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Dr. Thomas W. Point


Sunrise: June 22, 1964

Sunset: May 7, 2020

Dr. Thomas Wendell Point, age 55, entered into eternal rest on Thursday May 7, 2020 at Harborview Hospital in Suffolk, Virginia.  Wendell was born on June 22, 1964 to Thomas and Leathia Mae Point in Hopewell, Virginia.  He was preceded in death by his mother.

Wendell gave his life to Christ at an early age at Friendship Baptist Church in Hopewell, VA, and later became a member of Relate Church in Suffolk, VA under the leadership of Pastor Steve Bellavia.  Wendell obtained his early education at West End Christian School and graduated from Hopewell High School in 1982.  During his high school years, Wendell was an outstanding football player which led him to playing football at both Hampton Institute and College of William & Mary.  It was at William & Mary where “Bubby” met the love of his life, Valerie Murphy-Point.  Wendell matriculated from Hampton Institute to William & Mary and graduated with a Business Administration Economics degree in 1987.  In 1992, he received a Master of Public Administration with a Financial Management Concentration from Virginia Commonwealth University.  In 2012, Wendell obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration-Urban Policy also from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He went on to graduate from Boston University in 2017 with an Enterprise Professional Master of Business Education degree.  Wendell has received numerous awards and honors to include, Who’s Who Among International Business Professionals and was a Hulon Willis Alumni Board Member at the College of William and Mary; he was also a member of the Petersburg Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi.  Wendell spent numerous years working for the Virginia Department of Transportation, but as his love for excelling and education grew, he later became President/CEO of Point Management Group in 1996.  Through his work, Dr. Point has empowered thousands of small and disadvantaged businesses across the United States and is recognized as a subject matter expert by Federal, State and Local government executives nationwide.

Wendell is survived by his wife, Valerie Murphy-Point; a son, Jordan Point of Norfolk, VA; a daughter, Kameryn Point, of Fredericksburg, VA; a father, Thomas Point, of Hopewell, VA ; sister, Rev. Dianne Pollard (Toney), of Richmond, VA; sister, Angela Jackson (Rev. Benjamin), of Chesterfield, VA; brother-in-law, Elder Joel Murphy (Dorothy), of Chicago, IL; aunts Sarah Johnson, of Stockbridge, GA; Georgianna Smith, of Riegelwood, NC; and Grace Smith, of Newark, NJ; uncles, Clifton Smith (Thelma), of Linden, NJ, and Joseph Smith, of Providence Forge, VA. His nephews are Darael Point, Jermaine Point (LaTonya), and Tony Pollard (Anya). His nieces are Mikala Jackson, Ashley Jackson, Briana Jackson, Sarah Murphy, and Laura Pollard. Great nephews are Brandon and Brayden Point, and a host of special family and friends, including the staff at Point Management Group, and the Hopewell High School class of 1982 football team.  He had a presence that never went unnoticed and he had a great love for his family and friends.  He was loved and respected by many and had a generous and kind heart; always wanting to ensure another’s happiness and well-being.  The love he shared with his family was incomprehensible and he has left a legacy of love for all of us to model.

Viewing Monday, May 18, 2020 12:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Graveside Service Tuesday, May 19, 2020 12:00pm Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321 Interment Greenlawn Memorial Gardens 3920 Airline Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Lisa Horton says

    May God provide you strength during this difficult time. Mr. Point was a known name and face to the Office of Civil Rights and he will be greatly missed. His presence was full of joy and sunshine.

    My sympathy and condolences goes out to all.

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    Adrienne Reaves says

    Val, you have sincerest and most heart-felt condolences. I have know Wendell since I was 4 years old, when my family moved into the house behind theirs. He has always been happy with an infectious (and sometimes questionable) sense of humor. Throughout all the years I have known Wendell, I have never known him to be as happy and fulfilled as when he married you. You are his soul-mate and those of us who know and love Wendell are so grateful to you for making the last few years of his life the best of his life. You were his angel, Val. God bless you in your time of bereavement. If there is anything you might ever need that I can do for you, I am only a call away.

