Thelma D. Holley

Sunrise: October 4, 1943

Sunset: July 6, 2018

Thelma D. Holley, 74, entered into the glory of the Lord peacefully Friday, July 6, 2018 at Sentara Norfolk Hospital surrounded by her loving children. She was born October 4, 1943 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Andrew and Bernice Privott. The eldest of 9 children, Thelma accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age. Mother Thelma received her formal education through the Norfolk Public School System. She loved spending time with her family and carried a deep love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She instilled in them the fear of the Lord and passed down to them the love of family and the Lord.
She was active in her community of Tidewater Park and was loved by the many residents who knew her as Ms. Thelma, “The Lady on the Porch”. She always gave encouraging words and nice warm hugs and loved to read. She was also bright and compassionate. She had a deep love for writing poems on many occasions to lift others and secret letters of love to her children.

Mother Thelma was a faithful member of The Breaking of Day Ministries Church, Norfolk where she served as an honorary usher and missionary. Mother Thelma worked dutifully to provide for her family. Not only did she work tirelessly for her family, but she worked even more diligently for the church. She faithfully attended church when her health permitted. You could always hear her motherly loud voice said, “Preach Son”. Her sisters and brothers were the jewels of her eyes. As the elder sister her loyalty to her sisters and brother was unmatched. She loved her Price is Right and Family Feud. Most of all, she loved her children and often said “Don’t mess with my children”. Our Mom will be truly missed by many.

She leaves to cherish fond memories with her; her two daughters – Wanda D. Mann (Antonio), Chesapeake, and Sharonda L. Sivells, Norfolk; five sons – Anthony R. Privott, Sr. (Gloria) Norfolk, Felix J. Sivells III (Florence), Portsmouth, Melvin E. Sivells, Norfolk, Edward L. Sivells Sr. (Sharon), Chesapeake, and Kevin L. Sivells (Tammy), Connecticut; twenty grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter Felicia Sivells, husband Lee W. Holley, three sisters – Antionette C. Baker, Carolyn A. Privott and Gracie E. White and three brothers – Vernon Privott, Andrew H. Privott Jr. and Anthony L. Privott.

Viewing Friday, July 13, 2018 3:00pm-8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Avenue Receiving Friends Friday, July 13, 2018 7:00pm-8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, July 14, 2018 2:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel

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    Tam says

    To the family of Ms. Thelma Holley,
    I am so sorry to hear about Ms. Thelma’s passing. I lived across the street from her out Tidewater Park for many years. She was a nice lady and always made sure I was ok when I was outside. I know she is in a better place and she is no longer suffering. I will continue to keep the family in prayer.

    Love, Ms. Nicky and Tam

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    Annette White Parker-Williams says

    To Her Children My Deepest Condolences on the loss of your Mother We grew up as close as kin could get and I stayed at y’all house everyday Heaven has received another Angel My Son’s Godmother She’s gone on to be with God but I will never forget her and the Love felt for her in my heart words can’t express my feelings May God hold you all in his ever lasting arms and give you the strength needed I Love you All Annette

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    Pamela Scott says

    To the family of Ms. Thelma Holley:

    My condolences on the loss of your mother.. She will be greatly missed. Every time I would see her she would give me the biggest hug and smile. She was a wonderful person. Please remember “Weeping may endure but JOY will cometh in the morning”.

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    Phyllis Hall says

    My deepest condolences to the family. Ms. Thelma was a loving and caring person. I will always remember her, we share the same birthday week.

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    Monica Gary says

    To tony and gloria sorry for your loss im praying for you and the family.

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    linnette branch says

    condolences on the loss of your mother..

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    Deborah Mitchell says

    May the Lord Bless and Keep Mrs. Holley’s family during this difficult time.
    It is the beautiful living memories that lift the heavy heart and provide support, courage and guidance.
    My Prayers go out with much love to Kevin Sivells…. my friend forever.

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    James Jenkins says

    Ms. Thelma you touched so many soul with your kindness, warm heart, inspired words,and mainly your love. You will be miss in so many ways, to so many people you are truly one of God’s angle, LOVE YOU MISS Thelma??

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    Monica Johnson says

    My condolences to the family on the loss of such a beautiful person. She was loved by many and will be missed by all. Keeping y’all in prayer.

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    The Norfleet family says

    My prayer to the family she will truly be missed your mom was a wonderful person .

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    Carolyn Brown says

    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of Mrs. Holly. I am so glad that God put her in my path. Talking with her was always a joy. Please accept my condolences. Kevin, my friend, may God bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.

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    ML Haigler/Greensboro, NC says

    Dear Rev. & Mrs. Edward Sivells, Sr. and Family:

    Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of loss. May God continue to bless, sustain and uphold you; and, may memories of your loving mother (mother-in-law, grandmother, and loved one) comfort you in the days to come. “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” ~Matthew 5:4

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    Nicole says

    I’m sorry for your loss. May you take comfort in Christ promise of the resurrection, John 5:28,29

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