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01/11/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Shirley Smith Beckman

Shirley Frances Smith Beckman
(d. 08 Jan 2013)

 Newport News High School Class of @ 1949

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   There is still more sad news this Friday.      Shirley Smith Beckman, Class of @ 1949, sister of Elizabeth Smith Phaup and Ronnie Smith, and of the late      David Smith, Class of 1964 (d. 02 Dec 2008), Johnny Smith, Robert A. Smith, Helen Smith and Marion Smith, passed away on Tuesday, January 08, 2013 in Portsmouth at the age of 81.

 From the Daily Press - 01/11/13:

           Shirley Smith Beckman


PORTSMOUTH - Shirley Frances Smith Beckman, 81, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013.

She was a native of Newport News. Shirley had worked as a switchboard operator/supervisor, retail associate, realtor, and had been a Navy wife. She was a part of many organizations including USO, Orcutt Ave. Baptist East End Church, Hewitt Farms Protestant Military Chapel, Million Dollar Club Realtor, and the Military Chapel at Yorktown Naval Weapons Station.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Alden Bruffy and Helen Jean Bassett Smith; husband, George Walter Beckman; daughter, Sheila M. Beckman Sturgill; brothers, David J. Smith, Johnny E. Smith, Robert A. Smith; and sisters, Helen Jean Smith and Marion L. Smith.

Survivors include her daughters, Lisa G. Beckman-Cloud and Tamara Beckman Doherty; sons, Jeffery Eric Beckman and Kirk Garrett Beckman; grandchildren, Samuel E. Beckman, Darby Mer Beckman, Matthew Doherty, Eric Doherty, Opal Beckman, and Ananda Beckman; sister, Elizabeth Ann Smith Phaup; brother, Ronald R. Smith; and many nieces and nephews.



The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow the visitation, with Chaplain David Cromer officiating, with burial taking place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, or the American Diabetes Association. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on January 11, 2013.
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May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

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So sorry to hear of the passing of my aunt. She was a very loving, funny person who always made me laugh. She is in a better place now. With much love, Tina (Ronnie Smith's daughter)


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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Shirley's family and their friends at this time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309


Lead, Kindly Light

Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833
Music by John B. Dykes, 1865

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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