Angela Marie Wainwright

Sunrise: October 22, 1964

Sunset: September 14, 2020

First Lady (Minister) Angela Marie Wainwright, born October 22, 1964, transitioned home to be with the Lord on September 14, 2020.

First Lady Wainwright is a native of Norfolk, Virginia, a graduate of Princess Anne High School, and a graduate of Bowie State University where she received her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology.

She is credited for her unwavering support to the United States Army as an Army spouse for 20 years. Her dedication and support were recognized in numerous accommodations that include the Mary E. Walker Award, the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, and a number of other distinguished awards, certificates and letters. Her love for people and passion to encourage women led to the birth of her weekly emails entitled “Encouraging Words.” Her ability to reach the hearts of people had a global effect that changed lives for the better, and ultimately led to the publication of her first book, Enjoy the Journey, Words of Encouragement for the Relational Woman.

First Lady had many accomplishments, but there was and is none greater that that of her works in ministry. Through countless and bondless efforts, she assisted with the development and establishment of several Ministries to include Word of Truth Christian Ministries and Word of Truth International Christian Ministries. Her mantra was twofold: Excellence in Ministry and Simple Jesus. She lived both.

Her greatest love was her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Pastor Gavin E. Wainwright (Hampton, VA), three beautiful children, Gavin Jr. (Longview, TX), Justin (Fort Bragg, NC), and Kearstin Walker (Marcus/Houston, TX), and granddaughter Nia Marie. She also leaves to cherish her memories, Thelma Winter (mother); Robert Richardson (brother); Nailah Richardson (sister); and Marie Dunson (sister). First Lady was loved by many to include a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She will be missed and will always be our Forever First Lady.

Viewing Monday, September 21, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Dr. Darryle (Cynthia) Foy says

    Pastor, we are praying for the strength and comfort of the Lord at the home going of First Lady.

    Cynthia and I pray for the family’s healing through this experience.

    We love you and already feel the void in the earth at the transitioning of such a powerful Worshipper!

    However, we know and carry the same hope as she had that we will one day be rest.

    Because, earth has no sorrow that Heaven has not already healed!

    God bless and we love you sending up prayers for the family!

    Elder and Min Darryle & Cynthia Foy!

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      Natasha Richards says

      Sending positive vibes to the family. I have no words. Angel was a fantastic woman of God. I met her in Belgium 🇧🇪. My sister had the voice of an angel My prayer is for comfort during this difficult time.

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        Dominique and Keshela Williamson says

        Words can’t express the feelings of loss. We are blessed to have known such a beautiful soul. God is great and greatly to be praised for the beautiful gift of our sister Angela Wainwright.

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      Felicia and Ron Davis says

      My condolences to the entire Wainwright family. May God continue to be your strength and support.


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    lisa R praileau says

    I will keep the family in prayer she was a beautiful person met her at the women conference at st. James truly will be miss.

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    Shana Marie Morris says

    My condolences to the entire Wainwright and Richardson family. May your memories bring you comfort during the difficult times ahead. She will always hold a special place in my heart.

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    Karen Edmonds says

    Pastor, Gavin, Justin, and Kearstin, you have our deepest sympathy on the transition of First Lady Wainwright. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We pray that you and your family find peace during this difficult period. God has her and you have Him in your heart. Therefore, everything is going to be all right. Remember, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal”. We love you, continue to be encouraged. Your brother and sister in Christ, ” Elder Clifon and Evangelist Karen Edmonds“

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    Elder & Evangelist Edmonds says

    September 18, 2020 at 12:48 pm
    Pastor, Gavin, Justin, and Kearstin, you have our deepest sympathy on the transition of First Lady Wainwright. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We pray that you and your family find peace during this difficult period. God has her and you have Him in your heart. Therefore, everything is going to be all right. Remember, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal”. We love you, continue to be encouraged. Your brother and sister in Christ, ” Elder Clifton and Evangelist Karen Edmonds“

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    Shiryl says

    I am a schoolmate of Angela and was saddened to hear of her passing. My condolences to her family.

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      Essie Thompson says

      My deepest condolences to Gavin and the entire family. Rest on in Peace cousin, you have gained your wings. Fly high cousin, Love and miss you dearly.
      Essie Mae😘❤🌷

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    Tracy Whitaker Hamilton says

    Sending my condolences to Angie family and friends, may God bring you comfort during these trying days, may she sleep safe in the arms of God alwsys🙏🏾

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    Cynthia /Bright says

    To my pastor Wainwright and family.
    my 1st lady will truly be missed it was such a pleasure to have worship with you and her. she was such a loving person always had a beautiful smile whenever I saw her and always encouraging words of wisdom. I will forever love her and you pastor y’all taught me a lot in the short time I got to know you..
    God bless you and your family
    sister Cynthia bright

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    Elder Patricia Bronson says

    Pastor Wainwright and ST. James church family, Qe at Life In Christ Min. Inc send our sincere condolences to you. We are here if you need us.
    Elder Patricia Bronson
    President and Founder.

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    Everard Auston Hughes says

    Deepest condolences to you and your family upon the loss of First Lady Wainwright. I regret my absence from the service because of work and this pandemic causes my mother to restrict her activities (, she’s 94 years old). Please know you have our prayers and empathy.

