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Tomeka Valentine


Sunrise: March 15, 1976

Sunset: March 10, 2023

On March 10, 2023, the Lord called our beautiful angel, Tomeka Lashune Valentine home, also known as“Meka”to her family, friends and associates. She was the daughter of Dorothy Shaw (John), father Edward Mason. She is preceded in death by her grandmother Jessie Mae Valentine and Dorothy Yancey. She was 46 years old. She was born on March 15, 1976, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Tomeka accomplished so many milestones in her life. She attended Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia. For many years Tomeka worked at Hardee’s off Princess Ave Road as a cashier and as a fire watcher at Metro and Colonna Shipyard. When Tomeka was not working full time, she worked with the youth at the Huntersville Community Center. While working with the youth she was the head cheerleader coach for the Huntersville Wolverines for six years. Tomeka loved working with people so much, just a month before her passing, she decide to gear her passion for people and switched her employment to a different level. She started working at Sentara Leigh Hospital as a Service Associate in the Environmental Service Department and worked at McDonalds as a cashier.

As a young girl Tomeka attended Bethel Baptist Church alongside her mother. Then as she gotten older, she became a member of Shiloh Baptist Church for several years. Two weeks prior to her transitioning she made Bethel Baptist Church her official home church.

Tomeka was loved by many. She leaves to cherish her memory, her amazing mother Dorothy Shaw (John), father Edward Mason. Grandmother Fannie Mason, three sons: Deshune, Detrone and Debyron Valentine. Two daughters: Bernisha and Bernika Valentine. Eight granddaughters: Jakeda Martin, Deajah, Makenzie, Honestii, De’Nylah, Da’Zire Valentine, A’Nilah Wilson, and Athena Williams. Seven grandsons: Za’Kahari, Kamron, Jaycion, Kaleb Valentine, Brandon, Breontae Trent, and Tarion Williams Jr. Two sisters: Ebony and Shavone Valentine. Two brothers: Edward Valentine and Devon Carter (Shiquae) and host of nieces, nephews, great nephews, aunts, uncles, family, friends, and a very special friend Ray Crite.

Remember her good grace even though our hearts may be filled with sorrow. Tears may flow, but we should be still our grief and think of what this homegoing really means to us. Instead of being burdened with sadness, we ought to rejoice and thank God for her life which leaves behind a radiance of purity, goodness and peace.

Viewing Friday, March 24, 2023 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 7246 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Saturday, March 25, 2023 12 Noon Bethel Baptist Church 1234 Reservoir Avenue Norfolk, VA 23504

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    Alice Moore says

    Cousin I am still in disbelief, you mess me up with this one. I’m so hurt that your gone. I learned a valuable lesson, I kept saying I’m going to go see her and as always I kept putting it off just like many other things. Now I can’t see your beautiful face anymore. What I will do is always remember the talks we had. I’m glad we both know we loved each other and I will continue to love you forever and always. Take your rest. We will see each other again. Gone but never forgotten. We’ll miss and love you.

    Damon Moore Jr.
    Latarsha Moore
    Ja’Shune Moore

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      Tyanita Martin says

      Sending condolences during this difficult time to Bernisha, Dorthy and family. From Tyanita (Twin) Tatem Martin

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    Ook says

    Love you sis/cuz you will me missed

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    Almetea Moore says

    To the family of Tomeka Valentine I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter/ sister / niece/aunt. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your happy memories bring you joy and comfort.

    Almetea Moore and Family ❤🙏🏾

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    Ebony Valentine says

    My Sister-My sister. SO many things I want to say and just not enough energy or space it say it all. I know we were the closest— so much our bdays are exactly a week apart and I will forever hold on to that. I am grateful that God allowed us to get along overall and I have SO many memories that I will forever hold on to. I am “the strong one this time :). I love you Tomeka and I can only imagine what we could of done to keep the memories going. Thank you for being my Big SIS.

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    SHARN D RAWSON says

    My beautiful niece this is hard for me cause we just talked the day before over 4 hours laughing and talking old times. She just told about planning to get together for the weekend. You had started waking two jobs and join the church. Changing for Tomeka and I was so proud of you.I love and miss you all in one. Memories live forever my beautiful niece. Aunt Sharn

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    Regina Parson says

    Prayers for the Valentine family, especially Mrs. Dorothy and Tomeka’s kids & grandchildren. I pray for your peace and comfort during this time.

    Regina Parson & Amari Carter

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    Minnie says

    My dear friend meka you will be truly missed. I’m still in shock about your passing ,I’m going to miss our talks laughs and cries together. I love you so much friend I’m heart broken right now …My prayers and thoughts go out to your family

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    Chauntel says

    Ma, my girl my girl. I’m hurt and still in disbelief. I gained another guardian angel & I’ll forever hold on to that feeling. I love you !

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    Kim Valentine says

    Ma Mek I’m still in disbelief seem unreal you are no longer here with us I still remember our last conversation we had riding in the car the night before you left us your son and granddaughters are torn over this but best believe ma your legacy will live on Deshune and I were going to surprise you we finally got married on your birthday and I couldn’t be any happier we love you and missing you like crazy thank you for spending time with my girls and loving them to the fullest they will always cherish those memories with their GG Meka love you ma !!💞

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