Bessie A. Parks-Sweat

Sunrise: July 8, 1937

Sunset: July 16, 2021

Bessie Ann (Parks) Sweat, was born July 8, 1937 in Sunbury, North Carolina to the late Edward Burrus and Lilly Parks. She was raise by her late aunt, Lucinda Harrell. Momma had many names but best known as “Nani, Sister” by her siblings, “Aunt Faine by a host of nieces and nephews and “Mother Sweat” by the church. She answered to all even “Pain Webber” when being nosy. Nani was a mother and shelter for many. She was a loved and sought after cook and she owned and ran Nani’s Beauty Salon for many, many years. Nani was a playful, fun, loving and generous woman. To know her was to love her. Those who will forever cherish her memories are her husband, Josh Sweat; daughter, Helen Barriteau and Goddaugther, Eleece Weatherspoon; sisters-in-law; grandchildren, Precious Klinefelter, Melthres Johnson, Dedria Minor (Brian Minor) and Chrystal Barriteau (Darrell Jackson); great grandchildren, Ka’lah, Cecilio, Shaina, Iya, Knyle, Ethan, Arianna, NaTalya, Na’Kyze, Destiny, Kassidy, Kamren, Cassius, Bobbi and King and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends, Ruby Hughes and Barbara Mitchell.

Viewing Thursday, July 22, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, July 23, 2021 3:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Tuesday, July 27, 2021 Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434 *Masks Required*

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    John & Marie Sanders says

    Our thoughts and Prayers goes out to the family.
    May you be comforted by knowing the Peace of the Father

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    Derricka Weatherspoon says

    Praying for the family. I love you all ❤️

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    Claudine Burrus says

    To Josh Sweat, Helen and family. Your wife and mom was a jewel. She was always there to lend a helping hand to everyone. She loved her family and I know you will miss her dearly. She will be your guardian Angel watching over you all. Rest In Heaven my dear sister-in-law. I will see you again

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      Jeanette Lassiter says

      To Josh and Helen Ann. We’re praying for you at this hour, may the peace of God be with you. Love Jeanette

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        Stella Roberson Mims says

        Helen and Family,
        Remembering you at this time of loss and praying the peace of God will comfort you.


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    Carolyn B Morris says

    Josh and Helen, while mere words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our heavenly Father return our dear one back to us by means of the resurrection as Jesus showed when he resurrected his dear friend Lazarus. (John 11:43) May you find comfort in knowing that He will keep this promise. Love, Cousin Carolyn
    Edenton, North Carolina

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    Amanda Gainer says

    Sending prayers of comfort and peace to Mr. Josh, Hellen and their family plus friends. Mrs. Bessie was a beautiful woman. She had the brightest smile. She was very kind and friendly. Rest in Paradise.❤❤❤

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    Mary E Jones says

    Josh, Helen and all the granddaughters and great grandchildren, I deepest prayers continually for all of you , your wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother will be missed beyond measure by so many of us , we ALL. Loved her dearly, we know your resting in peace.
    Love ❤️
    Mary E Jones (Pookie)

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    Kenyatta Burrus says

    Praying for comfort and strength for the family in this hard times… Just remember Aunt Bessie will alway be with you all guiding you all through like she did in the physical.. Time may seem hard and rough at times, but just look up and remember all the memories you all had and the smiles will come back…, R.I.H Aunt Bessie.. Love you..

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