Faye Pearce (Nalls)
After leaving NNHS, I went to Longwood and graduated in 1967.
I began teaching in Henrico County, in Richmond where I met my husband, Carl, and we married in 1972. (We went on a marvelous cruise this past December to celebrate our 40th anniversary!!)
Carl and I have enjoyed traveling, playing golf and tennis, and attending a variety of concerts, shows, etc. Carl is a musician, so he performs a great deal, and I am a really accomplished listener and "groupie" We are both retired now , but we stay as active as possible.
Over the years, I have received a Master's Degree and a Doctorate of Education. My career included teaching in both high school and middle school, being a middle school administrator, working at the district level in curriculum and instruction, and serving as a part-time assistant professor of education in Richmond, Florida, and here in Georgia.
After 41 years, I retired 5 years ago. I still do some part-time work at Kennesaw State University, am active in my church, and do volunteer work in the community.
Retired-Commonwealth of VA Married 3
Life is good. After 67 years I'm still healthy, happy and active. Having retired from the State of Virginia where I worked in Corrections, the Governor's Office, Mental Health and lastly for Probation & Parole where I saw every type of character, but none as "fine as the young" NNHS alumni of the class of 1963!
I've lived in Richmond since leaving NN in 63, raised 3 happy kids, moved on after a divorce and remarried Deanie, both enjoying working and now my retirement where I volunteer for various "Senior" activities for the County, spend time renovating my river cottage, boating, and just enjoying my kids, 6 grandkids, and lots of great friends.
I never have a slow day and really enjoy "piddling" around and doing what I want. Can't wait to see everyone in October.
Frances Hartless (Larson)
Sales Married 3
AFTER GRADUATION I LIVED IN LYNCBURG, VA FOR A COUPLE OF
YEARS, WORKED AT LYNCHBURG GENERAL HOSPITAL IN THE BUSINESS
OFFICE. MOVED BACK TO NN AND WAS INTRODUCED TO MY FUTURE
HUSBAND. WORKED AT NNSB&DDCO FOR SEVERAL YEARS.
WE HAVE BEEN ARRIED 44 YEARS AND WAS BLESSED WITH 3 GREAT SONS,
MICHAEL (TEXAS),STEVEN (WASHINGTON) AND DAVID (NN). WE HAVE 1
GRANDAUGHTER, 2 GRANDSONS AND 1 GREAT GRANDSON.
ROY RETIRED IN 2002 DUE MEMORY LOSS FROM TRIPLE BYPASS
SURGERY. HE WAS IN CONSTRUCTION AND BUILT MANY BUILDINGS HERE
IN NN AND HAMPTON.
WE ENJOY TRIPS TO TEXAS, AND WASHINGTON TO VISIT OUR FAMILY.
WE HAVE WORKED MANY YEARS WITH BSA ALL OUR SONS MADE THE
RANK OF EAGLE, WE ARE ALSO ACTIVE IN OUR CHURCH.
Retired: Newport News Shipbuilding Married 2
Still finding it hard to believe we are at the BIG 50 reunion. My mother use to tell me that the older I got time would pass faster. As usual mother was right. I retired from the Radiological Control Department of Newport News Shipbuilding after 44 years, 9 months and 11 day. People asked why I stayed so long at the shipyard and my response was, "no one else would hire me." Still married to that Hampton Crabber girl, Judy Fertitta. It's been 49 years and I don't know how she put up with me for so long. We have two children a son Jeffery and a daughter Kristen. Jeffery is a pilot for United and married with two childen, sons 11 and 12 residing about an hour outside New York city. Kristen is an physical fitness instructor with two children, a girl Kaila 16 and son Mark 12 residing in Yorktown, Va.
This retirement thing is wonderful. Judy retired shortly after I did from running her own business (modeling and promotions) of 25 years. She couldn't stand seeing me have so much fun. Two things we wanted to do in retirement was travel and renew old friendships. We have traveled more in retirement than while we were working. We started renewing old friendships with our high school graduation classes. It has been amazing. Give it a try and see what I mean. Speaking for myself there is a lot of love in the class of ' 63. Have always looked forward to each reunion but really looking forward to the BIG 50 and seeing class mates I haven't seen in 40 and 50 years. I bet they haven't changed a bit. Be ready to party Oct. 4th and 5th.
self employed Widowed 4
Hello! To my fellow graduates. I must admit most of you will probably not remember me. I was the bleached blonde guy who worked in the office in the morning and afternoon delivering the homeroom books to all of the teachers. From my first job as a labor in an asphalt company to the owner of Fox Services Heating and Air Conditioning Company the path has been exciting. I was married while in the Navy and we had 2 children. Christina and JW both live in Salt Lake City. I have 2 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, with another one on the way. After 15 years of trying to grow up I remarried and graduated from Texas A & M Commerce. I have worked and lived in many states and Canada. Now, I live in Grapevine Texas half way between Dallas and Ft. Worth ( go cowboys). I lost my wife in 2000 to cancer but I have 2 of the best step children a person could ever have. I also have 4 grandchildren one is on his way to the University of Texas this fall. I just sold my air conditioning company and plan to retire to the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. I am looking forward to seeing all of you in October.
