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09/30/04     John Harber  (1984)      kamakura2000@hotmail.com
BIG thanks to the reunion committee for a wonderful, wonderful event. It was great to see so many of you again and to see that life has been good to you and you've been good to yourself. It takes an event such as a class reunion to ground us, allow us to regroup, and take stock in where we came from and where we are going. The flood of memories makes me thankful for having the opportunity to have been and be a part of your lives. If you've ever read the book "The 5 People You Meet in Heaven", you know what I'm speaking to. If not, place it on your "need to read list". In rememberance of Delphine, pray for her soul and pray for her children. Know that God calls us home when it's our time, regardless of the method or how we feel about it. It's not about this world, only what you do while you're here. Take this tragedy and see if it applies to you or someone you know and if so, get help fast! Had I not requested to retire from the Navy in November, I would have been in Iraq as of Aug 28. I would not have been in The Ville at my nephews football practice with Delphine and her son. I was able to spend two hours a day with her the three days prior to her demise. I was able to hear her plight and offer assistance, though I was unable to alter the outcome. I wanted her to leave town but she wanted to see all of us so badly that she wouldn't even consider it. She felt there would be safety and comfort amongst those so dear to her. Unfortunately, she never made it to our collective protective arms. Many of us have lost so much in losing her. Every ending is a beginning. Ask youself what has begun in your life due to her passing and let this be her legacy. In closing, I was going through photo albums at my moms and I came across Delphine's Cap & Gown photo. It struck me as odd that of all my classmates, hers was the only one not in my memory book, although she had signed my memory book and I had a reserved space for her photo. Somehow it had made it into my family photos and that's where I left it. The photo was one of her looking more vibrant than ever and that's the way I'm going to remember her. On the back was a heartfelt wish for my future prosperity. I wish her the same in heaven.
10/01/04     Ralph Pruitt  (1956)      crow4u2@earthlink.net
Mr. Harber ... The above writeup is a very
moving tribute to a fallen classmate. My
home is now in Pennsylvania but I still try
to get back to Martinsville for school re-
unions that apply to my days at MHS. In
all of my years ... I have never read such
warm words that goes a long way to explain
how "classmates" can retain their closeness
as the years go by. Missing the chance to
see old friends by not attending class re-
unions is a real mistake made by many. My
"hat is off" to you for the above tribute
you wrote and bespeaks much pride within the
Class of 1984. Of course, I never knew
the lady that was killed recently in Mar-
tinsville ... but through your writeup ...
I now feel I know her. Thanks!
10/01/04     Annette McIntosh Peck  (1984)      hokies2@yahoo.com
John, that is the most eloquent message. Thank you so much for putting it into words the way we should be thinking every day. I have read "The Five People you meet in Heaven", and for those of you who haven't, John is right--add it to your must read list. It is short and easy to read, but it really makes you think, how do we affect other people, even just in passing? Well, all of you affected me by coming to the reunion, whether you know it or not. I am still thrilled to have seen so many of you and renewed old friendships. We were and still are a wonderful class of friends.
10/04/04     Darrell Moore  (1983)      darrell.moore@traderonline.com
Very well put indeed. Good Luck on your life outside the Navy. I just retired May 31, 2004 from the Navy also. It is great on the outside, but it was the best move I ever made after high school. The Navy matured me and yes I miss it greatly, but life goes on. Take care.
10/11/04     Cathy Blankenship  (1984)      cathyb1966@yahoo.com
Dear John, Hey how are you doing. Thanks for writing such a touching tribute to Delphine's memory. You are a sweet guy and I'm glad you liked the poem. May God bless you and keep you in his care.
Love Always, Cathy B
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