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08/03/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Bill Sheldon

William Bailey Sheldon, Sr.
(06 Dec 1919 - 02 Aug 2009)

Newport News High School Class of February 1937

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
    We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.    
 Bill Sheldon, Class of February 1937, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, August 2, 2009 at the age of 89.

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/03/09 - "  William Sheldon Death Notice: William Sheldon’s Obituary by the Daily Press.":

Hi Carol....this is my Uncle Bill.....and as you can see from the obit....he graduated from NNHS. (it also says he attended Walter Reed AND Magruder....was there another Magruder before OUR Magruder????  He certainly did NOT attend the one we did.

   Oh, Janice, I'm so sorry to hear this!  You have my deepest sympathies. I wasn't privileged to have known your uncle, but he sounds like such a fine man.

   And that Magruder reference must surely be a mistake; the one we attended was not built until the early fifties.  We'll ask our experts for the full story.

From the Daily Press - 07/18/09:


William B. Sheldon, Sr.

  NEWPORT NEWS - William Bailey 'Bill' Sheldon Sr., a lifelong Virginia Peninsula resident, left this world to be with his Heavenly Father on Aug. 2, 2009, following a bout with prostate cancer and related illnesses.

He was a devout Christian and an active member of First United Methodist Church in Hilton Village since 1939. He had served on the Administrative Board, was Chairman of Church Council, member of the Bithynia Sunday School Class, member of the United Methodist Men, and had been presented a plaque by the Chancel Choir for his long years of service and near perfect attendance.

He was born in Southeast Newport News, Dec. 6, 1919, to Charles B. and Ethel Sheldon.


He attended Magruder and Walter Reed Elementary and graduated from Newport News High School in February, 1937, with honors, having been awarded a school letter for outstanding service in the school print shop. Following graduation, he served an apprenticeship at the Franklin Printing Company and graduated from the International Typographical Union School of Printing in 1942, as a Journeyman Printer. He worked locally for the next 30 years in the Graphic Art Industry. He was active in the Boy Scout movement for many years and retired from scouting as a Life Scout and Scoutmaster.

At the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Virginia State Guard, and served for the duration of the war, advancing to grade of Master Sergeant, 1st Class, and was assigned to Hq. Co., 2nd Bn. in Newport News.

He was proud of his community and state service. Several years after he married, he moved his family to a developing section of Jefferson Avenue in Warwick County. He then joined the Warwick County Volunteer Fire Association and after extensive training was made Asst. Chief in the Volunteers and was elected president of the Association. During his tenure he headed several fundraisers to buy ambulances that provided free emergency ambulance service to the community.

He was appointed Chief Forest Warden and served in that capacity until the consolidation of Newport News and Warwick, receiving commendations from the State Forester for his work in forest fire prevention and suppression. He also served as a special police officer in Warwick.

He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1958, and when the J.P. system was abolished and the Magistrates system substituted, he was appointed Chief Magistrate, and served until his retirement. He was a Justice of the Peace and Magistrate for 28 years. He was appointed Marriage Commissioner in 1974. Having married thousands of couples, he served in that capacity until his passing. He also served as a Notary Public since 1953.

Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman and had a large collection of trophy game fish, birds and animals he had taken in North America. He was an expert rifleman and varmint hunter and had the respect and appreciation of farmers in Southeast Virginia for his help in crop damage control by killing groundhogs and other varmints. He was a charter member of the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fishing Association, Peninsula Sportsmen's Association, North America Hunt Club, and a long time member of Central Hill Hunt Club in Isle of Wight County.

He is survived by his wife, of 66 years, Greig Campbell Sheldon; a daughter, Martha Ann Willis and son-in-law, Jimmy Willis of Suffolk; a daughter, Joy Sheldon Gosselin; son, Nicholas; step-grandchildren, David M. and Jennifer Gosselin of Williamsburg; daughter-in-law, Cindy Sheldon of Richmond; grandchildren, Michael and Kelly. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and his many close church friends and neighbors.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, David J. Gosselin in October of 2007; and his son, William B. Sheldon Jr., in July of 2008.

He has been loved and will be missed by his family and friends.

The family will have a visitation from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601, (757) 595-4424. The funeral service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Thursday Aug. 6 at 2 p.m., by the Rev. John LeGault, and following interment at Peninsula Memorial Park, a reception for family and friends will be held in the Fellowship Hall by the Bereavement Committee.

The family is requesting in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 10246 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601, or the David J. Gosselin Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 5655, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
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Published in the Daily Press from 8/3/2009 - 8/4/2009.

