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01/13/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Kitty Warthan Smith

Catherine Warthan Smith
(17 Apr 1918 - 08 Jan 2012)

Newport News High School Class of February 1937

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   There is more sad news this Friday morning.  
Kitty Warthan Smith, Class of February 1937, passed away on Sunday, January 8, 2012 in Newport News at the age of 93.

From the Daily Press - 01/13/12:

              Kitty Warthan Smith



NEWPORT NEWS - Catherine W. Smith 'Kitty,' 93, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. Born April 17, 1918, to the late James and Rebecca Warthan, she was a lifelong peninsula resident.

Kitty was a graduate of Newport News High School in 1937, and also a graduate of Newport News Business College. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She retired from First & Merchants National Bank with more than 30 years of service.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, P. Philip Smith; brothers, Eugene and Dick Warthan.


Kitty Warthan Smith



She is survived by sons, Douglas P. Smith of Newport News and David B. Smith (Marcia) of Richmond; grandchildren, Alek (Lesley) and Brad (Mandi) of Richmond, Jeffrey (Michelle) of Newport News, Michael of Menominee, Mich.; four great-grandchildren and several devoted nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may take the form of contributions to First United Methodist Church General Fund, 10246 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Burial in Peninsula Memorial Park will be private.

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

Published in the Daily Press from January 12 to January 13, 2012.
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January 12, 2012

Dave and Doug,

I am thinking about you and your family. My mother and I are sad for your loss.

Jan Minter Montgomery

~ Jan Montgomery, Powhatan, Virginia

January 12, 2012 
Doug, David and Family We are so sorry of your loss of your mom. She was a gracious and loving woman. I have a lot of good memories. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Love to all, Valerie Hicks Reavis, Russell, Barbara Hicks, and Freddie Hicks

~ Valerie Reavis, Savannah, Georgia

January 12, 2012
I keep hearing my father's voice at the dinner table, “Hips and pneumonia are the friend of the aged!” Not much consolation, but you have to know the two of them are back at the beach, in that trailer enjoying a cocktail and the setting sun. Kitty once told me after a round of golf with Phil, “She was so happy he played well with me.” That's the kind of lady she will always be.

With all my love,

~ Bob Kretz

January 12, 2012

Dear Doug and David,

Just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss.


~ Carolyn Purgold Smoker, Yorktown, Virginia

January 12, 2012
When I was growing up I remember my great aunt Lena Warthan talking about Catherine, Dick's sister. I send my prayers to Catherine's family @ this time.

~ Judith W. Brett, Newport News, Virginia

January 14, 2012

David and Doug:
As you well know, Kitty was my second mother; I loved her so much and she cooked the best butter beans on the face of the earth!
I remember numerous vacations with the Smith family at Nags Head, all 4 of us in one room at the Cavalier!
She treated me as a son, and I loved her for that. I will miss her but I am happy to know she is now reunited with Phillip and hopefully cooking those butter beans!

~ Richard "Yogi" Graves, Winston Salem, North Carolina

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Warthan and Smith families and their friends at this difficult time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Be Thou My Vision

Irish Hymn, c. 8th century

Translated by Mary Elizabeth Byrne (02 July 1880 - 19 Jan 1931), 1905

Versified by Eleanor Henrietta Hull (15 Jan 1860 - 13 Jan 1935), 1912

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

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