

Karen and family, I am sad to hear of your loss. May peace be with you all.

November 19, 2012 

Stephanie and Pete's family, I am so sorry for your loss. I met Pete several years ago. He was such a kind person. He knew I was going through a rough time and would check up on me to make sure I was ok. He even surprised me one time by bringing a birthday card to me at my work. I would see him in the summer at GrandView with Stephanie's son. Not many people make such an impression as he did. The world needs more people like him. I will never forget him. I feel fortunate that I was able to have known him even if it was a brief moment in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

November 19, 2012

Dear Karen, Shannon, and Tommy, there are no words...I have so many stories I'd love to share. Petie and I were inseparable and I will cherish the memories of our friendship forever. Rest in peace, my darling Petie.

~ Sherry Bell-Silnutzer, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

November 21, 2012


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Petie's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also recorded here:

  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

Where Can I Turn For Peace?

Words by Emma Lou Thayne (b. 1924)
Music by Jolene G. Meredith (b. 1935)

Where can I turn for peace? Where is my solace
When other sources cease to make me whole?
When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice,
I draw myself apart, Searching my soul?

Where, when my aching grows, Where, when I languish,
Where, in my need to know, where can I run?
Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?
Who, who can understand? He, only One.

He answers privately, Reaches my reaching
In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend.
Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching.
Constant he is and kind, Love without end.

"Where Can I Turn for Peace?" midi (and available sheet music) courtesy of;
extracted with the kind assistance of my # 5 son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 02/03/05
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"Where Can I Turn for Peace?" lyrics courtesy of - 01/27/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

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

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!

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