Obituaries (1921-1930)

(Compiled 2011-2018, Nadia K. Orton, published May 11, 2019)

Gravestone of Dr. William T. Fuller and Family. Photo: Nadia K. Orton, 2011. All rights reserved.

Willie Boy Bailey (1916-1921)

Willie Boy Bailey, the 5-year-old son of Mrs. Leolia Bailey, of New York City, died Friday, 22nd, at the home of his uncle, Mr. Chester Bailey, 204 Wellon street, after a brief illness. Funeral services were held on the 23rd, conducted by Rev. R. J. Butt. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, October 22, 1921

Margaret S. Baker (1905-1927)

The funeral of Miss Margaret Baker, of the Boston section, was held from the St. Paul Baptist church on Sunday afternoon. Interment in the Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, July 16, 1927

Frank B. Barnes (d. 1926)

Mr. Frank B. Barnes died December 5th, at Lakeview hospital, after an illness of three months. He served as Pullman porter on the N. and W. for thirteen years. He was also a member of the Macedonia A. M. E. Church and was faithful to all of his duties. His body was in charge of the Pullman Porter Union of Norfolk. Interment was made in Oak Lawn Cemetery by T. E. Cooke and Co.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, December 18, 1926)

Laila (Lalla) Barnes (d. 1923)

The sudden death Monday, May 28, of Mrs. Lalla Barnes brought a gloom over the entire community. Mrs. Barnes was a loved and respected citizen. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 31, from the First Baptist church, where she had been a faithful member for a number of years. The funeral was preached by Dr. J. A. Harrell, assisted by Rev. Wm. Bridgeford. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The deceased is survived by her husband, Mr. Cooper Barnes; two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Smith, of New York, and Mrs. Eliza Hinton, of Portsmouth; a brother, Mr. Charles Foreman, of Suffolk; six children, Mrs. Hattie Savage, Mrs. Emma Berry, Mrs. Salome White and Mrs. Maggie Smith, New York; Messrs. Ferdinand and William Barnes, of this city.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, June 9, 1923

Margaret Bell (1902-1922)

Miss Margaret Bell, daughter of Mr. Daniel Bell and the late Virginia Lee Bell, died at the home of her foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Crump in Church street, August 14.
 
As a member of the First Baptist church and Sunday school, she was dutiful and progressive.
 
Margaret was an obedient child of a sweet and kindly heart, refined and reserved in her manner of life. She was the dear companion of her mates at home or at school.
 
After finishing the course of the B. T. Washington school, her ambition rose to the ideal of becoming more cultured and fitted for life’s usefulness, accordingly she entered Nansemond Collegiate Institute. Being of an ambitious nature, her anxiety weakened her body and she yielded at last to the demands of death.
 
Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church Wednesday, August 16th, 2 p. m. Her funeral was conducted by Rev. J. A. Harrell, assisted by Rev. R. J. Butt and Rev. T. J. Johnson.
 
Miss Lessie Mae Rountree, a classmate of the deceased sang sweetly, “Tis So Sweet To Trust In Jesus.”
 
There were a number of beautiful floral offerings, attesting the love and esteem in which the deceased was held by the community and her young friends.
 
Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, August 22, 1922

John H. Broadnax (d. 1923)

The funeral services of Mr. John H. Broadnax were held from the First Baptist Church, Wednesday, April 25. The services were largely attended. Rev. Wm. Bridgeford, a life-long friend of Mr. Broadnax, preached the sermon, being assisted by his pastor, Dr. J. A. Harrell and Rev. J. J. Posey. The deceased was a life member of First Baptist Church, a member of 1495 United Order of Odd Fellows. Interment was in Oak Lawn cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, May 5, 1923

India Bryant (ca. 1850-1923)

The funeral of Mrs. India Bryant late of Pine street, was preached Sunday 2:00 p.m., by her pastor, Dr. R. J. Butt. Mrs. Bryant had been in poor health for some years. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, March 10, 1923

Fannie White Colden (ca. 1870-1928)

Mrs. Fannie Colden, widow of the late Willie Colden, died at her home 403 N. Main St., Saturday morning, April 28th. Mrs. Colden had made her home in Suffolk since her marriage, during which time she had endeared herself in the hearts of both white and colored. Her influence had at all times been felt throughout the community in general. She was active in every branch of church work, being a member of the First Baptist Church; in fraternal organizations, being a member of the Household of Ruth and the Tents and also in educational work, taking much interest in the support of the Nansemond High School.
 
