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08/06/18 09:22 PM #101    


Sonny Brittle

Really enjoyed seeing you Cricket.  You looked Great !!!!!  And Thanks for introducing yourself.

08/07/18 10:38 AM #102    


Cricket Geisinger (White)

It was great to see you too!  I wish I could have been at Saturday night's shingdid but was still flying back to Richmond from LaGrange Georgia. after doing some community building work.  If I had been there on Saturday, I would have had a name tag, but with my eyesight, I would still want name tags to have our names in letters 3 inches high!

I'm looking forward to seeing the results of your survey.  I am most intersted in what folks are doing and have been for the last 50 years, and how it all ties to their values, goals, etc.  I'll send you my survey probably end of next week as Ralph has some eye surgery this week.

Take care of yourself Sonny! 


08/07/18 10:59 AM #103    


Carol Wright (Benton)

Many thanks to the reunion committee for organizing the weekend's activities. I think I speak for all of us 'out-of-towners' when I say that your work and dedication over the years is most appreciated.  It was wonderful to see everyone.  (So sorry I missed seeing Cricket at the brunch!!) Special thanks to Bill Irvin for the enduring gift that is this website.  

08/08/18 03:22 PM #104    

Art MacCord

I add my thanks to the committee for their great work, to Bill for his inspiration and dedication on the website, and to all my classmates for being who they are!  It was a treat seeing old friends this weekend.

08/19/18 04:25 PM #105    


Sonny Brittle

Savoring the Magic Moments at the HHS 50th Reunion

Hmmmmm? Where should I begin? Our reunion, just two weeks old, is a recent memory "still" in our minds "rear View Mirror."

I had a feeling my "Request for Information" ( I was passing out an envelope, two pages . . . some classmates got one, others did not) as to our "what and whereagouts" for the past 50 years. It was a long shot, Apparently turned out it was -no returns (the proverbial lead balloon). Initially, I was going to stamp the return envelopes; glad I didn't as it saved a lot of money. Thank You Lord !

I was very grateful someone had the foresight to put pictures on the name tags. Other than a handful (literally) of classmates, I couldn't have recognized 80% of 'you guys-n gals.' Always exceptions: Brenda Levi, Benny Harris, the Smith Brothers, Blair Hall, Connie Gottwald, and Brenda Sledd who looked absolutely 'marvelous.' Few knew or recognized me, and those that did told me ,'my beard' was a great disguise - seemed to work well.

What has Sonny Brittle done for the past 50 years? I always (always) tried to laugh and have lots of fun. Flew airplanes (my first love). Wanted to be 'career military (can you see me as General S. Brittle) - nope, didn't happen. Over the span of my first 21 years, I had way too many kidney stones (ouch !!! they really do hurt). It was enough to kill my military career, as well as my aviator ambitions.

I was 'Blessed' in meeting a very smart, family oriented, beautiful lady -Sue - who seems ageless. Both of us had (have) successful careers. I, in sales and Sue, a Genius computer brain, manages and keeps books and financial's for an ever growing, national commercial real estate company -Commonwealth Commercial Properties.

Sue made a very 'astute' observation of the classmates who danced the 'final slow dance.' All the ladies and gentlemen were 'lightly' holding one another as we glided across the dance floor. BUT, all were waving, smiling, talking with each other (couple-to couple), and to those who were sitting at the tables. 50 years ago at our final HHS dances, the young couples seemed to be 'glued to one another,' eyes closed, living in each other's mind enjoying the moment with our 'honey's'. Well not anymore (PS - way to go Frank and Kay).

Ah yes; my daughter Ashton and grandson, Ryder Luke, both have given me a new purpose in life, and in return, unconditional love. I live in Florida two - to three weeks each month. Did you know Florida is Hot as Hell in the summer?/!

Finally, my two books: St. Paul the Apostle, "The Right Man at the Right Time (second
edition), and It's Not Rocket Science, The Theology of St. Paul" (first edition). Revised the first book, and am in the throes of rewriting the second (maybe re-released in early 2019.) "The Right Man . . . won some kind of award in the 'world of publishing.' Guess what??? St. Paul's theology is very close to rocket science, but in a different sense and definitely on a different plane. Appreciate all who purchased the book; if not, buy a copy (, Classmates get a healthy discount rate from "me" if in the area (I will mail with a very small postage fee). Barnes and Noble carries the softbound book at the Chesterfield Mall in "the local authors" section. 

That my dear classmates is it in a nutshell. Enjoyed being with and mingling with all. Like to say I'll be at the next reunion, and if still alive, good chance I will not attend. SB 68'

08/19/18 05:27 PM #106    


Sonny Brittle

Savoring the Moments@HHS 50th Reunion

Hmmmmmm? Where should I begin? Our reunion is a recent memory 'still" in our mind's review mirror. I had a feeling my "Request for Information" (I passed our an envelope, two pages; some clssmates got one, some did not) as to our 'what and whereabouts' for the past 50 years.was a long shot apparently, no return letters to date - a proverbial lead balloon. 

