John Elvin Diggs

Published 7:31 pm Friday, October 8, 2010

October 6, 2010

John Elvin “Johnnie” Diggs was born May 1, 1937 to the late Harvey and Mariah Diggs in what was formerly known as Nansemond County, Va., in Suffolk Lakeview Hospital.

John Elvin Diggs

He was predeceased by three sisters: Reatha Diggs, Dorothy Ada Daniels and Odell Evans; and one brother, Harvey Diggs Jr.

After graduating from East Suffolk High School’s class of 1955, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and retired from 21 years of service. Following his military tenure, he gained the position as “rigger” at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He attended Paul D. Camp Community College and served as administrative counselor at the Suffolk campus. He finally retired as head custodian at John F. Kennedy School.

He was an active and devoted member of Macedonia A.M.E., where he served in the adult choir, lay organization and Missionary Society.

John Elvin “Johnnie” Diggs left his earthly tabernacle and was ushered into glory on Wednesday morning, October 6, 2010.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 33 years, Brenda Yvonne Johes Diggs; two daughters; Germaine Diggs Stephenson (Joe Edward Stephenson II) and Kimberley Jenkins-Bailey (George); four grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremiah, Samantha and John-Joseph; three brothers-in-law, LaCurtis Jones, William Ernest Jones (Belvie); and Leon Jones (Gwen); three goddaughters; Marlene Holliman (James), Ann Nevis (Chris), and Ms. Monica Thorne; and a host of family and friends.

The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11 at Macedonia AME Church. Mr. Diggs will be laid to rest with full military honors at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.

Funeral services entrusted to T.E. Cooke-Overton Funeral Home, Inc.