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02/11/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Marie Brown Carrithers

Florence Marie Brown Carrithers
(06 May 1922 - 08 Feb 2010)

Newport News High School Class of June 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have even more sad news today.   Marie Brown Carrithers, Class of June 1939, passed away in Newport News on Monday, February 8, 2010 at the age of 87. 

From the Daily Press - 02/11/10:

      Florence Marie Brown Carrithers
    NEWPORT NEWS - Florence "Marie" Brown Carrithers, daughter of Percy and Roberta Greene Brown, died on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, in Newport News, Va.

Born in Gates County, N.C., on May 6, 1922, Marie moved to Newport News with her parents when she was four years old. She graduated from Newport News High School in June, 1939, and attended Newport News Business College. In 1941, she accepted a position as a Receptionist and Medical Assistant in a local physician's office, and worked there for eight years. She also worked for another physician in Alabama during part of WW II, and as a Laboratory Technician.
Marie Brown Carrithers

In 1952, Marie became a Licensed Registered Agent for all types of insurance and worked with her husband in his firm. After that business was sold in 1963, she obtained a Real Estate broker's license. She was a Realtor, a graduate of the Realtor Institute, and a member of the local, state, and national boards of real estate until her retirement in 1987.

Marie was a member of First Baptist Church of Newport News for more than 70 years. She sang in the Sanctuary choir for more than 50 years, and served as a section leader and soloist for 12 years. During this time, she sang at both the downtown and suburban location each Sunday. She was piano accompanist for the Primary and Junior choirs for eight years, and a charter member of the Senior choir, "The Swinging Singers." She was active in many aspects of the church, including Sunday School teacher, Training Union leader, and Women's Missionary Union President. She served on many committees, including the first Building Committee when the church started building at the suburban location on Warwick Blvd.

Marie met her late husband, Paul Norman Carrithers, at First Baptist Church. At the time of his death in 2000, they had been married for 56 years. They had three daughters.

Marie was an avid gardener, and enjoyed reading, and music. She especially enjoyed singing. After recovering from a serious illness at the age of 51, she began taking voice lessons. She sang her first solo on Good Friday in April, 1974. As her love of singing grew, Marie decided to pursue a music degree at Christopher Newport College. In 1986, at the age of 64, she graduated with honors and earned a B.A. in Fine and Performing Arts, with a concentration Vocal Performance.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her three brothers, William Newell Brown, Percy Leonard Brown, and Harold Starling Brown; and her sister-in-law, Gladys M. Brown.

She is survived by her three daughters, Faye C. Roberts (Claude); Kaye L. Carrithers (Thomas J. Meeks); and Gaye C. Bruce (Thomas). Also surviving are six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at First Baptist Church, 12716 Warwick Blvd, Newport News 23606, with the funeral immediately following at 11 a.m.

Funeral arrangements are with Weymouth Funeral Home.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from February 11 to February 12, 2010.


February 11, 2010
My deepest sympathy in the passing of your mother. She was a very special lady and I thank God that she came into my life. My prayers will be with each of you.

~ Teeny Anderson, Scotland Neck, North Carolina

February 11, 2010

A strong, honorable, loving woman who has been an inspiration for anyone who ever knew her. She will be deeply missed and remembered for her faith, courage, intelligence, and loving sense of humor.

Her memory will always bring a smile to my face. I will always remember our college days together and of how proud I felt every time she walked by my work desk at Christopher Newport's Campus Center and I would hear that familiar voice saying, "Hi Brenda!" as she quickly dashed by to go to class. I am blessed to have had such an awesome Aunt! I will miss you, but know we'll be together again someday.

~ Brenda Parent, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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February 11, 2010
I would like to extend my sincerest sympathy to Faye, Kaye and Gaye. Your mom was like a second mother to me. May God bless each one of you and the family.

~ Annette Eley, Hiram, Georgia

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Marie's entire 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

All Creatures of Our God and King

The words are a paraphrase of "Canticle of the Sun" by Saint Francis of Assisi (1181/1182 – 03 Oct 1226), circa 1225
Written shortly before his death, it was not published for almost 400 years.
Translated to English by William H. Draper (19 Dec 1855 - 09 Aug 1933), it first appeared in the Public School Hymn Book, 1919.

Music: "
Lasst Uns Erfreuen", Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng (Köln, Germany: Peter von Brachel, 1623)
Harmony by Ralph Vaughan Williams (12 Oct 1872 - 26 Aug 1958) in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 519

All creatures of our God and King,
lift up your voices, let us sing:
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beams,
thou silver moon that gently gleams,
O praise him, O praise him,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Thou rushing wind that art so strong,
ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice,
ye lights of evening, find a voice, (R)

Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
make music for thy Lord to hear,
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thou fire so masterful and bright,
that givest man both warmth and light, (R)

Dear mother earth, who day by day
unfoldest blessings on our way,
O praise him, Alleluia!
The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
let them his glory also show: (R)

And all ye men of tender heart,
forgiving others, take your part,
O sing ye Alleluia!
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
praise God and on him cast your care: (R)

And thou, most kind and gentle death,
waiting to hush our latest breath,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Thou leadest home the child of God,
and Christ our Lord the way hath trod: (R)

Let all things their Creator bless,
and worship him in humbleness,
O praise him, Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
and praise the Spirit, Three in One: (R)

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Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Flower Bar # 32 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/11/09

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