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John Thomas Memorial Chapel
Tuesday, September 4, 1990, 8:00-8:30 a.m.
Christ Church Methodist
Christ Church Methodist 10:00 a.m.
Western Cemetery No. 1
(. lhroman, V.I.
On October 6, 1906, JAMES VANTERPOOL, known as "Pipeman",
was born, one of seven children to the late James Vanterpool and Sarah
Fahie-Vanterpool in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
As a young child James was taken to Tortola, British Virgin Islands,
where he grew up with his grandmother.
He loved the sea as a young man and always dreamed of becoming
a sailor on a ship. Therefore, when the opportunity came to join the
crew of a ship which sailed between the British Virgin Islands and Santo
Domingo, he took it. He worked on ships for many years and then de-
cided to settle down on Tortola when his grandmother's health began
,to deteriorate. During this period two daughters were born to him -
Laurencia and Lillian.
On June 5, 1940, James married Viola Fahie. This union produced
five children: Beryl, Glanville, Bernice, Normaand Eunice. This mar-
riage lasted over fifty years. (Jaines is predeceased by one son, Glanville,
and one daughter, Norma.)
Shortly after his marriage James, along with his wife, moved to
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He began working for the West Indian
Company as a Longshoreman until retirement age. He loved this job
and was so interested in all aspects of it that he could look on Signal Hill
as the balls were displayed and identify the nationality of the ships
coming into St. Thomas' port. He also worked as a mason for many years.
After his retirement, he would go to the waterfront and look at the
ships as they came into St. Thomas port. This gave him the opportunity to
sit with his friends on the waterfront and play dominoes. He was a very
skilled player and won many games. However, his sight became impaired
and he had to give this up.
He is remembered as an admired and beloved husband, father,
brother and friend. He was a man of wisdom, deep understanding and
compassion to all he knew.
James was a good provider for his family. He was a caring individual
who gave assistance to many persons outside his immediate family.He was
a family man and participated in all of the family traditions.
He taught his children and grandchildren many values which could
not be learned in a classroom. He made sure that they learned the
importance of putting God first in their lives. No matter what was
happening in and around the community, they had to attend church
James exemplified characteristics of kindness and respect for others
and he demanded the same of his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of the Senior Citizens Project "Strive". He enjoyed
being in the company of persons his age and he looked forward to going to,
the senior citizens center
James accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and called on the
Lord up until his death. He departed this life in a quiet dignity while
prayers and songs of Zion were being-said and sung to him.
His life spanned more than eighty-three years. He peacefully
departed this life on August 27, 1990.
"The Lord givethand the Lord taketh; blessed be the name of the
Order of Service
Hymn No.313 ............ ............. ."To God Be The Glory "
Prayers ............. ............. Rev. Dr. Wycherley Gumbs
Psalms23 ............. ...................... Congregation
Item .............. ............ ...... .... Senior Citizens "Strive"
The Ministry of the Word
John 14:1-3,27.......... ...... ....... .............. .Lillian Mercer
Romans 8:35,37-39........... ................... Judith Todman
Hymn No. 634 ............................ "Will Your Anchor Hold"
Eulogy. ................ ........ Tharasaer"John" Williams
Sermon.............. ............... Bishop Kenneth Benjamin
Prayers and Thanksgiving .... '......... Rev. Dr. Wycherley Gumbs
The Lord's Prayer.......... ... ................ Congregation
Hymn......... ................... ......"How Great Thou Art"
W IFE ....... ............................... ........................ .... .. V la Vanterpool
Laurencia Vanterpool-Acoy / Beryl Vanterpool-Farrington
Lillian Vanterpool-Mercer / Bernice Vanterpool-Turnbull
Consuelo Fleming, St. Thomas, V.I.; Irene Gibbs, California
Leny Acoy / Monroe Farrington, Sr / Howard Mercer
Ludence Turnbull, Sr, /.Mario Raymond
Mildred Fahie / Ilva Rhymer / Inez Gumbs
Olga Hazlewood / Ida Fahie
Tyrone Todman / Kevin Mercer / Elston Mercer / Ludence Turnbull, Jr.
