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08/08/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Jean Harrell Wood

Jean Dawson Harrell Wood
(d. 07 Aug 2015)

Newport News High School Class of June 1944

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is still more sad news today.    Jean Harrell Wood, Class of June 1944, mother of    Skip Wood ('65) of NC, Jean Elizabeth Wood Gardner, Deborah Ann Wood Pia, and Dave Wood ('70), and sister of Peggy Harrell Weeks of NC and Mabel Harrell Safford of FL, passed away in Newport News on Friday, August 07, 2015 at the age of 88. 

From the Daily Press - 08/08/15: 

                 Jean Harrell Wood

    NEWPORT NEWS - Jean Dawson Harrell Wood, age 88, passed away on August 7, 2015.

She was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, the daughter of Samuel and Beulah Harrell. She moved to Newport News in 1935 and after graduating from Newport News High School in 1944, she married the love of her life, Charles Henry Wood Jr.

Survivors include sisters, Peggy Weeks of Kannapolis, North Carolina and Ted and Mabel Safford of Leesburg, Florida.

She leaves four children, Charles Henry Wood III, Jean Elizabeth Wood Gardner, Deborah Ann Wood Pia, and David Morgan Wood.

  When diagnosed with Diabetic Neuropathy 12 years ago, Jean Dawson never gave up. She never complained, maintaining a brave and cheerful outlook with life. Filled with compassion and a keen interest in others, Jean made friends easily and maintained contact with many. As her children grew, she began working outside the home and maintained two jobs to further her kids' education. Jean was an avid reader and a tenacious bridge player.

She was also sort of a self-proclaimed NASA Propagandist having worked in contract files during the Apollo Moon Mission from which she retired in 1977.

After Charlie passed away, she traveled the world with beloved friends she had known since high school, to the Pyramids in Egypt, walking the Great Wall in China, Stonehenge, swimming on the Great Barrier Reef, and many more destinations.

Her family would like to thank and honor the management and nursing staff of The Newport for years of tender care they have given our mother.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to , Attn: Donor Relationships & Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309. Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, Va. 23601.View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on August 8, 2015.

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August 08, 2015

Dear Wood Family,
You are in our prayers and thoughts. May God give you peace in your time of loss.
Mom and I visited and Prayed with Jean many times at the Newport. She will be missed by those who knew her. She was a inactive member of our Sunday School Class of North Riverside Baptist Church.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 God bless each of you. Grace and Peace

~ Janet/Mildred Lockstampfor, Newport News, Virginia

August 09, 2015

Dear Wood Family,
Sincere condolences to you upon the loss of your mother. Jean was a dear friend and neighbor. We played bridge together, traveled together and had happy many happy times together. I have not been able to drive for many years and was unable to visit Jean once she moved to the Newport.
Blessing to you all.

~ Audrey Campbell,  Newport News, Virginia

August 10, 2015

Dave, Sending you and your family thoughts and prayers. Dwell on your wonderful memories and it makes it a lot easier to get through. God Bless.

~ Paige Stallard Taylor, Virginia Beach, Virginia

August 11, 2015

Mrs. Wood worked hard and followed the rules her whole life. She reaped the rewards in a loving, wonderful and successful family, an exciting retirement, and a long life, which even in her later years was often a happy one. She was truly an inspiration and I will miss her.

~ David Drucker, Hollywood, Florida

August 11, 2015

Dave, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. May fond memories and knowing you were so good to her help carry you through this difficult time.

~ Diana Weisflog, Jacksonville, Florida

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Wood's family and friends at this difficult time.

  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


Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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