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."
Linda Bowen (Uplinger)
Secretary Married 2
After graduation I went to work for the government. I was married to Don Jones in 1965. We had 2 girls, Beth and Sara. Beth is married and has 1 daughter and lives in Colorado. Sara died in February this year after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Don and I were divorced after 30 years. I remarried Hal Uplinger and we have been married for almost 18 years. I am still working at Langley AFB.
Linda Lou Williams (Snelling)
Retired Daycare Provider Married 2
After graduating, I met my husband Dennis (class of 62). We were married in1965. I was a stay at home mom to my two wonderful children, Denny and Kimberly. When my first granddaughter, Megan was born, I became her daycare provider. This turned into a business...Nanny's Nursery....which I ran for 19 years before retiring! I have 3 grand children, Megan, Cameron and Gracie and a step grandson Jacob. My husband and I have been married 47 years...48 in September.
I am enjoying retirement....we RV, Metal detect...and enjoy each other! We are blessed with good health and agility.
Sorry but I won't be able to attend! Have fun!
Lola Babb (Hallman)
retired legal assistant Married 2
To try and comprehend that we are getting ready to celebrate our 50th Class Reunion is unreal. There is no way we are all past retirement age and moving in to this chapter of our lives. Sometimes it is scary but most of the time I am elated that we finally made it here!!
I look forward to seeing everyone and am counting the days. Jim and I live in a small bedroom community of Lake Norman, NC. We are about 30 miles west of Charlotte.
We have 2 children and 8 grandchildren. They all live in Peachtree City, GA and we see them frequently 2 of our oldest are Daniel and Will, both 20 and getting ready for their 3rd year in college at Valdosta State; Alex is 18 and just graduated from high school and is on her way to play soccer at Southern College in Georgia; Sydney, our cheerleader, will be 17 in July and is a rising Senior; Jackson is 17, our golfer and a rising senior....both attend McIntosh High School, Peachtree City, Ga; Zachary is 17 and a rising junior....he excels in lacrosse and we are taking him on a 3 week trip north to participate in some showcase tournaments; Zoe is 13 and plays soccer and lacrosse; and last but certainly not least, Addie, who also participates in competitive cheering, is 10! We are very proud of these kids so we have to brag as I am sure you understand!!
Jim and I have been happily married for 29 years! He has attended most of the reunions with me and enjoys you all as much as I do! We both can't wait!! See you soon!!!!
Lynn Wright (Hickman)
Retired Married 1
Can it be 50 years since we graduated from Newport News High? I think it was another lifetime!
Joe and I have been married for 34 years now and I am still enjoying my retirement; Joe is still working for Oceaneering International (7 years now - don’t think he’ll ever quit!!!) I have been cancer-free now for 12 years; and thank God for every day that’s been given to me.
Joe and I still travel some; took a motorcoach trip out West in June 2012 and hit Key West in April 2013. We had a great time and are glad we’ve been able to see lots of our great country.
Joe and I can’t wait to see who shows up at the 50th!!!!
Marsha Leake (Garrett)
Retired Married 2
I live in Smithfield, VA with my husband, Dickie. We are enjoying the retired life now, and have been married 47 years in November
After high school I attended Dixie Hospital (Hampton) for 2 years to study X-ray Technology. My first job was the the brand new Riverside Hospital. Does that make me old?
We have lived in Florida, Colorado, and Ashville, NC, and after 19 years came back home in 1993.
We have a son who is 42 and a Master Chief in the Navy. Our daughter is a registered nurse, and have blessed us with 4 grandchildren. Brittany is almost 21 and graduated from college last June. Her brother Wade is a senior in high school. Our little ones are Morgan 6-1/2 and Nicholas 18 months.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion. Some of us look like it is still 1963, and some of us have changed "a little".
Thanks to all who have worked so hard on our reunions. I love to talk the "good old days". Life wasn't so complicated, except for Government class. It was the pits!
Mary Beth Sawyer (Pulley Humes)
Retired Married 1
Don and I have been married for 14 years... Enjoying time with children and grandchildren (4). Sorry we will miss the 50th. Hope to see you at the 60th!
Retired Principal Married 1
After graduation from NNHS, I worked at several jobs, including shipyard apprentice, telephone lineman, and cable television programmer, before going to college.
In 1976 I graduated from Christopher Newport University. By this time, I had divorced and remarried. Michael, Pam, and I moved to the Shenandoah Valley the next year, and I began teaching middle school math and physical education and coaching wrestling, tennis, and volleyball at Parry McCluer High School.
In a few years, I enrolled at UVA and earned a Masters and then an Educational Specialist degree. For several years I was also an adjunct professor at a nearby community college. I retired as principal of the middle school in 2004.
Michael liked living in a small city and made many close friends. He was center on one of Parry McCluer's state championship football teams. He went to Longwood College, Pam's alma mater, where he played rugby and majored in education. For two years, he played football on a semi-pro team. Eventually, he, too, earned his Master's in Education and Educational Specialist degrees from UVa. Today, he teaches computer technology and coaches football and basketball at Parry McCluer.
Juli is our daughter-in-law, she is both pretty and smart and is the psychologist and head of special education services for Buena Vista City Schools.
Michael and Juli have one child. Ben is sixteen. Two years ago, he was one of eleven students appointed as messenger to the State Senate. He lived and worked in Richmond for two months during the legislative session. As a freshman, he started on Parry McCluer's football team. In his first year at the high school, he became the top weightlifter in the school. Despite a knee injury, he won sixth in the state this year as a wrestler in the 170-pound weight class. He also runs track and consistently is named to the Honor Roll.
Michael, Juli, and I are deacons at Buena Vista Baptist Church. For many years, I had the privilege of teaching the ladies' Sunday School class.
I also spent many happy hours on the golf course.
N Craig Miller
semi-retired race car developer www.DaggerGT.com Married 2
Send me an email if you remember me. I was the band nerd that got into multiple fist fights with members of the football team. Women! Look at my hair! Same color-no bleach needed now! (LOL) Graduated from Va Tech (BSCE) and the "U" (Miami) with an MS. Worked for Florida DOT and served as consulting engineer, eventually owning my own company which I sold a few years ago. Currently coaching adult semi-pro flag football recently winning 5 consecutive state championships and a national championship, plus 5 World Cups.. www.ApocalypseFlagFootball.com (We take it way too seriously.) By riding the backs of my unbelievably talented football team I just got elected into the Florida Flag Football Hall of Fame! Idiots! I am also a crazy part-time open air preacher/evangelist at Ft Lauderdale Beach. (Repent! The End is Near! Who woulda guessed? I went from bar room brawler to jailbird to born-again, part-time preacher-zealot!) After selling my engineering company, and semi-retiring, my current job is raising funding (getting close) for development of a ridiculous Supercar called the Dagger GT, a 2000 HP 300 MPH record-setter (goals). See www.DaggerGT.com Blessed with 2 kids and 4 grandkids. Oldest grandson, Cheyne, just got married so Great Grandkids cannot be far off. Cheyne is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch. Oldest grandaughter, Chelsea, is at UCF and youngest grandson just turned 13. The littlest one is Nina, who is 4. Daughter, Michelle, is HS History teacher and son, Mark, is TV producer/owner. Trying to get divorced from Lorraine (Miss Petersburg, 1964) for 47 years. She is a Saint for sticking with me that long! Except for Chelsea (at school in Orlando), all kids and grandkids live 10 minutes from us! Huge Miami Heat and Hurricane fanatic.