Her funeral was held from the First Baptist Church, Monday, April 30, at 2:30 P. M. Rev. Jas. A. Harrell officiating assisted by Rev. Gladney of Suffolk and Rev. Heck of Franklin, Va. Eulogies were read from the Home Circle of the church, of which she was a member and referred to as Mother; from the Fellowship Class of the Sunday School with which she was associated; the Household of Ruth; The Tents and the Juvenile Branch of the Household of Ruth of which she was the organizer and counselor. A solo, “Only Remembered by What We Have Done,” was very touchingly rendered by Mrs. Bembury.
 
The floral tributes were beautiful and many as expressions of love and esteem from her host of friends. A large spray of pure white lilies, a last tribute to Mother, rested on the casket.

Among the out of town relatives and friends present were: Mrs. Odella Scranage, Williamsport, Pa,; Mrs. Rosa E. Green, R. N., and Miss Mary L. Beverly both of Richmond, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. C. W. LeGrande, Portsmouth; Mrs. Martha Bill, Mrs. Mary Faulk, Miss Holland and Diggs Holland, Holland, Va.; Mrs. Lawrence, Miss Ira Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hall, Chuckatuck and Mr. and Mrs. Hosette Colden, Norfolk, Va.
 
She leaves to mourn her departure one son, Leon Colden and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Gertrude V. Colden, sister, Mrs. Anny Byrd, Williamsport, Pa.; and two brothers, William and Howard White, of Philadelphia, Pa.
 
Interment was made in Oak Lawn Cemetery in the family plot where the remains of Mr. Colden and son, Philmore, are interred.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, May 5, 1928

William Colden (ca. 1892-1926)

Mr. William Colden, one of Suffolk’s well known young men died at his home on Church St., after an illness of three months. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and also a member of the I. B. P. O. E. of W. Elks. Interment was made in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, January 8, 1927

Henry C. Doles (ca. 1858-1923)

Mr. Henry Doles, who had been ill for several weeks, died Saturday, August 18, at his home on Wellon street. He was a highly respected citizen and a neighbor of the highest type; a devout Christian; a member of the First Baptist Church for thirty years.
 
The deceased was a native of Northampton County, N. C. He is survived by his widow and two sons, Mrs. Penelope and Romey Doles, of New York, and Chester Doles, of Norfolk.
 
The funeral was held Tuesday, August 21, at the First Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. J. A. Harrell. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, August 25, 1923

Emma Fitzgerald (d. 1923)

Emma Fitzgerald, of Pine street, an honored and respected citizen of Suffolk, died Wednesday, 25, after a long illness and was buried Saturday, 28, from the First Baptist Church, of which she was a member, being preached by her pastor, Rev. J. A. Harell. Burial was in Oak Lawn cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, May 5, 1923)

Carrie Pugh French (ca. 1888-1923)

The Pugh Family, Portsmouth, Virginia. 1910 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

Carrie Pugh French was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, to parents (John) Henry Pugh of Halifax County, North Carolina, and Hester Burkett of Suffolk, Virginia. She was the wife of Hezekiah French of Southampton County, Virginia. The couple married on February 22, 1915, in Suffolk, Virginia. Carrie’s brother John Henry Pugh, mother Hester Burkett Pugh, and father, Henry E. Pugh, are all interred in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The Pugh Family headstones have not yet been found in Oak Lawn Cemetery.


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

Dr. W. T. Fuller

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

For more information, see: William Thomas Fuller, M. D. (1866-1921). Written January 21, 2019


Mary Susan Gayle (ca. 1865-1929)

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Susan Gayle, mother of Miss M. Fleeta Gayle, of the Booker Wahsington school faculty, who died at her late residence, 429 Smith street, Thursday, March 21, following an extended illness were held from Macedonia A. M. E. Church Sunday afternoon, March 4, at 3 o’clock, conducted by the Rev. L. T. Watson, assisted by Mrs. Harriet A. Jordan. The service was brief but impressively sad. The choir rendered appropriate selections, favorites of the deceased, and following the sermon “Face to Face,” was effectively sung by Miss Lillian Bryant. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful. Interment in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Out-of-town friends attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. William Pierce, Mr. William Randall of Portsmouth and Mr. James Boothe of Hampton.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, March 30, 1929

