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06/14/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Carroll Burch

Robert Carroll Burch
(1947 - 11 June 2018)

Newport News High School Class of 1966

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have still more sad news today.  Carroll Burch, Class of 1966, Tri-Captain of the  Basketball Team, husband of Arlene Ellis Burch ('67) of VA, passed away of a heart attack while playing golf in Newport News on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the age of 71. 

    He was the brother of Chris Burch.

From the Daily Press - 06/14/18:

    Robert Carroll Burch


    NEWPORT NEWS - Robert Carroll "Paw Paw" Burch, age 71, of Newport News passed away suddenly Sunday, June 10th while playing the golf he loved with one of his most cherished admirers.

A loving husband, father, brother, and Paw Paw to his family, he will be truly missed by all.

Carroll graduated from Newport News High School in 1966 and the Apprentice School at Newport News Shipyard and Drydock Company in 1971. He earned honors at the Apprentice School as player of the year in both baseball and basketball.

Carroll Burch
  He recently retired as a Senior Planner from Newport News Shipbuilding after a long career, with a brief period at Crane Research and Engineering and Liebherr America.

Carroll was an avid sports fanatic who enjoyed playing baseball, softball, volleyball, basketball, golf and fishing. He also coached many local youth teams in soccer, baseball, and basketball. He loved time spent with his family especially beach vacations.

He served his nation in the Virginia National Guard/Army Reserves.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Margaret Burch and beloved nephew, Scotty Burch.

Carroll is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Arlene; daughters, Kim Burch-Smith (Ray) and Jenny Burch-Flowers (Karsten).

He is also survived by his loving brother, Chris Burch (Sarah Joyce); 5 grandchildren, Mackenzie Smith, Kayla Burch, Austin Smith, Megan Burch and Keira Flowers; a large extended family, and, we cannot forget Carroll's favorite buddies, Boomer and Bear, his loving golden retrievers.

The family will receive friends and family 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 15th at Peninsula Funeral Home. A Celebration of his life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday June 16th at Orcutt Baptist Church, 653 Baxter Lane, Newport News, VA 23602 with a reception following at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in his honor to: Orcutt Baptist Church and/or Peninsula Regional Animal Shelton, Newport News, VA. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press on June 14
, 2018.
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~ Deborah Cobe-Adams, Dendron, Virginia

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May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

~ Unsigned

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Our prayers are with you, Arlene and family. May God give you peace and strength in this difficult time.

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~ Jimmy Fletcher, Yorktown, Virginia 

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Uncle Carroll, you are an awesome and amazing man. Your smile and humor always lit up a room. You will always be with us and will be missed dearly. Love and prayers,

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   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Carroll's family, friends, and classmates 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)

"All Creatures of Our God and King" midi and lyrics courtesy of -10/06/08

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03 

National Guard Logo courtesy of - 05/18/13   

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

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