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01/10/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Tommy Ross

John Thomas Ross
(d, 05 Jan 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1963

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   There is still more sad news today. 
     Tommy Ross, Class of 1963, passed away in Smithfield on Monday, January 05, 2015 at the age of 70.

From The Daily Press - 01/10/15:

       John Thomas Ross
    SMITHFIELD - John Thomas Ross, 70, passed away on Monday, January 5, with his family by his side.

Tommy grew up in Newport News before moving to Smithfield, where he has resided for the past 34 years.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Remer Ross; three daughters, Bridget (Steve) Webb, Cynthia (Theo) Beasley, Michele (Travis) Wright; three grandchildren; mother and stepfather, Marie (Bill) Werkheiser; sister, Gerry (Jim) Bryant; and aunt, Mary Britt.

Tommy served his country in the US Navy during the Vietnam War before working with the Carpenters Local Union No. 613 for 27 years before becoming a Union Organizer for 8 years.

Tommy Ross
He was a devoted husband, dad, Poppa, and son.

After retiring, he loved working on his '55 Chevy and tinkering in the yard. He loved racing his Harley Davidson at Slades Raceway in Surry and worshiping at Trinity Lutheran Church in Newport News.

Tommy was a generous man, always willing to help out a friend. He was loved by many, and will be missed by all.

A visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Peninsula Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 12 at Trinity Lutheran. Interment will follow immediately after the service at St. Luke's Memorial Park in Smithfield.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Peninsula S.P.C.A. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on January 10, 2015.
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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Tommy's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  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

O Darkest Woe

Author: Unknown, 1628, Stanza 1
Stanzas 2-7 by Johann Rist (1607-1667), 1641
Translated by Catherine Winkworth (1829-1878), 1863

1. O darkest woe!
Ye tears, forth flow!
Has earth so sad a wonder?
God the Father's only Son
Now is buried yonder.

2. O sorrow dread!
God's Son is dead!
But by His expiation
Of our guilt upon the cross
Gained for us salvation.

3. O sinful man!
It was the ban
Of death on thee that brought Him
Down to suffer for thy sins
And such woe hath wrought Him.

4. Lo, stained with blood,
The Lamb of God,
The Bridegroom, lies before thee,
Pouring out His life that He
May life restore thee.

5. O Ground of faith,
Laid low in death.
Sweet lips. now silent sleeping!
Surely all that live must mourn
Here with bitter weeping.

6. Oh. blest shall be
Who oft in faith will ponder
Why the glorious Prince of Life
Should be buried yonder.

7. O Jesus blest,
My Help and Rest
With tears I now entreat Thee:
Make me love Thee to the last,
Till in heaven I greet Thee!

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #167
Text: Acts 3:15
Titled: "O Traurigkeit, o Herzelei"d
Tune: "O Traurigkei"t
1st Published in: _Wuerzburger Gesangbuch_, 1628

"O Darkest Woe" - # 167 in the Lutheran Hymnal Online  - midi (arrangement by Rev. Richard Jordan) and lyrics
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