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02/12/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Mary Carter Eakes

Mary Eileen Carter Eakes
(d. 10 Feb 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 1937

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news this Thursday morning.  Mary Carter Eakes, Class of 1937, mother of    Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA and of the late    James Eakes, Classes of 1963 and 1964, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, February 20, 2009 at the age of 89.

From the Daily Press - 02/12/09:  

        Mary Eileen Carter Eakes 

  NEWPORT NEWS - Mary Eileen Eakes, 89, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in Newport News.

She was the daughter of Nixon Lane Carter and Nellie Rebecca Burgess Carter of Newport News.

She graduated from Newport News High School and received her degree as a Registered Nurse from The Riverside School of Nursing. She was active in the Virginia Baptist Home for many years as a volunteer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Harold Eakes; and son, James Harold Eakes.
Mrs. Eakes is survived by her daughter, Brenda Eakes Insley and husband, Glendon Insley of Richmond; three grandsons, David Eakes, Jeffery Eakes, and Brian Eakes, his wife Denise, and their children, Tyler, Paige, Chad and Emily of Maryland.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home on Warwick Blvd. A chapel service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

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

Published in the Daily Press from 2/12/2009 - 2/13/2009.
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February 12, 2009


I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Dee Bartram, Poquoson, Virginia

February 12, 2009

My condolences to your family. Sorry I'm going out of town so I won't be able to attend. Fred

~ Fred Anspach, Newport News, Virginia

February 12, 2009

I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. Also for your dad and brother. It has been quite a long time since we all were at Orcutt Ave Baptist. My prayer is that your mother did not suffer and that you are at peace with her passing. Good bless you and your family.

~ Pam Garrett Chalkley, Hampton, Virginia


   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Brenda and her family and friends at this difficult time.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/12/09 - "EAKES OBIT":

When you see today’s  NNDP obit for Mary Eakes, not only was she an NNHS alumna, but her late son,    Harold, was a member of the Class of 1964.

   Thank you, David.

  From Brenda Eakes Insley ('66) of VA to   Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/26/09:


Please forward this message to Carol for the NNHS newsletter for me!

Thanks so much, I really appreciate your help!


Dear NNHS friends,

Thanks so much for all of the thoughtful calls, cards, emails, and condolences in the recent passing of my mother, Mary Eileen Carter Eakes. She went very peacefully and quickly, at the age of 89, having her final wish of being able to remain in her home until her final day.

She too, was a graduate of NNHS, the Class of 1937. Thanks for the article and tribute to her life.

Brenda (Eakes) Insley

   Thank you, Brenda - and Dee! It was our honor to make this Memorial Edition for her.  Again, you have our deepest condolences.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

Shall We Gather at the River

Words and Music by Rev. Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

 Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod;
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?


Yes, we'll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

On the margin of the river,
Washing up its silver spray,
We will walk and worship ever,
All the happy golden day.


Ere we reach the shining river,
Lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver,
And provide a robe and crown.


Soon we'll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.


"Shall We Gather at the River" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/15/07
at the suggestion of Fred Field ('45) of CA - 07/14/07
Thanks, Fred!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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