Virginia Norfleet Jenkins

Published 8:39 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February 23, 2013

Virginia Norfleet Jenkins passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. She was born in Nansemond County, the daughter of William John Norfleet Sr. and Annie Ruth Haslett Norfleet. She was a member of the Holy Neck Christian Church for a number of years and, upon her move back to Suffolk, she became a member of the Suffolk Christian Church. Graduated from Longwood College, Farmville, Va., she also pursued graduate work at the University of Virginia. She taught elementary and junior high school students in Martinsville and in the Tidewater area of Virginia.

She married Lavoie Reid “Red” Jenkins on July 11, 1968, and lived in Florida and Virginia. In August 2001, they moved to Lake Prince Woods.

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Her survivors include a niece, Anne Taylor Steinbrenner, and a nephew, Charles Fine Taylor II; six great-nieces and -nephews; 10 great-great-nieces and -nephews; and one cousin.

She was predeceased in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Dr. W. John Norfleet Jr.; her sister, Marjorie Norfleet Taylor; her brother, James Duane (Pete) Norfleet and her niece, Florence Taylor Schultz.

Her motto for life was: We pass this way only once. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

She loved God and praised him with all her heart. She loved her husband Red and all her relatives. She was very thoughtful of others and loved people, particularly those that cared for her during her illness.

She wished to be remembered as a schoolteacher for many years and as a member of an Honorary Teachers Society after college.

The family will receive friends from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk, VA 23434. A graveside service conducted by the Rev. Dr. Woodie Rea and the Rev. Michael D. Halley will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Holly Lawn Cemetery. A reception celebrating her life will follow at Lake Prince Woods, 100 Anna Goode Way, Suffolk. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Suffolk Christian Church, 216 N. Main St., Suffolk, VA 23434. Condolences may be registered at