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    Delores B. Clemons says

    My prayers and sympathy are for the entire Wainwright and Richardson families. I never met her family but I have her devotional has helped me “Enjoy The Journey “ this year. Just reading her encouraging words as part of my daily devotions has tremendously bolstered my faith during the pandemic. I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet her but Pastor Gavin’s mom and Aunt Carolyn told me enough about her to let me know that she was a Great woman of faith. May God continue to bless your family and ministry.

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    Gloria Cole says

    To Pastor Wainwright I send my deepest heart felt consolences to you and your family..U both were very instructmental in helping with New Life body of Christ ..at that time , my last name was Ware…I want you to know I appreciate d you both much…..Angie and i talked from time to time..She love u much and so proud of u and family your children were doing well…i know my dear friend life was in order..Thank you for sharing her life..and thank u for taking care of her…She never let me know she was ill..alway sounded the same full of love and joy…and ended the phone calls with encouraging words and a prayer..i will miss her deeply…u all will alway be a part of my heart..

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    Carolyn Julien says

    My Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy for Pastor Gavin Wainwright, Gavin Jr., Justin, Kearstin, Grand-baby Nia and extended family. I know your hearts are heavy and your pain is deep and great during this heartbreaking and challenging time. I know you already know, but please be further encouraged knowing that Angela indeed did a phenomenal job for the Kingdom of God making an impact wherever she was blessed to be. She had many gifts and used them all exceedingly abundantly well. She loved and adored you all dearly with every fiber in her being. I know it’s hard to understand at times why God did not permit this beautiful woman of great faith to
    stay with you longer, but it was His choice; because I know He definitely heard hers, yours and others prayers. I know Angela would not want you to grieve too long and too hard but to choose wisely, achieve mightily and continue and enjoy your journey with all the precious and wonderful memories and words of wisdom and encouragement she left with you. Blessings and much love, Carolyn Julien

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    Vernell Gray says

    To The Wainwright Family you have my deepest sympathy. May the peace of God be with everyone. Kim my prayers reach to.

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    Jennie Givens Drew says

    9-22-2020 1:25 PM
    Evangelist Jennie Givens Drew and family. From Washington,DC.
    Pastor Wainwright you have our deepest sympathy on the transition of First Lady Wainwright. Because we can’t be there we send our prayers to you and the family. We are with you in prayer,Pastor Wainwright. Know that God will see you through this difficult time.
    Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
    We love you and the family
    Cousins from DC. Praying for you all 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽.

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    Maureen Quzack says

    Sending our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. God’s word declares that He is close to the brokenhearted. We pray that God will give you strength and comfort during this difficult time. First Lady, you will be missed by many. Your words and your spirit will live on forever in our hearts. ❤🙏

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    Wanda Baker says

    Celebrating Life with ur heavenly father..what a blessing..Love and condolences to family🙏

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    Zelika Grubbs says

    Such a beautiful woman of God. I first met her in HI at NLBC. My prayers and condolences goes out to her family, Church family and friends. You will dearly be missed. R.I.P.🙏🏽🌹🙏🏽

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    CYNTHIA HARRIS Williams says

    No words can EXPRESS my grief. But I know GOD is ABLE. MY FIRST time ever meeting ANGELA was at a Women’s Conference they were having. I took the TIME when my Husband and I were at the beach for our ANNIVERSARY. He dropped me off. I stayed an enjoyed this womens conference so much. The person that greeted me at the door didn’t know me and I didn’t know her. I recognized my Cousin Lois, her Mom. I said to her that’s my Cousin right there, ANGELA said,”well that’s my Mom. “I said ok. Angela led me to a seat near FAMILY I knew. Angela was very nice, her SPIRIT was inviting. As I sat there I kept wondering why I didn’t know her? Angela being one of the speakers, impressed me to a point of FEELING PROUD…” THAT WAS MY COUSIN.” I followed ANGELA & Cousin PASTOR Wainwright (as I referred to him as) because he was married to MY AWSOME COUSIN) ON, Facebook, during Church renovations). It always inspired me, as to what was going on in my AUNTIE MARTHA’S church. I know she is PROUD of Cousin PASTOR Wainwright & ANGELA, BECAUSE I AM. RIP ANGELA TTUL COUZ. PEACE AND BLESSINGS TO OUR FAMILY. GOD IS STILL IN CHARGE.

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    Jo Ann Tates says

    My Babies Aunt Jo and Uncle John (Bishop John Tates) are praying for you and the whole family, we did watch the services your Daddy did wonderful . Aunt Jo did cry on my sister Janet , your new Mother and Nia’s grandmother. I am so glad to have met your Mother in person.Aunt Jo love you.

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    Brian Lowery says

    Sending condolences to the Wainwright family. 1st Lady Wainwright was a very special lady. A beautiful woman of God. I really enjoyed singing praise and worship with her. I will always remember her positive attitude and encouragement. I am glad that she is not in pain anymore but enjoying her time with our Father. 1st Lady Wainwright has touched a lot of people and will never be forgotten. Give my Mother a hug for me and tell her I love her.

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    Mander says

    Her smile always lit up my day. It was bittersweet having her on shift because I knew she was going to be such a gem to spend time with, but rarely is anyone admitted for good reasons. I will for ever hold a special place in my heart for her. Her smile and energy will truly be missed, but there is no question that we have gained an angel.

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    Shelly and Jasmine Senior says

    Our sincerest condolences to the Wainwright family. We pray that you find peace in knowing, reading, and hearing how wonderful of a wife, mother, First Lady, sister and friend she was to all who knew her. May her soul Rest In Peace. You’re in our prayers always. God Bless.

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