News and Notes
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
“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.
Links Drive, Nags
Is Barrack Obama Irish?
Jeanne Knutson Livesay
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.
“Well not that sunny, lately.”
greetings from sunny
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. http://members.tripod.com/~rqbing/registered_alumni/alumni.htm
Lost 57 Classmates (February 2009)
If you have any information that will lead us to them please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathlyn Anita Bell... Her last known email address is Stan0127@aol.com; Constance Bryant, No information; Christine Ewins Dickey
No information; Thelma Jean Hampton,
No information; Patti Mae Jones, Patti Mae
went to nurses training at Portsmouth General after High School. She had
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
Maryellen West; No Information
We have all been here...it is a hoot.
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
Carolyn Barnett Wright
“Rest and relaxation at 70”
My brother, Chet, arrives today on
Cudjoe Key in The Florida Keys about 15 miles from
I had a
birthday card from Von Cunningham Olsen in
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.
“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 '
“We got it good and that ain’t bad”
It is always good to hear about our
classmates. Living in
Wilma and I are quite busy with our
granddaughter’s activities. Weather last night reached 1 degree.
I am going to
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.
“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,
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
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
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 . . .
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.
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“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
A haunting website about our grandparents
“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
We were blessed with a visit of our
daughter and two grandsons from June to Sept... They were in
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.
The luminous ladies of our youth sent by Carolyn Barnett Wright
Yvonne Cunningham Olsen
I just returned
from six weeks in
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
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
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.
This Video take 8 minutes... your grandchildren should see it
Ellen Tillery Trammel
“Ellen and Smokey”
My last camping trip was to
My next big adventure
is celebration of my March birthday on a
In the meantime, I'm enjoying
my second time around with
9388 FM 935,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com and let us here from you. It will take only a minute of your time and we love to read your stuff. (bk)