Sylvia Ann Sutton

Sunrise: October 13, 1951

Sunset: September 17, 2022

Sylvia Ann Sutton, 70, of Norfolk, VA, departed this life on Saturday, September 17, 2022.  Sylvia was a native of the Long Ridge community located in Chesapeake, VA, where she was affectionately reared in a Christian home by four generations that guided and molded her into a phenomenal woman.  She received her formative education in the Chesapeake city public schools and her Christian foundation started at Gabriel Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, Chesapeake, VA.   


She graduated from Crestwood High School in 1971 with honors and went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Norfolk State University, a Master of Science degree in Biology from Hampton University, and an Advanced Certificate in Counseling from Old Dominion University. She began her professional career at Norfolk State University in the division of Student Affairs, Student Support Services Program (TRIO programs), where she diligently worked to be a guiding light in the lives of her students for 48 years.   


Sylvia was predeceased by her parents Violet Jones and Lawrence Spellman. She leaves to cherish her memories: brother, Joseph N. Jones II (Yvette) of Chesapeake, VA; sister, Cindy Jones Williams of Eastern Shore, VA; three nephews, Joseph N. Jones III (nephew & son) of Suffolk, VA, Perry Jones (April) of Richmond, VA, Zechariah Jones of Henderson, North Carolina; niece, Joy Moseley (Lavell) of Chesapeake, VA; 12 great nieces and nephews; two uncles, Michael Wilborne and Albert Wilborne of Chesapeake, VA; two aunts, Minnie Watkins of Pensacola, FL, Linda Griffin of Chesapeake, VA; godson, Charles Branch, Jr. (Rita) of Chesapeake, VA; numerous other relatives, devoted family members and friends.

Viewing Friday, September 30, 2022 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00am First Baptist Church 418 E Bute Street Norfolk, VA 23510 Entombment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Verna Walton Biwden says

    My deepest sympathy to Sylvia’s family! I just saw her at our class reunion last month! So sorry for your loss😭😭🌹🌹❤️❤️🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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    Lavell Moseley says

    R.I.P. Aunt Tootsie. We’re surely going to miss your beautiful soul!!

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    Vanessa Blowe says

    Deepest sympathy and prayers for Sylvia’s family. I will miss her positive spirit, uplifting smile and wonderful sense of style. She was a blessing to her students and coworkers.

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    Vernell Gray says

    To the Family of
    Ms. Sylvia Sutton
    You have our deepest sympathy.
    This is the lady who models those flashy
    Hats. She will be missed.
    From Sisters Vernell & Esther Gray

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    Toni F. Dixon says

    To the family of Sylvia Sutton, I offer my sincerest condolences. I first met Ms. Sutton when I was a 19 year old NSU student tutoring for the Student Support Services program. She was a ray of sunshine–always motivating others, inspiring others, with a smile and laugh that would light up the world. Most recently, I returned to NSU as an employee and Ms. Sutton was my colleague in Student Affairs. She was still the same wonderful person. She will be missed for her love of our NSU students, for her love of fashion and hats (I remember her talking about modeling hats for the Famous), and for her spirit and love of others. She was a rainbow, a butterfly–just simply a JOY to all who had the privilege to know her.

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    Stacie Gaines says

    My deepest sympathy to Sylvia’s family! I have known Sylvia for nearly 20 years from NSU. She was one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met. She was the epitome of grace. She was loving, kind and caring. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to know her.

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    Rev Joyce Foster says

    Praying for the family

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    Nikia Demmings says

    I pray that the family will receive comfort during this difficult time and strength to endure, so sorry for your loss.

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    Minnie Watkins says

    Sylvia You Will Always Be In My Though And In My Heart.You Are With All The Families That Has Been Called Home We Miss And Love You. But God Love You Best. R I P Love You Girl

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    Shirley A. Whitaker says

    Rest in peace my dear Sylvia.

    You were the light of all who knew you and who you worked with. You smile and your sense of humor was heartwarming.
    I will always remember our chats at the basketball games as well as your coaching. Plus you always remembered our birthdays and I was glad to receive her fine gifts.

    We will truly miss you but God had better plan. Now you will be with Him spreading the word while wearing one of your beautiful “hats.”

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      Aaron D. Hawkins l says

      Thanks for all you have done for me as a student, supervisor, and a role-model…
      Your Boo-Boo..
      Aaron “HAWK” Hawkins NSU FootBall #28 BEHOLD!

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    Ferman Covington Jr says

    To: The Sutton Family!!
    RE: My Condolences
    From: Ferman Covington Jr & Family!!
    I am deeply saddened after hearing of the passing of my grand diva, church buddy and friend! May she rest in the arms of Jesus Christ our Lord And Savior!! I pray comfort for the Family!!🙏🏼🙏🏼🍁🍁🎶🎶❤️🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🙏🏼🍁🙏🏼

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    Aaron D. Hawkins l says

    Thanks for all you have done for me as a student, supervisor, and a role-model…
    Your Boo-Boo..
    Aaron “HAWK” Hawkins NSU FootBall #28 BEHOLD!

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    Linda Hinton-Spruill-Banks says

    Sylvia will be truly missed. She stood out at the Crestwood Reunion in August she even danced in her seat. Praying for her Family

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    Regina L. Cuffee says

    My sister, l know where you are… Simply resting in the arms of God! I will see you again some day!!,
    Love you much, Regina Lee Cuffee

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