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      Marco Hairston says

      The Lord is my Shepard I shall not won’t to the family of Wendell point I send my deepest condolences and to his wife and family my condolences to you and your family Yes he is gonna be missed from all of theHopewell blue devils class we all send our condolences like they said family that pray together stay together my god keep and blessed you

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        Joy Johnson’ Bradley says

        I am praying for the point family and will continue to pray. Hang in there and lean on Jehovah for comfort. Joy Johnson’ Bradley

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      Keith Stephan Jones says

      RIP Wendell.

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      Brian Green says

      To Big “Point” I can truly say it has been an honor being in your presence, from a little kid to adulthood you were always a helpful person,a great friend and an awesome football teammate,you will be the greatest lineman the heavens have ever seen RIP My friend, LOVE YOU Big Green

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    Bruce Williams says

    I am so sorry for your loss. Wendell and I last saw each other at D’Egg in Norfolk. We shared a meal and experiences and his advice and counsel was pure gold. Even though it was a very short time knowing him the time spent was impactful. We was a thoughtful, bright and sharing gentleman who will be missed. I am blessed for the short period of time we spent. Our prayers are with you.

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    Monann Davis-Sanders says

    Words can not express the sorrow that I feel for the family and mutual friends of Wendell. He was always someone to look up to when we attended West End and another Uncle to my children when they were in his mother’s care.
    I pray comfort, blessings and peace to his family at this difficult time. We love you all.
    Monann, Anjellica, and Aaryn Davis and A’Kiah Sanders

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    Goldie & Ora Bailey says

    A beautiful obit for a beautiful soul. We join you in your sorrow, but we remember, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Sending loving thoughts and prayers.

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    Charlene Washington-Evans says

    My deepest condolences to the Point Family, I pray your memories will bring you comfort.
    Thinking back to when we were members of the Friendship Baptist Church Youth Club Wendell displayed leadership skills and always had a smile! He will be missed. May you have peace knowing he is with the Lord. Sending prayers of strength and comfort.

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    Carol Gibbs & Family says

    My deepest and sincere condolences to the family, friends, and loved one. Keeping everyone lifted up in prayer. Praying for peace and comfort.

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    Regan drew says

    Rest in peace my old friend classmate peaceful peaceful wonderful man

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    Sherry Phelps says

    Valerie and Family. I am so sorry and saddened by the sudden loss of Wendell. Please know my prayers and thoughts are with you im this time of grief.

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    Monite Carlisle says

    Wow, unbelievable, I love y’all and I pray the Lord, put peace , joy, and happiness back into your hearts. Sending prayers, love, and condolences to the family.

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    Shaletta Kelly says

    Wendell you’ll be truly missed. Valerie my heart goes out to you and the kids, you have made my cousin the happiest man, you were truly his other half. Thank you for giving him that peace. We will always be here for you. Until we meet again. I love you.

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    Benita Reaves says

    To the Point family, my deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. I was saddened by the news of Wendell’s passing. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of bereavement.

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    Christine "McGhee" Cole, of Vero Beach,FL says

    Wendell, you are the kindest, God-fearing person I knew in Hopewell High School. Great Football! Thank you, for being kind to me in school when others won’t.
    To Point Family, Godspeed, and Peace in your grief. Amen.

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    Sid Taylor says

    To Val & the family,
    I have mixed emotions when people like Wendell pass on the glory. I rejoice in knowing that his spirit lives on, but saddened that the world will be without Wendell. We were all fortunate to know this man.

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    Robert Young Jr says

    He was highly respected and walk with integrity. I never seen this gentleman mad. He always was smiling and it was sincere. Praying for the family. He will be missed. A huge loss to this world but a gain to the kingdom..

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    Mark Collins says

    My condolences to you Windle and your family you’re one of my wonderful friends I appreciate the day that your mother took care of my hand when I cut it across the street from your house and make sure I got to the hospital to get stitches Kingsport versus the height I love you bro day Umi ale Andrew agree with the Kings Dominion and we shook you around in the cable cars and you was making noise and couldn’t move a second I love you big brother tears in my eyes by condolences to you and your family peace

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    Rita Stewart says

    To the family,
    To have been loved by Wendell, is to have known the love of Christ. May every act of love and kindness that you’ve experienced from him remain as an indelible imprint in your heart and mind. God be praised for Wendell’s life and legacy of love.

