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10/06/11 - NNHS Newsletter -
Cleo Deeds Johnson

Cleo Blake Deeds Johnson
(1941 - 01 Oct 2011)

Newport News High School Class of 1961

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
  We have still more sad if slightly belated news this Friday afternoon.  
   Cleo Deeds Johnson, Class of 1961, passed away in Newport News on Saturday, October 01, 2011 at the age of 70.

  From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of FL - 10/07/11, 10:01 AM - "FW: In regards to     Cleo Deeds (Johnson)":

Did you have this information yet?


   No, ma'am, I did not!  Thank you so much for letting me know, Jane; my sympathies on the loss of your classmate.

From the Daily Press - 10/06/11:

               Cleo Deeds Johnson

NEWPORT NEWS - Cleo Blake Deeds Johnson, 70, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Peninsula Memorial Park.

More information available at  Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from October 6 to October 7, 2011

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October 06, 2011

  Debbie and Bobby,
So sorry to hear about your mom.
I know she and Bill are in heaven together. The loss of your mom is very painful.
God be with you all.

~ Susan Gary, Newport News, Virginia

October 06, 2011

  I'm so sorry to hear about Cleo. I know that she will be very much missed. I know that she's now an angel in Heaven - your angel. She'll always be walking beside you, loving you, guiding you through everything.

Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

~ Unsigned

October 06, 2011

Cleo, you were a very loving woman and I'm so glad I had you in my life for the time I did. I love you and Bobby and Debbie and BJ so very much I miss you and the talks that we had sitting and watching the Cathers and enjoying the music. You were an angel here and now you will guide us through the rest of our lives.

~ Sharon Moran, Williamsburg, Virginia

October 08, 2011

  Dear Debbie and Bobby, We are so sorry to hear about Cleo. Just know that through the years you loved each other, you created a very "special bond" that will always keep you close in heart. Love and prayers, Aunt Patti and Uncle Don Morton

~ Patti Morton, Altavista, Virginia

October 10, 2011

M is for the million things she gave me.
O means only that she's getting older.
T is for the tears she shed to save me'
H is for her heart of purest gold
E is for her eyes with love light shining.
R means right and right she'll always be
Put them all together and they spell mother A word that means the world to me.
Your loving son

~ Robert Lanier, Williamsburg, Virginia



                   Cleo Deeds Johnson


NEWPORT NEWS - Cleo Blake Deeds Johnson, 70, awoke in the arms of Jesus on Saturday, October 1, 2011. She was born in 1941 on the family farm in True, WVA. She was a 1961 graduate of Newport News High School. Cleo was a licensed cosmetologist and was employed for 10 years with Miller and Rhoads. Her favorite pastime was staying home, loving and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, William T. Johnson; two children, Robert Lanier and Deborah Lanier; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.



A graveside service will be held at 2 PM Friday, October 7, 2011 in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606.

Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.

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October 04, 2011, 9:21 AM:

She was a good cousin. I remember some of the things she used to do, and what we could get into when we were little. She will be missed. You will be in our prayers.

~ Becky and Richard Whitacre, Roanoke, Virginia

October 04, 2011, 6:16 PM

To a wonderful mother: I miss you and love you very much. I could never repay you enough for all the things you did for me. You were an angel among us here on earth and now you are an angel in heaven guiding us through all that we do. Your loving son

~ Bobby Lanier, Williamsburg, Virginia

October 04, 2011, 10:13 PM

Dear Family,

I was a classmate with your Mother in NNHS 1961 class. We were in the D.O. Club together.

I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She is now safe in the loving arms of Jesus. My love and prayers are with you on the 7th.

Rest in Peace dear Cleo!

With love, Phyllis Ball Gautreaux

~ Phyllis Ball Gautreaux, Youngsville, Louisiana  

October 05, 2011, 7:37 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Class of 1961 Newport News High School 

~ Carolyn Hogge, Moon, Virginia

October 05, 2011, 10:52 AM

A wonderful mother - you were an angel to all. The Lord did a great job when He created you. There was nothing you wouldn't do for the ones you loved and there weren't many that you didn't. Rest in peace. I love you.

~ Sharon Moran, Williamsburg, Virginia

October 05, 2011, 11:51 AM

I'm so sorry about your mother. I had some good times in her home growing up across the street. I know you will always have great memories in your heart of your mother. My prayers and condolences are with you now at this time.

~ Rachel

October 08, 2011, 12:13 PM

Grandma, you were such an amazing, happy person. you cared so much for us and the family. I remember watching your favorite show with you which was The Gaithers. There are so many memories we have together. It's not the same without you here, Grandma, but I know we will once see each other again in Heaven. Make sure you spend time with lil' brother Bradley, Uncle Billy, Uncle Ken, and mostly your parents in heaven. You are in a Better place now, Grandma. I'm going to miss you a lot but I got you in my heart <3 I love you, Maw Maw. Rest In Peace. Love always, your grandchild(:

~ Krista Lanier, Mechanicsville, Virginia

October 09, 2011, 10:39 AM

Cleo was a great person; she will be greatly missed. My prayers are with her family.

~ Liz Breeden, Newport News, Virginia

October 12, 2011



October 12, 2011

October 12, 2011


   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Cleo's family as well as her many classmates and friends at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted 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

Lead Me Gently Home

Words and Music by Will L. Thompson, 1879
(07 Nov 1847 - 20 Sept 1909)

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
When life’s toils are ended,
And parting days have come,
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Ne’er from Thee I’ll roam,
If Thou’ll only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.

* Refrain:
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
In life’s darkest hours, Father,
When life’s troubles come,
Keep my feet from wand’ring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

"Lead Me Gently Home" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 05/16/08

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Flower Bar 46 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 01/18/10

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