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News and Notes February 2009
For CHS 57 classmates and interested others

Alma Brown Hall


“Having a friend you've known since the first grade is very special.”


        Suzie Trefny and I spent an afternoon this past week, laughing and giggling like a couple of schoolgirls.  I'm not sure that anything we said to each other was funny; a stranger at the open door to her room might have had a puzzled look.  But she and I knew WHY we were laughing!  I recounted some of our adventures as kids--selling Girl Scout cookies door to door, running up (and right back down) the rickety front steps of the "haunted house" on Prospect Parkway (just think, Cradock may not have been the setting for To Kill a Mockingbird, but we sure had a Boo Radley house!), and there was the Sunday evening she and I found all these old, old clothes, in a chest in my parents' attic, proceeded to dress up in hats, gloves, canes, umbrellas...And what do you do when you're all dressed up and no place to go?   You walk down Channing Avenue to Robert Copeland's house--his mother had a marvelous sense of humor.  "You ladies look as though you're on your way to church!"   This is exactly what we did.  Must have sat on the last pew at the back of Cradock Baptist Church at least five minutes, no heads turned, we were not singled out by the minister...but we did have to leave because we couldn't squelch our giggles!


418 Rockbridge Road; Portsmouth, VA 23707; 757-393-1470;


Bill Nance

“Perks of being over 68, 69, 70, 71”    

Kidnappers are not very interested in you.   In a hostage situation, you are the first to be released.  No one expects you to run...anywhere.  People call at 9 PM and ask, 'Did I wake you?'   People no longer view you as a hypochondriac. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.   Things you buy now will not wear out.  You can eat supper at 4 PM.  You can live 'without sex' but remember how good it was.  However, you cannot live without your glasses.  You get into intense arguments about pension plans.  You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.  You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.  You sing along with elevator music.  Your eyes will not get much worse.  Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.   Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.  Your secrets are safe with your friends because they cannot remember them either.  Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size. 


4913S Links Drive, Nags Head, NC 27959. Home: 252-480-2019, Cell: 252-256-3025


Is Barrack Obama Irish?


Jeanne Knutson Livesay

“Changing Diapers”    

Life is chaos - here we are, Stan and I, at advanced age and have taken on a newborn (born Aug 4 and we received him August 14) and we still have him with us.  Never having babies, all of my 5 children were 7 and up when I inherited them via marriages, it is new experiences every day.   Some days are roses and some days are stone - but none of them is boring.   I Do not know how long we will have him live with us - but just going to enjoy each day we have.   Hard not to spoil this handsome lad - Best part, he is a 7 pm to 7 am baby - I have to get up and check to see he is OK - he is so quiet.   Wish us luck - and send a prayer for Isaac that all goes well in his life.


1302 Marsh Wren Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23703, 757-483-6769


John Bugg


“Well not that sunny, lately.”


Hello and greetings from sunny Florida!  It has been cold for about a week and will probably stay that way through next week.  We are getting ready for a cruise to the Eastern Caribbean next week.  This past June and July, we spent eight weeks in Greece.  We went to Crete (my wife Aliki's home), Santorini, Naxos, Tinos, Athens and Lesvos.  We had a wonderful time.  We spent this past Christmas in Michigan with our daughter and her family.  Talk about cold.  It was 1 degree.  Coldest weather I have ever been in.  After the Caribbean trip, we will start planning a trip to England.  I am still substitute teaching at local High Schools.  I am in my seventh year.  It has slowed down lately because the schools are loosing funds to pay for substitutes.  It is just as well because I am getting fed up with most of today's kids.  They no longer have respect for their elders.  My best to Cradock 57 Classmates...let me hear from you. 


397 Maya Street, Lake Mary, Fl 32746, 407-321-4735


50 years ago...February 3, 1959, a day that many of us remember with sadness.


