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10/06/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Helen Hutchins Weber Damron

Helen Hutchins Weber Damron
(04 Apr 1918 - 03 Oct 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 193_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have still more sad news today.     Helen Hutchins Weber Damron, Class of 193_,  passed away at home in Smithfield on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at the age of 91-1/2.

 From the Daily Press - 10/06/09:

                 Helen Hutchins Weber Damron

    NEWPORT NEWS - Helen Damron passed away on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 in Smithfield, Va.

Her family was with her when she left us. She was born on April 4, 1918, on Mulberry Island, Warwick County, Va.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, B.T. and Ida Turner Hutchins; her first husband, John Wellington Weber; her second husband, Carter Damron; brother, Wallace Hutchins; and sisters, Alice Colbourn and Edna Dunston Perry.

Helen is survived by son, John David Weber; daughter-in-law, Daria Stemple Weber; grandchildren, John Michael Weber and wife, Katherine of Charlotte, N.C., Mary Robin Simons and husband, Nathan of Middletown, Del, Matthew Dayton Weber of Richmond, Va., Miriam Kathleen Robinson of Sandpoint, Idaho; four great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; her lifelong friend, Janetta Minter; and her 'pup' Zoe.
Helen Damron

At three weeks of age, Helen and her family moved to the East End of Newport News, following acquisition of Mulberry Island in 1918 for the construction of Fort Eustis. At that time B.T. Hutchins was the Mulberry Island Postmaster and a captain of the boat 'Dauntless.' B.T. and Ida owned and operated B.T. Hutchins Grocery on Wickham Avenue for many years. Helen was a graduate of Newport News High School and Newport News Business College. Her working career included employment at Hampton Roads Furniture Company and Newport News Shipbuilding. Helen was known for her wonderful sense of humor and love of family. She played bridge with the 'girls' over a long span of time every Thursday night. Helen lived most of her life in Newport News, leaving town for Wytheville, Va., after marrying Carter Damron in 1970. Helen and Carter relocated to Newport News in 1983.
Helen was a long-standing member of Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church. She was a member of Circle 7.
Special recognition is given to the caregivers of the James Unit at the Riverside Convalescent Center - Smithfield, for their untiring and compassionate care they provided Helen in her final days.

Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Peninsula Funeral Home. At Helen's request, a graveside service will be held at Peninsula Memorial Park, beside her beloved Carter, at two p.m. Saturday, Oct., 10, officiated by the Rev. Elizabeth Lutz.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Chestnut Memorial United Methodist Church, 1024 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA 23601. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from October 6 to October 8, 2009.
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October 06, 2009
David - my thoughts are with you all and I know words can not express what you are feeling now.
I developed a "special love" for Helen early in my life; she would visit in the summer with "Aunt Mary and Uncle Lucian". She had a special grace, beauty and serenity, which like a magnet drew all to her.
~ William West, Manning, South Carolina
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October 06, 2009

David and Daria,
I recall with much fondness, David, those days when you lived in Lakeside and we would see Helen and Johnny often. Helen and my dad were a joy to behold when they were together and I recall the give and take they had with each other and always mixed in with humor. Helen is at peace, and David, you could not have been a better son to her. May God give you both the comfort of his grace and mercy.
~ Wertie

October 06, 2009

Dave, Daria & Family,
Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family with the passing of your mom.
~ Martha & Randy Elder, Newport News, Virginia



   Our deepest condolences are extended to Mrs. Damron's family and their friends at this time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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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