Barbery Mae Ridley was born on November 28, 1933, to Joe Nathan Sumlar and Lena Belle Kee in Boykins, Virginia. She departed this life peacefully on January 2, 2022, at home to be with the Lord. She gave her life to Christ at an early age. She was 88 years young. Barbery was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend.
She loved planting flowers and receiving them, the family dogs, the color red and watching TV shows such as The Price is Right, daytime stories, Family Feud with Steve Harvey, and Law & Order. Most of all she loved her family and friends. The moments spent with her family and friends would always put a smile on her face and gave her so much joy.
Barbery will be dearly missed by all who knew her and loved her. She leaves to cherish her memory four daughters Sharian Lomax of Norfolk, Pamela Ridley of Henrico, Peggy Williams of Norfolk, and Jarkiolene Chatman (Hal Jr.) of Chesapeake, three grandchildren Christesia Smith (Jamar) of Chesapeake, Everett Williams of Norfolk, and Keith Williams of Va. Beach, five great-grandchildren Gerald McCrae III of Chesapeake, Saniah Smith of Chesapeake, Everyonna Williams of Suffolk, Braylen Williams of Va. Beach, and Khaliah Williams of Va. Beach, two brothers Willie Lee Sumlar (Rose) of New Jersey, David Jones (Delores) of Newport News, one sister Jannie Moody of Newport News and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
Barbery is preceded in death by her husband Willie P. Ridley, her mother Lena Kee and her father Joe Nathan Sumlar.