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Gary Epps

Gary Thomas "Pudgy" Epps Sr.

Saturday, March 2nd, 1963 - Monday, November 23rd, 2020
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Gary Thomas Domintha Epps, Sr., beloved son of Litton and Sally Epps, was born March 2, 1963 in Modest Town, Virginia. He gained his wings on November 23, 2020 at Sentara Hospital in Hampton, Virginia.

Gary, affectionately known as “Pudgy,” came into this world fighting and left this world the same way. Although he was born with a slight disability, he never let it define who he was or what he could accomplish. He graduated and gained his diploma, got married, and lived independently on his own. Pudgy loved photography, long walks, the Dallas Cowboys, his family, music, and macaroni & cheese. He devoted his life to Christ & Community Outreach. Pudgy was known by many and loved by even more.

One of his purest characteristics was his transparency. He always spoke his mind and in the words of his son had a “Big, Strong Heart”. He was an active member at Branches of the Vine Community Church. His energy & love of All Things will truly be missed.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Elizabeth Bailey Shrieves and uncles, Melvin and Jerome Shrieves.

He leaves to cherish his fond memories his beloved son, Gary T. D. Epps, Jr.; parents, Litton and Sally Epps; sister, Carla Epps; three nieces, Erica Epps, Ashley Smithson, and Nataliya Ritch; uncle, Cleophas Shrieves; aunts, Sheila Conner and Pauline Williams; and a host of relatives and friends. His presence truly will be missed!
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  • Private Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 28th, 2020 | 9:00am
    Saturday, November 28th, 2020 9:00am
    First Baptist Cemetery
    14371 Metompkin Rd.
    MAPPSVILLE, VA 23407
    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.
  • Interment

    Saturday, November 28th, 2020 | 9:00am
    Saturday, November 28th, 2020 9:00am
    First Baptist Cemetery
    14371 Metompkin Rd.
    MAPPSVILLE, VA 23407
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Angel Shrieves

Posted at 04:37pm
I saw Pudgy most recently when we gathered to say our goodbyes to our Uncle Jerome. That day I shared a story that I remembered of him and his love of firecrackers when he was younger. He would light firecrackers and scare the ducks and chickens. My Grandma Lizzy would hear the firecrackers and the ducks, and she'd yell and fuss at him through the screen door. He'd come in the house with the biggest grin on his face. I also remember that he used to write poetry all of the time while listening to his music. I'd follow him and Peaches around all of the time as a child. Grandma's house was one of our favorite place to be. I love you Pudgy. Take your rest. You will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Kiss Grandma, PopPop and our uncles Melvin and Jerome for me. I hope and pray that you are all together now. Condolences to my Shrieves Epps family. I love you all.

Ashley smithson

Posted at 04:42pm
I love u uncle Gary I’m going miss you hearing you say hey little yella girl

Marilyn Leeper Posted at 09:06am

Our deepest condolences! I called Gary Cuz because he favors my Dad. I am going to miss seeing him at church doing his signing that only God understood as he worshipped God. He has run his race and his crown he has received! Prayers of comfort and strength to the family!

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