Retired Married 2
I completed a post graduate year at Staunton Military Academy in 1964 and served in US Army 1966-68, 4th Armor Div, Germany.
Education: CNU, BS, Business, Nova University, MS, Criminal Justice Administration.
In 1971, I married Nettie Lightfoot, (NNHS Class 1968, Best Looking). We've had 41 "exciting" years together, two daughters, Jennifer, 31 and Jessica, 27--a multitude of pets along the way and two granddogs.
I worked for Virginia Department of Corrections for 11 years before going to work for Navy Department of Corrections for 26 years. Retired as Director of Norfolk Naval Brig, 2011. Nettie retired from Fort Monroe, 2011, after 43 years of service for the US Army Chaplaincy. My field was "crime" her field was "religion."
We live in York County, Lakes at Dare and just completed a waterfront vacation home in Kill Devil Hills, NC. I bought a boat and look forward to lots of fishing----and---- taking Bob "Beef" Jeffries water skiing and snorkeling this summer.
Retired Single Again 1
AFTER HIGH SCHOOL I RECEIVED MY BSME FROM NC STATE, AND MY MBA FROM ARIZONA STATE.
THE LAST FIFTY YEARS HAS HAD MANY UPS AND DOWNS. I LOOK BACK WITH GREAT JOY AT THE TIMES I SPENT AT NNHS. MY ONLY CHILD (DAUGHTER) GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE IN 2012. MY WORK CAREER LED ME ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. I WORKED AT SEVERAL NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS DURING MY CAREER. MY GREATEST JOYS IN LIFE WERE THE BIRTH OF MY DAUGHTER AND BEING INDUCTED INTO THE ASA SOFTBALL HALL OF FAME . I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO PLAY ON 3 WORLD CHAMPONSHIP TEAMS. I WANT THANK ALL the REUNION COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR LETTING ME BE APART OF THE PLANNING FOR THE 50TH REUNION. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING OLD FRIENDS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIFTY YEARS.
THANK GOD I MADE IT.
After graduation I went to work in the shipyard, got married and divorced in about eighteen months. I went into the Army in 1966 and was discharged in 1969. After discharge from the Army I went back to work in the shipyard until getting an offer to go to work for Robert Hall Clothes in Charlotte,NC. I managed two stores for Robert Hall Clothes before going to work for Kmart Corporation in 1972. Kris and I were married on Jan, 1st, 1973. We lived in Anderson, SC, Ashville NC, Chattanooga TN. and Birmingham Al. I retired on April 1st. 2005. Kris and I sold our home and moved into the RV and began traveling throughout the country. We have spent time in most states to include Alaska. At the present time we are building a house near Ozark, AL. We are building a house but we do not intend to stop traveling.
Joan Warren (Smith)
Administration Divorced 2
Wow "50 Years"!!!
I have to say my life so far has been quite a journey. I was married after graduation for 21 years and then divorced. I have two lovely daughters and one very precious grandson. My oldest daughter now lives in Gloucester and my youngest in the mountains of Virginia.(Radford) I have been employed with the same company, come September 2013 for 30 years. Also I have residential rental property of my own so I switch to the landlord role quite frequently. In 1999 I purchased a 16 hand Quarterhorse and there my ventures began. Trail riding in the mountains of Virginia, the flat lands of North Carolina and of course the local areas here on the peninsula and
Gloucester, etc. I have been very blessed to be able to travel quite alot in the past years, United States and abroad with some of the most wonderful friends that anyone could ever ask for. And of course to schedule a horseback ride in many of these trips. However, my true blessing has been to have good health, good friends, and most of all family. I look forward to our upcoming reunion and seeing friends from the younger years.
Joan Dinwiddie (Smith)
Still Working Widowed 2
Started X-ray School July 1963
Finished Dixie Hospital School of Radiologic Technology June 1965
Married Bruce Roger Smith of Birmingham, Michigan May 1965. We moved to Sullivan's Island, SC the day I finished school. Our oldest son was born in Charleston, SC while we lived on Sullivan's Island.
