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07/05/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Betty Harper Wyatt

Betty Page Harper Wyatt
(d. 02 July 2013)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1940

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is even more sad news this Friday.
   Betty Harper Wyatt, Class of @ 1940, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in Williamsburg at the age of 90.  She was the mother of   Betty Wade Wyatt Coyle (Hampton HS - '64) of VA and   Nancy Wyatt Lewis (Hampton HS) of VA.  Her husband, the late William Wyatt, was the owner of Wyatt Brothers Inc., Men's Clothiers in downtown Hampton for many years.

   Before she switched her membership to St. John's, Mrs. Wyatt and her family belonged to Trinity Methodist Church, and I remember her quite fondly from those days.  My sincerest condolences are extended to her family.

From the Daily Press - 07/05/13:

                        Betty Page Harper Wyatt



WILLIAMSBURG - Betty Page Harper Wyatt, 90, of Williamsburg, died July 2, 2013 from complications of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

A former resident of Hampton, she was Secretary-Treasurer of Wyatt Brothers Inc., Men's Clothiers, which had been owned by her late husband, William W. Wyatt, until his death in 1983. Wyatt Brothers was a family business in Old Hampton established in 1903.

Betty was born in Newport News. She was the daughter of the late Ethel Williamson and Roland Wade Harper. In the early 1890's, her grandfather, James Franklin Harper, came from Essex County and founded Harpersville, formerly in Warwick County now Newport News. She graduated from Newport News High School and Longwood University. While she was still in high school, her family moved to the Wythe area of Hampton..





She worked a short while until her marriage for Virginia Public Service Company which is now Dominion Virginia Power.

Her survivors include daughters, Betty Wade Coyle, and husband, Timothy, of Norfolk, and Nancy Lewis, and husband, Vestal, of Hampton; and grandchildren, Patrick Coyle, Andrew Coyle and significant other Jen Catlin, and Harper Lewis.

While living in Hampton, she was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Upon moving to Williamsburg, she joined Bruton Parish Episcopal Church.

Betty's energy and spirit extended to numerous civic and community organizations. While a resident of Hampton, Betty was on the Board of Trustees of the Charles H. Taylor Memorial Library, and the Boards of the Peninsula Girl Scout Council, the Hampton High School P.T.A., and the Peninsula Comprehensive Health Planning Council. She was a founding member of the Pembroke Garden Club.

After her husband's death she moved to Williamsburg Landing where she was an Early Settler. She spent many years on her hobby, genealogy, and she leaves a legacy of family history. She is bequeathing her genealogical materials to the Virginia Historical Society. Consequently, through her interest in history, she belonged to historical museums and patriotic organizations including the Comte de Grasse Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812; and the Williamsburg Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Several years ago, she received her 60-year pin as a member of the Woman's Club. She was also a member of the Guild of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, the Chrysler Museum Glass Associates, the James River Country Club, and the Hampton Yacht Club.

Betty was a founding member of Citizens for Fort Monroe National Park and served on the organization's Board from its inception with great enthusiasm for the cause. She persuaded many other people to join the effort and lived to see Fort Monroe become a National Park and Monument, a vision few people thought was possible. The members of this Board were chosen by the Daily Press to receive the 2011 Peninsula Citizen of the Year Award. In 2013, she was awarded the Judah P. Benjamin National Award by the United Daughters of the Confederacy for her work in helping to make Fort Monroe a National Monument.

A funeral service will be conducted at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013. Interment will be at St. John's Episcopal Church Cemetery in Hampton at 12:30 p.m. A reception in the St. John's Parish Hall will follow the interment.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the home of Nancy and Vestal Lewis, 3001 Chesapeake Avenue in Hampton.

Memorials may be made to the Fort Monroe National Park Foundation, P. O. Box 51097, Ft. Monroe, VA 23651-0097 or to the St. John's Episcopal Church Cemetery Fund, 100 West Queen's Way, Hampton, VA 23669.

Funeral arrangements are by Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on July 5, 2013.
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July 05, 2013

   Girls, when I think about your mom, I smile. Remembering her smiling eyes, giggle and hugs. What a lady!

July 05, 2013
Betty Wade,
You are in my thoughts and prayers in the loss of your mother. May God be with you as you go through this time. Phyllis Crouse Faas

~ Phyllis Faas, Williamsburg, Virginia

July 05, 2013
Betty and Nancy,
How I treasure the opportunity I had to get to know your Mother through the UDC. She was an inspiration to so many. Her spirit and enthusiasm for what was important to her resulted in many accomplishments which will be long remembered. Please contact me if her UDC Chapter can be of service to the family.
In UDC love,
Margaret G. Harris

~ Margaret Harris, Gloucester
, Virginia

July 05, 2013

My condolences to the family of Betty Page Harper Wyatt 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

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  Again, our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Wyatt'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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy of - 02/17/09

Red Roses Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment, but it's been in my files since 02/01/05

DAR logo courtesy of - 01/13/08

National Society United States Daughters of 1812 logo courtesy of - 07/05/13

UDC logo courtesy of - 01/13/08

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