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;efix ()anterpool, Sr.
Aay 19, 1922 une 1, 1991
Friday, June 7, 1991
Viewing ... 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Services... 2:00 pm
Interment at Western Cemetary
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Felix Vanterpool, Jr.
Juliet Vanterpool Smith, Rhonda Vanterpool,
Ruth Vanterpool Baltimore, Linda Vanterpool
Myrna Vanterpool George, Denise Vanterpool
Theresa Vanterpool Harrigan,
Brenda "Betty" Vanterpool
Buleah, Janet, Mitch (John),
Edwardo (Boyblue), Hugh
Joseph R. Phillipus, Dennis Edwards
Marvin S. George, Sr., and Marvel Harrigan
17 Grand Children
and many nieces, nephews and cousins
Felix Vanterpool, Jr., Walter Rhymer
Leray Somersall, Marvin S. George, Sr.
Cecil Roberts, Marvin S. George, Jr., Walter Mack, Sr.,
Calvert Smith, Edwardo Smith
Juliet Vanterpool Smith, Rhonda Vanterpool,
Myrna Vanterpool George, Brenda Vanterpool,
Teresa Vanterpool Harrivan, Denise Vanterpool
Ruth Vanterpool Baltimore
Felix Vanterpool was born on May 19, 1922, in St.
Thomas. He worked within the Department of Public
Works as a Heavy Equipment Operator II. He retired
from Government service on April 6,1973.
After his retirement he joined the Senior Citizens in
Action and was an active member of Project Strive.
Felix was a member of the Wesley Methodist Church
in Tutu. On Sunday mornings members of the Church
were treated to his prelude of music. Felix loved music.
He would sit for hours and play the piano or the mando-
lin. He also enjoyed listening to a good game of baseball.
Order of service
1 Cor. 15:50-58 ......................... Millicent Rhymer
HYMN ...............................How Great Thou Art
PRAYER ........................ Rev. E. Dunstan Richardson
John 14:1-3,27 ......................................... Iris
MUSICAL SELECTION ....................... Senior Citizens
REMARKS ................................. Evelyn Webster
HYMN ....................... When We Walk With the Lord
EULOGY ...............................elix Vanterpool, Jr.
SERMON ....................... Rev. E. Dunstan Richardson
PRAYER ........................ Rev. E. Dunstan Richardson
RECESSIONAL HYMN ..................... The Strife Is O'er
tHrmns at the Graveside
Shall We Gather at the River, Just a Closer Walk
Denise Huggins and Rodney Lynch
I join the Virgin Islands community in mourning the passing of my
good friend, Felix Vanterpool. He served this government and commu-
nity with noteworthy distinction for nearly four decades.
Mr. Vanterpool will be remembered by me for his continuous advo-
cacy on behalf of those who were aged and disabled. Although his sight
failed him, his sharp mind and wit made it a joy to visit with him. His
advice was always directed at improving the quality of life of those who
were less fortunate.
His passing has created a void which will be hard to fill. His family
and friends can take solace that he made a tangible and lasting mark on
this community. As we mourn his loss, we extend sympathies to his
family and friends, steadfast in the knowledge that this native son has
done his part to leave a better Virgin Islands for those who are to follow.
May his soul rest peacefully and eternally with God.
Alexander A. Farrelly
Governor of the Virgin Islands
I was greatly saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Felix Vanterpool,
one of the Virgin Islands' most treasured senior citizens. Mr. Vanterpool
not only made a major contribution to his family but also to the entire
Virgin Islands community. All of us who were fortunate enough to get to
know and work with such a fine person will forever remember the many
lessons we learned from him. Among those lessons was that of counting
blessings rather than problems and handicaps.
The entire staff of the Department of Human Services joins me in
expression of sympathy to the family of our beloved Felix Vanterpool.
May they find some comfort in knowing that he served his community
well and that we are committed to the continuation of the work that he
Juel T.R. Molloy
Commissioner of Human Services
Tribute to Felix Vanterpool:
Felix, you were my friend. You were like a father to me. You were my
counselor. Through good times and the bad times, you were always there
to lend a listening ear, and for that you will always be remembered. You
are gone, but not forgotten.
Marilyn L. Ali, Coordinator, Project Strive
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blessing. I will always cherish and appreciate the times you spent with
me. You will be missed. I love you, but God loves you best and He indeed
knows what is best. God makes no mistakes, for his ways are perfect.
Vernice Skeete, Project Strive Staff
Fellow Member ... You have been nice to us in so many ways. You have
taught us many things. We loved and appreciated the things we did together and
the times you spent with us. Your voice and the musical role you played will be
greatly missed. But God calls our dear one home to rest and we know that His
way is best. Until we meet again. Rest in peace.
