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03/19/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Bill Cutchins

William Leigh Cutchins
(16 Aug 1922 - 18 Mar 2018)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Monday afternoon.
Bill Cutchins, widower of Alice Reece Cutchins, passed away at home in Smithfield on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at the age of 95.

   He was the uncle-in-law of Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL, Bill Reece ('68) of ID, and Kathy Reece Burke (NNHS / Warwick HS - '72) of VA, and of the late Garland Reece ('70).

From the Daily Press - 03/19/18:

            William Leigh Cutchins



SMITHFIELD - William Leigh Cutchins, 95, passed away peacefully at home, Sunday, March 18, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Born in Petersburg, VA, August 16, 1922, William was the son of the late Dorothy Jordan and Clarence C. Cutchins. He spent most of his adult life in Isle of Wight County.

In addition to his parents, William was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Alice Reece Cutchins (d. 2011).

A devoted husband, beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, William leaves to cherish his memory 3 daughters, Dorothy C. Parker, Roberta C. "Robbie" Jaxtheimer, and Susan Corbin (Mike); grandchildren, Jennifer R. Ferguson (Joe); Janet L. Jaxtheimer and Nancy L. Jaxtheimer; great-grandchildren, Kaleigh N. Little, Zachary A. Little, and Zoe C. Ferguson; and a host of friends and extended family.





William had two tours of duty with the US Navy as an aviation metalsmith. William then took his Naval Aviation expertise to NASA for a successful career in aviation model making and engineer technician with the space program. William used his talents in physics and tested his space shuttle models in the wind tunnel at NASA and received numerous commendation for his support of the Space Shuttle Program.

In his retirement, William enjoyed travel and watching the old westerns on TV.

Family and friends will gather 5-6 pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, for visitation, followed by a service celebrating William's life with Rev. Randy Bryant officiating.

Burial will be private in St. Luke's Memorial Park Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions in William's memory to Elevate Church, 23486 Deer Path Trail, Windsor, VA 23487 or Smithfield Assembly of God, 1800 S. Church Street, Smithfield, VA 23430.

Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton, VA.

Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at

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March 19, 2018

Susie, Dorothy, and family, I am praying for your rest and peace, knowing that your loved one is in the arms of Jesus.

~ Rhonda Garcia, Smithfield, Virginia

March 19, 2018

So sorry to hear about Bill's passing. He was a great friend to my family; he will be missed. Bill is now back with the love of his life, Alice. God Bless, and Rest In Peace.

~ Randy

March 19, 2018

So sorry for your loss. I'm so glad you were able to have him here with you for those many years. Prayers for the family.

~ Nell Jones Cyr

March 19, 2018

Dear family, you have my sincere condolences. What precious memories you must hold of your dear father, grand, and great grandfather who lived such a long life! May those memories, along with your reliance and trust in the one true God (Psalm 83:18) comfort you during this difficult time and may you find comfort in his promise of a resurrection in Acts 24:15.

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Our deepest sympathies...

Bill and Alice were two of the nicest people I have ever known.

I will always remember when we first met (early seventies) and how they made me feel like one of the family that maybe they had not seen for some time. I was invited to stay for lunch and it was a meal I will never forget: fried cornbread with all the trimmings.


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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mr. Cutchins' family and 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

My Faith Looks Up to Thee

Words by Ray Palmer, 1830

Music by
Lowell Mason (08 Jan 1792 - 11 Aug 1872), 1832

My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary,
Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray,
Take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day
Be wholly Thine!

May Thy rich grace impart
Strength to my fainting heart,
My zeal inspire!
As Thou hast died for me,
O may my love to Thee,
Pure warm, and changeless be,
A living fire!

While life's dark maze I tread,
And griefs around me spread,
Be Thou my Guide;
Bid darkness turn to day,
Wipe sorrow's tears away,
Nor let me ever stray
From Thee aside.

When ends life's transient dream,
When death's cold sullen stream
Over me roll;
Blest Savior, then in love,
Fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
A ransomed soul!

"My Faith Looks Up to Thee" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames, 2002) and lyrics courtesy of - 08/22/10

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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