Gladys C. Gregory (d. 1927)

Funeral services for the late Mrs. Gladys C. Gregory were conducted on Wednesday, April 13, at 4 o’clock at St. Paul’s church in Williamston. The pallbearers were: Misses Inez Jones, Marion Williams, Carrie Joyner, Rebecca Yates, Ella Watson and Mary Edmond. Flower girls: Misses Margaret Bunn and Otis Banks. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, April 23, 1927

Benjamin Hale (d. 1922)

The funeral of Mr. Benj. Hale, who died suddenly Friday 19th, was preached at the Pine Street Baptist church Sunday, 3:00 p. m. Dr. T. J. Johnson officiating.
 
The remains were in charge of Suffolk’s Lodge 99, A. F. and A. M. Burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, May 27, 1922

Emerson B. Hardy (d. 1930)

At 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon the funeral rites of Emerson B. Hardy, age 21, were held at the Macedonia Methodist Church, on Pine Street, with Rev. D. F. Gladney in charge, assisted by Rev. J. B. Williams. Other leading ministers of the city were present also. Miss Pearl Alphin sang a beautiful selection entitled, “Face to Face.” Rev. Williams then spoke briefly, but expressed in a few words the passing of a youthful Christian to his heavenly reward. Rev. Tillery then presented the former pastor, Rev. D. F. Gladney, who in paying the last tribut4e to the deceased, pictured the life of a real and Godly one as having lived and died in youth. Miss Lillian Bryant then rendered a solo, “God Will Take Care of You,” with Miss Erma Morris as pianist. After a prayer the remains were viewed.

The flower girls were Misses Leothia Boone, Pearl Alphin, Armenta Collins, Odell Tynes, Ethel Mitchell and Jessie Crocker. The honorary casket bearers were Messrs. Hugh Holland, Curtis Chatman, Oakly Kelly, Jr., Foraker Estes, Sidney Estes, Edward Wilson and Clarence Newby. The active casket bearers were members of the Masonic order, of which he was a member. He leaves to mourn his passing, a mother, Mrs. Emma Hardy, a brother, John Hardy, Sr., a sister, Mrs. Bettie Harris and many other near relatives and friends. The casket was covered with a large floral design of Calla lilies. There were many other beautiful wreaths and designs contributed by relatives and friends. The remains were interred in the Oaklawn Cemetery, where the grave was well hidden with beautiful flowers.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, May 17, 1930

Robert M. Holland (ca. 1860-1923)

The funeral services of the late Robt. M. Holland were largely attended Sunday at 2 P. M., at the Macedonia A. M. E. Church of which he had been a faithful member and trustee for 38 years. The services were simple and impressive—being conducted by his pastor Dr. R. J. Butt, assisted by Revs. J. L. White, Debbreau and J. J. Edwards.
 
The active and honorary pallbearers were from the Odd Fellows and Masonic Orders, Mr. Holland being a member of Mt. Vernon Lodge 48 A. F. and A. M.; Silver Queen Lodge 1422 I. O. O. F. and the Household of Ruth, being a charter member of each of these lodges. A true gentleman, a consistent Christian, a man of true worth is no more.
 
The remains were in charge of Mt. Vernon Lodge 48 A. F. and A. M. Burial was in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The floral designs were rich and very beautiful.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, December 22, 1923

Susan Darden Holman (ca. 1863-1924)

Miss Susan Hollman, of Church St., died Thursday morning, Jan. 17. She was the widow of the late Henry Hollman, who died several years ago. Mrs. Hollman had been in poor health for some months but was confined to her room but a few days. Mrs. Hollman was one of the leading social, fraternal and religious workers in the city. She was a member of the Household of Ruth 115, St. Lukes, in charge of the juveniles and a life member of the First Baptist Church and her activities in her church will long be remembered as the president of The Old Volunteer Club, which contributed largely towards the payment of the debt of the present church building on Mahan St. A woman of strong conviction, who when she had her mind fixed upon the right, followed it determiningly. Though firm, she was lovable and had a large friendship. A noble woman is no more. Her funeral was largely attended from her church Sunday, January 20, being conducted by her pastor, Rev. Dr. J. A. Harrell. Her immediate family was Messrs. Richard and Harry C. Hollman, of the city, one daughter, Miss Marcella Hollman, also of this city. She was buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, January 26, 1924

