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12/16/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Frances Steger Walker Slate

Frances Steger Walker Slate
(05 Feb 1921 - 14 Dec 2008)

Newport News High School Class of 1937

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Yet again we bring you sad news. 
  Frances Steger Walker Slate, Class of 1937, mother of Helen Walker Kellis, Bob Walker, and the late Harman Walker, and step-mother of    Woody Slate ('66) of VA, Patsy Slate Davis and Jeannie Slate Hall, passed away in Bayside of Poquoson on Friday, December 12, 2008 at the age of 87. 

 From the Daily Press - 12/16/08:   

  Frances Steger Walker Slate
  NEWPORT NEWS - Frances was born to the late Joseph I. and Helen Baines Steger on Feb. 5, 1921, in Newport News and was raised in the East End. She passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Bayside of Poquoson.

She graduated from Newport News High School in 1937, at the age of 16, where she was inducted into the National Honor Society and the National Thespians. In her senior year, she was awarded three letters, ('N') for Music, Drama and School Spirit and Leadership. She attended Farmville State Teachers College (Longwood).

She remained a (Charter) member of Hilton Christian Church until her death. She loved her church dearly, where she sang in the choir for 30 years, served as an Elder and President of the C.W.F. She was a member of the Newport News Jr. Woman's Club, where she performed in their annual 'Follies'; a member of the Woman's Club of Hilton Village and served as Secretary; member of the Hilton Village Civic and Garden Club and served as Secretary; and was actively involved in the effort to preserve the Village. She resided in Hilton Village 41 years.

She married H.B. Walker III, in 1938, with whom she had three children. She made her home in Hilton Village, where she raised her children and worked in the Main Clinic at the Newport News Shipyard for 19 1/2 years.

She was preceded in death by her 2nd husband, Woodrow W. Slate; her son, Harman B. Walker IV; and grandson, Ryan Joseph Walker.

Mrs. Slate is survived by her children; daughter, Helen Walker Kellis (Doug); son, Joseph Robert Walker (Bob); stepchildren, Woody Slate, Patsy Davis and Jeannie Hall; grandchildren, Mark D. Kellis, Stacey Kellis Godsey, Michael A. Walker, James L. Holloway III (Jay), William W. Holloway (Bill); 11 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Sue W. Edwards.

Her beautiful smile will be forever remembered by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Terrye Williams at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, at Hilton Christian Church, 100 James River Dr., Newport News. Opportunity for visitation with the family and reception will immediately follow the service.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in the Daily Press from 12/16/2008 - 12/17/2008.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Slate's entire family and their friends at this time.

  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

Nearer My God to Thee

Words: Sarah F. Adams, 1805-1848
Music: Lowell Mason, 1792-1872

1. Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!
E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
still all my song shall be,
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

2. Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
yet in my dreams I'd be
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

3. There let the way appear, steps unto heaven;
all that thou sendest me, in mercy given;
angels to beckon me
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

4. Then, with my waking thoughts bright with thy praise,
out of my stony griefs Bethel I'll raise;
so by my woes to be
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

5. Or if, on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I fly,
still all my song shall be,
nearer, my God, to thee;
nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee!

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