The Cradock Website is a Gem

        We recommend features to you who grew up in Cradock on the Cradock Website.  Last month we recommended the stories from the thirties that Bob and Ruth Ort Cutchins saved for posterity.  Janie Norris Evans is the webmaster of the Cradock website.  Janie, a Cradock Class of 60 graduate has taken her time to photocopy and paste on the website copies of 21 Cradock Yearbooks for you to enjoy. She collects Cradock stuff past and present, and displays it on her version of Cradock reality.  To register your name and email address on the site click this link.


Lost 57 Classmates (February 2009)

If you have any information that will lead us to them please contact


Kathlyn Anita Bell... Her last known email address is; Constance Bryant, No information; Christine Ewins Dickey

No information; Thelma Jean Hampton, Last Known address-Charles City, VA 23030; Margaret Gayle Johnson

No information; Patti Mae Jones, Patti Mae went to nurses training at Portsmouth General after High School. She had moved to Richmond, before she finished nurses training. Betty Frances Louise Cahoon, 17 Beacon Rd. Portsmouth, VA 23702 Home: 757-215-1243; E-mail:, Betty was burned out of her house on Beacon Road and was living temporarily in Harbor Towers in Downtown Portsmouth in 2006; Rilla Gaynelle Roper, Old Information: Rilla Gaynelle Robertson Roper, 2005 Bobby Jones #D,

El Paso, TX 79935: Lois Starks, No Information; Janie Caroline Taylor, No information; Nancy Tiller, 5364 Dulin Creek Road, House Springs, MO 63051, 636-677-5166

Julia Ann Viverette, No information; Geraldine Wade, May be in Michigan in 2007, Jay Walton; Stella Vaughn who was a younger Cradock Student.

Maryellen West; No Information


We have all been is a hoot.


Katherine Powell


“Getting Better”


       Katherine had another PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan last week and the results are encouraging.  Her tumors are shrinking.  Her Oncologist has given her a three-month break from the chemotherapy treatments and then he will evaluate the situation and decide on a new treatment plan.  Katherine is talking about coming down to see Carolyn Barnette Wright, brother Chet and family in the Florida Keys. Katherine’s brother, Stanley, came up from South Carolina and spent a few days with her last month. Carolyn Barnett Wright says she is sure this was good moral support for her. 


636 Oleander Circle, Virginia Beach, VA  23464 757-467-0658 


Carolyn Barnett Wright

“Rest and relaxation at 70”


       My brother, Chet, arrives today on Cudjoe Key in The Florida Keys about 15 miles from Key West and I will join him soon for the month of February.  He is staying through March too but I will come home by the end of February.  He and his wife, Nona, rent a house for February and/or March. They have been doing this for 30 years. It has been years since Chet and I had some one-on-one time together.  I'm looking forward to the rest and relaxation. 

       Key West is one of my favorite destinations so I will be going there a couple of times each week along with going to favorite restaurants on Marathon and the flea market on Big Pine Key.  I have a box of books to read including Bill Reilly's new one and several recommended by friends.  As I prepare to leave, my foyer is filled with towels, sheets, food, water aerobic dumbbells and lots of other "stuff" that I might need in Paradise  The house Chet has rented has a large upper level porch so we will have the ideal location to watch the spectacular sunsets.  Chet's daughter, Jill, and her two girls may come down to stay with us sometime during the month. Nona will come down to join us during the last week in February. 

       I had a birthday card from Von Cunningham Olsen in Sun City Center, Florida.  I do not know how she remembered my birthday (January 9).  It was the "big one."  Her mother had a stroke on December 18th and Von is staying in Florida to help her until January 21st.

I'm taking my laptop with me so I'll be in touch with anyone who writes. I was glad we had email links in News and Notes as it made it easy for me to email Don and Alma.  My email to Don was blocked and I filled out the form in hopes that he will receive my email sometime.


8300 Pasadena Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024, 954-432-6599,


Chuck Kight

“Car Nut after all these years”

        As some of you know, I am a self-avowed Car Nut.  Someone did an awesome job putting this website together and with sound to boot. At the very end of the video, you'll hear the song ' Thunder Road' sung by the star of the movie for which it was the theme!  This by itself is not uncommon, except this is the one and only song ever recorded, for publication, sung by Robert Mitchum!

