12/07/07 - NNHS Newsletter - James Eakes

James Harold Eakes
(1945 - 5 Dec 2007)

Newport News High School Classes of 1963 and 1964

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Sad news has returned.    James Eakes, Classes of 1963 and 1964, passed away suddenly in Hampton on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 at the age of 62.  James is the older brother of    Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA.

From the Daily Press - 12/07/07 and 12/08/07:  

          James Harold Eakes

HAMPTON - James Harold Eakes, 62, son of Mary Carter Eakes and the late Frank Harold Eakes, died Dec. 6, 2007. Arrangements by Peninsula Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 12/7/2007.
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HAMPTON - James Harold Eakes of Hampton, son of Frank and Eileen Eakes, died suddenly on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Eileen Eakes of Newport News; a sister, Brenda Eakes Insley and husband, Glen, of Richmond; sons, David Eakes, Brian Eakes, his wife, Denise, their children, Tyler, Paige and Chad of Maryland, and Jeffery Eakes.

The family will receive visitors from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Peninsula Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Published in the Daily Press on 12/8/2007.
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James Harold Eakes
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James Harold Eakes
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I worked with James for two years, and he was always a giving and kind man to me. Even after I left the company we worked for and we spoke on the phone, he was always cheerful and interested in me and my family. He always asked after Toby, my dog, whom he knew. Even though we didn't keep in touch on a regular basis, I will miss just knowing he is there putting together my frames. AND he always at Christmas time shared with me his mother's fruitcake! Godspeed, James, and my condolences to your family.
Stephanie Ruff (Gloucester, VA) - December 7, 2007
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I am so very sorry to hear of Jimmy's passing. I grew up with him and his sister Brenda at Orcutt Baptist. John and I have been seeing him every Sunday morning at McDonalds before our S.S. class at Liberty. We had missed him the last month and wondered if he was sick...We are sad about his passing so young!
John & Cheryl Howard (Yorktown, VA) - December 7, 2007
James was a nice man and always friendly and helpful to me and everyone who did business with Hampton Roads Wholesale.
Regards to his family.
Jerry Gammon (Hampton, VA) - December 7, 2007
I graduated with Jimmy at NNHS in 1963. He was a friend and I enjoyed him as a classmate. I am trusting he is with the Lord in Heaven this date.
Louis Turner (Marion, NC) - December 7, 2007  
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James was in my homeroom at NNHS for 3 years. He was one of those classmates you remember as a nice person who seemed to get along with everyone. His quiet unassuming demeanor was endearing and it sounds like he carried that personna throughout his life.
Barb Barnes (Virginia Beach, VA) - December 7, 2007  
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I'm so sorry to hear of Jimmy's untimely death. I have so many memories of Jimmy and Brenda from youth group and church. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Eleanor Milne Kenitzer (Grass Valley, CA) - December 7, 2007    
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James was such a nice guy and I always looked forward to talking to him at Hampton Roads Wholesale when I went to pick up things. We always talked about politics and other things going on in our area.
He always asked about my kids, and I usually had one or two with me when I saw him and he would always take the time to talk to each of them.
He was the most helpful person and never complained about anything.
I am deeply saddened by his passing. I will always remember his friendly smile and his helpful attitude. He will be deeply missed.
I will keep his family in prayer.
God Bless.
Michelle Osborn (Signature Art & Framing, VA) - December 8, 2007   
My deepest sympathy to James' family, friends, and co-workers. I only knew James for the past few years but it was easy to see just what a nice man he was during his life. He was so much help to me as I started my business, if I called with a question I was most often put on the phone with James...he always had the answer! He never hesitated to take the time to stop what he was doing and pass on advice or whip out his book of contacts. I never got to tell him thank you, I regret that. So for his family, just know he made a positive impact on me and I'm forever grateful. He will be missed.
Deb Musselman (Yorktown, VA) - December 8, 2007     
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Eileen, Richard and I are sad to hear of your son's passing. I look at the Christmas ornaments you gave me and have happy memories. Also of you visiting in the church office. Love and prayers, Richard & Alice Moore
Alice Moore (Danville, VA) - December 8, 2007  
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I knew James through his work at Hampton Roads Wholesale. He was always ready to help whenever it was needed. It was just the week before he died that he made a beautiful frame for a special project that I was working on for my niece. I wish now that I could keep it for myself as a reminder of James. We will certainly miss him.
Loukie Smith (Hampton, VA) - December 12, 2007  
I will miss James. He was always so helpful and friendly when I went to have frames made at Hampton Roads Wholesalers, and he did such a good job. He would ask me about my son whom I used to bring in when he was little. I will miss his smile and his thoughtfulness and expertise.
 Yvonne Boone (Poquoson, VA) - December 15, 2007  
To Mrs. Eakes and Brenda: I was so sorry to learn of the death of Jimmy. I am late checking my email and signing the guest book and just want you to know that you are in our prayers. I grew up with Jimmy and Brenda at Orcutt Avenue Baptist Church and always knew him as a kind even dispositioned guy. I am so pleased that he came back in my life in recent years as I have a lot of work done at Hampton Roads Wholesale. He did an excellent job of putting a new mirror in a beautiful mahogany frame my father had made years ago. We gave this mirror to our son for Christmas a couple of yeas ago. So often when I went into the business, Jimmy would come out and we would talk...I attended the funeral and was impressed at the kind remarks made and the fact that his co-workers all served as poll bearers. He was loved at Hampton Roads Wholesale and he will be missed by so many. Today, I went back in the shop and a lady was there who wanted something done before Christmas and I heard the guy behind the counter say that it was impossible as they had lost a guy recently in death and were short-handed. He even named Jimmy. I believe Jimmy to be an honest and good man. Our prayers are with his family.
Fred and Patty Mays ('60 and '61, N.N.H.S.)
Frederick Mays (Newport News, VA) - December 21, 2007
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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to James' family and friends.

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  From Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA - 01/04/07 - "  James Eakes":

Dear Carol,
Thanks so much for the memorial in the NNHS newsletter about my brother's sudden death.  It was a great shock to us,  but it was
what he would have wanted.  I am so appreciative of all the responses in the guest book.  That meant a lot to me and to our mother.  He
will be greatly missed. 
Thanks for the article and tribute to his life.  We celebrate his life, as would have been his desire.
Thanks and God Bless All,
         Brenda Insley

   Thank you, Brenda, it was my honor.  I cannot imagine the pain of losing a sibling.  Again, you and your family have my deepest condolences.

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Music (Lancashire) by
Henry T. Smart, 1836 (26 Oct 1813 -6 July 1879)

Shurtleff wrote this hymn wrote this hymn for the graduation ceremony at Andover Theological Seminary, where he was a member of the class of 1888.

 Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home:
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King eternal,
Till sin's fierce war shall cease,
And Holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace;
For not with swords loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums,
But deeds of love and mercy,
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Lead on, O King eternal,
We follow, not with fears;
For gladness breaks like morning
Where'er thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted o'er us;
We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest;
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