TJ Class of 1965
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Miriam Morsel Nathan's "Lost Childhood" Exhibit 11/9/2013
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Grassroots effort aims to update school’s old athletic fields
RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — A grassroots effort is underway to revamp the outdated athletic fields and outdoor lighting at Richmond’s Thomas Jefferson High School.
The $3 million plan would expand the school’s football and baseball fields and add a new field house and grandstand. It would also move the track to the front of the school and add additional parking and lighting.
“T.J. has some bleachers, but they have no lights,” said David Ballard, a former Richmond School Board chairman. “It’s kind of hard to believe that a school this old has never been able to play night games.”
Melissa Hughes, who lives nearby and walks her dogs at night, said the improvements would greatly benefit the neighborhood.
Ballard is also asking the community to get behind the project...
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Larry Creeger's father
CREEGER, Allan David, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013. He joins his wife of 68 years, Louise Rosenthal Creeger, who passed away last November. He is survived by his son, Lawrence Allan Creeger; daughter, Carol Creeger Pope; grandson, Matthew Allan Creeger; daughter-in-law, Carolyn W. Creeger; in-laws, Gilbert and Fanny Rosenthal; and his caregiver and constant companion, Charles Patterson. Mr. Creeger was born in Boston, Mass. on December 9, 1921, and grew up on Long Island, N.Y. He attended Columbia University and obtained an M.B.A. at Harvard prior to being drafted into the Army in 1943. While at Camp Lee, Va. He met Louise Rosenthal and became a permanent Virginian. In 1952, he opened one of the first general rental stores in the commonwealth, expanding to four Aarrow Rent All Stores in Richmond and Charlottesville by the early '70s. By the mid-'70s, son Larry and daughter Carol had joined him in expanding the local rental company into one of the largest special event organizations in America. Aarrow Special Events and Aarrow Rent Alls are still recognized nationwide and by Richmonders for their constant innovations and exceptional service, a hallmark of Mr. Creeger. He was one of the founders and a past President of the American Rental Association, the largest association of its kind in the world. Mr. Creeger was exceptionally proud of his tenure at the helm of the Richmond Retail Merchants Association, and continued to strive to improve business and community well after his retirement. He was devoted to his family and friends and enjoyed travelling with his loved ones to all parts of the world. Mr. Creeger was a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club for over 50 years. He loved tennis and golf and took up painting later in life. For the past 17 years, the Creegers enjoyed all aspects of the Cedarfield community. Mr. Creeger published the first Cedarfield Digest and continued with the publication until 2011. He was devoted to the residents and staff of the Hermitage at Cedarfield and they were truly devoted to him. There will be a private interment Sunday, December 1 with a memorial service 2 p.m. Monday, December 2 in the Fellowship Hall at Cedarfield, 2300 Cedarfield Pkwy., Henrico, Va. 23233. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives, 1111 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Va. 23220.
Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch onFriday, November 29, 2013
Ned Hood's mother
HOOD, Ann Lee Woodward, 88, went home to the Lord on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Celebrating her reunion with her beloved husband, Norman E. Hood Sr. "Eddie," are their children, Martha Parcell Tingler, Norman E. Hood Jr. "Ned" and wife, Marla, Norma Jane Hood and Rebecca Hood Jones "Becki" and husband, Wally. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Chip Parcell (Shannon), Christopher Parcell (Jill), Jeff Hood, Jennifer Allen and Molly Hood; and seven great-grandchildren, Jordan, Colby, Kaitlyn, Jack, Charlotte, Lauren and Joseph. Ann graduated from John Marshall High School in 1941 and attended Westhampton College on a French scholarship. She and Eddie were married for 46 years and were loving and devoted parents. Her strong faith was a gift that she shared with many throughout her life. She was a charter member of Reveille United Methodist Church, more recently worshipped at Messiah Christian Church, and actively participated for many years in the ministries of the Richmond Emmaus Community, the association of Camps Farthest Out and various prison ministries. The family will receive friends at the Parham Road Chapel of Woody Funeral Home on Thursday and Friday evenings from 7 until 9 p.m., and at 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service. Following the service, interment will be at Hollywood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad in gratitude for their selfless service to the community. Online condolences may be offered at www.woodyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on Friday, November7, 2013
John Levy's father
