Naomi was born to the late Fred and Mary Patterson on July 28, 1916 in Norfolk, Virginia. At an early age the family moved to Blackstone, Virginia. She received her education in the Nottoway Public School System.
At an early age, she accepted the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior, was baptized and became a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Reverend Junious B. Rather. In 1969, under the leadership of the late Reverend David E. Gordon, she was consecrated, and set apart as a Deaconess of the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. She was an active member and served faithfully in this capacity until her health declined.
She became a resident of the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Blackstone, Virginia in 2005. We are grateful to God for the care that was rendered unto her.
In 1940, she married the love of her life, the late Deacon Richard Stokes. They shared 41 years of marital bliss. He affectionately called her “Peaches”. Although there were no children from this union, they were foster parents to two nephews and three nieces - Richard E. Coleman, Charles R. Davis, Martha Ann Stokes, Naomi Rather Harris, and the late Mary Helen Summerhill.
She was affectionately called “Mome” by her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed traveling with her husband to singing engagements at various churches, baking cakes for family members and listening to gospel music on the radio.
She was soft spoken and always wore a smile. One of her favorite scriptures was Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say on the Lord”.
She leaves in God’s loving care, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Davis and a host of cousins, relatives and friends.
Mome has ended the chapter in the book of life of Fred and Mary Patterson. She now joins her sisters and brothers. They are all Home Again - Together! Amen
Funeral Service Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 12:00 noon at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Blackstone with interment in the church cemetery.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
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