Oliver Lee Artis, Sr.

Sunrise: March 15, 1933

Sunset: July 16, 2021

Oliver Lee Artis Sr., “Harvey Lee,” 88, of the 900 block of Anna St., went home to be with the Lord on July 16, 2021. He was born on March 15, 1933 in Southampton County, VA and attended Hertford County Public Schools. Oliver retired in 1996 from Preston Trucking Company as a Truck Driver after 50 years of service. He was a member of Abyssinia Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA where he served as a Deacon, member of the Usher Board and Church Bus Driver. He was also a member of Teamsters Local 822. Oliver is predeceased by his wife, Ida Boone Artis; parents, Bettie Branch and Zeb Artis Sr.; step mother, Ethel Mae Artis; sisters, Annie Mae Warthen and Annie Barnes; brothers, Albert Artis and John Thomas Artis. Oliver leaves to cherish his memories three daughters, Flora Artis of (Norfolk, VA), Shelia Artis of (Norfolk, VA) and Melissia Artis of (Charlotte, NC); three sons, Oliver L. Artis Jr. (Tori) of (Newport News, VA), Kent Artis (Lisa) of (Fairburn, GA) and Trent Artis (Shearon) of (Killeen, TX); three sisters, Gloria Ashe, Nora Mae Artis and Otelia Artis Perry; brothers, Zeb Artis Jr. and Robert Artis; nine grandchildren, Carla Rountree-Brown, Derek Taylor, James Artis Sr., Danielle Lewis, Shaun Artis, Phillip Davis, Ashley Artis, Paige Artis and Michael Artis; eight great-grandchildren, Monika Prewitt, Eric Brown Jr., Payton Lewis, Malachi Artis, James Artis Jr., Curtis Lewis Jr., Micheala Artis and Cody Jones; one great-great grandchild, Aiden Winn, loving in-laws, one aunt, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Viewing Friday, July 23, 2021 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, July 24, 2021 3:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Granby Chapel Interment Monday, July 26, 2021 Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23502 *Masks Required*

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    Kimblyn Clanton Moore says

    I am sad to hear of the passing of your loved on because of the sorrow. Please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. May God grant the serenity you need at this hour.

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    Rachel Dio says

    Deepest sympathy to the entire Artis family. Mr Artis was a great man & together w/ Mrs Artis, they made a very powerful couple. He was always a joy to be around & he knew the exact words to say to me when he could tell I was sad & stressed. It was an honor knowing both him & Mrs Artis. I’ll never forget the love he shared for others as well as the big smile he would have every time I had a new salt & pepper shaker for his wife. May they now rest in paradise together. XOXO, Rachel Dio RN CM Fresenius Kidney Care Indian River Rd

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    Cynthia Johnson says

    Sending my sincere condolences to the entire
    family in the passings of your awesome dad.

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    Wayne and Darlene Baxter says

    We were saddened to hear of your father’s passing. Oh but what a blessing it was to have spent some time with Papa Artis. We will forever treasure his big smile, words wisdom and spiritual guidance. We’ll miss him dearly.

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    Stephanie (Fentress) Harrell says

    I was saddened to received the call from you Flo on Friday. As a young girl, I use to drive down 38th Street and whether someone was on the porch or not, I would blow my horn. I sent my heart felt condolences, love and prayer to you all.

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    Elaine Fennell says

    Heartfelt condolences to the family of Oliver Artis. I met he and Ida over 55 years ago and just loved everything about them; they were like family; someone you could always talk to, go to for advice, “Love” not “Judgement” and always so welcoming. God has another Shepherd in his Kingdom to do the work that he and Ida started here on earth. To the “Children & Grandchildren” continue to be strong and know that your Dad/Granddad is at peace and reunited with the “Love of his life”. Sorrowfully Submitted, Elaine Fennell

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    Harry E Cox & Geraline Cox says

    Harry and I loved the relationship that we shared with Pop Artis and his loving family. We loved hearing the truck driving stories that he shared. May the family treasure the many fond memories of the gentle, kindhearted man. Rest with Mother Artis in the arms of Our Savior, Pop Artis.

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    Frances Thompson says

    We are very sorry for your loss. May God give you strength to endure and peace that only God can give you.

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    Tammy green says

    Sending prayers to the family.. He will be missed. The staff at primeplus adult day service…

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    Joseph Twine says

    So sorry to hear about your loss, just keep holding on to God’ hands and He will see you through this.

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    Rev David R Lee Sr says

    I called him “Dad” because he loved me like his son from the time we meet at Abyssinia Baptist Church in the earlier 1980’s Deacon Artis took me under his wing sharing with me ways of Godly living, advice as a husband, father and a man standing strong in confidence. He made a vivid impression on my life and my family that I’ll never forget, I’m honored to have known him and his wonderful wife. May Gods peace and comfort hold the family through this trying time. My heart is full of love for you all!

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    Linda Lee says

    We are happy we met Mr. Artis, and offer the family our condolences. Thank you for allowing us to care for him. Your family at A Touch of Loving Care.

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    Gilda Chavis says

    Our Sincere Condolences to the family you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Tammy Ford says

    Our deepest condolences to the family.. y’all are in our prayers. May God continue to bless y’all 🙏

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    James and Beth Granger says

    “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”
    Numbers 6:24-26 NKJV

    God bless you Artis Family

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    Teresa Michelle DeLoatche says

    I am so sorry for this loss because he was such an influential person to our family. I will miss him very much. To all the Artis children and other family members: I am sorry for your loss.

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    Deborah Taylor Mapp says

    To the Artis Family: it was truly a joy to know Oliver. Whenever we would see each other, it would always be an hour long visit, most of the time in the grocery store. He was a good friend to my brother Roy and always talked about him. It was delightful to talk with him and receive inspiration. Now he rest with Jesus and I pray that you will always remember him in love.

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