In Memoriam

In Loving Memory of Those We've Lost

 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.  My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?   And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. ~ John 14:1-3

Please submit the loss of your loved one to the church office so we can honor him or her.

Angela Jeanne Brown

Angela Jeanne Brown was called to eternal rest on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.  She was born November 25, 1955, to Jeanne Brown and the late Lloyd C. Brown in Huddleston, Virginia and attended Newport News Public Schools.

Angela worked for Avon Fashions and for many years afterwards she was employed by Chin’s Cleaners. She was so much of an asset at Chin’s that the owners created a store for her to run. 

Angela loved First Baptist Church East End and her church family. She sang in the Mass Choir, Women’s Chorus, and the Gospel Choir and was a dedicated member of the League of Christian Women. Although she had many health problems, her faith was central in her life. It guided her in all that she did. She knew no strangers, as she loved to talk and to share her faith and experiences. She would strike up a conversation with someone unknown and would always be able to find common ground, making them laugh and feel at ease. Angela was a classy lady, yet she always managed to make people around her feel at ease and nurtured. Her love for her sons and grandchildren was never ending. She was a devoted daughter to her mother and a caring sister to her brothers.

Angela was preceded in death by her father, and two brothers, Lloyd C. Brown, Jr. and Donny E. Brown. She leaves to cherish fond memories her three sons, Romaine L. Brown (Latisha), Shaun D. Brown (Tanika) and Mario D. Brown (Cherea); her mother, Jeanne A. Brown; her two brothers, Tony D. Brown (Rita) and Rev. Frederick A. Brown (Patricia); her eleven grandchildren, Mekhi, Tayveon, Jakiya, Ashaunie, Nazir, Kalear, Khyrie, Harmony, Angel, Khamari and Decarie; her uncle and aunt, George C. Brown (Sandy) and Patricia Robinson (Frederick); her great uncle and aunt, Thomas Smith and Raye Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, church members, and friends.

Angela will be missed by all.

Viewing will be from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the funeral home.  A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021 at O. H. Smith & Son Funeral Home.  Face Coverings are required and social distancing will be enforced. O. H. Smith & Son Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.  

Dorothy Williams Harrison

Dorothy Williams Harrison entered eternal rest on Monday, April 19, 2021 at The Gardens at Warwick Forest Rehabilitation center in Newport News, VA.  Public viewing will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Cooke Bros. Funeral Chapel.  A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Hampton Memorial Gardens. 

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Hampton Memorial Gardens

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

155 Butler Farm Road

Hampton, VA 23666

Lucius Edward Alston, Sr.

On Tuesday April 20, 2021, God called home for everlasting rest our Beloved, Lucius Edward Alston, Sr. known to most as “Loubaby or Elbow”.  He fought a good fight and finished his race.  He always said, “His good days far outweighed his bad days”.

Lucius was born on April 3, 1946, in Warrenton, North Carolina to the late Lucius and Lola Alston.  The family moved to Newport News, VA in the late 1940’s. They lived in Newsome Park and then moved to Oak Ave. 

He attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Newport News, VA.  He was a proud graduate of Huntington High School, class of 1964.  While attending Huntington High School, he played on the Mighty Vikings football team.  He also played the trumpet in the Famous Marching 100 Band.  He would often tell the story of how he had to switch from his football uniform to his band uniform and back to his football uniform during halftime at the football games. 

After graduating from Huntington High School, he was one of the first black men to attend the Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School.  He later served in the United States Army and toured in Korea.  Lucius was also a skilled fisherman and frequently gave his mom and dad shrimp, scallops, and crabs to prepare for the family.

Lucius joined First Baptist Church East End at an early age and returned to the same church in his later years.  He was a loving husband to Cynthia “Lady” Woodson Alston who will miss him dearly.

Lucius was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles Wayne Alston.  He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife Cynthia “Lady Woodson Alston, Julian Alston (Patricia), Sallie Alston Rogers (William “WJ”), brothers in law Joseph Woodson (Annie), Earnest Woodson, sister in law Thelma “Precious” Woodson, his sons and daughters Lucius Edward Alston, Jr. (Sharon), Gina Denise Alston Henry, Hakim Stubbs (Lorri), Ebony Stubbs, Antoine “Poochee” Woodson, Katina “Tina” Woodson (Jeff), and Jermaine “Bro-Bro” Woodson, his many grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Public viewing will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2021 at Cooke Bros. Funeral Chapel.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12 noon Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at Union Baptist Church in Newport News, VA.

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Union Baptist Church

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

361 Maple Avenue

Newport News, VA 23607