Charlotte Steel Bigony

Published 10:07 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Charlotte Steel Bigony, beloved mother, sister and wife, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Bigony, of Suffolk; son, Kevin Chatham, of Jackson, Wyo.; daughter, Mary Ann Groton (Hunter), of Atlanta, Ga.; sister, Shirley Howell, of Suffolk; grandchildren, Hunter Groton Jr. and Charlotte Groton, of Atlanta, Ga.; nephews, Rick and Charles Savage and Rob and Fletcher Bonwell; and nieces, Kelly and Maddie Savage and Sandi, Brooke and Blair Lindsey.

Charlotte was born at Norfolk General Hospital on Aug. 28, 1944, to Dr. Charles W. Steel and Annie F. Steel, of Suffolk. She was a 1962 graduate of Suffolk High School and attended Averett and William and Mary colleges. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Suffolk for more than 50 years. She taught Sunday school for 25 of those years. She loved working with children and particularly enjoyed her participation with Book Buddies. She was very active in an Eastern Shore outreach ministry for migrant farm workers and taught Vacation Bible School.

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Spending time with her grandchildren was one of Charlotte’s favorite activities. She loved traveling, having visited Israel three times. She made many trips to New York City. She enjoyed swimming in the ocean, hiking in the Rocky Mountain west, reading and studying the Bible and taking walks around her neighborhood.

A memorial service for Charlotte will be held at First Baptist Church of Suffolk, 237 N. Main St., Suffolk, at noon on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, with the Rev. Dr. Thurman Hayes Jr. and the Rev. Lindsay Poteat. A private burial will take place prior to the memorial service. The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Life Center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to First Baptist Church in memory of Charlotte Bigony are appreciated. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk, is assisting the family. Condolences may be registered at