LEVY, Laurence H., 97, of Richmond, passed away October 8, 2013. He was married to Nancy Galeski Levy from 1945 until her death in 2003. He is survived by his beloved companion, Maria Waters; sons, John and wife, Judith, Allen and wife, Beth, and Raymond; and grandchildren, Shana Levy Passman (Sandler), Bram J. Levy, Rachel H. Levy, Laura E. Levy and Cara R. Levy; great-grandson, Rowan Eli Passman. In addition, Laurence is survived by his two sisters-in-law, Barbara Rothschild and Barbara Levy; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was honorably discharged as a captain in the U.S. Army after serving his country during WWII. Laurence was president of Modern Woodwork/Modern School Equipment, Inc. from 1947 until 1982, after which he served as a bankruptcy trustee for the Federal Bankruptcy Court. He was very active during the 1960s in Richmond politics and he served the city's personnel board for numerous years. Throughout most of his life, Laurence loved playing tennis, world traveling, hosting his weekly political discussions, watching his flower garden bloom in the spring, bird-watching during annual family beach vacations and engaging in lively conversation. The family wishes to thank his wonderful aides, Hellen Baru, Joyce Amakabane, Mary Brown, Juliet Gitahi, Lucy Waweru and Judith Umutesi for all of their love and care over the last several years. In addition, the family is very grateful to Addie Mae Swinson and Nancy Gitati for their love and support always. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, October 11, at Hebrew Cemetery, Hospital and N. 4th Streets. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to a charity of your choice.
Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch onOctober 10, 2013
Jack Colan's mother
FOSTER, Winnie "Mimmie." Winnie, known to family and friends as Mimmie, peacefully departed on the morning of September 18, 2013 at age 87. She was constantly surrounded by loving family and friends and never knew a stranger. Born in Louisville, Ky., Winnie was the second child of Maurine and Kirby Kitterman. She spent her adult life in Richmond, Va., after moving here with her first husband, Johnny Colan. She returned to Kentucky often to visit with family and lifelong friends. In Richmond, she raised her family with exceptional love, generosity, boundless energy, humor and wonderful food. Her descendants all inherited her joy of laughter and her affection for creating special meals for their loved ones. She is survived by her adoring family: her son, Jack Colan (Donna); her daughter, Connie Chisholm (Bruce); seven grandchildren, Raine Salhab (Naji), Windi Perrow, Kimball Mapp (Jeff), Katelyn Chisholm, Carter Hathaway (Kevin), John Colan and Christopher Colan. Mimmie also enjoyed being entertained by her five great-grandchildren, Kadin, Ferran, Brantley, Nora and Kieran. Also survived by two loving sisters, Margie Baltes and Betty Jo Tillman; and was loved by three stepchildren, Rich, Bev and John and their extended families. She was predeceased by her husband, Ed Foster, the love of her life. She was fortunate to have lifelong friendships which she nurtured for many decades, both in Richmond and Louisville. Mimmie would tell you that the one thing she needed was "people." She possessed a unique and special gift: her ability to put others at ease, giving anyone she met a sense that they were special. People of all ages treasured her spunk and passion for life and anyone she knew or even met loved her. Our family would like to recognize the wonderful caregivers who provided constant and loving support, especially Sara, Kim, Dr. Yanni and Aimee, and the gentle hospice staff members from Bon Secours. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, at Woody Funeral Home on Parham Road, where a memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, September 23. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities or Make-A-Wish Foundation. Condolences may be left at www.woodyfuneralhomeparham.com
Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on Saturday, September 21, 2013
Lynne Rachal Chamber's husband
CHAMBERS, James Layne "Jim" Jr., passed away November 30, 2012. He was born in Longview, Texas, on August 23, 1945. On June 21, 1969 he married the former Lynne Rachal, also of Richmond. Educated at Virginia Tech, he worked for many years as an engineer at IDI and DuPont before owning his own small businesses, Construction Service Graphics and later, Chambers Upholstery. Throughout his life he was devoted to ministry and service. He served as a Deacon, an Elder, and Clerk of Session at St. Giles Presbyterian Church. He considered it a privilege to serve through teaching, most recently on the book of Jeremiah, and as a Lay Pastor to two retirement communities, Elmcroft and The Crossings at Bon Air. He served as a Stephen Minister to those in need and enjoyed the community Bible study group, "Second Half." Beloved for his humility, friendship, warmth and dry sense of humor, it would be difficult for even the stiffest of strangers to remain uncharmed by his kindness and sincerity. His deepest desire was not to build his own reputation, but to make known the love and hope of Christ to those around him. Besides his wife, he is survived by his three children and their spouses, David Chambers (Jara), Erin Holbrook (Grant) and Blair Bigelow (Will); one granddaughter, Olivia Eleonor Chambers (with whom he had a game of elbow bumping "hello" and "goodbye" whenever they were together); and younger brother, John David Chambers (Kathy) of Williamsburg. Jim was eagerly awaiting the birth of two more granddaughters in December and February. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Giles Presbyterian Church. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to St. Giles in his memory.
