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06/24/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Agnes Deaton Saunders

Agnes Deaton Saunders
(27 Mar 1920 - 22 June 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
Once again we bring you sad news.  Agnes Deaton Saunders, mother of Jerry Saunders ('57) and of Nancy Saunders Koehler ('62) of Northern VA, passed away at home in Newport News on Sunday, June 22, 2008 at the age of 88. 

 From the Daily Press - 06/24/08:    

               Agnes Deaton Saunders


NEWPORT NEWS - Agnes Deaton Saunders, widow of Carlton Arnold Saunders, mother of Jerald Deaton Saunders and Nancy Elaine Koehler, sister of Rachel and Roy (deceased), grandmother of Kittie, Cari and Robert, great-grandmother of Victoria and Beauregard, mother-in-law of Sandy, great-grandmother of Tim and Victor, business partner of George Orphanidys (deceased) and George Orphanidys Jr., died peacefully at home Sunday, June 22, 2008. She was 88 years old.

Born March 27, 1920, at home, in Troy, N.C., her mother was a schoolteacher and her father, a farmer. She graduated from high school at 15 as class valedictorian.

Mrs. Saunders and her family came to Newport News in 1941 and moved into Stuart Gardens Apartments on the corner of Chestnut Avenue and 16th Street when 16th Street was not yet paved. Many of the apartments were still under construction.

A longtime member of Orcutt Baptist Church, she taught Sunday School to teenagers and continued teaching students in their '90s until last year. She also served as a member of the church Finance Committee. When the church moved from Orcutt Avenue and 24th Street to its present location on Oyster Point Road, she served on the Building Committee.

A well-known member of the Peninsula real estate community, Mrs. Saunders began as a receptionist for Drucker and Faulk during the development and sale of Stoneybrook Estates. Working 51 years for George's Realty Company, she is best known for building and selling real estate throughout the area and for managing the more than 1,000 apartments built by the company.

Although she considered herself a successful businesswoman, when asked what job she most enjoyed, she always responded, 'serving as Teenage Director of the YWCA during the late '50s. It was the greatest pleasure of my life because I loved the kids and they loved me.'

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Peninsula Funeral Home. A service in celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Orcutt Baptist Church. She will be buried next to her husband in Star, N.C., their first hometown. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at .

Published in the Daily Press on 6/24/2008.
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My love and condolences to the family may God be with each and every one of you at your time of need. Mrs. Saunders was one of the best, we will miss her.
Vickie and Michael Robbs (Smithfield, VA) - June 24, 2008
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It has been a privilege and an honor to know Agnes. She was loved and honored deeply by her Sunday school class and all of the church. Agnes has always been a kind and generous person. She will be missed by many . I'm glad she shared her life with her Orcutt family.
Pam Garrett Chalkley (Hampton, VA) - June 24, 2008
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Nancy, my prayers and condolences to you and your family at this sad time.
Jeanie Barbour Burnett (Hampton, VA) - June 24, 2008
Our thoughts go out to the family of Mrs. Saunders as well as to George, Jr. May God bless you all with happy memories.

Barry, Rhonda, & Colby
Rhonda Guilliams (Yorktown, VA) - June 24, 2008
My condolences to the Saunders family. Mrs. Saunders was an amazing woman, and I feel honored to have known her, even for a short while. She will truly be missed.
Theresa Bartlett (Norfolk, VA) - June 24, 2008
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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Jerry and Nancy and indeed to the entire Saunders family and their friends.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

The Old Rugged Cross

Words and Music by George Bennard, 1913

(The Old Rugged Cross was written in Albion, Michigan.
Or Pokagon, Michigan.
Or Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
All three towns claim to be the birthplace of this hymn.)

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

"The Old Rugged Cross" midi courtesy of - 03/01/07
NOTE:  I felt strongly impressed that I should use this hymn.  After searching for over an hour for an arrangement I liked,
this version came closest in spirit, though I had hoped for an organ sound.

"The Old Rugged Cross" lyrics and history courtesy of - 03/01/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

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

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