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04/26/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Barbara Kemp Bostwick

Barbara Ann Kemp Bostwick
(05 Aug 1938 - 22 Apr 2012)

Newport News High School Class of 1957

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
  I was distressed to see that we have still more sad news today.    
  Barbara Kemp Bostwick, Class of 1957, sister of   Pat Merilic Duncan ('62) of VA and the late   L.D. Kemp, Jr. (d. 20 Oct 2008), and sister-in-law of    Gene Duncan ('60) of VA, passed away at home in Hertford, North Carolina on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the age of 73.


    From Pat Beck Letzinger (’57) of VA - 04/26/12, 10:39 AM:

Hi Carol,
I know it's been a while since I've written. The Class of '57 has lost two of its classmates so far this year.

                 James Key 3/21/2012
  Barbara Kemp Bostwick 4/22/2012

Barbara's Memorial Service will be held this Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 am at the Chapel on the Sound on Holiday Island in Hertford, NC.

Pat Beck Letzinger
Class of '57

   Thank you so much, Pat.  My deepest sympathies are extended to you and your classmates.


From the Daily Press - 04/26/12:

                   Barbara Kemp Bostwick


HERTFORD, N.C. - Barbara Ann Kemp Bostwick, 73, of 173 Pirate Cove Way, Hertford, N.C., died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at her home.

Born in Newport News, Va., she was the daughter of the late Leland Dudley Kemp Sr., and Ida Beatrice Pace Kemp and was the wife of William Earl "Bill" Bostwick Sr.

During their 54 years of marriage, Barbara and Bill raised two sons, Earl and Curtis. Mrs. Bostwick went to work for the telephone company that later became Verizon when she was sixteen as an operator and retired as a supervisor/manager after many years of dedicated employment. She was a graduate of Newport News High School and a member of the Hampton/Poquoson Relations Committee and the Telephone Company Pioneers. Mrs. Bostwick lived a very active life and was very involved in her community where she had belonged to the Holiday Island Civic League and had served on the Board of Governors' for Holiday Island.



In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bostwick is survived by two grandchildren, Curtis Gary (Nikki) and Kristen Lavender; and four sisters, Jean Love, Dora Oliver (Leo), Linda Staples (Jimmy) and Pat Duncan (Gene). Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, William Earl Bostwick Jr., and a brother, L.D. Kemp Jr.

A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Chapel on the Sound, 106 Soundview Road, Hertford, N.C., with the Rev. Ken Ries officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Holiday Island Property Owners Association, 123 Clubhouse Road, Hertford, NC 27944. Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, N.C., is assisting the Bostwick family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at   

View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from April 26 to April 27, 2012.
There were originally eight more entries in the Daily Press Guest Book, but most of them were unfortunately lost.

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  • Bob and Linda Harrell on April 25th, 2012 3:50 am
    Barbara will be missed by many. She was an outgoing, friendly person who genuinely was interested in people. She was a great wife, mom, grandmother and friend.

    Our sympathy and love go out to you. We pray that she is settled in with God in heaven.

  • Ronnie and Joyce Burroughs on April 25th, 2012 12:52 pm
    Dora, please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences in the passing of Barbara. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of grief. Ronnie and Joyce Burroughs

  • Stacy & Graham West on April 26th, 2012 3:37 am
    Our hearts are sad to hear this news. I am thankful for the time she and I had together last Thursday. She was the Welcome wagon and pillar of our community and a faithful friend always to all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family but especially Bill and Curtis & Nikki.

  • Kim Morrison on April 26th, 2012 4:31 am
    Uncle Bill my thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.
    Love always

  • Jo Ann and Ben Hanson on April 26th, 2012 5:05 am
    We are remembering you in prayer and trusting God’s promises to comfort and strengthen you in this time of your loss. We will all miss her as she was one special lady. God has another Angel. 
  • Jim and Dorothy McDonald on April 26th, 2012 7:36 pm
    Dorothy and I were shocked and saddened to hear about Barbara. I have known Barbara since we started high school and have many fond memories of her. We offer our most sincere condolences to Bill and all of the Bostwick family.

  • Kim Hopson Joye on April 27th, 2012 6:26 am
    I am remembering you in my prayers. May you find comfort knowing…. that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. 
  • Mona Lawrence on April 27th, 2012 9:50 am
    Bill, Curtis and Family, You have my deepest sympathy. Barbara was one in a million and will be truly missed. Rest in Peace, Sweet Barbara.

  • Sheila Moler (Middleburg, Fl) on April 27th, 2012 11:48 am
    May prayer, love and peace be with your family during this sorrowful time… 
  • Judy & Joe Burch on April 27th, 2012 5:37 pm
  • Carolyn Whitehurst Hughes on April 28th, 2012 5:33 am
    So sorry to hear of Barbara’s passing. Barbara was a wonderful person and loved by all. She and my sister, Bobbie Whitehurst, were life long friends and shared many good times together. Now they are together again. Barbara was a very Special Lady. May God be with the family at this time.

  • 1. April 26, 2012

    To Barbara's family, sorry to hear of her passing. I knew.....
    ~ Pamela Whitehurst

    2. April 26, 2012

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss and am keeping the.....

    ~  Brownie Shaffer Haracivet, Gloucester, Virginia

    3. April 26, 2012

    Dorothy and I extend our most profound sympathy to Bill and.....

    - Jim and Dorothy McDonald


    4. April 26, 2012

    Dora & Linda, I was real sorry to hear about Barbara; I.....

    ~ Diane Bigbie (Dobson)


    5. April 26, 2012

    Dora, may loving memories of your sister forever remain in.....

    ~ Lori and Ron Dziechciarz

    6. April 23, 2012


    7. April 26, 2012


    8. April 26, 2012


       Our sincerest condolences are extended to Barbara's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.


       This information is also recorded here: 

      From Sheila Smith Moler ('64) of FL - 07/12/12, 11:10 PM:

    .....In the bad news department, which I truly hate to think about, but others might like to know,   Barbara Bostwick died 22 April 12 in NC.  The obituary was in the Daily Press.  I worked with her at the telephone company and knew her personally; she was so sweet and such a hoot.  I remember her as always smiling.....
    Yours, Sheila Moler

       Thank you, Sheila.  You have my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your friend.

        From Pat Beck Letzinger (’57) of VA - 09/06/12, 12:02 PM - "Class of 57 Memorial List":

    Dear Carol,
    In looking over the Class Memorial list for the Class of '57, I noticed a name was missing. 
      Barbara Kemp Bostwick passed away the morning of April 22, 2012.  She lived in Holiday Island, Hertford, NC.
    Sorry I don't have any more details.
    I've been very remiss in keeping you updated regarding the Class of '57.  I will try to do better in the future.

    Pat Beck Letzinger

       Thank you so much, Pat. You've been doing fine; I am just still behind.....

      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


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