03/27/16 - NNHS Newsletter -
Frances Leigh Butler
Newport News High School Class of 1940
Friends and Schoolmates,
We have still more sad news today. Frances Leigh Butler, Class of 1940, passed away in Hampton on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the age of 93.
From the Daily Press - 03/27/16:
Frances Leigh Butler
HAMPTON - Frances Leigh Butler was one of a kind. The spirited red-head was born in Newport News, Va. on October 20, 1922 to the late Eva Chandler and Walter L. Leigh, Sr. and died peacefully on March 24, 2016 at the young age of 93.
She was a proud 1940 Newport News High School graduate who never missed the opportunity to show off her cheerleading skills, and through the years proudly served on her class reunion committee.
Following graduation from Newport News Business College, she was hired by NACA (NASA), where she met her husband T. Melvin Butler. They both enjoyed being involved in community activities within their beloved city of Hampton.
Frances volunteered at the Hampton Library, and was a devoted member of the Hampton History Museum, Virginia Air & Space Center, The American Theater, the Pine Cone Garden Club, the Woman's Club of Hampton, and the East Hampton Neighborhood Association.
As a woman of great faith, Frances was missions chairperson for her East Hampton United Methodist Church for many years.
She considered her neighbors as family. To say Frances never met a stranger is an understatement.
Frances was a wonderful mom and a bragging Meemaw who took delight in spending time with her grandchildren. Every time she was with them was cause for a celebration, she said.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother Walter L. Leigh, Jr. and wife Louise.
Survivors include daughters Deborah Butler, and Cynthia Focke and her favorite son-in-law Joe Flanagan, grandchildren Allison, Patrick, and Adrianne Focke, niece Bonnie Daughtry and husband Donald, nephew Stuart Leigh and wife Donna, and their families.
Frances' family is grateful to Annette Grant for her devoted help during the past year, and would like to thank everyone for the condolence calls, texts, and emails with the wonderful Frances stories.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m.. March 29 in the R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home chapel, 245 S. Armistead Ave., Hampton, by the Rev. Ed Merry. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:30 March 28 at the funeral home.
Remembrance donations may be made to the Hampton Woman's Club for a scholarship in her name, or East Hampton United Methodist Church.
Her family would like to ask a
favor: In her memory please consider doing something kind for someone else
because that is the way Frances lived her life.
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Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Butler'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
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Servant of God, Well Done!
Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 Dec 1893)
(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)
Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on
the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".
Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.
With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!
O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.
Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?
"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of http://www.norbry.net/midi/archive/hymn/ - 01/13/06
"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/e/servogod.htm - 01/13/06
Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 03/15/05
Flower Bar 59 Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/pa/FlaminJune/Flowerlines4.html - 01/09/11
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