Ronnie Harmon's mother
HARMON, Leatrice Burns, of Richmond, widow of Joe Dana Harmon, passed away peacefully at home, in her sleep on June 12, 2013. She was born October 4, 1924 in Niota, Tennessee. She is survived by her son, Ronald Joe Harmon and his wife, Anne Munsey Harmon; her grandson, Ronald Vance Harmon and his wife, Christy Burns Harmon; two great-granddaughters, Virginia Anne Harmon and Margaret Stafford Harmon; and her niece, Jane Ownby Wells and her husband, James Wells. She had fond memories of her grandpups, "Frosty" and "Coach." The family wishes to express their appreciation to "Ric" Ricca for his loving and faithful companionship to Leatrice. Mrs. Harmon had been a member of Reveille United Methodist Church since 1958. A service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at Greenwood 30 minutes prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Richmond SPCA or Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Road, Richmond, Va. 23221. Arrangements are by the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home.
Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on June 13, 2013
Garna Kraft's husband
Garna Kraft was a Guidance Counselor at TJ
Ted Kraft was an industrial arts/"shop" teacher at Albert Hill
KRAFT, Frederick Gray "Ted" Jr., died January 6, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. He was born on March 16, 1924 in Buffalo, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents Frederick Gray Kraft Sr. and Grace Pearce Kraft; his wife of 52 years, Garna Blakey Kraft; his sister, Betty Kraft Peebles; and brother, Robert Pearce Kraft. He is survived by his brother, Richard H. Kraft and wife, Marion Gray Courtney Kraft, of Falls Church, Va.; and his brother-in-law, William "Rocky" Peebles of Bon Air, Va. Also surviving him are his nieces and nephews, Dr. Patricia Kraft Vogel and Urban LeJeune, of Tuckerton, N.J., Barbara Kraft Jenkin and Dr. Michael Jenkin of Ponte Vedra, Fla., Robert Kraft of New Port Ritchey, Fla., Thomas Kraft of Houston, Texas, Catherine Kraft Fratter and Jeff Fratter of Quinton, Va., Richard Kraft Jr. and Joanne Kraft of Reston, Va., Katherine Kraft Cohen and Marshall Cohen of Newton, Mass., Melissa Courtney and Tim Calkins of Reston, Va., and Beth Peebles of Bon Air, Va. His late wife's nieces and nephews surviving are Robert Thompson and Dorothy Wilson of Washington, D.C., Reverend William Thompson and Nicki Thompson of Taylors, S.C., James Thompson of St. Louis, Mo., Beth Thompson Luddington and Dr. John Luddington of Houston, Texas, Janet Thompson Billingsley and Dr. Gary Billingsley of Martinez, Ga., Anne and Dr. David Brown of Charlottesville, Va., and T. Mark Daly of Fresno, Calif. Mr. Kraft attended Richmond Public Schools, RPI, and received a B.S. degree from William and Mary in 1951. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Army 1943 to 1946, stationed in the Aleutian Islands. Mr. Kraft taught for the Richmond City Public Schools for 30 years, retiring from Albert H. Hill Middle School in 1981. He and his late wife had been members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church at Hanover Court House since 1962, where he served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden. He represented St. Paul's at the Virginia Diocese Yearly Conference for 20 years. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 8050 St. Paul's Road, Hanover, Va. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Garna Blakey Kraft Shrine Mont Scholarship Fund, St. Paul's Church, P.O. Box 441, Hanover, Va. 23069.
Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from January 10 to January 11, 2013
Elizabeth Kent Perkins
(1985 class reunion)
Elizabeth Perkins NEBO Mrs. Elizabeth Kent Riley Perkins, 65, of Nebo, passed away Thursday, Jan 3, 2013, at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, following a brief illness. Elizabeth was born Aug. 5, 1947, in Richmond, Va., to the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence (Alice Clarke) Kent. She was a member of the 7th St. Christian Church in Richmond, Va. She attended Radford College and was previously employed as a medical technician and was an accomplished homemaker. She was known as a "second mama" to many, especially those in the Concord High School Band during the early 90's. Loved by children and adults, she gave a piece of herself to every person she met. More tributes may be found at carepages.com/elizabeth rileyperkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Douglas Kent; and one grandson, Jacob Harts. Survivors include four children, David L. Riley and Tripp and Dixon; Elizabeth Riley Harts (Roger) and Noah and Landon; Anne Riley Bernier (Steve) and Michael and Luke; and Christopher Riley. She is also survived by her husband, Charles Daniel Perkins, and his sons, Brian and Danny; and her sister, Alice Kent Roye. A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Marion, officiating will be the Rev. Carroll Miller. The family is grateful to the staff of Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville and particularly the Palliative Care Team there. They are planning a memorial gift of music through the Mission Hospital Palliative Care Service and details can be found at carepages.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to this project or to a charity of your choice . An online guestbook and obituary is available at heritagefuneral services.com. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Perkins family.
Published in The McDowell News on January 6, 2013
Games, John - We have received notice that Johnny passed away December 24, 2012. He was living in Stockton, California. Arrangements are incomplete, but the family believes there will be a memorial service sometime this month (January 2013).
The memorial for Johnny is going to be a graveside service. March 22, 2pm at Riverview Cemetery in Richmond, Va.
Paul Gergoudis's Father
GERGOUDIS, Col. Lewis, U.S. Army (retired), 93, of Richmond, Va., passed away peacefully on December 20, 2012. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Fannie Gergoudis; and is survived by his four children, Paul (Aspasia) Gergoudis of New York, Arthur (Sophia) Gergoudis, Patricia (Chris) Coureas of Virginia Beach and Rick (Elaine) Gergoudis; and his nine grandchildren, Dean Gergoudis, Luke Gergoudis, Christopher Coureas, Kellie Gergoudis, Stephanie Gergoudis, Thea Gergoudis, Franklin Gergoudis, Maria Gergoudis and Harry Alexander Coureas. Born April 11, 1919, in Passaic, N.J., Lew graduated from Emerson High School in 1938. He played the violin in the school orchestra, participated in athletics and was described by classmates as "cordial, fun-loving, and good-hearted." When war broke out in April of 1942 (and after his employer refused to give him a $1.00 raise), he volunteered as a private in the United States Army. During the war he was promoted initially to lieutenant and ultimately commanded a unit which was awarded Battle Participation Credit for the Southern Philippines Campaign. He also participated in the initial occupation of Japan. After the war, Lew remained in the active reserve and graduated from the Army Command and General Staff School in 1960. After 37 years of service to his country, he retired from the Army in 1979 with the rank of full Colonel. In addition to his country, Lew loved his family and his Greek Orthodox faith. He cherished his wife, his children and his church. He worked tirelessly to be able to educate his children and was proud to establish a scholarship fund for deserving students sponsored by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. He was a devoted member, past president (during construction of the Cathedral in 1960), and a trustee of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Richmond. Lew was known to always welcome newcomers and documented many important events with an old-fashioned 8 mm movie camera. Lew was a self-made man and wore many "hats." He owned and operated a dry cleaning business, a furniture store and later became a licensed investment broker with Lombard Securities. Even in an intensely competitive work place, younger colleagues were inspired by Lew's sensibility and unyielding willingness to lend a helping hand. Always true to his Yankee roots, Lew would often joke that after meeting "the prettiest girl in Richmond," he would remain in the South, "temporarily," for 68 years. Lew and his wife, Fannie, became one, especially since she never learned to drive, and they were rarely seen apart. Although a commander in the military, he remained a personal chauffeur at home. Lew will be remembered for his courage in the midst of adversity, his self-reliance when the odds were against him, a quiet fortitude and unconditional love for country, church and family. A funeral service with full military honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Burial will follow at Westhampton Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewis and Fannie Gergoudis Scholarship Fund, c/o Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Ave., Richmond, Va. 23221.
