Barbara A Raymond, born 1/1/57 to the late James L. and Kathleen R. Whitehead transitioned from this life peacefully in the comfort of her home on 1/2/22. She was the second born of six siblings.
Barbara leaves to cherish her memories three brothers, James D. Whitehead (Wanda) of Virginia Beach, VA; Jimmie L. and Joe L. Whitehead, of Norfolk, VA; and one sister, Varnell D. Greenaway of Augusta, GA. She was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Earma E. Whitehead. Two uncles, Charles and Alexander Ricks and two aunts Forrest Jordan and Hannah Russell.
Barbara did not have any children of her own but she has a host of nieces and nephews. She have seven nieces and one nephew; six great nephews; three great nieces; two great great nephews and two great great nieces. Special Friends: Clarence (Bartley) Hopkins, Bolly and Mary Medley, and Jerome Majors.
Barbara received her formal education from the Norfolk Public School System. She later became a merchant seaman at a young age to help support her parents and younger siblings. She worked as a home health aide as a companion to the elderly for many years. In her last years, she worked as a housekeeper for several local hotels and was medically retired after a car accident.
Barbara was a loner, very independent, and knew how to survive. She loved music, dancing and singing. Before there was ever a Karaoke, Barbara would be found singing brush in hand as her “miche” stepping to the beat of the Mighty Temptations in the family living room with her siblings joining in, she was the lead singer, of course. She was very friendly, loved to smile and joke (a product of her parents). Barbara loved helping people; and when she found resources; she would share her blessings with family and friends.
Barbara was not religious as some would call, but she had a relationship with her Maker. She testified that she was feeling very alone during the Christmas Holidays. She prayed to God to please send someone by to visit her; not even five minutes later, her brother, Jimmie pulled up bearing gifts. She was ecstatic. Barbara declared that Jesus was her Friend; and no matter what road she took in life he was there for her always. She said, “I Love Him and He Loves Me”. Barbara was so looking forward to her 65th Birthday; she loved the fact that her birthday was on New Year’s Day.