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11/21/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Annie Laurie Coleman Soltys

Annie Laurie Coleman Soltys
(d. 13 Nov 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1951

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   Here this Monday morning is the Memorial Newsletter we have been anticipating.   Annie Laurie Coleman Soltys, Class of 1951
, passed away in Richmond on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at the age of 78.

     From Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 11/18/11/ - "Annie Laurie Coleman Soltys":


I wrote you that my cousin, Annie Laurie passed away on the 13th of November as her sister Virginia called me on Monday night to say she had died the day before.  I mentioned the names of her siblings, only two of whom are now still living, Fronie (Ether) (Gregg) of Florida and Virginia Abbott of Richmond, VA...........I failed to mention her late sister's 5 children who all graduated from N.N.H.S. as well.....Her late sister is Susie Coleman Burns.....her children are   Alton Burns, '60, the late    Doug Burns ('62) (14 Nov 1943 - 03 Apr 2006)   Marie Burns Wurtz ('64) of Harvest, AL,  Mike Burns ('65) and   Carolyn Sue Burns Cunningham ('66) of Madison, AL....These 5 children are all nieces and nephews of Annie Laurie.  They are all my second cousins or first, once removed as many count them.

Take care, my good friend.
Fred Mays '60, Newport News, VA

   Thank you so much, Fred.  Again you have my condolences on the death of your cousin.

From the Daily Press - 11/21/11:

               Annie Laurie Coleman Soltys

RICHMOND - Annie Laurie Coleman Soltys, 78, of Richmond, formally of Newport News, died on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Commander Leo S. Soltys Jr. USN (Ret.).

Survivors include two sisters, Virginia C. Abbott of Richmond and Ethel C. Gregg of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

After retiring with 25 years of service from NASA at Langley Field, Mrs. Soltys was employed by Jefferson Laboratories in Newport News.

At her request services will be private. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from November 21 to November 22, 2011.

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I am sorry to hear about Annie's passing. I worked with her at Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News. I always admired and respected her, she was a good friend to all of us. A very kind, intelligent and caring person. I am glad to have been in her presence.

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Annie Laurie's family and friends at this difficult time.

  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


Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Autumn Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I just don't know right now.., but it's been in my files since 08/23/05

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