Click here: The Cars We Drove In The 50s & 60s

1652 Will-O-Wisp Drive, Virginia Beach. VA 23454, 757-481-3965,


Jack Waff


“We got it good and that ain’t bad”


        It is always good to hear about our classmates.  Living in Kentucky, I have no way to hear any news and I enjoy it.  Thank you to everyone who contributes to News and Notes, since I get so little news of you any other way.

       Wilma and I are quite busy with our granddaughter’s activities.  Weather last night reached 1 degree.  I am going to Sebring, FL with 19 other men to play golf for one week the last week of Jan.  Wilma and will go to the Villages in Florida for the last three weeks of February. In April, we will be going to Disney with daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters.  In June, we will be in Destin with granddaughters for a week.  We are subject to go anywhere at any time in between.

When home I play golf 3 to 4 times a week any time the weather reaches 50 degrees.  Retirement is hell but we must let the younger folks work. 


144 Woodhill Road, Bardstown, Kentucky 40004, 502-350-9007,


Gene White


“The news is good”


       In mid-January Gene’s beautiful young wife, Ellen had a mild heart attack, whatever that is. Are any of them mild?  Gene being a trained paramedic after a career in Firefighting recognized the symptoms immediately and they were off to the hospital and at 4 am transferred to Sentara Norfolk General for a heart catherization and late three stints installed in her coronary artery.  Ellen bounced back quickly and went home after a short hospital stay.  She recovered rapidly and has no physical damage from the attack.  She is busy with cardio-rehabilitation and taking new drugs and in better shape than before the incident.  Gene and Ellen are planning a trip this spring to Pinehurst with friends.  Gene is waiting for the weather to break so he can get back to the golf course.


5325 Sports Club Run, Suffolk, VA. 23435, 757-484-3666,


Horace Needham sends this video. It is not the usual patriotic piece. Take a minute and enjoy.


Hope Saunders Slaughter


“Catching up after losing Gene”


       I haven't stayed in touch personally with some of you who were there for me when I needed encouragement and I do apologize.  I am so grateful and thank you all for helping me face up to 'what's next’?

       My family is the greatest, each and every one.  They are scattered all over but in this age of technology keep up with me daily!  I am so blessed. 

I flew to Charleston, SC to spend Thanksgiving week with #3 son,’ Trooper', and my SC grandchildren, their girlfriends/boyfriends, Beth (his new wife) and her parents, her brother and his fiancée, their cousin AND my #2 son, Linwood, and his son, Stephen (my Orlando grandson) were there also!  It was not as we gathered around the dining table on Thanksgiving that we all were most thankful. . .it was as we gathered at the airport that evening to welcome home from Italy grandson, Chris. He is now stationed in Ft Walton Beach, FL with the US Army.  Linwood came home during Christmas holidays to visit with 'Granddad' (Gene's 98 year old Dad who lives with me) and me.  He, Rob (#1 son) and I drove to Greensboro, NC to have Christmas dinner with Jon (#4 son), his wife, Donna, and grandson, Jordan, Donna's parents and her brother.  I found my new calling  - I am mean on drums! Santa brought Jordan the Play Station (I think) 'Rock Band' and I may put that on my 2009 Christmas List. (I highly recommend drumming, strumming or even yelling in the microphone if you are stressed out over the economy, the recent elections, the numerous shades of Green or whatever.)  Jordan came back home with me to spend the remainder of his holiday in Currituck and to do research for his 'extra-credit' school project.  So we visited the Currituck Beach Light!  My new right knee works great and Jordan got an 'A'!  On the last Sunday of the year we all enjoyed another Slaughter Family Gathering (Post-Christmas and Pre-Happy New Year '09) here in Currituck.  The day was so warm and wonderful indoors and out!  

