11/29/17 - NNHS Newsletter -
Newport News High School Class of @ 1943
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
The sad news continues today. Virginia Shackelford Poindexter, Class of @ 1943, passed away in Newport News on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at the age of 91.
From the Daily Press - 11/29/17:
Virginia Shackelford Poindexter
NEWPORT NEWS - Virginia Shackelford Poindexter, a lifelong resident of Newport News, died Tuesday, November 28 at the age of 91. Mrs. Poindexter, daughter of Henry Harrison Shackelford and Virginia Host Shackelford, was the widow of John E. Poindexter.
Mrs. Poindexter, known as Gina to her family and friends, graduated from Newport News High School and attended Sweetbriar College before returning to Newport News.
She then married John Poindexter in 1948. After living for a year in Louisville, KY, they settled in Newport News, where Gina became an active member of the community.
She was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, where she served in the Church Circle. She was also a long time member of the Hampton Roads Garden Club, where she was a Tri Color award winner for her beautiful flower arrangements. Gina was also a charter member of the Junior League of Hampton Roads and remained active for more than 20 years.
She had a great love of animals, beginning in her youth when she was a very active equestrian. She once rode at stables located on the property of what is now Christopher Newport University. Gina was also a talented needle pointer. She created many beautiful pieces, and carried her needlepoint bag with her everywhere.
She also leaves six grandchildren, Alexandra Joy Poindexter of Greensboro, NC, Leanna Poindexter Urban (Richard) of Angier, NC, Kelsey Elizabeth Bing of Atlanta, GA, Allison Amanda Bing of Washington, DC, and Madeline Virginia Wood and Parker William Wood, both of Newport News.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at The Hidenwood, The Gardens at Warwick Forest and Hope In-Home Care. In addition, the family would like to extend a special thank you to her devoted and loving caregivers, Debbie and Edna, for their years of loving care.
A graveside service for Mrs. Poindexter will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Peninsula Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Andrews Episcopal Church.
Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post
condolences on our online guestbook at
Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Poindexter's family and friendss 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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Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Words by Walter C. Smith, 1876
Music (St. Denio) by John Roberts, 1839
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
But of all Thy rich graces this grace, Lord, impart
Take the veil from our faces, the vile from our heart.
All laud we would render; O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee,
And so let Thy glory, Almighty, impart,
Through Christ in His story, Thy Christ to the heart.
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