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06/27/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Louise Turner Bethea

Louise Turner Bethea
(21 May 1928 - 21 June 2010)

Huntington High School Class of 1946

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have even more sad news today.    Louise Turner Bethea, Huntington High School Class of 1946, passed away in Newport News on Monday, June 21, 2010 one month after her 82nd birthday.  She was the mother of    Vivian Bethea Chester ('67) of VA, Karen Bethea of VA, Timmie Bethea of VA, Kimberly Bethea of VA,    Joseph Bethea ('71) of SC, Karl Bethea ('72) of VA, and Morris Bethea of GA.

 From the Daily Press - 06/27/10:

                 Louise Turner Bethea



NEWPORT NEWS - On Monday, June 21, 2010, Louise (Lou) Bethea was called by the Lord to her heavenly home.

Louise was born on May 21, 1928 in Danville, Va., to the late John and Tabbie Turner, who preceded in her death. She became a resident of Newport News in 1944, and attended Huntington High School, graduating with the class of 1946. It was there, she met and married Joseph L. Bethea Sr., who also preceded her in death. Louise was a member of Greater Walters A.M.E. Zion Baptist Church, was active in politics and organized the neighborhood watch on her block of 23rd street.


 Louise Turner Bethea



She leaves to cherish her memory seven children, Vivian L. Chester, Karen Bethea, Timmie Bethea, all of Newport News, Va., Kimberly Bethea of Hampton, Va., Karl and Lorraine Bethea of Chesapeake Va., Joseph and Joyce Bethea of Greenville, S.C., and Morris and Cheryl Bethea of Atlanta, Ga. She will also be remembered by her brother; Jessie Turner (Doris) of Richmond, Va.; two sisters-in-law; Hilda Kreps of East Orange, N.J., and Carolyn Walker of Orange, N.J.; 26 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 10 great great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Services of remembrance and celebration entrusted to M.E. Fisher Funeral Home, 2117 Madison Ave. Newport News, VA. A Viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., June 27, 2010. Services will be held at 11 a.m., June 28, at the Emmanuel Chapel, located at 200 Hampton Roads Ave., Hampton. Pastor Chris Morant will be officiating. Interment will follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from June 27 to June 28, 2010. Visit Guest Book


June 27
, 2010
I'm the one trying to find out if Mrs. Bethea worked for our family in the 60s. My email address is
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June 27, 2010

My family will miss Mrs. Bethea; she was a winner in everything. To the family, keep the faith, she is with her Savior, love you, the Hines and Moore family.

~ Patricia Moore, Hampton, Virginia

June 27, 2010

I will always keep you in my heart, and will never forget your smile, your giving of spirit to inspire us. I am thankful to GOD for sending you into my life. I LOVE YOU. I know where you are now.
~ GAY-GAY WATTS, DURHAM, North Carolina

June 27, 2010

Words can not express our sorrows. Mrs. Bethea had a beautiful spirit. We will miss her.

~ Michelle Styles, Barbara & George Smith & family

June 27, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about Mom's passing. I just found out today and I deeply saddened. I know it must be painful and the feeling of loss with not leave soon, I know; I lost my Mom in Oct. "09" and miss her terribly.

I want to express my deepest condolences for your loss.......I cannot attend, but know that if I could, I would; she was very special to me also.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this very difficult time.......


June 27, 2010

To the Bethea Family, may God bless and comfort you in the passing of your beloved Mother.

John Moore & Family

~ John Moore, Hampton, Virginia 

June 27, 2010

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies...Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:1-31

To Kim and the Bethea Family,

Praise God for such a wonderful neighbor and Mother who demonstrated every virtue described in these scriptures. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss as she will be dearly missed. Tonja (McCoy) Cobb

~ Tonja (McCoy) Cobb

June 28, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

~ Leonard Wright, Newport News, Virginia


June 28, 2010

To the Bethea Family. Know that you'll are not alone, the "Almighty" is with you. The Young Family thoughts and prayers are forever with you. Be Blessed in the Lord.

~ Shirley Young/Farrish, Hampton, Virginia


June 28, 2010

  My thoughts and prayers are with you all always, especially during this time. I thank God for the time that He allowed me to have her in my life while I was growing up! With a smile that could light up the world, wonderful memories of her will always live in my heart! Kay Kay and Kim, I love you much!

~ Betty T. Jefferson, Hampton, Virginia

June 28, 2010

We share in your grief, knowing that God is too wise to make an error and too just to be unkind. He has called your loved one from labor to reward and to be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord.

~ Leroy and Mary Orie, Newport News, Virginia

June 28, 2010

Kim Bethea & family,

My thoughts are with you & your family during this time of sorrow. God Bless.

~ Tanya (OHFP)

June 28, 2010

To Kay, Kim & The Betheas:

My family and I send out special prayers for you all at this time and thereafter, in the loss of your mother. May God keep your family lifted at this time.

~ Lena Wilson-Brown & Family, Newport News, Virginia

June 28, 2010

Please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of Mrs. Louise Bethea. We were fortunate that our families shared a close relationship for so many years. May God continue to bless you.

~ Florence Rattley-Diggs, Newport News, Virginia

June 28, 2010

Kim and Family, sorry to hear of the loss of your mom; as you know our families have history that goes back as far as I remember - 45 plus years. Your Mom will be truly missed, and I always enjoyed the visits, conversations, words of wisdom and encouragement she had to offer. I have some many fond memories of our families growing up on 23rd Street. God bless you and your family, stay strong.

SFC(R) Brian E.A. Craig a.k.a (Da Bull) 23rd Street!

John 14:1-3
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." (NIV)


June 28, 2010

  To The Bethea Family,
It was a shock to see Mrs. Bethea had been called home. It's been many years since Greater Walters saw me last. While I was there, she had the greatest influence upon me. Her kindness and giving made me feel welcome. Her smile made me feel good being around her. She will be greatly missed. My prayers go to you all..... Nanette Craine (Newport News, VA)

~ Nanette Craine, Newport News, Virginia

June 29, 2010



   Our deepest condolences are extended to Mrs. Bethea's entire 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

Rock of Ages

Words by Augustus Montague Toplady, 1763 (first published in The Gospel Magazine, 1775)
(04 Nov 1740 - 11 Aug 1778)

Music by Thomas Hastings
(15 Oct 1784 - 15 May 1872)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee,
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and pow'r.

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked come, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

"Rock of Ages" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 03/30/09

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Blue Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 03/05/09

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