03/09/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Ralph Whitsett
Ralph Campbell Whitsett,
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
We have still another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today. Ralph Whitsett, widower of Jo Hicks Whitsett (June '42), passed away in Hampton on Wednesday, March 06, 2013, at the age of 90.
From the Daily Press - 03/09/13:
Ralph C. Whitsett, Jr.
A true Marine to
the end, Ralph Campbell Whitsett, Jr., age 90, was called to rest on Wednesday,
March 6, 2013. He was born in Salem, VA on September 13, 1922, and was the only
son of the late Ralph C. and Ruth C. Whitsett.
Ralph was also preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Josephine H. Whitsett. He is survived by daughters, Kathleen Ward and husband, Percy of Poquoson, and Carole Donovan of Hampton; son, Charles S. Wilson and wife, Belinda of Hampton; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and lifetime friend, Frances Matherly of Christiansburg, VA.
The family will
receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Parklawn-Wood
Funeral Home. A celebration of Ralph's life will be held on Sunday, March 10, at
3:00 pm, at Parklawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. Interment will follow at Parklawn
Published in the Daily Press on March 9, 2013.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Your dad had such an impressive life. He was courageous and kind. I have wonderful memories of summer visits to your home. I remember your dad taking us to the ocean where he taught me how to catch crabs! This is still one of my fondest childhood memories.
I wish I could be there on Saturday but I will be thinking of you and your family.
All My Best,
~ Ginny Layne, Potsdam, New York
We remember your dad as a sweet, loving uncle, brother of Ruth May, and we are grateful to have visited with him last year.
Love to you, Joan and Chris Layne
Kathy and Percy...my thoughts and prayers are with you all...God surely blessed him with a long life, and I am sure he loved you guys...Wish we could be there, but will keep you in our hearts. Wayne and Maxine Elder, Semper Fi
~ Wayne and Maxine Elder
Dear Kathy and Percy,,, I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing.. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you carry on but I know your faith will get you through the sadness. If I were there in Virginia, I would be there for you!!! In Christ's love, Teresa Crandol Livengood
~ Teresa Crandol Livengood
Saturday, March 09, 2013
My Uncle Ralph; One fine day I dropped by to visit Ralph. Ralph was glad to see me and welcomed me with a strong hand shake and a big smile. He talked stoically about his life, his recent decline in health, his new prescriptions and various scheduled medical tests as though he was just trying to make his way through the complex world of modern medicine, weighing his own thoughts, never once complaining. We talked and laughed about how my mother, Ralph's sister, Ruth May, called him "Waffay" because Ruth had a difficult time pronouncing the letter "r" and Ralph became "Waffay". When the War started Ralph never gave it a second thought about what he needed to do; join the Marines. Ralph talked openly and in some detail about his combat experiences, his return to civilian life and his loving family. I left in a similar manner to how I had arrived, a strong hand shake and a big smile, and my drive home was different, better. Thank you Ralph; Ted Layne will miss you very much.
~ Ted Layne
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Kathy and Percy--and Family--"Good and Faithful servant"--We will all lift you up in prayer--I have such sweet memories-- Kathy; of us all camping, swimming at the pool, my many sleep-overs at "Aunt Jo's and Uncle Ralph's" house--"Uncle Ralph" teaching us new swimming strokes at the pool--just too many memories to count--I love you all--and I will surely miss Uncle Ralph--and Mom will miss his faithful visits to her as they would always reminisce. In Christ's Love --Susan and Aunt Kathryn
~ Susan Miller, Hampton, Virginia
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Whitsett family and their friends at this difficult time.
Ralph Whitsett of Hampton is
a Marine veteran
who fought at Guadalcanal.
Image by Joe Fudge, Daily Press
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always HaveBuckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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