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11/27/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Bill Stephenson

William Thomas Stephenson Jr.
(13 Aug 1920 - 25 Nov 2012)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1936

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There is yet more sad news today.  Bill Stephenson, Class of about 1936, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2012 in Newport News at the age of 92.  The father of   Jane Stephenson Montgomery ('63) of VA, Tom Stephenson (??) of NC, and George Stephenson (??) of VA, he was the brother of the late    Elmo Stephenson, Class of 1948 (16 June 1927 - 21 Jan 2009).

   His beloved great-granddaughter,    Morgan Alexis Pritchett (15 July 2002 - 30 Jun 2009), also predeceased him:

     From the Head Cheerleader of 1965, Pam Smith Arnold of VA - 11/27/12, 5:44 AM:


Another death. 
William T. Stephenson (Bill or Steve, depending upon which side of the family) was the father of   Jane Stephenson, class of 1963. Steve went to NNHS too. He was a basketball star as was his brother,    Elmo. The obituary can be gotten to through the Peninsula Funeral Home page. He was my cousin by marriage.

Too much.

Cuz Pam

   Oh, no! I'm so sorry to hear this. You're right, Cousin Pam, there just seems to be no respite. You and your family have my deepest condolences. 

From the Daily Press - 11/27/12:

        William T. Stephenson, Jr.


    NEWPORT NEWS - William Thomas Stephenson Jr., 92, of Newport News died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.

He was born Aug. 13, 1920, the son of William Thomas and Gertrude Wheeler Stephenson. He was a graduate of Newport News High School and the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Apprentice School. Mr. Stephenson served his country in World War II, as a gunnery officer, in the United States Navy on the U.S.S. McNair, in the South Pacific. Following the war, he was employed by the NNS&DD Company and became a senior manager of the hull design division, from which he retired in 1983.

Mr. Stephenson was very active in his church, Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served as lay leader, chairman of Staff Parish, president of Men's Bible class, and sang in the choir for over 50 years. He was also an active member of First United Methodist for about 15 years, before rejoining the Chestnut congregation.
  He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Elaine Williams Stephenson; his youngest great-granddaughter, Morgan Alexis Pritchett of Virginia Beach; sisters, Elsie Bradburn, Audrey Kegley, Ann Johnson; and brother, Elmo L. Stephenson.

He is survived by his children, Jane Montgomery and her husband, Mike of Lynchburg, William Thomas Stephenson III and his wife, Ellen of Wake Forest, N.C., and George P. Stephenson and his wife, Darlene of Seaford. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Ginny Pritchett, Alison Shield, Brian Shield, Penn Stephenson, Will Stephenson, and Hunter Stephenson; and two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Jason Pritchett. Additionally, he leaves behind a caring and faithful friend, Jean Thomas; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, 1024 Harpersville Road, Newport News.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Peninsula Memorial Park, with a memorial service following at Chestnut Memorial Methodist Church at 11 a.m.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.
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Published in the Daily Press from November 27 to November 28, 2012.
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November 27, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Stephenson family. I will never forget Mr. and Mrs. Stephenson for their compassion and caring. They were an important part of my life growing up with Tom and George and they both will be deeply missed by everyone that knew them.

November 27, 2012
  I just saw Bill Sat. afternoon. Always loved dropping by even for just a moment to say Hi to him. Having known him many yrs. Great Song leader. Bill will be greatly missed.

November 27, 2012 heart goes out to you and the family on the passing of your dad. I have so many wonderful memories of your parents and you when we were next door neighbors on 18th street in Stewart Gardens....we had such a great time growing up there..we were so fortunate to have such wonderful and loving parents...I will always remember those times love to you.....Martha Smith Nicholas

December 27, 2012


December 27, 2012 


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Mr. Stephenson's family and their friends at this difficult 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

I'll Praise My Maker

Words by Isaac Watts (17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748) based on The Psalms of David, 1719

Music (Old 113th) attributed to Matthäus Greiter (@ 1495 - 20 Dec 1550), Strassburger Kirchenamt, 1525

I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath,
And when my voice is lost in death,
Praise shall employ my nobler powers;
My days of praise shall ne’er be past,
While life, and thought, and being last,
Or immortality endures.

Why should I make a man my trust?
Princes must die and turn to dust;
Vain is the help of flesh and blood:
Their breath departs, their pomp, and power,
And thoughts, all vanish in an hour,
Nor can they make their promise good.

Happy the man whose hopes rely
On Israel’s God: He made the sky,
And earth, and seas, with all their train:
His truth for ever stands secure;
He saves th’oppressed, He feeds the poor,
And none shall find His promise vain.

The Lord has eyes to give the blind;
The Lord supports the sinking mind;
He sends the labr’ing conscience peace;
He helps the stranger in distress,
The widow, and the fatherless,
And grants the pris’ner sweet release.

He loves His saints, He knows them well,
But turns the wicked down to hell;
Thy God, O Zion! ever reigns:
Let every tongue, let every age,
In this exalted work engage;
Praise Him in everlasting strains.

I’ll praise Him while He lends me breath,
And when my voice is lost in death,
Praise shall employ my nobler powers;
My days of praise shall ne’er be past,
While life, and thought, and being last,
Or immortality endures.

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