       Now if I can get rid of this head cold and get past April 15th, I will be looking forward to springtime and attending the graduation of my granddaughter, Jennifer, from Charleston Southern University and to the summer visit of her sister, Liz, who will be interning at Outer Banks Physical Therapy and to attending an Army (9th Division) Reunion in Denver and to vacationing in Maine in the early autumn with Nancy and Charlie Burch and Patsy Marshall.

       In October, you will find a new brick in the Memory Walk in Afton Square when you 'Come Home to Cradock'.  I miss Gene so very much.  We were high school sweethearts in the early '50's and memories of those days are so precious to me.  Our Love was Young Love and, thankfully, it is Lasting Love.  In Proverbs, I read "When a man walks in integrity and justice, happy are his children after him".  I cherish the years I walked along side such a man and that walk began in the halls of the old Cradock Hi!                          

       Get me started and I don't know when to stop . . . I wrote this poem just before Valentine's Day in 1983 when #4 son, Jonathan, was half-past twelve!  Some days he was a little too much - very spoiled - no, very loved.  He was our Joy - arriving in our family almost ten years after our #3 son, Ken ('Trooper').  Now that is another story relative to this season of the year. I do not, nor do you, have time for that one now (I thought I had the Flu!).  Jon entitled my poem  when after a trying mother/son encounter I read it to him and asked him what he thought. "Just call it 'About Love'" I can still hear him reply without hesitation in such a matter-of-fact way. He thought I was wanting a title to what I had written. And since tomorrow is February - again - here is my poem . . .  

'About Love'


There's Young Love; there's Puppy Love,

First Love and self-love, Mother's Love,

Now tough love -

There's Cupid's Love, too.


But God's Love is the greatest Love:

Unending, Eternal Love, Unconditional, Unchanging,

Everlasting, Ever True.


Love is Kind.  Love Divides.  Love Hurts.  Love Provides.

Love forgives and keeps on giving.

Love grows and is ever-living.


Be reminded now anew

God Loves Me and

God Loves You.

170 Baxter Estates Road, Moyock, NC 27958, Home: (252) 232-3294

Cell: (252) 267-7013,


Sonny Stout


“Too tough to take down”


       Sonny Stout had open-heart surgery on MLK day.  He had a cardiac catheterization before they operated on his heart. Sonny said that he had several stints placed about five years ago and thought that all was well.  Sonny works every day and claims he never saw this coming, although he had noticed a shortness of breath, until he had some bad chest pains and decided to go to Sentara Heart Hospital.  He thought the problem was minor and ended up a week later discharged from the hospital after major surgery to repair his heart.  Sonny has already gone back to work on a part-time basis. He starts Cardio-rehabilitation soon.


3461 S Crestline Drive, Virginia Beach VA 23464, Home: 757 -496-8370, Mobile: 757-287-5487,



A haunting website about our grandparents


Sam Allen


“A very eventful year”

       It was a very eventful 2008... I continue to be in good health, except for those aches and pains that come with age... Carolyn's lower back is still a problem, and she continues to get treatments periodically... The Neurosurgeon does not want to do any cutting yet... He said during our last appointment the recovery time would be close to a year... And there's only a 20% chance that it would do any good... In Jan. I went to Mexico with 60 other men from our church and we built a 3000 sq. foot building for a Christian College that does outreach down there...Completed in 8 days...  We did 7 RV trips and one that wasn't expected... Because of the forest fires, we evacuated our home for a week. The first fire in June got to within 2 miles of us and we didn't have to leave, but the second one in July was within 3/4 of a mile and they evacuated all of the east side of the mountain... We were blessed that a wind direction change didn't occur or we would not have a home today, other than our RV... We had some friends that lost their homes in the first fire, but none in the second... Another little town on a ridge east of us was completely wiped out in the second fire.

