lucky you - your browser doesnt play annoying midis

03/20/12 - NNHS Newsletter - Debbie Batten Howell

Deborah E. Batten Howell
(06 Feb 1949 - 18 Mar 2012)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news today.
    Debbie Batten Howell, widow of   Randy Howell, Class of 1965 (1947 - 08 Feb 2005), passed away at home in Gloucester on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the age of 63.

From the Daily Press - 03/20/12:   

             Deborah Batten Howell
    GLOUCESTER - Deborah B. Howell, 63, a resident of Gloucester, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012, at home.

Debbie was a longtime Hampton resident as well as an avid bowler for over 30 years. Debbie was a loving and devoted wife and mother and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil "Randy" Howell; father, Willie Batten; and mother, Margaret Batten.

She is survived by three children, sons, Joseph Q. Howell of Hampton and Brian R. Howell and fiancée, Jennifer Hornbarger of Richmond; daughter, Loni H. Carr and her husband, Curtis of Gloucester; three grandchildren, Brandon, Jade and Chloe; three brothers and four sisters.

A life celebration service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at the Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home Chapel, with the burial immediately following in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the funeral home.

Friends are encouraged to visit  to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from March 20 to March 21, 2012. Visit Guest Book


March 19, 2012
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.

March 20, 2012

Loni and Curtis, we wish there were words to make this difficult time easier. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. 

March 20, 2012
  Debbie and I only knew each other online as members of a backgammon league, but it is a tribute to her that I felt as if I had known her in person for a long time. I consider her a good friend and I will miss her terribly. Her thoughtfulness and sense of humor were appreciated by everyone in our league. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family and friends. Be strong.
Sarah Colt.....alias happycamperfla

March 20, 2012 

Our deepest sympathy to the family,
Mark & Pat Stearns
Norfolk, Va. 

March 20, 2012  

I loved my friend Debbie; she was funny and kind and sweet.  I will never forget her. Best TD on the planet.

March 20, 2011  

We are so sorry for your loss. Debbie had many bowling friends and all of us will miss her very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

March 20, 2012

Dear Connie & Family,
I was shocked and saddened about Debbie's passing. I did not know her well, but from the minute I met her, I could sense that she was one who had never met a stranger and enjoyed life to its fullest. What a fun lady. I realize you have suffered a great loss and will miss her dearly.
God bless all of you,

~ Sharon Cox-Eley

March 20, 2012 

My Thoughts and Prayers are with the Family of Howell and Batten. God Bless You in the Time of Sorrow.

~ Archie Kathy Deans

March 21, 2012 

Brian, Joey and Loni, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I am sure she is with Randy now where he has been waiting for her. My prayers are with each one of you...Mike

~ Unsigned

March 21, 2012 

Joey, Brian, and Loni - I am really saddened to hear that Debbie has passed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
~ Rocky Howell, Winchester, Virginia
Contact Me

March 21, 2012

I will miss my backgammon friend deb, great TD and great player from New Brunswick Canada -- bye Deb kat_four_1999
~ Unsigned

March 21, 2012

I knew Debbie for years playing backgammon with her online. She was a very nice lady and I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. I think I speak for a lot of fell members of the league saying she will be missed by all of us. She's one that cant be replaced. I will miss you deb and still will think of you so very often.


March 21, 2012

  My deepest regrets to the family of the lovely Debbie. She and I had a special connection, almost as if we had been related in a past life. I had invited her to visit me in Florida whenever she could. We had hoped maybe this summer. She was one of the nicest, kindest, sweetest people I have ever met (even tho not in person)..What a great sense of humor and honor she had. I will miss her more than I can say. I hope they play backgammon in heaven. Goodbye dear friend.

March 23, 2012

Loni, Curtis, and family... we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joe and Karen Greene


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Debbie's 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

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton (24 July 1725 – 21 Dec 1807), 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" midi courtesy of - 03/15/05

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05 

Peach Flowers and Butterflies Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/05/05

Back to NNHS Newsletters - 2012

Return to NNHS Class of 1965