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 Service 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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    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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