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10/20/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Betty Furr Harrison

Betty Ruth Furr Harrison
(15 Dec 1929 -  18 Oct 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news this Monday evening.  Betty Furr Harrison, mother of Barbara Sheffield Green ('64) of SC, Wanda Sheffield ('70) of VA, Pat Hughes Davis ('70) of VA and Debbie Pate of VA, passed away in Newport News on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at the age of 78.

       From Carol Anne Comer Cutler ('70) of VA - 10/20/08 - "Notice for Betty Ruth Harrison":

NNHS Class of 1970, Wanda Sheffield - Mother passed away on Saturday. Please post on web page.

Thanks, Carol Comer Cutler

Please visit the Notice for Betty Ruth Harrison.

   Oh, I'm so sorry to hear this, Carol Anne. This is another one of those obituaries I read and wondered if it was one of ours.  Thank you for letting me know. Please extend our sincerest condolences to Wanda.

From the Daily Press - 10/20/08:   

                   Betty Ruth Harrison




HAMPTON - Betty Ruth Harrison, 78, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at Riverside Hospital after a brief illness.

Betty was born on Dec. 15, 1929, in Moore County, N.C., to the late William and Flossie Furr.

She was a homemaker and wonderful mother, sister, grandmother and friend to all. Betty was an active member of Faith Baptist Church.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, William Harrison.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Barbara Green of Florence, S.C., Wanda Sheffield of Chesapeake, and her husband, Charles Himelright, Debbie Pate of Midlothian, and her husband, Gene, and her 'Chosen' daughter, Pat Davis of Hampton. A sister, Margaret Harris, of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Mandy Pate of Midlothian, Lisa Green of South Carolina and Shane Green of Indianapolis, and many loving nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Peninsula Funeral Home, burial to follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens.

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

Published in the Daily Press on 10/20/2008.
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Monday, October 20, 2008

We are so sorry for your loss, may the loving memories of your Mother bring you comfort during this difficult time. If we can do anything, let us know, we are here for you.
Joanne & Charles Belote, Chesapeake, Virginia

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sorry to hear about your momma. She was a good friend and will be missed by many people. We are praying for you all. Frankie and Betty Fae Morgan. 704-434-8974
Betty Morgan, Lattimore, North Carolina

Monday, October 20, 2008

With deepest sympathy,


Steve & Nancy Sheffield

Monday, October 20, 2008

Deb- You know our prayers are with you and all your sisters. Gloria and Robert
Gloria Fitzpatrick, Milford, Iowa

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wanda & family,
Many thoughts and deepest sympathy to you all at this time. If there is anything I can help you with or do for you. Please let me know. Love....
Sylvia Combs, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tina, Paul, Donna, Charity, Annette, Davis, Carlton, Dee.
Miller Mart #64, Williamsburg, Virginia

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wanda and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. If there is anything we can do to help, please know we will be there by your side.
Donna Cooper & Michelle Farley

Monday, October 20, 2008

Barbara, Wanda, and Debbie, so sorry to hear about your Mom. I have never forgotten all the fun times at your home and all the meals I ate at her table. We were little girls in the fourth grade when Barbara invited me home. Love to all, Jean Poole Burton, Portsmouth, RI
Jean Poole Burton Contact Me

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wanda, Debbie, and Barbara,
I am so sorry to here about Betty. She was so very special to our family! She was my mom's life! I will never forget about all the wonderful times we had with her! Growing up, I loved coming to her house at Christmas time! And always will remember playing Trouble with her! Mom loved playing trouble with her! She will be missed so much! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family! Love,
Kelli Davis Lantz
Kelli Lantz, Hampton, Virginia


   Again, our deepest sympathies are extended to Barbara, Wanda, Pat, and Debbie and their families at this difficult time.

    From Jean Poole Burton ('64) of RI - 10/20/08 - "So sorry to hear about Mrs. Harrison...":

Barbara Sheffield and I were great friends from fourth grade though we lost touch in high school.  Her mother was one of the nicest Moms I ever knew.  Barb invited me home often as my mother went to my grandparents' every day to attend to their needs as they were increasingly frail.  Barb's Mom made the best biscuits, lasagna, and every other food you can imagine.  Wanda was the same age as my brother Bill,  so we would take the two little ones in the strollers for our moms occasionally.  They lived on Cedar Avenue and we lived on Maple, so I would go home after school with Barb very often to play and my mother would pick me up around five.  I always hoped she would be late so I could eat with them!  Such precious memories.

Love, Jeanb

   Thank you so much for sharing that, Jean.

  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.

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