Ada Olivia Boyette

Sunrise: July 26, 1929

Sunset: July 27, 2022

Life Reflections

Ada O. Boyette transitioned life on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. She was the youngest child born to Preston Dupree and Ada Diggins Dupree.


She was born in Pitt County, Fountain Township, N.C. where she was educated in the Pit County public school system.  She relocated to Norfolk Virginia in 1943; caught the eye of a wonderful gentleman caller Daniel Winfred and was married in the year of 1945.  And to this union, were two beautiful bundles of joy, Dorothy and Patricia. Ada was not privileged to have a biological son but it was her pleasure to rear her nephew Harry Turner as her son.


Everyone knew, because of her love for family and friends, 2214 Berkley Avenue was a home away from home for many. Good food, good fun, laughs and entertainment galore.  Ada was employed with the Giant Open Air Market as a baker for over 45 years until retirement.

After retirement, Ada’s love for family and children, along with the desire to make a lasting impact on young lives; she became a foster care provider. After years of service and becoming more seasoned, she decided to take a brief rest only to find herself becoming and intricate part of the McLemore family; John, Lillian, Maria, Bollie, and Jamie.  She helped to rear three beautiful young ladies.  Word of Ada’s passion for caring for her new extended family spread as Lillian McLemore shared stories of Ada’s love and care, and thus a new family was added.  The Simpson family; children Ryan and Tyler.  Ada’s loving care for children compelled her to work as the Assistant Director of P’s Vision Daycare under the direction of Patricia Bonner for several years.


Ada’s upbringing and Christian faith lead her to join St. Mark UCC, Berkley under the leadership of Dr. David P. Butts where she served in the #2 choir, the nurse’s unit and the Willing and Eveready circle. She served faithfully as a member there until moving her membership to Olive Grove Baptist Church, Norfolk VA under the leadership of Dr. Harry A. Davis.  There, she served on the Pastor’s Aide, Hospitality, Senior and Mass Choirs. Ada was known as Ma Ada to everyone and was one of the original Olive Grove Golden Girls as named by the late Rev. Joyce Martin. After the passing of her son in law, Pastor Davis, she moved her membership to First Baptist Church South Hill under the leadership of Pastor Michael R. Toliver Sr. whom she loved dearly, both he and First Lady Bennette Toliver.


Ada was predeceased by her husbands Daniel W. Mullen & Charles Boyette. Her daughter Dorothy Davis (Harry), Sisters Emma Dell, Lenora, Frances, Bessie, Mary, Bertha and Charity. Brothers William, Ernest, Lymon, and Frank Jr. She leaves to cherish her loving memories: Daughter Patricia Bonner (William) Son, Harry Turner (Renee), six grandchildren Davida Davis-Hill, Dorteo R. Davis (Letitia), Montez R. Bonner Sr. (Dominique), Harita A. Davis, William A. Bonner Jr. (Dominique), Ayesha Whitley; a host of great and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A special Granddaughter Jackie Davis.


Viewing Friday, August 5, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 West Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Saturday, August 6, 2022 11:00am First Baptist Church - South Hill 3633 Galberry Road Chesapeake, VA 23323 Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Vernell Gray says

    To the Boyette Family. Momma Ada
    You are resting in the arms of Jesus. I know Joyce was the driver of the Golden Girls now she & the other are waiting for you at the pearly gates. 2GBTGLORY
    From Sisters Vernell & Esther Gray

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    Tonia C says

    My sincere condolences. A beautiful lady inside and out..

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    Edward L Johnson says

    To the Bonner Family,
    We were sadden to hear of the loss of Mom Ada. She brought a lot of joy to the McNeal and Johnson family for years. We are keeping the family in prayer.
    Deacon Edward Lee Johnson & Verline McNeal-Johnson and Family….

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    Gracie Butts says

    Sending my sincere condolences to the family.

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    Davida Davis-Hill says

    93 yrs what a mighty God we serve!!! I am so godly proud to say because of you I am. Though I will miss you beyond words on this side, I know you await me in that great cloud of witnesses. I want to say thank you for holding on for me to get home to love on you a lil longer and to give us the privilege of singing happy birthday to you one more time. I know you were weak and weary and longing for sweet rest……..but since you spoiled me I figured I would have 1 last request & Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaby you delivered !!! Yes, I have tears but they are tears of joy !!!!
    Thank you, Ma till we meet again I’ll be loving you always!


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    Geraldine Lassiter says

    Sending my Deepest Condolences to you and your Family during this time, May fond memories bring a smile to your face, May the peace and love of God, surround and bring you Comfort as only He can!!

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