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07/28/19 - NNHS Newsletter - Roscoe Gary

Roscoe A. Gary
(31 Jan 1945 - 24 July 2019)

Newport News High School Class of 1964

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

  We have more still more sad news today.  Roscoe Gary, Class of 1964, passed away in Yorktown on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the age of 74. 

    Preceded in death by three of his siblings, Adelaide Gary Raymond (@ '47) (@ 1930 - 25 Sept 2011), Harry Gary ('57) (1939 - 28 Mar 2016), and Jerry Gary ('62) (d. 26 Jan 2003), Roscoe was the brother of Harryette Gary Thomas, Charles Gary, Mary Ellen Gary VanZant, Forrest Gary, Warren Gary, Carolyn Gary, and Billy Sale ('64) of VA, and brother-in-law of Karen Brown Sale ('68) of VA.

From the Daily Press - 07/28/19:

    Roscoe A. Gary


    YORKTOWN - Roscoe A. Gary, widely known as “Pappy,” of Gloucester VA, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2019 with his family by his side.

He was born on January 31, 1945 to Harry and Adelaide Gary in the east end of Newport News VA.

He could be found following around his 9 siblings, working on cars, junking refrigerators, or hanging out at the firehouse with his dad.

He was an autobody repairman for 59 years, and owned his own shop, Grafton Body Shop in the 1980’s. During that time, he was introduced to the art of making his famous North Carolina-style barbeque. He was owner of “Pappy’s BBQ” in Gloucester VA and continued to cater many events through the years.

Roscoe was blessed to find love twice in his lifetime and marry two beautiful women. He loved his family to pieces, his little dog Daisy, Christmas, large family gatherings, and going to the Outer Banks. On a regular day, you could find him eating breakfast at Pop’s Drive In, at a car show, watching American Pickers, or waiting for his daily phone call from his nephew, David. Most recently, he enjoyed sitting in his chair at the home of his niece, Renee, and looking out over the water.

Roscoe Gary
  Roscoe never knew a stranger. He would often give his last dollar if he thought you needed it. He was not a wealthy man but died rich in the love of his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by this parents, Captain Harry and Adelaide Gary; his wife of 32 years, Beverly R. Gary; her parents Charles and Margaret Richardson; an infant son; brothers Jerry and Harry Gary Jr.; sister Adelaide Raymond, nephews JR VanZant, Johnny Raymond, and Bill Thomas.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Rita Harding Gary; daughters, Melissa Gary (Becca), Nikki Rowe (Doug), Lindsay Jones (Bobby); grandchildren, Macey Manor (Daphney), Madison Turner (Jordan), Olivia Jones (Robby), and Taylor and Grayson Rowe; great-grandchildren Brycen Fletcher “Butterbean,” Rylan Kearns “Guppy,” and soon-to-be-born Ryker Manor; his “honorary” children, Tommy Wayne Miller, Kristy Jenkins, Eugene Miles; siblings, Harryette Thomas, Charles Gary (Jackie), Mary Ellen VanZant, Forrest Gary, Warren Gary (Beverly), Carolyn Gary, and William “Billy” Sale (Karen); siblings-in-law Joan Gary, Wayne and Gregory Richardson, Julianna Iagulli (Pete), Gina Harding, Patricia Davis (Greg); and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all the healthcare professionals that cared for Roscoe during his illness, especially Dr. Khalil and the girls at PCI of Gloucester, and Patty who was with us to the end.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you sit down and share a meal with your family or perform a random act of kindness in honor of Roscoe who touched so many lives.


The family will begin receiving friends on Monday, July 29, 2019, at 11:00 am for visitation and luncheon at Liberty Baptist Church, 1021 Big Bethel Road, Hampton, VA, 23666, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from July 26 to 29, 2019.

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July 26,

~ A loved one


July 28, 2019  

I truly regret not being able to attend services for Roscoe tomorrow. My heart is with you all...
Angie Ray Smith, NNHS Class of 1964

~ Angie Smith, Hampton, Virginia

July 29, 2019

~ Cheryl Gary

July 29, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Roscoe's passing... what a wonderful person. Rita, you are in our Prayers always.

~ Wayne and Angee Torrence, Yorktown, Virginia


July 29, 2019

Roscoe was a great man. So sorry for your loss!

July 29, 2019

Rita, please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your precious husband. My thoughts are with you and your family.



July 29, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the great memories you have.

~ Carole Rowan Petersen, Hayes, Virginia

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


   This information is also posted here:


  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

Shall We Gather at the River

Words and Music by Rev. Robert Lowry (1826-1899)

 Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod;
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?


Yes, we'll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

On the margin of the river,
Washing up its silver spray,
We will walk and worship ever,
All the happy golden day.


Ere we reach the shining river,
Lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver,
And provide a robe and crown.


Soon we'll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.


"Shall We Gather at the River" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 07/15/07
at the suggestion of Fred Field ('45) of CA - 07/14/07
Thanks, Fred!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04   

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