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.
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.
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.