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09/30/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Emma Padgett Fitzhugh

Emma Padgett Fitzhugh
(29 Mar 1919 - 26 Sept 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1936

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is more sad news this Friday morning.  
  Emma Padgett Fitzhugh, commencement speaker for the Class of 1936, passed away in Newport News on Monday, September 26, 2011 at the age of 92.

From the Daily Press - 09/30/11:   

                   Emma Padgett Fitzhugh


NEWPORT NEWS - Emma Padgett Fitzhugh, lifetime resident of this city, died on Sept. 26, 2011. She celebrated her 92nd birthday on March 29, 2011.

She was the daughter of the late Ellen Parker Padgett and Ambrose Andrews Padgett, local real estate broker, developer, and founder of Murray and Padgett Real Estate in the 1920's.

She attended local public schools, graduating from Newport News High School with honors in 1936 and was commencement speaker. At Newport News High School she studied drama with Miss Dorothy Crane, whom she remembered with gratitude and respect. She graduated from Mary Baldwin College in 1940 and was again commencement speaker. She taught in local public schools until her marriage on May 5, 1945, to Eugene Perkins Fitzhugh upon his return from combat duty with the U.S. 15th Air Force in Italy during World War II. Her husband entered the real estate business with his father-in-law and was principal broker at Murray and Padgett Real Estate, now Fitzhugh-Wilson Real Estate.


Emma Padgett Fitzhugh

Most of her life she was active in church, Bible studies, prayer groups, social and community affairs, gardening being her hobby since childhood. In 1952 she and friends Allison Cutler and Frances Thompson founded the Warwick Garden Club. She was a dedicated prayer group intercessor including Lydia International Prayer, International Cooperating Ministries, and other local prayer groups.

Throughout her life she devoted time and talents to a variety of worthy causes, among them Peninsula Symphony Orchestra as Membership Chairman, Red Cross at the Port of Debarkation for World War II, initiator of the local March for Jesus in 1992, and was a longstanding participant in People to People. Her church affiliations included the former First Presbyterian Church most of her life, Yorkminster Baptist Church, Zoe Community Church, and World Outreach Worship Center in later years.

Emma was committed to promoting others. Her radiant smile, exuberant personality, and enthusiasm propelled her into a fearless later chapter of life. With fervor and tenacity, she engaged in local spiritual and political causes.

She is survived by her children, Anne Parker Fitzhugh of Newport News, Virginia "Gina" Fitzhugh Wilson and husband, Christopher of Newport News, and Eugene Perkins Fitzhugh Jr., of Virginia Beach. There are six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, Newport News, on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at 2 p.m.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from September 30 to October 1, 2011.   
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September 30, 2011

Thomas and Phyllis Schaaf and family send their most sincere condolences to the Wilsons and Fitzhughs.

~ Unsigned

September 30, 2011

I had the great honor of getting to know Emma through People to People. She was such a gracious and godly woman who radiated love to everyone she encountered. She always uplifted me with her warm smile and kind words. She will be missed in our community! Please accept my sincere condolences.

~ Susan Piland, Newport News, Virginia

September 30, 2011   

September 30, 2011

Your mother had a profound impact on my life. We had gone to the beach house in NC. I was a wayward soul who was searching for answers. I met your mom that weekend. She encouraged me and spoke words to me that I'll never forget. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I began attending the church she went to (WOWC). I was touched by her love for her God and people. She will be missed! I am so sorry for your loss but, I know heaven is rejoicing because they now have her as an angel. God bless you and your family.

~ Lisa Levitt, Williamsburg, Virginia

September 30, 2011

Dear Anne and Gina,
God blessed the world with a very special lady with a an energetic spirit and love for HIM and mankind. I have fond memories of her and the two of you from many years at First Presbyterian Church, NN. My mother loved her dearly and spoke of her often. I'll always remember her as the real deal when it comes to being a Christian. God bless and comfort
you all.
Love, Judy Phillips Allen


October 01, 2011 

I had the pleasure of meeting your mom through Ms Elsie Duval. She was very highly spoken of by Elsie, and they would occasionally be at the hair salon the same time on Fridays. Ms Duval would always relate their chat times to me as we left the salon. May you cherish your times together and know that God has promised a time when "no resident will say I am sick." (Isaiah 33:24)

October 01, 2011

Your Mom and I met 40+ years ago at a Bible Study and I will never forget her vibrant personality, her love of our LORD, and her caring heart. She walked the walk and talked the talk. My deepest sympathy to each of you. She is now with the LORD Whom she loved.

~ Teeny Anderson, Scotland Neck, North Carolina

October 01, 2011

A bright light for Jesus has gone out from out community, but the afterglow will shine on for years to come. Emma was a blessing to the Body of Christ, and an encourager to all who knew her. We will always be grateful that God used her to enrich our lives as only she could. Our hearts are sad with yours because we no longer have her happy smile and winsome personality to cheer us; but when we remember where she is now, we know she has no more pain and is rejoicing in the presence of our Lord!!
May He comfort your hearts as only He can.


~ Kiddy and James Starboard

October 02, 2011

Dear Family of Emma Padgett Fitzhugh, I was sorry to read about Emma. I remember her vitality and passion for the things she treasured most. She was a bright light on the Peninsula. I send you all blessings, respect, and condolences on her passing..
Sincerely, Joanne Kates Roos

~ Joanne Kates Roos, Yorktown, Virginia


October 02, 2011

Blessings and much love to Emma's beloved family. I knew Emma in the 70's and 80's in Bible studies and prayer groups. Being with her was always a joy. She was energetic, enthusiastic and an encourager. Although I had not seen her in recent years I will always remember and be thankful to the Lord for bringing her into my life. She was a blessing and inspiration to me...

~ Betsy Phillips, Norfolk, Virginia


October 02, 2011

Proverbs 31:30-31
"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands and let her works praise her in the gates". Emma was a woman who sacrificially gave of herself in many ways, seen and unseen. May the Lord fill the void she leaves with His presence and comfort. Love & Prayers,

~ Jo (Bowen) Howard, Newport News, Virginia


October 03, 2011  

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Fitzhugh family during this difficult time. Heaven has gain another jewel.

Rev. Kevin and Angel Brown

October 03, 2011  

  As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. We will certainly miss your mother at the World Outreach Worship Center.

October 03, 2011 

Ann & Gina,
I looked forward to seeing your mother's smile every time she came into the precinct to vote (and she ALWAYS voted). My sincere sympathy for your lose of such fine lady.

October 05, 2011 

So sorry to learn about your mother. I still recall with great fondness all the hijinks your parents and mine used to get into. I guess we kids got into a few, too. All the best to your family from ours. We're thinking about you.

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Fitzhugh's family and friends at this 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

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.

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

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

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