Sylvia Ray Stokely

Sunrise: December 13, 1929

Sunset: July 27, 2020

Sylvia Ray Stokely of the Titustown Section of Norfolk went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 27, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. Sylvia was born December 13,1929 in Mars Hill, NC, and is one of nine children born to the late Avery and Ida Ray. She married Troy Stokely in 1952 and moved to Norfolk, VA where they raised their family. In 2013 Troy, her husband of 59 years, went home to be with the Lord as did their baby daughter Pamela in 2011. She is also preceded in death by five sisters, Irene McDowell, Patria Coone, Iona Smith, Edith Ervin and Mary Alice Watson and one brother, William Albert Ray.

Troy and Sylvia joined Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church when they located to the Titustown area over 60 years ago and were active members of the church for many years. She loved singing in the choir and serving on the Usher Board and many other activities of the church. Sylvia worked and retired 25 years ago as a Head Start teacher in the STOP organization. She was a member of the Titustown Wives Club for many years and a member of the Civic League. Sylvia loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She leaves to cherish her memory one sister, Louise Braxton of Norfolk and one brother, Alonzo Ray of Mars Hill, NC; three sons, Alan Sr. (Erma), Upper Marlboro, MD, Anthony (Tiny) Sr. (Sabrina) of Hampton, VA and Byron Sr. (Marcia) of Stone Mountain, GA; three daughters, Marilyn (Robert) King of Gwynn Oak, MD, Carolyn (Ronald) Parker of Norfolk, VA and Rosalind (James) Jeffries of Clayton, NC; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren; a God daughter, Robin Burton of Valdosta, GA, and a host of other family and friends.


Viewing Thursday, August 6, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23505 WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE www.newmpbc.org (click the watch live now button) Friday, August 7, 2020 11:00am Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church 934 W. Little Creek Road Norfolk, VA 23505 Interment Rosewood Memorial Park 631 N Witchduck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    janet Reid says

    On behalf of the Reid and Rogers family our prayers are with the family. May Sylvia continue to rest in God’s peace.

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    Ms. Ruth Head / Vanessa of Titustown (Diven St) says

    Family, Condolences and prayers for comfort during your hours of grief. Please remember that your memories are forever and a place where you can always visit when your loved ones are no longer here.

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      LaVarnia Johnson says

      To the Stokely Family. I worked with your mother at Head Start. She was the teacher, friend, and mentor that trained me when I first started at the STOP org. Head Start. I loved your mother. You and your family have my condolences

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    Sheila Stokely-Thornton says

    Condolences and prayers to my family. May God give you the strength you need. Absent from the body but present with the Lord.

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    Lamont Simmons, Chesapeake, Virginia says

    “My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends, colleagues and neighbors on the passing of the beloved Sylvia. She is sorely missed.’

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    Diana Horry says

    I will always remember & cherish the “Friendship” we had. The many phones calls,shopping sprees & lunch dates, the times spent preparing flowers for the Church pulpit and the visits to each other’s home.
    To Sylvia’s children…Know that she loved all of you. She is at “Peace” now. Know that God Heals Broken Hearts and Wipes away Tears.
    RIP My Friend….
    Diana Horry and Family

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    Kimberly Bland says

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.Beulah P. Bland Mt.Pleasant Baptist Church/Titustown Senior Club member

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    Gwendolyn and Larry Boswell says

    Dear Rosalind and family,
    No one can better appreciate than I who myself is still heartbroken from the death of our son earlier this year, what your suffering must be and I pray that in your grief you are sustained by the God of all comfort in the days to come. Remember the precious moments with your mother and mediate on Psalm 121. Our heartfelt sympathy,
    Gwen and Larry Boswell

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    Gwen Williams says

    Prayers and condolences to the Stokely family. May God shower you with his blessings and peace. May the love of family and friends bring you comfort.

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    Lois Graywolf says

    Anthony, My sincere condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I’m sorry for your loss.

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    Brandy says

    Praying for your family!

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    Cousin Sarah Weston Hart & family says

    To the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal Love leaves a memory no one can steal. May God Bless you

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    Septivia Wallace says

    On behalf of the Wallace family, our prayers are with you Anthony and the Stokely family. Your memories of your love one is forever. May God continue to give each of you strength and comfort at this difficult time. *Live is eternal and love.

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    Traci Leach-Walker says

    Sending love and light to the family of Mrs. Sylvia. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

    With love,
    Traci Leach-Walker and Family

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    Sheila Epps-Stepney/Epps Family says

    On behalf of the Epps family we would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God continue to give you all the strength and comfort needed at this difficult time.

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    Pamela Creekmore says

    To the Stokely family, I am truly sorry for the passing of your Mom. I last saw her a few years ago, with, with Ms. Fowler, Ms. Spencer & Ms. Magalene. They all looked great. I named them the Golden Girls! May she Rest In Peace and her memory always be a blessing. Deepest Sympathy. Pamela Creekmore & Family

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    Charles Gaines says

    To the Stokely family
    know that we the Gaines Family stand with you in Faith and in prayer during this transitioning of your Mother, we know that we all shall be changed, however those God ordained moments can feel unbearably real so take comfort in this Blessed are the dead who die in the lord, they rest after their labor and we are with the Lord
    God Bless you all. The Gaines’s

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    Monica Harps-Wilson says

    Ms. Sylvia and I had that common bond in that we were soft spoken souls. When Ms. Katrina could not take her to church, she would call me or Mama Reid to tell her to come and pick her up for church. After service, i would wait on the curb with her until Ms. Katrina would bring the car around. She was the epitome of class and style. In my 11 years at Mt. Pleasant, I have been forever blessed to have met her and call her my friend. Bless you all!!

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