Patria D. Harper

Sunrise: September 25, 1964

Sunset: July 27, 2020

Patria was such a fun, loving and gentle spirit who always had a good or encouraging word to share with everybody. She loved the Lord and was always enthusiastic about her Praise and Worship and spreading the gospel. She always said, “My good Lord gon’ take care of me”. She always had time to listen and pray with people. She would welcome you in, or give you her last; you always felt loved and had a good time around Patria.

Patria passed away on Monday, July 27.2020 at the age of 55. She was born on September 25, 1964 to the late Barbara and James Watkins. She was the baby girl, joined by her brother and sister. Patria was a native of Portsmouth, VA, where she attended Manor High School. She was a proud Alumni of Norfolk State University, where she earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Patria retired from the Department of the Navy DLA and spent many years working as a social worker.

Patria had two children, Nikia and Coby (C.J.), she took great pride in raising them and guiding them through life. She loved music, including singing and dancing along, especially to her favorites, Luther Barnes, Brenda Russell and Frankie Beverly and Maze. She was known to break out in a song in the middle of her conversations. Patria also loved playing games with her family and friends, most notably, a good game of spades. Patria was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan. She loved to have fun and joke around and was always smiling.

Patria is survived by her children, Nikia Jones and C.J. Harper; grandchildren, Tysen and Raegan Jones; sister, Janis Watkins; brother, Brian Watkins and a host of loving aunts, an uncle, cousins, in-laws and extended family and friends.


There are some people in life that make you LAUGH a little louder, SMILE a little bigger and LIVE just a little bit better.

Viewing Monday, August 3, 2020 1:00pm- 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Tuesday, August 4, 2020 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Portsmouth Chapel Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23502 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Terri Levarity says

    Janis and family,

    I’m sorry for the loss of your sister, niece, cousin. You have my sincerest condolences. May God continue to bless you and the family.

    Terri Levarity

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      Darlene Plummer Wilson says

      I am so shaken about my niece passing. I pray God’s grace continues to watch over Janis, Nikita, CJ, Marcus and the rest of the family. My heartfelt love for you all. I will miss Tria breaking out in song and wanting folks to join in and so many other things. I’ve cried many tears and the Lord tells me I make no mistakes and I will comfort her. I will truly miss her. God bless you all.

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    Barbara Woolley says

    Janis, my heartfelt condolences on your loss,May Gods Peace,Grace,Comfort, hold you and his presence felt mightily by you and your family. ALl my Love Barbara Woolley, your Sis

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    Olivia Reynolds says

    Janis, you have my deepest sympathy. Your sister was as beautiful as you.I pray God’s love for us all will be sufficient to see you through this time.

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    Bernard Plummer says

    My heart is still shaken from the sudden lost of my beautiful niece, Patria. There are times when we have no answers, but God has a plan for us all. I pray that our family can remain strong and steadfast through this time.

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      Valerie Parker says

      I am so saddened to hear about my friend Patria. Patria was such a special person and truly a blessing. My heart goes out to the family and may God comfort you’ll through your time of bereavement. Rest in Heaven my friend!!!

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    Gerald Farmer says

    Janis you and Brian and the rest of the family have my most deepest and heartfelt condolences You and the family are in my prayers and will always have a special place in my heart

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    Leona says

    Janis & the entire Watkins family, my condolences and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. I’m so glad I got to see Tria and take pictures. Janis, I love you and will be praying for you & family.

    RIP Tria, you fought a good fight my SiStar????. I will always remember your beautiful-bright smile????

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    Yakini Ajanaku says

    Janis, I’m so deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved sister! Even though I did not personally know Patricia, if she was anything like you, she had to have been a beautiful and kind person. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Love, Yakini

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    William Taylor Jr says

    Patria…. My friend.. I am surely going to miss you.. makes me so glad that I got to hug you one more time just back in June… rest easy my friend.. you earned your wings…

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    Rev. Claudia Tynes says

    I am so sorry for your loss. Patria was a beautiful person. My condolences and prayers to the family.

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    Dr. Karla Valrie-Potts says

    I am saddened to hear of this beautiful soul’s passing. Patria was my student at Norfolk State University. She was always such a pleasant person, had a beautiful smile, and was always willing to help others. She loved her family and talked about them often. My thoughts and prayers are extended to each and everyone of you. May God keep you close to His bosom.

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    Diane ferebee says

    Trea im really gonna miss u, miss u acking crazy. Having a song to sing with everything said and always wanna play cards, i love u my friend and ur always b n my heart, ????

