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12/14/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Angels from the Realms of Glory

(Third Sunday in Advent)

“Here is something more than a babe in a manger; here is the creator of all that is good and beautiful. I have looked at majestic mountains
rising high against the blue sky and thought of Jesus, the creator of heaven and earth. I have stood on the sand of an island in the Pacific
and watched the dawn rise like thunder--a ball of gold surrounded by clouds of pink and white and purple--and thought of Jesus, the Word
by whom all things were made and without whom was not anything made that was made. I have seen a beautiful child--bright-eyed, innocent,
loving, and trusting--and marveled at the majesty and miracle of creation. What then shall we do with Jesus who is called Christ? ”

- Gordon B. Hinckley, December, 1983
(23 June 1910 - 27 Jan 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   The Christmas carol for today's Newsletter theme is new to us this year.

BONUS - - Angels From The Realms Of Glory - Hi-Fi Hymn Book



1.   Danny Crockett ('65) of FL - 12/13/08:

Greetings from Casselberry, Florida.  My name is Danny L. Crockett and I graduated Class of 1965.  I'd like to get signed up for whatever you have to offer including future reunions.
I eagerly await someone contacting me regarding the steps I should take.

   Why, Danny Crockett, as I live and breathe!  I do believe your name was among the first I spotted back in '99 when I first found!  Of course, being the stingy skinflint cheapskate that I am, I never bought a full membership, so I never contacted you, "and PLUS besides also and as well", I didn't think you'd remember me.

   Welcome aboard! I've added your name to my mailing list of over 525 NNHS alumni and friends (I haven't run an exact headcount lately)!  I also added you to the loosely-named Alumni List and the contact page for our class.  (For privacy issues, I'll publish your email addie only if you so desire and give me your permission to do so.):

   Send me your birthday, and I'll add your name there as well:

   We look forward to hearing from you!

   I stumbled in to my computer in the middle of the night (like the good little computer junkie that I am) and found your note.  Having learned from years of experience that it does not behoove me to attempt to communicate with anyone while I'm in a zombie-state, rather than reply to you directly, I forwarded your note to    Joe Wingo ('65) of NC,       Dave Arnold ('65) of VA and his lovely bride,        the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold of VA - and looky here:

  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 12/14/08:

Hi Dan,

Hope this note finds you in good health and happiness.

All you really need to do is to get on Carol’s circulation list and you will receive regular editions of the NNHS Newsletter. That will keep you up to date on other people, other classes, reunions, and, unfortunately, deaths. While there’re no mandatory charges involved, it does cost Carol to produce her work. It has been previously established that the fair number works out to $15.00 p/mo or $180 p/yr. We all try to help her as our circumstances allow.

I’m pleased that you are interested in Carol’s publication. She does an excellent job of keeping most of us together. As you might expect, some folks choose to not participate, but we respect their desire to remain private.

So just make sure Carol has your e-mail address, ask her to include you on her circulation list and you’re all set.

Welcome aboard, Dan.

And, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Wishing you the very best,

Joe Wingo

   Thank you so much, Joe Sweetie!



     Happy Birthday today to Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND   Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to
Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND        Buster Vest ('63) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

16 -   Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA;

17 -   Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;

18 - James Strickland ('57);

19 - Durwood Adams ('57)!

   Many Happy Returns to You All!


  From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 12/13/08 - "Mennonites and Newport News":

As you undoubtedly know, what was once generally referred to as the Mennonite Colony was in old Warwick County - generally located between Morrison and Denbigh, and abutting the Warwick River.
In addition to the market previously discussed on your web site, there was also a church in 'old downtown NN' (since relocated) - see:
But there was more than one such church. Another that I'm more familiar with, because I knew members of its congregation, is located on Colony Road; see:
Both of these web sites include photos of church buildings, including some vintage pictures of an early sanctuary at 3608 Huntington Avenue. There are many more web sites that can give you a fuller appreciation of their activities on the Virginia Peninsula, just waiting to be explored.
A number of Mennonite children attended and graduated from Warwick High School. The girls were always conservatively attired as previously described on your web site; the boys usually wore black trousers and white dress shirts; open at the collar. They were all quiet and studious, and participated fully in numerous school activities, such as Glee Club, A Cappella Choir, Spanish Club, etc.
And, not unexpectedly...FHA Club.  

   WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much, Bill! I had no idea of the Mennonite history on the Peninsula, nor where to search for it! I have gratefully posted your links here:


     From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/13/08 - "     Edgar Asbell":

Edgar Asbell graduated from NNHS in June, 1953. This is his photo
in the 1953 Anchor.

Keep up the good work.

Bill Campbell
Williamsburg, VA
Class of 1954

   Thank you so very much, Bill! I do so strive to keep complete records, and I do not have a copy of the '53 Anchor, so I really appreciate your scanning this for me!  I've added it to his Memorial Newsletter:


From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 12/13/08 - "The First Christmas Gift":

This is worth watching...just beautiful!!!  Gives you the true meaning of Christmas.

   This is really beautiful, Tina, thank you so much!


From My Newest Daughter-in-Law,   Diana Lyons Harty (Portsmouth HS, NH / Eastlake HS, CA - '05) of MA -12/12/08 -"Last-Minute White Elephant Gift Ideas":


I've just been published on Associated Content. I'll earn money via Performance Payments when it's viewed, so please take a look!

Last-Minute White Elephant Gift Ideas 


   COOL BEANS! You rock, Diana! Great job - thanks!


