10/03/05 - NNHS Newsletter
Charlotte Jones Simpson

Charlotte Laverne Jones Simpson
(1939 - 20 Sep 2005)

Newport News High School Class of 1957

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have more sad news to report today, a bit belatedly.

From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/02/05:

Hi, Carol:

Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC
just passed this along to me this evening:



I just wanted to let you know that Charlotte Jones (Simpson) passed away
September 20; I just found out tonight.  Patty will be sending out an e-mail
but I just wanted to tell you.

When I learn more details, I will pass them along to you.



From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) to Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 10/03/05:

Dear Classmates:
I am very saddened by the news of Charlotte Jones Simpson's death.  She passed away
September 20, 2005.  As you know I can only report what I am told, and I am so very sorry
this news is late getting to all of the Class (of 1957).  Charlotte and her husband were always
very involved in what was going on in the Class.  I understand Ronald was always relaying
any news of the Class to Charlotte.  Also, I'm sure her husband is wondering why he hasn't
heard from any of the class concerning Charlotte.  I'm very embarrassed by the late delivery
of this news.....I can only print what I am informed about, so please don't forget to pass the
news to me as soon as possible in the future.  I'm sure all of you Classmates will do everything
you can to apologize to her husband for the lateness of your response to this sad news.
Pat Beck Letzinger

   Thanks, Joe - and Patsy and Pat.  We are very sorry for the loss of your friend and classmate.  Our deepest
sympathies are extended to Ronald and the rest of the family, as well as to all of Charlotte's many friends.

  Charlotte Laverne Jones Simpson

Athens - Charlotte L. Simpson, 65, of Athens, GA died on September 20, 2005 at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Simpson, her daughter Jennifer Brandon, her son-in-law, Christopher Brandon Jr., grandson Christopher Brandon III, her son Timothy Simpson, daughter-in-law Dianne Hall Simpson, and grandsons Alexander Simpson, Benjamin Simpson and Timothy Simpson. Mrs. Simpson was educated in the public schools of Newport News, Virginia and was a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse for several years and then spent the last portion of her career as a staff member in the University of Georgia College of Arts and Sciences Advising Program. Charlotte was called "Lot Lot" by her grandchildren and always put her family and their needs first. She was engaged in many community activities through the Green Acres Garden Club. The family of Charlotte Simpson will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Lord and Stephens Funeral Home East on Lexington Road on Sunday, September 25th. A memorial service will be held in her honor at the University of Georgia Chapel at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 1st.The family requests that in lieu of flowers, those who wish can contribute to the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Jennifer Garst's Lung Cancer Research Program, Duke University Medical Center 3828, Durham, NC 27710, Attention Annette Henderson. Contributions should be marked "In Memory of Charlotte Simpson." Lord and Stephens East is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on 9/23/2005.

Charlotte Laverne Jones






Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Homes East Chapel (Athens, GA ) - September 23, 2005
We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and our prayers are with you and your family.

Bobby & Kim Lewis
Bobby Lewis (Bishop, GA ) - September 23, 2005
My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Peace be with you.
Shelley Griffin (Athens, GA ) - September 23, 2005
We will always remember Charlotte's gentle spirit, her kindness and her undying love for each of you. We pray that Godís loving light will surround you in the difficult days ahead and that He may bear the unbearable for you.
With deepest sympathy,
Weedie & Mark Stowers (Atlanta, GA)  - September 23, 2005
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you at this time.
 Rebecca Owens (Lubbock, TX ) - September 23, 2005
Charlotte was a colleague at UGA Arts and Sciences. Her sweet spirit and infectious smile were a delight on a daily basis. Charlotte is the kind of person who always makes you feel comfortable. I am blessed to have known her.
Joan Rhoden (Athens, GA ) - September 23, 2005 
Ron and family -
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Charlotte was a warm and wonderful colleague who will be missed by many.
Ann Crowther (Athens, GA ) - September 23, 2005 
Ron and family:
I am so sorry to hear about Charlotte.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this time. Charlotte was always such a delight to
work with and I will always remember the good times we had in New College.
Vicky Smith (Statham, GA ) - September 26, 2005  
We are so sorry for your loss and have such precious memories of Charlotte's sweet smile and warm spirit. She was always so dear and kind to us and we pray that the Lord will give you peace during this difficult time. We continue to hold you in our prayers and send you our love.
Becky and Bin Brandon (St. Simons Island, GA ) - October 1, 2005

