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Barbara A. Peoples


Sunrise: August 1, 1943

Sunset: March 12, 2023

Barbara Ann Peoples was born August 1, 1943 in Portsmouth, Virginia.  She passed away peacefully in her sleep March 12, 2023.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, mother-in-love and friend.  She was predeceased by her parents Annie McNeal, James McNeal and Robert (Luke) Hawkins, Sr.,

Barbara was very spiritual and loved the Lord, she dedicated her life to Christ at a young age.  She  attended Garden of Prayer #4 C.O.G.I.C, in Portsmouth, Virginia where she was a Church Mother. Prior to her failing health, she was a dedicated member, and a member of the Senior Choir.  She loved singing gospel songs and could be found at choir rehearsal and other church functions regularly.

Barbara worked briefly at General Electric and left to pursue her dreams of being a Beautician.  She owned her own Beauty School on the corner of Effingham Street and County Street .  She retired to become a homemaker to raise her children.  Barbara was a foster mother for the City of Portsmouth for many years.  

Barbara was an avid gardener, she LOVED flowers and working in her yard.  She was a great cook and along with her husband hosted annual cook-outs inviting family, friends and her church family.  She was known for her bread pudding, rolls and dressing.  There was not much that she could not cook.  She enjoyed her lunch dates with her daughter and cooking Sunday dinners for her family.

Barbara was feisty and very stylish, she loved her big hats and matching outfits.  Her favorite TV shows were the westerns, martial arts and horror movies.  She was a pet lover and owned many dogs over the years, at her passing she owned a yorkie named Arlo, who will miss her.

Barbara will be sorely missed and leaves to cherish her memory her loving and loyal husband of 63 years Ralph R. Peoples, sons Anthony Peoples (Elaine), Jason Peoples, Mark Chatmon (Khadijah), Marcus Chatmon, Marquis Chatmon (Sherry).  Dedicated and Devoted Daughter Angela (Hicks) Peoples-Vincent (Craig Sr.) Grand Children Candyce Burnett, Eric Jordan, Maigan Peoples, Dontae Edwards, Madison Small, Sherita Collins, Craig Vincent, Jr(Imani), Brianna Chatmon, Cameron Chatmon, Jasmine Chatmon, Rhyan Chatmon, Nasir Chatmon, Jamari Chatmon and Kannon Chatmon. Great-Great Grands Josiah, Kyndal, Laila, Derrick, Khamiya, and Mariah.  Sisters Maxine Evans, Betty Robinson, Carolyn Bragg-Wilder, Cynthia Darden, Donia Eley and Tenia Johnson.  Brothers James McNeal Jr., and Joseph Hawkins, Sister-in-Love Edna Johnson, a host of nieces, nephews, bonus sons and daughters.  

 She was predeceased by her son Juan Peoples, brothers Robert Hawkins Jr, Donald Hawkins and Floyd Hawkins.

Viewing Sunday, March 19, 2023 12 Noon - 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH LIVE ONLINE Monday, March 20, 2023 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23502

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    mary Smith says

    My prayers are with Ralph and the family. May God keep you in His care. Barbara was such a sweet person and will be truly missed.

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    Janice askew says

    God has you by the hand

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    Debbie Daniels says

    Angela, my deepest condolences. Praying God’s comfort for you and your family.

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    Deborah Charity says

    Angie, my heart goes out to you and your family. I pray God gives you peace, comfort, and strength as only He can.

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    Richard Grant says

    Angela,
    Am sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. My Prayers and Condolences go out to you and your Family.

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      Joanna Holdzkom (Sanchez) says

      Angela,
      I am so sorry for the profound loss of your dear mother. Please accept my condolences.

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        Barbara E Cross says

        Angela and family, may God grant you all peace, strength and comfort during this difficult time.

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    Angela Mabry Hill says

    Angela, I am praying for peace and strength for you and your family at this difficult time. On behalf of the Mabry and Hill families.

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    Mona and John Jones NGOP #4 says

    Angela our prayers are with you and your family. Your mother was a beautiful person and will be missed. She is truly in heaven and singing with the angels.

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