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Florence Stratton

Florence Virginia "Ginia" Stratton (White)

Thursday, May 17th, 1945 - Monday, February 15th, 2021
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Florence Virginia White Stratton, the eldest of eleven children, was born in Onancock, Virginia on May 17, 1945. She was the beloved daughter of Matthew and Minnie White. After the death of Matthew in 1946, Minnie married William “Big Bill” Northan, whom Florence lovingly called “Pop.” Florence departed this life at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onancock, Virginia at the age of 75. She was loving, wise, and lucid to the very end of her life and for this, we give all praise to God.

Florence was educated in Accomack County Public Schools. She was a hard-working woman who played an essential role in helping to raise her siblings. Florence served as an unofficial midwife helping to assist with the birth of numerous family members and friends. After thirty-three years of service, Florence retired from Perdue and began working as a Missionary full-time. One of Florence’s first Missionary callings was to provide prayer and comfort to the lonely. She accomplished this by calling every number in the telephone book beginning with the letter “A” and asked if they would mind if she prayed for them. She acted as a counselor to those who shared that they were contemplating ending their lives. Others expressed being so grateful for her prayer and asked if she would call them again in the future. Florence served as a prayer warrior, communion steward, usher, choir member, hospitality committee member, Evangelist, altar worker, and the Assistant Pastor at Grace Independent Methodist Church. Her impact and influence all over the county and even the country led her to being elected The Church Mother of Foundation Outreach Ministries. In this position, she begat a plethora of sons, daughters, and grandchildren in the ministry in many states. Florence’s faith never wavered and you could often hear her saying, “Lord, I don’t know; but you know, you know ALL THINGS.”

Florence met Edward Lee Stratton Sr. and the two fell in love. They were married in 1962 and made their home in Wachapreague, Virginia. Six children were born to this union, Edward Jr., Stephen, Tina, Anthony, Felicia, and Marc, and a nephew who rarely went home, Terrance. Although she held many titles, her biggest accomplishment was being a grandmother.

Florence was truly one of a kind! She was known as the community mother, helping to care for and guide children that weren’t biologically hers. Florence selflessly sacrificed to always make things work.

Florence believed children needed a vacation from their parents and parents needed a vacation from their children. That’s when she started a new family tradition, taking her grandchildren and some nieces and nephews on a two week vacation every summer. Now Florence was no novice, so these trips took place immediately after school closed for the summer before the grandchildren got “too wild.” It was important to her that her grandchildren be as well-traveled as she. Florence traveled to Amsterdam, London, Turkey, France, Germany, Italy, Hawaii, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, California, Florida, and many other states. Florence made everyone she came into contact with feel comfortable and appreciated. She lived a happy and full life and enjoyed praying, cooking, completing puzzles, watching westerns, traveling, and cruising the Caribbean. Florence also had a business selling “Blessed Bread.”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Edward Jr.; grandson, Travis; great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Myel; brothers, Lawrence and Myron; three sisters-in-law, Mary, Catherine, and Amanda; and two brothers-in-law, Alfred and Donald.

Florence leaves to cherish fond memories: her loving husband, Edward Sr.; five children, Stephen Sr. (Sharon), Tina (Walter), Anthony, Felicia, and Marc (Joyce); daughter-in-law, Bessie; seventeen grandchildren, Marcus Sr. (Felicia), Shamara (Kenneth), Sade`(Blake), Amory (Jenee), Christopher, Joshua, Jasmine (Saquan), Stephanie, Isaac, Stephen Jr., Angelique, Stephanus, Edward III, Helena, David Jr., Terrell, and Dsani; fifteen great- grandchildren, Karma, Caylie, Nova, Xinovia, Aria, Kimora, Marcus Jr., Khalil, Kinsley, Carter, Cassidy, Kennedy, Kasira, Kase, and Keri; four sisters, Zelma (James), Chenita, Doreen (Tyrone), and Sherry (Clayfort); four brothers, William Jr. (Shirley), Neuman (Niecey), Bernard Sr. (Sandy), and Kevin (Cheryl); three sisters-in-law, Alice, Hattie (Carlton), and Barbara; one brother-in-law, Gregory Sr. (Bernadette); and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
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Service Details

  • Private Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 3:00pm
    Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc.
    24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
    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.
    Bishop Otis L. Terrell, Jr.
  • Interment

    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, February 20th, 2021 3:00pm
    Burton Cemetery
    21440 Burton's Church Rd.
    MELFA, VA 23410
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Cory Pashkowitz

Posted at 03:51pm
I am so so sorry for your loss. My heartfelt condolences to the family. I will treasure the many trips to and from dialysis with Mrs. Florence.
Cory ( Shore Transport Services)

Pattie Turner

Posted at 10:45am
To the family of Florence Stratton
When I think of Florence, my mind reminds me of the VIRTUOUS WOMEN in Proverbs 31. Florence was truly that kind of sister in Christ. The key to her beautiful character was her spiritual walk with God. How BLESSED are we to have been in her presence.
Family, you are in my prayers.
Sis Pattie Turner

Rich and Sandie Puchalski

Posted at 08:21am
To Eddie Lee and the Stratton family, please accept our condolences from us. And you are in our prayers.

Patricia Lynn Johnson

Posted at 10:42pm
Sister Florence was a woman of God. Whenever I go to church on Sunday after service. I would go up to where she was sitting and get my hug and a little kiss on my cheek. That was every Sunday after service. It really made my day. Knowing someone treat you little family, you enjoy being around them. May God be with you all through this time of need!!
Sister Patricia


Posted at 01:19am
I would like to send my condolences to the Stratton family on today on behalf of Bishop Terrell and family of the FOM. Today message was so true and right to the point. Thank you Pastor for such awesome message to the world. Give glory receive glory. Thank so much for putting our chruch mother away first class. God knows I wanted to be there so bad but he had it already in places. Love always to this family and know that I’m here for you and the days to come. Bishop T

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