George Holmes (ca. 1850-1923)

Mr. George Holmes, an old and respected citizen, died at his home on Church St., Tuesday, March 13th, and his funeral was conducted at the First Baptist Church Friday, the 26th, at 2 p. m. Mr. Holmes had been a long and faithful member of this church, being among its oldest members. His wife died a number of years ago. He leaves an adopted daughter, Miss M. J. Holmes, of this city. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, March 24, 1923

Willie Mae Holt (1909-1926)

Miss Hillie M. Holt, of the S. N. Tr. School girls, died at the home of her mother on Spruce St., after a long illness. She was loved by all of her classmates. Funeral was Jan. 2 from the residence of her mother by Rev. J. E. Spratley. Interment was made in Oak Lawn by T. E. book & Co.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, January 8, 1927

Adolphus Jackson (ca. 1893-1927)

Funeral services for Mr. Dol R. Jackson, whose death occurred in Philadelphia, Pa., at the Mercy Hosptial Saturday evening, July 9, were conducted at the First Baptist Church, Suffolk, July 13, at 5 o’clock. His pastor, Rev. J. A. Harrell officiated.
 
Mr. Jackson is survived by five sisters, Mrs. John Jackson, Mrs. F. S. Weaver, Misses Pearl, Jessie and Otelia Jackson; one brother, Mr. James E. Jackson. His remains were laid to rest in Oak Lawn Cemetery. The Elks and Baltimore Union Lodges of which he was a member held their services at the grave.
 
The floral designs were numerous and beautiful. The relatives and friends who were from a distance were: Mrs. F. S. Weaver and Mrs. John Jackson, from New York, Mr. James E. Jackson, of Roxbury, Mass.; Miss Jessie Jackson, of Chestnut Hill, Mass.; Dr. Bruce Canady and Miss Erma Francis of Norfolk, Va.; Dr. Harris, Messrs. Johnson and Harding of Franklin, Va.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, July 23, 1927

Lillian B. Sharpe Jenkins (ca. 1880-1921)

Mrs. Lillian B. Jenkins died at her home on Spruce street, Tuesday, July 12, 1921. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. A. Harrell, at First Baptist church. Interment was made in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, July 30, 1921

Annie Martin Jordan (ca. 1850-1927)

Funeral services for the late Annie Jordan were held on Wednesday, April 13, at 2 o’clock at Belhaven church. Mrs. Jordan died Monday, April 11. The pallbearers were in the main her sons-in-law: Messrs. J. T. Branch, W. T. Taylor, W. F. Bell and J. R. Parker. Interment was in Oak Lawn cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, April 23, 1927

David Jordan (ca. 1850-1922)

The funeral services of the late Mr. David Jordan, who died Sunday, June 25th, was held Tuesday at the First Baptist church, of which he had been a member for 35 years, and its deacon and treasurer for a number of years. Mr. Jordan was also a member of the G. U. O. O. F., 3566 and Good Samaritans. And as evidence of the confidence the institutions reposed in him, he was the treasurer of each of them.
 
Mr. Jordan was a man held in the highest esteem by every one who knew him. As a churchman his equal is seldom found. He was liberal in his support, dutiful to every service, ready always to forgive, and slow to give offence. As a husband and father he was all that humanity could hope to be. In short, Mr. Jordan was a public spirited man and citizen whose equal is seldom met. His fellow citizens deeply mourn their loss. His funeral was conducted by Rev. T. J. Johnson and Rev. R. J. Butt.
 
Interment was in the family plot at Oak Lawn Cemetery. Lodge 3566 G. U. O. O. f. and the Good Samaritans had charge of the funeral. The deacons of his church served as honorary pall-bearers, while active pallbearers were chosen from the members.
 
Card of Thanks
 
We wish to express our sincere thanks to all the kind friends who rendered help and comfort during the illness and at the death of our dear husband and father, David Jordan.
 