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    Quinton Lee says

    R I P
    He always had that front row seat when we would play football at the playground. That house on the corner was a landmark for us in the hood. Wendell carried that beloved smile from childhood but it grew brighter and wider from being with you. We were always shaung ideas on fb since I haven’t been back to hopewell in yrs. The news was truly shocking as I received it from Keith the day after Wendell a d I shared info online. He will be missed.

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    Kristine Villatoro says

    Wendell always had a welcoming smile and willingness to help anyone who met. I met Wendell working at VDOT and with the Mega Projects. He was an advocate for the small business community and he truly loved what he did helping other people. He was a friend to me and so many others. I still can not believe he is gone. I am still expecting an email or a call from him. He will be missed by me and so many, especially your VDOT Civil Rights family!

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    Robin Bartlett says

    Dear Valerie, my deepest sympathy to you and family. I know this has hit you hard. Many, many prayers are up for you! Stay strong and cherish the wonderful time you had together! Love and prayers

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    Wrentree Kelly-King says

    To Valerie and the Point, Pollard, and Jackson families; sending our love, word of encouragement, and condolences as you send off our dear brother friend. I have known the family for over 50 years and I know he was loved and will be missed. Stay lifted in Christ and cherish the memories of a life well lived. Wendell, you were one of the brothers in my life growing up. What an example you were for others to see. Thank you for your presence and watching over all of us girls. Still processing; rest in peace.

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    RONALDO T. NICHOLSON says

    Wendell is a respected colleague in the Commonwealth Transportation Industry from our years at VDOT to his leadership of Point Management. To the Point Family, my heart-filled condolences May God give you strength and keep his pleasant memory for ever. If I can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Brother Point…till we meet again on that Golden Shore…”Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding”.Proverbs 3:1

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    Allison Wilson says

    The earth has lost a great soul. I knew him from work and he was one of the kindest and happiest people I’d see all day. His smile lit up the room. We should strive to be like him in our daily lives. He will be missed dearly and remembered fondly.

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    Maurice and Celina Richardson says

    Our condolences to the family. We pray the strength of the Lord be with you during this difficult time and that God wraps his loving arms around you all.
    The Family of Maurice and Celina Richardson.

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      Ron Bellamy says

      Although no words can really help ease the lose you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. We pray that God will give you strength and courage in your time of bereavement.
      Ron & Rose Bellamy

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    Elouis & Beverly Watford says

    Val, we are lost for words. Our hearts are heavy! Sending love and prayers. Praying for strength for you and the family during this time and days ahead. Only God knows what you’re feeling in your heart, and only He can restore your spirit.
    The Watford family loves you!

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    Brenda S. Pelham says

    To The Family of Wendell: Although our hearts grieve for the loss of this great man of God, I pray we all can be comforted in knowing that Wendell left a ‘footprint’ in our hearts and developed a legacy of love, support, and kindness that we can always treasure. I can remember his gigantic, infectious smile as a young child; always friendly and caring for others. The best example I can remember is my very own baby sister, Veronica, always finding great comfort in the Point’s home. I knew Wendell was a successful entrepreneur, and it made my heart even prouder to read about all his accomplishments and achievements throughout his adult years. My prayers are with his wife, children, father, sisters and all of his extended family members. May the fond memories you developed throughout the years provide you with a sense of tranquility while you allow the memories to dwell in your hearts forever. Wendell’s legacy will be treasured forever and ever more!
    Thanks Dr. Thomas Wendell Point

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    Steven & Tina Teel says

    Val, we’re saddened to hear of Wendell passing. May Lord be with you and your family. Praying for your strength. We love you Val. God bless.

