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06/29/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Carol Larson Purdham

Carol Anne Larson Purdham
(04 Aug 1947 - 26 June 2010)

Newport News High School Class of 1965

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have even more sad news today. The Class of 1965 has lost its third member in two weeks.    Carol Larson Purdham, Class of 1965, passed away in Blue Ridge on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at the age of 62.  She was the older sister of    Steve Larson ('69) of VA.

From the Daily Press - 06/28/10:

      Carol Larson Purdham
    BLUE RIDGE - Carol Anne Purdham, 62, of Blue Ridge, went Home to be with The Lord on Saturday, June 26, 2010.

She was born Aug. 4, 1947, in Newport News, Va., daughter of the late Lars George Larson and Gladys Vick Larson.

Carol fought a courageous battle with cancer for 12 years; during her fight she never lost her faith or love for life. She enjoyed nature and gardening and most enjoyed spending time in the mountains.

She was employed by the Blue Ridge Pharmacy and was a member of Bonsack Baptist Church.

She leaves behind her beloved husband of 40 years, John A. Purdham; two sons, Todd A. Purdham and his wife, Jordan, David L. Purdham and his fiancťe, Tiffany R. Brown, all of the Roanoke Valley; brother, Steven G. Larson and his wife, Gladys of Topping Va. The apple of her eye was her precious granddaughter, Abigail Anne Purdham, who gave her the strength and inspiration to carry on the past two years; also surviving are her niece, Holley Ott and her husband, Joey; nephews, Erik Larson and his wife, Patty, and Gregory Chase Withers and his wife, Lauren; her beloved pets, Cody, Paco and Niki; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and other family members and friends.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Bonsack Baptist Church, Dr. Robert G. Moore III will officiate, a reception at the church will follow, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to the Susan G. Koman for the Cure,

Arrangements by Oakey's East Chapel and Crematory, 540-977-3909.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from June 28 to June 29, 2010.

June 28, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She was such a sweet lady.

~ Cheryl Denton, Fishersville, Virginia

June 28, 2010

Dear John, Steve and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss of Carol. We grew up together and attended chuch and school together for all of our lives. I don't remember not knowing Carol. I have many wonderful memories of our years in Seven Oaks. We both were married within a week of each other and I remember that my husband said that after attending your wedding that he was glad that he went because he knew what to expect the following week. I know that Carol has entered into the glorious eternal life that our Lord and Savior has promised all believers. I hope that this will comfort you and your family.

~ Anita Morgan Becker, Poquoson, Virginia

June 28, 2010

  Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.
John, I am deeply sorry to hear about Carol. Even though we seldom spoke, she was always in my thoughts and was my best friend.
I remember the year the two of you surprised me at my family reunion-what fun it was to catch up on old times.
Wish I could be there.

June 28, 2010
Dear John,

So sorry to hear of your loss but glad that Carol is at peace and with the Lord. I think of all of my old Noland friends often and miss you all dearly.

June 28, 2010
Dear John:

We are so sorry to learn of Carol's passing. What a special lady she was.
So very proud of Todd and David and of you.
She is no longer in any pain and you will see her again one day.
We are praying for you all and know that God will continue to hold you in the palm of His Hand.

June 28, 2010
Dear John and family, It was a privilege to be a minister to Carol but even more to be counted among her friends. She demonstrated for all who saw her her bedrock faith in Christ. I will always remember her dignity, humor and care for others even when facing the worst times. All our love for a lifetime.

June 28, 2010

Dear John and family,
So sorry about Carol's passing. She was a very special person, full of faith and courage. She was such an inspiration. When we would visit her, to lift her up, we were the ones that were lifted up. She had a special way of doing that. She will be missed by all that knew her. May God hold you all in his care and give you strength.

~ Bob and Charlotte Boyd

June 29, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Carol's entire family and their friends.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

This Is My Father's World

Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901
Traditional English Melody (Terra Beata), arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard, 1915

This is my Fatherís world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Fatherís world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Fatherís world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Makerís praise.
This is my Fatherís world: He shines in all thatís fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Fatherís world. O let me neíer forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Fatherís world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heavín be one.

This is my Fatherís world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, ďThe Lord is in this place.Ē
This is my Fatherís world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Cameóa pledge of deathless love.

This is my Fatherís world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is Kingólet the heavens ring. God reignsólet the earth be glad.
This is my Fatherís world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Fatherís world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Fatherís world, a wanderer I may roam
Whateíer my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

"This Is My Father's World" midi and lyrics courtesy of  - 06/19/07

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