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CLASS OF 1970, 50-YEAR REUNION
Sep. 18, 2020
 
   DENBIGH HIGH SCHOOL 
CLASS OF '70  
NEWPORT NEWS, VA 
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47
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THE CLASS OF 1970

Reunion Committee:
Cris Beamer Stinespring
Cookie Leveille Henry
Mark Pugh
LeVon Scott
Donna Shank Pickard
Thomas Southard
Elaine VonCannon
Steve Wiseman
Peggy Yoder Kipfer

Website Admin:
Thomas Southard

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98 of us have added our profiles to the Alumni Directory, so far.

Combined, we have 197 children, 194 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

19 of us served in the U.S. Armed Forces for a combined total of 184 years.

70 of us spent a combined total of 287 years earning 19 Associates, 49 Bachelors, 19 Masters and 4 Doctorate degrees.

Our most-traveled? One of us has visited 50 U.S. States or Territories, and another has visited 60 foreign countries.

4 of us have birthdays this month, and 5 of us have birthdays in September.

Currently, 35 of us are retired.

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 2010 Reunion -- by: Charles DoyleNov. 5, 2009 - 7:50:39AM  
ON THE SEPTEMBER 2010 40TH REUNION:

I am really, really looking forward to linking up with everybody who comes this year!

 
 Plans -- by: Linda Kelley WattsAug. 30, 2009 - 6:27:48PM  
I am planning on coming to the reunion! It was interesting last time, but this time I am trying to get back in touch with people so it will be easier to talk with others.

 
 Other DHS classes attending our reunion -- by: Tom SouthardAug. 26, 2009 - 5:46:43AM  
Hi Kathleen,

I have talked with our reunion committee about this and we are open to letting other DHS classes come to our reunion as we know many classmates both below and above 1970. We are not extending a formal invitation as some of these classes have their own reunions and we have found so many classmates from 1970 that the reunion size could get out of hand. I know that sounds unlikely due to normal reunion attendance(15% to 20%) but we will not know until we get closer to the date in 2010.

That being said, we are taking RSVP's (go to pg.1 top of page tab) for anyone wanting to attend and have started a Z-list to keep track of these classmates for organizational purposes. You are welcome to come to our 40th year reunion as you know a lot of our classmates and it was nice to see you at the 2006 reunion. Other years and 1971 classmates are welcome also!

Our 40th will be the biggest and best reunion ever and we want everyone who wants to come to do so. Should of, would of, could of is not something to think about after it is over. Be 18 again and come see your friends and classmates!

 
 Reunion for the Class of '70 -- by: Kathleen (Akers) WilliamsAug. 25, 2009 - 2:02:20PM  
Tom, Would you consider adding the Class of '71? It was nice in 2006.

 
 MISSING CLASSMATES!!!!!!! -- by: Tom SouthardAug. 22, 2009 - 4:59:20PM  
BIG NEWS ON MISSING CLASSMATES!

Wow! We found about 35 missing classmates in the last few days by searching USsearch.com then using whitepages.com once we find some free info on them.

You can help us by letting us know a married name, relatives, places they have lived etc. Other helpful info would be if they have a brother,sister,or parents still in NN. Now we are getting down to the really hard ones so anything would be great. Only about 75 classmates to go, that is less than the classmates that had not been found at our reunion in 1988!

 
 Reunion -- by: Cris Beamer StinespringJun. 22, 2009 - 1:25:52PM  
Classmates, Looking forward to the Reunion. Have been back in N.N. for 5 yrs. and still not used to the traffic (we moved from a county of only 5,000 and I miss the mtns.

I agree with the others listed--we need to have a reunion every 5 yrs. since most of us will be 57-58 at the 2010 and we "aren't getting any younger." See you'all there!

 
 Our Class Reunion -- by: J. Elaine VonCannon Jun. 21, 2009 - 7:59:00AM  
I look forward to catching up with everyone!

 
 Undecided on attending the reunion? -- by: Tom SouthardMar. 30, 2009 - 8:42:55AM  
I just wanted to say to some people who are undecided on coming to the reunion, friends and family are what makes life wonderful. It does not matter what we look like now, a friend sees the real you and accepts you as you are. There are only a few people that even resemble their youthful look of high school days. Some even look better but this is not why we go to reunions. Never let looks or the way we think we were in high school stop us from seeing our old classmates. High school was just that, a time in our lives that we either enjoyed it, tolerated it, or hated it.