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Arthur "Buddy" Nixon's mother
NIXON, Margaret J.,
90, departed this life Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at Envoy at the
Meadows in Goochland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur W.
Nixon Jr. She is survived by her son, Arthur W. Nixon III and his wife,
Annette; daughter, Patricia N. Schwab and her husband, Lonnie; three
grandsons, Christopher Nixon and his wife, Melanie, of Rockwall, Texas,
Scott Nixon and his wife, Kerry, of Holly Springs, N.C., Robert Nixon and
his wife, Kriston, of Richmond; two great-grandchildren, Blake and Claire
Nixon of Rockwall, Texas; a sister, Annette Grissom and her husband,
Jimmy. Mrs. Nixon retired from Thalhimers and was a lifetime member of
Tabernacle Baptist Church. The family will receive friends on Sunday,
December 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home,
11020 W. Broad Street. A private graveside service will take place on
Monday at Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's
Association or your
favorite charity .
Larry Creeger's mother
CREEGER, Louise R., passed away on Monday, November 5, 2012. She is survived by her loving family, her husband of 68 years, Allan D. Creeger; son, Lawrence Allan Creeger; daughter, Carol Creeger Pope; her grandson, Matthew Allan Creeger; her brother, Gilbert M. Rosenthal and his wife, Fannie; and her cousin, Barbara R. Peskin. She was born February 14, 1922, graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond and from Beaver College in Jenkintown, Pa. She was the daughter of the late Sam and Esther Rosenthal. She enjoyed traveling, meeting people and taking care of loved ones. Other activities she enjoyed were being an avid bridge player, storyteller, and mother. She also was a devoted dog lover and had many pets throughout her life. She taught French at Mary Munford Elementary School and Highland Springs High School. She was the senior class sponsor at Highland Springs High School and as of late still got together with many of her students. She was a life-long member of Temple Beth Ahabah. She loved her hometown of Richmond and the state of Virginia. She was devoted to the residents and staff of the Hermitage at Cedarfield and they were devoted to her. There will be a private interment Wednesday, November 7, 2012, followed by a funeral and memorial service at 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Cedarfield, 2300 Cedarfield Pkwy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Ahabah Museum and Archives, 1109 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Va. 23220 or the Richmond Animal League, 11401 International Drive, Richmond, Va. 23236.
Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from November 6 to November 7, 2012
Jack Greer's Mother
GREER, Jane Blair, age 95, died
November 26, 2012. Born and raised in Richmond, Jane Greer was the
daughter of Dr. John Robin Blair and Mrs. Ethel Smith Blair. Her one
sister, Nancy Blair Minor, dearly beloved, predeceased her in 1994. Jane
graduated from Collegiate School and married Robert Ward Greer in 1939,
while he was still at the University of Virginia. She raised three
children, and is survived by them and their spouses, Nancy Greer Pledger
and Donald Pledger of Williamsburg, Jack Greer and Bobbie Greer of
Annapolis, Md., and Anne Greer Poh and Dickie Poh of Richmond. Her memory
survives in her three grandchildren, John Stevens, Catherine Stevens
Fischer and David Greer; and in six great-grandchildren, Jayson Fennimore,
Naima Jane Fischer, Lukas Fischer, Maren Stevens, Jeb Stevens and Scarlett
Greer; and a great-great-granddaughter, Lorelei Fennimore. She is also
survived by her first cousin, John P. Schermerhorn of Gloucester, Va. The
family will receive friends beginning at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, November 29
at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point, followed by the funeral service at
1 p.m., and burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. in Forest Lawn Cemetery,
Richmond. In our mother's memory, donations may be sent to the American
Cancer Society , 11835 Canon Boulevard, Suite A102, Newport News, Va.
23606, or to the Parsons Health Care Center at Westminster Canterbury,
1600 Westbrook Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23227, where she spent her final
Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from November 27 to November 28, 2012