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06/03/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Audre Sharpe Atkins Lawson

Audre Sharpe Atkins Lawson
(25 Dec 1922 - 29 May 2015)

Newport News High School Class of @ 1949

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   The sad news remains with us.  
Audre Sharpe Atkins Lawson, Class of @ 1949, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015 in Newport News at the age of 92. 

From the Daily Press - 06/03/15:

              Audre Sharpe Atkins Lawson



NEWPORT NEWS - Audre S. Lawson, 92, passed away on Friday, May 29th.

Audre was born on December 25, 1922 to the late Homer J. Sharpe and Elizabeth L. Pitts Sharpe. She was married to the late William R. Atkins, and the late William E. Lawson Jr.

She was a lifelong resident of Newport News. Audre graduated from Newport News High School and completed two years of business school through the College of William and Mary.

She retired in 1986 as Civilian Personnel Director at Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, Virginia, having spent her entire 44 year career at NWS. She served as a Director of the NWS Credit Union and the Virginia Credit Union League, and was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

She attended North Riverside Baptist church. Known for her sense of humor, and gift of story, she was a frequent event speaker.





Her passions included her grandchildren, helping the less fortunate, and caring for animals.

Audre is survived by her son, W. Reed Atkins Jr., and his wife, Nancy, and her grandchildren, William and Amanda Atkins; her children through marriage, William E. Lawson III, and his wife Terry, and Debra Lawson.

She is also survived by her many cousins, including Benjamin W. Fenton and his wife, Anne.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Chesapeake, her caregiver, Kathy Jarrell, and her cousin, Mildred Scarborough and husband Bob, for their exceptional love and care of Audre during the last few years.

The family will receive friends at Peninsula Funeral Home on Thursday, June 4th, at 1 pm.

A graveside service and burial at Peninsula Memorial Park will follow at 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Peninsula SPCA at 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, NN, VA 23601 or

Arrangements by Peninsula Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on June 3, 2015.
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June 03, 2015

Audre, never afraid to say what everyone else was thinking.

~ Ray Beer, Port Charlotte, Florida

June 03, 2015
Audre was my first boss and her guidance proved to be inspirational in my career. I now have 32 years in government service and she inspired me from my very first years. May she rest in peace. To her family my sincere and deepest sympathy.

~ Teresa McPherson, Newport News, Virginia

June 03, 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.

June 03, 2015

June 03, 2015

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Lawson'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

Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine!
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.


Perfect submission, all is at rest
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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