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11/24/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Tommy Leyland

Thomas Bassett Leyland
(16 May 1940 - 22 Nov 2012)

Newport News High School Class of 1958

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There is yet more sad news this Saturday.       Tommy Leyland, Class of 1958, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012 in Poquoson at the age of 72.  He was the brother of    Walter Leyland ('54).  His mother, the late    Eunice Bassett Leyland, Class of @ 1927 (d. 16 Dec 2002), taught sixth grade at Magruder School for many years.

From the Daily Press - 11/24/12:

        Thomas B. Leyland


    POQUOSON - Thomas B. "Grizzly" Leyland, 72, passed away Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at home surrounded by his family.

He worked as a pipefitter for more than 25 years with Local Union #540, and then became a waterman. He was a drummer/singer in many local bands, and loved hunting, fishing, and being on the water. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Newport News.

Grizzly was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Eunice Leyland.

He is survived by his two daughters, Cathy Mitchell and husband, Mike, and Kelly Leyland; a brother, Walter Leyland Jr. and wife, Shirley; four grandsons, one great-granddaughter, and his former wife, Rhoda Leyland.
  A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, by the Rev. Charles Hughes. Burial will be private in the Bay.

Memorial donations to help with Grizzly's funeral expenses may be made to Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, 836 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson, VA 23662. Online condolences to
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Published in the Daily Press from November 24 to November 25, 2012.
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November 23, 2012, 12:24 PM 
So sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind, may the good memories help you overcome this sad day. My prayers are with you.

~ Barbara Ann Williams, Newport News, Virginia

November 24, 2012 

Our condolences to the Leyland family. Tommy and I were in the NNHS class of 1958 together. Sincerely, JoAnn Scott and Bobby Fowler.

November 24, 2012 

I'm sorry to hear about your father's passing .He really enjoyed life in everything he did.

November 24, 2012 

Tommy played drums in my brother Steve's rock and roll trio back in the fifties with Tommy on drums, Steve on vocals and guitar and me, around 10 years old at the time on guitar. We won a talent contest in Warwick, mainly on showmanship. Tommy was an original rock drummer, the real thing.

~ Howard Conn, Laguna Beach, California

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Tommy'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

This Is My Father's World

Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901
Traditional English Melody (Terra Beata), arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard, 1915

This is my Fatherís world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Fatherís world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Fatherís world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Makerís praise.
This is my Fatherís world: He shines in all thatís fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Fatherís world. O let me neíer forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Fatherís world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heavín be one.

This is my Fatherís world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, ďThe Lord is in this place.Ē
This is my Fatherís world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Cameóa pledge of deathless love.

This is my Fatherís world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is Kingólet the heavens ring. God reignsólet the earth be glad.
This is my Fatherís world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Fatherís world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Fatherís world, a wanderer I may roam
Whateíer my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

"This Is My Father's World" midi and lyrics courtesy of  - 06/19/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of Ė 03/15/05

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

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