Veeta M. Barnes

Sunrise: April 9, 1948

Sunset: September 23, 2020

Veeta M. Barnes, affectionately known as “V” by Michael, her husband of 34 years, was called home to be with the Lord on September 23, 2020. Veeta was the eldest child of Marjorie Woods and Emanuel Mullen, Sr. Veeta was a lover of the Lord, children, education, and fashion. Veeta knew and loved the Lord and she made it a point to serve Him. Veeta’s Christian acts of service were carried out at First Baptist Church South Hill; where she was a choir member, served on the usher board, Pastor’s Aide member, and Vision Rider Secretary.

A product of the New York private school system and Norfolk Public School system, Veeta soared her way through her educational journey, eventually earning her Bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State College, Master’s Degree from Norfolk State University and later becoming a Doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University. Veeta used her knowledge and passion for education, to educate students of the Yorktown school district and later retired from the Chesapeake Public School system at the completion of over 35 years of service.

After being informed that she had Breast Cancer, Veeta came out swinging and fought hard to win her fight against the horrible disease. Unfortunately, the effects of chemotherapy surgery, radiation Veeta was a devoted Mother, dedicated Wife and loving Grandmother to her only child, Genell (40) Husband Michael and Grandchildren Kyle (20), Gavon (15) and Carter (5).

Veeta was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie Woods Baum; father, Emanuel Mullen, Sr. and Bonus Dad, Wylenza Baum. She leaves behind, her Husband ,Michael Barnes ; Daughter Genell Holloman; Grandchildren Kyle,Gavon and Carter; Siblings Emanuel Mullen JR. (Lucy), Denise Mullen-Doughtie , Carolyn Tinsley ( Moses), Stephanie Fernandez; In-Laws Andrea Myers ,Deidra Barnes; bestfriend and cousin, Cynthia Corbett and a host of other family members and friends.

Family will remember her as a fun loving fashionista, the Matriarch of
the family and a virtuous woman of God.

Viewing Friday, October 2, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, October 3, 2020 12:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6329 E Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23502 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Rev. Dr. James Edwards, lll says

    My wife, Rev. Dee and I wishes to offer our condolences to the family of Veeta Barnes and especially to her second cousin and my best friend, Otis Wood.

    Rev. Dr. James Edwards, lll
    Retired Pastor/Author

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    Doris Ferguson says

    My Dear Friend,
    Eddie & Doris Ferguson, would like to send our deepest sympathy to Veeta’s Family, Michael Barnes & Genell Holloman & her family. We are so sorry , Veeta will be missed, We loved her so much. Rest in Peace Veeta, God Bless the family!!

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    Deborah Lopez says

    My heart breaks, love you, my sister

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    Loretta Barnard says

    My heart goes out to you all in your time of sorrow. May God continuously bless, strengthen, and comfort you all during this time. I have so many fond memories of Veeta as a former co-worker.
    Much love ❤️ to Michael, Genell, grandchildren, family, friends, & love ones❤️🙏🏽

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      Stephanie Holmes says

      I are truly saddened by the loss of Ms. Veeta. I extend my most heartfelt sympathies to the family. May God strengthen you and give you peace during this most difficult time. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today and the days to come. May God continue to bless and keep you.

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        Angela P Vann says

        Omg!!!!! Mike,Genell and Family. I am shocked to see that Veeta has gained her Wings. We had some good times singing in VBIC . Heaven has gained another Angel. Rest in Peace Veeta♥️

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    Sandra Tyree says

    My sincere condolences to Michael, Genell, grandchildren, other family members, sorors and friends. A beautiful angel has taken her place in the arms of Jesus. I’m praying God will grant you all you need to get through this difficult time.

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    Phyllis Woods says

    Our 💔💔hearts are with you all Michael, Genell, grandchildren, other family members, Veeta was truly an angel on earth and now a angel in heaven. May God continue to bless the family and heal your 💔hearts. Her sweet and joyful spirit and her beautiful smile will be forever remembered and treasured. I pray that our Heavenly Father will shower each of you with the peace, comfort, and strength that only He can give. Take Courage and Rejoice because Veeta is now in the presence of Jesus! I truly thank God for the many beautiful memories that I have of my Cousin. I loved her so much and she was loved by many. We know she felt the love as well. Stay close to each other. 💝Family and friends will see you through. God’s holding you all close! Prayers of Comfort, Strength, and Peace during this time! Rest in heavenly Peace Cousin, God Bless the family!! We Love you all. 🌹🙏🏽
    Earl & Phyllis Woods

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    Wanda Williams says

    To the family. You have my prayers for the passing of your dear wife, mother, and grandmother. May God continue to lift you up.

