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10/15/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Robert Ealey

Robert Michael Ealey
(20 Oct 1948 - 11 Oct 2018)

Newport News High School Class of 1967

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have more sad news today. Robert Ealey, Class of 1967, passed away in Gloucester on Thursday, October 11, 2018 nine days before his 70th birthday. 

From the Daily Press - 10/15/18:

              Robert Michael Ealey


    GLOUCESTER - Robert Michael Ealey, age 69, of Gloucester, entered into eternal rest on October 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

His father-in-law, James D. Harris, preceded Robert in death.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years, Dianne, mother-in-law Lucille Harris, daughters Janée Ealey (Chris) and Elisa Nelson (Keith), granddaughters Avery Cady and Delilah Nelson, and his best grand-dog, Belle.

Robert's life-long passion was helping others. This was always evident during his 35-year career working alongside his wife, daughter, and son-in-law in their insurance agency. During his distinguished career, he earned many service related awards and was a member and past president of the Peninsula Association of Life Underwriters, CLU Chapter, and the Peninsula Estate Planning Council.

Most near and dear to his heart, was Rotary International. Robert was a member of the Gloucester Point Rotary Club for 26 years, having perfect attendance, serving as past president, twice awarded Rotarian of the Year and he earned the distinguished Paul Harris Fellow.

Robert Ealey
  Robert was also a huge supporter of the Gloucester Social Services.

The family would like to thank his special nurses, Ahmad, Christy, Jennifer, Karen, Kayla, Mary, and Tabitha for their compassionate care over these last few months.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory, Gloucester, from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Gloucester Point Rotary Club, PO Box 421, White Marsh, VA 23183.

Robert dedicated his life to serving others above himself. May his legacy and many efforts live on through the lives of others. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on
October 15, 2018.
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October 14, 2018 

~ Jeannie Mann, Hayes, Virginia

October 15, 2018 

Sending my condolences to the family may God's word comfort you during this time. Luke 7:11-15

~ Unsigned

October 15, 2018   

A true public servant, and much, much more.

October 15, 2018 

Elisa, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.

~ Page Middle School, Gloucester, Virginia

October 15, 2018  

So sorry to read of Robert's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Dianne, and your family.

October 15, 2018    

My heart is with the family throughout this difficult time. Elisa, you were there for me with my daddy; please know I am here for you with yours, and the rest of your family as well. I love all of you. May Mr. Ealey bless heaven with his presence now as another angel.

October 15, 2018  

Harry and I dearly loved Jimmy, he was the sweetest and kindest man we've ever known. You are all in our prayers. - See more at:

It is always difficult to say the right thing when your loved one passes away. I will always remember Robert with respect, and I was fortunate to have known Robert as a peer in the insurance industry for over 25 years.

Dianne, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers that God will provide you with courage at such a difficult time. I am sure your loving memories of Robert will bring you comfort. I think memories are a gift from God to always have our loved ones in our heart!


October 15, 2018  

Dear Diane, So sorry to hear of Robert's passing. May God provide you and your family with courage and strength during such a sad time. May your loving memories of Robert bring you comfort and peace and forever in your heart. I always respected Robert for the way he conducted his professional life in the insurance industry, and considered him a friend and a gentleman. I will keep you in my prayers! Betty Marshall.

~ Betty Marshall, Yorktown, Virginia

October 15, 2018    

So sorry. He was so knowledgeable about insurance, and always pointed me toward the best plan for me. Considered him a friend and trusted his guidance. He will truly be missed by me and I know many others. My condolences to the family.

~ David Rilee

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Robert'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

Abide With Me

Words by Henry F. Lyte, 1847
Music by William H. Monk, 1861

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys grow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me.

Not a brief glance I beg, a passing word,
But as Thou dwell'st with Thy disciples, Lord,
Familiar, condescending, patient, free.
Come not to sojourn, but abide with me.

Come not in terrors, as the King of kings,
But kind and good, with healing in Thy wings;
Tears for all woes, a heart for every plea.
Come, Friend of sinners, thus abide with me.

Thou on my head in early youth didst smile,
And though rebellious and perverse meanwhile,
Thou hast not left me, oft as I left Thee.
On to the close, O Lord, abide with me.

I need Thy presence every passing hour.
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's power?
Who, like Thyself, my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, Lord, abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

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