Joyce Snipes Hedgpeth, 84, longtime member of Kempsville Baptist Church

Joyce Snipes Hedgpeth
Joyce Snipes Hedgpeth

Joyce Snipes Hedgpeth, 84, of Virginia Beach, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Joyce was a native of Fairmont, North Carolina, and the daughter of Oswell and Mildred Snipes.

The former “Miss Fairmont” was married to the late James R. Hedgpeth of Fairmont, North Carolina, and moved to Norfolk in the late 1950s. After the birth of her two sons, the family moved to Virginia Beach in 1964. She was a longtime member of Kempsville Baptist Church, where she taught first grade Sunday school for 40 years. She loved traveling and spending time with family.

She is survived by her son, Steven, and his wife, Lisa, of Mechanicsville; granddaughter, Taylor of Mechanicsville; grandson, Jake of Mechanicsville; and son, Alan of Virginia Beach; and sister, Jean Matthews and family, all of Fairmont, North Carolina. Also, a special thanks to Mary Clark for being a wonderful long-term caregiver and friend.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home, 601 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. Inurnment services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.

Share online condolences with the family at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

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