It is funny the perceptions that other people have of you and how you think of yourself as totally different. I have found in trying to pull together the website and in trying to make the reunion happen that people saw me differently in high school than I really was. Some remembered me a jock, as a popular person, or as someone who knew everyone. I can say that the only thing that was true was I did know a lot of people but that was because I went from the 1st grade Denbigh Elementary to the 12th at DHS and was born and raised in Denbigh.

The truth is I was C student at best, shy and quite, and I liked music more than sports. I was not a jock or popular or a part of the in-crowd but some people remember me that way. My point being that what you were like in high school and classmate’s perceptions of you mean nothing today do they? If you were a wallflower, a nerd, quiet, obnoxious, popular or a jock in high school we do not see that person now. We see a friend and classmate and we have a lot of catching up to do. So please sign up now, someone just can’t wait to see you!!!!

 
 update -- by: Tom SouthardMar. 24, 2009 - 12:15:29PM  
Keep e-mailing us with any info on missing classmates, this is helping us find them before the next 40th year reunion in 2010. Many are looking forward to coming,are excited and have never been to our class reunion.

Coach Turley has not responded yet to the letter we sent inviting him to our next reunion, but we are hopeful.

We are working to make this happen and you will not want to miss this one. The 50th will be too long to hold out for so RSVP now. Don't worry about looks, how will we all look at 68!

 
 Famous DHS grads -- by: Tom SouthardFeb. 9, 2009 - 6:04:22AM  
Speaking of famous DHS grads what about Robert Cray? He is a blues guitar player artist who graduated in 1975 from DHS. Has many albums see below:

Robert Cray started playing guitar in his early teens. At Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia, his love of blues and soul music flourished as he started collecting records. Originally, Robert Cray wanted to become an architect, but at about the same time he was going to study design in architecture he formed a local band "Steakface", described as "the best band from Lakewood you never heard of". Cray on guitar and vocals contributed greatly to Steakface's set list of songs by Jimi Hendrix, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fleetwood Mac, The Grease Band, Blodwyn Pig, Jethro Tull, Spirit and The Faces.

By the time he was twenty, Cray had seen his heroes Albert Collins, Freddie King and Muddy Waters in concert, and decided to form his own band. His band started playing college towns on the West Coast. After several years of regional success, Cray was signed to Mercury....

 
 No Subject -- by: gary holsombackFeb. 5, 2009 - 11:30:04AM  
the discussion about coach Turley is interesting because I last saw him after he retired and he DOES NOT have short hair...the web site looks great...facebook has been a great way to get reaquainted with classmates...my wife asks where did all of those friends come from....DHS

 
 Reunion 2010 -- by: Tom SouthardFeb. 4, 2009 - 5:36:59AM  
Hope you don't mind me posting this Gary? Gary also wrote on DHS FaceBook Page:

Gary R Holsomback wrote at 6:45pm yesterday

It is amazing that we can reach so many people by typing in a message keep getting the word out about the reunion all that attended the last one had a great time. Write on Gary's Wall - Report

 
 Mike Tomlin DHS Grad -- by: Tom SouthardFeb. 4, 2009 - 5:33:19AM  
I bet a lot of people did not know what Mark Pugh wrote on DHS facebook page:

Mark Pugh (Corpus Christi, TX) wrote at 2:17pm on February 1st, 2009

Go, Mike Tomlin! Lead your team to Super Bowl victory today and do DHS grads everywhere proud!!!

Mark Pugh (Corpus Christi, TX) wrote at 1:36pm on January 20th, 2009

Reason to root for the Steelers in the Super Bowl??? Their coach, Mike Tomlin, is a Denbigh High graduate!!! Also, youngest coach ever to take his team to the Super Bowl! Write on Mark's Wall - Report

 
 David Wilson, facebook -- by: Tom SouthardJan. 13, 2009 - 3:58:53PM  
Hey Dave,

Glad we found you thru Mike Wilson on facebook. You joined the alumni too which is nice to see so we can read all about you and family.Since the e-mail asking for everyone's help on missing classmates went out, we have found 4 the first day.Keep up the good work and we will have a great 2010 reunion turnout. Thanks for joining Dave.

