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04/28/19 - NNHS Newsletter -
Barbara Pearson Stortz Jobe

Barbara Pearson Stortz Jobe
(08 July 1929 - 21 Apr 2019)

Newport News High School Class of June 1947

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   The sad news returns today. Barbara Pearson Stortz Jobe, Class of June 1947, passed away at The Chesapeake in Newport News on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019 at the age of 89.

   She was the sister of the late Gordon Pearson, Estelle Pearson, Edd Pearson Whitlock (June '36),   Marian Pearson Burcher (February '38), and Hope Pearson Presson (@ '43).

From the Daily Press - 04/28/19:   

                  Barbara Pearson Stortz Jobe


NEWPORT NEWS - Barbara Pearson Stortz Jobe, widow of John Thomas Jobe, III, died April 21, 2019.

Born in Newport News, VA on July 8th, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Gordon Pearson and Annie Trout Pearson. Barbara graduated from Newport News High School in 1947 where she was very active in several organizations to include the Honor Council, Chorus, Glee Club, Dance Committee, and Cheerleading.

After graduating she worked for JC Penney, Rancorn, Wildman & Krause, The VA Employment Commission, and Thomas Nelson Community College where she retired in 1981.

Barbara was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher for many years and was also active with the Girls Auxiliary (GA's). She was also a member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church and North Riverside Baptist Church.



Barbara was a member of the Newport News Women's Club where every year she dressed up like Mrs. Claus and read Christmas Stories to the children. While living at the Chesapeake Retirement Community since 2007, she belonged to "Chicks with Sticks" and knitted baby hats for needy children for the hospital. Barbara was always so Full of Life. She was creative, loved to draw, paint, sew, quilt & cross stitch and we can't forget dancing. Barbara was known for her gardening and always had the most beautiful yards and was very proud to have hosted a few weddings and was the photographer for the events. She was probably best known for her and their father's, John Robert Stortz (Bobby) dedication to their children and grandchildren while attending every sporting event they participated in.

During the early years of Bethel High School in Hampton, VA she was responsible for many of the sporting event photos in the Bethel Yearbooks.

She is survived by four children, Robin Stortz, Jack Stortz (Tonya), Nelson Stortz (Gayle), and Dana Stortz Rayford (Jeff); six grandchildren: Jeremy Hewitt (Jennifer), Terri Beirne, Shay Edwards (Josh), Anne Marie Mertz (William), Kaitlyn Powell (Tim), and Eric Stortz; 10 great-grandchildren, Madeline, Jordan, Emily and Annabelle Beirne, Marty Edwards, Neil Olson, Lola and Lindley Stortz, Casey and Caleb Meadows.

Additional surviving family members who have been a great support to Barbara over the years include several dear nieces and nephews, Avon (Vonnie) Pryor, Virginia (Ginny) Rehr, Lynn Burcher, Ed and Tim Whitlock and Donna Jo Chapman and a great great nephew, Graham Rogers.

Barbara was preceded in death by a brother, Gordon T. Pearson (Eloise), and four sisters, Estelle Pearson, Edd Whitlock (Doug), Marian Burcher (George), and Hope Presson (Jimmy).

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening, April 30, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:30 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A service celebrating Barbara's life will be held Wednesday afternoon, May 1, 2019 at 2:00 at the funeral home. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.

The Family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses and staff at "The Chesapeake" for their kind, loving and tender care throughout Barbara's stay over the past eight years. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to your favorite.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on April 28, 2019.   
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April 28, 2019

Such a beautiful soul. She will rest in Paradise with the loves of her's. Each and every one of you is in my prayers. It was a pleasure and joy taking care of Mrs. Jobe.

April 28, 2019

Barbara was a darling aunt - the loveliest of people in every way. We of her family will miss her for the rest of our lives. Love, love, love.
Ginny and Dave

~ Ginny Rehr, Pinopolis, South Carolina

April 28, 2019  

April 28, 2019

~ Teri Jasper

April 28, 2019

Darnell and I send our deepest sympathy. This's not easy...know that friends ad family, near and far, are with you, praying for you/family and love you. One moment at your pace... at your time. Smoochez...Luv Ya, Dana

~ Charese Johnson Howard, Hampton, Virginia

April 28, 2019 

Our deepest sympathy to you Dana, friends and family. Keeping you all in prayer.

~ Charese Johnson Howard, Hampton, Virginia


April 28, 2019 

Barbara was a special lady to many people including myself. I ate at Barbara's home so many nights. She always included me in so many things such as familly vacations. I'm so thankful to have know Barbara

~ Debbie Bristow, Poquoson, Virginia

April 28, 2019 

Dana, some of my fondest memories of Charlie's was with your mom and you coming in the store. She was always so up and happy. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

~ Unsigned

April 28, 2019

I know how hard this must be for you, my parents are gone as well. You are in my daily prayers.
Love you.

~ Debi Walters, Newport News, Virginia

April 29, 2019

~ A Loved One

April 29, 2019 

Dana and family,
I am very sorry to hear of your mother's passing, and my prayers of God watching over all of you during your time of grief are being sent, and God is surely welcoming your mother to her new home.
God bless your family and provide strength and love in this day and many days to come.

~ Joseph Holloway, Minneola, Florida

April 30, 2019

I was sorry to hear of Barbara's passing. She and my dad (Jim Sharp) made many happy memories together. They had a beautiful friendship. God Bless, Fran (Sharp) Taylor

~ Fran Sharp Taylor

May 01, 2019 


May 01, 2019


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Barbara's 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

Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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