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NNHS Class of 1965





Lonnie Berry


Oct 1997

Heart Attack

Fall of 1964

Senior Assembly Committee
Shop Officer


Jimmy Brandon

1 Feb 1946

17 Mar 1967
Binh Duong, South Vietnam

Killed in Action in Vietnam

1964 Anchor

Varsity Baseball
Varsity Basketball
J. V. Basketball
8th and 9th Grade Basketball
J. V. Football

U. S. Army: PFC: Vietnam


JAMES MILES BRANDON JR was born on February 1, 1946 and joined the Armed Forces while in NEWPORT NEWS, VA.

He served as a 11H10 in the Army.  In 1 year of service, he attained the rank of PFC/E3.

On March 17, 1967, at the age of 21, JAMES MILES BRANDON JR perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Binh Duong.

You can find JAMES MILES BRANDON JR honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 16E, Row 99.

The following remembrances have been left at The Virtual Wall for JAMES MILES BRANDON JR:

Text Remembrance Expression Of Gratitude
Posted by Rip Collins,

Joe Floyd


21 Dec 1995

Heart Attack Which Resulted
in an Automobile Accident

Fall of 1964

D. E. Club
Senior Dance Committee
S. C. A. Service Committee
Student Faculty Basketball Game


Bill Hallett


26 July 1992


Fall of 1964

Key Club
 Varsity Football Manager: Letter
J. V. Football Manager: Letter
Senior Bulletin Board Committee: Co-Chairman
Service Committee
Safety Committee Spanish Committee
H. R. President

Old Dominion College


Larry Harding


6 June 1965
Newport News, VA


Fall of 1964

J. V. Football
Varsity Football: Letter Track
Senior Dance Committee
H. R. President
Jr. Usher Staff
S. C. A. Dance Committee
Metal Shop Foreman


Trudy Hawk


Aug 1990

Automobile Accident


Fall of 1964


Jackie Poteat Jarrell


About 1985

Automobile Accident

Fall of 1964

Newcomers Committee Senior Pennant Committee
D. E. Club
Drama: Make-up Staff



Wayne Karmosky


Fall of 1964

Senior Science Club: Executive Board
Latin Club: Executive Board
Junior Science Club
School Spirit Committee Cafeteria Committee Behavior Code Committee
 H. R. Vice President Senior Flower Committee Senior Treasurers Committee
Senior Assembly Committee

Christopher Newport College



Chris Kypriandes

25 Dec 1946

Feb 1998



Fall of 1964

J. V. Football
 House and Grounds Committee
Speech Club
Beacon Staff
Teen-Herald: Reporter Electronics Club
Teenage Democratic Club Spokesman Club: Vice-President
Senior Assembly Committee: Writing Staff, Cast

U. S. Army: Vietnam



Joe Mooney

Nov 1946
Newport News, VA

30 Oct 2001
Grafton, VA

Heart Attack


Fall of 1964

Varsity Basketball: Co-Captain: Letter
J. V.  Basketball
J. V. Football
President of 9th Grade Key Club
Friendly Typhoon: 12th Grade
Varsity Baseball
Varsity Football Executive Board: 9th Grade Representative Senior Dance Committee



Barbara Salken

22 July 1947

17 Oct 1996


Fall of 1964

Beacon Staff: Editor-in-Chief
Sr. Class Giftorian 
Quill and Scroll Scrapbook Chairman Latin Club
S. C. A. Executive Board Senior Assembly Writing Committee: Co-Head Christopher Newport Society
 All Tournament Cast Launchings Staff: Business Manager



    Darlene Sides





Fall of 1962




Robert Smith

31 July 1945

4 Mar 1966
Quang Ngai, South Vietnam

Killed in Action in Vietnam

Fall of 1964

Junior Band: Letter
Senior Band: Letter

U. S. Marine Corps: LCPL: Vietnam


ROBERT LEE SMITH JR was born on July 31, 1945 and joined the Armed Forces while in NEWPORT NEWS, VA.

