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06/22/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Wrenda Wheeler Davis

Wrenda Michelle Wheeler Davis
(26 June 1953 - 16 June 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1971

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news today.
 Wrenda Wheeler Davis, Class of 1971, younger sister of Jeanne Wheeler of VA and James Wheeler of Northern VA, passed away at Hospice House in Williamsburg on Sunday, June 16, 2019 just ten days before her 66th birthday.

From Cooke Brothers Funeral Home - 06/20/19:   

                   Wrenda Wheeler Davis


NEWPORT NEWS - Wrenda Wheeler Davis, the daughter of the late James A. Wheeler, Sr. and Annie M. Wheeler, was born June 26, 1953 in Newport News, Virginia, and received her angel wings on June 16, 2019 at Hospice House in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was the youngest child of three, and was preceded in death by her father (1993).

Wrenda was a deeply spiritual individual, who was a devoted and faithful member of Zion Baptist Church during her childhood days in Newport News, where she accepted Christ, and was currently a member. She loved The Lord and while growing up in Newport News, she was well-respected for her involvement in several ministries, most notably the Music Ministry. She played the piano beautifully for the church for several years and was lauded and recognized for her gifted musical talent. Wrenda was also one of the original members of Zion’s Junior Nurses and Hospitality Committee. She also worked at Zion’s Daycare.



Wrenda was a product of the “old” Newsome Park. She attended Newsome Park Elementary School. After her family moved to downtown Newport News, Wrenda attended Magruder Elementary and graduated from Newport News High School in 1971. She attended Alleghany College in Meadville, Pennsylvania from 1971-1973, and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa from 1973-1975. Wrenda graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drake with a B.A. degree in Social Psychology. She was inducted into the "1975 Who's Who Among College and University Students", which is a prestigious recognition of excellence, leadership, scholarship, and civic contributions by outstanding college students.

Wrenda was an extremely talented individual. Her area of expertise in her work career was Group Pension Administration and Human Resources. The highlight of Wrenda's work career was when she was employed at New England Life Insurance in Boston, Mass, as a Group Pension Underwriter. In 1981, she was chosen and honored as a "Black Achiever". This was a distinguished award given to Black professionals in the Boston area, which recognized outstanding Black professionals who had reached levels of excellence in their vocational skills.

In 1983, after the birth of her daughter, Pysa, Wrenda stepped outside of her field of work to set up her own in-home day care business from 1984-1986, which consisted of 6 children (including Pysa). This was a successful organized and structured program originated and orchestrated by Wrenda. Wrenda was very energetic, taught and involved the children in various experiences to expand their minds. The children, as well as their parents, loved and respected her.

The joy of Wrenda's life were her children, Jerritt and Pysa. She was an outstanding mother who supported and encouraged them to be the best they could be. She enjoyed being actively involved in their education and activities immensely. She was the first Black President of the PTA at Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School in Charlotte, NC from 1988-1990, while Jerritt was a student there. She was a huge success and very influential in getting other parents more involved in their children's education, which resulted in one of the highest parental involvement rates the school had ever experienced.

Maam, as the kids called her, was our hero. She possessed tremendous willpower and determination, which the entire family and others highly admired. She never wanted self-pity after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and never let anything discourage or deter her from doing what she thought she could accomplish. She was a tenacious warrior, who defied the odds despite obstacles she was often confronted with.

Wrenda always wanted to go to Law School, but was so devoted to raising a family, she could not find the time to fit it in. However, she did not allow her terminal illness to discourage her from pursuing her dream. Wrenda received her paralegal degree from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2014, she enrolled in North Carolina Central University School of Law. She performed well but was forced her withdraw after contracting a lethal infection. We admired her for having the courage and determination to follow through on her dream.

Maam, Zip, D (all nicknames for Wrenda) was truly blessed with tenacity, resilience, willpower, determination, a positive spirit, and love of life, which all worked in her favor. We thank God for the blessings Wrenda has provided us with in our lives. Her exuberance was unmatched and the joy she brought to many lives will be dearly missed.

Wrenda is survived by her son, Jerritt W. Davis, Charlotte, NC; daughter, Pysa N. Davis, Valley Village, California; mother, Annie M. Wheeler, Newport News, VA; sister, Jeanne S. Wheeler, Newport News, VA; brother, James A Wheeler, Alexandria, VA; children's father and best friend, William D. Davis, Lake Wylie, SC and a host of close relatives and friends who were an important part of her life.

A memorial service will be held 12:00 pm Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Zion Baptist Church 633-20th Street, Newport News, Va.
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Published in Daily Press on June 18, 2019.  

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June 20, 2019

Prayers are with the family.

~ Pat Watlington, Hampton, Virginia


June 20, 2019

Lord, I thank you for the good conversations and quality time you allowed my cousin and I to share. I was saddened that she is gone, however I am glad that she will be right with you now. Wrenda was a true blessing to me and I know she touched so many others as well.
I will miss our conversations talking about how good God is to us. God you are truly great for not allowing Wrenda to suffer. Now she can rest in peace.


~ Kim Wheeler Jones

June 20, 2019

Praying for us all during this time of bereavement.

June 20, 2019

Rest in heaven, cousin

~ Michelle M. Gordon (Cheryl)

June 21, 2019

Amaze the times when there isn't any illnesses, suffering, crying, pain of the heart, even death, all eliminated, that is the promise at Revelations 21:3-5.What a blessing!! I am so very sorry for the passing of Wrenda; my condolences to her families and those whose lives were touch by her.

~ B.J., Georgia

June 21, 2019

My most sincere condolences to the family. Wrenda is resting peacefully with God now.

June 22, 2019

 You were such a beautiful neighbor on 23rd Street growing up. Your family was my family. You will be missed, but heaven has a special angel now. Say hello to my dad; he will be there with your dad waiting for you. I'm praying for your children and your mom and sis and bro. God bless you.

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Wrenda's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  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

 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words by Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David, 1719 (based on Psalm 90)
(17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748)

Music, St. Anne, by
William Croft, 1708
(10 Dec 1678 - 14 Aug 1727)

1. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4. Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
“Return, ye sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

5. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

6. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.

7. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.

8. Like flow’ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand
Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.

9. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

"O God, Our Help in Ages Past" midi courtesy of - 08/04/09

"O God, Our Help in Ages Past" lyrics courtesy of - 08/04/09

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/06/09

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