Initially, I was very grateful our name tags included a picture.  Other than a handful (literally) of classmates, I wouldn't have recognized 80% of you 'guys-n gals.'  Always exceptions: Brenda Levi, Benny Harris, the Smith Bros, Blair Hall, Connie Gottwald, and Brenda Sledd ( and Brenda you looked marvelous), and a few others.  Few knew or recogized me, and those that did said 'my beard' was a 'good natural disguise'apparently that worked well.

What has Sonny done for the past 50 years?  I always (always) tried to have fun and laugh alot.  Flew airplanes for a while (my first love); wanted to go career military ( can you imagine a General S Brittle?).  Well, nope! - none of it happened as I was blessed with multiple kidney stones in my first 21 years; it kept me from the military, and I lost my medical for my pilot's license - God had other plans. 

I was blessed in meeting a beautiful, smart, family oriented lady who seems ageless. Both I, and Sue have had successful careers.  Me in sales and Sue a computer guru managing the books and financial records for an ever growing national commercial real estate and property management company based in Richmond - Commonwealth Commercial Properties.

Sue made an astute observation of the classmates who danced the final 'slow dance.'  All the ladies and gent's were holding one another twirling across the  dance floor, BUT we were waving, smiling, talking with each other (couple to couple), and to those seated in surrounding tables.  50 years ago at a final HHS dance, the young couples seemed 'glued to one another, eyes closed, enjoying the moment(s) with our 'then honey's'.(P.S.Congratulations Frank and Kay).

Ah yes, my daughter Ashton, and grandson Ryder Luke, both have given me a new purpose in life, and in return, unconditional love.  I live in Florida 2 -to 3 weeks each month in FL.  Do you know the summers' in Florida are Hot as Hell ?/!

Finally, my two books: St. Paul the Apostle - The Right Man at the Right Time (second revised edition available now).  The other, It's Not Rocket Science : The Theology of St. Paul is going through a second revision and will be out in early 2019.  The Right Man . . won some kind of editors award in the 'world of book publishing.  Guess What????? St. Paul's theology is very close to rocket science, but in a different sense and definitely on a different plane.

Appreciate all who have purchased the book(s), and they can be found on Amazon and  Also the Barnes and Noble at Chesterfield Mall carries the book in the 'New Author Section.'

That, my dear classmates is my past 50 years in a nutshell.  Don't send me your letters and information; do it youself!!!  Enjoyed being with and mingling with all.  Like to say I'll be at the next reunion, and if I'm still alive, good chance, I will not make it.  Sonny B. '68     





10/05/19 03:16 PM #107    


Tommy Moore

Today I added a bunch of sweet pics of Tommy Daniels to his profile. (R.I.P. 2001)

Tommy Moore

(My "blue hair" pic from my 70th BD in 2018, washed it out that night)

11/10/20 10:57 AM #108    


Tommy Moore

Geezer is as geezer does!


11/10/20 11:13 AM #109    


Tommy Moore

Retirement business card:


03/21/21 09:11 PM #110    


Kathryn Braswell (Hochman)

I'm not sure where else to post information about a classmate listed in Missing Classmates who, I discovered by Googling, has died.  Kathy Hanna (Kathryn Hanna Honan) died in 2016. I suspect there are others of the 68 missing, and if I come across any I will post here unless told otherwise.


03/21/21 09:17 PM #111    


Kathryn Braswell (Hochman)

Re: Missing Classmates, Smith Hendricks died in 2011.


03/23/21 11:41 AM #112    


Carol Wright (Benton)



Third grade at Forest View Elementary 1959. Mrs. Dillard's class.  I'm seeing David Bates, Grace Bourne, Sharon Cale, Mac Canada, Susan Dodd, Cricket Geisinger, Nancy Pfeifer, Susan Hamilton, Diana High. Who am I missing?   -- Addendum: Thanks to classmates Kathryn and Nancy who have jogged my memory. Add Kim McGrath and Jerry Allen to the list. And, Nancy Pfeifer is not in the picture. (oops)

03/23/21 05:31 PM #113    


Kathryn Braswell (Hochman)

Is that Kim McGrath seated at the back, wearing a gray vest?


03/24/21 11:16 AM #114    

George Edmonson

I'm speechless!


03/24/21 11:25 AM #115    


Carol Wright (Benton)

Yes, Kathryn. I think you're right. That does look like Kim McGrath in the back of the room. George -- what are you speechless about? Are you in the picture and I missed seeing you? 


