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Virginia Belle Banks Adams

FAIRFAX - Virginia Adams was a native of Newport News and was educated in the public schools of Newport News and Washington, D.C. She was the eldest daughter of five children born to her loving parents, George Banks and Lottie Johnson originally from New Kent County, Va. Mrs. Adams moved to Fairfax, Va., with her granddaughter where she resided for several years until her death on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004. Upon her marriage to James Colgate East, Mrs. Adams, fondly known as 'Nina,' moved to New York. She resided there for over 40 years where she was a Nurse's Aide at the Jewish Home and Hospital of Bronx, N.Y. Their marriage ended, with only one child, James, who passed in January 1993. She later married Alonza Adams of Portsmouth, Va., who passed in 1965. Virginia Belle Adams was jubilantly passionate about two things, which formed the core of her life, God and Family. She was a devoted member of Calvary Seventh Day Adventist Church, church school, missionary work and church family that embraced her with love, visits and unfailing attention. Family, her second passion, was the center of her soul. She poured love, affection and inspiration to each and everyone. When she prayed, she would call each family member and friend by name. She would conclude each conversation with 'I love you and I'm praying for you and may God watch over you.' Virginia Belle is survived by three grandchildren, Ingrid East Dildy, Sherrelle LaVerne East and Yvette East Manson; one daughter-in-law, Corrine East; two great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; six nieces and nephews; numerous loving cousins, friends and the Calvary Church Family. A funeral service will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 22, at Calvary Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1200-17th Street, Newport News. Interment will follow in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton University Section. Viewing will be from 1 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home and two hours prior to the service at the church on Friday. Arrangements are by O.H. Smith & Son Funeral Home.

Published in Daily Press from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21, 2004
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