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12/10/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Bobby Yevak

John Robert Yevak
(28 Mar 1947 - 09 Dec 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 1965

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 I am grieved to report that we have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter tonight.       Bobby Yevak, Class of 1965, and brother of    Pete Yevak ('67) of VA,    Karen Yevak ('69), Shannon Yevak Leskin, and Tommy Yevak, passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 in Aventon, North Carolina at the age of 61. 

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA -  12/10/08, 8:03 PM - "News": 

A few minutes ago I received a call from 
    Bobby Yevak's son, Jay.  I'm sorry to tell you that on Tuesday Bobby suffered a massive heart attack and passed away.  The family is in Rocky Mount, NC, and will receive friends on Thursday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 at the Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home.  Please ask the Typhoon family to keep Dawn, Michele and Jay in their thoughts and prayers.  I'm sitting here an remembering how much fun Bobby had seeing every one when he married      Pam (Smith Arnold - '65 - of VA) and me.

   Oh, noooo!  I'm deeply saddened to hear this, Dave.  Thank you for letting us know.

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 12/10/08, 8:12 PM - "     Yevak":


I assume you know about this already?



   I just learned of it, Joe Sweetie - thanks!

      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/10/08:

  Bobby called me a couple of months ago - was it in August? September, perhaps? - as he did from time to time. We would laugh a lot, recalling the fun we had in high school, particularly in   Mrs. Baab's junior English class. We would talk at length of life and lost loves and religion and the economy and God and politics and the philosophies of men.  Very often we would cry together, as our hearts remembered    Rose (Woodard Davis Ficocello Groff) ('65) or other dear friends who had gone before, and opportunities lost, and deeds left undone, and words left unsaid.

   This was before November when we had so very many deaths, but there had been quite a number in a row. Bobby said to me, "You know, soon now, it'll be one of us, one of our own classmates."

   I said, "Yes, I know."

   After I hung up, knowing of Bobby's battles with Crohn's disease and leukemia, I thought to myself, "But not you, Bobby, not you."

   Edna (Johnson Matthews) ('64)  passed away, his words struck me again.  They returned just last week when      David Smith ('64) died as well.

   And now, I can only think once more, "Not you, Bobby. Not you."

   Rest in peace, dear friend. I shall sorely miss you.

From the Rocky Mount Telegram - 12/10/08:          

         John Robert "Bobby" Yevak

  AVENTON –John Robert “Bobby” Yevak, 61, passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2008. He was born March 28, 1947 in Newport News, VA to the late John Robert Yevak, Sr. and Lavina Stallings Yevak.

Bobby loved God first, family second and everyone else as well. He will be dearly missed. However, this isn’t the end. By the Grace of God we will see him again in paradise.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dawn Barrett Yevak and daughter, Michele Yevak both of the home; son Jay Yevak and wife, Erin of Nashville.
Bobby Yevak

The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2008 at Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home.

On-line condolences to the Yevak family may be made by visiting

Arrangements by Wheeler and Woodlief Funeral Home, 1130 N. Winstead Ave., Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

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From the Daily Press - 12/14/08:


ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. - John Robert "Bobby" Yevak, 61, a native of Newport News, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008.

He was born March 28, 1947, in Newport News, Va., to the late John Robert Yevak Sr. and Lavinia Stallings Yevak. Bobby was an avid sailor as a boy and spent many of his happiest moments on the surrounding waters of Hampton Roads. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1965 where he made many wonderful friends whom he cherished throughout his life. An avid sports fan, he coached football, track and baseball at Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News during the 1970s and 1980s. He continued his passion for coaching in and around Henderson and Rocky Mount, N.C., where he lived. Bobby fulfilled a life-long goal of becoming an ordained minister at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and he served happily in several churches in North Carolina and Virginia. Bobby will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dawn Barrett Yevak; a daughter, Michele Yevak; a son, Jay Yevak and wife, Erin; two sisters, Karen Yevak and Shannon Yevak Leskin and husband, Will Leskin; two brothers, Peter Yevak and Tommy Yevak and wife, Kathy Yevak; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at St. John's Episcopal Church in downtown Hampton.
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Published in the Daily Press from 12/14/2008 - 12/15/2008.
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December 11, 2008

     Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.   

Danny & Barbara Riley (Henderson, NC)

December 11, 2008

     So sorry to hear about Bobby; I know he will be missed.   

Shirley Wilson (Yorktown, VA)

December 11, 2008

     My sincere and heartfelt sympathy is with all of you; you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Miriam Falkner (Henderson, NC)

December 11, 2008

     Jay and Erin,
I am saddened to hear of Mr. Yevak's passing. I love you both dearly, and you & your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Robin W. Miller (Union, SC)



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Dawn, Michele, Jay, and the entire Yevak family and their friends at this difficult time.

This information is also posted here:

      From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 12/11/08, 9:54 AM:

I last spoke with Bobby awhile back when he was once again headed back to the Newport News area, I have forgotten the exact time. However, I did know that the two of you kept in contact through the phone conversations that you have mentioned in this newsletter mailing and I knew that you were good friends.
I am fully aware of how painful it is to loose a good friend and I extend to you my sincere condolences on the loss of your good friend, Bobby Yevak. Bobby was a fine person and will be missed. May your grief soon be overtaken by the fond memories you have of your friendship.
Additionally, and with the same sincerity, I send my condolences to his wife and family and pray that they too, will soon find understanding and peace.
R. Wayne Stokes

   Thank you so much, Wayne Honey.

      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 12/11/08, 1:09 PM:
This is the address for Dawn Yevak if any one would like to send condolences.    H.P. (Lucas - '65 - of VA) was able to get the information.

Dawn Yevak
15150 Avent Road
Whitakers, NC 27891

   Thank you, Dave - and H.P.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

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 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

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