      From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 12/13/08 - "Try This":

To the special friends of my life - If ya get the blues a little this Christmas season; try this!

Merry Christmas From - John London

   OH, WOW! That ought to do it, John - thanks so much! Merry Christmas!  


  From Al Simms ('60) of VA - 12/13/08 - "Christmas Menu 1967":

Al's Christmas 1967
Attached are 4 images of the printed Christmas Day 1967 menu that I received while at Chu Lai, Vietnam.  The menu makes the meal sound good but unfortunately the mess hall that we ate at managed to mess up even that meal.  The food in that mess hall was the worst that I had my entire time in the Army and that even includes what we got in the field.  The best food that I ate in the Army was when assigned to Staff and Faculty Battery during my last year in the Army and that would be followed closely by what I got in Boot Camp, although in boot camp we were not allowed time to enjoy it.

Note the references to God, Jesus and Christians in the text of the menu.  I suppose that today that would not be permitted as it would be considered "politically incorrect."   This is not one of the areas in which society had advanced today, I think.  That is a shame that I think we will regret one day.

As for Christmas 1967 I had been in Vietnam less than a month and was at that time still assigned to Headquarters/Service Battery of Americal Division Artillery.  At first I was very happy to be assigned to that unit as it was in a "safe" location but I soon grew to hate the impossible spit and polish in a sea of red mud, the bad food, working as an electrician rather than a radar tech as I had been trained to be, and being in a combat zone with an aged M14 rifle and a single bullet that I carried in my shirt pocket - aka Barney Fife.  By the middle of January I got myself transferred to the 1/14th Artillery and worked as a radar tech in our Countermortar Radar Section.  I did then encounter danger to life and limb, but the camaraderie of the guys in the unit which continues even today and many other things made up for that.  I then had an M16 rifle and all of the ammo that I wanted, and had access to a number of other weapons whenever I needed them.  Even though I was in combat in the Vietnam War, I look back fondly on those days as one of the defining highlights of my life. 
  An aerial photo of where I was for the Christmas Dinner on the menu is also attached.  You will see that several places are marked on the photo - the infamous mess hall, my hootch, and a perimeter guard tower where I spent most of the day and night on Christmas 1967.  That day was the only time during my 6 weeks at Division Artillery that I did have ammunition, and was also the only time during my year in Vietnam that I pulled an official guard duty shift.  We also had an M60 machine gun, a weapon that neither of us in that guard tower had ever loaded or fired.  Thankfully we did not need to use it.  Later on when assigned to the radar section, I learned to use an M60 and a lot of other weapons, too.

All of the pictures have been published in the Americal Division Veterans Association magazine.  If I have sent it to you before then please disregard this email.
Al Simms
NNHS Class of 1960

   WOWZERONI! This certainly gives one pause for thought about many different things! Thank you so very much, Al - for everything! (And even if you had sent them before - which you had not - I would have reposted them now!)


      From Me ('65) of NC - 12/13/08 - "And speaking of food...":

   This is one of my grandmother's recipes.  I might make these cookies while I'm visiting in Illinois (then again, the dough is sooo delicious, that might prove problematical.....):

Sudie's Brown Sugar Drops

1 egg, well beaten
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cup medium fine chopped walnuts
   Stir together beaten egg, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Stir in flour, soda, and salt.  Add walnuts.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased and floured cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 7 - 9 minutes, or just until cookies start to brown at the edge.  Do not overbake.  Remove immediately to cooling rack.  Make about 4 dozen.

                                                       - Ursula Tuck Buckley, Richmond, VA


        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 12/03/08 (but not discovered until 12/08/08) - "All these pictures are made from FOOD" (#7 in a Series of 7):

This is really cool, look closely at each picture; most everything is a kind of food.

Lots of detail & tons more imagination than I have...

   Thanks, Gorgeous! These have all been really incredible!




The NNHS Class of 1958 Gathering and Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 6:00 PM at Al Fresco Ristorante, 11710 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23606 CONTACT: Joe Drewry (, 757-244-4443, ext 4)



1. Thursday, January 1, 2009, 11:00 AM - Class of 1955 Lunch Bunch - Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News, VA  - OPEN TO ALL WITH FRIENDS IN CLASS OF 1955

2. April 23, 24, & 25, 2009 - Class of 1954 will hold their 55th-Year Reunion. For details contact Dr. Harry Simpson at 804-694-0346 or email him at - CLASS OF 1954


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

                                  Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305  
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Angels, from the Realms of Glory

Words by
James Montgomery, 1916
(04 Nov 1771 - 30 Apr 1854)

Music by Henry Smart, 1867
(26 Oct 1813 - 06 July 1879)

Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye, who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth:

Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

Shepherds in the field abiding,
Watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant Light:

Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar:
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen his natal star:

Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King.

Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In his temple shall appear:

Come and worship,
Come and worship,
Worship Christ, the new-born King


"Angels from the Realms of Glory" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/13/08

Metal Advent Ring Image courtesy of - 11/23/05

Third Candle Advent Wreath clip art used to form Divider Line courtesy of - 12/03/05

Animated "NEW" clip art courtesy of - 03/07/06

Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of - 07/07/06

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of - 10/03/07

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!

Animated United States Air Force Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Eastlake High School Logo courtesy of - 10/17/07

Animated Ringing Christmas Bell clip art (designed by Art Holden) courtesy of - 12/08/05

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