09/13/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Beryl Buckley White

Ursula Beryl Buckley White
(11 Dec 1916 - 12 Sept 2007)

John Marshall High School Class of 1935

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    Sad news has a way of compounding.  I just had a call from my beautiful cousin,     Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA. Her mother (my daddy's baby sister),     Beryl Buckley White (John Marshall HS - '35), passed away Wednesday afternoon in John Randolph Hospital in Hopewell at the age of 90.

   Like her daughter, Beryl was an amazingly talented, creative woman.  As Cheryl and I were exactly a year and a week apart, I would always spend that week between our birthdays staying with    Walter, Beryl and Cheryl in their home in Williamsburg.  Our extended family always observed the Christmas holiday in Richmond on Christmas Eve with all the Buckley's (and often several Tuck's).  In the late 70's, this was moved to Beryl and Walter's home.  The memories of all those happy times are pouring over me as I try to write this.

   Beryl was always an inspiration to me in so many different ways, particularly in decorating, collecting, gardening, sewing and crafts.  My love of house plants and ways to display them came directly from her.  I always left her home with happy thoughts and ideas, and looked forward to my next visit even before I was gone.  I loved her deeply.  I shall miss her.

   Cheryl, I am so sorry for your loss, but as you said, "The Buckley children are all Home now."

Summer 1922 - 2206 Fourth Avenue, Highland Park, Richmond, VA
Millard Raymond Buckley Family

Sunday, October 14, 1962
Richmond, VA
Saturday, August 30, 1969
Norfolk, VA
June 1982
Richmond, VA
November 1998
FRONT ROW: Beryl - age  5; Graham - age almost 3; Sula ("Sudie") - age 36;
 BACK ROW: Robert - age 14-1/2; Millard - age 43; Virginia - age 13
Virginia Buckley,
Sula Tuck Buckley, and Beryl Buckley White
Beryl and her oldest grandson, Michael Wilson Walter and Beryl Beryl and Walter

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch - 09/14/07:

  WHITE, Beryl Buckley, 90, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 12, in Hopewell, Va. Born in Richmond, Va. on December 11, 1916, she resided in Williamsburg, Va. over 45 years until moving to Brighter Living Assisted Living, Hopewell, Va.

Mrs. White was preceded in death by her parents, Millard R. Buckley and Ursula Tuck Buckley; sister, Virginia E. Buckley; and two brothers, M. Robert Buckley and H. Graham Buckley. She is survived by her husband, Walter J. White; daughter, Cheryl White Wilson and her husband, Donald Wilson, of Chesterfield County, Va.; three grandsons, Michael Wilson and great grandson, Steven Wilson, of Colonial Heights, Va., Christopher Wilson and his wife, Kimberly Ayres Wilson, and great-granddaughters, Bailey and Olivia Wilson, of Glen Allen, Va.; and Timothy Wilson and his wife, Anne Wilson, of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Beryl Buckley White
November 1998
She was a graduate from John Marshall High School in Richmond, Va. and also Smithdeal-Massey Business College, Richmond, Va. She retired after many years of service from The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. She was a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Beryl and Walter were married in 1945. They were devoted to each other, working on their 62nd year together; they even had a second ceremony to renew their vows on Valentine's Day in 2005. She was active in community service, but the one she enjoyed the most was over 30 years of volunteer service with the American Red Cross in Williamsburg, Va.

The family will receive friends Sunday, September 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 214 N. 6th Street, Hopewell, Va. A memorial service will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home on Monday, September 17, at 10 a.m. There will also be a graveside service in Williamsburg, Va. on Monday, September 17, at 3 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Williamsburg, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross or the Williamsburg United Methodist Church.

Register condolences at http://www.nelsenfh.com

Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on 9/14/2007.
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Beryl...you'll be missed. My condolences to your surviving family.
Brent Harty (Chillicothe, OH) - September 14, 2007
I'll miss Beryl dearly, as I'm sure will many. She touched my life and my heart in such a special way. I will always be grateful for the way she and Walter included us in the Christmas Eve gatherings, as well as our many fond conversations. Dear Walter, Cheryl and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Shari Chapman (Stuarts Draft, VA) - September 14, 2007
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Cheryl, we were sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Although we know we will see our loved ones in Christ again, you will miss her.
May God comfort you and give you peace.. Love,
John & Cheryl Howard (Yorktown, VA) - September 15, 2007
Hi Cheryl,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I saw your mother's obituary in the paper and was so surprised. I am so sorry I was not able to come to the Funeral Home.
I would love to see you. Please give me a call at ___ ___ ____.
Again, I was so sorry to hear about your mother.
We go back a long time!! I will never forget you.

Love and God Bless to you and your family!!

Kathy Baker Allanson (Powhatan, VA) - September 16, 2007


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Beryl's family and friends, especially Walter, Cheryl, and Don.

       From My #5 son, Nathaniel Harty (Hillsboro High, IL - '97) of IL - 09/14/07 - "Beryl":

I'm sorry to hear that, but the good news is that she obviously lived a long and good life.

        Adrienne (Harty - Hillsboro High, IL/American School, IL - of NC) told me she was doing poorly I told her I never had a great deal of exposure to Beryl, but felt in those few times I did meet her that she was a good lady.

My condolences to all that are grieving.

Love ya.

   Thank you, Nathaniel.  I love you, too.

  From Butch Ragland ('63) of CO - 09/14/07 - "Beryl Buckley White":

Hi Carol,

Really sorry to hear of your family's loss of a loved one! It is always hard for us to watch as our family and friends leave us, but thankfully she had a long life and appears to have been a great influence upon you!

God Bless,

Butch Ragland - '63'
Colorado Springs, CO

   Thank you, Butch.  I really appreciate your concern.

     From Sepi Prichard ('58) of NC - 09/15/07 - "Safe Trip":


Have a safe trip for a sad occasion, not for your Aunt Beryl but for all of those that will miss her.  For every one involved may your grief be short and your wonderful memories be healing and forever.

Love Sepi

   Thank you so much, Sepi.

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

"Abide with Me" midi courtesy of http://www.mommydearest.com/midi.html - 06/01/06

"Abide with Me" lyrics and available history courtesy of http://synergy_2.tripod.com/lyrics/abide.html - 06/01/06

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 03/15/05

Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Green Leaves Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars4.html  - 03/15/05

Hillsboro Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
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American School Logo courtesy of http://www.americanschoolofcorr.com/grads.asp - 09/05/06

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks, Herbie!

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