07/07/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Virginia Lawrence

Virginia Emogene Lawrence
(d. 6 July 2007)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   The sad news continues this morning.

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/06/07, 10:04 PM - "Jesus Paid It All":

Dear Friends and Family,

It breaks my heart to say that my Mother went home to be with the Lord this morning (7-6-07) at 10:18. Her last coherent words were "Jesus Paid It All, All To Him I Owe", what a wonderful testimony and example of abounding faith in God. Needless to say, I will miss her more than even I can comprehend at this point. Her unwavering faith and devotion touched so many lives.

I want to thank everyone for the many prayers and kind e-mails. And although they did not save her life, they eased her peacefully into a blessed eternity with our Lord. Mom is only a memory away and I have many wonderful ones. Thanks again.

Joyce Cahoon

   Oh, Joyce, I'm so very sorry to hear this!  And you're right, what a beautiful way to leave this earth!

From the Daily Press - 07/07/07:

          Virginia Emogene Lawrence

  HAMPTON - Virginia Emogene Lawrence, 91, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 6, 2007. She was the widow of Oscar H. Lawrence and retired from Coates and Clarke in 1978. Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 7/7/2007.

 From the Daily Press - 07/08/07:

         Virginia Emogene Lawrence

  HAMPTON - Virginia Emogene Lawrence, 91, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 6, 2007. She was a native of Lick Creek, W.Va., and had been a peninsula resident for 50 years. She was a disciple of Christ and a very active member of Bethel Baptist Church, Hampton. Mrs. Lawrence retired from Coates & Clarke in 1978 after 16 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar H. Lawrence. Survivors include four sons, Fred O. Lawrence of Yorktown, Ed Lawrence of Lerona, W.Va., Jack Lawrence of Pipestem, W.Va., and Bill Lawrence of Newport News; two daughters, Mary Lively of Yorktown and Joyce Cahoon of Highland Springs; one sister, Bertha M. Vest of Charlotte, N.C.; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; and one 'special daughter of the heart,' Hannah Morrow of Rock Hill, S.C. Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, July 9, in Bethel Baptist Church, 1647 Briarfield Road, Hampton, with Pastor Lloyd Donica officiating. Burial will be in Pettrey Family Cemetery in Pipestem, W.Va. Memorial donations may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1647 Briarfield Road, Hampton, VA 23669. Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 7/8/2007.
Guest Book

Joyce: I did not know your mother and I am unsure if I have even met you; however, I just want to say that I have never heard of a more beautiful testimony from anyone as they spoke their last coherent words. This touched me deeply. You have my sympathy.
Fred and Patty Mays ('60 and '61)
Fred Mays (Newport News, VA) - July 7, 2007
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To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007
Rita Lawrence Price (Statesville, NC) - July 7, 2007
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Joyce, I am so sorry to learn of your mother's passing. She was a living example of what a Christian person should be like. I cherish the moments I had to know her and your whole family. She is in a much better place now with your dad and my parents . We have that comfort assurance of knowing that we as Christians will see them again when our time comes. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Glenn Dye (Grand Prairie, TX) - July 7, 2007
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What a wonderful example of true faith your dear Mother is.I know God has a special place reserved for her.And yes,I say "is" for her memory and example will endure forever.
My very sincere condolences.
Joe Wingo (Charlotte, NC) - July 8, 2007
Dear Lawrence Family,
I was sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a special lady and will be greatly missed. I remember her when I was a child. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You All.
Carol Whitt (Newport News, VA) - July 9, 2007
My Cousins, I am so sorry to hear of Aunt Virginia's passing, but know beyond a shadow of doubt...she is in Heaven with our Lord & Savior JESUS. We missed all of you at our annual Pettrey Family reunion yesterday, but understand completely why you all couldn't be there. Aunt Virginia was one of my favorites and will be greatly missed. Her sister, Orpha, was my grandma and Jean is my Mom. Take care. Wish I could make it for the funeral. My thoughts, love and prayers are with you during this time. Love you!
Debi Bates (Beverage) (Ripley, WV) - July 9, 2007
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Joyce and family, I have been praying for your mother and you this past week that God's will would be done. She is not suffering anymore. May you continue to feel the love of God surrounding you in the coming days.
Linda Lane NNHS 1964 (Williamsburg, VA) - July 9, 2007
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Joyce and indeed to all of Mrs. Lawrence's friends and family at this difficult time.

  From Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 07/07/07:


I saw where    Joyce Lawrence (Cahoon's - '65 - of VA) mother passed away. I would like to say first how saddening it was for me to learn the news. I know what she is going through. I had the honor to know Mrs. Lawrence from the days we went to church together. She was the same Christian lady anytime you saw her, and she would let you know in a minute where her faith came from. She was a true example to every one she came in contact with. My prayers go out to Joyce and her family.

Glenn Dye { 60}

   Thank you, Glenn.  From all I've heard, I'm quite certain she was a remarkable woman.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Jesus Paid It All

Words by Elvina M. Hall, 1865
Music by John T. Grape

 I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”


Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.


And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.


Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.


When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.


And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus’ feet.


"Jesus Paid It All" midi courtesy of http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Jesus_Paid_It_All/  - 07/06/07

"Jesus Paid It All" lyrics and available history courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/j/p/jpaidall.htm - 07/06/07

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