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10/19/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Callie Lou Royal Henderson

Callie Lou Royal Henderson
(17 Apr 1930 - 09 Oct 2010)

Newport News High School Class of June 1947

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news to report.    Callie Lou Royal Henderson, Class of June 1947, passed away at her home in Newport News on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at the age of 80.  Wife of Herbert Henderson, also June '47, she was the sister of Jean Royal Croswell ('50) of FL.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/11/10, 1:41 PM - "Callie L. Henderson NNHS 1947":

  Her maiden name was Callie Lou Royal.


   Thank you so much, David!


   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 10/12/10, 9:01 AM - "   Callie Lou Royal Henderson":

Hello Carol, Oct. 12, 2010

Callie Lou Royal appears on page 51 of the June 1947 Anchor.

I knew Callie Lou and her mother and remember visiting them at their home at 338 Blair Avenue. Her younger sister, Jean was in NNHS Class of 1950.

I had tried to find Callie for years because I have included a biography of her father, Frederick E. Royal, in PARC Heritage, a history of amateur radio on the Virginia Peninsula. As you frequently experience, women become difficult to find once their maiden name vanishes.

Nostalgic best,

Fred W. Field
Fullerton, CA

   Thank you so much, Fred.  My sympathies on the loss of your schoolmate.

From the Daily Press - 10/10/10: 

                 Callie Lou Royal Henderson


NEWPORT NEWS - Callie Lou Henderson, 80, passed away Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 at home.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Newport News. Callie was a 1947 graduate of Newport News High School and a 38-year member of Hilton Baptist Church, where she served in the nursery and as a kitchen supervisor.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Herbert R. Henderson; a daughter, Mary Lemon and her husband, Eddie of Gloucester; two sons, Thomas and Ed Henderson, both of Newport News; three grandchildren, Ryan Henderson of Chattanooga, Tenn., Joseph Martin and Rachel Sweat of Gloucester; three great-grandchildren; and her sister, Jean Croswell of Melbourne, Fla.



The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A celebration of Callie's life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at Hilton Baptist Church, 101 Main Street, Newport News, by the Rev. Lynwood A. Wells. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hilton Baptist Church, 101 Main Street, Newport News, VA 23601.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from October 10 to October 12, 2010.
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October 10, 2010
Callie Lou was a wonderful person and we will always remember her kind, caring ways. Love and sympathy to Herbert, Tom, Ed and Mary. Ginger and Jerry

~ Ginger Fullbright, Sylva, North Carolina

October 11
, 2010

Callie Lou was my second Mom.

Our story begins in the early 1960s, when Lou, her family, my Aunt Ollie and Uncle Ed (Herbert's Parents) visited us in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Every summer of my youth, it was a big thing when the Henderson's came to visit. We knew it would be a good time together.

Callie Lou was always a cut up and was all about having fun. We enjoyed their visits so much. I told them many times, Im coming up there some day. Lou would always say, 'Well, come on.'

In 1973, I needed direction and was trying to find my way. In frustration, I decided to leave the mountains so I called Callie Lou to announce my plans. In my naive way, I informed her I was coming to visit Newport News. Can you imagine what ran through her head, with 3 teenagers in her house already? But this was one time she never stuttered; she said, 'Well, come on.'

Little did Callie Lou know that I would come and live with their family for 6 months and stay in Newport News for nearly a year. Callie Lou and Herbert took me in just like one of her own children, feeding me, advising and trying to help me - while raising three kids of their own.

That experience gave me the direction I needed. And never once, then or since then, was she anything but a lady - and like a second Mom to me.

Ill miss you, Callie Lou, and again I say, Im coming up there to see you some day.

And I'm sure there was no hesitation, when the Lord said to Callie Lou, "Well, come on.'


October 11
, 2010
When I was about 15 I went to spend the summer with Aunt Ollie and Callie Lou took me home for a week. Wow, I thought I was in heaven. We watched the Johnny Carson Show and stayed up until two in the morning; we had more fun. She had Eddie at that time; he was only two and so cute. Callie Lou always had fun and made everyone at home. She could be a kid and have as much fun with the kids.

When she had Mary I was grown and had keep several things like my doll bed and cradle from my dolls. I sent them home with her; she said she would take good care of them, and several years later I went to visit them, and there was my doll bed and cradle. They were in the best condition as ever.

Callie Lou, we will miss you very much, but we will laugh and have fun again in heaven.


October 11
, 2010
Lou was one of my favorite people and her family was A-ONE. I'll never forget their support in difficult times. My deepest sympathy to the family. She will be missed!

   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Callie Lou's family and friends.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Just As I Am

Words by Charlotte Elliott, 1835
Music by William B. Bradbury, 1849

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, and waiting not
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, though tossed about
With many a conflict, many a doubt,
Fightings and fears within, without,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, Thy love unknown
Hath broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

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