Harriet Eloise Brown Naylor

Harriet Eloise Brown Naylor

Suffolk, Virginia
04.06.1918 - 11.15.2017

Harriett Eloise Brown Naylor passed away on November 15, 2017 at her home.  Harriett was born on April 6, 1918. She earned her BA in Science from James Madison University. She was also in attendance at President Truman’s Inaugural Ceremonies as a reporter for the Suffolk News Herald.  She was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald M. Johnson, Sr. and Robert Traver Naylor; father, Walter Pryor Brown, Sr.; mother, Zuleka Eloise Brown; brothers, Walter Pryor Brown, Jr., Thaxton Mallory Brown, and Robert Hunter Brown; and son Michael Traver Naylor.

         Left to cherish her memory are her children, Donald “Demi” M. Johnson, Jr. (Lana) of Girdwood, Alaska, and Harriett  Robin Naylor of Suffolk, Virginia; 4 granddaughters; 4 great granddaughters, 2 great grandsons; and numerous nieces, nephews, and pets.

         Harriett will be remembered for being very adventurous, her love of travel, her arts and crafts projects, and a lifetime of teaching.

         A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 11:00 am at Main Street United Methodist Church in Suffolk by Rev. Myrtle Hatcher. The family is being assisted by R. W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory. Condolences may be offered online at RWBakerFH.com.

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Main Street United Methodist Church
202 N. Main St.
Suffolk, VA 23434
United States


Grandma Harriett, thank you for welcoming me into your life and family. I am forever grateful for all the stories and memories you have shared with me. I will always remember the days that Demi and I shared playing in your backyard, getting into mischief together, looking through your treasures and just spending time with you. Thank you for Robin. She is and always will be like a mother to me. She has helped me through some tough times in my life and has always been a guiding light for me. Thank you for Demi. She has always and will always be like my sister. Her strength, humor, intelligence and curiosity has taught me a lot throughout our friendship. I honestly don’t know where I would be without either of them. You will be dearly missed but not forgotten. My family also sends their love to you. They all have fond memories of you as well. I hope you are off having the time of your life right now. Again thank you, and we love you.


Dear Naylor Family,
On behalf of the City of Suffolk Treasurer's Office, I want to extend to you and your family our sincerest sympathy on the loss of Mrs. Naylor. May you cherish the wonderful memories of her wonderful life, and find comfort in them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer and Office Staff

Ronald H. Williams

Happy Trails Mrs. Naylor. Your teaching put me on my path to success.

John Goss

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