William E. Bernard

Sunrise: August 23, 1948

Sunset: September 13, 2023

William Earl Bernard transitioned this earthly life into God’s reward of an eternal life on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.

William was born to the late Enoch and Pennie Bernard in Norfolk, VA on August 23, 1948. He graduated from Crestwood High School in Chesapeake, VA.

In 1968, William was drafted into the United States Army, where he was soon deployed to serve in Vietnam. During a tour in Cuchi, Vietnam, he survived an explosion where many soldiers lost their lives; an experience he shared with us as a remembrance. As an honored member of DAV Chapter 26, he diligently provided assistance and guidance to his fellow veterans over many years. He was passionate about seeing others’ achievements and often pushed them hard, as encouragement to reach their goals.

In addition to his military achievements, William had a myriad of interests. To name a few, he enjoyed traveling, cooking (lasagna was his specialty), and maintaining his lawn. He enjoyed all types of sports. His favorite football team was the Cleveland Browns, as brown was his favorite color. He often watched the news and liked to keep up with current events. He was a strong advocate for family; a true and loving Patriarch for many. He was always willing to listen, help, and advise.

In addition to his parents, William was also predeceased by one son, Cornelius Johnson, and one brother, Enoch Bernard, Jr.

William leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of over 50 years, Laura Bernard; one brother, Paul Bernard; three children, Cynthia Wise, LaTanya Fisher, and Brad Flythe; fourteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Mary Mitchell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Viewing Wednesday, September 20, 2023 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service COME IN PERSON OR WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Thursday, September 21, 2023 11:00am Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Roosevelt Memorial Park 1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake, VA 23320

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    Barbara Halsey says

    Am so sorry to hear about the passing of William. Praying for the family at this difficult time. Deepest sympathy Barbara Nixon Halsey ( CRESTWOOD)

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    JoAnn Olds says

    So sorry to hear of William passing. My sincere condolences to the family, May God give you peace in your time of sorrow. Mickel & JoAnn Olds

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    Mr. Mrs. Carlton A. Dozier says

    I am so sorry to hear that my uncle has passed away. Words can’t express how it feels. You will be greatly missed. I Love you. God will continue to bless the family.

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    Venitta says

    You will be missed cousin! Whenever we needed you in NC you were always there. Love you, your cousin Nita!

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    Arba Hall says

    My dear 1st cousin, William, you will be greatly missed. You were a family man who we could depend on making a visit to see how we were. I enjoyed talking with you whenever we saw each other. God blessed our family with your presence but now you are in the presence of the Lord.

    To William’s wife and children, I pray that God will comfort you today and throughout. William’s love for you will never cease.

    With my deepest condolences,

    Love, cousin, Arba Hall

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    Robert and Beverly Allbritton says

    Sending our love and condolences to the Bernard Family. Our deepest sympathy and God’s strength to you. A true friend indeed.

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    Cousin Dot says

    RIH cousin. You were always there for me when Ernest was in the hospital.

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    Johnson Family says

    Dear Cousin William, In our hearts you will forever be linked to Grandma’s house, family reunions and the power of family and friendships all rolled up into one! Inspite of all your trials, we never wondered if you would be there. You always were with a smile and kind thoughts for everyone! We were blessed to have you in our lives Cousin, and you will live in our hearts always. – Love from your cousins Carolyn, LaBarbara, Jimmy, & the Johnson family, and in memory of your aunt Dollie & uncle James. Our sincere condolences to your family, may God comfort and forever keep them.

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    Toni Bazemore says

    I was sorry to hear of the passing of “Ick.” I have know him since we were kids in Crestwood. He was always the quiet, gentleman in our presence. Crestwood High School Class of 1967 salutes William E. Bernard. Thank you for your sacrifice and service. USA Army.

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