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12/08/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Billy Roady

William Franklin Roady
(26 July 1942 - 05 Dec 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1960

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    I was deeply saddened to read of the death of     Billy Roady, Most Typical Boy in the Class of 1960, who passed away in Virginia Beach on Thursday, December 05, 2019 at the age of 77.

   Billy and I were not in high school at the same time, but I came to know him when he joined my Newsletter subscriber list years ago, and enjoyed talking - and laughing - with him from time to time. 

From the Daily Press - 12/08/19:

                  William Franklin Roady
      VIRGINIA BEACH - William Franklin Roady, 77, passed away Thursday, December 5, 2019.

Bill was born in Virginia on July 26, 1942, to John S. Roady III and Frances V. (Davis) Roady, He had attended some college and later became an exterminator for Terminix.

Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Diane J. Roady; son, Chip Roady, wife, Colleen and children, Tripp and Madison of Gloucester, VA and five daughters, Allison Roady Hicklin, husband, Edward and children, Delaney and Dylan of Millboro, VA; Elizabeth Mulley, husband, David and children, Jack, Sam and Kate of Raleigh, NC; Cindy Lineberger, husband, Randy and their son, Joshua of Cartersville, GA; Amy Perry and husband, Scott of Satellite Beach, FL and Debra Fellers, husband, Tom and son, Thomas, Jr. of Midlothian, VA.


Bill will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Cremation Society of Virginia-Newport News assisted the family with the arrangements.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on December 8, 2019. 

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December 08, 2019

Bill had a great laugh. I have many fond memories of the fun he brought to any group.

~ Ruth Willis

December 08, 2019

Buck and I send heartfelt condolences to the entire Roady family. Bill was not only the dad to these three amazing young adults, but he was also a typhoon friend. Wrapping our arms around you all.

December 08, 2019

Bill was loved by everyone. I was lucky I called him before he passed away, and he was hoping to go home before Xmas. Going to be missed, but he is in a better place. Love u. GB

~ George Balanis

December 08, 2019

Bill and I were in grade school through high school together. He was a wonderful friend and individual. My sincere condolences.

December 08, 2019

Pat and I went to visit Bill Monday of this week while he was still at Riverside. Bill was alert and knew me as soon as I entered the room. We had a great chat catching up and I will always be grateful that we went that day.

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

   This information is also posted 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

Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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