Dollie P. Wells

Sunrise: September 3, 1937

Sunset: June 28, 2024

Dollie P. Wells, cherished daughter of the late Vernell Franklin Peeples and Bettie Wilkerson Peeples, transitioned peacefully on June 28, 2024. Born in Southampton County, Virginia, Dollie was the eldest among 10 siblings. She exhibited the characteristics of a true matriarch, extending her love and grace to her beloved siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Known for her impeccable attention to detail, she was a dedicated and meticulous individual who enriched the lives of all who knew her, both professionally and personally. Dollie enjoyed traveling and was a fierce competitor when playing Scrabble and was known as an expert player. Across the years of her life, Dollie quietly chronicled her family’s history and significant events that happened in her life, leaving her family with memories to treasure.

Throughout her illustrious career, Dollie held various significant roles. She began as a Records Clerk at I.C. Norcom High School from March 1959 to June 1963, then transitioned to a Clerk Stenographer at Norfolk State University’s School of Business from July 1963 to June 1972. In July of 1972, Dollie was promoted to Accountant and dedicated the remainder of her career as a Payroll Manager at Norfolk State University until June 1991. Even after retirement, Dollie remained active, offering her expertise as a Consultant for the Payroll Office at Norfolk State University and as a Tax Preparer for Jackson Hewitt Tax Service.

Her commitment extended well beyond her professional life, as she served as a Personnel Assistant in the Payroll Office and Human Resource Office at Norfolk State University, a Legislative Assistant alongside of Senator L. Louise Lucas and former Senator, Yvonne B. Miller of the Virginia State Senate, and as a Personnel Assistant for Portsmouth Public Schools. Dollie also took on the roles of Campaign Treasurer for Senator L. Louise Lucas and of Administrative & Program Specialist II in the Office of Academic Affairs at Norfolk State University.

Dollie was a woman who pursued knowledge and achievement early in life. She graduated with honors from I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA, June 1956, where she actively participated in various clubs. Because of her academic prowess, Dollie was awarded a full academic scholarship to the then, Norfolk Polytechnic College, a part of Virginia State College. She pursued her education at the current Norfolk State University, majoring in Business Education and continued to enhance her skills through numerous courses and certifications in individual income tax preparation, computer applications, and data processing.

Known for her community involvement, Dollie served as the Church Treasurer, Chairman of the Trustee Ministry, Co-chair of the Senior Ministry and as a member of Dorothy Neal Collins usher Board at New Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA; President of the Dilettantes Club of Hampton Roads Virginia; Founding Member and Correspondence Secretary of the Norfolk State University Retirees Association (NSURA); Lifetime Member of the Norfolk State University Association of Educational Office Professionals (NSUAEOP); member of the Carolanne Farms Civic League; and as Treasurer for the I.C. Norcom High School Class of 1956 Reunion Steering Committee, of which being a Greyhound, always brought her joy.

Dollie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Wells; her adored daughter, Kim Kuykendall Smith; her brothers James Peeples (Barbara) and Vernell Peeples, Jr.; sister-in-law, Olivia Peeples; her sister, Jean Boone, and her former husband, Ronald Kuykendall. She is survived by her daughter, Sherri Kuykendall Pulliam and son-in-law, Frank Pulliam III; her granddaughter, Kourtney Cagle-Johnson (Jordan); her grandson, Keith Pulliam; and her great-grandchildren, Charlotte, and Luke Cagle-Johnson. She also leaves behind her sisters, Geraldine Darden Epps (Robert); Elsie Whitehead (Moses); Carolyn Parker (Larry); Sharon Sampson (Tony); her brothers, Matthew Peeples, and Milton Peeples (Sherl); her aunt, Mae Ross; 26 nieces and nephews; Dilettantes Sisters and a host of cousins, other family members and friends.

Dollie P. Wells will forever be remembered for her kindness, unwavering dedication, and impactful contributions to her community. She touched the hearts and lives of many and her legacy will be cherished eternally.

Viewing Tuesday, July 9, 2024 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Blvd Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE ONLINE Wednesday, July 10, 2024 11:00 AM Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Laid to Rest Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery 5310 Milners Rd Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Cathy Williams-Coyle says

    Dear family, I am sorry for your loss and, I am praying for the family. Love Cathy Williams-Coyle.

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      James W.Howell, Sr. says

      To the family and friends:

      Dollie will be missed. She was a loyal and generous member of the Norfolk State Retirees.

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      James W.Howell, Sr. says

      To the family and friends:

      James W. Howell, Sr. says

      Dollie will be missed. She was a loyal and generous member of the Norfolk State Retirees.

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      The Wilkerson family says

      Continuing to wish you and your family many blessings going forward.

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    Estherine J. Harding says

    Deepest sympathy and prayers to Mrs. Wells’ family as she will be
    dearly missed by so many. I enjoyed the time spent with her during our tenure at Norfolk State University. May she rest in peace from a life well lived as a faithful servant of the high God.