Members of Project Strive
Daddy... You've always been there for us. There were times you were
father, mother, sister and brother to us. You've always given good advice
and spoken your mind to all of us, your words will forever be remem-
bered. Daddy, we know this time had to come, but no one is ever ready
for it. You are with the Creator, Dad, and his hands are the only hands to
be in. You are blessed and out of your suffering. With that in our hearts,
we can accept the fact that you are gone and we let you go in peace. We
know Daddy, you didn't leave us, but here with us, you were blind. Now
with our Father above, you can see. See to look over us the way you've
always wanted to. Daddy, you'll be greatly missed, but we know you'll
always be with us in our hearts, our souls and by our sides. Daddy, we
love you. Rest in peace with our Father until we meet in His kingdom.
I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my
fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my
salvation and my high tower. Psalm 18:1-2
Mavis, Betty, Melissa, Cerena and Richard
Daddy, I am going to miss you. Although we were always on opposite
sides, I will miss our political and sports discussions. You were one of a
kind, always willing and able to help anyone that asked. Rest in peace.
Daddy, I knew that you might not have made it. Yet, I kept believing that
when there was life there was hope. I still believe this Dad, because your
teachings are still alive in everything I do. You suffered so
much! There were many aays ana mgnt wnen I wisnea mat mere was
something else that I could have done to ease your pain. I realize now that
my just being there meant much to you. Some people never a get a chance
to say good-bye or even to thank God for their earthly benefits. Dad, I
know you were able to do this. I love you. Rest in peace.
Your daughter, Juliet Vanterpool
Even though the tears will come and an empty space will always remain
in our hearts, we know that you are now out of all pain. You have always
done your best to help us in whatever goals we set out to achieve. We
know that you will continue to look out for us. We love you. Go in peace.
Love, Ruth, Kai and Orande
This was the man my father was. He opened his heart to everyone. He
opened his wallet to everyone. He opened his home to everyone. If he
could help you, he would. If he couldn't, at least he would try. He would
give you the shirt off his back. He would give you his last dollar. Though
my father was blind; that did not stop him from caring and sharing. Why?
Because this was the man my father was.
T.J., Ricky, Terry, Marvel
I will remember a tall, fine, black man with a personality that spoke even
without words being uttered. I will remember a cag&g, lovable man who
always gave to his family, his friends and his community. I will remem-
ber a proud man who taught his children to make use of whatever they
had. I will remember a strong man whose shoulders always carried his
and everyone else's burdens. I will remember a Godly man who was
always singing praises and thanks to the Almighty for all his benefits. I
will remember an independent man who, even though physically blind,
saw so much. I will remember this man because he has taught me so
much. How can I not remember?
Your daughter, Denise D. Vanterpool
Dad, I will miss our evening telephone chats, your reassurance, words of
encouragement, but most especially your ending of our conversations
with the sound of a "smooch."
Love, your daughter, Myrna "Jennifer" George
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up and ask your advice. We know that you have suffered long and are
now at rest. Thank you for sharing and giving us so much.
Love, June and Rodney
To My Beloved Uncle Felix: You loved me as your own daughter from
infancy up to the day you left us. You were always very special to me, I
loved you as a father. Even when we were miles apart, I loved and prayed
for you. From childhood into adulthood, you were always there for me to
love and encourage and help me in any way you could. I thank God for
allowing us to share in each others' lives. My greatest joy is knowing you
are with the Lord and some day we'll meet again. Rest safe in His arms
until we meet again.
Your "Little" Niece, Millie
Grandfather... We will miss you greatly; although we did not know how
to play, you would let us play around on your piano, something I know
you enjoyed listening to, we will especially miss you for that.
Love, your grandsons Marvin and Myrshem George.
Happy is the man that has not walked in the counsel of the wicked ones,
and in the way of sinners has not stood, and in seat of ridiculers has not
sat. But his delight is in the law of Jehovah. May you have kindness and
peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be the
glory forever and ever. Amen.
Your step-children, Beulah, Janet, Mitch (John),
Edwardo (Boyblue) and Hugh
Grandfather, I know heaven must be a happier place because I know
that's where you are. I will miss you!
Love, your granddaughter, Sade
To Grandpa, with love, from all of us. We will miss you. I hope that while
you are up there you will take care of us. I'm glad you are out of this
world, because I have to face the violence that is going on. We are going to
miss you, grandpa. Good-bye, Grandpa. We love you. Love always
Grandpa, we miss you already.
to Velma Forde
you sent a lovely card,
or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a floral piece,
if so, we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke the kindest words,
as any friend could say.
Perhaps you were not there at all,
Just thought of us that day.
Whatever you did to console our hearts,
We thank you so much, whatever the part.
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