 
 No Subject -- by: David WilsonJan. 12, 2009 - 9:49:02AM  
Hi this is Dave Wilson one of the twins. I have been married for thirty-one years to Janice Peal Wilson class of 75. We have two sons Nathanael and Paul. I worked for 25 years for the Newport News Schools in the transportation department, and retired in December 2004. I am working at Crutchman Truck Caps keeping their inventory in order. My wife Janice does books, and taxes for several companies.

 
 reunions -- by: J. Elaine VonCannonDec. 24, 2008 - 4:27:40PM  
Hello Ya'll, I agree with a 2010 reunion. I will be glad to help anyway I can, as i am still in the area.

Also did we not have a reunion, i think it was 15 year? Or was it 10 year, or was it a dream. I did not go to the last one as no one contacted me so i look forward to the upcoming one.

I also think we should do them every 5 years as we are not getting any younger, but some may come up with a drink that could help!

Happy Holidays!

Elaine (Jo or Josephine, which I no longer use) VonCannon

 
 Summer -- by: Tom SouthardJul. 12, 2008 - 2:27:39PM  
Well, we had planned on trying to track down 5 classmates a week but other things kind of got in the way like vacations, travel,jobs, etc. Some classmates are finding out about this site on their own and word of mouth which is great.We will keep plugging away to locate as many of our classmates we can to tell them about this site and to get their info for future reunions.

A reunion in 2010 is only a few years away and we still have a lot of work to do. If anyone knows of a way to get faster results on searches or to get the word out let us know.

 
 reunion -- by: Steve WisemanMar. 25, 2008 - 2:52:08PM  
I think a 2010 reunion would be a great idea.Debbie's idea of informal gathering would be great also. I would be willing to help.Hope everyone is doing well.

 
 reunion -- by: Tom SouthardMar. 25, 2008 - 8:33:44AM  
Thanks for your opinion on a 2010 class re-union Hank.

What about some more responses on this, no interest, then it will not happen.

Tom S.

 
 reunion -- by: Hank HenryFeb. 27, 2008 - 9:16:17AM  
I vote for a reunion in 2010. Due to many different things, I have never been to one of the reunions. I would really like to attend one. Looking through the alumni site brings back a lot of memories. And as others have said, "we aren't getting any younger".

 
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 2010 Reunion -- by: Charles DoyleNov. 5, 2009 - 7:50:39AM  
ON THE SEPTEMBER 2010 40TH REUNION:

I am really, really looking forward to linking up with everybody who comes this year!

 
 Plans -- by: Linda Kelley WattsAug. 30, 2009 - 6:27:48PM  
I am planning on coming to the reunion! It was interesting last time, but this time I am trying to get back in touch with people so it will be easier to talk with others.

 
 Other DHS classes attending our reunion -- by: Tom SouthardAug. 26, 2009 - 5:46:43AM  
Hi Kathleen,

I have talked with our reunion committee about this and we are open to letting other DHS classes come to our reunion as we know many classmates both below and above 1970. We are not extending a formal invitation as some of these classes have their own reunions and we have found so many classmates from 1970 that the reunion size could get out of hand. I know that sounds unlikely due to normal reunion attendance(15% to 20%) but we will not know until we get closer to the date in 2010.

That being said, we are taking RSVP's (go to pg.1 top of page tab) for anyone wanting to attend and have started a Z-list to keep track of these classmates for organizational purposes. You are welcome to come to our 40th year reunion as you know a lot of our classmates and it was nice to see you at the 2006 reunion. Other years and 1971 classmates are welcome also!

Our 40th will be the biggest and best reunion ever and we want everyone who wants to come to do so. Should of, would of, could of is not something to think about after it is over. Be 18 again and come see your friends and classmates!

 
 Reunion for the Class of '70 -- by: Kathleen (Akers) WilliamsAug. 25, 2009 - 2:02:20PM  
Tom, Would you consider adding the Class of '71? It was nice in 2006.

