Carmena L. Swan

Sunrise: November 19, 1946

Sunset: January 5, 2021

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

                                                                                                                               Psalm 107:1 (NIV)

Remembering Our Beloved

Carmena Hilda (Rosa) Griffin Lomax Swan


On Tuesday, January 5, 2021 an angel was sent from the Lord and Savior to bring one of his children to her eternal home. “Rosa” affectionately as she was called, quietly answered and humbly submitted to the Master’s call.

On November 19, 1946, Rosa was born to the late Charles and Dorothy Irving Griffin in Albany, NY.  Preceding her in death was a brother Charles, 2 sisters, Ferrell and Dantyne Griffin and a loving daughter, Sonya Lomax.

Charles (Buddy) as he was called and Dorothy I. Griffin moved later on to Norfolk, VA where they raised their family.  Rosa attended the Norfolk Schools and Business College in Norfolk, VA.  In her earlier years, Rosa worked in several business positions. In her later years, joined the Norfolk School System as a Crossing Guard protecting children whom she loved dearly.

Rosa being raised in a Christian home loved the Lord and joined church at a very early age.  She joined the family church, Hood Chapel A.M.E. Zion.  Being a very active member, Rosa was a Deaconess, Member of the Missionary Ministry, Steward Board, Nursing Ministry, and a strict President of the Usher Ministry.   (Smile) Rosa was a “Great Boss” and could easily designate jobs.  The church had fund raisers and she was a strong participant to help raise funds.  She also worked with the Youth Department of the church.  Religious music was also something she loved.  She loved to hear her brother in- law Sammy, sing, Yes, God is real.  She was happy, praising God.

Hobbies:  Rosa loved to do the adult coloring books, latch hook rugs and was a culinary queen.  She could whip up a meal in no time at all.  She picked this up from her mother who was a divine cook.

Leaving to cherish her memory; a loving and devoted son to the end is Roman Swan, Jr, of Norfolk, VA with five (5) children, Roman Swan III, Daryl and Durell Swan, Emani and Montrell Norman – Norfolk, VA

Grand-son Cornel (CT) Lomax (2) daughters and (1) son; Sonya, Sanyiah and Davion Carter –Norfolk, VA.

Grand-daughter Carmena Lomax (3) sons – JaMari, JaCeon and Malakhi Lomax –Norfolk, VA.

Grand-daughter, Brittany Selby and five (5) children all of Norfolk, VA.

Siblings:  Elvah I. Taylor, Roanoke, VA, Gerald (Jean ) Irving, Topeka, KS, Zita G. Smith, Chesapeake, VA, Quince (Shirley) Griffin, Chesapeake, VA,  Carla G. & Sammy  Norville, Norfolk, VA, Edward (Deborah) Griffin,  Norfolk, VA.   One (1) Aunt, Mrs. Laura I. Sharper, Roanoke, VA Fifteen  (15) nieces and nephews; a Special Cousin –Zola Harris, a Special Friend, Mrs. Willie Mae Thomas and three (3) God Children.  A host of other family and friends.


She’s only gone ahead of us, not just left us behind.

Although we can’t be with you right now, you live on in our hearts and mind.

The day will come when we’ll meet again on heaven’s distant shore,

And the rest of us will walk hand in hand

Together forever more.

Viewing Sunday, January 10, 2021 12:00pm - 5:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Monday, January 11, 2021 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Riverside Cemetery 1000 E. Indian River Road Norfolk, VA 23523 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    James R. Bradley says

    In this time of sadness : May you see God in the faces of friends,hear Him in Their voices, feel Him in the touch of their hands. May their help,caring,and sympathy reflect His love and kindness at this time when you need Him most,
    With Caring Thoughts. The Bradley Family”

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    Angeline "Angel" of Roanoke, Virginia says

    Beloved Family,

    The spirit of a loving heart will live in memory. May you take comfort in the sweet memories of a beautiful life.
    May God grant you peace as we look forward to that “Great Day.”

    In Christian Love,

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    Estherine J. Harding says

    Elvah and family, know that others care and are sending deepest sympathy and prayers in your time of bereavement.
    God will take care of you as you remember the love of a caring and devoted sister.

    Estherine J. Harding, HPGWM
    Order of Eastern Star of VA, PHA

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    Linda E. Baker says

    Deepest Sympathy to Elvah and family!

    Linda E. Baker, HPGWM
    Order of Eastern Star of VA, PHA

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    Tye says

    One of my sweetest and realest Aunt. Aunt Rosa we love you! Rest in Heaven Aunt Rosa you will be greatly missed!

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    Debbie McNabb says

    Condolences to you and your family. Our prayers are with you for strength to get through this sorrowful time.

    From Lavette’s Mom.

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    Carlton Sykes says

    Saddened to learn of the passing of Rosa. We send our condolences to the Griffin family, a major part of the Hough Ave. of Berkley experience. Peace and love. – Miss Bessie Lee and Carlton

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