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01/22/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
Mary Parker Whitley

Mary Faison Parker Whitley
(29 June 1929 - 20 Dec 2016)

Greensboro (NC) High School Class of @ 1947

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
 

   We have another sad edition of the Newsletter this Sunday.
  Mary Parker Whitley, Greensboro (NC) High School Class of @ 1947, widow of Buck Whitley, sister of Linda Parker Ball, mother of  David Whitley ('67) of VA and Susan Whitley Bryan, and mother-in-law of Candy Hixson Whitley (Ferguson HS - '68) of VA, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the James River Nursing Home in Newport News at the age of 87. 


From the Daily Press - 01/22/17:

              Mary Parker Whitley

 

 

 

NEWPORT NEWS - Mary P. Whitley, 87, passed away December 20, 2015. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017
at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Poquoson. Full obituary may be viewed at www.vacremationsociety.com.

Published in the Daily Press on January 22, 2017.
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From the Cremation Society of Virginia - 01/22/17:

              Mary Parker Whitley

 

 

Mary Faison Parker Whitley, 87, passed away December 20th, 2016, surrounded by her loving family.

She was the born June 29th, 1929, the elder of two girls born to Mary Lee Boyles and Carl Preston Parker in Greensboro, NC. She was a graduate of Greensboro High School and moved to Newport News shortly after graduation.

On August 7th 1948 she married the love of her life, Buron (Buck) Avery Whitley, who predeceased her in 2006.

Mary was known for many wonderful qualities, her love of family and her generosity, but especially for her quick wit and sense of humor. She truly was one of the funniest people on the planet. She was sweet and charming and always made one feel at ease. She and Buck had a large group of friends and loved to spend time with Buck’s brother and his wife, Bob and Ann Whitley during the month of October in Myrtle Beach, SC.

 

 
 

 

 

They developed a love of Ice Hockey when the Hampton Gulls and Hampton Aces played here in the 1970’s. Mary participated in water aerobics for many years, developing many lasting friendships. She enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles, and spoiling her children and grandchildren.

Mary and Buck were blessed with a large loving family, two children, David P. Whitley and Susan Whitley Bryan.

She is also survived and blessed by six granddaughters and their families, David’s children and Mary’s Great grandchildren, Taylor Whitley McAvoy (Joe McAvoy), Jackson, Samuel, Aaron, Marian and Lauren; Cameron Whitley Bringhurst (Seth Bringhurst ) Parker, Charlotte, Benjamin; Drew Whitley Sandberg (Dylan Sandberg) son due in April; Blair Whitley Guerreiro (Ricky Guerreiro). Susan’s children and Mary’s Great grandchildren, Mary Katherine (Katy) Bryan Green (Darrick Green) son Carter; Jessica Whitley Bryan O’Reilly (David O’Reilly) Elizabeth (Ellie) and daughter due in February.

Mary is survived by her loving sister Linda Lee Ball, Mary’s much loved niece Amanda Ball Sherron (Jason Sherron), children Meghan and Jackson.

In addition to her immediate family, she is survived by a large extended family including a dearly loved sister-in-law and friend, Nelda Warner, many nieces and nephews and their families. Also her dear friend of almost 60 years, Jackie Haney.

We would like to thank both The Hidenwood, where Mary resided before moving to James River Nursing Home, for the loving care she received.

Mary was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She had a tremendous love for the missionaries, treating them like grandsons. Many of the mothers of the missionaries sent letters of appreciation to Mary for taking such good care of their sons. She was known all over as Gramma Whitley.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 28th 11am at the Poquoson Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 112 Sinclair Lane, Poquoson, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project https://www.woundedwarriorproject, the LDS Missionary fund at https://ldsphilanthropies.org/missionary.html, or a charity of your choice. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in the Cremation Society of Virginia on January 22, 2017.
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My condolences to the Whitley family during a most difficult time.

~ Sharon Morgan-Jones
 

 
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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Whitley's family 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

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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
915-780-3048


How Great Thou Art

Originally a Swedish folk melody, "O Store Gud" by Carl Boberg (1859-1940)
was translated by Stuart K. Hine in 1899.


O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!


"How Great Thou Art" midi and lyrics courtesy of http://rosemck1.tripod.com/hgta.html - 07/08/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of
http://gregolsengallery.com – 03/15/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC - 12/14/05
Thanks, Steve!

Flower Bar 35 clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/tx5280/lines5.html - 01/27/10

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