Neva Lillian Blake

Sunrise: August 23, 1940

Sunset: March 24, 2024

Neva Lillian Moses Blake was born on August 23, 1940, in Capeville, Virginia, to the late James T. and Maggie Moses. At an early age, she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and became a member of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, Capeville, VA. On Sunday, March 24, 2024, Neva fell asleep in death and is now free from hurt and pain.

Neva was educated in the public schools of Northampton County, Virginia. She went on to college and graduated from Norfolk State University. She obtained her Masters Degree from Virginia State University. She moved to Surry, Virginia, and became a teacher in the Surry County Public School system and remained there until she retired. Neva loved teaching and would often talk about her students. While in Surry, she became friends with Mrs. Marie Young and was an adopted member of the Young Family.

On June 26, 1976, Neva married the late Thomas Irvin Blake, Sr. She moved with Thomas to Chesapeake, Virginia. Even though she moved to. Chesapeake, she continued to teach in Surry, and drove that highway to work every day. After she moved to Chesapeake, Neva joined St. Paul A.M.E Church, Portsmouth, VA. She was a member of the choir, Steward Board and the Missionary Society. She loved her church and served in whatever capacity she was needed until her health began to fail.

Neva loved her family and was always trying to get everyone together. A few years ago, she organized a Family Reunion which was a huge success, and always talked of having another. She loved to cook and entertain. She would have family and friends over, and you always knew you were going to get a great meal and plenty of it. Neva also loved to travel. Whether she was on a cruise or on a road trip, she loved every minute of it. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, the “High-Steppers” and enjoyed the activities and traveling with the group. During the last few years when she was unable to drive, she still enjoyed riding, going to get an ice cream cone, and looking at nature and was in awe of God’s creation. She loved to watch the nature shows, game shows and put puzzles together.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Maggie Moses, her husband, Thomas Blake, her sister, Sarah Moses Smith, her brother, James “Sparkie” Moses; Niece, Pearl Langley; Nephews, Samuel and Glen Smith.

Neva leaves behind to cherish her memories her daughter, Barbara Reese-Moses, Granddaughter, Stevara Clinton, Grandson, Caleb Reese; 2 Great Grandsons, William

“Liam” and Wesley Clinton; Sister Maggie Moses Westfield (William); Nieces: Vera Smith, Linda Ellerby (Jesse), Evelyn, Barbara and Sandra Smith; Nephews: Thomas (Dot), Enos (Betty), William (Carol) and Raymond Smith, Michael Moses (Makeda), Charles Jr and Paul Williams; adopted Nephews, Otha Hampton and Benny Moyler; Special Friends to the end, Antonia Harrison, Ruth Tapp, Esther White and Yvonne Diggs; a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.

Viewing Sunday, April 7, 2024 12 Noon - 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH LIVE ONLINE Monday, April 8, 2024 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Blvd. Chesapeake, VA 23321

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    Mary and W.H. Goodwyn says

    My dearest Barbara, I am at a loss of words to express how very much I admired and loved your Mother. All the times we spent working , “fixing” and laughing are among my most precious memories . She
    was so kind , considerate , merciful , and understanding of adults , students and Faculty at SCHS . She was always quick to remind us that sometimes it could be difficult to know the journey that others travel
    and we must address our students as our children and love them no
    matter what problem may have occurred .Just like Christ loves us all .

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    Dorothy Woodard Foster says

    Barbara, I was so sorry to hear of Neva’s passing that I had to take some time to adjust to hearing this. I met your Mom the first year I taught in the Surry County School System. She, Lottie and I were housemates. Neva always kept us laughing about something. Looking at this picture brings back precious memories of her. I’m sure she has left you and your family with many precious memories too. She will always be with you in your heart.She loved herself some Barbara.

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    Jacqueline Bowser and the Bowser family says

    We love you Barbara. Wishing only the best for you and the family. God bless you all.

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    ANGELA Quattlebaum says

    She was a sweet and loving person.She always had a smile on her fsce.

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    ANGELA Quattlebaum says

    She was a sweet and loving person.She always had a smile on her face. I will keep you in my prayers Barbara

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    Linda Ellerby says

    I love you forever & a day Aunt Neva!!!

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    Shatara Stokes says

    Rest in peace Ms. Neva! I already know you have the card games poppin up in heaven. You raised an amazing Granddaughter who is doing great things and will continue to do great things in the world because of your care and love for her.

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    Robert Lee Stephenson Jr. says

    I am sorry for your passing of your mother. God will wipe all your pain,tears ,an sorrow away but until then hold on to God lovable an everlasting arms until he comes back for us.(Rev.3:21)May God bless your heart Barbara! Elder Robert Stephenson &Evang.Cynthia Silvers

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    Darlene Stokes says

    To Stevara: Sorry for the loss of your grandmother. I will always remember our trips to Richmond and us watching you girls play field hockey. Rest in peace Neva!


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