Our next move Feb, 1967 was to Troy, Michigan. Our youngest son was born in Rochester, Mich. spent 10yrs. in Mich. sold the house, moved to Indian Springs, Alabama. Spent 4yrs. in Ala. again sold the house, moved back to Virginia. I am home in 1981. Told my husband we are home to stay.
I have worked in SC, Mich., Ala. and of course now my home state of VA. The past 24yrs. I have worked for Riverside in out patient office, doing Mammograms. I am still working and enjoy the work.
I have 2 grand daughters, that live in Fla. the oldest will graduate from Fla. State in Dec. this year. The younger made me a great grandmother of beautiful baby girl, last Oct.
Grandson, Travis is 9yrs. old. He and his parents, my youngest son & wife live with me in Poquoson. My oldest son & his wife live in Newport News, I am very lucky to have both sons close. My husband passed away in 2006, we had been married 41 yrs. He was into any type of car, and we spent our free time on automotive hobbies
Joyce Williams (Nettles)
Retired/Part time admin assistant WidowedFifty years!!!! Can it be!!! Fortunately, most of the time I don't feel that old.
After high school, I went to Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU) for a year. That really wasn't the school for me so I came home, went to work at the shipyard and continued my education at Thomas Nelson Community College and Christopher Newport. I've worked ever since at several different companies in various capacities. I now work part time as office manager for a financial advisor.
When my first marriage ended in 1971, I remained single until 1990 when I married Carl. We had almost 14 happy years together before I lost him to cancer.
Since then, I have been active in Relay for Life and have served as chair and co-chair of various committees. Relay seems to be a passion of mine, so I continue to be actively involved.
I have two nieces who are grown and have their own families. I have always been close to them and now the kids keep me hopping. My oldest grand nephew is 20 and a sophmore at George Mason University. My other niece has a son who is 11 and is my sports fanatic who keeps me running to games no matter what season it is. His sister is 13 and my little "diva". She's into cheering. You can find me at some ball field spring, summer and fall.
Between the kids, relay for life, my church, my friends, my part-time work, and my daily exercise, life is busy. Now with the reunion gearing up, that adds something else to my plate, but I really enjoy it. The meetings are almost as much fun as the reunion itself. We have a great committee and I hope everyone will come join us in October. What fun it will be to remember those carefree days and what it was like to walk the halls of NNHS.
Retired Married 3
It is hard for me to believe that 50 years ago we graduated from NNHS. It seems like a long time ago and then again it seems like yesterday. The memories of those days, long since passed, will never be duplicated. All the relationships from college, military, business and community never rose to the level of NNHS.
After graduation, I attended Fork Union Military Academy, University of Richmond, School of Bank Management at the Mcintire School University of Virginia, the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University and the Army’s Command and General Staff College.
I retired after 26 years from the Virginia Army National Guard and banking after 40 years of service.
My wife and best friend is Kylie and we have three children - Bridget, Eric and Ryan. We lost Ryan in an automobile accident in December 2008. We have four grandchildren - Caroline, Gracie, Carter and William. We enjoy spending time with our grandchildren throughout the year. As I say to Kylie, I love to see their headlights coming but the taillights don’t look that bad. Those grandkids can definitely wear an old man out. We have a wonderful family.
I was concerned about retirement as it was hard for me to remember when I didn’t have a job, or two or three. That was short lived. I retired and now I wonder how I got things done before. I am as busy as ever with family, church, serving on three corporate boards and multiple civic boards, boating, golfing, travel and woodworking.
God has blessed me with a wonder life and great memories of NNHS. Kylie and I look forward to seeing all of you in October.
Linda Mahanes (Hardee)
Times flies when you are having fun which is how I feel about the past 50 years since our graduation from NNHS.
