Arletha Speight

Sunrise: July 13, 1927

Sunset: November 7, 2020

Mrs. Arletha Leake Speight, daughter of the late Octavious and the late Ora Leake in Montgomery County, North Carolina was born July 13, 1927. She attended the public school system in Wilson, NC. She had five siblings, sister Ruth McLaughlin of Washington, DC, sister, Pearlina Deshazo of Washington, DC, Brother, Daniel Leake (deceased), brother, James Leake (deceased and brother George Leake of Washington, DC. She was married to the late Deacon Joseph C. Speight and they were blessed with twelve children.

They lived in Wilson, NC until 1955 when they moved to Norfolk, VA. She worked for the late Dr. John R Kight and his wife Nancy Kight for many years. She helped them raise their two children, John Jr and their daughter Nancy. She was a loyal member of the New Rising Sun Baptist Church in the City of Norfolk under the leadership of Pastor Edward Barringer. Due to her love for Christ and her church she participated in different ministries including the Missionary Ministry, The Gospel Choir and the Pastor’s Aid Ministry.

She leaves to cherish her memories, elven children, James A. Speight, Sr.( Landover, MD, Joseph E Speight, Sr.(Sandra) of VA, Johnnie R. Speight, Sr of Virginia Beach, Ora M. Smith (Charles) of Norfolk, Helen Matthews (Mark),Virginia Beach, Charles Speight (Patricia), Norfolk, Jeanette Sabo (Mike), Mechanicsville, MD, her beloved daughter Vernette Heckstall (Carl) preceded her in death, Ronald Speight (Virgie) Suffolk, VA, Donald Speight (Bobbie) Virginia Beach, Michael Speight, Portsmouth, VA, Michelle Williams (Daniel) Virginia Beach; thirty grandchildren, thirty nine great grands and a host of nieces and nephews.

“Pay attention to your father and don’t neglect your mother when she is old. Invest in the truth and wisdom discipline and good sense and don’t part with them. Make your father truly happy by living right and showing good judgement Make your parents proud especially your mother.” ~Proverbs 23:22-25

Viewing Monday, November 16, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Tuesday, November 17, 2020 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Carlos Holderfield says

    My sympathy to the family…

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    Frank B. Felder, Jr. says

    Our prayers are extended to the Speight family. May God keep and comfort you all. Wishing each of you sweet memories of your mother and may the peace of Christ guide and abide with you. Joan and I send our love.

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    Donna Curry says

    My condolences to the Speight and connected families, with prayers, may God continue to be with you in this momentum time, Blessings 🙏🏽

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    Clarence M. Everette Jr, "Jake" and the EVERETTE FAMILY says

    From My Family, To Our Family of The Speights. Our sincere Condolences, and Heartfelt Love, and Prayers of Comfort. We have awesome memories, and they are so good and wonderful growing up, with awesome Memories,

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    Robert and Cynthia Melton says

    To the Speight Family: We send you all our Heart Felt Sympathy We Loved Mrs. Speight as if she was our Mother, She was a special lovable Mother and a Awesome Close Friend to us her thoughts was always about others and her God Blessed Spirit was so drawing to everyone God has gained a Blessed Angel, Now she can sing, pray, shout and enjoy the praises of God in her own way she has gained her wings. Love you all May God Bless each and everyone of you.

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    Inez Hockaday says

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You all are in our prayers and thoughts at this time. May God be with you during this most difficult time. The Hawkins Family

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    Rev. Reuthenia Clark says

    My sincere condolences to the Speight Family. I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Rev. Speight, I, along with all of your Gethsemane Family, am praying for you. We pray God’s comfort for you and all of your family. Please know that we love you. I pray God’s peace will overtake you in this time.

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    Pearlina DeShazo says

    To: the Speight Family

    Death leaves us with a void which no one can fill, but the Lord. Always remember that you are an important part of my life and prayers.

    (Rest in peace, my sister I will miss you dearly.)

    Your Sister Sister, Pearlina

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    George T Leak and Jean Gray says

    With great sympathy,

    The love and bonding that we shared does not end here. You are still alive in our hearts in memories of the times that we shared with you.

    We will miss you and always remember your smile.

    George and Jean

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    Jameka Speight says

    Sending Condolences to the Speight Family in this time of need. I was very grateful to meet this wonderful lady!!! She was very kind and always had good things to say. She will be missed by many.

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    Carolyn & Stephen Ford & Family says

    “A mom’s hug last long after she lets go.”
    May it be comforting to you to know that our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
    We will miss you Auntie.
    Love Carolyn, Steve & Family

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    Ruth McLaughlin says

    As your sister please always remember…
    I loved you yesterday
    I love you still
    I always have
    I always will
    Rest in Peace.

    Your Sister Ruth

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    Gwen Whitney says

    A Mother’s greatest Blessing call her MOM. A Mother’s Love can never be forgotten or replaced
    My condolences to the Speight family. I pray for comfort and peace during this most difficult time for each of you. May God continue to Bless you.

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    D. E., Sarah & Jesse Williams says

    Our condolences go out to the entire Speight family. May comfort and peace bless your family during this most difficult time. May God bless the family throughout the ongoing years of her love and life through the memories that she left and touched on each ones life.

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