He served as a 0331 in the Marine Corps.  In 1 year of service, he attained the rank of LCPL/E3.

On March 4, 1966, at the age of 20, ROBERT LEE SMITH JR perished in the service of our country in South Vietnam, Quang Ngai.

You can find ROBERT LEE SMITH JR honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 5E, Row 110.


Shirley Smith


19 Mar 1973


Fall of 1964

Basketball Team: Letters Volleyball Team
Track Team
Hockey Team
Drama Staff: Advertising Art Club
 Senior Bulletin Board Committee
Senior Chorus
 G. A. A. Executive Board
Eastern District Allied Hockey Team



Sandra Tilles Snyder


11 Mar 1999

Breast Cancer

Fall of 1964

J. V. Flagtwirler
Varsity Flagtwirler: Letter School Spirit Committee Senior Dance Committee Junior Dance Committee



Nancy Umphlet Garrett

Newport News, VA

28 Aug 2000
Newport News, VA

Breast Cancer

Fall of 1964

F. H. A. 
Spanish Club
Senior Chorus
Girls' Usher Staff
Junior Typing Committee Senior Typing Committee



Charles Vellines

8 Sep 1946

1 July 1974

Automobile Accident

Fall of 1964

Varsity Basketball
D. O. Club
 H. R. Officer
Shop Officer

U. S. Army: First Cavalry Division: Vietnam



Harold Waters

194 7
Spartanburg, SC

24 Feb 2001
Hampton, VA

Heart Attack

Fall of 1964

Beacon Staff
Senior Dance Committee Junior Dance Committee Publicity Committee School Spirit Committee

Thomas Nelson Community College

U. S. Navy



Rose Woodard Davis Ficocello Groff

21 Nov 1947
Newport News, VA

Oct 1984

Breast Cancer

Fall of 1964

Anchor Staff: Classroom Section
Christopher Newport Society
French Club
Junior and Senior Science Clubs
F. H. A.
F. T. A. 
Senior Band: Letters, Dance Band
Senior Assembly Committee

North Carolina Wesleyan College: Dean's List


About 1970

Courtesy of Paul's cousin's wife, Kay, of MI - 05/09/03.
Thanks, Kay!

"How many friends I loved are gone! 
Death delicately takes the best: 
O Death, be careful of the rest! 
I cannot spare another one."

~ Richard Le Gallienne



I would rather have one little rose
From the garden of a friend
Than to have the choicest flowers
When my stay on earth must end. 

I would rather have one pleasant word
In kindness said to me
Than flattery when my heart is still
And life has ceased to be.

I would rather have a loving smile
From friends I know are true
Than tears shed 'round my casket
When this world I bid adieu.

Blossoms bring to me today,
Whether pink or white or red;
I'd rather have one blossom now
Than a truckload when I'm dead.

~ Anonymous


by Erma Bombeck

(Written after she found out she was dying from cancer.)

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending
the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. 
I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt
when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair
had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television-and more while watching life.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil,
or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized
that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."

There would have been more "I love you's.".

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it ....
live it and never give it back.

Stop sweating the small stuff.
Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who DO love us.
Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with.
And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, as well as spiritually.


If I Knew

If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord your soul to keep. 
If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and a kiss, and call you back for on more.
If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare an extra minute or two
To stop and say "I love you", instead of assuming you'd KNOW I do.
If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day,
Well, I'm sure you'll have so many more, I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there's always tomorrow to make up for an oversight,
And we always get a second chance to make everything right.
There will always be another day to say our "I love you's"
And certainly, there's another chance to say our "Anything I can do's?"
But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you, and I hope we never forget:
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you're waiting for tomorrow. Why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes, you'll surely regret the day
That you didn't take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss,
And you were too busy to grant someone what turned out to be their one last wish.

~ Anonymous



You have been listening to a portion of the Brahms German Requiem,

"Herr, Lehre Doch Mich".

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