N. Duval Flora|
Chesapeake - N. Duval Flora, 93, of Bonsack Court passed away quietly into the waiting arms of his savior on March 16, 2014.
Duval was born on October 16, 1920 in the City of South Norfolk and was a lifelong resident of South Norfolk and Chesapeake. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 65 years, Bessie Sue. He was the son of the late Jerome B. and Gracie S. Flora and was predeceased by his brother Jerome Flora, Jr. and sister Anna Ruth Collier.
He was a graduate of South Norfolk High School and the Norfolk Naval Apprentice School as a pipefitter. He was a World War II veteran serving in the Navy as a first class petty officer with the Ship Repair Unit in California and Japan.
After returning home from the war, he was the Deputy Treasurer for City of South Norfolk and was elected Treasurer in 1950. When he was first elected, he was the youngest Treasurer in the Commonwealth. He retired as Treasurer of the City of Chesapeake after 40 years of continuous service with both cities. He had the longest tenure as Treasurer in the Commonwealth. He served as president of the State Treasurers Association in 1969 and was named Treasurer of the Year in 1971. He was a member of the National Treasurers Association, State and National Finance Officer's Association, was the first Treasurer to be awarded a Life Membership in the State Finance Officer's Association, and was named First Citizen of Chesapeake in 1989.
Duval was a lifelong member of Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church serving in many capacities: Secretary and Superintendent of Sunday Schools for 17 years, Chairman of official board and finance committee, president of the Howell Bible Class, Associate District Lay Leader, Chairman of Norfolk District Training School, president of United Methodist Men, and was honored with its first Life Membership Award. He served on the following Board of Directors: Chesapeake Savings Bank, Life Federal Savings Bank, Red Cross, United Fund, National Treasurers Association, and Tidewater AAA. He was past master of the South Norfolk Masonic Lodge #339 where he was a member for 65 years.
Survivors include: a son Michael D. Flora and wife Pat; a daughter Michelle F. Miles; three loving grandchildren: Whitney Flora, Bradley Flora and wife Kelly, and Courtney M. Baxter and husband Spencer; six great grandchildren: Zackary Flora, Benjamin Flora, Nathan Flora, Jacob Flora, Ella Baxter and Mason Baxter, as well loving nieces and nephews and their spouses.
The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Friday, March 21, at Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church. Reverend Tim Earnhardt will officiate. The interment will follow in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday at the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church, 1200 Chesapeake Avenue, Chesapeake, VA 23324.
Friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.omanfh.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 18, 2014