Carolyn Virginia Gardner

Sunrise: February 14, 1944

Sunset: January 17, 2021

Carolyn Gardner A.K.A Sugar; CG departed her earthly body to rest in eternal peace on January 17, 2021 at Sentara Lee Hospital in Virginia Beach, Va. Carolyn was born in Norfolk, Virginia on February 14, 1944 to the late Dorothy Post and James Mitchell.

She leaves a legacy of 7 children, Valerie Briggs, Herbert Gardner (Deceased), Ann Akompong (Sam Akompong-Son), Gerald Gardner (Robin Gardner-Dau), Carolyn Bates, Adrian Gardner and Troy Gardner (Rita-Grice Gardner-Dau), 12 Grandchildren, Cierra, Stanley (deceased), Lil Steve, Latoya J.R., amone, Jasmine, India, Jade, Jalynn, Toccara, Gerald Jr. (deceased), and 14 Great Grandchildren. She was a big sister to 11 siblings and had a multitude of nieces and nephews. Carolyn also leaves cherished memories with her best friends of 45 years, Estelle Hunter and past memories of Olivia Boone (deceased) Carolyn was a woman of faith and a member of Flames of Fire Church in Norfolk, VA. She became a licensed Cosmetologist upon graduating from Ann’s Beauty College in Norfolk, Va.

To pass time and to keep her mind sharp, Carolyn loved reading…let’s just say GOOGLE was one of her best friends! She was addicted to playing games on her PC such as spades and various word scramblers. She loved watching game shows as well, Family Feud and Jeopardy to name a few! She enjoyed fishing, baking and dancing while listening to her favorite Oldies! She also loved reminiscing of some of her favorite memories with her niece Tasha and enjoyed the special meals prepared by her sisters Linda and Thelma.

Carolyn was often called “The Master storyteller” or “The Great Philosopher” as he had plenty of stories, cliches’ and words of wisdom to share with anyone who crossed her path. Her birthday was on Valentines day and she was a Sweet heart inside and out! She was the epitome of a “Strong Black Women” and will be missed immensely.

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    Tawana Bates-Burtt and Family says

    To Carolyn, Steve Jr. and Cierra and Gardner Family,
    It is my prayer that God will comfort you and bring you peace. Losing a loved is never easy, especially losing a mother/grandmother Hold on to the happy memories that you shared with Big Carolyn and those memories will keep her in your heart and mind forever. The spirit lives on. Remain strong and faithful always.

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    Sam Akompong says

    Mum CG, you were one of a kind. Really and truly.

    You were an excellent mother-in-law. Most men run away from theirs; I always looked forward to visiting with you. Aside of that, you were also a good friend. Right from the very day I met you, about two decades ago.

    I cherish memories of family gatherings with you, our laughs, our deep, insightful conversations and your words of wisdom, some shaped by your life’s experiences; covering the valleys, the peaks … and all else in-between. Mum CG, you were simply an awesome human being.

    I am so, so glad and truly honored to have been a part of your life. Even though you are now on the other side, you are very much alive in my heart and in my mind. I see you looking down on us, smiling. I hear your infectious laughter. I feel the warmth that always characterized your presence.

    You have lived a life well lived. You deserve to rest in peace. You do just that, Mum, till we meet again. Infinite blessings to you.

    I share sincere condolences with all family, friends and sympathizers. Let us give thanks that we met her. Our lives are definitely brighter for that, in some way, shape or form.



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    Dock Powell III says

    My condolences to you and your family. Grandma Carolyn was so nice and sweet EVERY time I saw her! God Bless the Family. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the family and to the friends that were like family.


    Dock Powell III and the Powell Family

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    Phyllis Gray says

    Sending heartfelt condolences to you Valerie, Jasmine , India and your entire family on the passing of your mother and grandmother.
    The Gray family

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    Ruth A Ricks says

    Sorry for your loss to the family you have my deepest condolences

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