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05/28/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Marvin Valencourt

Marvin D. Valencourt, Jr.
(09 Mar 1960 - 16 May 2015)

Bethel High School Class of 1978

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 There's still more sad news today.    Marvin Valencourt, Bethel HS Class of 1978, nephew of    Susan Gary (Warwick HS / NNHS - '61) of VA, passed away suddenly in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the age of 55.

From the Daily Press - 05/28/15:

                    Marvin D. Valencourt, Jr.
      JACKSONVILLE, FLA. - Marvin D. Valencourt, Jr. passed away suddenly on May 16, 2015 while walking along the beach.

Marvin was born in Victoria, Va. on March 9, 1960 to the late Louisa G. Valencourt and Marvin D. Valencourt, Sr.

After graduating from Bethel High School (Hampton, Va.) in 1978, Marvin enlisted in the US Army, in which he served three years. After serving his country Marvin accepted a job with the US Dept. of the Navy as an Information Systems Specialist, and lived again for a short time in Hampton before moving to Panama City Fla. He made Florida his home for over twenty years.

Marvin was an extrovert, gathering friends wherever he went. He was loyal and kind, keeping in touch with many childhood friends, while making new friends who adored him as well. Marvin was generous, quick-witted, and thoughtful. He was a man who would drop everything to help a friend or family member in need. He will be sorely missed.

Marvin Valencourt

Marvin leaves behind to cherish his memory, brother, Stephen R. Valencourt; step-mother, Isabel Franks; aunt, Susan G. Gary; cousin, Laurie A. Artman; and many extended family members. Also grieving their loss are Marvin's Florida family, Andy (Semra) Thompson, Mitchell (Amanda) Thompson, and Andy and Semra's children, Lily, Elijah and Violet.

Services will be held on Saturday May 30, at 3:00 pm, Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News.

Marvin was an animal lover. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to your local "no kill" shelter. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on May 28, 2015.
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Marvin was so involved within his High School! He had such great
school spirit and proved it over and over again!!
Marvin Valencourt, Jr. BHS Bruin, class of '78
This is how I will always remember Marvin.


May 27, 2015

  Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel at the tragic loss of Marvin! I can say that on behalf of Marvin's fellow Bethel Bruin classmates he will be missed by us all! Our hearts go out to his family and his friends throughout his life in this time of sorrow!

~ Dana Rayford, Yorktown, Virginia
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May 27, 2015

  Marvin passed away too young. He spoke of the places he planned to visit when he retired. Sadly, he'll never get to those places he dreamed about. He was kind and helpful to all. I will miss his fun, wicked sense of humor and his wisdom. He was a sweet soul taken too soon from all of us. May Marvin's memory continue to inspire all who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace and may all who loved him have comfort.

~ Phyllis Witt, Sun City, Arizona

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May 27, 2015

Praying for Marvin's family during this difficult time. Praying that God's peace will guard your hearts. Marvin was a positive influence and always made me feel special. Thanks Marvin for your encouragement in our high school days ... you will be missed.

~ Cyndi O'Neal Kidd, Sri Lanka

May 27, 2015

It has saddened our hearts to have to say goodbye to a friend and fellow classmate from Bethel, class of 78. You will be missed. May the wonderful memories you left behind help your family and friends during this difficult time of loss.

~ Mike and Linda Bartgis, Hampton, Virginia

May 28, 2015

Sincerest condolences to Steve, Laurie, Susan and all Marty's friends and loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

~ Gabrielle Snyder, Newport News, Virginia

May 28, 2015



  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Susan and to all of Marvin's 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

All Creatures of Our God and King

The words are a paraphrase of "Canticle of the Sun" by
Saint Francis of Assisi (1181/1182 – 03 Oct 1226), circa 1225
Written shortly before his death, it was not published for almost 400 years.
Translated to English by
William H. Draper (19 Dec 1855 - 09 Aug 1933), it first appeared in the Public School Hymn Book, 1919.

Music: "Lasst Uns Erfreuen", Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng (Köln, Germany: Peter von Brachel, 1623)
Harmony by
Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 Oct 1872 - 26 Aug 1958) in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 519

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voices, let us sing:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beams,
thou silver moon that gently gleams,

O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
ye lights of evening, find a voice, (R)

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
that givest man both warmth and light, (R)

Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise him, Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
let them his glory also show: (R)

And all ye men of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care: (R)

And thou, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way hath trod: (R)

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One: (R)

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