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11/06/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
Edna Earle Martin Wilson Clemence

Edna Earle Martin Wilson Clemence
(26 May 1939 - 04 Nov 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 1957

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have still more sad news today. 
   Edna Earle Martin Wilson Clemence, Class of 1957, sister of Jay Martin of AZ, passed away in Bogart, Georgia on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at the age of 70.

From the Daily Press - 11/06/09:   

                   Edna Earle Martin Wilson Clemence


BOGART, GA. - Edna Martin Wilson Clemence died Nov. 4, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospice House at age 70.

Born May 26, 1939, in Dunn, N.C., her mother, Pauline Stewart Martin Cooper raised her in Newport News, Va. At age 15, she successfully auditioned for the New York City Rockefeller Rockettes. Her mother would not let her quit school. After graduating from Newport News High School, she moved to New York, studied modeling and cosmetology. She successfully auditioned again, but never danced with them.

She married Dennis F. Wilson in 1958 and after 25 years in the U.S. Army, they retired in Conyers, Ga. In 1987 they moved to Lake Oconee where Edna made a multitude of lifelong friends. She participated in many clubs and activities including becoming a founding member of the Ladies Golf Association at Port Armor. Edna was a member of multiple bridge clubs and loved to play slot machines. She lost her husband, Dennis, to cancer in 1992, and her mother in 2008. In 2000, Edna married Dr. William James 'BJ' Clemence of Athens, Ga., a retired UGA professor. They shared a rich life of golf and social activities.



She is survived by her husband, daughter, Bonnie Marie Wilson, Atlanta, Ga.; son, Dennis F. Wilson III, his wife, DeeDee of Portland, Ore., and son, Frank Wilson of Atlanta; three grandchildren, Heather Wilson, Dalton and Shelby Wilson; brother, Jay Martin, of Kingman, Ariz.; sister, Lillian Drenz of Springfield, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Greensboro with the Rev. Dr. Jan Blissit officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the Historic Hall-Thomas House, 109 W. Broad Street, Greensboro, Ga., across from the church sanctuary.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to St. Mary's Hospice House, 1660 Jennings Mill Road, Bogart, GA 30622. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

To further celebrate the life of Edna, a Memorial 'Casino Night' fundraising benefit for St. Mary's Hospice House will be planned in the near future. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from November 6 to November 7, 2009.
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November 06, 2009

Dear BJ, Bonnie, Denny, Frankie, JC,
Please know that she will always be in my heart as well as each of you. I am sending this poem, which speaks of how I felt about her. I will always treasure her friendship and love. My love to all of you.

~ Bitsy Heath, Newport News, Virginia

November 06, 2009

Dear BJ, Bonnie, Dennis, Frankie and family. We send our sympathy and prayers to all of you on dear Edna's passing. We will always treasure our loving memories of Edna in our hearts. Love, Mary & Woody
~ Mary Wood, Covington, Georgia

November 06, 2009, 5:58 PM

We're so sorry about Edna. We loved her and she was one special lady. Love you, B.J. Larry and Angela
~ Larry and Angela Mauldin, Greensboro, Georgia

November 07, 2009, 8:48 AM  

My sincerest condolences on your loss. Edna was a very special person and we will all miss her. My best wishes are with you in the coming days. De Leggett
~ De Leggett, Greensboro, Georgia

November 07, 2009, 9:35 AM  

Edna will be missed by all of us. She was a remarkable and kind lady. She always found the best in everyone. I am so glad I was able to call her my friend.

~ Connie Cline, Greensboro, Georgia


November 07, 2009  

I carry your heart with me, I am never without it.
I want no world for you are beautiful and it's you.
Whatever a moon and sun has always meant,
I will always sing to you.
I will always carry your heart in my heart.
With all of my love, my dearest friend.
~ Bitsy Heath, Newport News, Virginia

November 07, 2009, 12:13 PM  

 We will truly miss your warm friendly smile at Reynold's Landing.
~ Don and Lillie Crowe

November 07, 2009, 10:12 PM  

B.J. Please accept our sincere condolences on Edna's passing. She was a great lady and one the the area will greatly miss. We will be praying for you and the rest of the family. God Bless. Fred and Jenni

~ Fred & Jenni Black


November 09, 2009, 6:21 AM  

My thoughts and prayers have been with B.J. and all of Edna's family for several weeks. I regret that I could not join the memorial service for Edna as I was out of town for vacation. Otherwise I would have been there to pay my respects in person.

~ Susan Horn, Greensboro, Georgia


November 09, 2009, 3:34 PM  

B.J. We were so sorry to hear of Edna's passing. She was such a good friend to Sylva and a wonderful daughter to her Mother. Our prayers are with you.

~ Marian & Ricky Easley, Greensboro, Georgia


   Our deepest condolences are extended to Edna's family and friends at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

      From Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) of NC - 11/09/09, 9:12 AM - "Death Notice for    Edna Clemence":

Edna and I  lived in the same neighborhood and were in the same sorority, Tri-Hi-Y and were wonderful friends. We walked to school many a day together and then went to the "Y" after school.

She asked me to be her bridesmaid when she got married !  I did not get to have that honor since by the time of her wedding I was well into my first pregnancy !

She was good at keeping secrets and she and I both modeled in New York. I did not audition for the Rockettes like she did, but I really hate it that she never got to dance with them after auditioning twice and winning the audition not just once but twice !   

I spoke with her on her birthday in May and then I got sick and I was too sick to call anyone for three months; she did say something about not being able to play golf because of her back !

My heart is wounded...she was a wonderful and loyal friend...I shall miss talking with her on the phone but I am glad she is no longer suffering !  She will be terribly missed by her family and husband and the friends she made no matter where she was !   She was a beautiful woman with a wonderful attitude and personality !

   Thank you so much, Dimples; my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your dear friend.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Lead On, O King Eternal

Words by Ernest W. Shurtleff, 1888 (4 Apr 1862 - 24 Aug 1917)
Music (Lancashire) by
Henry T. Smart, 1836 (26 Oct 1813 -6 July 1879)

Shurtleff wrote this hymn wrote this hymn for the graduation ceremony at Andover Theological Seminary, where he was a member of the class of 1888.

 Lead on, O King eternal,
The day of march has come;
Henceforth in fields of conquest
Thy tents shall be our home:
Through days of preparation
Thy grace has made us strong,
And now, O King eternal,
We lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King eternal,
Till sin's fierce war shall cease,
And Holiness shall whisper
The sweet amen of peace;
For not with swords loud clashing,
Nor roll of stirring drums,
But deeds of love and mercy,
The heav'nly kingdom comes.

Lead on, O King eternal,
We follow, not with fears;
For gladness breaks like morning
Where'er thy face appears;
Thy cross is lifted o'er us;
We journey in its light:
The crown awaits the conquest;
Lead on, O God of might.

"Lead On, O King Eternal" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/07/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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