From Pat Beck Letzinger ('57) to the Members of the Class of 1957 - 10/03/05:

Dear Classmates,
I received a most beautiful letter from Ronald Simpson today concerning his wife, Charlotte.
Rather than try and translate, I thought I would just copy it so you could read his very words....

Pat Beck Letzinger

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Dear Pat Beck Letzinger: Monday, October 3rd

I have received the message this morning that you sent to many of your classmates.
My first response was that no apologies are in order, unless it were one from me.
Thank you for your thoughtful and respectful comments.

Charlotte was diagnosed with lung cancer with metastasis in late April, here
in Athens, GA. We went to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for a
second opinion and it was determined that she could receive the same treatment
regimen at home, so we returned to Athens and she began chemotherapy. Later
when that protocol stopped working we went to Duke University Medical Center,
but things were too advanced for the wonderful doctors there to help. This was
all so stunning to us because she was not a smoker, was in wonderful health all
her life, and was always so careful to do "all the right things" to take care of

I want you to know that she continued to cherish her high school years
in Newport News and enjoyed returning to your reunions. Over the years she
stayed in close touch with her life-long friend LaRhue Nettles Mitchell ('58 - of VA).
We had 43 years of the finest marriage one could imagine. You will all be comforted
to know that she loved her life, was beloved and respected in our community, and
left behind two beautiful children and their families who live in our area and who
will provide comfort for all of us who loved Charlotte.

A memorial service was held this past Saturday in the University of Georgia Chapel,
next to the building on campus where she worked for 14 years. It was a beautiful
tribute to her life and during her eulogy I mentioned her love for and devotion
to Newport News High School. She was a unique, loving and beautiful woman.

I am enclosing a copy of the obituary that appeared in our local newspaper. Again,
I appreciate your kindness on behalf of all her classmates and wish you all the very

Ron Simpson

   Thank you, Pat - and Ron - and Joe, for bringing it to our attention.

   This information is also cross referenced here:



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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Sometime, Somewhere

Words by Ophelia G. Adams
Music by Charles D. Tillman

Unanswered yet? The prayer lips have pleaded
In agony of heart these many years?
Does faith begin to fail, is hope departing,
And think you all in vain those falling tears?
Say not the Father hath not heard your prayer;
You shall have your desire, sometime, somewhere,
You shall have your desire, sometime, somewhere.

Unanswered yet? Tho' when you first presented
This one petition at the Father's throne,
It seemed you could not wait the time of asking,
So urgent was your heart to make it known.
Tho' years have passed since then, do not despair;
The Lord will answer you, sometime, somewhere,
The Lord will answer you, sometime, somewhere.

Unanswered yet? Nay, do not say ungranted;
Perhaps your part is not yet wholly done,
The work began when first your prayer was uttered,
And God will finish what he has begun
If you will keep the incense burning there;
His glory you shall see, sometime, somewhere,
His glory you shall see, sometime, somewhere.

Unanswered yet? Faith cannot be unanswered;
Her feet were firmly planted on the Rock;
Amid the wildest storm prayer stands undaunted,
Nor quails before the loudest thunder shock;
She knows Omnipotence has heard her prayer,
And cries, "It shall be done, sometime, somewhere,"
And cries, "It shall be done, sometime, somewhere."

"Sometime, Somewhere" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames, copyright © 1999) and lyrics courtesy
of http://junior.apk.net/~bmames/ht0154_.htm - 10/03/05

Greg Olsen Painting courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com Ė 02/10/05

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

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