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    Rebecca Williams says

    Valerie, I know you are hurting very deeply at the time. There seems to be no explanation. Please know that the loss of Wendell is a shock to all who knew him, as well as to those who know you. It is my hope that each day will get a little better for you and that, you will be at peace with what has happened. It takes time but your beautiful memories will help you through the darkness. My prayers are with you and the family during this time of sorrow.

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    Hazel Bailey says

    To Valerie & all the family members of Wendell Point Jr:
    My sincere condolences & prayers. Remember, crying endures during the night but Joy comes in the morning.

    Lovingly Submitted,
    Hazel (Miles) Bailey & Family

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    Richard and Karen Wagner says

    Dear Valerie,
    We love you. With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened by the loss of your cherished soul mate Wendell.
    We send our love, heartfelt sympathy and prayers to you and family. We pray that God will be your strength and He will comfort your heart’s needs during this difficult time of bereavement and thereafter.
    No other beautiful bride or handsome groom smiled more, or was ever more in love or happier than the two of you on your beautiful day of matrimony, and for more than seven wonderfully blessed years your threads of love and admiration forever intertwined.
    Completing his very busy earthly journey, Wendell has left footprints of kindness and love, compassion, joy and faith, and professional brilliance to emulate and inspire others. May you and family find solace in knowing he has earned his ultimate reward of heavenly rest.
    God bless you and family with strength and peace as you celebrate Wendell’s legacy that lives on, and share cherished memories of his full and happy life with everlasting love.
    We know that you are surrounded by lots of love . We love you also and are here for you if we can help in any way, any time!

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    Deborah Freeman says

    Valerie, my heart goes out to you and your family. Wendell will certainly be so missed by me and the Relate Church family. He was a very kind man and he made me feel like we had known each other all our lives. I praying for you and I know our HEAVENLY FATHER is with you all. I love you and here for you.

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    Tera and Terrence Alston says

    Val,
    Please know that our prayers are with you and your family during this time. We were so sad to hear of your loves passing. May God bless and keep you today and the days to come.

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    David & Cheryl Sheppard says

    David & Cheryl Sheppard
    May 18, 2020

    Dearest Valerie, We are sending prayers to you and your family. Wendell was a kind and considerate man. He was always thinking of the DBEs and how he could help us. Our very first company brochure was done by Wendell! We still have it.

    We pray that God will comfort you and your family in this time of grief. Remember, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I pray that this is some comfort to you.

    If there is anything we can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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    Felecia Sawyer-Thomas says

    Valerie, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your “Bubby”. We pray that God will comfort and strengthen you and your family. Love you, Felecia and Earl Sawyer

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    Christina Hardy says

    My most heartfelt condolences To Valerie and family Praying God’s divine strength as He carry you through. I love you and remember through this immense pain allow the Lord to carry you 🙏🏾

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    Robert Smith says

    Wendell,
    To my dear cousin. That is the way you always addressed me. I just heard the news today of your transition. Please family know that you are in my prayers and sympathy. Robert Smith

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    Sophia West-Bey says

    To the Point Family: I can never express with words how sorry I was to hear about the passing of Wendell. Please be encouraged and know that despite the loss of the physical presence of your dear husband,son, brother, and uncle Wendell. We know GOD has assigned him to watch over you all through out your lives. May the love and mercy of our LORD be bestowed upon you and your family during this unfortunate time. Please take comfort in knowing that Wendell is now resting in the arms of our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. My continued prayers and forever love is with your family.

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    Gary Wolcott says

    I had the distinct pleasure to meet Wendell several few times and he was one of the warmest people I have ever met. I am heart broken to learn of his passing. I extend my sympathy and my prayers to the Point family.
    I met Wendell through my wife Carolyn Wolcott who, like Wendell, worked in the transportation industry. Carolyn’s admiration of Wendell, as both a professional and as a person, was immense.

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    Gary Wolcott says

    I had the distinct pleasure to meet Wendell several times and he was one of the warmest people I have ever met. I am heart broken to learn of his passing. I extend my sympathy and my prayers to the Point family.
    I met Wendell through my wife Carolyn Wolcott who, like Wendell, worked in the transportation industry. Carolyn’s admiration of Wendell, as both a professional and as a person, was immense.

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