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11/10/15 - NNHS Newsletter -
Florine Heath Thomas

Florine Heath Thomas
(30 Oct 1923 - 08 Nov 2015)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
   There is yet more sad news today. 
 Florine Heath Thomas, mother of Jean Thomas Merrill,  Carol Thomas Meador ('65) of VA, and Sandra Thomas Reinholdt ('66), and mother-in-law of the late Butch Meador, Class of 1961, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, November 08, 2015, ten days after her 92nd birthday.


From the Daily Press - 11/10/15:

                   Florine Heath Thomas

   

NEWPORT NEWS - Florine Thomas, 92, of Newport News entered eternal life on November 8, 2015.

She was born to the late James and Bettie Sue Heath, October 30, 1923 in Snow Hill, NC.

Florine was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Bonnie Zuchowski, Alease Smith, Thelma Spikes; brothers, Ennis and Garland Heath; her son-in-law, James Meador; her grandson-in-law, Thomas Ragans; and her husband and soul mate of 43 years, Sidney L. Thomas.

She is survived by her daughters, Jean Merrill (Tommy), Carol Meador, and Sandra Reinholdt; her sisters, Elizabeth Cunningham, Lou Heath, Patricia Shelton (James); her grandchildren, Denise Stanfield (Brad), Kevin Sowers (Laurie), Jeffrey Meador (Terrie), Robin Ragans, Shannon Woloszynowski (Daniel), Kris Provenzano (Jerome), and Lindsey Bane (Greg); 16 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

 

 
 
 


Florine and Sidney joined Tabernacle Baptist Church in 1951, and were members of Parkview Baptist for many years. Florine served her church in many capacities. She was the WMU Director and the head of the kitchen committee. She was a devoted member of the choir and sang every year in the Living Christmas Tree. Florine modeled her Christian faith in all she did and touched many lives. She was an exemplar of grace and dignity at every stage of her life.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11:00 am, Friday, November 13, 2015 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 401 Lucas Creek Road, Newport News, followed with a celebration of her life at 11:00 am. Interment will be at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from November 10 to November 11, 2015.

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November 10, 2015

You will be missed, Granny, and will remain in our hearts forever

~ Heather
 


November 10, 2015

We are so blessed to have the special memories of the many reunions we've enjoyed through the years. We will miss you, but know you are in your heavenly home with those loved ones who went before you. We will try to keep this family together which was something very special to you. You set many examples for us all to follow. Miss you already, Lib and family

~ Lib Cunningham, Walstonburg, North Carolina


November 10, 2015

  Dear Sandra and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Ms. Florine was a wonderful woman. She was a joy to be around, and we are grateful to have met her. We know that she is in a better place now, and her memory will live on in everyone's hearts. God Bless you all and give you peace.

~ Butch and Barbara Hogge, Newport News, Virginia


November 11, 2015

  To celebrate a life of caring and giving is a wonderful thing to do. Florine was a giver and continues today with the memories we have of her. I am grateful the Lord allowed me to know her, and am grateful for the love and care she showed to my mom and dad; they were great friends. Florine's loss to us is Heaven's gain. Jesus has said, "Well done" good and faithful servant to her. Now we must wait for our time to go and greet her again, knowing full well she is completely enjoying the Presence of the Lord she loved so much!!!

~ Ben Landrum, Jr., Newport News, Virginia


November 11, 2015

Words, however kind, can't mend your heartache, but those who care and share in your loss, wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in the love of our family.

Aunt Florine is and will forever be loved and missed by us all. We will all take comfort in the many wonderful memories that we shared with her throughout the years and cherish deeply. Love, Angie, Vince and Family

~ Angie Rodger, Manassas, Virginia


November 11, 2015

We miss her sweet voice and great words of wisdom. Part of her will always be with us in the love she had for all of her family, taking pride in all our accomplishments and comforting us, when needed.
Jean, Carol and Sandra, we are still family. Remember to reach out to us, if we can help. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Eddie and Patricia Shelton, Hollywood, Florida


November 11, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Florine was a wonderful lady and will be so missed by all of her friends at Tabernacle.

~ Marion and Kathy Vaughan


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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Thomas' family and friends 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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Carol Buckley Harty
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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?

Chorus

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.

Chorus

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

Chorus

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 http://www.loveallpeople.org/shallwegather.html - 07/15/07
at the suggestion of Fred Field ('45) of CA - 07/14/07
Thanks, Fred!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com 03/15/05

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03     

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/eltonjohn/561/indexoldies2.html - 05/06/09

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