lucky you - your browser doesnt play annoying midis

08/25/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Betty Savage Palmer

Betty A. Savage Bateman Palmer
(d. 22 Aug 2009)

Newport News High School Class of June 1945

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   The sad news we were expecting to report is available this morning.   Betty Savage Palmer, Class of June 1945, mother of      Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA     Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA, and Pamela Palmer Pegram and Mark Palmer, passed away in Newport News on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at the age of 81.

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 08/22/09, 7:10 PM - "    My Mom":

To all our friends and family, we wanted to let you know that my wonderful mother passed away this afternoon about 3 PM. She died peacefully, with my step-dad by her side, along with other family members. We have been so blessed to have her for an additional 35 years after the traffic accident that left her disabled. We know she's in a better place with her parents, brothers and granddaughter, and is no longer suffering. Funeral arrangements are not complete at this time. Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers. We love you all!


   Oh, Sandi, I'm so very sorry to hear about your mama! I always enjoyed her so over the years, and am especially grateful for the time       Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and I had to visit with her in her home back in 2000.

   Losing a parent is just never easy, no matter what our ages. You and your whole family have my deepest condolences, and are certainly in our thoughts and prayers

From the Daily Press - 08/25/09:

               Betty A. Palmer

  NEWPORT NEWS - Thanks be to God for Betty's 81 years of life, 52 of which she was able to spend with her devoted husband, Roy S. Palmer. Betty is also survived by her children, Sandi B. Chestnut, Johnnie W. Bateman Jr., Pamela P. Pegram and Mark S. Palmer, and their spouses; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five nieces and their families.

Betty was a 1945 graduate of Newport News High School and retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital.

The family would like to thank the 3rd floor staff of Sentara Careplex Hospital; Heartland Hospice Services; and Commonwealth Assisted Living for the compassionate care given to Betty and her family in her last days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 11835 Fishing Point Drive, Suite 101, Newport News, VA 23606-2584.

Betty Savage

Funeral service, officiated by the Rev. Larry Edmonds, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Aug. 25, at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the care of Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 7415 River Road, Newport News, VA 23607.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from August 25 to August 26, 2009.

August 25, 2009
Sam and family,
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to each of you in the homegoing of our longtime friend, Betty. She was a testimony on how a Christian woman deals with adverse situations in life. Betty was very special to me and I will certainly miss her. We can rest assured that as the Scripture states, "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." Betty is now home with her loved ones and especially with the Lord. May this bring you comfort and peace.
Joyce and Clyde Blasingame
~ Joyce Blasingame, Hampton, Virginia

August 25, 2009

So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Palmer was such a sweet lady. I know she was a great mom and I know you all will miss her. Wish we could be there to express our condolences in person. Love, Ron & Patti
~ Ron Smith, Scottsville, Virginia

August 25, 2009

Condolences to Roy (Sam) and the family on their loss.
The NNHS Class of June 1945 will greatly miss our bright and cheerful classmate.
~ Fred W. Field, Fullerton, California

August 25, 2009

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I'm sure all the residents here at Silver Hills send their prayers and keep you all in their hearts. I know I do. Kathy Harley
~ Kathy Harley, Newport News, Virginia

August 25, 2009

t was our privilege to know Betty. She was a wonderful lady who enriched our lives. We never heard her feel sorry for herself no matter what happened in her life. She was someone to look up to - a real hero. We will always treasure her memory. We thank the Lord for bringing her into our life.
~ Gene and "Sam" Wolfe, Crossville, Tennessee

August 25, 2009

My great aunt Betty will sure be missed. I always loved talking to her and will always remember going to their house the day after Christmas every year since I was a baby. Wish we could be there with the rest of the family. Love, Cathy (Shelton), David, Hannah and Hayley Lyons
~ Cathy Lyons, Parker, Colorado
Contact Me

August 26, 2009

Dear Sam, I was shocked to hear you moved and more shocked to hear of the loss of Betty. I am very sorry to hear of her passing. May the Lord comfort you during this time.
Belinda Childress AKA Bo, Bernie's friend
~ Belinda Childress, Hampton, Virginia

August 26, 2009

Sandra, sorry for your loss; my prayers are with you and your family.
~ Rick Billings, Concord, North Carolina

August 27, 2009

Sam, You were so fortunate to have Betty for so long. You were a great couple, know you will miss her tremendously. Our love, Mary Anne and Randy Rust
~ M/M Randy Rust, Lumberton, North Carolina

   Once again, our sincerest sympathies are extended to Sandi and Johnnie and Betty's entire family and their friends.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty 

He Leadeth Me

Words by Joseph Henry Gilmore, 1862
(29 Apr 1834 - 23 July 1918)

Music by William Batchelder Bradbury, 1864
(06 Oct 1816 - 07 Jan 1868)

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 place my hand in thine,
nor ever murmur nor repine;
content, 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 victory'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 courtesy of - I'm not sure, but it's been in my files for a number of years...

"He Leadeth Me" lyrics courtesy of - 08/25/09

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Back to NNHS Newsletters - 2009

Return to NNHS Class of 1965