07/15/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Velma Sanders Whitley
Velma Louise Sanders Whitley
Friends and Schoolmates,
The sad news continues to arrive. Velma Sanders Whitley, mother of Sue Whitley Bommer ('64) of VA, Tazewell Whitley ('65) of VA, Ed Whitley of VA, and Judy Whitley Ganzert of VA, passed away suddenly in Newport News on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at the age of 82. Her husband, Taz Whitley, Class of February 1939, preceded her in death by only three months:
From the Daily Press - 07/15/08:
Velma Louise Sanders Whitley
NEWPORT NEWS - Velma Whitley
passed away suddenly, but peacefully, Saturday, July 12, at age 82. Velma
was born May 15, 1926, in Little Rock, Ark. She moved with her family to Los
Angeles, Calif., where at age 16, she met a handsome sailor, Taz, who would
be her future husband. They moved to the Peninsula in 1954, where they
raised four children and enjoyed 63 years in a happy marriage until Taz's
death just three months ago. She was a quiet, gentle, kind, and loving
woman, who will be deeply missed by her family.
Velma was a homemaker, as well as a buyer for Leggett Department Stores and later a Civil Service Clerk at Fort Eustis and the Norfolk Naval Base. She was a member of the First United Church of Christ, Hampton. She was a devoted member and Past Matron (1989-1990, 1993-1994) of the Order of the Eastern Star, Emera Chapter #31. She served as the Grand Representative to the Arizona Order of the Eastern Star (1995-1996).
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Velma is survived by her four
children, Sue Bommer of Hampton, Tazewell Eley Whitley Jr. and his wife,
Rebecca Leigh of Chester, Clarence Edward "Eddie" Whitley and his wife, Jo
of Newport News, and Judy Whitley Ganzert and her husband, Don of Richmond,
as well as six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one
brother-in-law, Robert Joseph Whitley and his wife, Jo of Williamsburg.
Eastern Star rites will be performed at the Peninsula Funeral Home, Wednesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. followed by a visitation with the family until 7:30 p.m.
A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at Peninsula Memorial Park. Pastor Walter Kriner will officiate the service assisted by Pastor Bryan Cheever. The family will receive friends at the Newport News Church of the Nazarene, 29 Harpersville Road, immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the charity of your choice. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at http://www.dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in the Daily Press on 7/15/2008.
Our sincerest condolences are extended to the entire Whitley family at this difficult time.
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Come, Ye Disconsolate
Words by Thomas Moore; alt. by
Music by Samuel Webbe
Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."
Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.
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