03/24/21 01:14 PM #116    

Nancy Pfeiffer (Walden)

This is a test, right? (chuckle)   It isn't me in the picture, as I didn't get to Forest View until 4th grade in 1960.  It probably just "seems" like I should be there with the rest of the kids from the "Bliley Road Creek Bus Stop."

I'll throw out a guess for that being Jerry Allen under the gumdrop trees on the bulletin board!  The photo as a whole reminds me of the great popularity of striped or plaid clothing back in the day --- and how cool is it to get a glimpse of "Ye Olde Cloak Room?"  And we were way ahead of our time with a classroom sink...I'm betting we were super skilled in handwashing, which has certainly come in handy in our old age!

Thanks for the memories!


03/24/21 06:01 PM #117    


Carol Wright (Benton)

Hi, Nancy - Darnit! I could have sworn that was you! Oh, well. Perhaps your lively spirit preceded your actual physical presence at Forest View ahead of your 4th-grade arrival. Great to connect with you. And, yes, the 3rd-grade fashion statements are quite interesting.

03/25/21 12:26 AM #118    


Kathryn Braswell (Hochman)

Now that I can get really close to faces with my phone, I want to make a few more guesses. Carol, the girl next to you in the plaid skirt might by Nancy Warman. Beyond her against the mural is a boy in a short-sleeved shirt with white collar and horizontal white, gray, and black stripes. He looks a good bit like William Petway, who was in 4th grade with me in Mrs. Coleman's class at Southampton. The girl in the back, far right, standing, with a sleeveless white shirt could be Renae Downs.

I have a class picture taken at Forest View the same day. It's posted on my profile. You can see it if you click to the third picture at the top. I didn't realize until you posted your picture that this same classroom evidently was used for each class picture! I was in Mrs. Briel's class, which I dearly loved. We had just moved to Richmond from Norfolk (Seaboard Railroad transfer). If you asked me what grade was my favorite of them all, it was third grade at Forest View. I, too, remember the cloakroom as something special.

03/25/21 10:23 AM #119    

George Edmonson

Carol - No, I wouldn't be in that one. I was in Mrs. Bridgewater's class that year. (We were still going half days then, right?) I'm speechless at the fact that you still have that photo and seeing all those young, happy faces.

03/25/21 11:27 AM #120    


Carol Wright (Benton)

Wow, Kathryn! You're GOOD at this!! Thanks for filling in some of the blanks (faces that I didn't recognize). And - yes, George. We were still going to school on morning and afternoon shifts through 3rd grade due to the baby-boom overcrowding in Chesterfield schools. During the remote learning challenges of this pandemic year, I've told my adult kids and grandchildren about the half-day shifts that we attended for our first 3 years of public education. And look at us - we turned out JUST FINE!!

03/25/21 12:19 PM #121    

Robert Keeton

...and George, you had the wisdom and good sense to be SPEECHLESS even then! 
Heck I'm still working on it and to be honest it's not going all that well.

03/26/21 08:02 AM #122    

Ned Davis


I remember Mrs. Coleman's 4th grade class I think at Southampton.  Only I thought it was Mrs. Clark.  Anyway I remember the 1/2 day and the class was in the library.  My most forgettable day in the class was a day I ate a ham sandwich with mayo that had been left to warm in the sun.  I didn't eat anything with ham or mayo for years after that.  In the third grad I remember I was at Bon Air Baptist church for 1/2 day.  Hope all are well and thanks for the memories.

03/26/21 11:02 AM #123    


Wade Johnson

I don't really remember how George Andrews and I became friends, because we didn't have any classes together and we weren't childhood friends.  But I do know that we shared a love of muscle cars and somehow we got together on that.  I can remember driving around with him and seeing how long I could spin the tires on my parents' car.  What an idiot I was back then!  After high school, George and I ran into each other every summer as our children competed against each other on swim team.  We always had a pleasant chat, reminiscing about the old days and talking cameras and photography and still ocassionally about cars.  We were friends on Facebook and his photos were darn good.  I enjoyed renewing our freindship at the reunions.  He was one of the guys at HHS that I will always associate nothing but good memories.  His death has hit me harder than I expected and I am saddened by it and will miss him.

03/27/21 01:53 PM #124    


Nancy Tarves (Wheeler)

Ned, it was Mrs. Clark, and we loved her!  Kathy McDorman, Debby Wendell, and Ludi were in that class too.  We shared the space with some 5th graders in the beginning, but at some point, more room must have been made to accommodate everyone separately.  Those were the days!!!

03/27/21 05:12 PM #125    

Debby Wendell (Vandewalle)

I don't know how y'all remember so much!  I'm so impressed!

I moved from Richmond/Chesterfield to Mathews County, specifically, Moon, VA in December. I never thought I would leave the old place but I love it here. One stop-sign town. Country life at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Bought an old school house built in the early 1800s known as Moon Pi on 2 acres near Haven Beach. Come and see me anytime!  Hope you all are well❤️



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