Barthenia B. Askew

Sunrise: August 6, 1942

Sunset: January 29, 2021

Barthenia Barbara Askew, affectionately known as Bart, passed away peacefully on January 29th. She spent her final days at home with her family.

Born in Weldon, North Carolina, Barthenia was the only child of Frank and Queen Esther Gatlin (née Hunt). She was the mother of Karen McKinney, the late Christopher Reddick, and Stephanie (Johnnie) Middleton.

A lover of the Lord, Barthenia was baptized at Union Baptist Church and served as a faithful member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Bart was a graduate of Princess Anne County Training School, and received her BA from Norfolk State University and her Masters from Hampton University.

Starting her career in technology, she worked as a System Engineer for Wang Laboratories and Chesapeake City Public Schools, where she retired in 2010. She also retired from the United States Navy Reserves, serving our country for 22 years.

Bart was known to have an adventurous spirit. Her lifetime travels led her both near and abroad. Bart’s most memorable travels include skiing in Aspen, and riding elephants in South Africa.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen and Stephanie; her grandchildren, Aaron, Ashton, Tamara (Alix), and Micaela; and her great children, Christian, Evan, and Zoey.

No Public Viewing Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Wednesday, February 3, 2021 1:30pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Interment Colonial Grove Memorial Park 3445 Princess Anne Road Virginia Beach, VA 23456 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Deborah Martin says

    Our condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother! Our prayers for peace and comfort in knowing that our God is always with you, look to the hills!?? Memories are forever in our hearts ❤
    Love, Dee and Wes Martin

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    Bryan L. Collins says

    The Collins family send sincere condolences on the transitioning of your mother. Keep your faith in the lord and remember the many great days. She now live within the many lives she touched.

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    Ernestine wiggins Billups says

    My sincere sympathy is with the family. I thank God for her life. I will always cherish the friendship we shared from our childhood we love her, but God love her more. Rest in peace my friend.

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      ARNITA BROOKS says

      Stephanie and Family!

      For the life and legacy of your Mom, we give God the honor, glory, and praise! We extend our heartfelt condolences and empathy to you! Cherish your memories as they will keep you reminded of His goodness and greatness! May the Lord bless, comfort, and keep you in His care always especially during this time of bereavement!

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    Roderick Smith says

    Praying for the family

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    Vercalla Ingram-Smith says

    Our hearts were sadden when we heard of the passing of your mother. Please know that although we are here for you, no one can stick to you closer than a friend like Jesus Christ. Remember that he can, will and is ready to heal you everywhere you and your family hurt, for as long as you hurt. So as you all prepare for life without your mother, savor the beautiful memories God gave you in your heart.
    Our sincere condolences to you all.

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      Sonja Reddick says

      Stephanie, I’m praying for you and Karin during this difficult time. God Bless you!

      Sonja Reddick

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    Betsy Thomas says

    Our sincere condolences to your family. Karin and Stephanie these are hard times my prayers are to you all. She was a beautiful person and she received her wings with a welcome heart to enter his kingdom. You all made her happy and your memories will last a life time.

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    Karen (Rushing) Gorum says

    Karin and Stephanie my prayers are with you and the family.

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    Bill & Jean Burton says

    Our hearts break for your wonderful Family. God Bless You All.

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    Beverly Foreman says

    Stephanie, may loving memories ease your loss and bring you comfort. You and your family are in my prayers.

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    Michelle and Dan says

    Sending you all the love and prayers through this difficult time. We love you guys more than words could express and what an incredible blessing it was to have those months with mom alert, laughing and talking again. It was an honor to have met her and see that beautiful smile ❤️

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    Leon williams says

    So Very sorry for the loss of you beloved Mother. My deepest condolences to the family.

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    Stephanie and Theo Peebles says

    Stephanie, Karin and Family;
    What a beautiful Mother you had…
    She was so proud of her Daughters and you have honored her in such a wonderful way with care all these years.
    Though you’re tearful, God shall reward you favorably, for loving your Mother so…
    Her joyful spirit will be with us always and we’ll cherish her memory.

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    Cora Jean Wilson Reid says

    My sincere sympathy on the passing of your mother. Sending love, strength, and prayers to all of you during this difficult time.

    May God’s promise be with you in your sorrow.

    “Treasure the memories”

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