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Cornelia Spencer

Cornelia Hall Spencer (Hall)

Saturday, June 20th, 1953 - Monday, March 30th, 2020
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Early in the morning before dawn on Monday, March 30, 2020, God called another beautiful angel to her Heavenly home. Cornelia was the third child born to William Cornelius Hall and Anna Mary Watson Hall on June 20, 1953. She was raised in the Berkley section of Norfolk and attended Gatewood Elementary School, Campostella Junior High School, and graduated in 1971 from Booker T. Washington High School. While in high school, Cornelia participated in the marching band and other activities.

Cornelia matriculated at Norfolk State College, earning an Associate Degree in Nursing. She began her professional career as a registered nurse at Norfolk Community Hospital and later continued her career at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital until her retirement after forty-four years of loyal/dedicated service.

Cornelia accepted Christ at a very young age as a member of First Baptist Church Berkley. As an adult, she joined her parents and older sisters at New
Calvary Baptist Church where she was an active member of the Hospitality Ministry, the Finance Committee, the MAAFA Theater Cast, Vacation Bible School, and the Music Ministry (choirs under the direction of John Vann, Doc Christian, Marvin Swimpson and Elder Willie Moody). Cornelia possessed a melodious voice, often selected to perform solos with the choir and at weddings and funerals. She loved God, His people and her church family. She was also a member of the Culinary Arts Ministry where she progressed from cracking eggs to mastering the art of making scrambled eggs with and without cheese.

Cornelia will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her son Gerard Baker was the love of her life, and she watched him mature from a young boy to a great man and father of two daughters. She was so proud of his accomplishments in life and the career path he chose. Gerard was as dedicated to his mother as she was to him. Cornelia later married William B. Spencer who was the “wind beneath her wings.” They were blissfully married for over thirty years.

Cornelia was preceded in death by her parents Mr. & Mrs. William Cornelius Hall and her niece Ria Michelle Norman, a resident of Washington, DC.

Left to cherish her memory are her devoted husband William, sons Gerard (Tami), Rashaad Spencer, sisters; Phyllis Hall Johns, Sandra Hall Norman, Ruth Hall McLeod (Benjamin), brother; Kenneth Andrews, grandchildren; Taylore Baker and Olivia Baker. Her memories will also be lovingly cherished by her nieces; Gerri Patrice Johns, Brandyn Felicia McLeod, great-nieces; Alyssa McLeod, Kennedy McLeod, nephews; Gerald T. Johns, Jr. (Monique), Bryant Benjamin McLeod (Ashley), cousins; Bonita Watson of Cynthiana, Kentucky, C. Larry Watson (Anita) of Ohio, Phillip Watson (Shirley) of Louisville, Kentucky, and David Hughes (Angela) of Norfolk. Cornelia had many loving friends, church members and former work associates. She had a special place in her heart for those who served with her in the choir of New Calvary Baptist Church.

A private family funeral will take place at Graves Funeral Home on
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11 a.m. The service will be live streamed by Graves Funeral Home. Interment will take place immediately after the service at Roosevelt Memorial Gardens in Chesapeake, Virginia.

We thank God for allowing Cornelia to be an integral part of our lives. Her memory will last in our hearts and minds forever.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St.
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Roosevelt Memorial Park
    1101 Campostella rd
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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Phyllis T. Fitchgerald

Posted at 01:15pm
To My Uncle William B. Spencer aka Lil Bee & Family :
Our Family Book has a chapter that saddens our hearts and yet allows us to celebrate the life of our beloved Cornelia H. Spencer fondly known as Corney. She added treasured scripts of memories to the lives of her family, friends, longstanding healthcare colleagues and truly let her light shine among her fellow worshipers at New Calvary Baptist Church. Corney extended her heart and love for our Heavenly Father to" live and give to others" despite the up and down seasons of her physical health. As I personally reflect on what it means to exude "resilience and grit, I know that Corney "lifted her eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh her help...( Psalm 121:1-2) through out her life. Although Corney is no longer in our physical presence, her story is forever archived in the hearts and lives of those she touched. May God who is able to keep us from falling, rest and abide with us throughout this time and bring comfort and peace to our family.
With Love and Prayers,
Jonathan, Phyllis and Christian Fitchgerald

Lynne Simmons

Posted at 12:24pm
To Mr Spencer and the family of Ms. Corny...
Sending love and hugs to you all during this difficult time. Such a sweet spirit and always a wonderful smile even when going through health concerns. Please let me know if there is anything that I an assist with.
God bless you all!
Willynne (Lynne) Simmons

Candunn Jennette

Posted at 12:16pm
To Mr. Bill and Family,
I am so sorry for the passing of Ms. Corny, who I've always considered as my daughter. I loved her, and will always share memories of her. May God continue to bless and keep you.
To the girls and Gerard,
You had an angel! Let her legacy live on in you.

Love you always
Mrs. Raddie

Miss Miles

Posted at 12:07pm
I remember the laughs and the visits. The most vivid is our holiday trip to the old school candy house in Chesapeake. Thank you for being an amazing person. I am grateful for the encounters. You will always be remembered and celebrated!!!

Virginia Barnes

Posted at 12:02pm
I am very saddened over the passing of my friend Corny. I first met Corny in NGH Sept. 12, 1977 when we started third floor orientation class together.That was my first day of work there. We worked together in PACU on and off for many years until my retirement in 2005. I will always remember her happy smile and caring attitude. We worked hard but had many happy times at work. She was a team player and someone you could always depend upon. As the years passed we did not see each other often but I will miss her.I will alway consider her as a good friend. My most sincere condolences to Bill and family.
Virginia Barnes

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