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Elaine Pettit

Elaine Hall Pettit

Friday, October 30th, 1936 - Thursday, November 19th, 2020
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Who can find a virtuous woman for her price is far above rubies
~Proverbs 31:10

Elaine Hall Pettit was born on October 30, 1936 to the late George and Mary Hall in Onancock, Virginia. Her transition to her eternal home was completed in the quietness of morning on Thursday, November 19, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones.

Elaine willingly accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age and joined Metropolitan United Methodist Church. She remained a faithful member and served in various capacities, which was reflective of her stewartship. Elaine was the chair of the Council Metropolitan and president of the United Methodist Women. She served as the chair of the Trustees, Staff Pastor Parish Relations (SPPR), and the finance committee. She was also a member of the adult fellowship, conference delegate, Vacation Bible School, Summer Enrichment Program, and an original member of the Lee Mont Charge Community Choir.

Elaine received her education in the Accomack County Public Schools and was a graduate of Mary N. Smith High School. She matriculated to Norfolk State College, now Norfolk State University, and received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1959. Elaine returned to Accomack County Public Schools to begin her teaching career in 1960. She began teaching at T. C. Walker and later at Accomac Primary until her retirement in 1984. She touched many lives and always had a kind and encouraging word to pass along. In 1988, Elaine became the president of Triangle Enterprises and she held this position until her demise.

On July 19, 1969, she married Chester Pettit, Jr. and their union was blessed with one son, Ashley G. Pettit. She was affectionately known as “Big Laine” to her son and “Mrs. E.” to her daughter-in-law. Elaine was a dedicated mother, diligent and dedicated supporter of her church, even in illness she remained connected to the workings of Metropolitan. She was an accomplished soloist and member of the Norfolk State Traveling Choir. She traveled sharing her voice for requested stages, featuring her special gift of song.

Elaine had a passion for gospel music, especially traditional hymns sung by the choir. She took great pride in her fashion, especially her love of hats. Lending advice, delegating, and passing along her knowledge and wisdom came second nature to her.

In addition to her parents, Elaine was preceded in death by her husband of nineteen years, Chester Pettit, Jr.; two brothers, Hayden (Rosetta) Hall and Brooks (Christine) Hall; five sisters, Juanita (John) Hall-Humphreys, Irene (Fred) Conquest, Inez (Willie) Strand, Hilda Washington, and Thelma (Clifton) Williams; father-in-law, Chester “Biggy” Pettit, Sr.; mother-in-law, Dorothy Pettit; brothers-in-law, Charles Pettit and James Pettit; and sister-in-law, Mary Pettit.
Elaine leaves to cherish her memories: one son, Ashley G. Pettit (Kesha) of Onancock, VA; one granddaughter, Layla Pettit; two sisters, Katherine Claud of Baltimore, MD and Mary White of Savageville, VA; two brothers-in-law, Clarence Pettit (Helen) of Wilmington, DE and Lonzo Washington of Birmingham, AL; sister-in-law, Gustava Pettit of Daugherty, VA; goddaughter, Marsha Tull (Mitchell) of Onancock, VA; Vernon “Cle” Gunter of Onancock, VA, whom she loved as a brother; Nelle Topping of Savageville, VA and Loretta White of Onancock, VA, whom she shared a sisterly bond; faithful friends, Tom and Arlene Riley of Savageville, VA; stepchildren, Colette Pettit of Onancock, VA and Chester Pettit, III of Parksley, VA; special niece, Rachel Hall; beloved nephew, Willie “Charlie” Strand; Metropolitan Church family; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
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  • Private Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 28th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, November 28th, 2020 12:00pm
    Nedab Cemetery
    Nedab Lane
    ACCOMAC, VA 23301
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
    We have received notification of the Governor’s Executive Order Sixth Amended Number Sixty-Seven (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency Seven, which imposes the following restriction:
    Effective Midnight, Sunday, November 15, 2020, all public and private in person gatherings of 25 or more individuals are prohibited. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
    In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, www.cooperandhumbles.com. This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.
    Rev. Clarence Pettit
  • Interment

    Saturday, November 28th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, November 28th, 2020 12:00pm
    Nedab Cemetery
    Nedab Lane
    ACCOMAC, VA 23301
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 10:20pm

Vanessa Taylor Copeland

Posted at 12:31pm
Ashley and All of our Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you today. We will always treasure all of our times with Cousin Elaine at our Annual Riley-Griffin Family Reunions as well as our times growing up on Bayside and members of Metropolitan UMC. May God's love and all the precious Family memories bring you comfort and peace.

William Upshur

Posted at 10:35am
I am sending my deepest sympathy to the Family and love ones of an wonderful lady!

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