We appreciate the beautiful flowers and the expressions of love and sympathy. – His Wife and Children

Norfolk Journal and Guide, July 8, 1922

Julia Ann Copeland Jordan (d. May 21, 1926)

Miss Julia Jordan, a resident of the city and county, and the mother of the late C. W. Jordan, died at her late residence Friday the 24th, in her 110th year of age. She was a most amiable woman and respected by all. She leaves the following named children: Mrs. Rosa A. Rayor, Mrs. Elmira Faulk, Mr. John Jordan, and Rev. James Jordan, of Washington, D. C., and many loving friends and relatives. Ceremonies were held from the First Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon. T. E. Cooke funeral director. Interment Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, May 29, 1926

Sidney Jordan (ca. 1898-1923)

Funeral services over the remains of the late Miss Sidney H. Jordan, daughter of Mr. Daniel Jordan, of East Washington street, were held Sunday at 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, Rev. J. A. Harrell officiating, assisted by Rev. J. H. Butts. Dr. Harrell chose as a text for the funeral sermon, “Preparedness,” and cited many incidents in the life of the deceased which proved how carefully she had prepared for the day, which the minister impressed, must come to all the living.
 
Miss Jordan was 23 years of age, a graduate of Hampton Institute, and a teacher in the Florence Graded School, Drivers, Va. She was a young woman of a most kindly and loveable disposition and had a large number of friends, who taxed the seating capacity of the church during the funeral service. Few of her friends were cognizant of her brief illness and her death came as a shock to all.
 
Floral designs were numerous and beautiful, a tribute being sent from the First Baptist Church Sunday school, the family, the Loraine Club and numerous other from friends and relatives.
 
Miss Lillian Brosier and Mr. James Richardson sang beautiful solos. Active pallbearers were: Messrs. Robert Daniels, Fred Jones, Lexie Turner, Josie Boone, Hayward Eason, Louis Jones, Allen Bryant and Otto Gordon. Honorary pallbearers were: Misses Otelia Jackson, Grace Finch, Sedonia Marshall, Arlean Bunn, Claudine Arrington, Lillian Brosier and Naomi Lewis. Interment was in the family lot at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, May 26, 1923

Josephine Kelly (ca. 1859-1924)

Mrs. Josephine Kelly, aged 65 years, a respected colored resident, died suddenly Sunday after sustaining a second stroke of paralysis. She is survived by a son and daughter. Funeral services will be held at the home, 114 Popular street, Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, by the Rev. J. A. Harrell. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, December 27, 1924

Oneida King (d. 1921)

Tuesday, October 11th, at 3 p. m., the funeral services of Miss Oneida King, of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Suffolk, were held at the First Baptist church, of which she was a member.

Miss King died at Ashville, N. C., Tuesday, October 6th, where she had gone in search of health. Her mother, Mrs. Eliza C. King, and brother, Dr. O. Bernard King, of Washington D. C., accompanied the remains to Suffolk, Sunday, 19th. Rev. Jas. A. Harrell conducted the services. Intermission at the family plot, Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Miss King was the daughter of the late Harrison King and Mrs. Eliza King, formerly of this city. Mrs. Pearlie F. Spencer and Miss Eliza C. King, of Cleveland, Ohio, sisters of the deceased, attended the funeral services.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, October 15, 1921

Eliza Langston (d. 1925)

Mrs. Eliza Langston, who died in Smithfield, Va., was brought to Suffolk and buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, June 20. 1925)

Jennie Reid Lee (d. 1929)

Jennie Reid Lee

Mrs. Jennie Reid Lee, 21, well-known and popular young matron, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, following a brief illness.

Mrs. Lee, before her marriage was Miss Jennie Reid, daughter of John A. Reid and the late Mrs. Olivia Berry Reid, this city.

Having completed her public school education here, she entered Virginia Seminary and College at Lynchburg. At the end of two and half years there, she was happily married to Mr. William Thurman Lee. Her death came unexpectedly and proved a shock to her many friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 25, in the First Baptist Church of which she was a member, with the Rev. J. B. Williams officiating, assisted by Rev. James A. Harrell and D. F. Gladney. Miss Lillian Bryant sang: “Lead Kindly Light.” Miss Doris Hurst sang: “It Pays to Serve Jesus,” favorite hymn of the deceased.

The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful. Active pallbearers were Mrs. Estelle Williams, Mr. Otis Boone, Miss Inez Edwards, Mr. James Gregory, Miss Flossie Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were: Misses Annie James and Cora Smith.

