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11/27/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Jackie Norris Johnson

Jacqueline Norris Johnson
(15 May 1928 -  25 Nov 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 194_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
   In the midst of all our festivities, we have more sadness this Thanksgiving Day. 
 Jackie Norris Johnson, Class of 194_, beloved aunt of   Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA,   Buddy Helterbran ('61) of PA, Melva Lines of VA, Virginia Gunn of VA, Gayle Rosser of VA, Laureen Deitrick of CA, Donna Heaton of TX, Dianne Evett of CA,  Lorna Norris of NV; John Robinson of VA, Buddy Norris of VA, James Robinson of NC, Donald Norris of CA, and Robert Norris of NV, passed away in Gloucester on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at the age of 80.

  From Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) of VA - 11/27/08, 7:57 AM - "Obituary for Jacqueline Norris Johnson":

 My Aunt Jack passed away the morning after    Julius' (Benton - '58 - of VA) burial.  I know she went to NNHS, but I don't know what years.  Her obit is below.

   Oh, Renee, such sadness all at once!  Thank you for letting me know.

From the Daily Press - 11/27/08:   

                   Jacqueline Norris Johnson


GLOUCESTER - Jacqueline Norris Johnson, 80, of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008, after a long battle with Parkinsonism.

She was born May 15, 1928, in Newport News to John William Norris and Lina Bell Patterson Norris.

She retired as a bookkeeper from the Navy Exchange in Norfolk.

She was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and was so proud of the article written about her and her Redskins memorabilia by the Virginian Pilot newspaper in Norfolk. Her other great interest and love was her membership in the Touched by Elvis Fan Club in Virginia Beach. She was a member of the Navy Exchange Retirees Association.



In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rolland ('Todd') Murray Johnson; brothers, Winard, Maynard, Lester, Harry, Artie ('Bill'), Kenneth, and Donald; sisters, Lora Morris, Geneva Robinson, and Bernice Helterbran; and nephews, Lloyd Morris, Artie Morris Jr. and John ('Billy') Norris II.

She is survived by nieces, Melva Lines of Louisa, Virginia Gunn of Richmond, Renee Benton of Bena, Gayle Rosser of Newport News, Laureen Deitrick of Calif., Donna Heaton of Texas, Dianne Evett of Calif., and Lorna Norris of Nev.; nephews, John Robinson of Hampton, Winard ('Buddy') Norris of Newport News, Robert ('Buddy') Helterbran of Pa., James Robinson of N.C., Donald Norris of Calif., and Robert Norris of Nev.; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, in W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. Visitation will follow the service. Interment will be with her husband Todd in Arlington National Cemetery.

Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on 11/27/2008.
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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to the entire Norris and Johnson families 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
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Lead, Kindly Light

- Lyrics by John Henry Newman, 1833 and music by John B. Dykes, 1865.

Lead, kindly Light, amid th’encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blessed me, sure it will,
Will lead me on.
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

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