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1631 Church Street
NORFOLK, VA 23504
Phone: 757-622-1085
Fax: 757-624-1508
Doris Beckwith

Doris Whitaker Beckwith (Whitaker)

Friday, August 24th, 1928 - Sunday, February 24th, 2019
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On Sunday, February 24, 2019, the Lord opened the Gates of Heaven and called our cherished loved one, Doris W. Beckwith, home to rest in His Ever Loving Arms. She was born in Nash County, North Carolina to James and Margie Richardson Whitaker. Doris grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, was educated in the public school system, and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. She was married to the late William R. Beckwith.
She was employed for several years as a dental assistant before beginning a career with the City of Norfolk Social Services. After Doris retired , she continued to enjoy her many hobbies….. sewing, working jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, being an avid reader, and puttering on the computer and tablet. Ever the fashionista, she loved to “shop ‘til you drop” with her granddaughter, Kendra.
Doris was also member of the Eastern Star. A pillar of strength for the family, she was always there with encouraging words of wisdom and love. Doris was predeceased by her loving husband, William R. Beckwith, daughter, Benita R. Simmons, grandson, Prinest Burton, Jr., brother, Orlander Whitaker, and sister, Sarah O. Jones.
Heartfelt memories will live on through and be cherished by her children, daughters, Carolyn S. Brown (Emanuel), Marjorie A. Burton, and son Richard A. Boyce, Sr. (Rosa), grandchildren, Kendra Brown-Walker (Michael), Katrina Burton, Nicole Boyce, Daryl Boyce (Angela), Lemonte Boyce, (Tina), Richard Boyce, Jr. (Kristen), great grandchildren, her beloved pet bunny, Precious Prince, and a host of other relatives and friends.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, March 1st, 2019 | 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Friday, March 1st, 2019 1:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Graves Funeral Home
    Address
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 12:00pm
    Location
    Grace Episcopal Church
    Address
    1400 E Brambleton Ave
    norfolk, va 23504
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  • Interment

    Location
    Roosevelt Memorial Park
    Address
    1101 Campostella Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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Marjorie Burton

Posted at 08:24pm
Mom You were, you are and will always be the driving force in my life. I love you and I miss you so very much. I thank God for the time that we had,I know he will reunite our family in his own time. Your Daughter, Margie
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Carolyn Brown

Posted at 07:48am
Mom, My angel, my confidant, my best friend.... I miss you so much already. A lifetime of precious memories will have to sustain me until we me again on the other side of the gate! Love you 'til the end of time! Carolyn
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Evelena Carter

Posted at 10:48am
I will always remember her beautiful smile. She was one of God's beautiful flowers on our block. May God's peace and love give you comfort. Evelena Carter
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Arlene Harris-Allen

Posted at 03:30pm
Mrs Doris, you were always smiling and so nice to me I will truly miss you. My prayers go out to the family. Love you, Arlene, Alvin and Family
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Jan and Richard

Posted at 08:48pm
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