Bernard Wayne ‘Bernie’ Mustin, 65, advocated for the homeless

Bernard Wayne 'Bernie' Mustin
Bernard Wayne ‘Bernie’ Mustin

Bernard Wayne “Bernie” Mustin, 65, of Virginia Beach, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

He was born Oct. 24, 1953, in Norfolk to L.D. Mustin Jr. and Essie Willa Hue Shores Mustin Conaway.

Bernie is survived by his sisters, Debara (Sissy) Hiefner of Virginia Beach and Patricia Mustin Smith (Jimmy) of Jemison, Alabama; brother, Lee David Mustin of Virginia Beach; aunt, Dorothy “Docie” Mustin of Perry, Georgia, and formerly Norfolk, member of Christ’s Sanctified Holy Church; uncle, Jack T. Mustin of Virginia Beach, member of Christ’s Sanctified Holy Church; nieces, Andrea Elizabeth Smith of Marbury, Alabama, Monica Smith Hailey of Bloomington, Illinois; nephews Nicholas “Nick” Wade Smith of Jemison, Alabama, Charles “Charlie” Daniel Smith of Jemison, Alabama, Scotty James Lemaster of San Diego, California, Russell Wayne Yarbrough of Janesville, Montana, Timothy Edward Heifner of Knoxville, Tennessee, Millard Asberry Heifner III of Knoxville, Tennessee; and a host of cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, L.D. Mustin Sr. and Clara Reynolds Mustin of Norfolk; stepfather, Howard W. “Papa” Conaway; older brother, Doyle Wayne Mustin of Old Trap, North Carolina, and Paul Junior LaMaster of Huntsville, Alabama; and niece, Kimberly Annette Smith Clemons of Marbury, Alabama.

Bernie worked for his father as a technician for Fire Services Inc. of Virginia Beach and as a roofer in the construction industry. He served and the chairperson of the noon meetings of HOPE Project in the Upper Room, Virginia Beach. Later in his life he was tireless in helping the homeless people in the area, as he was homeless also. He appeared before a U.S. Congressional Committee considering funding for Homeless Projects. The new facility on North Witchduck Road in Virginia Beach is a testimony to his efforts.

A memorial service will be held at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Maestas Chapel, 1801 Baltic Ave., Virginia Beach. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. prior to services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers or proceeds, please send contributions for the benefit of Bernard Mustin and the Homeless, Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

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