I left my job as a legal secretary in 1966 when I married my husband, Norman Hardee. Our oldest son was born in 1968 and we lived in Newport News until 1974 when we moved to Northern Virginia.
My husband started Fass Brothers Fish House restaurants which later became Family Fish House. In 1974 he decided to leave the company and start his own restaurant chain so we sold our home, raised money from investors consisting of good friends and family, and with three other partners started Chesapeake Bay Seafood House restaurants in the Northern Virginia and Maryland areas. I worked as a bookkeeper for our company until our youngest son was born in 1977. I retired and became a full-time stay-at-home mom again. We were very successful with the business venture and after enjoying the success of the seafood restaurant concept our company got the franchise for Chili's in Virginia (with the exception of Tidewater) and Maryland. The seafood restaurants were gradually converted to Chili's which my husband and his partner still own and operate. He entered into another business venture which brings us back to Newport News on a regular basis. Our company owns Chesapeake Bay Packing which is a seafood processing plant on Terminal Avenue in downtown Newport News. Every time I pass through downtown Newport News I think of the good times we had in high school.
We now live in McLean and are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren from age 12 to 14 months. I also have five step-grandchildren who are young adults so we have a very large family, most who live in the Northern Virginia or DC areas. We enjoy having them so close and spending time with all of them.
We enjoy going to our farm in the Shenandoah Valley near Bryce Resort and travelling to our condo in Bermuda. I enjoy playing tennis and my husband enjoys golf. We feel very fortunate that we are able to enjoy our family, travel and enjoy the company of good friends.
Family obligations conflict with the 50th Reunion but I wish you well and know you will have a wonderful time.
Linda Coates (Jones)
Mortician (Retired) Married
1963-1964 Music Major ODU
1964-1966 Employed - Sturgis Newport News Business Forms
1966 - Married Latham Jones - we moved to Cinncinnati for him to attend Mortuary College. I worked for Baldwin Piano Company.
1967-1971 - Lived in Chicopee, Mass. I worked for Army/AF Exchange Service Accounting, Latham stationed at Westover AFB.
1971-1976 - Moved back to Williamsburg.
1974 - Received B.A. in music from William and Mary
1976-1988 - Lived in Richmond, employed in piano/organ department of Walter D. Moses Music Company.
1988 - Completed Mortuary Science degree at John Tyler CC.
1988-2009 Latham and I owned and operated Thacker Bros. Funeral Home, Scottsville, VA. I served my apprenticeship and received my mortician's license.
2009 - We retired, bought a motor home, built a home in The Gardens RV Retirement Community, Crossville, TN.
Off and on these many years, I tried to keep up with music and now can volunteer performing at local library, nursing homes, churches and if traveling, at campgrounds.
Life has been good and I hope we can attend the reunion at last.
Have missed being in touch with classmatesall these years!
Linda Booth (Reed)
Retired from banking Married 2
It is really hard to believe that 50 years has gone by since high school. I started working at First National Bank on 28th street. I meet my husband (Owen) in 1965, we were marry in Sept. 1967. I guess the high point in our life was our two wonderful sons. (Tad & Chris)
We moved out of the area due to Owen's job in 1979 and returned home in 2002. I was very blessed to be able to stay home and raise our two sons. When it was time for college I decided to go back into banking, which I really enjoyed. I finally retired in 2011. Owen is still working hard, I'm not sure if he will every retire.
In 2006 our son Tad passed away, which is the hardest thing a parent has to go through. He left us with two beautifully granddaughters. (Misty,21 and Kimberly 19). They are our pride and joy.
Our youngest son, Chris went to ODU, majoring in hotel and restaurant management. After school Chris decided he liked the life style of living at the beach, were he still remains. We have a special time that we travel together each year. No grandchildren from him yet!!!!
We are so grateful for these past 50 years and look forward to many more.
I'm looking forward to our reunion and catching up with "old friends."