01/05/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Mable Daniel Hodnett

Mable Ann Daniel Hodnett
(d. 04 Jan 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 1943

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
  
We have even more sad news this morning.  Mable Daniel Hodnett ('43), wife of
Howard Hodnett ('46), mother of    Jerry Allen ('65), and mother-in-law of    Judy Phillips Allen ('66) passed away in Newport News on the morning of Friday, January 4, 2008.


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/04/08, 10:29 PM - "Obituary for Mable A. Hodnett":

Dear friends and relatives,
 
Our dear Mable passed away this morning.  She and Jerry and have had quite a battle these past few months.  She retreated into the arms of Jesus, and Jerry is still fighting and winning his battle.  I thought I would just send the obituary that I wrote for preview by the funeral home to inform you of the latest.  It has all the important information.
 
The update on Jerry is that he can walk today.  After seeing the oncologist and receiving the good report that he needs only 2 more chemo sessions and a 3 week dose of radiation, his orthopedic surgeon withdrew quite a lot of fluid from his knee and gave him a cortisone injection which has already started to relieve the problem.  His big frustration at this time is that Monday is Chemo #3 and he will not be able to make the visitation at the funeral home.  Tuesday is his follow up injection.  He hopes to make it to the service, but we just don't know. 
 
Please continue to pray for our family.  There will be quite a number of travelers coming in this weekend.  Some are driving from New Mexico.  Please pray for safe travel, strength and comfort for all who will miss Mable greatly.  Praises are in order for Jerry's continued progress, too.  We thank you all for your caring and support.  God has really blessed us with YOU and we love you.
 
Judy
 
 
Mable A. Hodnett passed away on Friday, January 4th at the Riverside Regional Convalescent Center in Newport News.
 
A life long resident of Newport News, she was a graduate of Newport News High School in the Class of 1943 when she was also known as Mable Ann Daniel.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Bella Quintal, a sister, Ann Hogge, and a son, Otis Howard Hodnett, III.
 
She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, Newport News, and the Lafayette Payne Sunday School Class. She was a member of the American Legion Post 25 Auxiliary and the HVPR of the Antique Automobile Club of America.  Fond memories and good friends were developed when she worked at Noland Company in Newport News. Mable had a zest for life and brought smiles to all who knew and loved her humor and love of friends and family.
 
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Otis Howard Hodnett, Jr., a son, Jerry W. Allen and wife Judy of NN; granddaughters, Kelly Brown of NN and Lisa Hodnett of New Mexico; and grandsons, Jason Hodnett and Caleb Hodnett of New Mexico; a nephew, Joseph E. Saunders and wife Erika; 5 great grandchildren, 3 grand nephews and many other relatives and friends. 
 
Visitation is set for Monday, January 7,  from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 7415 River Road, Newport News, 23607.   A  service will be held Tuesday, January 8 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va., 23606.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be sent to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church.

   Ohhh, Judy, I'm so very sorry to learn of all your sad news!  We will certainly keep you and Jerry and Otis in our thoughts and prayers! I'm sorry I'll not be able to attend the services, but please know that my heart will be there with all of you.

   I've changed Mabel's status on our Alumni Page:

http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/SITE-MAP.html

     http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/alumni-list.html

          http://www.nnhs65.00freehost.com/alumni-1959-n-before.html


      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 01/05/08 - "An HVPR Loss":

Carol,
I'm sorry to report that Mabel Hodnett ('43), mother of    Jerry Allen ('65), has passed away.  Information attached below.  Jerry's step-father Howard is a member of our vintage car club.

   Thank you, Dave, for providing us with these additional insights.


From Howard Hartel of VA - 01/04/08, 11:05 PM - "An HVPR Loss":

Many of us know Howard and Mabel Hodnett .. Howard is the sweet gentleman who had the Greene VW and now the Bronze Colored 66 Mercury and Mabel, always enjoying life. Her humor was always welcomed.
 
I am saddened to share this news, but felt it necessary their fellow hobbyists and friends know.
 
God Bless Howard and his family in this time of need and understanding.
 
Tim's words say it well ...


From Tim Buris of VA - 01/04/08, 7:03 PM - "An HVPR Loss":

Folks,

It is with great sorrow that I must convey, Mabel Hodnett passed away at 10:00 this morning.  She had not been doing well since the stroke that put her in the hospital last month.  At last she is now at peace in the arms of our Lord.  I spoke with Howard this evening; he is doing well and is staying at his son Jerry’s home, surrounded by family.  Please keep the family in your prayers during this difficult time.   

Services are as follows

Visitation will be on Monday 

7:00 PM
Riverside Funeral Home
7415 River Road
Newport News

The service will be on Tuesday. 

