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01/29/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Sandra Nesbitt Johnson

Sandra Diane Nesbitt Johnson
(d. 27 Jan 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 1959

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   There's even more sad news today.   The lovely Sandra Nesbitt Johnson, Class of 1959, wife of Doug Johnson ('57), passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, January 27, 2009.  Survivors include her brother, Marion Wallace Nesbitt, brother-in-law, Wayne Johnson ('60), and sister-in-law, Ann Livesay Johnson ('60).

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 01/28/09, 4:01 PM - "Death of NNHS alum":



Sandra Nesbitt Johnson died yesterday.  She was not in our class, but she and Doug went to NNHS.......thought someone might want to know...........J

   Oh, no, Joe, I'm so very sorry to hear this!  I remember Sandra as a very kind and gracious young woman. My scanner has not been reconnected since my recent move to Illinois, but I do have an image of Sandra already available on the site, as she was one of the eight "Dawn Lovelies" from the Class of 1959:


1959 Anchor, p. 172

   Thank you for letting me know.

  From Bill Prillaman ('60) of VA - 01/28/09, 6:44 PM - "Sandra Nesbitt Johnson (59)":

If you already have not heard, Sandra Nesbitt Johnson (59) passed away yesterday, January 27, 2009.  She is the wife of Douglas Johnson (57).  In addition she is the sister-in-law of Doug's brother Wayne (60) and Wayne's wife Ann Livesay Johnson (60).  I believe the obit will be in the Daily Press tomorrow.
Bill Prillaman

   Thank you so much, Bill.  I had heard the news, but did not remember all the family relationships, so I deeply appreciate your sharing them with me.

 From the Daily Press - 01/29/09:

    NEWPORT NEWS - Sandra Nesbitt Johnson died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, after a short illness.

A native of Old Fort, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Audrey and Carlyle Nesbitt.

The family moved to Newport News when she was an infant and she spent the rest of her life in the city. Sandra was educated in the Newport News public schools and graduated from Newport News High School. She spent many years teaching three and four-year-olds, primarily at the preschool program at First United Methodist Church in Hilton. She was a member of the Faith Presbyterian Church.

Sandra is survived by her high school sweetheart and husband of 47 years, Louis Douglas Johnson; son, Douglas Blaine Johnson and his wife, Jennifer Looney Johnson of Tampa, Fla.; daughter, Harriet Johnson Cook and her husband, Christopher L. Cook of Newport News; grandchildren, Brooks and Sutton Johnson and Carly and Claire Cook; brother, Marion Wallace Nesbitt and his wife, Betty L. Nesbitt.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Sandra Johnson to Faith Presbyterian Church, 657 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News. Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from 1/29/2009 - 1/30/2009.
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January 29, 2009

Doug, My thoughts and prayers are with you.
~ Barbara Kemp Bostwick, Hertford, North Carolina

January 29, 2009

I am very sorry to hear about your wife. You and your family have my sincere sympathy. May God be with you all.

Barbara Allen
~ Anonymous

January 29, 2009

Doug and family,
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Sandra. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you and your family.
With Sympathy,
~ Jim & Kathy Simms, Carrollton, Virginia

January 29, 2009

Dear Doug--We were so very sorry to hear about Sandra's illness. She was a sweet lady and will be missed by all who knew her. It was such a "joy" and privilege to co-teach with your dear wife in a 3-Yr. old class at FUMC many years ago. May God surround you and your family with the comfort of His sustaining love. In heartfelt prayer--Jane and Bill Waters

~ Anonymous


   Our deepest condolences are extended to Sandra's family and many friends at this time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

For All the Saints

- Lyrics by William W. How (1823-1897) , 1864
Music (Sine Nomine) by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), 1906

For all the saints
who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith
before the world confessed.
Thy name, O Jesus,
be forever blest.

Thou wast their Rock,
their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their captain
in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear,
their one true light.

O may Thy soldiers,
faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints
who nobly fought of old,
And win with them
the victor's crown of gold.

And when the strife is fierce,
the warfare long,
Steals on the ear
the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again,
and arms are strong.

From earth's wide bounds,
from ocean's farthest coast,
Thro' gates of pearl
streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost,

"For All the Saints" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/17/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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