August 03, 2009

Greig and family,
Bill was one of the kindest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing; he was loved by many people and will be deeply missed. We are all here for you if you need anything.
Kenny, Mary and Blair
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August 03, 2009

Greig and family,
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My love and prayers are with you as always. I have so many fond memories of my time spent with Bill and you as a child.
Love always,
Teddy and Ralph
~ Teddy Stevens, Nashville, Tennessee

August 03, 2009

Greig and Family,
Rich and I are so sad about Bill. We have truly been blessed with having the most wonderful neighbors who turned out to be like real family to us. We love you both and we are going to miss him so much.
Love Rich, Autumn & Ava
~ Autumn and Rich Espinoza, Newport News, Virginia

August 03, 2009

Martha and Family,

We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers always.

Marsha and Alton
~ Marsha & Alton Jenkins, Suffolk, Virginia

August 03, 2009

To the Sheldon family,
We are very sorry to hear of Mr. Sheldon's passing. He married my aunt and uncle nearly 30 years ago, my cousin and his wife 2 years ago, and most recently, my wife and I last September. We will always remember him and his kind words at our wedding
~ Jared and Angel Jones, Newport News, Virginia

August 03, 2009

Martha and Family, We are so sorry to learn of the passing of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. With all our love,
~ Edward and Rexine Corbett, Newport, North Carolina)
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August 04, 2009

Dear Greig,
I am so sorry to hear that Bill has passed on. I read it online in the Daily Press.
It was such a pleasure seeing you last year. You have been such a good friend every since Hilton School!
Love, Virginia
~ Virginia Boyd Coletti, Sunnyvale, California
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August 04, 2009

Dear Joy,
I am so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless!
~ Bob Ross, Yorktown, Virginia
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August 04, 2009

Was so sorry to hear about Bill's death. May God's loving arms surround you and your family. There is a slight chance that I may be at the funeral. Loving you,
~ Fran (Wilkins) McNew, Ohio

August 04, 2009

Dear Greig,
My thoughts and prayers are with you, in the passing of your Bill. As you know he was held in high regard by my husband, Freddie Tucker, Sr. (deceased 2004). No doubt they have joyfully greeted each other in Heaven. Be encouraged knowing they are in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ... and waiting for us!
~ Evalyn Tucker, Newport News, Virginia
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August 05, 2009

Greig, Marth and Joy,
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I have very fond memories of all of you. My thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.
~ Cheri Bass Wozniak, Chesapeake, Virginia

August 05, 2009

We are so sorry that Bill has passed. I know he is in a better place, but it still hurts. We live you dearly and if you ever need anything you need, know you can call on us.

Bobby and Dolores
~ Bobby and Dolores Belford, Hampton, Virginia

August 09, 2009

Mr. Sheldon married my husband and me nineteen years ago, August of 1990. He was a very kind man and we were saddened to hear of his passing. We extend our condolences to his family.
~ Dennis & Veronica Cook, Newport News, Virginia



  Our sincerest condolences are extended to the entire Sheldon family and their friends.

     From the Head Flagtwirler of 1965, Janice McCain Rose of VA - 08/09/09 - "   Bill Sheldon, Class of February 1937":

Carol....another fact regarding my Uncle Bill Sheldon...his family estimated that he must have married at least 10,000 couples.  I was fortunate to recently see one of his wedding ceremonies while visiting with him at his home.  It was a lovely ceremony....and not just your "run-of-the-mill" I do's.  He added so much warmth and joy into his ceremony....and faith in God.  It was very touching...and I couldn't wait to tell the bride and groom congratulations.  The groom was in his Army uniform and the bride wore a very stylish dress.  Sometimes the couples would come in full wedding attire.  Just thought I'd pass on this info. 

   WOWZERONI!  I gathered from the tone of all the entries in his Guest Book that your Uncle Bill was an exceptionally fine man. Thank you for sharing this with us, Janice - and once again, our sincerest condolences on the loss of your uncle.

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 08/09/09 - "Magruder Elementary":

Hi, Carol,

I'm responding in reference to the comments by      Janice (McCain Rose - '65 - of VA) and you about Magruder.  There was another Magruder before the one we attended was built.  It was located between Chestnut and Roanoke Avenues on 21st, 22nd or 23rd Street I think, closer to Chestnut.  It probably wasn't very far from where Janice lived at that time.  My mother (    Betty Savage Bateman Palmer - June '45 - of VA) told me she attended that Magruder as a child.  I believe when the new school was built, that the old building housed some of the school administrative offices.  At least that's what my mother told me at the time.  Hope this clears up any questions.

As so many other people have said before, you are awesome and so appreciated for everything that you do.  Take care of yourself.


   OHHH!!! Thank you so much for clarifying that for us, Sandi - and please give your mama our love!

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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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