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Rosalyn Credle

Rosalyn Johnson Credle

Tuesday, January 27th, 1931 - Saturday, June 20th, 2020
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On Saturday, June 20, 2020, in the late evening, Rosalyn Johnson Credle departed this mortal life. The Heavens must have claimed her, for only God could have loved her more than we.

Rosalyn, the youngest daughter of John Eddie and Rosa Belle Johnson, was born on January 27, 1931, in Ivor, Virginia. The family moved to Norfolk where she grew up and joined First Baptist Bute Street at an early age. She attended school in Norfolk and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1948. After studying at the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College, she attended Virginia State College in Petersburg where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. She continued her education and earned a Master’s degree at Columbia University.

On August 14, 1953, Rosalyn was joined in holy matrimony to Bobby Lee Credle who preceded her in death. Two daughters were born to this blissful union.

Mrs. Credle began her career in Physical Education at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, and retired from Norfolk State University in 1987 after 30 years of service as professor, coach, student teacher supervisor, and program coordinator. She was known for her dedication to her field, her cooperative and generous spirit, and the calm and dependable manner in which she pursued her career. Mrs. Credle was a trailblazer in women’s athletics and performance arts. During her tenure at NSU, she organized the Norfolk State Dance Troup, started the Women’s Athletic Association (WAA), and served as the Assistant Coach of the Women’s Basketball Team. She was recognized for her excellence in teaching and supervising student teachers, many of whom maintained a relationship with her throughout the years. Mrs. Credle had a caring and gentle nature and a disposition marked by earnestness and compassion. These strengths made her an influential and profound educator who impacted the lives of many, including students, colleagues, civic leaders and community members alike.

Rosalyn had a warm and gentle spirit that was easily recognized by all. She had a welcoming personality, was always willing to help others, and never met a stranger. She was deeply devoted to her family and provided care for many family members during their time of need. Rosalyn freely shared her encouraging spirit and openness, and she was a mother to all. Her gift was listening with quiet understanding and a tender heart - the way mothers do - and she never allowed you to feel discouraged. Her joy, humor and friendliness left everyone smiling, and inspired by her presence. She often engaged with friends, students, peers and family members who would continue to seek her company, mentorship and counsel.

Rosalyn enjoyed many hobbies and was an avid sports enthusiast. She was a superior seamstress who quickly adopted new technologies, pursued classes to learn new methods and advance her craft, and she expertly designed complex high fashion and home décor items. Rosalyn closely followed professional sports, especially national basketball, and she was a big fan of Lebron James.

Rosalyn will be remembered by her family and friends for her wit and wisdom, her humor, her fortitude and guidance, and her strength of conviction. Her life left many pleasant memories – too numerous to mention, and some too tender to share.

She leaves to mourn her passing two loving daughters, Mrs. Valda C. Dixon and Ms. Janice K. Credle; a brother, J. Howard Johnson and his wife, Fraitus; three grandchildren, Rodney Brehon, Tiffany Bryant, and Krystal Brooks; three nieces; three nephews; a host of grandnieces and grandnephews; and many other relatives and dear friends.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, June 29th, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Graves Funeral Home
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Service

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 11:00am
    Graves Funeral Home Chapel
    1631 Church St
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    1600 St. Julian Ave
    Norfolk, VA 23504
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Cynthia Diggs

Posted at 01:43pm
I am a cousin of Rosalyn Johnson Credle. I remember her from family reunions and visits with my father CG Johnson. I most recently spoke with Rosalyn a few weeks ago concerning the annual family reunion. She will be sadly missed. My sincere condolences to her daughters and family. God Bless.

Terri Drakeford-Cosby

Posted at 11:39am
Condolences to the Credle family. Your mom will be missed, a very beautiful angel!! She was always nice to me when I was at NSU. May she Rest in Peace!
Terri Drakeford-Cosby

Mahogany Brown

Posted at 09:26am
Your love and generosity is truly irreplaceable. Thank you God, for having our paths to cross and to have formed a friendship. Rest and be at Peace
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Ionis Riley

Posted at 09:13am
Aunt Rosalyn, from day one you showed me nothing but love and kindness, i am blessed to have known you, continue to rest in perfect peace. My condolences to the family. Blessings. Ionis Riley.

C. Southall

Posted at 09:14pm

My sincere and deepest sympathy to the Credle family. Mrs. Credle would always be in my memory as a sweet and devoted family lady. She always had a gentle voice and a kind heart. May your precious memories forever sustain you all always. God will take care of you.
Cassandra Southall and family.

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