Interment was made in Oaklawn cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, November 2, 1929

Laura Lewis (d. 1921)

The funeral services of Mrs. Laura Lewis, daughter of Mrs. A. W. Williams of 133 Wilson, were held Sunday at 2:30 p. m., at the First Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Jas. A. Harrell. Mrs. Lewis was a member of the Metropolitan Baptist church, New York City, where she died February 7, 1921. Burial was in the family plot, Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, February 19, 1921

James Peyton (1877-1923)

Mr. James Peyton, late of Wellon street, died Friday, March 30, and was buried Monday from the First Baptist Church, of which he was a member. Rev. J. A. Harrell conducted the services. Mr. Peyton had been in ill health for more than a year. Prior to his illness he was employed in the post office. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, April 7, 1923

George Haywood Pugh (ca. 1867-1922)

The funeral services of the late Geo. Haywood Pugh, who died Monday, December 4, were held Thursday at 2:30 p. m. from the Macedonia A. M. E. Church, of which he was a trustee and a most faithful member for years.


Touching eulogies were given by his pastor, Dr. R. J. Butt, Rev. G. W. Brown, Rev. W. R. Howerton, of Richmond; Rev. L. T. Watson, of Smithfield; Dr. Geo. R. Jones, P. E., and Dr. J. A. Harrell. Mrs. D. W. Lee sang a solo, “Some Sweet Day.”
 
Mr. Pugh was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. Being a man whose thoughts of others were ever first; a citizen of worth and influence; a modest Christian gentleman. His devotion to his church was sincere and constant, being ever among the first in service, in prayer, and in aims. A loving fraternal brother. At his death He was W. M. of Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 48, A. F. and A. M.; a member of the Grand U. O. of Odd Fellows, Good Samaritans and Sisters of Charity.
 
The services were largely attended. The flowers being many and beautiful. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, December 16, 1922

George Randall (1854-1923)

Funeral services of Mr. George Randall took place 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, February 1st, at Pine Street Methodist Church. The services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. J. Butt. A selection was sung by Mrs. Fannie Leaks, of Portsmouth. Burial in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, February 10, 1923

Alexander Roper, United States Colored Troop (d. 1922)

Mr. Alex Roper, an old and respected citizen of Nansemond County, died Wednesday 15th, and his funeral was held at the First Baptist Church Sunday, 19th. Rev. Harrell officiating.

Norfolk Journal and Guide

Flossie Mae Roper (d. 1921)

The funeral services of Miss Flossie Mae Roper, who died March 29, 1921, were conducted Sunday, April 3, from the First Baptist church, at 3 p. m., by Dr. Jas. A. Harrell, her pastor. Miss Roper had been in poor health for several years. She was a member of the First Baptist church and Sunday school, a graduate of the Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute, class 1910. The services were largely attended. The flowers were beautiful, among them being designs given by the teachers of the Booker T. Washington school, and the members of the alumni, who acted as honorary pall bearers. The active pall bearers being cousins of the deceased—Messrs. Kenny, Kred, and Buddy Thompson, Sonny Riddick, Jones and Romeo Skeeter. Testimonials were read by Miss Tempie Kelley, for the family; Miss Otelia Jackson and Mr. Jas. A. Estes, Jr. from the alumni, the alumni being in charge of Mrs. A. E. Vick president, and Miss M. C. Cohoon, secretary.
 
After the sermon, Miss M. J. Holmes sang sweetly, “Some Sweet Day.” Burial was in the family plot, Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, April 9. 1921

Sallie Scott (ca. 1852-1922)

Mrs. Sallie Scott, of Mahone street, died November 13th, and her funeral was preached November 15, by her former pastor, Dr. P. L. Boone, of Walden, N. C., at the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Scott was well advanced in years, a consistent and faithful member of the Pine Street Baptist Church. Her health had been poor for many months. Burial was in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, November 25, 1922

Andrew Shepherd (d. 1921)

Mr. Andrew Shepherd died in Philadelphia, Pa., April 8th, and his remains were brought to Suffolk, April 11th, for burial. Mr. Shepherd was one of Suffolk’s most prosperous citizens. He was buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery, April 12th.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, April 16, 1921

William H. Tate (1876-1921)

Services at the Pine St. Baptist church were largely attended all day. Mr. J. C. White, the superintendent, conducted his usual Sunday school services.
 
