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12/03/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Melissa Moody

Melissa Holmes Moody
(1949 - 26 Nov 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1967

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

I was stunned to read in the Sunday paper this sad if slightly belated news.  Melissa Moody, Class of 1967, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the age of 68.

   She was the sister of the late Jimmy Moody ('61).

From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA - 12/04/17, 6:19 PM - "Sad News":

It is with great sadness to let you know that Melissa Moody passed away. It was peaceful and found like she was asleep in her bed on Sunday, November 26, 2017. We are so thankful she was at the 50th Reunion in September and enjoyed seeing and connecting with old friends. Some have been in touch with her nephew in Texas and details are still being worked out. We as classmates and friends hope to get together after the first of the year in memory of Melissa. We will post something to let you know if you want to attend after plans are made.

   Thank you for this extra information, Marty. I knew Melissa both from Stuart Gardens and from Trinity Methodist Church, and always loved her.

From the Daily Press - 12/03/17:   

                  Melissa Moody

    NEWPORT NEWS - Melissa Moody, 68, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.

Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, is in charge.

View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on December 3, 2017.    View Guest Book

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Melissa was the first girl I ever had a date with (my dad took us and picked us up). We later worked together. She was a special person.

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So sorry to hear this.

~ Margaret Lee, Clayton, North Carolina

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Melissa's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.


From Richie Allen ('66) of VA - 12/04/17, 7:01 AM:

So sorry to hear ... thoughts and prayers to family and friends ...

 From Maureen O'Brien Lowder ('68) of VA - 12/04/17, 7:13 AM:

Thoughts and prayers for the family and friends.

  From Brenda Shepard McCoy ('67) of VA - 12/04/17, 7:30 AM:

This breaks my heart, just celebrated our 50th reunion. So glad to have spent that time with her. Sending prayers to family and friends.

From Bill Rash ('67) of VA - 12/04/17, 8:06 AM:

I too am so sorry to hear this - As Brenda Shepard McCoy said, we were happy to spend time at the reunion with her. She was a real Typhoon to the end.

From Susan Price ('68) of VA  - 12/04/17, 8:37 AM:

So sorry, Prayers for your family.

From Nancy Lavender Clarke (NNHS / Andrew Lewis HS, Salem) of FL -  12/04/17, 8:47 AM:

It was really good to catch up with Melissa at the class reunion, and I'm happy to have had that opportunity. So sorry to hear this ...

From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA - 12/02/04/17, 9:18 AM:

We have not posted anything on our NNHS Class of 1967 page as we were waiting for more information which we may have later today. Thanks for your prayers in the coming days for her family and friends.

From Debby Braswell Miller ('67) of VA - 12/04/17, 9:23 AM:

We are so lucky to have had a great time with Melissa at the reunion. As Bill said, she was a real Typhoon to the end. So glad we got to see her. Prayers for her family and friends.

From Bobby Tanner ('65) of VA - 12/04/17, 9:41 AM:


From Jeanette McDonald Hornsby ('66) of SC - 12/04/17, 9:48 AM:

So sorry to hear this...hate to lose another Typhoon. RIP, Melissa.

 From Robbie Shields Stowe ('68) of VA - 12/04/17, 9:53 AM:

So sorry to hear this! What a great person! Prayers for her family!

From Kathy Morrow Glazier ('67) of VA - 12/04/17, 10:15 AM:

Deepest condolences to her family and friends!

From Sherry Bell Silnutzer ('67) of NJ - 12/04/17, 10:35 AM:

  Melissa (bottom right) looking so happy after blowing out my birthday (far left) not so much. Rest In Peace, my friend

From Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA - 12/04/17, 10:44 AM:

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to talk to her at the Class of 1967 reunion. Melissa was a friend in high school. I thought so much of her and Jimmy. Every day is a gift and I am ever so thankful to be in touch with our high school friends. I am so very sorry. Blessings!

  From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 12/04/17, 12:59 PM:

Was so sorry to see this in yesterday’s newspaper! Glad her classmates got to see her recently!

From Jack Goldberg ( Ferguson HS - '67) - 12/04/17, 5:38 PM:

I went through elementary and high school with Melissa. She was a very good person. Prayers going out for her family.

From Cathy Richardson Baab ('68) of VA - 12/04/17, 6:35 PM:

Can't believe Melissa has died.

From Pattie Barnes Garcia (Warwick HS / NNHS) of TX - 12/04/17, 9:29 PM:

Prayers and sympathy.

 From Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) of FL - 12/04/17, 9:54 PM:

So sorry to hear her passing, I always remember her beautiful red hair.

 From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 12/04/17, 11:59 PM:


From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA - 12/07/17, 8:20 PM:

  Update on the information for Melissa Moody. There won't be any more obituary in the newspaper. Her nephew in Texas is working on things. Friends and classmates will do something in memory of Melissa after the first of the year and will keep you all posted.

 From Barry Rew (NNHS / Ferguson HS - '65) of VA - 12/07/17, 6:37 PM:

Carol.........I was shocked to hear about Melissa. Although I had not seen her in many years she held a special place in my heart. Growing up in Stuart Gardens we were childhood friends and I actually had my first date with her. Don't remember where we went but my dad drove us and picked us up. Later we worked together at a local company and once we were at a company meeting out of town and we talked and laughed about growing up. We stayed up til 2 a.m. She was so much fun. What a wonderful memory I have of her.


   Thank you so much, Barry.

   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

Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

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Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
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Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
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Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

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Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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