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07/07/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Ivetta Dawes Stoops

Ivetta Dawes Stoops
(28 Oct 1938 - 6 July 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 1956

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
Once again we bring you sad news.  Ivetta Dawes Stoops, sister of 
     Dicky Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA, passed away at home in Mathews on Sunday, July 6, 2008 at the age of 69. 

     From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 07/06/08, 11:15 PM:


I am sorry to say but relived that my sister (Ivetta Dawes Stoops) passed away today. Last August the doctors gave her only six months to live. She fought hard but could not overcome the lung cancer that took her life. She attended Newport News High School through her junior year (1955), but had to drop out when she got married. At that time, if one of the girls got married they had to pay $250.00 tuition to continue to go to school, and they did not have the money to do that.

Ivetta was a fantastic woman. No one worked any harder than she did for her family. Going from having absolutely nothing to building a sizeable wealth, enough to make her immediate family comfortable, she would always give of herself, time money and energy. Last year while I struggled with repairing and readying a rental property that I wanted to sell due to the imminent death of my wife, my sister was there every day helping me paint, rip-out, repair, clean and remove trash, even though she knew her days were numbered. To her, working an eight hour day was just working part time.

Today in church I asked God for a peaceful passing to relive the suffering that she was going through. Later at her home as I stood over her and stroked her head, I told her that I would look after her family. I could see that she understood that. I then went downstairs and asked her daughters to tell her that they would be fine and that it was okay for her to go.

They said that they didn't think that they could do that, but while I was on the way home they called and told me that they had told their mom what I had suggested and that she immediately departed. She now rests.

I have just finished her Obituary and the days and times are not firm, but thought I would send you what I have.


   Oh, Dicky!  I'm so sorry to hear this!  What a year you've had!

   My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 07/07/08, 10:23 AM:

Thank you for you kind words. You are correct. It has been hard for awhile. My mother's death in 2006, my wife in 2007 and now my sister.....

I will be going to the funeral home in just a couple of hours to get the days and time correct for the service.


   Thank you, Dicky.  We'll add the updates as they come, and keep you in our hearts and prayers.

     From Richard Dawes (NNHS / HHS - '62) of VA - 07/07/08, 6:25 PM:


I just returned from the funeral home and the visitation times have changed to: from 6 to 8PM only on Tuesday night.

Below is a corrected version.

I have also included a photo taken while she was in the tenth grade and also a recent photo.

Thank you so much

   Thank you, Dicky.


From the Daily Press - 07/08/08:

               Ivetta Dawes Stoops


MATHEWS - Ivetta Dawes Stoops, 69, died at her daughter's home in Mechanicsville, Va., on July 6, 2008, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was born on Oct. 28, 1938, in Wilmington, N.C., to the late Richard Dawes and Estelle McKenzie Dawes.

Ivetta moved with her family to Virginia in 1950, where she attended Newport News High School. While living in Newport News, she met and married Richard Kenneth Stoops.


After moving to Mathews, Va., in 1972, she worked for South Land Corporation for many years, where she won many outstanding achievement awards. After leaving South Land, she opened her own convenience stores: Adner Market, North Star and Hyco at Mathews Court House. Ivetta later co-operated Cheryl's Restaurant at Gloucester Court House with her daughter, Cheryl Stoops. Ivetta's last home was next door to the Mathews Yacht Club which she dearly loved.

She enjoyed fishing and was an avid gardener and collector of beautiful things. She was well known in Mathews and Gloucester and also recognized as a great story teller. Her brother, children, friends and relatives will hold dear to them her richness of life, the memories of times shared and the wonderful stories of good times as well as bad. A great lady full of life is now gone from us and will be surely missed by all.

Her parents and husband, Richard K. Stoops Sr., preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son, Richard K. Stoops and his wife, Renee', their children, Tammy L. Stoops of Richmond and Richard K. Stoops III, of Mathews; a daughter, Theresa Stoops of Mechanicsville, and her two sons, Richard Leigh Stoops and wife, Jamie, of Mechanicsville and Robert G. Amiss of King William. Ivetta also leaves a daughter, Cheryl Ann Stoops and companion, Shelton Cherry of Gloucester; a brother, Richard Dawes of Providence Forge; and a niece, Channing Dawes Bryant of Yorktown.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home, 160 Main St., Mathews, Va. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton, Va., conducted by the Rev. Stephen L. Hodges, Pastor of Providence Forge Presbyterian Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 37, Mathews, VA 23109.

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Published in the Daily Press on 7/8/2008.
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Ricky, Teresa, Cheryl & family. I just heard of your mother's passing. We are so sorry for your loss. I know this is a difficult time for you all, I know because I just lost my mom last year. Let God guide you all through this time. Ivetta was a very kind & loving person to all that knew her. She will be sadly missed, but just try to remember her laughter and bright smile, and her heart of gold.
Birdie & Mike Riggs (Port Haywood, VA) - July 8, 2008
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   Once again, our sincerest condolences are extended to Dicky and indeed to the entire Dawes and Stoops families and their friends.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

He Leadeth Me

Words by Joseph H. Gilmore, 1861

Music by William B. Bradbury 

He leadeth me, O blessed thought,
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate'er I do, where'er I be,
Still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me!
By His own hand He leadeth me!
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Sometimes 'mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden's bowers bloom,
By waters still, o'er troubled sea,
Still 'tis His hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me!
By His own hand He leadeth me!
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine,
Nor ever murmur or repine,
Content with whatever lot I see,
Since 'tis my God that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me!
By His own hand He leadeth me!
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

And when my task on earth is done,
When, by Thy grace the vic'try's won,
E'en death's cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me!
By His own hand He leadeth me!
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

"He Leadeth Me" midi (sequenced in 1999 by Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 07/07/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

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