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05/07/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Louise Nicholson Gwaltney

Louise Virginia Nicholson Gwaltney
(19 Dec 1928 - 06 May 2015)

Sperryville High School Class of 194_

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   There is more sad news this today.   Louise Nicholson Gwaltney, Sperryville High School Class of 194_, former wife of Edwin Gwaltney ('46) of VA, passed away on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 in Newport News at the age of 86.

 From the Daily Press - 05/07/15:

            Louise Nicholson Gwaltney

      NEWPORT NEWS - The gates of Heaven opened to receive our angel here on earth, Louise Virginia Nicholson Gwaltney, 86, of Newport News, VA, passed away on May 6, 2015, after her courageous battle with bladder cancer.

Louise was born in Luray, VA on December 19, 1928. She spent her early years growing up in Sperryville, VA and graduated from Sperryville High School and has been a Peninsula resident for most of her life.

She was a member of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church and the Mary Martha Sunday School class. Louise worked for C & P Telephone Company for over 40 years as a telephone operator. She enjoyed raising her three children and then caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had a green thumb and spent many hours on her patio tending to her flowers and plants.

Louise Nicholson Gwaltney
She loved blue grass and country music and was a regular at the concerts around the Peninsula. She was a fan of Darrell Waltrip and Dale Jarrett when they were racing and later switched to Tony Stewart. On Sunday afternoon you would find her switching the TV between the NASCAR races and the Redskins football game. Along with her sisters, she enjoyed her trips to the casinos in Atlantic City, NJ and the casino in Dover, DE. Everyone that knew Louise, knew about her love for butterflies. You could find them all over her home.

Louise is preceded in death by her parents, Acree and Esther Nicholson; brothers, James (Red), Eddie and Vernon Nicholson and sister, Kathryn Balochi; her daughter, Brenda Kennington; and grandson, David Scott Gwaltney.

She is survived by her sons, Larry Gwaltney (Carol), Doug Gwaltney (Vivian); their father, Edwin Gwaltney; her sister, Marie Spence; grandchildren Trisha (Jason), Steven, Christopher, Brandon and Shannon, along with several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many close friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Peninsula Funeral home. A service celebrating Louise's life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday May 8, 2015 at the funeral home with the Rev. Ed Lilley officiating. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial park. Arrangements in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.

The family of Louise Gwaltney wishes to thank Dr. Mattern and the staff of Virginia Oncology Associates for their compassion and care during her illness as well the nurses at Sentara Careplex, James River West 5th floor, for their caring and understanding during her last hospital stay. They went out of their way to make sure that all of her needs as well as the family were taken care of. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on May 7, 2015.


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May 07
, 2015

My thoughts and prayers are with Louise's family. She was the sweetest and most kindest person I have ever met. I will miss that sweet smile. May you rest in peace my friend, you are now flying with the butterflies, and you will truly be missed. May you find comfort knowing that she was loved by so many. Hugs to her family.

May 07, 2015

  My thoughts and prayers are with Louise's family. She was a great lady and lots of fun. I worked with her back in the 50's.

~ Marie Ferroni Crump  

May 07, 2015 

Larry and Carol, My thoughts and prayers are with you! Love, Terry

~ Terry Powell, Newport News, Virginia


May 07, 2015 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gwaltney family. Louise was a wonderful woman! She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

~ Kim Moore, Hampton, Virginia

May 07, 2015

Larry, I was so sorry to read the obituaries this morning and discovered that your Mother had passed away. My condolences to you and your family. Sounds like she was a great, fun loving lady :0) May the happy memories you have with her get you through this sad time and remain with you for the rest of your life. God Bless you Larry and your family.

~ Lottie Onks, Newport News, Virginia
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May 07, 2015 

Thoughts and prayers to all of the the family. Aunt Louise was a sweet person. I will always remember her smile. Love to all of you. Wish I could be there.

~ Tammy

May 07, 2015 

Larry, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

~ Vernon and Jean Southall Beachum, West Virginia

May 07, 2015

  Heaven has another angel....Growing up Brenda, Vicky and I had three moms....mine, Mrs. Owen and Mrs. Gwaltney....She was a wonderful, hard working, lovely inside and out...and a great mother....She will be remembered by many forever.....I know she is in a happy place with Brenda and her grandson. Rest in Peace....My condolences to Trisha, Larry and Doug and the grand children and great grand children.

~ Carol (Edwards) Darrah, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

May 07, 2015 

Larry, Very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Thoughts and prayers with your and Carol and your family.

~ Darrell Sutton, Newport News, Virginia

May 08, 2015 

Larry, We are truly sorry for the loss of your mother. Our prayers and thought will be with you and your family, especially here on Mother's Day. You can rest knowing that she is now in God's hands. She has fought her battle and WON.

~ Billy Lyle, Hampton, Virginia

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May 08, 2015

I lived across the hall from Louise for 10 years at Taylor Arms, and she was one of the nicest people I have ever met. Her kindness and generosity to my daughter and me have never been forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

~ Shelly Dale, Hampton, Virginia

May 09, 2015 


   Our sincerest condolences are extended to the entire Gwaltney family and their friends at this 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



The Old Rugged Cross

Words and Music by George Bennard, 1913

(The Old Rugged Cross was written in Albion, Michigan.
Or Pokagon, Michigan.
Or Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
All three towns claim to be the birthplace of this hymn.)

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He'll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I'll share.

So I'll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.


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