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06/23/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Millie Shockley Wainwright

Mildred Mae Shockley Wainwright
(03 Oct 1914 - 18 June 2013)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is still more sad news this Sunday.  
 Millie Shockley Wainwright, sister of our beloved Junior Band Director,   Miss Janice Shockley of VA, passed away at Sentara Careplex Hospital in Hampton on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the age of 98.

From the Daily Press - 06/23/13:   

                      Mildred Mae Shockley Wainwright

HAMPTON - Mildred "Millie" Mae Wainwright, 98, of Hampton, passed away at Sentara Careplex Hospital, on Tuesday June 18. She was born in Newport News to Kenneth G. Shockley and Emma Wilson Shockley on Oct. 3, 1914.

She lived 64 years in the Olde Wythe section of Hampton, where she spent many days as a substitute teacher in the local school system. Millie was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, William Wainwright, five brothers and a sister.

She is survived by her youngest sister, Janice Lee Shockley of The Devonshire, where they both lived. She is also survived by her cousins, several nieces, and nephews.

Millie was an avid doll collector and loved sharing her stories about each and every one of them to all who would listen. Her family and friends would like to extend their appreciation to the staff of The Devonshire and her caregivers for their loving and devoted care over the past year.

Millie Shockley Wainwright

A private burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 South Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23669. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from June 23 to June 25, 2013.
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June 23, 2013

Ms. Wainwright was my teacher about 28 years ago. I've never forgotten her. It was always the best day if she was your substitute. I'm grateful for her kindness and humor and will always remember her. My prayers are with her family.

June 23, 2013 

Thank you for being the teacher that made us look forward to going to school. The way you would weave stories and keep us actively engaged was beyond wonderful. More kids were inspired to teach because of the warmth and kindness Ms. Wainwright showed them, and generations will be so fortunate to have had the opportunity to simply know her. Blessings and prayers, and warmest regards to the family. Thank you for sharing her with us.

~ Kathleen Petrie, Granville, Ohio

June 23, 2013  

I remember how excited we would all get when we heard Mrs. Wainwright was coming. I still remember her stories almost 30 years later.

~ Patrick Day, Williamsburg, Virginia

June 23, 2013 

Mrs. Wainwright was always such a delightful lady. Like others have already said, many students looked forward to having her as a substitute, including me. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

~ Erin Hooker, Norfolk, Virginia

June 23, 2013  

Mrs. Wainwright was such a sweet, sweet lady. I remember calling her to sub when I worked at Armstrong Elementary School.

~ Carolyn Bowers, Hampton, Virginia

June 23, 2013

Mrs. Wainwright was such a special woman! Her stories will live on in all of us. It was a pleasure having her be our substitute at Armstrong and I will never forget her.

~ Meredith Woodson, Glen Allen, Virginia

June 23, 2013

Ms. Wainwright left such a wonderful footprint in my heart and the heart of so many other children. She was kind hearted, generous, funny and a wonderful story teller. She will truly be missed. I am so lucky that I was able to express to her how much she meant to me when I ran into her at Vancosta's several years back. I only wish that my children could hear her famous pickle story. My thoughts go out to everyone who knew and loved her.

June 24, 2013

Mrs. Wainwright taught us all how to be pleasant, positive, wear a bow in your hair, and live a good life. She substituted for my classes at Wythe Elementary. Once she was with them for a full week as I recuperated - what a good feeling to know that students were in such good hands learning and enjoying themselves with Mrs. Wainwright.
Blessings and my sympathy to your family, Millie.

~ Ruthann Kellum, Hampton, Virginia

June 24, 2013

Mrs. Wainwright was a wonderful teacher. We were always so excited to see her as our substitute. She truly had a gift with children. I do not know of anyone who was not thrilled to have her. I grew up a block from her and I remember going to her house and showing me all her dolls. It was like a doll house. Please accept my deepest sympathy. She was truly a wonderful and caring lady and I know she will be missed dearly.

~ Claudia Clark, Newport News, Virginia

June 24, 2013

Janice, What a great time we had as neighbors on Chancellor Road, loved being with Millie in the summer in the late afternoons on the porch, my mother always loved to visit her, when she visited me, she loved her dolls and her Christmas decorations. Her and Bill loved their cat , Mark, our son loved Mille and going out with for a hamburger. As you can tell we have a lot of good memories. Janice, you were a GOOD sister, may God Bless you and keep you in his care. Hope to see you soon... Sharon and Orvin Melson

~ Sharon and Orvin Melson, Hampton, Virginia

June 25, 2013

What a sweet and loving person Mildred was! Mildred and Bill were two of my parents closest friends and I heard many stories of the wonderful times they had together as neighbors and friends! She and Bill were an important part of my childhood also--it wasn't Christmas Eve without a visit from them. I learned years later that they weren't just coming to see us but were Santa's helpers! And I never understood why other kids hated going to the dentist--I loved going because we got to see Mildred! When my mom got sick, visits from Mildred and Janice meant so much to her. Mildred--I know you are now celebrating with your sweet Bill and my mom and dad. You were one of a kind and will always be remembered with much love!

~ Susan Woltz West, Newport News, Virginia
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June 25, 2013

My condolences to the family of Mildred Mae Wainwright, in the passing of your loved one. May the God of comfort be with you. Ps. 90:10 Ps. 37: 10,11, 29. Sincerely, E. Mitchell.

~ E. Mitchell, Virginia

June 25, 2013

Every child would be so excited when Mrs. Wainwright would be our substitute at Armstrong. She always had her bows in her hair and had such special stories to tell us! What a gift she was to all of us!!!

~ Adrienne Shatto Foster, Williamsburg, VirginiaContact Me 


June 25, 2013

I was so sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Millie. I'm sending you a hug from afar. May God comfort you in this time and that His Love fill your heart the more.

~ Cynthia Lynn, Newport News, Virginia

June 25, 2013

I was so lucky to have Millie as a friend. I worked at Wythe school with her and she always had a smile. All the kids loved her.

~ Katina Henley, Poquoson, Virginia

June 26, 2013

One of the favorites at Wythe Elementary. I am thankful that our paths crossed again after more than 35 years, It was a joy to just sit and talk with and your sister Janice over a couple lunches and our favorite butter ice cream. Thanks for the memories. To Janice and the rest of the family, God will give you the strength to go through this.

~ Kimberly Alston, Hampton, Virginia

June 28, 2013

Mrs. Wainwright was without a doubt one of the greatest teachers of all time, substitute or regular. I went to Wythe Elementary, and she was so dedicated to her craft and I thank God that I knew her. I want to offer my condolences and prayers to the Wainwright/Shockley family, and God bless you, Mrs. Wainwright!!!! Thanks for being such a blessing.

~ Dushun Alston, Hampton, Virginia

July 04, 2013


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Wainwright's family and 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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Lead Me Gently Home

Words and Music by Will L. Thompson, 1879
(07 Nov 1847 - 20 Sept 1909)

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
When life’s toils are ended,
And parting days have come,
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If Thou’ll only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.

* Refrain:
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
In life’s darkest hours, Father,
When life’s troubles come,
Keep my feet from wand’ring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

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