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09/20/12 - NNHS Newsletter -
Susie Collier McKown

Suzanne Rene Collier McCown
(16 Feb 1952 - 17 Sept 2012)

Newport News High School / Bethel High School Class of 1970

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
  I am extremely distressed to relate more sad news today.    
     Susie Collier McKown, Bethel High School Class of 1970, sister of   Carol Collier Sparrow ('63) of VA   Jeannie Collier Fitzgerald ('65) of VA, Sharon Collier Murphy of VA, and Rick Collier, passed away in Hampton on Monday, September 17, 2012 at the age of 60.

    From Sandi Bateman Chestnut ('65) of VA - 09/21/12, 11:53 AM - "     Susie Collier McKown":


I thought I'd send this link to you in case you didn't know about this.  The obituary is for Suzie Collier, Jeannie and Carol's younger sister.  I'd heard she'd been sick with cancer for a while.  Since she graduated from Bethel High and the article doesn't mention NNHS or her siblings last names, you probably didn't realize the who it was...


   Thank you so much, Sandi.   I had read this in the middle of the night, but focused on the Bethel High School, and did not read it carefully enough to comprehend what I saw - probably because it seems so inconceivable to me.  I remember Susie so clearly as an adorable little toddler back in Stuart Gardens.

From the Daily Press - 09/20/12:

                   Suzanne Collier McKown


HAMPTON - Suzanne Rene Collier McKown, born Feb. 16, 1952, beloved wife of David, sister of Carol, Jeannie, Sharon and Rick, aunt of many nieces and nephews and cherished friend of so many wonderful and loving friends passed from this life on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012.

She was born in Hampton and was a 1970 graduate of Bethel High School. She was proud to be a member of the concert and marching band and was a multiple music talent. She and Dave loved their camping trips twice a year with all their Cumberland camping buddies and always had great stories to tell us of their adventures.

She was employed for 25 years by the State of Virginia, many of those working for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, and took great pleasure setting up their displays at the State Fair of Virginia.



Susie never lost her child-like love of life and was happy with the simplest things in life.

There will be a celebration of life for Susie on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at 3 p.m. in Dave and Susie's beloved garden at 17 Holly St., Hampton. Please come and bring a dish to share in honor and memory of Susie's life.  View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from September 20 to September 21, 2012.
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September 20, 2012

May your memories fill your heart with comfort and strength. Peace, prayers and blessings to the family.

~ Evon Hughes, Portsmouth, Virginia


September 20, 2012

It's sometimes difficult to understand why people are taken from us, but find comfort in knowing that Susie was a special part in many of our lives.

Sharolyn Graybiel, Hampton, Virginia

September 20, 2012  

To the Family,
I will always remember our little chats in between break times at TNCC. She was a very sweet and fun-loving person. I will miss you "Little Missy" as I would call her. May you all find the strength that you need during this time. Sincerely,

~ Debra Gwaltney, Newport News, Virginia


September 20, 2012

  Please accept my deepest regrets. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am so sad to hear of Susie's passing.

~ Gil Hughes, Hampton, Virginia

September 20, 2012

Our hearts and thoughts are with you Dave and with the rest of her family. She will be missed but never forgotten. Camp outs will never be the same even though she'll always be there with us

~ Mark and Marialice Wampler

September 20, 2012

I knew Suzanne and her family while living in Stuart Gardens. Suzanne had a good personality. We played together growing up. Suzanne, you will be missed and my condolences goes to the family.

September 20, 2012

Susie will always be a typhoon and we will miss her greatly. Glad she was able to be a part of our last reunion and shared such long forgotten memories. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.

~ Buck and Jennie, Newport News, Virginia

September 20, 2012

  We love you aunt Susie; we will miss you greatly.

~ Virginia

September 20, 2012

Jeannie & Carol, I am so sorry to her about Susie's illness and death. I have great memories of her and your family from our days in Stuart Gardens, so many years ago. In years later, when I'd see her, she was always so full of life and laughter. My love and sympathy to both of you, as well as the rest of your family. Keeping you in my prayers.
Sandi Bateman Chestnut

~ Sandi Chestnut, Newport News, Virginia 

September 20, 2012

I'm gonna miss you Susie Q!

~ Tracy Smith, Hampton, Virginia

September 21, 2012

I know you're at peace & without pain. Rest in peace.

September 21, 2012

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your loved one Susie.
May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.
Susie, you will be missed.


~ Patricia Forde, Hampton, Virginia

September 21, 2012

Jeannie, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of a very loved one. You and the family is in my thoughts and prayers so you go through this trying time.

September 21, 2012

To Jeannie, Carol, and Family,

The Carpini family wishes to express its sorrow at Susie's passing. I know you will miss her, but the memories of her life will also forever be with you, as are ours of Marge and the wonderful care and love that she gave to Pa. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Sherri, Tom, Gina, and Jeffy

September 21, 2012


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

   This information is also recorded 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

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Words by Henry van Dyke (10 Nov 1852 - 10 Apr 1933), 1907

Music: Ode to Joy, from the Symphony No. 9 of Ludwig van Beethoven (17 Dec 1720 - 26 Mar1897)

Adapted by Edward Hodges (20 July 1796 - 01 Sept 1867), 1824

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,
Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, all who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning oer us, brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward in the triumph song of life.

"Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 09/21/12 (sic)

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Bethel High School's Bruin clip art courtesy of Eric Huffstutler (Bethel HS - '75) of VA - 03/22/06 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Eric!

Flower Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/28/03

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