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11/19/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Will Mercer

Wilton Mercer
(d. 14 Nov 2009)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.     Will Mercer, older brother of    Charles Mercer ('64) of Northern VA,   Johnny Mercer ('67) of VA,    Larry Mercer ('67) of VA, and  Wanda Mercer Lemke ('70) of GA, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2009 in Newport News at the age of 66. 

From the Daily Press - 11/19/09:



 Wilton Mercer

    NEWPORT NEWS - Wilton Mercer, 66, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Riverside Regional Medical Center.

Born in Lumberton, N.C., he was a Peninsula resident for the past 58 years. He was a member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #540 in Newport News, the Warwick Moose Lodge #1711, and the Hampton Roads Moose Legion #199.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Jean Mercer of Newport News; his father, R. T. Mercer of Newport News; four daughters, Darlene Mercer-Siegel of Ellicott City, Md., Michele Mercer of Newport News, Nikki Mercer Reinhart of Williamsburg, and Brigitte Mercer of New Orleans, La.; two stepdaughters, Suzette Polyzos of Hampton, and Kirstie Lugo of Chesapeake; stepson, Steve Rowe of Isle of White; three brothers, Charles Mercer of Alexandria, Johnny Mercer of Poquoson, and Larry Mercer of Portsmouth; one sister, Wanda Lemke of Marietta, Ga.; his uncle, Ralph Milligan of Rockingham, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; one great- grandchild; his sons-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Mark Hambrick at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Weymouth Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the Warwick Moose Lodge #1711 following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A-102, Newport News, VA 23606. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in The Daily Press from November 19 to November 20, 2009.

November 18, 2009
 My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
~ Kelsey Coxton, Jefferson City, Tennessee

November 18, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
~ Charles Andy Anderson, Marion, North Carolina

November 18, 2009

You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Ann Hysmith, Newport News, Virginia

November 18, 2009

Dear Michele, Darlene, Nikki and Bridgette,
I want you girls to know that your daddy was an amazing man. Any man that can raise four girls is truly amazing. He was my daddy's best friend and always treated me like a daughter. He loved everybody and would help anybody that needed help. I can remember him and your mom living in the house that Wayne lives in now, and then moving across the street beside Mom and Dad. He was building on the room addition when one of the little girls was born (might have been Nkki), but he was so happy he screamed from the top of the house to us, "I'm having another girl!"...Didn't take long, Bridgette was born. Four little girls - who would imagine? He filled up the neighborhood with girls and we had the best childhood because of you girls. So thank you, Will Mercer, for my childhood memories and for letting me be a part of your wonderful family. Go rest high on that mountain; your girls will be fine. You did an awesome job.
~ Angie Coxton, Jefferson City, Tennessee
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November 18, 2009

Dear Jeanie,
I am so sorry that Will has passed away. He was a wonderful person and I will miss him dearly. Please take comfort in knowing that he is in heaven now and that you have a guardian angel.
~ Angie Hysmith-Coxton, Jefferson City, Tennessee

November 18, 2009

I will miss the good times you, Squeaky and I had. We will never forget you .Goodbye, old friend.
~ Lee Prevette, Newport News, Virginia

November 18, 2009

May time heal your wounds, but never let the memories fade.
~ Adam & Melis Gray, Providence Forge, Virginia

November 18, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of grief.
~ Stephen McLeod, Hayes, Virginia
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November 18, 2009

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
~ Stephen McLeod, Hayes, Virginia
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November 18, 2009

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
~ Robin Breedlove, Pulaski, Virginia

November 18, 2009



  Our sincerest sympathies are extended to the Mercer family and their friends at this difficult time.

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

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Rock of Ages

Words by Augustus Montague Toplady, 1763 (first published in The Gospel Magazine, 1775)
(04 Nov 1740 - 11 Aug 1778)

Music by Thomas Hastings
(15 Oct 1784 - 15 May 1872)

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee,
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and pow'r.

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked come, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly,
Wash me, Savior, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

"Rock of Ages" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames) and lyrics courtesy of - 03/30/09

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

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

Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #540 Lodge Logo courtesy of - 11/19/09

Moose Lodge Logo courtesy of - 11/24/08

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