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05/14/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Joyce _____ Thomas

Joyce Marie _____ Thomas
(d. 13 May 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1953

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is still more sad news today.  
Joyce _____ Thomas, Class of 1953, sister of Lois _____ Kramer, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in Williamsburg at the age of 83.

From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) and  Terry Heffington (Warwick HS - '66) of VA - 05/14/15, 7:41 AM - "Joyce Thomas Obituary":

We didn't know her, but I just saw this in the paper (online) and I knew that you would be interested in seeing it.

Keep up your great job!

Kitty and Terry Heffington
Newport News

   Thank you so much, Kitty and Terry! I held back posting this, hoping that I would be able to learn Joyce's maiden name before I did, but I was unsuccessful.

From The Daily Press - 05/14/15: 

                   Joyce Marie _____ Thomas

  WILLIAMSBURG - Joyce Marie Thomas, 83, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Joyce was a native of Richmond, VA and a lifelong peninsula resident. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1953 and retired from C & P Telephone with over 40 years of service and was a member of Alpha Omicron Master.

She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband of 64 years, Millard S. "Bud" Thomas; a sister, Lois and her husband Theodore C. Kramer, Jr.; a nephew, Theodore Kramer III, and his wife Valarie; and 3 nieces, Terry Boyd and her husband Steve, Cynthia Dunivan and her husband David; and Constance Hickman and her husband, Spencer: and 2 great nieces, Wendi Keffer and her husband Karl; and Emily Young.

A graveside service will be held at 3:30 PM on Friday, May 15, 2015 in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial may be made to the .

Arrangements are by Amory Funeral Home.

Published in Daily Press on May 14, 2015.

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May 14, 2015

Dear Friend - so sorry we didn't get a chance to say goodbye. Be at peace now, and we'll check on Bud.

~ Ginny Zimmerman, Williamsburg, Virginia

May 14, 2015

Bud, our prayers are with you. Joyce was a great friend and lovely person.
Loretta and Johnny Darnell

~ Loretta Darnell, Hampton, Virginia

May 14, 2015

So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

~ T Griffin

May 14, 2015

  I am truly sorry for Joyce's passing. She was a great friend and will be missed very much. Love to Bud and her family.

~ Marie Crump

May 16, 2015

Millard, please accept our sincere condolences. May God comfort you in the coming days and give you peace.

~ Jim and Carol Kannard, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Thomas' family, friends, and classmates.

  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

Be Thou My Vision

Irish Hymn, c. 8th century

Translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne (02 July 1880 - 19 Jan 1931), 1905

Versified by Eleanor Henrietta Hull (15 Jan 1860 - 13 Jan 1935), 1912

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soulís Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor manís empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heavenís joys, O bright Heavenís Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

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