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Barbery Mae Ridley


Sunrise: November 28, 1933

Sunset: January 2, 2022

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.

Viewing Thursday, January 13, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, January 14, 2022 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 *Masks Required*

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    Rev. Ceceilia Jones says

    I praise God for you and the many kinds things you have said to me. I am so glad to be a part of your Portsmouth family from the 60’s. My last visit with you warmed my Spirit. I shall miss you!!

    To the family: May God be with you. Love you all/especially my good friend, Jackie.

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    Lisa Montgomery says

    Prayers Comfort and Strength to Jackie, Peggy, Renea and Pam.🌹💜
    Weeping May Endure for a Night But Joy Comes in the Morning.🌹💜
    Ms. Barbara was a Beautiful Soul with a Big Beautiful Heart.💜

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    Erica Newton Morrison says

    Family let the God of all comfort hold you close we love you all Jackie, Peggy,Renea,Pam and all the grand babies Earth has No Sorrow That Heaven Can Not Heal continue to trust In God and remember all the good that Mama did and how she loved everyone with here kindness and beautiful smile bless you all in Hesus Name❤️🙏🏽

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    Troy Rambeau says

    The joy and happiness Aunt Barbery brought into our lives will not be forgotten. I will always remember her kind heart, smile and caring voice. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    “Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

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      Ethelyn Whitehead Holley says

      My deepest condolences to the Ridley Family. God be with you during this difficult time. Look to the Lord for all your strength. All your help will come from the Lord.

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    Hortensia Edwards says

    I will miss you Aunt Barbara. You were always my favorite aunt from a little girl. You would always ask how my family was doing and you always remembered our birthdays. I will miss talking to you on the telephone. I enjoyed our talks on the phone. You have always been so caring about everyone and always such a sweet spirit. You are safe now in the arms of Jesus and every family member that we have lost have welcomed you home. All my sympathy to the family.

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    Jane Barnes says

    My dear Barbery how you will be missed. I love you and hate to say goodbye. See you again when the Lord says so. Jane

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      Brenda Smith says

      My Deepest sympathy goes out to the Ridley family, Jackie, Peggy, Renae and Pam. May the peace of God’s sovereignty be with each of you. Earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal. Your mother was a jewel. It was always a pleasure to be in her presence. We would hug each other so tightly. I will miss her deeply. Love each of you

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    sandra mccoy says

    Our heartfelt condolences to Jackie, her sisters, and the entire Ridley family. We remember your mother as a woman of kindness, beauty, and grace. Our prayer is that God will comfort and sustain all of you in the days ahead.

    Leonard and Sandra McCoy

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    Pamelia Small says

    🙏🏽 Jackie, Peggy, Renee ,Pam & Ridley family 🕊🕊
    I’m so sorry for your loss , however , I know your mother and love one is smiling down upon you all . She touched many lives with her gentle spirit and infectious smile. So continue to hold on to those precious memories and know GOD blessed you all with a wonderful kind Mother who loved you all very much as well as her grandchildren. Stay strong and know GOD ‘s strength will bring you through these difficult times.

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    Pamelia Small says

    🙏🏽 Jackie, Peggy, Renee ,Pam & Ridley family 🕊🕊
    I’m so sorry for your loss , however , I know your mother is smiling down upon you all . She touched many lives with her gentle spirit and infectious smile. So continue to hold on to those precious memories . . Stay strong and know GOD ‘s love and strength will bring you through these difficult times.

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    Pamelia Small says

    🙏🏽 Jackie, Peggy, Renee ,Pam & Ridley family 🕊🕊
    I’m so sorry for your loss , however , I know your mother is smiling down upon you all . She touched many lives with her gentle spirit and infectious smile. So continue to hold on to those precious memories . . Stay strong and know GOD ‘s love and strength will bring you through these difficult times.
    Pam Small & Family

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    Kim Gonzalez says

    Cousin Barbery, you will surely be missed. I have so many wonderful memories of spending time with you and the family. Seems like yesterday. I love you and will see you again one day. Kim

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    Vernell Gray says

    To Peggy Ridley & Family. Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. Psalm30:5. You have my heartfelt sympathy. Keep the faith.
    From Vernell M. Gray

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    Jerome & Letha Brooks says

    To Pamela and family, our deepest condolences. God bless and be with all of you through this tough time. Be comforted in the Lord God and his grace and mercy. Stay encouraged Pamela, please let us know if you need anything.

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