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    Sharon Wood Wilkins and Family says

    My love, thoughts, and heart are with those who loved Veeta. She will be missed.

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    Larry Wilson says


    HR sends their sincerest condolences to you and your family. You and your family are in our prayers.


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      Wilhelmina Woods says

      Our love is with you all
      Michael, Genell, Kyle, Gavin and Carter.Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved,still missed and forever dear. It broke our hearts to loose you Veeta but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you on the day God called you home. Our love for you is deep within our hearts.
      Love Aunt Lorraine, Wilhelmina and the Woods Family.

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      Toni Harvey Charity says

      The Harvey/Charity family send our PRAYERS and DEEPEST regard to Your family during this time.

      Your Neighbor

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    Rev. Dr. M. Ruth Moore says

    Sincerest condolences to Michael, Genell, and Veeta’s family.
    Veeta and I worked together for many years.
    The last time we spoke, she talked
    lovingly about her grandchildren.
    May GOD’S love and promises comfort you at this time.
    2 Cor. 5:8

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    Paulette Curney Barringer says

    May God continue to bless Veeta’s family in their loss of a beautiful lady.We were BTW classmates.

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    Ralph & Marietta Cryer says

    Mike, Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Praying for you. Ralph

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    Naomi Johnson and family says

    To Michael, Genell, grandchildren and the rest of the family. We are still praying God’s peace for you at this time.

    I enjoyed my many hugs and chats with Veeta – sometime when she felt like talking we would visit for a while over the phone. I have good memories of her.

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    Moses and Darlene Moore says

    Moses and I are so sorry to hear the news, We will miss pleasant and loving spirit. May God continue to watch over the family and comfort them.

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    Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Logan Iii says

    Our love and condolences to Veeta’s family. She was such a beautiful spirit inside and out. We’re praying for God’s strength and comfort today and the days ahead.

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    Lisa S Parker says

    My sincere prayers and condolences to Michael, Genell, grandchildren and Sister Veeta’s entire family. She is a Queen and true matriarch and I thank God for allowing me to be in her presence. May her memories and legacy offer great comfort to you.

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    Marcella Harding says

    My condolences to the family. I was so shocked to hear of her passing. God has received another beautiful angel in the kingdom.

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    Andrea Bolden says

    My deepest condolences to you Michael, Genell and grand babies. Veela was not only a friend but an excellent mentor when I first started teaching. She was a walking wealth of knowledge. She taught me so much for which I pass it to others. For this, she will always live on.

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    Andrea Bolden says

    My deepest condolences to you Michael, Genell and grand babies. Veela was not only a friend but an excellent mentor when I first started teaching. She was a walking wealth of knowledge. She taught me so much for which I pass it to others. For this, she will always live on. Andrea, Sam and Family

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    Anthony Kenion says

    My heart goes out to my dear cousins Michael, Genell, and Grandchildren. My lovely cousin Veeta will be truly missed and know that God has a place in heaven for her and her bright smile. May God continue to bless the family and friends. Much Love to you all. Anthony Kenion, Naples, Florida 💝💫🙏

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    Gracie Mcintyre says

    You wil be missed by all of us from BTW, much luv.

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    Tiffany S Watson says

    The Watson family sends our love, prayers and sincereest condolences to the family. Ms. Veeta was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend. She will be forever missed by all who had the great pleasure of knowing her. We are keeping the family lifted in prayer.

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    Gene McClenney says

    May God bless and keep the family especially during this time.
    My cousin will truly be missed. Love you all. Be encouraged.

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    Dominique Fortune says

    The Fortune Family sends condolences to the family. Mrs. Barnes was a wonderful teacher and a genuine person. May God continue to bless the family during this time.
    She will be missed.

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    Breaynia Outlaw says

    My deepest condolences to your husband Genell and your grandchildren and family. I will keep them in my prayers. So bless ed to have crossed paths with you. You showed me so much love and time spent with you and you mentoring me. You will be truly missed. Take your rest. You have gain your wings. I love you. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. Take your rest! To the family stay encouraged.

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    Denise Christian says

    To Veeta’s family,
    My truly heartfelt condolences for your loss. I met Veeta at First Baptist Church South Hill just a few years ago. We loved and prayed for each other often. She was a beautiful woman who was dedicated to her family. May God strengthen and comfort you all at this time.

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    Linda J Tunstall-Jackson says

    My condolences to Ms. VEETA BARNES family. She will sadly be missed at fbcSouth Hill. Not seeing her on the first pew.

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    W. Jean Beckett-Riddick says

    October 4,2020 at 2:57 pm
    Continuous Prayers to Michael, husband, Genell and grandkids in the passing of Veeta. I have fond memories of her.

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    Rick Grosso says

    So sorry to hear about Veeta. My God bless her and the entire family………

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