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11/23/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Sarah Wade Owen

Sarah Wade Owen
(18 Nov 1921 - 20 Nov 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

Incredibly, there is more sad news this morning.     Miss Sarah Wade Owen, beloved teacher and Guidance Director at Newport News High School for many years, passed away in South Boston, Virginia on Thursday, November 20, 2008, two days after her 87th birthday. 

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/22/08:

My cousin,     Linda Lane Lane ('64 - of VA), alerted me that there are two additional obits in the Saturday Daily Press:  Former NNHS counselor,    Sarah Owen ... and    Robert Thomas Pauley Sr., the brother of NNHS 64 classmate,   Conrad Pauley.

   I'm very sorry to hear this, David - and that I was so numb from all the recent deaths that I missed reading it yesterday. 

   I had the pleasure of speaking with Miss Owen three years ago at the memorial service for  Mr. McIntosh.  I thought surely she would not remember me, as I had but limited contact with her in high school, yet she said she remembered my name.  As she was our guidance counselor, I replied that "could not be a good thing", and we shared a nice chuckle.

   Thank you so much, David - and Linda.

From the Daily Press - 11/22/08:  

                 Sarah Wade Owen


SOUTH BOSTON - Miss Sarah Wade Owen died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Halifax Regional Hospital.

She was born in South Boston on Nov. 18, 1921, and was 87 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Richard and Sarah Wade Owen. Miss Owen taught school for 42 years in the Richmond area and in the Newport News school system. She was Guidance Director for Newport News High School, Treasurer of Newport News Education Association, a former Vice President of the Alpha Chapter, Iota State of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, a volunteer at the South Boston-Halifax County Museum and a tireless worker in her church.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Sue Owen Dutrow and husband, David A. Dutrow.


Miss Sarah Wade Owen

1957 Anchor, p. 13 1967 Anchor, p. 84

Miss Owen is survived by a brother, Richard Owen Jr. and wife, Ann of Alpharetta, Ga.; a sister, Bertha Jane Dunavant and husband, Jack of Halifax, Va. Also surviving are nieces, Mary Dutrow Emerson and husband, Frank, Virginia Dutrow Allsopp and husband, David, Sarah Dunavant Epps and husband, Otis, Joy Dunavant Abel and husband, David. Surviving nephews are David Dutrow Jr., Jack Dunavant III, Richard Dunavant and wife, Julie; and 10 grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Miss Owen will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at Main Street United Methodist Church in South Boston, with the Rev. Edward Rigg officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery, South Boston.

The family will receive friends at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dunavant, 471 Mountain Road, Halifax.

For memorials, please consider the Prayer Garden of Main Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 119, South Boston, VA 24592, South Boston-Halifax County Museum, 1540 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592, or the Richie Dunavant Children's Cancer Foundation of Hope, P.O. Box 875, South Boston, VA 24592.

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on 11/22/2008.

Guest Book

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dear Mary, Just a note to let you know how sorry I was to read that "Miss Owen" had passed away. I remember her smiling face whenever she saw me in the halls of N.N.H.S. I'm sorry she and your parents are gone. They were three very dear people. (a nice part of my childhood memories.) My love to you and your family, Sally Morewitz Seltzer
Sally Morewitz Seltzer, Newport News, Virginia Contact Me


   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Miss Owen's former students and the entire Owen family and their friends at this time.This

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  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

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

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