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01/27/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Thelma R. Hamm

Thelma R. Hamm
(d. 25 Jan 2012)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is more sad news this Friday morning.  
Thelma R. Hamm, mother of   Dorinda Hamm Woodcock ('65) of VA and Freddie Hamm of VA, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 in Newport News at the age of 83.

From the Daily Press - 01/27/12:

              Thelma R. Hamm



NEWPORT NEWS - Thelma R. Hamm, 83, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012.

She was a native of Fitzgerald, Ga., and resident of the Peninsula for most of her life. Ms. Hamm was also a member of the Lupus Association.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Freddie A. Hamm Sr.

Survivors include one daughter, Dorinda Woodcock of Gloucester; one son, Freddie A. Hamm Jr., of Virginia Beach; one sister, Willester R. Guirado of Fitzgerald, Ga.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


Thelma Hamm



The family would like to give a special thank you to Meals On Wheels for their dedication to Ms. Hamm.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Peninsula Memorial Park with the Rev. Bobby Collins officiating.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from January 27 to January 28, 2012.
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January 27, 2012

We were shocked and saddened to learn of Thelma's passing. She was such a sweet and caring lady. We remember meeting and working with Thelma and Freddie years ago at the Peninsula Lupus Support Group. When she was featured in the Daily Press years ago, it propelled lupus awareness into the limelight locally. Thelma lived each day to the fullest and always had an encouraging word for the next person.
She would talk with my mom Amy each year around her birthday. She last spoke with Thelma last year.
Thelma's legacy is love and compassion.
Be encouraged and blessed.

January 27, 2012 
Thelma was a kind, soft spoken person, loved everyone, and was very special to us.
God Bless You Thelma, we will miss you.

~ David & Janice, Hampton, Virginia

January 27, 2012
I know you will miss her, Dorinda. Be Blessed.

~ Elmyrth Taliferro, Newport News, Virginia

January 27, 2012


This is what Little Granny made     This was at Easter with her                  Little Granny - Love you      Connor and Lola: Connor 
Connor for Xmas one year and       3 great-grandkids, William,                   from Connor                       would take Lola to visit
he loves it :)                                  Landon, Connor with their granny                                                   Granny a lot


Connor with his cowboy hat :)                                                                                    Wayne Jr., Granny's grandson
                                                                                                                                with Connor, her great-grandson

To my granny - You were a wonderful person to everyone, always had a kind word to say about everyone. I enjoy so much when I would come over to the house each week to help you and the long talks. You will stay in my heart forever, and your Connor has his star around his neck you gave him. Love u forever xoxoxo, Your granddaughter, Amanda

~ Amanda Woodcock, Newport News, Virginia

January 27, 2012
We will miss you, Little Granny. I love you .

~ Cindy Garrett, Mathews, Virginia


January 27, 2012

Thelma was as precious of a lady as I've ever known, always hugging and kissing everyone and making them feel special. I'm thankful that God blessed me with such a sweet cousin. Her 75th birthday party was one I will never forget. What a great time we all had together. Our loss is certainly heaven's gain! Prayers,

~ Judy Calhoun-McCallum, Macon, Georgia

January 27, 2012
Thelma was only one of my first cousins. I loved her very much. Once, there was lots of us first cousins, now not so many, because a lot have gone on to be with the Lord. Heaven is a much brighter place today. I can just see the Family Reunion, "Aunt Maggie" (my mom) and Thelma and all those who knew Jesus gathered around visiting and Praising God!! What a Day That will be, When My Jesus' Face I See. There is a new Rose in God's Garden. Seems like only yesterday I was talking to you, Thelma. I will miss you. Prayers and Sympathy to the Family.

January 28, 2012
  Thinking of your family today as you lay your loved one to rest. May you cherish the memories you had with her and keep them close to your heart.

~ Unsigned, Newport News, Virginia

January 28, 2012
I always enjoyed seeing and talking with Mrs. Hamm at the annual Cox Christmas feast. She had a great sense of humor and a great outlook on life. I will miss her.

~ Butch Thompson, Hampton, Virginia

January 29, 2012

What precious memories I will forever cherish of Aunt Thelma. She was such a special, inspiration lady. I know that she is in heaven today having a special reunion with all that had gone before her. I can only imagine what it must be like for them all to be strolling down the streets of gold with Jesus. Praying that God will surround the family during this difficult time. Love you all. - Michelle, Brian, Brandon & Hunter Joiner

~ Michelle Joiner, Fitzgerald, Georgia

January 30, 2012

A couple of days before her death, It was my blessing to pray with Mr. Hamm and share stories about the past. Sister Rosamund, OSF, who now resides in Reading, PA, assured the family, especially Dorinda, of special prayers to the Lord. All of our Bernardine Franciscan Sisters at MIH offered prayers for this precious mother. Now that she rests forever with Jesus, she is remembering us in prayer...What a precious mother...what a precious family.
In Jesus,
Sister Bernard Magill, OSF
MIH Hospital

~ Sister Bernard Magill, OSF, Newport News, Virginia

January 30, 2012


  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Hamm 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

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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