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09/19/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Elaine Toler Shackelford

Elaine Hope Toler Shackelford
(14 Feb 1945 - 18 Sept 2013)

Newport News High School Class of 1963

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is still more sad news today.  
  Elaine Toler Shackelford, Class of 1963sister of the late Wilford Toler, Gerald Toler, Pearl Toler Paul, Shelton Toler, and Hilton Toler, passed away in Gloucester on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the age of 68. 

From the Daily Press - 09/19/13:   

                   Elaine Toler Shackelford


GLOUCESTER - On September 14, 2013, Elaine Hope Shackelford was called home to be in the Lord's loving care surrounded by her daughter and close friends.

Elaine was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt who enjoyed cooking and baking with love. She was well known for her Christmas sugar cookies that she shared with all. She could also be found reading, being stumped on a crossword puzzle and working in her flower garden. She especially loved to take her granddaughter shopping.

Elaine attended Newport News High School. She served up smiles at Vic Zodda's Pancake House and Blue Star Diner. She also worked at Schertle Pools. For over 30 years she was a dedicated employee at Langley Mini Storage in Hampton.



Elaine was excited to be reunited with those who preceded her in death to include her parents, Bryan and Esther Toler; her husband, John H. Shackelford; her siblings, Wilford Toler, Gerald Toler, Pearl Paul, Shelton Toler, and Hilton Toler.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Tiffany Gordon and her husband, Joe of Gloucester; her sisters, Gloria Klich of Smithfield and Violet Kimble of Goochland; and one very special granddaughter, RuthAnne Proctor also of Gloucester.

Additionally, she is survived by her special nephew, John Klich and his wife, Yvonne of Smithfield and their children, Collin, Brianna, and Clayton; her special niece, Lori Anne Holford and her husband, John of Smyrna, Delaware and their daughters, Jackie and Liza; her step-granddaughter, Ginny Gordon and her fiancé, Clayton Dameron; and her great-grandson, Trenton Dameron, all of Reedville.

The family would like to thank those who helped to take such special loving care of Elaine prior to the angels carrying her to be with the Lord. They include: Dr. Powell, Georgette Berryman, Barbara Churray, Brandon Hoeffer, and Larry Proctor. Without their care it would not be such a smooth journey.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in her memory to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society. The family will receive friends on Friday, September 20, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home.

A celebration of her life will take place Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the funeral home with burial to follow at Parklawn Memorial Park. After the service, the family and friends of Elaine are gathering to celebrate her life at the home of Robert and Georgette Berryman located at 122 Walter's Lane in Yorktown.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave. in Hampton, 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from September 19 to September 21, 2013.   
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September 19, 2013

Elaine will be missed VERY much. What a wonderful lady. So many good times. I love you guys!

~ Debbie Jarden, Hampton, Virginia
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September 19, 2013

   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Elaine's family, friends, and classmates at this time.

  This information is also recorded here:

  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


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

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