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.