12/04/06 - NNHS Newsletter -
Debbie Sandige Williams Chamberlain

 Deborah Sandige Williams Chamberlain
(27 June 1952- 1 Dec 2006)

Newport News High School Class of 1970

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   Again this evening we have sad new to relate.    Debbie Sandige Williams Chamberlain of the Class of 1970 passed away
on Friday at the age of 54.

  From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 12/04/06 - "NNHS Class of 1970":

Don't know if anyone else has let you know:

We lost 
 Deborah Sandige Williams Chamberlain on Friday.

   Oh, Carol Anne!  I'm so sorry to hear this news!  Thank you so much for letting us know.


From the Daily Press - 12/04/06:

            Deborah 'Debbie' Sandige Williams Chamberlain

Debbie Sandige    
WINDSOR - Deborah 'Debbie' Sandige Williams Chamberlain, 54, died Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, at Sentara CarePlex. A native of Newport News, Debbie was a Windsor resident for the past 13 years. Survivors include her husband, John Chamberlain of Windsor; her mother, Cleo Sandige of Newport News; two sons, Jodie Williams Jr. of Newport News and John Russell Williams of Hampton; her sister, Delores Miller of Newport News; and two grandchildren, Zaviar and Darian Williams, both of Hampton. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Weymouth Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Samuel Hyde at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press from 12/3/2006 - 12/4/2006.
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To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2006
Shelly Conway (Newport News, VA ) - December 4, 2006
To Debbie's family:

I knew Debbie when we were 13 years old at Newport News High School. I remember her cheerful smile and energetic spirit.
That's how I will always remember her.
Suzanne Collier McKown (Hampton, VA ) - December 4, 2006
Kelly Counts (Newport News, VA ) - December 4, 2006
Cleo, Dee Dee, Jodie Jr., Rusty & Families.
I was so shocked to learn of Debbie's passing. I have known Debbie since before we started Briarfield Elementary; as our Daddies worked together. I vividly remember how beautiful she was with that perfect pony tail & ribbon.

5 years at NNHS loaded with memories. She was always so bubbly & energetic.
She will be missed deeply by all who knew & loved her.

With deepest sympathy, Carol
Carol Anne (Comer) Cutler (Gloucester, VA ) - December 4, 2006 
MISTY FUTRELL (VIRGINIA BEACH, VA ) - December 5, 2006   
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To Debbie's family, I have often wondered where Debbie was and how she was doing, since I was a little girl. We were best friends from 4th thru 7th grade at Brairfield Elementary. We shared secrets of sweet hearts and our expectations of attending Newport News HS. However my parents moved away and I attended Ferguson HS, so from the 8th grade, I lost touch with Debbie. I will always remember her giving me a little Coca Cola crate with little coke bottles in it. I have treasured that all my life and it has a place in my China cabinet.
Kathy Vance Bemisdarfer (St Charles, IA ) - December 5, 2006   
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We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help at this time.
Amanda, Travis, and Alex Dunkin (Newport News, VA ) - December 5, 2006   
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To My Momma,
Momma, I love you so much and although it has only been a few days I miss you Terribly! I will never forget the smell of of your Safeway smock when you carried me when I was small from the car into aunt Dee Dee's house each day before you went to work; it smelled like polyester and cigarettes. How endearing it it is now. I will never again get to say Hi Momma when you answer the phone, or bye momma as we say goodbye, but I will never forget the sound of your voice as you said hi baby; because I am and will always be your baby. I love you momma and that will never change! You held my hand in the beginning and I held your hand in the end. Rest in peace, Momma, and I will see you again soon. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH!
Your Loving Son
Rusty Williams (Langley AFB, VA ) - December 6, 2006
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Scott Chamberland (Saint Agatha, ME) - February 15 2007

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Debbie's entire family and friends.

  From Jay Styles ('68) of VA - 12/05/06:

Dear Carol,
Good Morning.  Was going to send you a note anyway, but when I went to the web-site and noticed the passing of Debbie Sandige (Chamberlain - '70), another cold reminder, we're not immortal.  She was in my typing class, and was everything you'd want in anyone, and those dimples when she smiled, and she was always smiling.  My sympathy to her family. 

   Thank you, Jay.

   As of 08/15/07, this information is now also posted here:




  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

Amazing Grace
Words by John Newton 1779

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

"Amazing Grace" mid courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/3819/media.htm - 03/15/05

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of http://www.friendsacrossamerica.com/amazinggrace.html - 03/15/05

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