Alberta Stephen Flythe

Published 9:32 am Thursday, July 21, 2016

RICHMOND — Alberta Stephen Flythe, fondly known as “Bert,” was born on May 14, 1935, in Southampton County, Virginia, to the late Romie and Lucille Stephen. On Friday, July 15, 2016, in MCV Hospital, God call her home and she entered into eternal rest. ‘Bert’ will be missed by many. She was a great listener and had a special way of making others feel comforted. Now the Lord is comforting her forever more.

Alberta Stephen Flythe

Alberta Stephen Flythe

Alberta accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age and joined Odom Chapel Baptist Church.

She was married to the late Julian Thomas Flythe. Two sons preceded her in death, the Rev. Matthew Flythe and Neal Flythe.

Alberta resided most of her life in Southampton County. But in 2007, after experiencing illness, she moved to Richmond, Virginia, for medical care and to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law, and she recuperated well.

Alberta moved to a retirement community, where she was actively involved and gained many new friends and enjoyed her “golden years.” While in Richmond, Alberta regularly attended Emmanuel Church Inc., under the teaching of Bishop Charles R. Woods and Prophetess Jessie Woods, where she was dearly loved.

Alberta is survived by her two children; daughter, Darlene Flythe-Wilkins (Rufus) of Richmond; son, Bryan Flythe Sr. (Gloria) of Drewryville, Virginia.

She also leaves to cherish her memories her daughter-in-law, Naomi Flythe, wife of the late Rev. Matthew Flythe; six grandchildren, Katina Flythe, Bryan Flythe Jr., Tahitia Flythe-Jones, Antoinette Washington, Julian Wilkins and Tyler Wilkins; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Washington and Ryan Washington; one brother, Joe Lewis Stephen (Mary) of Courtland, Virginia; three heaven-sent-daughters, Joan Smith (Willie), June Jones (Samuel) and Deborah Carthan (Larry); devoted lifelong friends, Virginia Porter of Newsoms, Virginia, and Mary Tyner of Murfreesboro, North Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Faison’s Funeral Service Inc., Seaboard, North Carolina, is entrusted with the arrangements where Mrs. Flythe will lie in repose 1 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 22.

The celebration of her life and legacy will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, in Odom Chapel Baptist Church, Newsoms with Pastor James Jordan delivering words of comfort. She will lie in state two hours prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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