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08/01/08 - NNHS Newsletter - Robert Whitley

Robert E. Whitley
(6 Dec 1921 -  29 July 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
 We have yet more sad news. 
   Robert E. Whitley, beloved uncle of         David Whitley ('67) of VA, passed away in Hampton on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at the age of 86.  His younger brother (David's father) died two years ago:

        From David Whitley ('67) of VA - 07/29/08, 12:06 PM:

..... Just got word that my dad's brother passed away here in N.N., so I gotta go.....

  Oh, David, I am so very sorry about your uncle! You have my deepest sympathies.

From the Daily Press - 08/01/08:


Robert E. Whitley
  HAMPTON - Robert E. Whitley, 86, died Tuesday, July 29, 2008. He passed peacefully surrounded by loving family.

Born Dec. 6, 1921, in Wadesboro, N.C., he moved from hard work in the fields to hard work in the Newport News Shipyard. He was a decorated veteran who served in Europe during World War II. He retired from VEPCO in 1981.

Together with his father, he built a house in Hampton, where he started his family with Ann S. Whitley, devoted wife of 57 years, who died Oct. 3, 2005.
Robert Whitley
Bob taught his family how to live with love and to love living. He gave freely to his family, friends and neighbors. His warmth, wit, dependability and integrity won the hearts of everyone who knew him. He enjoyed golf, bowling and spending quality time with his family. He could fix or build anything and sought out new experiences until his last days.

His cherished memory will live in his surviving family. Survived by his daughters, Teresa Rollings and Catherine Whitley; son-in-law, James Rollings; grandchildren, Robert Rollings and Laura Rollings; and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Peninsula Funeral Home. The Rev. David Robinson will conduct the funeral service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at West Hampton Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

The family extends their gratitude to the nursing staff at Warwick Forest and the nurses in the ICU of the Sentara CarePlex.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on 8/1/2008.
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Friday, August 01, 2008

No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you. Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.

Love, Shirley, Justin, James, Grace and Eddie
Shirley Castonguay, West Point, Virginia Contact Me

Friday, August 01, 2008

Teresa and Kathy and Jim,

I am so sorry to hear of your dad's death. You and your family are in our thoughts. I remember your father very clearly when he was at your house in Newport News when we visited you. He was always gracious and welcoming and such a funny guy. And he loved you all so much.
I am sorry we cannot be at the funeral home this evening or the service tomorrow because of prior commitments. We'll keep you in our hearts during this tough time.
Love from both of us. Shirley and Steve Devan
Shirley Devan, Williamsburg, VA

Friday, August 01, 2008

Teresa, Cathy, Robbie and Laura,
We are all saddened by the loss of Uncle Bob. He was a wonderful man and uncle with a huge heart who shared a lot of love, wit and values with his family. We will miss him terribly but will always have very special memories of him.
Please embrace your memories, they will bring you much comfort.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Cathy and Teresa,

Extending my deepest sympathy. Your daddy was such a kind-hearted man with such a wonderful sense of humor. Remember the many loving memories that your family shared and know that there are now two very special angels in heaven watching over you.
Rebecca, Norfolk, Virginia

Friday, August 01, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Mary Barrett, Hampton, Virginia

Friday, August 01, 2008

To the family,
My deepest condolences are with you in your time of need. Your father was a sweet person and he always gave me a compliment whether I was having a bad or good morning; he always put a smile on my face. I truly will keep your family forever in my thoughts and prayers. I pray your memories of Mr. Whitley bring you comfort.
Tungala Harrell (Warwick Forest-Dining Services)
Tungala Harrell, Newport News, Virginia

Saturday, August 02, 2008

To the Whitley Family,

Our deepest sympathy and prayers are extended to you. Memories of Mr. Whitley are pleasant, for I worked with him at Virginia Power for many years. He was always a man of integrity. In addition, my wife enjoyed talking with him at our social functions.

Treasure your wonderful memories of him in the days to come.
Edwin & Virgie Jackson, Williamsburg, Virginia


   We offer our sincerest condolences to the entire Whitley family at this difficult time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

How Great Thou Art

Originally a Swedish folk melody, "O Store Gud" by Carl Boberg (1859-1940)
was translated by Stuart K. Hine in 1899.

O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

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