Verta Mae Dukes

Sunrise: August 26, 1925

Sunset: July 13, 2020

On Monday, July 13, 2020, Missionary, Mother Verta Mae Dukes, at the age of 94, received her call to return to the Lord. She left with peace in her heart and a smile on her face. She graciously entered into the presence of the Lord.

Mother Dukes was born on August 26, 1925 in Columbia, North Carolina to the loving parents of Jasper and Lillie Mae Wynn.

She received her education in North Carolina and continued on to become a Licensed Cosmetologist. She was a gifted Artist, Seamstress, Published Poet and Music Teacher. Verta Mae Dukes also served as a devoted Sunday School Teacher, Musician and Choir Director at St. Stephens Church of God In Christ in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Accepting Christ at an early age taught her to live a holy and dedicated life to God. It was because of her walk with Christ that she met and married the love of her life. Joe M. Dukes and Verta Mae made their home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Over the years, she became well known and loved as a good neighbor and Community Leader. She dedicated her life to serving God, loving her husband and caring for her family and friends.

Mother Dukes had a passion for life. She was always encouraging others to love the Lord. Her daily lesson was to excel to the highest level possible, achieve your greatest goals and never, ever stop trusting God. She enjoyed good humor and her infectious smile brought delight to all who knew her.

Mother Verta Mae Dukes was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joe M. Dukes and one surrogate daughter, Beulah Y. Brown.

She is survived by one surrogate daughter and son-in-law, Linda D. and Chester L. Holliman, Sr. of Virginia Beach, VA; one brother, Lawrence McNair of Plymouth, NC; one sister Wyinona Collins of Mt. Vernon, NY; two sisters-in-law, Alice M. Wynn of Chesapeake, VA; Eloise Wynn of Norfolk, VA; two goddaughters, Martha S.“Chel” Brickhouse-Sunkins (Alex) of Atlanta, GA; Daisy Shaw of Elizabeth City, NC; many loving nieces and nephews that served as her children and a host of other relatives, faithful friends, neighbors and church family.



Viewing Friday, August 7, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Saturday, August 8, 2020 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320 The family is following the CDC and State of Virginia guidelines for funeral attendance

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    Maureen A Howard says

    My prayers are with you and your family. Ms.Verta will be missed.

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      The Hollimans says

      Thanks to everyone for your prayers thoughtfulness encouragement support and acts kindness
      Chester and I are very blessed to have you all in our lives

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    Denneti & Stanley Wynn says

    We miss you Auntie. Your love and Godly spirit will always be present in our family, our hearts and our home. Until we meet again.

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    Nanette Tann Hilliard says

    My condolences to the family and congregation. She was my teacher at St. Stephen’s.

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    Rowena Bright says

    Ms. Verta will be sorely missed by the Seniors at Seatack. She was a joy to fellowship with
    God bless & keep her.

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    Jackie B Williams says

    I will truly miss the words of wisdom and the life of CHRIST she showed at all times. What a true woman of GOD. The life she lived certainly speaks for her.
    Jackie B. Williams

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    Rev. Joyce M Foster says

    I thank God for the times I have had opportunity to be in the presence of Mother Dukes. Her spirit offered so much peace and consolation. I will never forget travelling with Mother Dukes and her family to the islands and celebrating her 90th Birthday. Even in times away from the church, the anointing was always present and truly the JOY of THE LORD was evident,

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    Donna M Vaughan says

    To the family of Mother Vera Mae Dukes

    Praying for peace and comfort as you celebrate the wonderful life of Mother Dukes. I remember hearing about all the good times my Mom and Mother Dukes would have when they get together or talk on the phone. These two had a cherished friendship that went back years. She will truly be missed among her family and friends. May God continue to bless and keep you during this time of mourning. …”earth has no sorrow that heaven can not feel”

    Love Sarah and Rosalyn Cowell – Donna M. Cowell-Vaughan and family

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    Bridget Holmes says

    My prayers and condolences to the family and Mrs. Dew friends.
    Love you all for life,
    The Holmes Family

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      Jean Williams says

      My condolences to the family of this woman of God who taught me piano notes . I met her through her sister Martha we worked together I was just just out of high school they kept me in prayer.
      Over the years we spent lots of moments together over the phone and when I visited her I knew I was in the presence of royalty treated me with gracious love
      Once she offer me sweet bread and tea my was that a treat sweetbread like my grandma use to cook.
      Her last days I didn’t get to see or talk to her much because of her illness but I always had her On my mind and in my heart.
      I will miss her calls our chats and the love she shown towards me…I know God wanted her safety home to be with Him
      I pray the Joy of the Lord will be your strength..She’s in the hands of her creator ..May peace be with the family …Sincerely Jean Williams

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