04/16/07 - NNHS Newsletter - Roger Challis

Roger Lynn Challis
(21 Feb 1952 - 14 Apr 2007)

Boyden High School (NC) Class of @ 1970

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We continue to learn sad things as this day progresses.

  From John London (Warwick HS - '57) of VA - 04/16/07 - "Even more sad news.":

Carol -

I want to thank everyone the prayers and good wishes for my brother, Roger Challis.

Unfortunately Roger passed away early this morning.

As we all know, there are no guarantees in life and death for any of us, and none of us knows what the master plan involves.

We remain truly grateful that we had Roger for fifty-five years. And we shall continue to celebrate a life that brought so much joy to so many; a life that continues now on that higher plane of existence to which we all aspire.

Thanks, again - John London and the Challis family of Salisbury, NC

(Obituary attached)
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   Ohhh, John!  I'm so very sorry to hear this!  Please accept our deepest condolences in this time of such great loss.  We'll continue to keep you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.


From the Salisbury Post - 04/16/07:

  Roger Lynn Challis

MIDLOTHIAN - Roger Lynn Challis, 55, of Midlothian, VA, died Saturday, April 14, 2007, at VCU Medical Center, Richmond, VA, after a short illness.

Born Feb. 21, 1952 in Charleston, WV, Mr. Challis was the son of Edith Stidham Challis of Salisbury and the late John Richard "Dick" Challis, Sr.

Mr. Challis was educated at Boyden High School and Central Bible College, Springfield, MO. He was a loving husband and great father and enjoyed photography as a hobby. He enjoyed volunteering in school functions and in church functions when living in Atlanta.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his loving sisters, Mae C. Spring, JoAnn Challis and Brenda C. Smith.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, his wife, Cynthia P. Challis; daughter, Nancy Jo Challis of Myrtle Beach, SC; brothers, John R. London (Nancy) of Virginia Beach, VA, John R. Challis, Jr. (Lisa) of Salisbury and sisters, Gloria C. Carlson (Gary) and Janice M. Challis of Salisbury, Linda C. Manning (Robert) of Macon, GA.

Services: Will be conducted 3 p.m. Tuesday at Summersett Memorial Chapel with Rev. Dr. Donald R. Vess, and Rev. Dr's Lawrence and Carol Lee, officiating.

Interment: Will follow at City Memorial Park.

Visitation: The family will receive friends at the Summersett Funeral Home from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday. The family will gather at other times at the home of Edith Challis and welcome friends.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Massey Cancer Center Thomas Palliative Care Unite Fund, PO Box 980214, Richmond, VA 23298

Published in the Salisbury Post on 4/16/2007. 
Guest Book

Roger Lynn Challis
God bless you and keep you... my kind uncle!
I cannot wait until I can meet you again in heaven.
You were such a wonderful uncle to me! My heart is so sad that I will have to miss you as I finish God's plan here. I know you are in heaven holding grandpa's and your sisters' hands...God knew your heart………please tell my daddy and Glenn I miss them too.....and especially our sweet, sweet, Brenda!
I know that you loved Jesus!
I can remember, as if it were yesterday, your God-given and heavenly voice in church when I was a little girl.....just singing on that microphone about that lighthouse.......and I thank God for the lighthouse too Roger!

I am so happy that I had the opportunity to tell you I loved you once more on the phone.......I am sorry I could not be there in person.....I will miss you dearly!

And to the rest of our family and friends......remember always that we are each a unique instrument of God's work and plan.....sometimes that work is done in special places by some of His bravest children. I know that Roger was a brave child of God! We are all touching lives everywhere we go and most of the time we don't even realize that we did…we just have to follow that plan, with no matter to the fears and doubts of others. God’s plan is at work always……even when we do not understand it...God has blessed me with that knowledge!

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

All my love, Tammy
Tammy Jean (Fatkin) Buchanan (Talbott, TN) - April 16, 2007
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We will miss Roger! He was a special great uncle to us!

Christina and Tommy
(Tammy's Children)
Christina and Tommy (Talbott, TN) - April 16, 2007
Dear Edith & Family, I was shocked to receive news of Roger's passing. It has been many years since we've seen each other, but I can still see the sweet handsome face of my childhood friend. He was a very special man & know you will all miss him. May our God give you peace at this sad time & may the realization that we will see each other again in Heaven comfort you all.
Love, prayers & sympathy,
Karen (Johnson--Sis. Alma, 2nd St. Ch. of God) Tucker
Karen Johnson Tucker (Sis. Alma Johnson Family) (Salisbury, NC) - April 16, 2007
I will miss Roger so much even though we did not see each other enough. I certainly appreciated how Roger could find the best in every bad situation. Roger has left a legacy that he always dreamed to do. I was honored to share in some of your last hours. I know he was in good hands with Cindy, Chris, Brian and Holly.
Thank you for loving my children so much. They have the best memories of you, ones of laughing and love.

We love you so much,
John, Lisa, Olivia, and Mallory Challis
John Challis (Salisbury, NC) - April 17, 2007
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John and Nancy, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. The entire family will be in my prayers for your peace.
Linda May Bond Crayton (Hampton, VA) - April 17, 2007



   Again, our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Challis family and their friends at this difficult time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Onward Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring Gould in Church Times, 1865.
Music (St. Gertrude) by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

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