Melvin Woodrow Wesby, 93, of Norfolk, VA departed this life peacefully, Tuesday, January 12, 2021. He was born August 1, 1927 in Princess Ann County, VA to the late Ola Benson and Percy Wesby. Melvin was predeceased by his son, Butch Woodrow Wilson.
Melvin lived with his grandmother in Queen City across the street from a playmate, Percell Beale. They played together as often as he could get away from home. After High School, Melvin joined the United States Air Force where he found his passion for mechanical parts and maintenance. He retired from the Naval Air Station after 30 years of service. Even after his retirement he worked in body and fender repair until he his health began to fail.
Melvin took pride in himself when it came to fashion and was known as a very stylish dresser. He loved his Lincoln cars and enjoyed traveling to see his extended family every August for the Gray – Benson Family Reunion.
Melvin accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior. He was baptized and later became a member of the First Baptist Church South Hill located in Chesapeake, VA.
He leaves to cherish his memories, a daughter Veronica Briggs of Norfolk, VA; a son Dwight Briggs of Virginia Beach, VA; 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; a devoted cousin, Priscilla Tennyson of Norfolk, VA; a devoted friend, Gloria Parker of Norfolk, VA; a host of cousins, relatives, and close friends of the Queen City community.