William Thomas Fuller, M. D. (1866-1921)

Dr. W. T. Fuller, ca. 1908. Library of Virginia
Dr. W. T. Fuller, date unknown. Library of Virginia

Was Head of Bank – Many Citizens Join Family in Grief
 
Dr. W. T. Fuller, one of the leading physicians and businessmen of this section, died suddenly in his office in E. Washington street, here last Saturday. The exact cause of his death could not be learned.
 
Dr. Fuller was an academic graduate of Hampton Institute, Shaw University, Leonard Medical School, Raleigh, N. C. He came to this city from Danville, Va., and in a short time had built up a large practice. He was connected with many business ventures here. Chief among them was the Phoenix Bank of Nansemond, of which he was president. He became connected with this institution during its infancy and it has had a phenomenal success ever since. Today it is one of the most progressive banks of which the race can boast.
 
Dr. Fuller was in every sense a man who lived for his people. Always in the front ranks, he towered head and shoulders above the masses. No home into which he had not entered and administered to some member of this family. Few bedsides his loving hand and gentle voice, had not soothed and softened the pain which it was his pleasure to alleviate. The oldest citizens and those who knew him longest and best could not hide their sorrow. It is indeed a blow to the community.
 
He was fifty-five years of age, and leaves a loving wife and two daughters.
 
Funeral services were held at his home, 149 Pine street, Tuesday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. R. J. Butts. Burial was in his private lot in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 48, A. F. and A. M., had charge of the remains.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, February 12, 1921
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Carrie Pugh French (1888-1923)

The Pugh Family, Portsmouth, Virginia, 1900 Federal Census. Ancestry.com

Drops Dead While Visiting Dressmaker – Mrs. Carrie French Suddenly Collapses While out in Company With Her Husband


While visiting a dressmaker not far from her home in company with her husband, Mrs. Carrie French, a young and popular woman, of this city collapses and died suddenly Thursday evening, October 2. Her death caused sad shock to this community. Mrs. French was a woman much beloved and of an excellent womanly and Christian character.

Funeral services were held over her remains at the First Baptist Church, Friday at 3 o’clock, Rev. J. A. Harrell officiating. The deceased leaves to mourn their loss a husband, Mr. Hezekiah French, a father, Mr. John Pugh; mother, Mrs. Hester Pugh; sister, Mrs. Julie Prince, of Baltimore; brother, Mr. John Pugh, Jr.; a niece, Miss Delcenia Pugh, of Baltimore and one daughter, Anna French. At the funeral service, Miss Agnes Tharpe sang a solo. The late Mrs. French was a member of The Ladies Aid Society, Pilgrim Travelers and Abyssinians. The funeral was largely attended and interment in the family plot in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, October 13, 1923
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December 28, 2018: Community Meeting for Oak Lawn Cemetery

Pictures from the community meeting held on December 28, 2018, at the East Suffolk Recreation Center. Those present include Deacon Sam Jones, Suffolk Virginia Disabled American Veterans (DAV) #5, Otis Richards, and members of the Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation: President Reginald H. Dirtion, Vice President Rev. Oulaniece Saunders, Treasurer Wilbur Holland, Jr., and Secretary/Historian Nadia K. Orton. Huge thanks to
Delegate C. E. (Cliff) Hayes, Jr. (VA House Dist. 77), Vice Mayor Leroy Bennett, Councilman Curtis Milteer, and Francis McNair for all of her key assistance at the meeting, and a sincere “thank you” to all who attended in support of this important endeavor.

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(l-r) Francis McNair; Reginald H. Dirtion, President, Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation; Otis Richards; Deacon Sam Jones, Suffolk, Virginia Disabled American Veterans (DAV) #5; Councilman Curtis Milteer; Rev. Oulaniece Saunders, Vice President, Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation; Wilbur Holland, Jr., Treasurer, Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation; Vice Mayor Leroy Bennett; Delegate C. E. (Cliff) Hayes, Jr. (VA House 77); Nadia K. Orton, Secretary/Historian, Historic Oak Lawn Cemetery Foundation.
Suffolk, Virginia, December 28, 2018.
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