Linwood Washington, Jr.

Sunrise: June 27, 1933

Sunset: January 6, 2019

Linwood Washington Jr. entered into eternal rest with the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday evening, January 6, 2019 surrounded by family and friends.  “Diddy” as he was affectionately called, was born on June 27, 1933 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Linwood Sr. and Mary Washington.  He was the husband of Mrs. Hattie Y. Washington and the love of her life for more than 50 years.

He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and entered into the workforce immediately after.  Diddy’s first job was at Ballard Fish & Oyster Company located in the old Atlantic City portion of Norfolk.  He was employed with the Granby Theater located in downtown Norfolk, where he got to meet famous entertainers such as Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, and Sarah Vaughn.  His last position prior to retirement was as a Rug Design Specialist at Scott Rug Cleaners on Juniper Street in Norfolk.  He was employed with them from 1953 until his health declined in 2017.

For recreation as a young man, Diddy played in the Negro League for the Riddick’s Wildcats.  During the home games at Barraud Park, he showed off his skills to his family and friends with an arm that could throw from centerfield all the way to the home plate.  He loved any and all sports, and always celebrated the wins of his beloved New Orleans Saints and the New York Mets.  He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed fishing, cooking, music (country, jazz, and blues), and enjoying a nice cold beer while playing a serious game of cards. You could always count on him saying, “you ain’t paying attention” if you played the wrong hand, or “don’t rush me Hattie” when it’s time to go.

Diddy grew up on Ruffin Street in the Lindenwood section of Norfolk.  He then resided with his first wife in Tidewater Park, and from that union, five children were born.  Then some years later, Diddy married his best friend Hattie, established a warm loving home in Liberty Park, and they were deeply committed to each other.  He loved him some Hattie with all his heart, and was a protective and stern father over their three sons and nephew that he raised.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Esther Gray (Jesse), son Shelton D. Washington, granddaughter Nachelle Washington, mother-in-law Esther Mae Robinson, sister-in-law Elaine Reed (Thomas), and brother-in-law James Taylor.

He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Hattie Y. Washington; four loving sons Linwood Washington III, Kevin D. Washington (DeTrae), Shawn T. Washington Sr. (Cynthia), and Lintrail C. Washington (Toccara); special son Ricky Reed (Denise); four darling daughters Regina “GeeGee” Jackson, Daphney L. Jenkins, Barbara Perez (Domingo) and Blessing Washington.  A dedicated sister Thelma Brown; sister-in-laws Betty Jacob, Bertha Mae Jones, Bernadette McClean, and Audrey Taylor. Known as “PaPa”, he leaves behind his 24 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; a myriad of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

We the family, are truly grateful to God for bringing Diddy into our lives.  We believe that he was a gift from the Lord and we rejoice in the blessings, encouragement and love that he shared with us during his lifetime.  He leaves a legacy of love, character, and integrity for us to follow and we will cherish the memories we’ve had with him in our hearts forever.

Viewing Thursday, January 17, 2019 Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W, Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Friday, January 18, 2019 1:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Riverside Cemetery 1000 E. Indian River Road Norfolk, VA 23523

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    The Edmonds Family says

    We send you our deepest sympathy. Although this is a very sad time for the family, the Bible does provide us with much comfort.
    2 Corinthians 1:3, 4, calls our heavenly Father “the God of all Comfort”. Just imagine, being comforted by a God that knows what we need and gives it to us at just the right time. May you and your family gain some comfort during this difficult time.

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    Deli says

    I’m sorry for your loss. Please take comfort in Christ promise of the resurrection, John 5:28,29

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    Vivian White says

    Condolences to the Washington family in the loss of their love one. We do pray that God will give you peace and strength to endure. The White, Givens family

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    Jolynn D Wood says

    To the family..I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord give you comfort and strength now and in the days to come.
    Jolynn (Owens)Wood and family

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    mae says

    Sorry for the loss of your loved one. I have found this scripture to be most comforting. I hope this will bring comfort to you as it has to me. Isaiah 25:8- He will swallow up death forever.

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    Mary Fallin says

    I am sending my deepest condolences to your family with heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

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    Martin Nichols says

    Hattie and family…..
    Am deeply moved to learn the news of the sojourn
    Of Mr Linwood…
    Please refer your heavy hearts to God, who is the ultimate healer of all our woes and sorrow…
    I can be of assistance,,,please do not hesitate to contact…
    His Blessings,,,
    Martin Nichols
    Kissimmee, FL
    Basilica of St Mary member

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    M Jones says

    I am sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the family will find some comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection(Acts 24:15)and the renewed Paradise earth, where death will be no more and no family will mourn the death of a loved one.-Revelation 21:3,4;John 5:28,29;Luke 23:43. May GOD(Psalms 83:18)grant you peace and comfort now, during this grievous time.-Matthew 5:4.

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