Financial Services Committed Relationship 3
I look forward to seeing everyone!
Goldie Preville (Knurr)
Retired Teacher Married 2
I love downhill skiing in the winter and vegetable and flower gardening in the summer. I don't have a picture of just me, but have uploaded one with my granddaughter. Hope to see you at the next reunion
Retired Married 2
After completing my studies at the Apprentice School and CNU I accepted a job in 1975 with AMF Inc (one of the mega companies taken over by corporate raiders during the mid nineties) in Richmond. Started as an Industrial Engineer and moved to Quality Control Manager and spent the last 2 years of a 20 year career as Plant Manager. Company paid for me to go back to school to get a degree in Industrial Engineering.
I moved on to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry as a State Supervisor for Apprenticeship Training for 5 years. I spent the last 8 years of my work life, before retiring in 2004, with Richmond Public Schools serving as a School to Career Counselor and Assistant Principal at the Richmond Techical Center.
My son Brian and daughter Stephanie both graduated from NC State so I have spent a great deal of time in the captial of NC as well as in the capital of VA. I currently spend the winters in Elkin NC (30 miles from Winston Salem and Boone) and have spent most of the summers for the past 20 years at Lake Gaston. The lake just celebrated their 50th year anniversary last month. Have also been traveling the US for the past 5 years hoping to see as much as I can before I hit the retirement home. Could easily live in Savannah or Colorado Springs. Four wonderful grandchildren aged 7 to 17 keep me busy when I am in town with soccer,recitals, and bike repair. After serving many years I finally gave up my position on the board of the Foothills Arts Council this year. Getting weary of commitee meetings and fund raising.
I was raised by my grandfather in the east end of Newport News and he took me to the Boys Club and the recreation center on Wickham Ave (every Sunday at the pool from 1-6 ...can still remember the smell of Noxema on my back). He said I needed to keep busy to stay out of trouble. He was my hero and wonderful role model. I did not appreciate what he did for me back then. He was self employed and worked hard with no health insurance,sick leave,vacation or other perks that I received for many years. He taught me not to judge people by the color of their skin or their religious beliefs. He liked most of my friends but he really liked Buster Vest, Mike Artman, Mike Ozmer and Gerald Wright. As I look back over my life I think he would be proud that I stayed out of trouble, got an education, raised a family,and had a job for over thirty years.
I think my favorite tee shirt says it best "Life is Good".
Inez Clemmons (Bruce)
Homemaker Married 1
After graduating from NNHS, I worked in Civil Service at Ft. Eustis where I met my husband, Lt Robert Wilson, US Army. He was a fixed wing pilot and when serving his second tour in Vietnam, he lost his life. In 1973 I married, Terry Bruce and we will soon celebrate our 40th year together. We have one daughter, Anna. Anna lives and works in Kitty Hawk, NC.
I now enjoy being retired and "free" to do the things that I did not have time for before.
I'm sorry I will miss the renunion.
President JSC Insurance Married 2
It's hard to believe that fifty years have flown by since high school days. So, here is a brief synopsis of my entire life up to now.
I earned a degree in English Literature thinking that I would go on to graduate school and, eventually, teach at a small college. That did not happen!
I kept singing and playing the saxophone with rock bands all through college and for several years afterward, thinking that I might break into the music business. That did not happen!
After college, I accepted the position of men's clothing buyer for Rice's Nachman's Department Stores, thinking that I might one day become President of my own clothing company. That did not happen! Oh Well!
I married Vicki Ballou, the homecoming queen at Ferguson High School, and eventually got talked into working with my father-in-law in the insurance business. That happened!
Vicki and I have two children, Christopher and Jennifer. They both graduated from Randolph-Macon College and, after working for other companies, they both came to work with me. We sold the family business and I started another agency about twenty-five years ago, so my family works with me in my business.
Vicki taught pre-school for a while and eventually got involved with Mary Kay cosmetics. She is a senior sales director and drives that famous "Pink Cadillac"!
My office is in Hampton, Virginia and we live in Chesapeake Landing, "the old Buckroe Beach area". We bought a cottage there many years ago and decided to make that cottage our permanent residence.
Now, back to what didn't happen! Today, I teach commercial insurance courses for the State of Virginia. These courses are designed for agents to keep their licenses current...so I'm able to scratch that itch for "teaching"! I sing with a small jazz band, a fifties rock band and a forties big band. So I've been able to scratch that music itch also.! I also own a small music publishing company where I write songs with another old-time musician.
For a while, I was an owner in a men's clothing store...so I was able to scratch that "Retail Clothing" itch!
My joy in life today is spending time with my four grandchildren. Christopher has a son and daughter and Jennifer has two sons. They all live nearby and we spend a lot of time together.
As for my spare time...I have none...Life is full and I am content with who I am and what I have! I am very fortunate and blessed to have scratched all of my "itches"!