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Bernice H. Williams


Sunrise: September 29, 1930

Sunset: January 29, 2024

Bernice H. Williams, 93, of Norfolk, Virginia passed away on January 29, 2024. She was affectionately called Bea, Bunny, and/or Bern by family and friends.

Bernice was born on September 29, 1930, to the late Trilby Colbert and George J. Holloman in Ivor, Virginia. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1948. She worked as a domestic worker and eventually was employed by Norfolk Public Schools.

Bernice was formerly married to the late Walter R. Williams, Sr., her ex-husband, and together they lovingly raised two children, Walter R. Williams, Jr., and Cheryl R. Williams. For many years she was an active member of Jerusalem Baptist Church, devoting her time and energy as a Sunday School Teacher and a member of the Matron’s Guild. She was known for her elaborate Sunday School plays with costumes, props, and whatever else was needed for a grand production. She worked at Campostella Junior High, Booker T. Washington High, Lafayette Winona Middle, and Crossroads Elementary schools. Throughout her tenure, she transitioned from being a cafeteria aide to an office assistant and later assumed the role of a teacher’s aide. Bernice dedicated years of service to the education system, retiring in 1994.

Bernice was multifaceted – quiet to some, a social butterfly to others, but to all, she spoke her mind. She often remembered her youthful days dancing in the hometown “joint” in Ivor, VA. She was quite the competitor and never turned down an opportunity to try her luck at a game of Bid-Whist, Pokeno, BINGO, and Trouble with her friends, family, and co-workers. She enjoyed trash-talking and playing games, but she didn’t play games in the kitchen. An amazing cook, she was known for her fruitcakes, yeast rolls, sweet potato pies, and homemade ice cream. She delighted in changing up the home décor to match the seasons and engaging in arts and crafts, creating, and selling her handmade products to friends and family.

She was preceded in death by five siblings: Georgetta “Georgie” Purdie (James), Grover C. Holloman (Edna), Smallwood Holoman (Nelia), Calvin C. Holloman (Vernice “Marie”), and Trilby H. Hayes. She is survived by her two children, Walter R. Williams, Jr. (Cheryl) and Cheryl R. Williams-Parks (the late Alpena); sister, Dorothy Stith (the late Charles), five grandchildren: LaToya D. Murry, Kadeejia D. Williams, Kamilah D. Williams, Walter R. Williams, III., and Nia I. Clark, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Viewing Thursday, February 8, 2024 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, February 9, 2024 2:30pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Mitchell Clapp says

    My condolences to the family. Mrs. Bernice was such a beautiful person, always smiling, kind and with words of encouragement. Keep her memories close to your heart until you meet again.

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    Mrs Millicent Collins says

    My condolences to Cheryl and the other members of the Williams family I am so heartbroken over the passing of Mom Bernice We shared so many memories together I’m thankful for the time I had with her I pray that God give you all the strength during this difficult time I will miss you dearly 🙏

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    Diane Marlow says

    My condolences to the family.We worked together for many years. She was such a kind soul. Rest in power Ms. Williams.

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      Vivian Hogan says

      Walter and Family may God hold you all close during your time of bereavement and always. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you all at this difficult time. Wishing you all the best and know you have my full support in every moment. I am thinking of you and your family and sending caring thoughts your way to support you through this.

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    Tina Wilson says

    February 5, 2024
    I lost a piece of my heart when I heard from a client of Bernice’s passing. She was much more than a dear friend. She was a long-time co-worker, confidante, joy-filled soul, always sharing life’s funny twists and turns. I’ll forever remember the many special events of happiness and togetherness we shared amid some serious moments. YOU’RE home NOW Bunny! Rest in Heavenly Peace!

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    Vivian Hogan says

    Walter and Family may God hold you all close during your time of bereavement and always. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you all at this difficult time. Wishing you all the best and know you have my full support in every moment. I am thinking of you and your family and sending caring thoughts your way to support you through this.

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    Sandra Binns Whitaher says

    My condolences to the family and we will miss her smile and the trips the family would home in Ivor to clean the graves off and family cookout with my Mom, Elizabeth. It was fun to see them come down and we would have family gathers at Uncle Calvin and Marie’s home. We will miss Aunt Bea too. Rest in Peace. Love DeDee ,Marie,Laura,Tee( Elizabeth daughters)

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    Ms. Sharian Renna Beale-Lomax says

    February 7, 2024 at 12:48 p.m.
    My sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Bernice Williams. I will always remember we shared as we worked at collogues. May God hold you close at this difficult time and may the memories you shared with her comfort you. She will be missed.

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    Verna L Holoman says

    Our prayers and love are with Cheryl, Walter and all the members of the Williams Family. We shall always remember how much Cousin Bea looked like our and her Aunt Lula. May the Lord give you the strength and courage to move through this difficult time and into the future without her physical presence. None of this changes the love and the memories that you shall hold dear forever.

    Cousin Bea, You shall be missed. Rest in Peace.
    The Children and Their Families of Uncle William S. Sr “Sam” and Annie M Holoman (William S. Jr, Annie M Holoman Gay, James A Holoman and Verna L Holoman)

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    Lelia Oliver Anderson-Dixon says

    My sincere condolences to the Williams’ family and friends. Rest in peace Mrs. Williams. 🙏🏾

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    Tracy Royster says

    Bunny, You will definitely be missed my friend. We had some good times at Lafayette Winona middle school. May your entire family have strength to endure these unbelievably days to come. I will continue to keep you all in prayer. Take one day at a time as you continue your journey.

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    Gwen Edwards-Langley says

    My sincere condolences to Cheryl and Walter. We’ve known each other since back in the day living in Brambleton ! I am so sorry to hear Ms. Bea passed. My prayers are with you and your family that The Lord will comfort you during this very difficult time.

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