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12/06/12 - NNHS Newsletter - B.J. Utley

Bernard James Utley
(d. 02 Dec 2012)

Newport News High School Class of February 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
  We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Thursday.     B.J. Utley, Class of February 1939, passed away at Chambrel in Williamsburg on Sunday, December 02, 2012 at the age of 91.

From the Daily Press - 12/06/12:

Bernard J. Utley
    WILLIAMSBURG - Bernard James Utley passed away peacefully, at age 91, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 at Chambrel in Williamsburg, Va.

Born in Newport News, Va., B.J. grew up in Hilton Village. He was a 1939 graduate of Newport News High School and graduated from the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School in 1943. He served two years in the U.S. Navy, in the Atlantic, during WWII. During his early years, he enjoyed many civic activities, including the Lion's Club, American Legion, and the Newport News Chamber of Commerce. He was a Mason for 62 years.
B.J. Utley
After leaving the Navy, B.J. worked for NACA, Technical Services, and in 1969 founded the Advex Corporation. He retired as president and CEO in 1986. He spent his later years at the Outer Banks, N.C., and Chambrel, Brookdale Senior Living, in Williamsburg, Va. He was the unofficial 'ambassador' for Chambrel.

B.J. was a family man of incredible integrity, with faith-driven Christian values. He never lost his love for the scriptures and the Episcopal church. While in Newport News, he was a deacon and lay reader at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, in Hilton Village, and later an active member of St. Andrews By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, in Nags Head, N.C. He never met a challenge that he did not seek to master. He was a consummate traveler. He loved people and journeyed all over the globe never meeting a stranger.

In 1943, B.J. married his high school sweetheart, Maybelle Davis, and they were married for 44 years, until her death in 1988.

They are survived by four children, Wayne Utley and his wife, Margie of Smithfield, Va., Jim Utley and his wife, Pattie of Gloucester, Va., Suzanne Utley of Harbinger, N.C., and Robin Utley and her husband, Freddie Walter of Hampton, Va.; six grandchildren, Amy Utley of Richfield, Minn., Leslie Utley Cosentine of Huntersville, N.C., Shawn Utley, Aaron Utley, and Adam Utley, all of Gloucester, Va., and Michael Walter of Hampton, Va.

In 1989, B.J. wed Josephine Perry, they were married for 19 years until her death in 2009. She is survived by two children, Betsy Robbins of Powell's Point, N.C., and Lee Perry and his wife, Julie of Charlottesville, Va.; and four grandchildren, Jeremy Peters and Katie Yontz of Kitty Hawk, N.C., Jenny Perry of Charlottesville, Va., and Daniel Perry of San Diego, Calif. They are survived by 10 great-grandchildren, Matthew, Abby, and Kate Cosentine, R.J., Trenton, Zachary, and Allyson Utley, Ali Saunders, and Kendall and Brooklyn Yontz. He is also survived by his dearly loved friend, Mrs. Aleen Robinson of Chambrel.

A celebration of life service will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Chambrel, 3800 Treyburn Dr., Williamsburg, Va. Visitation for family and friends will continue at the home of Wayne Utley in Smithfield, Va., beginning at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188.View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press from December 6 to December 7, 2012.  View Guest Book

December 06, 2012

Wayne, Margie and David,
We will surely keep you all in our hearts and prayers--In Christ's Love, Susan and Aunt Kathryn

~ Susan Miller, Hampton, Virginia

December 06, 2012  
Wayne and Margie,
I remember your dad, Wayne, a little bit from good old Hosier Street. We did have some fun across the street playing in the woods. We are sorry for your loss but happy you had him for so long.

~ Peggy & Butch Woodall

December 06, 2012
Robin - I'm so sorry to hear about your father. Stay strong.

December 06, 2012

Mr. Utley would always take the time out to speak or just to say something to make you laugh. He truly will be missed by many who knew him. I will keep your family in prayer.

~ Judy Johnson-Rock, Williamsburg, Virginia

December 06, 2012
Wayne, Jim, Suzanne and Robin - I am so saddened to learn of the passing of your wonderful father. He was the last of the 'era' of old times that we enjoyed as young children. He was a very remarkable man and he left an equally remarkable family to cherish his memory. My love is with you as you travel this most difficult path.

~ Unsigned

December 07, 2012
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with all of you and we hope that your hearts will soon be filled with peace, comfort and many wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together with this great man.....husband, father and friend!

~ Bill & Sharon Batte, Williamsburg, Virginia

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

  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

The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done

Text: Anonymous Latin; translated by Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music: Giovanni P. da Palestrina; arranged by W.H. Monk (1823-1889)
Tune: VICTORY, Meter: 888 with Alleluias

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done,
the victory of life is won;
the song of triumph has begun.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The powers of death have done their worst,
but Christ their legions hath dispersed:
let shout of holy joy outburst.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
The three sad days are quickly sped,
he rises glorious from the dead:
all glory to our risen Head!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
He closed the yawning gates of hell,
the bars from heaven's high portals fell;
let hymns of praise his triumphs tell!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Lord! by the stripes which wounded thee,
from death's dread sting thy servants free,
that we may live and sing to thee.

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done" midi (extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 10/26/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

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

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Lions International Logo courtesy of - 02/06/08

American Legion Logo courtesy of - 11/17/08

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