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07/24/10 - NNHS Newsletter - W. E. Branch

Woodrow E. Branch
(d. 22 July 2010)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Saturday morning.      W. E. Branch, passed away in Newport News on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at the age of 86.  He was the older brother of    Kenny Branch ('62) of AR and   Claudine Branch Harvey ('64) of VA, and the brother-in-law of    Becky Braswell Branch ('65) of AR.

From the Daily Press - 07/24/10:



Woodrow E. Branch

    NEWPORT NEWS - Woodrow E. Branch, 86, peacefully passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2010.

He was born in Nelson County, Va., and had been a Peninsula resident since 1942. W. E. served in the U.S. Army during W.W.II and retired in 1984, after 43 years of service as a locomotive engineer with the C & O Railroad. He was a member of Deer Park Baptist Church, the Masonic Transportation Lodge #337, Royal Arch Chapter #80, and the Hampton Commandry #17. W. E. enjoyed bowling for 26 years and was a former member of the Fellowship Bowling League and the Swingers Bowling League.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Isabelle 'Belle' Branch; one daughter, Linda Rowell and her husband, Al Meintel, of Hampton; one sister, Claudine Harvey of Newport News; one brother, Kenneth Branch of Arkansas; and many other loving relatives.
W. E. Branch
  Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 26, 2010, at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jonathan Judy officiating. Burial will follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to Deer Park Baptist Church, 826 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601.

Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from July 24 to July 25, 2010.
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July 25, 2010

Dear Linda, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. May you find peace in comfort in our Lord. His arms will encompass all of you during this difficult time. Contact me if I can be of help.

~ Cheryl Burnham Nicholas, Newport News, Virginia

July 28, 2010
Claudine and Kenny, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. My prayers and sympathies go out to you and your family. May your faith, friends and family sustain you during this difficult time.
~ Brenda English, Roeland Park, Kansas

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the entire Branch family and their friends.

  From Kenny Branch ('62) of AR - 08/03/10:

Thanks, Carol, for the acknowledgment of my brother. You just have an abundance of information in your newsletters. I think you're a replacement for Google.
Kenny Branch '62

   Thank you so much, Kenny, it was my honor. Again, you have my deepest condolences.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Rock of Ages

Words by Augustus Montague Toplady, 1763 (first published in The Gospel Magazine, 1775)
(04 Nov 1740 - 11 Aug 1778)

Music by Thomas Hastings
(15 Oct 1784 - 15 May 1872)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee,
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and pow'r.

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked come, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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