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Dorothy Tripp

Dorothy Ruth Tripp (Pierce)

Sunday, August 17th, 1930 - Friday, February 1st, 2019
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Dorothy Ruth Tripp transitioned from this earthly life to eternal life on February 1, 2019 in the presence of her loving family.

Dorothy Ruth Tripp was born on August 18, 1930 in Hertford County in North Carolina to the late Janie Bell Pierce and Patrick Henry Pierce. At an early age,
Dorothy gave her life to Christ and joined the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Family in Harrellsville, North Carolina. She graduated from C.S. Brown High School in Winton North Carolina. After graduation in 1948, she went to visit family in Edenton North Carolina, where she met and married John Lee Tripp Sr. This love affair went on for sixty six years.

She retired from Chesapeake City Public Schools as a trusted cafeteria worker.
That is where she learned how to make rolls and desserts that would be shared
among family and friends. She took delight in seeing her family and friends
enjoying her Sunday rolls.

She was the matriarch of the Tripp Family. She had the loving guidance that she so invited with a gentle touch of love as a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend. With all of her heart poured out the love with her southern hospitality, wisdom, encouragement, steady support and priceless gifts of constant love. She was an encourager who had a tone in her voice given to her by God. She had healing in her voice. She was able to touch people’s lives just by being the person God made her to be.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father Janie Bell Pierce and Patrick Henry Pierce, two Uncles Izell Pierce and Lindwood Pierce, three Aunts Annie Watford, Marida Harrell, and Ophilia Revelle, one Sister Jeanette Kelly, five Sister In-laws Katie Jordon, May Thomas, Fannie Brantley, Annie Jane Hill, Francis Tripp, two Brother In-laws Alonzo Tripp and James Tripp, one Niece Mary Louis Perry, and a Daughter Althea J. Tripp. Her Best Friend Nelia Holoman.
Her precious memories will live forever in the hearts of her Husband, John Tripp Sr., four loving Sons John Tripp Jr.(Judith) Boise Idaho, Patrick Henry Tripp(Genitia) of Fairburn, Georgia , retired Lt. Col. Vencent Tripp(Mary)Fayetteville North Carolina, and Duncan Alexander Tripp, Chesapeake.

Two devoted Daughters, Teresa Whitehurst of Chesapeake, and Denise Gipson of Chesapeake.
Her loving Nephews, Robert Tripp (Ola)Virginia Beach, Virginia, Nicholas T. Josey Dorchester Massachusetts, devoted Great Niece Rhonda Perry, four Granddaughters Joy Hodnett, Katrina Tripp, Leandrea Tripp, and Patricia Brown. Her Grandsons Patrick L. Tripp, John Isaiah Tripp, Yedail Whitehurst III, and Lashawn A. Gipson. A Great-granddaughter Amari Grace Tripp. Her Great-grandsons Kollin Brown and Kristian Brown. Two God Daughters Barbara Rogers Parker of Chesapeake, Virginia and Jacqueline Lewis Oxon Hills Maryland, one God Son Smallwood Holoman Jr., and a host of loving family and friends.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 12:00pm
    New Calvary Baptist Church
    800 East Virginia Beach blvd
    Norfolk, Va 23504
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  • Interment

    Roosevelt Memorial Park
    1101 Campostella Road
    Chesapeake, Virginia 23320
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Posted at 08:37pm
Please accept my condolences for your loss. Losing a dear loved one is not something you ever get used to; death is truly our worse enemy. Happily the Almighty God of comfort promises at Isaiah 25:8 that he's going to swallow up death forever and John 5:28, 29 says that we will get to see our loved ones again in the resurrection of life. I hope these words bring a measure of comfort and peace to you and your family during this difficult time.

Lamont Simmons

Posted at 10:19am
"My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends, colleagues and neighbors on the passing of the beloved Dorothy. She is sorely missed."

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