03/21/08 - NNHS Newsletter -
Nannie Whitmer Vanness

Elsie Bernice Whitmer Vanness
(15 Nov 1918 - 19 Mar 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   As it sometimes does, the sad news seems to be compounding.  Nannie Whitmer Vanness, mother of Guy Vanness ('58) of VA, Brenda Vanness Grepiotis ('65) of VA, and Bill Vanness of NC, passed away in Buchanan on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the age of 89.

 From the Daily Press - 03/21/08:    

                  Elsie Bernice Whitmer Vanness


BUCHANAN - Elsie Bernice 'Nannie' Whitmer Vanness, 89, of Buchanan, formerly of Newport News, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

She was born on Nov. 15, 1918, in Eagle Rock, Va. Nannie was preceded in death by her parents, Harry V. and Clora Kidd Whitmer; and husband, Palmer (Bill) Vanness; and an infant daughter, Emily J. Vanness.

Surviving are her children, Guy L. (Janice) Vanness of Troutville, Brenda V. (Jim) Grepiotis of Buchanan and William 'Bill' (Debbie) Vanness of Mt. Gilead, N.C.; grandchildren, Bret Vanness, Russell (Linda) Vanness, Michael (Nikki) Grepiotis, Amy G. (Richie) Williams, Chris (Allison) Vanness, and Brandon (Jill) Vanness and Amanda Vanness; great-grandchildren, Johanna and Brad Vanness, Devin Fowler, Hunter Grepiotis, Avery Williams, Cameron Vanness and Ava Vanness; brother-in-law, Carl Robinson of Covington; sisters-in-law, Maudine Whitmer of Eagle Rock, Wilda Britt of Collinsville and Janie Prevette of Lumberton, N.C.; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Emma and Carl Estes of Newport News.




Nannie was a wonderful homemaker, member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Buchanan and the UMW, and a member of Noland Memorial UMC of Newport News and its Ladies Bible Class.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, with the Rev. Michael Huffman and the Rev. Chuck Root officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Gentle Shepherd Hospice, 6045 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 24019, or Trinity UMC, P.O. Box 206, Buchanan, VA 24066.

Arrangements by Botetourt Funeral Home, 14920 Lee Highway, Buchanan, 540-254-3000.

Published in the Daily Press on 3/21/2008.

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Thank you for the privilege of caring for your dear loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult days. May you find God's peace and comfort to be exactly what you need. God bless you.

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Sue Mills (Roanoke, VA) - March 20, 2008
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To Each of the Vanness Family: It was with great sorrow to learn of the death of Bernice. She was a part of my life for so many years from the old Grace Methodist Church and then Noland. Our mothers are together now and rejoicing. My love to you.
Linda L. Lane (Williamsburg, VA) - March 21, 2008
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Bret and family,

So sorry for your loss.

Hope you have wonderful memories that will bring you comfort.

Teresa "Bailey"
Teresa O'Connor (Richmond, VA) - March 21, 2008 
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Thank You for all the wonderful times you spent with the Lane family and the always unforgettable oatmeal cookies. I know she and my mimi are having a grand time now they are together, love to all of the family
Jennifer Lane-DeVorss (Valrico, FL) - March 23, 2008   
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Mrs. Vanness'  friends and family at this difficult time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol


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Servant of God, Well Done!

Words by Charles Wesley (28 Dec 1707 - 29 Mar 1788)
Music by George J. Elvey (27 Mar 1816 - 9 Dec 1893)

(The Methodist Hymnal, 1966, #288)

Wesley wrote this hymn in 1770 on the occasion of the death of clergyman George White.
Elvey's tune, "Diademata", has been set to several other hymns, notably "Crown Him with Many Thorns" and "Soldiers of Christ, Arise".

 Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.

With saints enthroned on high,
Thou dost thy Lord proclaim,
And still to God salvation cry,
Salvation to the Lamb!

O happy, happy soul!
In ecstasies of praise,
Long as eternal ages roll,
Thou seest Thy Savior’s face.

Redeemed from earth and pain,
Ah! when shall we ascend,
And all in Jesus’ presence reign
With our translated friend?

"Servant of God, Well Done!" midi courtesy of http://www.norbry.net/midi/archive/hymn/ - 01/13/06

"Servant of God, Well Done!" lyrics courtesy of http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/e/servogod.htm - 01/13/06

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/12/04

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 03/15/05

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