11:00 AM
Newport News First Baptist Church
12716 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News

Tim Buris


  From Catherine Slusser Hudson ('64) of VA - 01/05/08 - "Loss of Mabel Hodnett":

Dear Carol: 

I was very sorry to read of the loss of Mabel Hodnett. I have had the pleasure of knowing Howard and Mabel Hodnett most of my life. They both belong to American Legion Post 25 as did both my mother and my dad (Dad now lives in Richmond) I spent much time with them at the numerous events that took place at the Legion and most recently I would see them at the Pharmacy where I work when they would come in. They would always come over and say hello and they were a wonderful and loving couple. I shall miss Mabel and hope to continue to see Howard. My prayers and sympathy go out to Howard and the rest of the family.  May they find strength and comfort during this time of sorrow. 

Catherine Slusser Hudson

   Thank you, Catherine.


      From Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA - 01/05/08:

Carol ...

My condolences to Howard and the family for the passing of Mabel. Howard is known by everyone in the antique car hobby ... the green VW and the bronze Mercury are fixtures at a lot of shows. I know Howard not only through the car hobby but also through a fellow school mate, Anne Greene Crenshaw (NNHS 46), mother of a former girlfriend of mine, Becky Crenshaw (HHS 69). I had the pleasure of meeting Mabel several times at car shows ... they made a wonderful couple and she will be greatly missed.

Tom Norris
HHS 73
Secretary, Peninsula Volkswagen Club
Member Virginia Chevy Lovers
Member Portsmouth Street Rod Association
Member National Street Rod Association

   Thank you, Tom.


    From Linda Lane Lane ('64) of VA - 01/05/08 - "Death of Mable Hodnett":

The North End lost one of its long time members with the passing of Mable Hodnett.  I remember when they lived on 53rd Street and I believe grandfather lived with them.  I was asked into their home to administer insulin to young Otis III with his mop of curly hair and the biggest smile I have ever seen.  There was a lot of love in that home.  Mable would greet me wearing an apron and the aroma of great food would always make me hungry. 

It was some years before that I had first met    Jerry, Mr. and Mrs. Hodnett and young Otis. They were active in the Stonewall Jackson PTA and the Typhoon Band Boosters. Over the years, they were very active members in the North End community group and were good friends to my mother.  Many great times were shared on 53rd Street.  The day Wayne Boger ('64 - of VA) came home from his military service had the Hodnett's decorating the street with yellow ribbons. They were a great family in a wonderful neighborhood that I will never forget. 
 

My Deepest Sympathy to Mr. Hodnett, Jerry, Judy and family.  You are in my thoughts and prayers. 
 
I am sorry I did not know Jerry had been ill.  God will never leave you, and may you feel his live surround you in this difficult time.
 
Linda L. Lane

   Thank you, Linda.


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/05/08:

Thank you, Carol, for all that you do to keep us all linked together in happy and sad times. 
 
God Bless you and yours!
 
Love,
Judy

   Thank you, Judy.  You've been in my near constant prayers today.


From the Daily Press - 01/06/08:          

        Mable Daniel Hodnett

  NEWPORT NEWS - Mable A. Hodnett passed away Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, at the Riverside Regional Convalescent Center in Newport News.

A lifelong resident of Newport News, she was a graduate of Newport News High School in the Class of 1943 when she was also known as Mable Ann Daniel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Bella Quintal; a sister, Ann Hogge; and a son, Otis Howard Hodnett III.

She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, Newport News, and the Lafayette Payne Sunday School Class. She was a member of the American Legion Post 25 Auxiliary and the HVPR of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Fond memories and good friends were developed when she worked at Noland Company in Newport News. Mable had a zest for life and brought smiles to all who knew and loved her humor and love of friends and family.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Otis Howard Hodnett Jr.; a son, Jerry W. Allen and wife, Judy, of Newport News; granddaughters, Kelly Brown of Newport News and Lisa Hodnett of New Mexico; and grandsons, Jason Hodnett and Caleb Hodnett of New Mexico; a nephew, Joseph E. Saunders and wife, Erika; five great-grandchildren; three grand-nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation is set for Monday, Jan. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 7415 River Road, Newport News, VA 23607. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be sent to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church.