    Estherine J. Harding, NSU Retiree
    2016 Distinguished Alumna,
    Life member/NSUAA- Chesapeake Chapter

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    Gina Flythe says


    I am so sorry for your loss. Ms. Dollie was so sweet, so loving, so dedicated and so determined to give her best in every endeavor. She set a beautiful example for you to follow and pass on to your daughter and her daughter so that her.beautiful legacy lives on. May God grant you the strength and comfort you need now, and in the days, months and years to come. I love you and send my deepest condolences to you and your family.

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    Rev Joyce Foster says

    My sincere condolences are sent the family of Sister Dollie. My life has always crossed in some way with her. Our religious foundation is definitely intertwined with New Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Portsmouth. In church and at Norfolk State University, Dollie was always the quiet proficient individual who got the job done.

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    Vanessa Alston says

    My Condolences and prayers go out to you and your family Sherri. I pray and ask God to see you through the pain you’re going through with the passing of your mom. Just keep your faith in God and he will always see you through. You you Sherri. ❤️

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    Janice S Johnson and brothers says

    Condolences to the Wells family. On behalf of Mary Neal Parker and family
    Our prayers 🙏 are. With all at this time of loss

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    Bennie L. Marshall Lundy, EdD, MSN says

    My deepest sympathy is sent to the Wells family in the loss of Dollie Wells. She was a very nice person who gave freely of herself. I send my prayers to the family.

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    Alice Hyman Bazemore says

    My condolences to the family.

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    Carolyn Glover & Lavone Gary& Families says

    Sherrie and Family,I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing,I am praying for your comfort and strength.I remember the Des Moines Ave days along with the IC Norcom days,I used to see her in the office,she a nice lady,if you need me for anything please let me know.
    Prayers going up for the family 🙏🏿🙏🏿❤️✝️

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    Carolyn Gatling Williams says

    To the family, the Gatling- Lassiter family offer their sincere condolences. May the Lord bless and comfort you.

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    Carolyn Gatling Williams says

    To the family, the Gatling- Lassiter family offer their sincere condolences. May the Lord bless and comfort you. Dale, Delaney, Nora, Valerie and Carolyn.

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    Marita Evans says

    Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Sherri. God knows your heart, your thoughts, how you are a good daughter. God knows everything and knows what you need. Love you my diva sister.

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    Barbara E Cross says

    Sherrie and family may God grant you all peace and comfort during your time of sorrow. Ms. Wells was a faithful member of New Mt Vernon Baptist Church, for years she served on The Dorothy Neal Collins Usher Board.
    She had a sweet spirit,
    and a heart.filled with love. Rest In Peace Ms. Wells, for there’s a Crown in Glory for you .

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    Thomas & Brenda Hunter says

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family, may the peace of God be with the family.

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    Reverend Dr. James Smith Jr. says

    Dear Family
    Please accept Linda and My condolences for the passing of our beloved sister and my colleague Dollie. We will always remember her for being such a kind loving member at church and for at NSU. Thank you for sharing her memory with us.May God’s Love, Peace and Blessings be with you all.

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    Ford Family says

    To the family of Dolly.. Cuz you really going to be miss. U at peace. May God continue to bless you all. Much ❤️

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    Shirley Hockaday-Broadie says

    To Geraldine Epps and the Wells family you all have my very deepest condolences.We have deep roots that go back to New Mt Vernon Baptist Church Green St. I’m so sadden by the news of Dollie’s departure. If you have the faith God the power.

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    Ethel F Cox says

    Our condolences to the Family of Dollie Wells. I was blessed to meet Dollie when I began my employment in HR at NSU. The Payroll and HR offices were together for many years, and we developed a close family and friendship bond that extended beyond the office. Dollie would invite us to the many cookouts and holiday gatherings she and James would host. She was such a caring, kind,and loving person with a serious and quiet personality. During her professional career, she was a tremendous asset to the University and continued her loyalty and commitment through her involvement with the NSU Retirees Association. Dollie will be remembered and missed by the many lives she touched during her journey. Tommy and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as God continues to comfort and grant you His peace!

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    Bernice Hyater says

    Dear Sherri, Frank and Family…
    Please know that your mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt, and cousin will forever remain in our hearts and memories. Dollie was a special person and a valuable friend. We were Norcom HS & NSU classmates, family friends, club members and travel buddies. She loved her family, enjoyed her friends, valued attractive clothes & accessories and traveling often.
    Sherri…”Nothing Compares to a Mother’s Love.” Wishing you peace and comfort at this most difficult time.
    Much Love, Bernice Hyater & Family

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    Diane Pulliam says

    My condolences to you and your family sherry so sorry for your loss I’m always here for you ❤️

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    Cynthia Peeples says

    Dear Sherri and Family,
    I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Aunt Dollie. She was a beautiful woman, both inside and out, and her loving nature and big heart touched the lives of everyone who knew her. Her warmth and kindness will be greatly missed.

    During this difficult time, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in the cherished memories you shared with her and in knowing that she is now at peace.

    With heartfelt condolences,

    Love Always and Forever
    Cynthia Peeples, Kaitlyn Peeples & Kamryn Peeples

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