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12/13/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Charlie Nuttycombe

Charles Wallace Nuttycombe
(1930 - 04 Dec 2020)

Thomas Jefferson High School Class of 1950

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   The sad news continues this Sunday morning.
, Outstanding Athlete of the Thomas Jefferson HS Class of 1950 and beloved NNHS Coach, passed away in Newport News on Friday, December 04, 2020 at the age of 90.

 From Mike Fordham ('66) of FL - 12/08/20, 11:45 AM:


I called Coach Nuttycombe a couple of weeks ago and spoke to one of his daughters, who informed me that he was not doing well. She told me that she thought his body was shutting down. I asked her to tell him that I called, and told her I loved him.

I called again about an hour ago, his very upset daughter, told me that he had passed away. I believe she said Friday night, but I am not sure about that.

Your friend, Mike.

   Oh, Mike, I'm so sorry to learn this! You have my sincerest condolences.

    I never heard a single soul say anything negative about Coach Nuttycombe. He and my late brother-in-law,  Miles Nowitzky (Granby HS - '50), were Brother Rats together at VMI, and like everyone else, Miles spoke highly of him, too. He will be sorely missed.

From The Daily Press - 12/13/20:

     Charles Wallace Nuttycombe
    NEWPORT NEWS - Charles Wallace Nuttycombe, 90, of Newport News, VA, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020.

Charles was born in Charlottesville, VA to the late Hopkins Pearre and Elizabeth Miller Nuttycombe.

He graduated in 1950 from Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, attended VMI in 1950 before marrying Elizabeth Browning West of Richmond, VA in 1951. He then went on to graduate from Randolph-Macon College in 1956 and received his master's degree from Old Dominion University in History.

Charlie Nuttycombe
He is survived by Elizabeth, his beloved wife of 69 years and his children, Edward (Diane) Nuttycombe of Madison, WI, Charles Jr. (Deborah) Nuttycombe of Montpelier, VA, Stephen (Johnise) Nuttycombe of Newport News, VA, Pamela Nuttycombe (Wayne) Kirby of Asheville, NC, Graham (Susan) Nuttycombe of Newport News, VA and Jennifer Nuttycombe (Michael) Wilson of Newport News, VA; his sister, Elizabeth VanValkenburg of Richmond, VA; 15 grandchildren, Carolyn Nuttycombe, Kent Nuttycombe and wife, Amber; Meredith, Stephanie, Sarah, and Charles Nuttycombe III, Jessica Curran and husband, David, Morgan Mann and husband Wesley, West Nuttycombe, Hannah Kirby, Hamilton Kirby and wife, Crystal, Elizabeth Feagans and husband, Andrew, Alex Nuttycombe and wife, Taylor, Erin and Graham Wilson; and 11 great grandchildren, Charlie, Teddy, Falcon, Nora, Henry, Palmer, Penelope, Bronx, Hudson, Beckett, and Berkley.

Where do we begin to tell you how much our father was adored? He will always be our hero. Yes, he was renowned for his countless career achievements, many people knew him simply as 'Coach Nuttycombe', but we knew him as Dad. He always put others first, leading by example with his kind words. He cared deeply for his family, students, athletes, and anyone who came into his life. He was a true mentor who was passionate about doing the best job possible. He gave so much of himself and touched so many lives with his pearls of wisdom. If he were here, he would not tell you about his accomplishments, but he would humbly tell you about the people that touched his life. Funny and compassionate, with a wicked sense of humor, he was a true gentleman. Fascinated with history and maps, he was often referred to as our walking roadmap. He could tell you the exact mileage from most anyplace when you were getting ready to take a trip, and he could give you the latitude and longitude of any major city in the world.

In high school, at Thomas Jefferson, he was the 'Outstanding Athlete' in his senior class while competing in football and track, earning a state championship in the broad jump. Upon graduation, he attended VMI on a football scholarship before transferring to Randolph Macon College where he lettered in three sports (football, track, and basketball). He was the 1955 football team captain and three-time track team captain. Throughout his college career, he earned 13 state champion titles in various events.

Dad began his teaching and coaching career in 1956 at Newport News High School. During his 14-year tenure, he was able to maintain a high level of excellence as established by his mentor, Coach Julie Conn. As head track coach, his teams won a combined 14 state championships. In 1961, Dad took over as head football coach. His football career for the Typhoons was highlighted by his undefeated team in 1962 (9-0-1). He moved to Menchville High School in 1970, where he stayed until retirement in 1990. At Menchville he started the football and track programs from scratch. As a head football coach, his teams had a record of 150-108-18. He had five athletes that went on to play in the NFL. As head track coach, his teams produced a record of 125-3-2 in dual meet competition and he was involved in 21 state track team championships. He personally coached state champions in every event indoor and outdoor, but one. Dad had the good fortune of coaching each of his four sons when they attended Menchville. Coaching and teaching were Dad's gifts. He created a special bond with his athletes and students that continued for all the years of his life.

During his career that touched five decades, he received numerous local and state honors, including the 1990 Virginia HS Coaches Distinguished Service Award. On the national level he was awarded the inaugural 'United States National High School Track Coach of the Year Award' in 1975. In 2005 he became one of only four high school coaches to be inducted into the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2014 his son Ed (University of Wisconsin) followed his father into the Hall of Fame and they remain the only father-son combination. He is also a member of the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame (1992), Menchville High School Hall of Fame (2005), Newport News Public School Track and Field Hall of Fame (1991). In 2014 he became a member of the Lower Virginia Peninsula Hall of Fame and a member of his Randolph Macon College Athletic Hall of Fame (2015). Without fail when receiving career accolades, he would always acknowledge our mother for her lifetime of support.

Dad would often say: "Practice with persistence to perform to your potential."

"Do what you're supposed to do when you're supposed to do it."

"It does not matter about the wins or losses, what matters is how you impact the lives you touch and to see their success years later."

You are one in a billion, Dad. We are blessed to have had you as our father. You are truly loved and will be deeply missed.

And to all his students and athletes he would say...Mission Accomplished!

There will be a Charles Nuttycombe Memorial Scholarship Fund established at Menchville High School.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at: Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on December 13, 2020.
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December 12, 2020

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
He and Wally were very good friends as they both knew what it took to be a good friend. They will now be reunited in heaven and can talk VT football again!!!
My prayers are with all of you: Betsy, Ed, Chuck, Stephen, Pamela, Graham, Jennifer and your families.

~ SallySue Andrews

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A piece of our hearts were broken today. Sending love and condolences to his beautiful wife and family...our memories will live on.

~ Jennie Easmeil Alexander

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Coach Nuttycombe's family, friends, and students at this difficult time.

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  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 On, O King Eternal

Words by Ernest W. Shurtleff (04 Apr 1862 - 24 Aug 1917), 1888
Music (Lancashire) by Henry T. Smart (26 Oct 1813 - 06 July 1879), 1836

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,
The heav'nly kingdom comes.

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;
Lead on, O God of might.

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