Annette Keywest Fentress

Sunrise: April 30, 1947

Sunset: July 17, 2021

Mrs. Annette G. Fentress, affectionally known as “Sweetpea” daughter of the late Heppy H. Griffin and Annette Riddick Griffin was born on April 30, 1947, in Norfolk, VA.  She graduated from Booker T. High School and NSU.  She was united in Holy matrimony to the late Walter Fentress, Jr. for 18 years.

Owner of Bountiful Styles Salon in Chesapeake, VA. Where she retired from cosmetology in 1997. She later began renting properties and investing in real estate, until she took on being her mothers’ full time care giver until her mother’s transition on April 9, 2021.

She was a huge fan of the Pittsburg Steelers and professional Boxing. She was an avid saltwater fisher and she traveled and lived all over in the U.S. in places like Miami, California, Boston, and Washington, D.C. to name a few. She also loved gospel music and was a part of the Rainbow Gospel Singers.

She was a God-fearing woman and an ordained deaconess of Full Gospel the Way Ministries, where she formed a jail ministry in support of her son wrongful conviction. She was a faithful member of The Mount Global Fellowship of Churches until her transition.

She transitioned on Saturday July 17, 2021.  On this glorious day, God called her home, for she had been a good and faithful servant. She obediently reached out her hand to touch the master’s hand and transitioned to her final resting place.

She was a loving and devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.  She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Fentress Jr; Mother Annette R. Smith (Claude); Father, Heppy H. Griffin; and Brothers Shelton Griffin and Hubert H. Griffin.

She leaves to cherish her memory: one son, Richard C. Shelton of Norfolk, VA; two daughters, Sonji B. Jones (Rev. Elishia) of Virginia Beach, VA and RaSheada Faith Shelton of Norfolk, VA; brother, Pastor Vernon K. Griffin (Amanda) of Chesapeake, VA and sister, Evangelist Diane T. Smith (Allen, Sr.) of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Carshena Clayton, Rev. Lloyd Griffin (Shalaura), Jitia Griffin, Zachariah Griffin, Isreal Mayo, Tamariah Corpening, A’Donius Shelton; special niece, April Taylor; and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

Viewing Thursday, July 29, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Friday, July 30, 2021 1:00pm New Weeping Mary Baptist Church 1104 Fentress Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 *Masks Required*

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    Jesus is the hope in the dawn of each day, The feeling of joy that keeps sadness away, The undying love that brings light to the soul, The caring and comfortthat heal and make whole.

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    Bristol Elliott says

    Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. To this great family whom I’m so proud to be apart of. My prayers are with you doing this time of bereavement. Remember the good times and the good days that you had with her, and know that she would want you to live on with joy and hope knowing that one day you will see her again. May God keep you and wrap His loving arms around you. Love Bristol Elliott and Family.

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    Dianne L. Fisher Perry-Bey says

    I am sending my deepest condolences and Love. ❤️

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      Coleen Norman says

      RaSheada, my condolences to you all during the passing of your Mom. Praying God’s comfort and strength for you. RIH to your beautiful Angel. 🌷♥️

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    Tawanda Rhodes says

    Sonji and family I am just hearing about the passing of your beautiful mother here in Boston II loved her so much we were friends for years when she lived here I babyset for you I am just hearing about the passing of your beautiful mother here in Boston II loved her so much we were friends for years when she lived here I babyset for you
    Made her bright light continue to shine in heaven as it did on Earth
    From Tawanda Rhodes of Boston Mass

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    Tawanda Rhodes says

    Family please disregard the repeat repeat of my condolent message message that’s what you get when you talk to the phone God-bless you
    Tawanda Rhodes

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