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03/31/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Rita Smallwood Bartley

Rita Kaye Smallwood Bartley
(d. 29 Mar 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1967

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   There is more sad news this Tuesday morning.     Rita Smallwood Bartley, Class of 1967, passed away in Newport News on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the age of 66.

 From the Daily Press - 03/31/15:

                     Rita Smallwood Bartley
    NEWPORT NEWS - Rita S. Bartley, 66, entered heaven Sunday, March 29, 2015, surrounded by her family and friends.

She was a lifelong resident of Newport News, and served her community through the Department of Social Services for 30 years.

She was the daughter of the late Sylvester and Bessie Baker Smallwood.

During her retirement years she loved playing the piano, crossword puzzles, word searches, the Washington Redskins, and cooking for her friends and family.

She lived for spending time with her grandson, Landon A. Stutt, teaching him to cook, play board games and simply laugh at each other.

Survivors also include her daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Jody Stutt. She also leaves behind two grand dogs, Lilly and Daisy Stutt.

The family will receive friends Thursday, April 2, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Friday, April 3, at 10 a.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorials in her memory may be made to your local SPCA chapter. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on March 31, 2015.
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March 31, 2015

I knew Rita through Social Services. She always had a smile and a great attitude as she faced health challenges. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Kim- your mother was a wonderful woman.


March 31, 2015

Rita was a special lady and friend to me and my family. We will miss her. Our thoughts and prayer to Kim, Jody, and Landon. Larry and Marsha Odom

March 31, 2015

Rita was quite a wonderful individual who I knew through DHS. She seemed very courageous and kept that smile while going through health challenges. So very sorry to hear of her passing. Thoughts and prayers continue. In deepest sympathy.

March 31, 2015

I was very sorry to hear about Rita's passing. She was a strong lady who triumphed over many illnesses and always kept her keen sense of humor. We send our sincerest condolences to Kim and the rest of Rita's family. May she rest in the eternal peace and light of God's love.

~ Judy and Peter Mercier, Newport News, Virginia

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Rita's family and friends at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  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

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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