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Jemel Toppin

Jemel Lydell "Mel" Toppin

Sunday, September 7th, 1986 - Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
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On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, our family circle was broken when God called one of his own, Jemel Lydell Toppin, home to be with him. He was born on September 7, 1986 to Bruce Bagwell and Shirley Toppin.

“Mel,” as he was called by family and friends, was educated in the public schools of Accomack County. He was born in Nassawadox, Virginia, but grew up in Macedonia.

Though “Mel” was only thirty-four, he made his way into the hearts of many that knew him. “Mel” made an everlasting impression as a father, son, brother, friend, and as an irreplaceable member of the Toppin, Mason, and Handy families. Anyone that encountered “Mel” had a special journey with him. A journey that was sure to encompass as many laughs as you could handle, genuine love, and loyalty. Whenever “Mel” was mentioned, the phrase “Mel crazy, but that’s my boy!” was never far from the conversation. Even in that, “Mel” was our constant source of reliability and normalcy.

“Mel” always greeted you with a big smile, goofy laugh, and plenty of conversation. “Mel’s” days were spent enjoying his children, family, and friends. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and he loved to play basketball. It is impossible to describe how missed he will be into words, because words will never be enough. We will forever be tied together by blood, love, and in spirit.

“Mel” leaves to cherish his fond memories: his three sons, Braedyn Ayres, Jase Riley, and Jesai Stratton; parents, Bruce Bagwell, Shirley Toppin, and Larry Handy; three brothers, Zacchueus Toppin, Xavier Toppin, and Larry Handy, Jr.; sister, Beatrice Wilson; uncles, Levi (Ernestine) Toppin and James Toppin; aunts, Diane Randall, Mabel Tyler, and Beatrice (Tony) Mason; close friends, Terrance Handy, Martrell Mason, Lakeva Mason, Brian Handy, Pope Thomas, Walter Ayres, and O.J. Matthews; a special friend, Angelica Stratton; and a host of relatives and other friends.
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Service Details

  • Private Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 27th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 27th, 2021 1:00pm
    Mary N. Smith Cultural Enrichment Center
    24577 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.
    Rev. Tamela Wise
  • Interment

    Saturday, February 27th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 27th, 2021 1:00pm
    Macedonia Baptist Cemetery
    27105 Nelsonia Rd
    BLOXOM, VA 23308
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Cousins Kea Watson and Kiah Lofland sent flowers to the family of Jemel Lydell "Mel" Toppin.
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Robin, Brad, Claude, Kevin, Mike and Pep

Posted at 03:00pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Cousins Kea Watson and Kiah Lofland

Posted at 04:17pm
Our hearts and thoughts are with you during this time. We pray that God's comfort will be with you. With love...
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Chaundra Robinson

Posted at 07:51pm
RIP Mel. I'll miss you. Praying for your family.


Posted at 05:47pm

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