       We were blessed with a visit of our daughter and two grandsons from June to Sept... They were in Santa Cruz visiting friends when we had to evacuate, so they didn't experience the fire.   What a mess to clean up. We are both very active in our church... God has truly blessed us, we don't worry about the economy or elections because we know God is in control of everything.    I think about you old friends from Cradock and wish you well.  If any of you are ever in Northern California look us up.  We are about an hour and half north of Sacramento.


6282 Melene Court, Paradise, CA 95969, 530-872-0268,


Pat Horan


“Hello All”


      It is good to catch up on everyone in the News and Notes.  Deadri and I are still trudging along in the housing rental business.  We are taking care of parents, trying to remember what day it is, and traveling a little. 


5500 Springwood Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23703,757-484-4450,


The luminous ladies of our youth sent by Carolyn Barnett Wright



Yvonne Cunningham Olsen


“Hello All”

        I just returned from six weeks in Tampa and Sun City, Florida.  It was not the vacation that I would have liked, but my mother had a stroke on Dec. 18th.  She is 90 (I hope I have her genes!).  She is now in a skilled rehabilitation facility near her .  Hopefully, she can return to her place, but we don't know, yet. I will go back to Florida sometime soon

       I had to come back home for a couple of weeks to re-group, check on Melvin and catch up with everything. I did spent a few days with grandson, Caleb (5), and his parents in Wilmington, NC, on the way to and from Fl.

       Speaking of grandchildren, what fun to see them grow.  Caleb received a scooter for Christmas.  I bought one so I could go out with him!  Actually, they are a lot of fun.  I did leave it at his house though.  Caleb loves kindergarten, but he says that soccer is still his focus!  We all love soccer!

      My health is ok, as far as I know.   Melvin is on a few meds --blood pressure and diabetes.  He does a few car DXes, when the are selling!  Maybe, I will buy one so he can go somewhere and pick it up. Ha.

      I had been taking some courses through The LLL Institute of Manassas, but had to drop out for this semester.  The courses have been very interesting.

      Our oldest son, Eric (41) is here in Manassas, Bryan (38) is still out in Oregon (near Medford) and Mark and family in NC.  Maybe one day, we'll get back out to the west coast.  I still have a sister-in-law out in CA.

       I am still a huge soccer fan.  Am waiting for the new women’ professional league to start up again.  I was volunteer for the old Washington Freedom and loved it! 

      Warmest regards to my classmates and friends from Cradock.  I enjoy reading about you in News and Notes.


10099 Botsford Road; Manassas, VA 20109, 703-368-9071,


This Video take 8 minutes... your grandchildren should see it


Ellen Tillery Trammel


“Ellen and Smokey”


        My last camping trip was to Tyler (Texas) State Park with friends on our almost annual New Year's camp-out.  As always, I was accompanied by my constant feline companion, 18 year old Smokey.  The outing consisted of lots of laughter, food, campfires, tall tales, sight seeing, shopping, and time to read and relax.  For me, there simply could not be a better way to bring in the New Year than to spend it with cherished friends.

        My next big adventure is celebration of my March birthday on a Western Caribbean cruise. I am going with my daughter-in-law, daughter-by-choice (EB for "Excess Baggage"- Yes there is a story for later!) and another dear friend.  We expect that part of the world will never be the same after the four of us have invaded.  I'll report on that after the fact.

        In the meantime, I'm enjoying my second time around with Scott & White Memorial Hospital.  I retired in 2003 after 20 years of service, but returned on a PRN (as needed) basis in 2005 just to supplement my camping habit.  That evolved into a full time position with the marketing department.  The folks here are creative types who are anything but predictable, just the kind of zany environment I like.


