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01/23/10 - NNHS Newsletter -
Margaret Arthur Gunnels

Margaret Arthur Gunnels
(20 Oct 1923 - 20 Jan 2010)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have still more sad news today.   Margaret Arthur Gunnels, mother-in-law of Shirley ("Cookie") Kennedy Gunnels ('66) of VA, passed away in Newport News on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at the age of 86.

   Her grandson, Chris Gunnels, preceded her in death on Sunday, January 14, 2001 at the age of 22.

From the Daily Press - 01/23/10: 

                 Margaret Arthur Gunnels




NEWPORT NEWS - Margaret Arthur Gunnels, 86, died on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010.

She was born in Forest, Va., and had been an area resident since 1943. Mrs. Gunnels was a member of Victory Baptist Church and also attended Denbigh Baptist Church. She retired as a PenTran bus driver in 1989, after 43 years of service.

Survivors include one son, Terry Joe Gunnels (Shirley 'Cookie') of Newport News; one daughter, Sally E. Arcudi (Jack) of Bellingham, Mass.; one sister, Nancy A. Overstreet (Charles) of Lynchburg; four grandchildren, Stephanie Hallum (Jesse), Danielle Horbert (Christopher), Tamara Arcudi, and Giovannina Arcudi; and five great-grandchildren, Alexis, Mercades, Jasmine, Alyssa, and Nicholas.


 Margaret Arthur Gunnels



She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Sally Arthur; three brothers, John A. Arthur Jr., Rudolph L. Arthur, and Thomas Arthur; and a grandson, Chris R. Gunnels.

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Victory Baptist Church, with a funeral service immediately following at 11:30 a.m., with Pastor Samuel E. Hyde officiating. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the , 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606; or to the , Hpt. Roads Chapter, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502.

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Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from January 22 to January 23, 2010.
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January 22, 2010, 10:55 AM
Terry Joe, Cookie, and Family, So sorry for the loss of your Mother. I will be thinking of you and saying a prayer. May your memories comfort you. Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier

~ Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier, Williamsburg, Virginia

January 22, 2010

Cookie and family,

Thinking of you.

~ Shirley Matthews, Louisa, Virginia

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January 22
, 2010

I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. My mom passed away in December. My daughter Marie and her husband JD were close friends of Christopher Ray . My family's prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Just know she will be forever in your heart. She was a great grand mother and I know Chris cherished her.
Nita McGuire

~ Nita McGuire, Yorktown, Virginia


January 22, 2010

Please accept my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy during this difficult time of loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you now.

Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier

Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier, Williamsburg, Virginia

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January 22, 2010

You have my deepest sympathy during this time of loss and grief. And yet there should be joy in knowing you will one day be reunited. May God's love be over your families and may His peace fill your heart and soul to bring you comfort.

~ Debby Nelson, Newport News, Virginia


January 23, 2010
Dear Cookie,
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless
~ L. Bond Crayton '66, Hampton, Virginia



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Gunnels' family and friends.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

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?


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.


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


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 - 07/15/07
at the suggestion of Fred Field ('45) of CA - 07/14/07
Thanks, Fred!

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

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