Sonya Goodman Young, 52 of Chesapeake, Virginia, was granted her angel wings on July 3, 2019. She courageously battled cancer for ten years. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Sonya had touched throughout her memorable life. She was born on May 22 ,1967 in Norfolk, Virginia. Sonya graduated from Deep Creek High School in 1985. After high school Sonya attended Norfolk State University and Virginia State University prior to joining the U.S. Marine Corps. Sonya served in the Marine Corps for nine years. While serving in the Marine Corps, Sonya enrolled in Saint Leo College and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. After completing her service in the Marine Corps, Sonya accepted a position as an Executive Director at Norfolk Marine Institute where she worked for five years. Later Sonya worked for the Department of Social Services in the city of Portsmouth, Virginia for 15 years in Child and Adult Protective Services. Sonya was a driven professional, she remained dedicated to her work and in her will to fight her illness after being diagnosed with cancer in 2009. She was an advocate for Women’s Health and Breast Cancer. Sonya remained positive, brave, and strong willed even through her final months.
Sonya is survived by her husband, Ralph and her daughter Maya of Chesapeake, VA and her son Joshua (Adarn) of Fredericksburg, VA. She also leaves her parents William and Deborah Goodman; her sister Alicia Jones (Terrence), and her brother William “Butch” Goodman, IV. Sonya is also survived by three loving grandchildren Ja’Don, Amonnie, and Azaria. She also leaves her mother-in-law Jean Young and the following brother and sister in-laws respectively, Donald Riddick, Willie Young, Labeeb Salaam (Velma), Curtis Young, Clarence Young (Crystal), Phyllis Young, and Belinda Hampton. Sonya also leaves several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of loving friends. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Metropolitan Funeral Service, Norfolk, VA. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, July 10th at 1:00 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. Burial will follow at Albert G. Horton Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating to a scholarship fund for Maya Young at Wells Fargo Bank, 900 Frederick Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23707.