 
 MISSING CLASSMATES!!!!!!! -- by: Tom SouthardAug. 22, 2009 - 4:59:20PM  
BIG NEWS ON MISSING CLASSMATES!

Wow! We found about 35 missing classmates in the last few days by searching USsearch.com then using whitepages.com once we find some free info on them.

You can help us by letting us know a married name, relatives, places they have lived etc. Other helpful info would be if they have a brother,sister,or parents still in NN. Now we are getting down to the really hard ones so anything would be great. Only about 75 classmates to go, that is less than the classmates that had not been found at our reunion in 1988!

 
 Reunion -- by: Cris Beamer StinespringJun. 22, 2009 - 1:25:52PM  
Classmates, Looking forward to the Reunion. Have been back in N.N. for 5 yrs. and still not used to the traffic (we moved from a county of only 5,000 and I miss the mtns.

I agree with the others listed--we need to have a reunion every 5 yrs. since most of us will be 57-58 at the 2010 and we "aren't getting any younger." See you'all there!

 
 Our Class Reunion -- by: J. Elaine VonCannon Jun. 21, 2009 - 7:59:00AM  
I look forward to catching up with everyone!

 
 Undecided on attending the reunion? -- by: Tom SouthardMar. 30, 2009 - 8:42:55AM  
I just wanted to say to some people who are undecided on coming to the reunion, friends and family are what makes life wonderful. It does not matter what we look like now, a friend sees the real you and accepts you as you are. There are only a few people that even resemble their youthful look of high school days. Some even look better but this is not why we go to reunions. Never let looks or the way we think we were in high school stop us from seeing our old classmates. High school was just that, a time in our lives that we either enjoyed it, tolerated it, or hated it.

It is funny the perceptions that other people have of you and how you think of yourself as totally different. I have found in trying to pull together the website and in trying to make the reunion happen that people saw me differently in high school than I really was. Some remembered me a jock, as a popular person, or as someone who knew everyone. I can say that the only thing that was true was I did know a lot of people but that was because I went from the 1st grade Denbigh Elementary to the 12th at DHS and was born and raised in Denbigh.

The truth is I was C student at best, shy and quite, and I liked music more than sports. I was not a jock or popular or a part of the in-crowd but some people remember me that way. My point being that what you were like in high school and classmate’s perceptions of you mean nothing today do they? If you were a wallflower, a nerd, quiet, obnoxious, popular or a jock in high school we do not see that person now. We see a friend and classmate and we have a lot of catching up to do. So please sign up now, someone just can’t wait to see you!!!!

 
 update -- by: Tom SouthardMar. 24, 2009 - 12:15:29PM  
Keep e-mailing us with any info on missing classmates, this is helping us find them before the next 40th year reunion in 2010. Many are looking forward to coming,are excited and have never been to our class reunion.

Coach Turley has not responded yet to the letter we sent inviting him to our next reunion, but we are hopeful.

We are working to make this happen and you will not want to miss this one. The 50th will be too long to hold out for so RSVP now. Don't worry about looks, how will we all look at 68!

 
 Famous DHS grads -- by: Tom SouthardFeb. 9, 2009 - 6:04:22AM  
Speaking of famous DHS grads what about Robert Cray? He is a blues guitar player artist who graduated in 1975 from DHS. Has many albums see below:

Robert Cray started playing guitar in his early teens. At Denbigh High School in Newport News, Virginia, his love of blues and soul music flourished as he started collecting records. Originally, Robert Cray wanted to become an architect, but at about the same time he was going to study design in architecture he formed a local band "Steakface", described as "the best band from Lakewood you never heard of". Cray on guitar and vocals contributed greatly to Steakface's set list of songs by Jimi Hendrix, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fleetwood Mac, The Grease Band, Blodwyn Pig, Jethro Tull, Spirit and The Faces.

By the time he was twenty, Cray had seen his heroes Albert Collins, Freddie King and Muddy Waters in concert, and decided to form his own band. His band started playing college towns on the West Coast. After several years of regional success, Cray was signed to Mercury....

