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03/19/14 - NNHS Newsletter -
Sharon O'Rourke Linkous

Sharon O'Rourke Linkous
(05 Apr 1942 - Mar 2014)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is more sad news this Wednesday morning.     Sharon O'Rourke Linkous, sister of the late   Charles O'Rourke, Class of 1963 (11 Mar 1945 - 31 Oct 2011) and of the late Diane O'Rourke Mitchell, and sister-in-law of Carolyn Deuell O'Rourke ('64) of NC, passed away at her home in Hampton at the age of 71. 


From the Daily Press - 03/19/14: 

                   Sharon O'Rourke Linkous

    HAMPTON - "True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows".

Sharon O'Rourke Linkous, 71, passed away peacefully at her home in Hampton VA.

Born April 5th, 1942 in Oakland, CA, she lived in the Hampton Roads area for over 70 years.

Her iconic soul was the truest form of beauty, for she showered her family and friends with love and passion in the selfless kind of ways that inspired people to follow her lead. Not only did she offer unwavering devotion to her family, but also worked diligently as a machinist for 28 years, before retiring from Bendix/Siemens/Continental.

Sharon is preceded in death by her parents, Charles Stewart Parnell O'Rourke Jr. and Francis Sheppard Deane; her sister Diane O'Rourke Mitchell; her brother Charles Stewart Parnell O'Rourke III; and special aunt Bicaba.

  She leaves her legacy to her five sons, her most prized possessions, Robert Barbery (June), Anthony (Fay) Linkous, Johnny (Deb) Linkous, Keith Linkous, and Kevin (Christine) Linkous; grandchildren, Anthony Foxworth, Tony Linkous, Amber Linkous, Kara Turk, Amber Boyce, Kayla Boyce, Heather Linkous, Megan Linkous, Liz Barbery, Robbie Robinson, and Crystal Deal; great-grandchildren, Ryleigh, Kallie, Destinee, Jaelynn, Mariah, Jenna, Ivy, Kasey, Emma, Madelynn, Devin, and Benjamin; her special Aunt Delores Bryant and family; her sister-in-law, Carol O'Rourke; and nephews, Chris Mitchell, Chuck and Ryan O'Rourke, and family, as well as the Stafford Family.

Sharon will look down on those she touched with a beautiful smile while playing her favorite game of cards and winning games of bingo. She instilled the true meaning of "family" in us all. Her beautiful soul is without a doubt a legacy that will live on forever. "For when the cold winds blow, I will close my eyes calmly, knowing I am anchored to you. "

Her celebration of life will be held on March 22, 2014 at 10am, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 S Armistead Ave. Hampton VA, 23669. Family and friends are invited after the service, to Olde Towne Tavern 31 E Mellen St, Hampton, VA, 23663.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home to help pay funeral expenses. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on March 19, 2014.

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March 19, 2014

I'm sorry for your loss. Although I didn't know Mrs. Linkous, I work with Kevin. He's an outstanding person and a tribute to her as a son

~ Howard Anby, Newport News, Virginia

March 19, 2014

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

~ Lorie Smith-Hitchler, Virginia

March 19, 2014

Sorry for your loss, Kevin; my condolences to you and your family.

~ Amanda Richardson
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March 19, 2014

I met Ms. Linkous when I was a little girl (Beall Drive)... and she was the nicest, sweetest, most loving person in this world I've ever meet.... she will truly be missed by all.... and to the family, I'm truly sorry for your loss....

~ Cheryl Polston (Dorset), Virginia

March 19, 2014

My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Linkous family.
Remember the blessing that she was and that she will live on forever through all of you.
She will be the butterfly that lands beside you or the ray of sunshine you need on a rainy day.
Love you all!

~ Mina Andrews, Hampton, Virginia

March 19, 2014

I love you, Grandma! You will always be here with us!! Madelynn loves you so much too. She tells me you're an angel now and you're watching us in heaven! You're a wonderful woman, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. You will truly be missed. I love you so much! Rest in paradise!!!

~ Amber Boyce, Hampton, Virginia

March 19, 2014

  To the family of Sharon Linkous. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I have known her for many years and she was always so nice and had a smile for everyone. May God comfort you all and keep you in his loving arms.

~ Linda Major, Hampton, Virginia


March 19, 2014

I met Ms. Linkous when my kids and I lived across the street from her on Beall Drive. She was the kindest, most caring person I have ever met. My kids would go over there to play bingo with her and her grandchildren .She will missed by so many.To the Linkous family my heart and prayers are with you during this time. I'm so sorry for your loss.

March 19, 2014

  Prayers are with your family; Sharon will truly be missed and remembered by all for she was a lovely person.

~ Linda Sigler, Hampton, Virginia

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March 19, 2014



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Sharon's family and friends.


  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

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Words by John Fawcett (1740-1817), after 1772

Music (Dennis) by Hans Georg Nägeli (26 May 1773  - 26 Dec 1836)

1. Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

2. Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent pray'rs;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims, are one,
Our comforts and our cares.

3. We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

4. When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

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