Albert Lee Askew

Sunrise: July 29, 1952

Sunset: October 30, 2019

Albert Lee Askew lovingly known as “Pumpkin” or “Yogi” entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at Maryview Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA. He was born on July 29, 1952 in Norfolk County, to the late Katherine and James Albert Askew.  Albert grew up in the Cavalier Manor section of Portsmouth, VA. He was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System and a proud graduate of Cradock High School in 1971. He was an honorary lifetime supporter of Norfolk State University. Albert was a “Diehard Dallas Cowboys and Boston Celtics fan.” He was retired from the Newport News Shipbuilding after 37 years, where he was known for his dedication and hardwork as a ship fitter.

Left to cherish his memory is a loving and devoted wife of 43 years, Patricia Askew, one son: Lorenzo Ridley, of Hampton, Virginia; three daughters: Shantae Robins (Joe), of Portsmouth, Virginia; April Ridley, of Chesapeake, Virginia and Latoya Shambry (Terrence), of Portsmouth, Virginia; eight grandchildren: Dominique Ridley, Jocorey Robins, Armond  Askew (Desirea), Kayla Ridley, Destiny Askew-Payne, Jymel Alston, Jymyra Alston, Shaun Robins; two great-grandchildren: Kaliyah and Kai; four sisters: Naomi Richardson, Vanessa Askew, Linda  Saunders, and hosts of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and friends. He was preceded in death by his youngest sister, Catherine Jones.

Viewing Thursday, November 7, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, November 8, 2019 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Robin Valetutto says

    Dearest April & Family,

    Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us; they live on in kindness they have shared and through the love, experiences, and memories they have brought to our lives. With the passing of your Father, we send our sincerest condolences & prayers.

    With love,

    Your PRAISE / Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting Family

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    Denise Peoples says

    Our prayers are with the family of Yogi we work together at Newport News for many years we all gone miss him our condolences to y’all Steve and Denise Peoples

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    James Woodous says

    Through Christ our comfort overflows
    II Corinthians 1:5
    Askew was an valuable asset to Newport News Shipyard-having worked with him for many years. I am saddened to learn of his transition. I will miss him as my seat partner for many football and basketball games at NSU
    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in the love and memories.
    James “Wood” Woodous

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