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12/24/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Tillie Burt Keeter

Henrietta Burt Keeter
(22 May 1917 - 22 Dec 2009)

Morrison High School Class of  @ 1935

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news today. 
Tillie Burt Keeter, mother of Nancy Keeter Fowler (Warwick HS - '61) of VA and mother-in-law of Ronnie Fowler ('60) of VA, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at the age of 92.

From Karrin Williams Frankie (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 12/24/09, 8:41 AM - "VERY SAD NEWS FOR A WHS FAMILY~24 DEC":

Please see email below from Nancy.

NNHS Classmates:  Nancy is married to NNHS’ Ronnie Fowler.


From Nancy Keeter Fowler (Warwick HS - '61) of VA - 12/23/09, 11:11 PM:


It will be in the Daily Press tomorrow, but I wanted to let you know that my mother passed away yesterday morning. 


   Oh, Karrin, I'm so sorry to hear this!  Please extend our sincerest condolences to Nancy and Ronnie and their family.


From the Daily Press - 12/24/09:   
            Henrietta ("Tillie") Burt Keeter


NEWPORT NEWS - Henrietta 'Tillie' Burt Keeter of Newport News passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, after a brief illness.

She was the widow of Owen Linwood Keeter.

Tillie was born May 22, 1917, in Newport News to the late George William and Alice Gibson Burt.

She graduated from Morrison High School and attended Mary Washington College. Tillie retired from SunTrust Bank.



She was a member of First United Methodist Church, James River Country Club, a former member of the Hilton Village Woman's Club and the James River Garden Club. She loved her family, the home she and Owen built, where she lived for 60 years, and the yard where they worked together. In addition to her husband, Tillie was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Joyce B. Foretich and Dorothy B. White; and her brother, George Edward 'Eddie' Burt.

Survivors include her children, Barbara K. White and her husband, Calvin, and Nancy K. Fowler and her husband, Ronald, all of Yorktown, and Owen L. Keeter Jr. and his wife, Sandra of Fla.; grandchildren, Kelli Carter of Williamsburg, Leslie Chrzan and her husband, Michael of Redondo Beach, Calif., Shannon Verstynen and her husband, Brian of Yorktown, Brian Fowler of Richmond, Kristin and Ashley White of Newport News and Molly White of Yorktown; great-grandchildren, Kayla and Olivia Carter and Amber and Megan Verstynen; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 27, at First United Methodist Church in Newport News with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 10426 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from  December 24 to December 27, 2009.  
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December 24, 2009

 Sorry to find out about your Mom Janice and I are out of town but thinking about all of you ...Take Care
~ Tommy Powell, Poquoson, Virginia

December 24, 2009 

 Dear Nancy and family,

We are so sorry to learn of Nancy's Mom's passing. We pray that the Lord will comfort you with the many blessings and memories you have of her. We have you in our prayers.
~ June & Corkie Collie, Verona, Virginia

December 24, 2009  

Nancy & Owen,
I am so very sorry to here the news about your Mother.

~ Jim Walker


December 24, 2009  

Nancy, Bobbie and Skeets and your families,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love,
~ Bobby and JoAnn Fowler, The Villages, Florida

December 25, 2009  

Keeter and Family - I just heard about your Mom. I'm so sorry, she was a lovely woman. We leave for Alabama tomorrow, but I'll be thinking about you. Love you, Betty
~ Betty

December 25, 2009  

Nancy and family,
I am deeply saddened to learn of Mrs. Keeter's passing. Among many memories, I will always remember working with her at the Warwick branch of United Virginia Bank. She will be missed.

~ Scott Matthews, Raleigh, North Carolina

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December 26, 2009  

Dear Bobbi and family,
There is never an easy time to say good bye to one we so dearly love. Mrs. Keeter was a wonderful woman who raised a great family. Celebrate her goodness as you grieve. May you find comfort in God's love, your family, and your glorious memories.
Love, Barbara
~ Barbara E. Tyner, Lumberton, North Carolina
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December 27, 2009   

Dear Nancy,
I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I'm so glad that we were able to have lunch together last fall and got to reminisce about our mothers. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Carol Fitchett-Cunningham, St. Louis, Missouri


December 27, 2009   

Dear Nancy, Just a note to remind you that I sent an email out to your WHS family and some NNHS friends that I keep in touch with who live out of town. I also notified Carol Buckley Harty who sends the webpage for NNHS. Know my thoughts and prayers are with you and family at this time.
~ Karrin Williams Frankie, Newport News, Virginia



   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Keeter's family and friends at this difficult time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

In the Garden

Words and Music by Charles Austin Miles, 1912
(7 Jan 1868 - 10 Mar 1946)

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

He speaks and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

I'd stay in the garden with Him
'Tho the night around me be falling
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling

And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known

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