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01/15/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Jean Watkins Thomas

Jean Watkins Thomas
(d. 08 Jan 2020)

Newport News High School Class of June 1944

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is more sad news this Wednesday.
  Jean Watkins Thomas, Best Looking Girl in the Class of June 1944, sister of Carl Watkins and Allen Watkins, and of the late Austin Watkins and Norvell Watkins, passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, January 08, 2020 at the age of 93.

From the Daily Press - 01/15/20:   

                  Jean Watkins Thomas


NEWPORT NEWS - Jean Watkins Thomas, aged 92, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2020. She was a resident of Newport News, Virginia and graduated from Newport News High School.

After marriage and starting a family, she was a stay at home mom for many years. Later, she entered the workforce with the Newport News Public School System, first as a secretary at Saunders Elementary School and then as the Payroll Processor for the teachers and staff of the school system. After her retirement, she spent her days serving and caring for others.

She was a life-long member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church where she served in many capacities.

Jean was loved and cherished by her family. She was devoted to them and served them all of her life. The family is saddened at her passing but so thankful that she is with Jesus. Her attributes were too many to list, but she will be revered for her tender love and care of her children and the devotion and grace she showed to them all of her life. She was a servant of the Lord and that was demonstrated by her care for family and friends and by her humble spirit. His word was written on her heart for all to read daily.



Jean is preceded in death by her parents, Austin F. Watkins and Phyllis M. Edwards; her brothers, Austin F. Watkins, Jr. and Norvell E. Watkins; and her husband, Numa E. Thomas. She is survived by her brothers, W. Carl L. Watkins and Allen H. Watkins; her children, Andrea Thomas, Karla Muro and husband Joe, and John Thomas and wife Molly; her grandchildren, Deanna, Kevin, Cameron, Evan, Spencer, Bryce, Hannah, and Lane; and her great-grandchildren, Connor, Logan, McKenna, Lillian, Jeri, Amelia, Zeke, Maclin, Nella, Judah, Caius, Arlo and Behr.

The family wishes to thank all who cared for her during her last years, specifically the staff of The Chesapeake, the staff at Riverside Hospital, the aides from Circle of Life, Bob and Joyce Spiers, as well as her many precious friends who continually reached out to her and loved her.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Peninsula Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, at Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are being handled by Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on January 15, 2020. 

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Sending condolences and prayers Jean was a wonderful role model and I am blessed to have known her. Frankie Fritschle......ll

~ Frankie Fritschle, Hampton, Virginia

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Very sorry for your loss. May God comfort and console you during this difficult time.

~ Diane Mantos, Virginia Beach, Virginia

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Thomas' family and 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

Oh, How I Love Jesus

Words by Frederick Whitfield; Traditional American Melody

There is a name I love to hear,
I love to sing its worth;
It sounds like music in my ear,
The sweetest name on earth.

Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Oh, how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me!

It tells me of a Saviour's love,
Who died to set me free;
It tells me of His precious blood,
The sinner's perfect plea.

It tells me what my Father hath,
In store for every day,
And tho' I tread a darksome path,
Yields sunshine all the way.

It tells of One whose loving heart
Can feel my deepest woe,
Who in each sorrow bears a part,
That none can bear below.

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