The pastor’s subject at 11 a. m., “The time of the Singing of the Birds is Come.” Solomon 2:12.
 
At 2:30 p. m., the funeral of the late Mr. W. H. Tate was held, being conducted by his pastor, Dr. T. J. Johnson, assisted by Dr. R. J. butt. Mrs. Fanny Manly sang a solo, and the Baltimore Union Quartet gave a selection. He was a member of the Pine St. Baptist church and the Baltimore Union Lodge, who had charge of the remains.
 
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sallie A. Tate; Mr. Z. Z. Tate, his father; Miss Addie Tate, of 130 Pine street, and Mrs. Aretta King, of New Jersey, his two sisters. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, March 19, 1921

Nancy Thompson (1895-1922)

Miss Nancy Thompson, of Milner street, died Friday the 25th, after an illness of several months and her funeral was held Sunday the 27th, from the First Baptist church. Dr. J. A. Harrell officiating. Burial was in the family plot, Oak Lawn Cemetery. Miss Thompson was 26 years of age, the daughter of Mrs. Nancy Thompson and of the late Rev. W. M. Thompson of this city.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, June 3, 1922

Robbie Twitty (d. 1922)

Miss Robbie A. Twitty, daughter of the late Nelson Twitty and Cora Williams Twitty, died in the twenty-first year of her age at the residence of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williams, Friday, June the 23rd, at 2 o’clock p.m. Funeral services were held at the residence, corner Tynes and Washington streets, Sunday, June the 25th, at 3:30, conducted by Rev. J. Alvin Russell, of St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal School, Lawrenceville, Va., assigned by Rev. J. J. Posey, rector of St. Paul’s P. E. Mission and Rev. R. J. Butt, pastor of Macedonia A. M. E. church.
 
Miss Twitty was stricken with pneumonia while attending school in Newport, R. I., and but for her illness, would have graduated with honors with the class of 1922.
 
The funeral was largely attended, and the profusion of beautiful flowers was an expression of the high esteem in which she was held by her many friends.
 
The body was laid to rest in the family plot in Oak Lawn Cemetery.
 
In Memoriam


Dear Robbie, if you could know the half
of all we yearned to be to you, dear heart
Each day that dawned we struggled to be
Strong and do our best.
Yet when at last the night came softly
down we humbly prayed.
Lord, grant us still to prove our tender
love just one more day.
__one more day to strive to rise above
small troubles, petty care.
That our cramped souls might break their
earth-forged bonds at last to dare
To face the future and to gladly live, with
courage new,
Loyal, and cheerful, facing toward the
light for truth and you.
 
And yet we feel in spite of all the heights
which we can never scale,
In spite of all the many tests in which
we daily fall,
That our deep love-more deep, and pure
and strong that we can ever show
You somehow through our failures, doubts
and fears did come to know.
 
The dreary clouds can’t hide the sun for
aye; it glimmers through
The sweet, sweet violet, struggling through
dead leaves, still shows its blue,
And so we trust, though oft we strike
love’s chord with clumsy hand,
You felt the melody we tried to play and
understood.
                –Uncle and Auntie

Norfolk Journal and Guide, July 1, 1922

Flossie Twitty Washington (d. 1922)

The remains of the late Mrs. Flossie Twitty Washington, were brought from New York city Wednesday Oct. 25 and were buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery. Rev. Jas. A. Harell conducted the services at the grave. Mrs. Washington was the youngest daughter of the late James Twitty and Mrs. Bettie D. Worrell. The floral designs were many and beautiful.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, November 4, 1922

J. Armistead Young (d. 1921)

Dr. Jas. A. Harrell preached Sunday morning to a large congregation, using the words of St. Paul: “Behold, I show you a mystery.” The services were beautiful and impressive.
 
At 2:30 p. m., the funeral of Mr. J. A. Young, of Milner street, who died Friday, 11th, was preached, and an overflow congregation attended the funeral. Mr. Young was a member of the Baltimore Union, and the Elks Lodge, which organizations had charge of the remains. One of the largest processions seen in years accompanied the body to Oak Lawn Cemetery, where it was laid to rest amidst impressive ceremonies.

Norfolk Journal and Guide, November 19, 1921