 
 No Subject -- by: gary holsombackFeb. 5, 2009 - 11:30:04AM  
the discussion about coach Turley is interesting because I last saw him after he retired and he DOES NOT have short hair...the web site looks great...facebook has been a great way to get reaquainted with classmates...my wife asks where did all of those friends come from....DHS

 
 Reunion 2010 -- by: Tom SouthardFeb. 4, 2009 - 5:36:59AM  
Hope you don't mind me posting this Gary? Gary also wrote on DHS FaceBook Page:

Gary R Holsomback wrote at 6:45pm yesterday

It is amazing that we can reach so many people by typing in a message keep getting the word out about the reunion all that attended the last one had a great time. Write on Gary's Wall - Report

 
 Mike Tomlin DHS Grad -- by: Tom SouthardFeb. 4, 2009 - 5:33:19AM  
I bet a lot of people did not know what Mark Pugh wrote on DHS facebook page:

Mark Pugh (Corpus Christi, TX) wrote at 2:17pm on February 1st, 2009

Go, Mike Tomlin! Lead your team to Super Bowl victory today and do DHS grads everywhere proud!!!

Mark Pugh (Corpus Christi, TX) wrote at 1:36pm on January 20th, 2009

Reason to root for the Steelers in the Super Bowl??? Their coach, Mike Tomlin, is a Denbigh High graduate!!! Also, youngest coach ever to take his team to the Super Bowl! Write on Mark's Wall - Report

 
 David Wilson, facebook -- by: Tom SouthardJan. 13, 2009 - 3:58:53PM  
Hey Dave,

Glad we found you thru Mike Wilson on facebook. You joined the alumni too which is nice to see so we can read all about you and family.Since the e-mail asking for everyone's help on missing classmates went out, we have found 4 the first day.Keep up the good work and we will have a great 2010 reunion turnout. Thanks for joining Dave.

 
 No Subject -- by: David WilsonJan. 12, 2009 - 9:49:02AM  
Hi this is Dave Wilson one of the twins. I have been married for thirty-one years to Janice Peal Wilson class of 75. We have two sons Nathanael and Paul. I worked for 25 years for the Newport News Schools in the transportation department, and retired in December 2004. I am working at Crutchman Truck Caps keeping their inventory in order. My wife Janice does books, and taxes for several companies.

 
 reunions -- by: J. Elaine VonCannonDec. 24, 2008 - 4:27:40PM  
Hello Ya'll, I agree with a 2010 reunion. I will be glad to help anyway I can, as i am still in the area.

Also did we not have a reunion, i think it was 15 year? Or was it 10 year, or was it a dream. I did not go to the last one as no one contacted me so i look forward to the upcoming one.

I also think we should do them every 5 years as we are not getting any younger, but some may come up with a drink that could help!

Happy Holidays!

Elaine (Jo or Josephine, which I no longer use) VonCannon

 
 Summer -- by: Tom SouthardJul. 12, 2008 - 2:27:39PM  
Well, we had planned on trying to track down 5 classmates a week but other things kind of got in the way like vacations, travel,jobs, etc. Some classmates are finding out about this site on their own and word of mouth which is great.We will keep plugging away to locate as many of our classmates we can to tell them about this site and to get their info for future reunions.

A reunion in 2010 is only a few years away and we still have a lot of work to do. If anyone knows of a way to get faster results on searches or to get the word out let us know.

 
 reunion -- by: Steve WisemanMar. 25, 2008 - 2:52:08PM  
I think a 2010 reunion would be a great idea.Debbie's idea of informal gathering would be great also. I would be willing to help.Hope everyone is doing well.

 
 reunion -- by: Tom SouthardMar. 25, 2008 - 8:33:44AM  
Thanks for your opinion on a 2010 class re-union Hank.

What about some more responses on this, no interest, then it will not happen.

Tom S.

 
 reunion -- by: Hank HenryFeb. 27, 2008 - 9:16:17AM  
I vote for a reunion in 2010. Due to many different things, I have never been to one of the reunions. I would really like to attend one. Looking through the alumni site brings back a lot of memories. And as others have said, "we aren't getting any younger".

 
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 Alabama
 Alaska
 Arizona
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 Colorado
 Connecticut
 Florida 14 
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 Illinois
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