Millie L. Fonville

Sunrise: June 5, 1947

Sunset: January 4, 2020

Millie Louise Fonville, 72, passed away Saturday, January 4 in Hampton, Va. Born at Norfolk Community Hospital in Norfolk, Va on June 5, 1947 to the late James and Millie Walker, she lived and worked, respectively, as a resident and employee in both the Southside and Peninsula Virginia regions.

Millie attended Norfolk Public Schools. Although she drop out in the 9th grade, she went from receiving a Nurse Aide Certificate of Completion from the Norfolk Department of Adult and Vocational Education in 1972 to graduating Magna Cum Laude – earning a A.A.S. Medical Office Management degree in 1992 from Commonwealth College. Millie’s education and experience helped her stay employed in the health care field for nearly 40 years. Some of her jobs included working in hospitals and clinics as a: nursing assistant, home health aide, materials handler/data input operator, and patient service representative/medical receptionist. In 1997, Newport News Pubic Schools hired her as the Clinic Assistant for Denbigh High School; she worked there for 9 years until she was soon hired by her last employer – Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, VA – as a direct service associate II until retiring from working in 2009.

In addition to receiving over a dozen awards and appreciation certificates for her volunteer work with city agencies and non-profit organizations, Millie was also an active member of Greater Mount Zion (later Burning Bush Worship Center) in Norfolk, and Northside Church of Christ in Newport News (later Northside Christian Church in Yorktown, VA).

As a loving family woman, Millie was preceded in rest by her husbands, Westcott C. Watson and Samuel G. Fonville; brothers, Kurt Walker, Robert Walker and James Walker, Jr.; daughter, Francine Watson, grandmother Elizabeth Jackson; stepmother, Sarah Walker; mothers-in-law, Mamie Fonville and Edith Watson, and sister-in-law, Betty Blackwell.

She is survived by her: children, Belinda A. Brooks (Keith), Chris R. Watson, Samuél G. Fonville (Darlene) and step-daughter, Pamela Barker; grandchildren, Niquita Richardson, Amber R.D. Farmer (Kenston), Matthew Tarver, Zane T. Moore and Jessica Barker (step-granddaughter); great-grandchildren, Nalani A. Richardson, Skylar Farmer, Kenston Farmer, Jr.; siblings, Ruby Johnson, Marion Cuffee (Roland), Thomasine Bailey, and Alfred Coker (step-brother); and in-laws, Nathaniel Fonville, Jr. (Elonzea), Carolyn Otey (Marvin).

Viewing Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Service Thursday, January 16, 2020 12 Noon Burning Bush Church 405 Pendleton Street Norfolk, VA 23523 Riverside Cemetery 1000 E Indian River Road Norfolk, VA 23523

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    Aline Blacknall says

    Rest in Peace my Friend.

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      Pat Milton says

      May God fold you all in His Loving arms and grand eternal peace to your mother.

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      Sam Fonville says

      Thank you for such a good friend to my mom.

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    Pat Milton says

    May God fold you all in His loving arms and grant eternal peace to your mother.

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    The Farmers says

    We love you nana!

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    Sharon P Scott says

    Christopher, I’m sorry for your loss. I hope your previous memories of your Mom will be a source of pride in perpetuity. I pray God comforts you all and give you peace.

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    LaVerne R. Grier Jones says

    Millie and I worked together and she was a joy, a sweet fun person. I remember she loves her son Sam and lived a wonderful life. Blessings and Prayers to the Family ????

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    Cheryl Butler says

    Chris, sorry to hear of the homegoing of your mother. Praying for you and your family.

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