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    Sharon Burroughs says

    Janis, you are in my heart and prayers. I am with you always in spirit. Love Always.

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    Rhonda Batts Bailey says

    Sheer shock of Patria’s passing. May God provide the family comfort doing this time of grief. RIH Patria. Peace and Blessings

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    Bonita Patillo says

    Tria will be truly missed! Sending my prayers to her family. I know the grandkids will miss their GG.

    Tria’s childhood neighborhood friend and buddy.

    From: Bonita Patillo (aka Bonnie)

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    Bonita Patillo says

    Tria will be truly missed! Sending my prayers to her family. I know the grandkids will miss their GG. She is in God’s hands now.

    Tria’s childhood neighborhood friend and buddy.

    From: Bonita Patillo (aka Bonnie)

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    Tracy harper says

    My heart is so heavy as I struggle with the right words to express how I feel. You were the sweetest and was all about laughter, fun and spreading His word. Law put you into our family and love kept you here. I will miss you so very much. May God give us the strength we need… Love Tracy Harper

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    Reginald and Cecilia Kahan says

    Still in shock! Our condolences and prayers to the family. I will miss her beautiful smile and friendly personality. RIH

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    Fannie Dixson says

    To the family Patria, I am glad to have a chance to work with her for a number of years at Berkley Citizens Mutual Savings & Loan. She loved her family and had a beautiful spirit. Family stay in prayer and may God strength you.

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      Lorraine Pierce says

      Lorraine Cuffee Pierce family

      We’re sending our sympathy and condolences to the family of Tria. SHE held a special place in our hearts.We
      loved Tria and she loved us. We’re going to miss that beautiful smile , the singing and especially her love for God.I can almost guess now you are singing in the heavenly choir. Sing on sweet angel you will be missed but not forgotten. Much love to y’all that love Tria.

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    Ben & Sherryl Jacobs says

    A bond between mother and child is unparalleled. For a girl, they are that support that is so crucial during those adolescent years. For boys, they are a female presence that teaches love and respect. Mothers provide a shoulder to cry on and are an infinite wealth of advice throughout your life. A mother’s love is unconditional and losing someone like that is never easy. I cannot relate to your feelings of losing your mom, but I pray that you will find some comfort in your fond memories of her and the valuable time spent with her. God shared Patria with us as Parents, Children, Siblings, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends. Let’s give thanks to Him, the Almighty for allowing us to know her. (I’m smiling as she is probably breaking out in song and dance like only she did). May God watch over each of you and provide you with comfort during your most difficult days. Nikia, CJ, Tysen, Raegan, Janice, Brian and the rest of our family let’s keep each other in prayer. ????????❤️ Cousins Ben & Sherryl

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    Donna Reynolds Hodges says

    Our condolence to Patria’s family. May GODs peace be with you. She is missed. Our long time friend of the family ,from the neighborhood.
    The Reynolds Family

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    Carrielene Pugh says

    To Walean Wilson, and to the entire family. I was so saddened to hear about Patria. Sending heartfelt condolences. May God continue to keep you and comfort you and give you strength. Patria was such a lovely and loving person. Every time I saw her, she always had a smile on her face. God has picked a beautiful flower to place in His Heavenly Garden.

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    Tiffany Hurdle says

    “Time is God’s Gift.” We all need time to grieve -quiet time for reflection to sift through memories and come to grips with what has happened. Thank you for the times I was able to see Ms. Patria’s beautiful smile, watch her dance, and feel her embrace in a simple hug. May the family take all the time it needs to heal your hearts. Much love to you and many prayers for you.

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    Sharon Kye says

    So saddened to hear of the passing of your loved one, Patria.
    I, too, will miss her cheerful smile and encouraging words.
    May you be comforted in believing she will always be with us in spirit and love.

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    On behalf of Debbie and I. We would love to express our condolences to the Harper and Watkins Families. We understand the loss of a love one and love to be a support. Finally, we want to give thanks to Metropolitan Funeral Service for the supporting the Harper and Watkins Families as you provided services during our time in need.

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    Derek McCray says

    My sincere condolences are offered. Please find peace in her memory. I will always remember her kind personality and gentle smile. My Spades partner will be missed.

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    My sincerest condolences to the Harper and Watkins families, Patria Watkins Harper was one of the most “Beautiful Creations” God has put on this planet, she will always be in our hearts and her personality will live with us forever!

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    Lorenzo grandison says

    My condolences to the family,I’m lost for words.

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