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03/30/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Gwen Rawls Goard

Gwen Rawls Goard
(d. 28 Mar 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1948

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is more sad news this Wednesday morning.  
Gwen Rawls Goard, Class of 1948, mother of    Brenda Goard Wood ('70) and Danny Goard, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2011 in Hampton at the age of 79.

From the Daily Press - 03/30/11:

              Gwen Rawls Goard



HAMPTON - Gwen Rawls Goard, 79, passed away March 28, 2011. Gwen was born in Oak City, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Paul and Cora Rawls.

After moving to Newport News in 1941, Gwen attended Newport News public schools and graduated from Newport News High School in 1948. She served as a substitute teacher in the Newport News school system for many years and was very active in her church, Parkview Baptist.

Gwen was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph O. Goard; parents, Paul and Cora Rawls; brother, James Rawls; sisters, Joyce Neal and Shelia Wyatt; and special friend, Marshall Massengill.


Gwen Rawls Goard



She is survived by her loving family, daughter, Brenda G. Wood and husband, Robbie; son, Daniel J. Goard and wife, Arlene; grandchildren, Kendall Hunnicutt, Steven Goard, Brandon Wood and Justin Wood; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Bryce, and Sydney; brother, Paul W. Rawls and wife, Pat; sister, Susan Small; and brother-in-law, J.B. Neal. She was also survived by a host of nieces and nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2011, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home by the Rev. Russell Beck.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the .
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Published in the Daily Press from March 30 to March 31, 2011.
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March 30, 2011

Brenda and family, Thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Gwen was a very special friend and will be missed.

~ Ola Mae Weatherford, Newport News, Virginia

March 30, 2011
Brenda and Danny, Im so sorry to hear about your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know you will cherish all the wonderful memories and joyful times forever. I will hold close to my heart all the good memories of growing up together in Newmarket. God Bless.

March 30, 2011

Gwen, Brianna, and Papa

Brenda & Family -
I am SO sorry for your loss! Gwen was a wonderful lady and will be missed very much! Take care of each other during this rough time! I hope that all of your loving memories of Gwen will help ease the pain a little. Sending BIG HUGS to all of you.

Love, Angie, Brian & Brianna Cutler


March 30, 2011
Brenda and Danny,
I know how ya'll are feeling and my heart is hurting for you. But, be encouraged that your mother is with her Savior, Jesus, whom she trusted for eternal life with Him. I can envision her talking with Jesus, my mom, Granddaddy, Grandma, Joyce and many others. Hopefully you know Jesus as Savior so that one day soon we will all be reunited with our family that awaits us in heaven. 1 John 5:11 tells us that through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, God gives us eternal life. My prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. Love, Pam & Family

~ Pam Williams, Johnson City, Tennessee

March 30, 2011
I am so sorry to learn of Gwen's passing. We were in NNHS (1944-1948) together and I thought she was the prettiest thing that ever walked on shoe leather. We were in our 70's before she ever knew that. Everybody loved her like a sister.
Sincere condolences to her family.
Bill Gross

~ William Gross, Newport News, Virginia

March 30, 2011
Dear Brenda and family,
I'm so sorry to read of your mother's passing. Cherish your memories of her, and she will live forever in your heart. Much love and sympathy to you and your family.

March 30, 2011
  While I did not see her often, she was always warm, welcoming, and greeted others with a big smile. God bless your sweet soul, Gwen.

~ Gregory Cutler, Virginia Beach, Virginia

March 30, 2011
Dear Brenda, Danny and Family,
Sharing your sorrow, and hoping it will comfort you to know that many Hearts reach out to you in the loss of your dear Mom.
We thought a lot of her, she always was a good Neighbor and I also considered her as my good Friend.
We will always remember her and miss her.
Our deepest Sympathy with Love,

~ Annamarie & Clinton

March 30, 2011
Dear have my deepest sympathy. Hold on to all the wonderful memories and they will help get you through this very tough time.

~ Wanda Sheffield, Chesapeake, Virginia

March 30, 2011
Brenda and Danny, Sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your Mother was a fine Lady and will be missed. Take Care.

~ Sonny Williams, Harrisburg, North Carolina

March 30, 2011
Brenda, Danny, and family,
My condolences to you all. Gwen's loving friendship with my dad was so good for both of them.

~ Marshall Massengill Jr., Hampton, Virginia

March 30, 2011
Dear Brenda and Danny,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you both at this time of sorrow. Your mom was a wonderful Lady and will be truly missed by all that loved her. God Bless you and your families at this time.

Love, Barbara & Cissy

~ Unsigned


March 30, 2011
  Brenda and Danny:

So sorry to hear about your mom. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I used to run into your mom out shopping sometimes and we would catch up on what everyone was doing. She will truly be missed by many.

~ Terry Arrington Cooper, Newport News, Virginia

March 30, 2011
Brenda and Danny, so sorry for the loss of your mother. I know how difficult it is to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mom and dad will be watching over you forever.

~ Kathy Cooper, Newport News, Virginia

March 31, 2011
I was very sad to hear of the passing of your mom. She was a very special lady and was a joy to know. I had her as a substitute teacher many times and I always enjoyed talking to her. She had a great sense of humor and was a lot of fun. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Greg Sutton

~ Greg Sutton, Suffolk, Virginia

March 31, 2011
Brenda & Family,
I remember loving the surprise when I went to class and she was there. Your mom was very pleasant, a nice to be around person. I know this time is difficult, take care of yourselves. Love and hugs to all.
Violet D'Ambra

March 31, 2011

  Dear Brenda and Danny
Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please be strong for each other and keep the faith. God will see you through.
I still miss you and all my friends in NN and Hampton. I enjoyed Gwen's humor so much and we always had a good laugh when we saw each other.
Hugs for both of you.

Doris L. Logan, Ringgold, Va

March 31, 2011

Bruce and I was so sorry to hear about your mother. You know we loved her. We all have great memories down at Nags Head of both your parents. You and Danny are in our thoughts and prayers.

March 31, 2011

My deepest condolences, Brenda and family... We go back to the early 60s in Newmarket Village and her memory will always live on as a wonderful lady.

March 31, 2011

Brenda and Danny,
I am so sorry about your mom. We were really good friends and I will always have fond memories of her.

~ Eula Davis

March 31, 2011
Brenda, Danny, and family: You all will always cherish the memories of your mom being a wonderful wife, great mom, and wonderful grandmother. To those of us who have been blessed to share in her life, we will cherish her kindness, love for friendship and that positive, heart warming smile. My heart aches for your loss and the loss of a friend.

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Gwen'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

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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