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".
Henry (Butch) Ragland
Semi Retired Business Owner & Law Enforcement Manager raglandtradingpost.com Married 2
Thanks to our Reunion Committee & Susie Jones for all the work you are doing!
After graduation I Spent a few years as store manager for F.W. Woolworth company prior to my tour with the U. S. Marines as a CID Investigator. After the Corps I joined Newport News Police Dept until I opened a Private Security Company in Newport News.
In 1977 I decided to go back to college and moved to Colorado Springs, CO where I entered Nazarene Bible College to study Christian Education & Theology; graduating in 1980.
In 1981 I married my wife, Ethel Louise (Green) Ragland who is the mother of my two children, Jonathan Henry Ragland & Carrie Louise Ragland. Jonathan is married to Diana Ragland and brought us two wonderful grandkids named Travis Henry Ragland & Charlotte (Charley) Ragland. In November of 2013 we were graced with the birth of our 3rd Grandchild, Jaxon Lewis Ragland.
I spent most of my life since moving to Colorado in State Law Enforcement which culminated in my retirement from the Colorado Department of Corrections (Limon Correctional Facility) as Program Coordinator in 2005. My uniform years prior to moving into management were as a Lieutenant.
Upon retirement I have opened three (3) business: Ragland Trading Post, LLC; Colorado Springs Security Services, LLC & EBR Consultants, LLC. I just don't seem to understand what the word retirement means; but will attempt to actually retire this year after I turn the businesses over to my partners.
Attorney Divorced 2
NNHS- 1963 U of Richmond B.A. ’67 W&M Law School ‘70
1LT U S Army ’71 then USAR ‘til ’79.
Married 1970 - divorced 2004
CHILDREN: Sydney 4/21/71 - she graduated from the U of Richmond 1993 married Grattan T.P. Smith in 1995
Her children - Landon K. Smith b. 12/23/98 & Callen J. Smith b. 2/22/02
Sydney is employed in administration at Steward School- Richmond-the school her children attend
Logan 5/9/74 was graduated from Duke U. 1996) & Harvard Law School (2000) Married Jodi Alexander in 2001
His daughter is Cora E. Smith b. 6/25/13
Logan is a lawyer in San Diego, CA
Professionally -Attorney with Smith Law Center- Hampton, Va. Since 1970
Practiced with my father- Joseph Smith (NNHS-1936) -he died in 1994;
Brother-in-law –Stephen H. Pitler (who is married to Janet Smith (NNHS- ’65))
Steve Pitler retired in 2012 & Stephen M. Smith (NNHS 1966). We have 2 associates.
Former Instructor with Professionalism Course (for VSB) assisting new lawyers
“AV” rating MDH
VTLA- Former Board of Governors
Listed among “Best Lawyers in America”
Attended Program of Instruction for Lawyers- Harvard ’99 & ‘00
“Negotiation & Mediation”
American Association for Justice
Virginia & local Bar Associations
Former Board Chair – Hampton Roads Academy
Former member Board of Directors Strelitz Diabetes Foundation (EVMS)
Interests: Scuba diving, rafting, canoeing, biking, travel
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"!
Janice Clark (Palmer)
Retired Married 1
After graduation I started working at the Newport News Shipyard and left 10 years later.
My first marriage didn't work however, my second husband, Jim and I just celebrated our 40th year anniversary. We have one son and five granddaughters including two sets of twins. When I met Jim he was in the Army and we were stationed at various places until he retired in 1980. Jim worked at the Newport News Shipbuilding for twenty three years and then retired. I worked at the Main Street Library for ten years and then for the Newport News School System for ten years. I retired in 2011. Now that we are both retired, we enjoy our grandchildren and travelling.
Jean Carroll Garner (Barger)
Retired Married 2
I am also one of the ones that have wondered where the 50 years have gone. After graduating from NNHS I attended Christopher Newport College. I started working there as a student assistant in the library. I ended up working full time for four years before I married my wonderful husband and best friend Frank Barger. We have been married for 46 years.
Six months after we got married Frank was stationed in Germany for two years. They turned out to be the most wonderful two years I could have imagined. We went on a three week vacation twice and we went on many three and four day trips. We traveled in eight countries and even spent a New Years Eve in Berlin.
After returning to the states I was able to return to the Acquisitions Department of the library at Christopher Newport University for another forty one years before I retired in 2011. I loved my work as Acquisitions Supervisor and I was able to watch the college grow to the great universitiy it is now.
Frank and I have two sons. Michael lives in Nashville, TN and is a senior software developer for HealthTrust, and Stephen our youngest son lives in Yorktown, VA and is in hotel management.
For the last ten years we have been cruising and enjoying our time shares. Our favorite cruise was a 14 night cruise tour of Alaska. We have also cruised from Quebec to Flordia and we have been to the Caribbean numerous times. In March we are going on an eleven night cruise to the Western Caribbean and in August we are going back to Europe for an eleven night cruise from England to Ireland and Scotland.
Boys & Girls Clubs Professional gammonlandmarkphotography (soon) Married 2
After NNHS, worked in mortgage business, spent 4 years in the USAF
('66-'70), 2 of them in Tokyo, Japan. Two children, Debra and Brian, both doing well with their lives. Graduated from CNC in '73 spent 12 years with Montgomery Ward, but have been a Boys & Girls Club professional since 1982. Avid photographer, live in Hampton with my wife of 12 years, Gail. We have emptied the nest and now live with only Grace & Ollie, minature doxies.
If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would.
Favorite recent quote..."Once Upon a Time, There Was Time."
Author Divorced 2
I left NNHS and attended Frederick College. After only one semerter, I dropped out and hung out with my parents for 6 months. Finally, I enlisted in the US Marines and traveled to a beautiful vacation spot called Parris Island, SC where I proceeded to be beaten within an inch of my life. After 3 months, I got tickets to another garden spot called Camp Lejuene, NC where I was trained to be a combat infantryman. Being a Typhoon was good for me and I had the great fortune of going to Washington, DC to play in the US Marine Band (thanks Mr. Wilson). I served in the White House for 4 years and literally traveled across the world. Upon my discharge, I was employed at NASA Langley as a computer operator for four years. I then resigned and became a Virginia State Trooper. Eight years later, I became a security director for a plush girl's college in Virginia. Another eight years there and I resigned to run my own business as a television producer.
During these years, I met my wife, married and had two wonderful children. Unfortunately, my son joined the US Army and was killed in action in Afganistan. My best friend, David Taylor Miller was buried in Arlington, VA with full military honors after receiving 2 bronze stars and a pruple heart. My other child is a daughter and is happily married to a wonderful guy and lives in Alexandria, VA. The rest of my life has been writing books and short stories.