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07/03/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Evelyn Gilliland Jefferson

Evelyn Gilliland Jefferson
(d. 01 July 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news this morning.   Evelyn Gilliland Jefferson, mother of Fran Jefferson Curtis of VA, Nancy Jefferson Fenstermacher of CA, and    Betty Jefferson Gooch ('65) of VA, passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at the age of 98.

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 07/02/09, 10:34 PM - "  Betty Jefferson Gooch's Mother":


Our church secretary sent out an e-mail yesterday that Betty Jefferson Gooch's mother had passed away. Attached is the obituary from today's paper. I'm sure there'll probably be a more detailed one in tomorrow's paper.


   Oh, I'm so sorry to learn this. Thank you for letting me know, Sandi.  As it happens, the obituary was not yet augmented by the time it was necessary to create this Memorial Newsletter, so I would have had no way of knowing who this was, had you not told me.  Please extend our deepest condolences to Betty when you see her.

From the Daily Press - 07/03/09:

               Evelyn G. Jefferson

  NEWPORT NEWS - Evelyn G. Jefferson, 98, of Newport News and the widow of Douglas Lee Jefferson, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2009. The family will receive friends from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from 7/2/2009 - 7/3/2009.
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From the Daily Press - 07/04/09:

               Evelyn Gilliland Jefferson

  NEWPORT NEWS - Evelyn Gilliland Jefferson, 98, passed from this life into God's eternal life on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at Riverside Hospital.

She was a longtime resident of the Peninsula, having lived at the Devonshire in Hampton, prior to her recent move to Bayside in Poquoson. Mrs. Jefferson and her late husband, Douglas Lee Jefferson, were charter members of Parkview Methodist Church.

She is survived by her three daughters, Fran and her husband, Robert Curtis of Locust Grove, Va., Nancy and her husband, Ron Fenstermacher of Morgan Hill, Calif., Betty and her husband, William Gooch of Newport News; two sisters, Connie Lewis of West Point and Elizabeth Brandon of Danville; brother, Norman Gilliland of Winston Salem, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Carolyn Nelson, Doug Curtis, Mary Evelyn O'Dor, Robert and Tom Curtis, Anne Sheeran, Suzanne Pautlitz, Meredith Leimkuhler and Allison Buben; and 18 great great-grandchildren.
Evelyn Gilliland Jefferson

The family will receive friends from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Dan Elmore of Parkview Methodist Church.

For those who desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkview Methodist Church, 912 Briarfield Road, Newport News, VA 23605.

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

Published in the Daily Press from 7/2/2009 - 7/5/2009.
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July 03, 2009
We would like to express our sincere condolences to Mrs. Jefferson's family. Please know that our church family will be praying for you during this time of bereavement. Bobby Roberson, Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church, Walkertown, NC
~ Bobby Roberson, Walkertown, North Carolina

July 03, 2009

Dear Betty,
It has been many years since I saw you or your mom. I always liked her and thought that she was such an elegant lady. Hang on to your memories.

~ Katie Dempsey Bartee, Waterloo, South Carolina

July 03, 2009

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of Mrs. Jefferson. She was a great woman and will be deeply missed by our family and the Parkview UMC family.

~ Shanna Payne, Hampton, Virginia

July 04, 2009

Evelyn Jefferson was a sweet person to everyone at Parkview UMC. She will be missed and my condolences goes to her family.

~ Billie Ballard, Newport News, Virginia

July 04, 2009


   Once again, our sincerest sympathies are extended to Betty and Mrs. Jefferson's entire family and their friends.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
746 Hillsboro Avenue
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1821  

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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