Published in the Daily Press on 1/6/2008.
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Mable and Howard were great friends of my parents, Annie and Mutt Rowe - my parents, now gone, often talked about them and times when they would go dancing - May God bless your family during this time -
Belinda Langston (Newport News, VA) - January 6, 2008
 
 
Howard and Jerry:
My sincere sympathy. Mable was such a good person and neighbor. I hope you are doing well and will continue on. Your ex-neighbor on 45th Street-son of Les and Polly. Les Smith
Les Smith (Big Canoe, GA) - January 6, 2008
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Judy, I am so sorry about the death of your mother-in-law. I know that you will miss her just as you did your sweet mother. God bless you and Jerry at this time. Fuzzy Turner 63
Fuzzy Turner (Marion, NC) - January 6, 2008 
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Mable, you will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with your family.
John & Mary Ann Allison (Hampton, VA) - January 6, 2008 
 
 
Jerry, Judy, Otis and the entire Hodnett family,

Our most sincere and deepest sympathy is extended to you at this most difficult time. We will continue to keep you all in our prayers. Just remember how blessed you are to have had Mable in your lives.

Love,
Faye and Mike
Faye Houk (Hampton) - January 6, 2008  
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Jerry & Judy: We are sorry to hear about your mom. No one loves us like our mothers and I know how you feel as it's only been 4 months since I lost mine. You are richly blessed to have had her for her time on this earth and our love and prayers are with you now.
Blessings, Sarah (Puckett) and Lou Kressaty
Sarah Kressaty (Yorktown, VA) - January 6, 2008   
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Hi Howard -
My daughter Carlyn called me this morning. We have such good memories from living across 60th Street from you and Mable. May God give you peace during this time.
Mike Henry (Newport News, VA) - January 7, 2008    
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Jerry and Judy,
Jerry, sorry about the Death of your mother. Hope these words will help in your time of SORROW.
Lord, Jesus, help me to remember that perfect healing does not always involve a return to normal. That in the great sadness of death, there is always the promise of perfect healing as we come to live with you. Lord, thank you for always giving Me the comfort I need and for letting Me Know I'M Special because you love me so much. And thank you too, that you help me to forgive the hurt ,put on a smile, stand tall, and go out into life again. JOHN! Love, Harry & Debbie Schinkel
Harris & Debbie Schinkel (Hampton, VA) - January 7, 2008
 
 
HOWARD,
OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. MABEL WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON. MY CHILDREN WERE BLESSED TO KNOW HER. CHIP ESPECIALLY HAS GREAT MEMORIES. PATTY, CRISTIN, CARLYN, AND CHIP
PATTY (HENRY) ARNOLD (NEWPORT NEWS, VA) - January 7, 2008
 
 
Howard, what a shock to us to learn today of Mable's passing. Please, someone enlighten us. We will always remember the good times with you and Mable. Our deepest sympathy to you and the family.
George & Cornelia Eddy (Palmyra, VA) - January 9, 2008 
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Jerry and Judy, and to Howard and the entire Hodnett family as well as their many friends.


  From the President of the Class of 1965, Joe Wingo of NC - 01/06/08:

Dear Judy and Jerry,

I am saddened to learn of your loss. My sincere condolences go out to your entire families.

While words always fail to convey the realm of emotions at a time of great personal loss, they do convey the fact that many care. I care.

Please know you all will be in our thoughts and prayers and may God’s grace support you now and forever.

Sincerely,

Joe Wingo

   Thank you, Joe.


      From Dave Arnold ('65) of VA - 01/07/08 - "  Jerry":

Just returned from the visitation for Mrs. Hodnett, Jerry's mother.   

Dave Arnold

   Thank you - again - so much, Dave.


  From Judy Phillips Allen ('66) of VA - 01/19/08 - "It's beautiful!":

This is so beautiful that I am sending this along with my love to you and a THANK YOU for the love and concern shown during the last 2 months and especially the last 2 weeks when Jerry's mother passed away.  Discovering lymphoma and going through those awful treatments made things even more difficult for    Jerry. Chemo #3 the day before the funeral was terrible as was the rest of that week.  This past week, however, has been very good for both of us.  Jerry has felt so much better.  He is back at work, doing all the normal things, etc. We have actually enjoyed the last few days and look forward to the weekend--snow and all. It is official!  He will have only one more chemo, then 4 weeks of radiation.  That should do it!  Thank you for the prayers and God for the results.
   
We both thank you all of you so much for the emails, cards, calls, visits, flowers, and attending the visitation and funeral for Mable.  It was so good to see so many people that we love and care about.  Jerry was able to see some, but had to take precautions due to his immune system's weakened state.
 
Again, we love you, thank you and wish you L-O-V-E.
 
Love,
Judy

   Thank you, Judy. Our love and prayers continue for all of y'all.


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

                          Love to all, Carol

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The Old Rugged Cross

Words and Music by George Bennard, 1913

(The Old Rugged Cross was written in Albion, Michigan.
Or Pokagon, Michigan.
Or Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
All three towns claim to be the birthplace of this hymn.)
 

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.


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