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06/26/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Manzy Stoops

 Alexander John Stoops. Sr.
(12 Jan 1945 - 22 June 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1963

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
 We have even more sad news to report today.  Manzy Stoops, Class of 1963, brother of the late Ethel Stoops Smith, Robert Stoops ('57), Bill Stoops ('65), Clifford Adams, and Royce Stoops, passed away in Hampton on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the age of 74. 

From the Daily Press - 06/26/19:

                      Alexander "Manzy" Stoops, Sr.
      HAMPTON - Alexander "Manzy" John Stoops, Sr., 74, died Saturday, June 22, 2019 with his family by his side.

Born in Newport News, he was a lifelong Peninsula resident. He served in the US Army and retired from the Newport News Shipyard in 1994 after 25 years, where he worked as a structural and pipe welder.

He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1119.

Manzy had a strong faith in God, was a loving, kind, generous, outgoing, tough and fearless man who always had a good joke and a positive outlook on life. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Anna Stoops; his sister, Ethel Smith; and four brothers, William "Emp" Stoops, Robert Stoops, Clifford Adams, and Royce Stoops.

Manzy Stoops

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Stoops; his children, Alexander John Stoops, Jr. and wife, Carol, Cynthia F. Kane and husband, Daniel, and Christopher N. Stoops and wife, Haley; seven grandchildren, Alexander J. Stoops, III, Katie Scarlett Stoops, Nolan and Gavin Sweet, Mackenzie, Alyssa and Maverick Manzy Stoops; a great-granddaughter, Reagan Lynne Stoops; and many nieces, nephews and loving and caring friends.

A memorial service with Army honors will be conducted at 6:00 PM Saturday, June 29, 2019 in the R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home chapel, Hampton.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4416 Expressway Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on June 26, 2019.
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June 25, 2019

I am so very sorry for the loss your family has experienced. Manzy was one of a kind and deeply loved by our family. He was kind, generous, loving, and genuine, and will be terribly missed. Manzy was a part of my life for as long as I can remember and I will always hold those memories very close to my heart.

~ Diane Fentress, Cedar Grove, North Carolina

June 27, 2019

We will never forget you. We will pray for him as he prayed for us. May God give him eternal rest.
Manzy was one of the "GOOD GUYS" .
We will never forget your kindness, and we remember you always had a good joke. Forever in our hearts.

Jake Thomas Family in Tampa, Florida.
Donna, Mike, Lisa Deguzman
Bunji Fretwell's Family
Kimberly Fretwell and Family

~ Dianna Fretwell, Brandon, Florida

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Manzie's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  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

 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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