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02/21/17 - NNHS Newsletter - Mrs. Ressie C___ Collins

Ressie C____ Collins
(d. 17 Feb 2017)

Newport News High School Faculty

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have more sad news this Tuesday.
  Mrs. Ressie _____ Collins, NNHS English Teacher, passed away in Hampton on Friday, February 17, 2017.

From Faye Cheek Jackson ('70) of IL - 02/21/17, 10:34 AM - " Ressie Collins obituary in Daily Press":

Former Teacher at NNHS, Ressie Collins died. Obit in Daily Press.

Deborah Faye Cheek Jackson

   Oh, Faye, I'm so sorry to hear this. Thank you so much for letting me know. It hasn't appeared in the newspaper postings yet, but I think I still would have missed it completely. You have my sincerest condolences.

From the Daily Press - 02/22/17:   

                   Ressie C. Collins



HAMPTON - Mrs. Ressie Collins, wife of the late Wyatt "Rip" Collins, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Deborah Collins and Zelma Collins Maldonado; 4 grandchildren, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017 at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Newport News.

Viewing will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Omega Omega Service at 6 p.m.

Mrs. Collins will lie in state two hours prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that all donations be made to St. Augustine's Episcopal Church.


Mrs. Ressie Collins

O.H. Smith & Son Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on February 22, 2017.
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February 21, 2017

The indelible image of an educator, imbued of erudition and [her] caring for the students, in their charge, is a keepsake.

These thoughts of a teacher who taught me in the mid-60s, and a sister, also taught by Mrs. Collins, a decade later, referenced her, as a favorite . . .

I extend heartfelt condolences to the family. And may the treasured memory of her rich, and long-lived life, afford you an enduring solace.

~ Charles Sullivan Newport News, Virginia

February 21, 2017   

Zee, You and family are in my thoughts and prayers. Lisa Minor-Means

February 21, 2017   

My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the Collins family. Ms. Ressie, a beautiful angel inside and out, may she rest in heaven!

~ Deborah Bullock, Newport News, Virginia

A beautiful woman and a wonderful educator. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

February 22, 2017   

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

February 22, 2017   

My condolences to the family.

I have always related the stories of my fondness of her teaching abilities and I considered her not only a great educator, but someone I had always respected.

Regretfully, I never reached out to tell her this directly.

May you rest in peace and know that you have left your mark on one person that was fortunate enough to have been graced with your presence here on Earth.

Barry Nachman

~ Barry Nachman, Virginia Beach, Virginia  


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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Collins' family, friends, and former students 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
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Words by Henry W. Baker
Music by John B. Dykes

The King of love my shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never.
I nothing lack if I am His,
And He is mine forever.
Where streams of living water flow,
My ransomed soul He leadeth;
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed,
But yet in love He sought me;
And on His shoulder gently laid,
And home, rejoicing, brought me.

In death's dark vale I fear no ill,
With Thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spreadst a table in my sight;
Thy unction grace bestoweth;
And oh, what transport of delight
From Thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days,
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
Within Thy house forever.

"The King of Love My Shepherd Is" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames, 1999, and extracted with the kind assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL)
and lyrics courtesy of - 09/09/10
Thanks, Nathaniel!

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Divider Line 555 clip art courtesy of - 10/08/11

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