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03/23/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Alese Southerland Biggs

Alese Southerland Biggs
(21 Dec 1917 - 19 Mar 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
The sad news has returned to us. 
  Alese Southerland Biggs, mother of    David Biggs ('62) of VA, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at the age of 91.

From the Daily Press - 03/23/09:   

                   Alese Southerland Biggs


NEWPORT NEWS - Alese Southerland Biggs, 91, went to meet her Lord on Thursday, March 19, 2009.

She was born Dec. 21, 1917, in Warwick County to Evelyn and Will S. Southerland Sr. Miss Southerland married Wiley D. Biggs on Jan. 15, 1933, and resided in Newport News her entire life. Mr. Biggs passed away Jan. 9, 1997.

Alese was a hairdresser for 50 years and was co-owner of her own beauty salon for more than 10 years. She held several offices in the Peninsula Hairdressers Association including President.

Mrs. Biggs enjoyed people and loved to laugh and talk with friends, especially her Windward Towers friends. She was a devoted wife and mother, and she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and also attended Calvary Baptist Church with her sister-in-law, Lillian Spencer.


Alese Southerland Biggs

Mrs. Biggs is survived by a son, David W. Biggs, and wife, Toni; three grandchildren, Kristen Jones (husband Larry), Joy Simonson (husband Brian), and Dana Biggs (wife Susan); five great-grandchildren, Travis, Emilee and Dustin Jones, Trevor Simonson, and Katie Biggs; nephews, Marlin Eby, Will S. Southerland III, Bill Waters; and nieces, Connie Willis, Pat Turner, Ann Wright, Betty Hastings.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 7415 River Road, Newport News, VA 23607, with Pastor David Highlander officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from 3/22/2009 - 3/23/2009.
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March 23, 2009

Biggs family; you are in our thoughts and prayers.
with love, The Faison's
~ Aimee Faison, Yorktown, Virginia


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

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

Abide with Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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