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05/14/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
Marge James Baxter

Marjorie James Baxter
(d. 05 May 2017)

Newport News High School Class of June 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   The sad news remains with us. 
Marge James Baxter, Salutatorian of the Class of June 1939, passed away on Friday, May 05, 2017 in Newport News at the age of 96. 

   Her sister, Mildred James Talton, preceded her in death last year.

From the Daily Press - 05/14/17:

              Marjorie James Baxter



NEWPORT NEWS - Surrounded by her family, Marjorie 'Marge' James Baxter, 96, passed away on her own terms on Friday, May 5, 2017, to join her beloved husband, Jim.

Marge will always be remembered for her unwavering faith, seeing the good in all people, her positive attitude and her famous chocolate pie.

She was the daughter of former Newport News Mayor and City Treasurer, B. G. and Grace James. A lifelong resident of Newport News, she graduated as salutatorian of her class at Newport News High School in 1939.

She was a lifelong member of Orcutt Baptist Church where she and Jim were married on March 7, 1942. Marge and Jim became role models and mentors to countless young couples at the church in what became the Baxter Young Adults Class. Because of their leadership, dedication and involvement in the church, Marge and Jim were honored and memorialized in the renaming of the church's street to Baxter Lane.





Marge is survived by her two sons, Don Baxter and his wife Helen, of Newport News, and Rob Baxter, and his wife, Nicki, of Wisconsin and Florida.

She was the beloved MomMom to four grandchildren, Debbie (Rette) Bevins of Mountain Top, PA, Cindy (Doug) Calhoun of Knoxville, TN, Rob (Karyn) Baxter of Middleton, WI and Ann Baxter of Nashotah, WI.

She is further survived by seven great-grandchildren, Baxter, Spenser, Ethan, Grant, Patrick, Maitland and Layne.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, her granddaughter, Debbie Baxter Bevins, and her sister, Mildred Talton of Orlando, FL.

A special thank you is extended to Theresa, Donna, and the Warwick Forest staff for their friendship and special care.

A celebration of life will be held at Orcutt Baptist Church, 653 Baxter Lane, off Oyster Point Road, officiated by Senior Pastor Chris Fowler at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 28, 2017. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to Orcutt Baptist Church Mission Fund, 653 Baxter Lane, Newport News, VA 23602 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, PO Box 4594, New York, NY 10163-4594.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on May 14, 2017.
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May 12, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time. Mrs. Baxter was very special and I will miss her bright eyes and smiling face every day!!! It was an honor taking care of her at The Gardens.

~ Teresa McGee, Newport News, Virginia

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Baxter'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

Blessed Assurance

Lyrics by Fanny J. Crosby (24 Mar 1820 - 12 Feb 1915). 1873
Music by
Phoebe P. Knapp
(09 Mar1839 - 10 July1908), 1873

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O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.


This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.


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I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.


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