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09/26/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Donnie Shinn

Donnie Kerr Shinn
(d. 23 Sept 2015)

Newport News High School Class of 1962

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   There is more sad news this Saturday.
     Donnie Shinn, Class of 1962, brother of Charles Shinn, Jerry Shinn, Phyllis Shinn Seymour ('61), and   Doug Shinn ('66), passed away in Yorktown on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at the age of 71.

From The Daily Press - 09/26/15:

        Donnie Shinn
    YORKTOWN - Donnie Kerr Shinn, 71, died Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

Born in Hampton, he graduated from Newport News High School in 1962. He graduated from the NASA Apprentice School and retired from NASA in 2001 after 38 years of service.

A very active member of Bethel Baptist Church, he also enjoyed gardening and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Betty C. Shinn; two daughters, Teresa Egly and husband, Philip and Donna Childress and husband, Doug; four grandchildren, Courtney Childress Joyce, Zachary Childress, Grace Egly and Abigail Egly; a sister, Phyllis Shinn Seymour; and three brothers, Charles, Jerry, and Doug Shinn.

Donnie Shinn
A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Bethel Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Mission Fund, 1647 Briarfield Rd., Hampton, VA 23669 or the ALS Association, DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Derwood, MD 20855 or by visiting View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on September 26, 2015.
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September 26, 2015

I remember Donnie from the old neighborhood. He was always nice and polite, well mannered and just the kind of kid you enjoyed being with. RIP. Jean Poole Burton, Class of '64
~ Jean Burton, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

September 27, 2015
So very sorry for your lost.. Many childhood memories with him and his family. Love all of you! Puddy Timberlake Smith

~ Puddy Timberlake Smith

September 27, 2015
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.

~ T Griffin
September 28, 2015  

My deepest heart felt condolences to your family. Worked many years with Donnie and knew him as a coworker but more importantly as a friend. Donnie always expressed his love for his family. He will truly be missed by all. God bless you all.

~ Ray Causey, Avon, North Carolina

September 28, 2015  
To the Shinn family my condolences, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Donnie at NASA Langley. But I knew him to be a great person, he will be missed. I am glad to have had the opportunity to know Donnie, God Bless, may the good Lord guide and comfort you thru this time of sorrow.

~ Rodney Russell, Yorktown, Virginia

September 30, 2015  
My sincere condolences to the Shinn family. Donnie worked with me on many different projects at the Aircraft Landing Dynamics Facility at NASA Langley and performing runway friction tests at many airports with the Diagonal Brake Vehicle and our test truck. He was a great co-worker and was an excellent technician. I admired his humility, kindness and willingness to help in any situation or task. I will miss him, but he left many fond memories.

Many thoughts and prayers,
Tom Yager

~ Tom Yager, Newport Neww, Virginia

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Donnie's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

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  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

This Is My Father's World

Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901
Traditional English Melody (Terra Beata), arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard, 1915

This is my Fatherís world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Fatherís world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Fatherís world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Makerís praise.
This is my Fatherís world: He shines in all thatís fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Fatherís world. O let me neíer forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Fatherís world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heavín be one.

This is my Fatherís world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, ďThe Lord is in this place.Ē
This is my Fatherís world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Cameóa pledge of deathless love.

This is my Fatherís world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is Kingólet the heavens ring. God reignsólet the earth be glad.
This is my Fatherís world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Fatherís world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Fatherís world, a wanderer I may roam
Whateíer my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

"This Is My Father's World" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/19/07

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