04/30/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Sarah Wilkinson Harrison

Sarah Wilkinson Harrison
(d. 29 Apr 2007)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet more sad news.  Sarah Wilkinson Harrison, mother of    Jack Harrison ('61) of VA and mother-in-law of    Edna Whitcomb Harrison ('65) of VA, has passed away in Newport News at the age of 97.

From the Daily Press - 04/20/07:

Sarah Wilkinson Harrison
  NEWPORT NEWS - Sarah Wilkinson Harrison, 97, of Newport News, widow of John T. Harrison Sr., died Sunday, April 29, 2007. A graveside funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in East Matoaca Cemetery. Arrangements by the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory.

Published in the Daily Press on 4/30/2007.
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From The Progress-Index - 04/20/07:

Sarah Wilkinson Harrison
  Sarah Wilkinson Harrison, 97, of Newport News, formerly of Matoaca, died Sunday, April 29, 2007, in Mary Immaculate Hospital, Newport News. Born in Matoaca, she was the daughter of the late James M. and Sue Ella Mann Wilkinson, and the widow of John T. Harrison Sr. Mrs. Harrison was a member of Matoaca United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three children, John Turbeville Harrison Jr., and wife, Edna, of Newport News, two grandchildren, John T. Harrison III and wife, Kim, of Poquoson, Cynthia H. Johnson and husband Brad of Lakeland, Fla.; two step-great-grandchildren, Michael Merchant and Preston Herb, both of Poquoson; a niece, Marjorie H. Cole of Matoaca; and a nephew, Courtney Holt and wife, Betty, of Whittier, Calif.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2007, in East Matoaca Cemetery, with the Rev. Jo Ellen Hetherington officiating. Please assemble at the grave. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ettrick-Matoaca Volunteer Rescue Squad, 5711 River Road, Matoaca, VA 23803. Arrangements by the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.

Published in The Progress-Index on 4/30/2007.
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We are sorry to hear about your loss. Sarah was a special person. We enjoyed her coming to our house telling us about the Mann family since we built our house on the Mann home place. She also shared the pictures of the Mann family with us. Sarah will be deeply missed.
Phillip & Sharon Driskill & family - April 30, 2007
Joe and I are saddened by the homegoing of Mrs. Harrison. I have fond memories of Buxton Avenue and being in her home as a youngster. She was always kind and caring and made the neighborhood kids fee welcome. Please know that your family is in our prayers for comfort at the time.
Joe and Eva Madagan (Wesley Chapel, FL) - April 30, 2007
Jack and Edna: I am so sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Harrison. I knew her well, especially when I worked at Manning's Grocery Story on Buxton Avenue...across the street from your house. My two years working there in high school meant so much to me and a lot of this was seeing and listening to your sweet mother. She was so humorous and you could not help but love her. She taught me several things that I shall never forget. I recall that she helped out in the store when we needed help. Heaven is a brighter place now that she is there. Mr. Harrison was also so kind and good and I know your parents are reunited now. Our prayers are with you.
Fred and Patty Andrews Mays
Frederick Mays (Newport News, VA) - April 30, 2007
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Dear Jack: So sorry to learn about your mother's death. Had calls from Fred Mays and Pauline Ryan (caregiver) to let me know of your loss. I can remember of fond days at your home on Buxton Ave and all the good times we all had playing there. I can still see your mother's "blond curls!" Know you and Edna are in my thoughts and prayers.
Karrin Williams Frankie (Newport News, VA) - May 2, 2007
Jack and Edna,

Very sorry to hear about Aunt Sarah. We just heard Wednesday, so none of us were able to make the services. Take care.

Jim Harrison
Jim Harrison (Virginia Beach, VA) - May 2, 2007
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Dear Jack and Edna,

Howard and I are so sorry to hear of Aunt Sarah's death. If we had just known, we would've been there for her service. A cousin called us the day after her burial. Aunt Sarah was always one of our favorite relatives. We have some wonderful memories, and I am thankful for the times we could visit her. She seemed happy to see us every time! Her interesting stories brought us much joy and laughter. Our loss is heaven's gain. Aunt Sarah will live in our hearts forever.

With love and blessings,
Martha Rose and Howard
Martha & Howard Harrison (Troutville, VA) - May 7, 2007 
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Jack and Edna, I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Harrison's passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you both. Peace and blessing,
Elaine Wilkinson Bracken (Newport News, VA) - May 8, 2007  
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I am so sorry for your loss. Sarah was my grandmother's best friend growing up, Lula Worley Picardat. I knew Ms Sarah through her. I lost my father on the 23rd, and know your void in your life. Cheryl P. Ellis
Cheryl Ellis (Church Rd, VA) - May 9, 2007 
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Jack and Edna and their family and friends.

   Y'all take extra good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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