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Essie M. Riddick DeLoatch

Essie Mae Riddick DeLoatch, 89, departed this life on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in her home. A lifelong resident of Suffolk, she was born Jan. 8, 1928, as the third child of the Rev. Charlie Riddick and Cora Ballance Riddick.

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She received her educational training in the public schools of Nansemond County. She worked for Planters Peanut Company for more than 30 years and retired in 1985.

Mrs. DeLoatch was a devoted member of Metropolitan Baptist Church, where she was a deaconess. She was also an active member of the Harvest Missionary Circle, Senior Choir and Kitchen Committee.

Mrs. DeLoatch’s pleasant demeanor, kindness and willingness to care for all made her a beloved figure to family and friends. She was well known for her extraordinary cooking and making sure no one left her home without a meal. Left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted children, Charles E. DeLoatch, Earl H. DeLoatch and Sandra J. DeLoatch, all of Suffolk; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 58 years, David W. DeLoatch Sr.; daughter, Brenda J. DeLoatch; sons, David W. DeLoatch Jr. and Johnny L. DeLoatch Sr.; brother, Walter E. Riddick; and sister, Thelma Riddick.

Visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., and the funeral at noon, at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 125 County St., Suffolk. Interment will be in Carver Memorial Cemetery. A repast will be held at the church following the funeral. Professional services with dignity have been entrusted to Crocker Funeral Home Inc.