09/04/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Rosalie Conwell Hawkes

Rosalie Conwell Hawkes
(11 May 1926 - 02 Sept 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   I was reading the Daily Press obituaries this morning (as I do every morning), and was astonished to find there the first cousin of       my father, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25)

     Rosalie Conwell Hawkes passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at the age of 83.  Her mother, Cornelia Elsie Buckley Conwell, was my paternal  grandfather's baby sister.

   The youngest of eleven children born to her parents, she herself was the mother of Jan Hawkes Stringer (Warwick HS), Bill Hawkes (Warwick HS), and Mike Hawkes (Warwick HS).

   Twenty-five years ago, I knew that she and her family had moved to Newport News, but I had long since forgotten it.

   As she and her husband were married in Richmond on April 5, 1946, and her obituary states that she had lived in Newport News for more than 60 years, I am wondering when her children graduated from Warwick High.  But of course what I really am wondering is - why did I never know them??

From the Daily Press - 09/04/09:

NEWPORT NEWS - Rosalie Conwell Hawkes, a member of Parkview Baptist Church passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at the age of 83.

She was a native of Garysburg, N.C., and had been a resident of Newport News for more than 60 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Sydnor Hawkes; and parents, Cornelia Buckley and William Conwell; in addition to five sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice H. "Jan" and her husband, Kevin J. Stringer; two sons, William 'Bill' and Michael 'Mike' Hawkes; five grandchildren, Steve, Kathleen, Joe, Will and Jeff; one great-grandchild, William Christopher; and daughter-in-law, Nancy S. Hawkes.
Rosalie Conwell Hawkes

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at the funeral home with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to International Cooperating Ministries, 606 Aberdeen Road, Hampton, VA 23661.

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

Published in the Daily Press from September 4 to September 5, 2009.

September 04, 2009

My prayers and sympathies are with you and your family. And wishing you comfort at this time of loss.
Doris Steele

~ Doris Steele, Hampton, Virginia

September 04, 2009


My sincere condolences on the loss of your mother to you and your family,

Pat Rollins

~ Pat Rollins, Newport News, Virginia

September 04, 2009

Warmest thoughts to our Newport News family on the loss of dear Aunt Rosa. Please know that the love of your extended family is with you all.

~ Scott Chapman, Montpelier, Virginia

September 04, 2009


I wish to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your mother. She was such a sweet person in the few years that I knew her at the nursing home.

She is with God now, where their is no more pain and suffering.

~ Sandy Owen, Hampton, Virginia

September 04, 2009

Mike, you are in my thoughts. My hubby wants you to know how much you mean to him. Please let us know if we can do anything.

~ Unsigned

September 05, 2009

Bill, Janice & Mike--

We have many fond memories of Aunt Rosalie & her sisters over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family at this time.
With deepest sympathy--
Ed & Gail
Ed & Gail Trice, Henrico, Virginia

September 05, 2009

Janice, Bill, and Michael,
We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Rosalie's passing. You all are in our hearts and prayers. You have many warm memories of your mother that will last forever. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.
Martha and John Brancazio, Seneca, South Carolina



   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Rosalie's family and friends.

        From My #2 Son, Brent Harty (Hillsboro HS, IL - '90) of TX - 09/04/09 - "RE:   Rosalie Conwell Hawkes":

Thanks Mom...never heard of her, but wish I could have known her...All through the veil....it will be a glorious day; to be united with family, and so many we have never known but are surely a part of who we are...a grand and noble concept! 

luv, bh

Brent Harty
"You may be whatever you resolve to be."  General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson


   Thank you, Brent - love you, too.

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Carol Buckley Harty

Going Home

Music -
Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 (popularly known as the New World Symphony), 1893
(08 Sept 1841 – 01 May 1904)

 Lyrics added by Dvořák's pupil, William Arms Fisher

Going home, going home
I'm just going home
Quiet light, some still day
I'm just going home
It's not far, just close by
Through an open door
Work all done, care laid by
Going to fear no more
Mother's there expecting me
Father's waiting, too
Lots of folk gathered there
All the friends I knew
All the friends I knew
I'm going home
Nothing's lost, all's gain
No more fret nor pain
No more stumbling on the way
No more longing for the day
Going to roam no more
Morning star lights the way
Restless dream all done
Shadows gone, break of day
Real life begun
There's no break, there's no end
Just a living on
Wide awake with a smile
Going on and on
Going home, going home
I'm just going home
It's not far, just close by
Through an open door
I am going home
I'm just going home
Going home, going home

"Going Home" midi courtesy of - um, I don't know, but it's been in my files for a long time.....

"Going Home" lyrics courtesy of  http://www.elyrics.net/read/a/annie-haslam-lyrics/going-home-lyrics.html - 07/26/09

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 03/15/05

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

Hillsboro High School's Topper (Band Version) clip art courtesy of http://www.hillsboroschools.net/schools/hhs/activities/music2/Band/bio.html - 06/07/08
Thanks, Mark!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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