Monroe Farrington, Jr. / Judith Todman / Lorraine Farrington
Lisanne Turnbull / Monique Mercer / Maurice Farrington
SPECIALNIECE.......:............... .... ....... ......... .. ...:..;:........ Carolyn Thomas
Isa Dawson/ Claudette Browne / Lionel & Henrita Todman / Minta Frett
Members Project "Strive"
SSEVEN GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN / MANY NEPHEWS, NIECES,
OTHER RELATIVES AND FRIENDS
Howard Mercer / Calvin Charleswell / Austin Benjamin
Stanley Fleming / Carl Charleswell / Rupert Browne
Ludence Turnbull, Sr.,/ Archibald Donadelle / Lionell Todman
Conrad Ritter / Mario Raymond /Joseph Parson
Zedikiah Jennifgs / Wilbur Turnbull :
*When through the woods and forest
glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetlyin the
When I look down from lofty mountain
And hear the brook and feel the gentle
'And when I think that God, His Son not
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it inr:
"Inat on tne cross, my Duroen giauiy
He bled and died to take away my sin;
When Christ shall come with shout of
And take me home, what joy shall fill
fill my heart!
"hen Ishall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great
"TO MY BELOVED HUSBAND ;".
James, you were always there for me. I depended on you for so many things, You
:were always kind and compassionate. I am going to miss you, but I take comfort
knowing that I will meet you some glad day.
As I have said many times while you were alive, thanks for everything. I could
:have asked for nothing more. I will cherish all the fond memories, and you have a
special place in my heart. I have the hope of seeing you in the first resurrection.
I know that in the shadows you have found Jesus, and you are safely home. We
will miss you Dad, you have shared your love with us as a father and a friend. We laugh
and cried together. Through it all you always had a warm smile.
You will be missed, but we can take comfort in knowing that your anchor holds
and gripsthat solid rock. We are looking for our reunion on that bright shore where
there will be no more sorrows.
Sleep on, sleep on.
Your Daughter and Grandchildren
Beryl, Loiraine, Butch and Maurice
I U UU:
You are gone to meet your heavenly father,but to be absent from the body is to be
present with the Lord. You will be missed but thank God, you are free at last.So sleep on
and take your rest. And some day when that great trumpet sounds, I will see you in the
first resurrection. For you assured me of that the last time I saw you.
Praise the Lord!
TO MY BROTHER:
Sleep on beloved, sleep on and take your heavenly rest, We love you, but Jesus
loves you best. You'll be missed by all of us. Gone, but not forgotten.
Your Loving Sister
TO MY LOVING BROTHER:
SYou have always been very special to me. As young adults we were always very
close. I always looked up to you and you made sure that I kept in line.
God has called you to your eternal rest. I wil surely miss you, but I hope to meet
you around God's throne.
The hard thing about death is that it is something we must all do alone. You have
spent all of your life being there for us, loving us and guiding us and now you make life's
final journey alone. .
It makes us sad.
We wanted you here with us always. We guess being young, we sometimes felt a
kind of immortality for ourselves and for those we love dearly.
We loved you so much, and now you are gone. We hated to see you suffer. God
hated to see you suffer too, so He took you home, which I guess, is good (in a way). But
we will miss you in everything we used to do together -. talking about Santo Domingo;
Telling stories; Talking about baseball. Making Kallaloo.
It is in those little things we will miss you, because they were a big partof our life.
Thank you Grandfather for being everything that you were and still are in our
Thank you for being there every step of the way. Our life would nof be what it is
today without you in it.
Through our tears we smile and say, thank you, Someday, when we have children
.and grandchildren we would try to be everythingto them as you were to us. We will love
Farewell Grandfather, until we meet again.
Lisanne and Ludence, Jr.
IU UNULLt JAMti:
You have gone to your eternal rest. I thank God for the opprotunity to experience
you in my life. Your warmth and caring will truly be missed, but never forgotten.
Rest in peace.
TO MY BROTHER-IN-LAW:
The Lord giveth and He taketh away. Through it all there is hope and joy.
TO MY FATHER: ,
You were always a special Dad to me and also a good friend. I will treasure your
memories at all times. The Bible speaks about the resurrection hope at John 5:28,29. If
it is Jehovah's will, I will see you again, because the wages of sin we pay is death and
the gift is everlasting life through the resurrection.
Your Loving Daughter
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