“Don’t think of her as gone away, her journey’s just begun. Life holds so many facets, this earth is only one. Just think of her as resting from the sorrows and the tears. In a place of warmth and comfort where there is no more days and years. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today, how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. Think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched. Nothing loved is ever lost and she was loved so much.” – Author Unknown
Norvis Lamarr Dabney departed this life peacefully on August 2, 2022. She was born into the union of the Late Charles Louis Dabney and Ella Hurdle Dabney-Bynum in Portsmouth, VA. She was baptized as a child and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at Mount Calvary Baptist Church. Her Christian journey continued through her spiritual connection with Faith Deliverance Christian Center.
In her youth, she attended Portsmouth Public Schools and was a graduate of the Manor High School Class of 1979. Norvis attended Virginia State University and later acquired an Associate of Science degree in Computer Analysis from ECPI.
Norvis entered into government employment via the apprentice program and achieved resounding success during her 41 years of employment with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. As the Project Material Coordinator for Code 224, Norvis took pride in her work. She was a dedicated, knowledgeable, reliable and dependable employee whose primary concern was the safety of the sailors.
She enjoyed fishing, playing bid whist, maintaining her lawn, grilling, and keeping up with her beloved four-legged companion, Corduroy. Her most important life’s dedication was being a mother to and doting over Kevin, her prided and joy. Norvis embraced life, loved her family and valued true friends. She had a special “Network of Love” that comprised the following friends: Fayon Fell, Alisha Newman, Kimberly Mack, Julie Bright, Angie Boone, Linda Faircloth, Joyce Mickens, Carolyn Winrow and Patrice Noyan.
Our beloved leaves to cherish her memory, her son Kevin Louis Dabney Leaven (finance’ Grace); sister, Donna L. Dabney; Godsons, Aubrey Watts, Jr, Jeffrey Watts, and Mekkel Fell; godsister, Brenda Wiggins; godbrothers; Darryl K. Mason, Sr. and Neil J. Cannon; uncles, Howard R. Dabney, Curtis Hurdle, Vernon Hurdle, and Steve Lassiter; aunts, Priscilla Mason, Ernestine Cassell, Harriett Hurdle, Carolyn Cannon and Velma Hurdle; many cousins and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her step-father, Edward Bynum and uncle James L. Dabney.