9388 FM 935, Troy, TX  76579, 254-984-2452,


 Potpourri from CHS 57

              If you know a classmate who does not receive “News and Notes” and would like to receive it, do everyone a favor, make a copy then send it to them.  It costs your time, an envelope and $0.42.  It will make them feel good, and you l too.  It is a hassle to print and mail to everyone on this list.  You can bring the class closer together by sharing a copy of this with your old friends.  If you find out that someone on this list has an email send that information to

Here are a few folks who do not use email: Kenny Bass, 2108 Iowa Street, Chesapeake, VA  23323, 757-487-2145; William (Bobby) Allen; 1620 Maple Street; Smithfield, NC 27577; 919-934-3289; Duncan Buchanan, 2816 Anderson Hwy, Powhatan, VA 23139, 804-598-8005; Juanita Gift Cotton, 219 Jacquelyn Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23701, 757-488-8533; Nathan Capps, 112 Lariat Trail, Moyock, NC 27958, 252-435-1078; Carolyn Gerald Collins, 4503 Leeward Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23321; 757-465-0461; Kenny Combs,3340 Golden Oaks Lane, Chesapeake, VA 23321, 757-484-9414; Shelvy Drew Donaldson; 602 Kent Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23702, 757-487-4458; Judy Allman Eanes,5 Warren Dr. Portsmouth, VA 23701,757-488-2749; Alfred E. Fry,2511 Bugle Dr W; Chesapeake, VA 23321,757-488-8441; Ronald W. Griffin,10 S Colin Dr, Portsmouth, VA 23701; 757-465-7406; Gene Hoggard, 1512 City Park Ave, Portsmouth, VA 23701, 757- 488-8575; Leon Hemmings, 1404 Fox Trail, Edenton, NC 27932-9142, (252) 221-8926; Juanita Jefferies Killman, 4904 Gardner Lane, Suffolk, VA 23434, 757-925-0961; Mac Kincaid, 30 Early Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23701, 757-465-0349; Gloria Bass Kincaid, 30 Early Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23701, 757-465-0349; Earlene Hodges Lassiter, 413 Cynthia Lane; Vienna, VA 22180; 703-938-0953, Arlene Johnston Lindsay, 111 Elmhurst Court, Portsmouth, VA 23701, 757-465-4103, Mobile: 757-373-7621; Patsy Payne Marshall;252 Idlewood Avenue; Portsmouth, VA 23707, 757-397-6382; Kay Cross (Sam) McLean , 4724 Race Street , Portsmouth, VA 23707, 757-399-8142; Sharon Hough Meyers, 2200 Azalea Drive; Grants Pass, OR 97526; 541-474-4460; Phillip Monahan, 1513 City Park Avenue, Portsmouth, VA 23701; 757-488-6856; Curtis Lee Nelson, 6513 Portsmouth Blvd.; Portsmouth, VA  23701, 757-488-1717; Pat Malone Outten, 419 Bobby Jones Drive Portsmouth, VA 23701, 757-488-1774 Home, 757-439-0109 Cell; Barbara Gilbert Parsons, 3844 White Chapel Arch, Chesapeake, VA 23321; Bettie Jozwick Ridgeway, 11 S. Fairview Circle, Portsmouth, VA 23702, 757-393-4862; Merry Smith Schneider, 900 Old Combee Rd; Lakeland, FL 33805-9508, 863-603-0137; Lynn Root, 2849 Lambert Trail, Chesapeake, VA 23323, 757-487-4773; Richard Rush,4555 Bryce Drive, Evansville, IN  47714, 812-476-5512, Carl Vance; P. O. Box 3996 , Portsmouth, VA 23701; Jewell Rary Wall, 601 Normandy Street, Portsmouth, VA 23701, 757-487-6985; Jesse Wiggins, 38 Loxley Road, Portsmouth, VA 23702,757-487-2953.

      Carolyn Collins’ niece died this week. She was the daughter of Carol’s brother Oscar.  There is talk again about restarting the monthly meetings that Gene White held for four years prior to the 50th reunion.  Some of us miss those gatherings.  Pat Horan remains our class reunion treasurer.  He is keeps our meager class funds that we have designated as “Memorial Funds” intact.  Every one of our classmates is enjoying News and Notes. Send a note, some personal news or an opinion to and let us here from you.  It will take only a minute of your time and we love to read your stuff. (bk)