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02/12/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Bland Burcher

Bland W. Burcher
(d. 08 Feb 2017)

Newport News High School Class of 1952

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   There is more sad news today.
  Bland Burcher, Class of 1952, brother of Jackie Burcher Harris and of the late Alice Burcher Dale and Bubba Burcher, passed away at home in Newport News on Wednesday, February 08, 2017. 

From Daily Press - 02/12/17:

              Bland W. Burcher



NEWPORT NEWS - Bland W. Burcher died suddenly at home February 8, 2017.

Bland was born in Newport News and was a lifelong resident except for two years of military service as a chaplain's assistant. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1952 and never lost touch with many dear classmates.

He was preceded in death by his parents Roy H. and Mary Jane Williamson Burcher, his sister Alice Lee Dale (Linwood), and brother Roy H. Burcher Jr. (June), infant daughter, and twin infant grandsons.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years Patricia and his children Suzanne Rios (Victor), Dan Burcher (Amy), Janie Lisagor (Matt) and eight grandchildren (Kate Rios, Lauren Rios, Rachel Rios, Kelly Burcher, Meredith Burcher, Brett Burcher, Hannah Lisagor, Joshua Lisagor), sister Jackie Harris, his best 4 legged friend, Winston, and a host of wonderful loving nieces, nephews and cousins.




Bland was probably best known for singing and playing with his band "BW & The Cruisers" for over 20 years and later with the Burcher family band "The Family Feud" for many years after the Cruisers.

Bland was retired from Virginia Natural Gas as superintendent of Construction and Operations. He was very active in the community with Peninsula Homes Builders, and Peninsula Association of Realtors. He served many years on the Board of Directors of the Peninsula YMCA and the Salvation Army. He was one of the first members of Oyster Point Rotary of the Virginia Peninsula, and was an active member for many years after his retirement. He served on their Board of Directors, and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

He was quick to love, fast to forgive, and passionate about keeping his friends and family close. Everything he did was for his family. He considered children and grandchildren an unexpected and amazing gift and was so proud as they grew to be responsible and wonderful parents.

He died on the eve of his and Pat's 60th anniversary and Pat received a special package from him the next morning. God is so good.

The last few years were a challenge health-wise but he continued to live with courage and hope. He still enjoyed time at the Outer Banks with his family and looked forward to many more years but God in his infinite mercy called him home and granted him a merciful passing from this life. As he always said "I'll talk to you whenever."

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, 38 Hoopes Rd, Newport News, Va. 23602.

A celebration of life will be held at Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. Reception with family and friends to follow immediately after the service.

Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on February 12, 2017.

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February 12, 2017

Aunt Pat and family, we are so sorry for the sudden passing of Uncle Bland. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. All our love, Susan and Clinton Turner

- Susan Turner, Battery Park, Virginia

February 12, 2017

Bland Burcher was a stalwart against city government's overreach and fought higher property taxes among other activism. I have his (and Pat's) Cruisers DVD in my car. I had many conversations face to face and by phone with him over the years and am devastated by his death.

His wife, Pat, also a stalwart, was a welcome guest with Bland at our home, and I hope she takes heart at the importance of his and her work to keep our city working for us, not we for them.

~ Cary Nunnally, Newport News, V

February 13, 2017

I'm so sorry to hear about Bland's passing. We worked together at VNG for many years and we have rented your cottage at the Outer Banks for almost as long as I can remember. Bland always treated my family and I as his family, and I will always be grateful. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. I know he will be greatly missed.

~ David Gatling, Yorktown
, Virginia

February 14, 2017
We sure we're blessed to have known him for so many years as a friend and neighbor. So sorry that he has passed. Much love from our family to yours.

~ Beth Skorupa, Newport News, Virginia

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Bland's family, friends, and classmates 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

Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by
George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 09 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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