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NEWPORT NEWS - Mrs. Johnnie Lee Bell Bunch, 67, departed this life Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007, in her home. A native of Durham, N.C., she lived in Virginia for over 30 years. Mrs. Bunch was a faithful member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, and she served the community as a devoted member of the Missionary Society and the Health Care Ministry. Mrs. Bunch, an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Hampton University, most recently served as the Clinical Coordinator for the School of Nursing. She received numerous awards and honors over the years and was a member of a variety of civic, professional, and social organizations. Mrs. Bunch was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Theodore R. Bunch. Her survivors include three children, Theodore R. Bunch Jr., Roderick Todd Bunch (Carmela), and Tamara Bunch Stroble; four grandchildren, Kimani David Mills Bunch, Cristian Dynell Stroble, Clinton Darnell Stroble II, and Caleb Reddrick Bunch; and a host of loving family and friends. A public viewing will be held from 12 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2. The wake will be held immediately afterward from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cooke Brothers Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at Hampton University Memorial Church. Interment will follow at the Hampton Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Johnnie Bell Bunch Endowed Nursing Scholarship at Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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Published in Daily Press from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2007.
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April 3, 2007
May God bless your family.

Johnnie and I were classmates at Hillside High School. Class of 1957
Sadie Newby-Ethridge
March 11, 2007
My family and I(Mrs Chi Onyedike)extend our deepest condolences to yours.Johnnie was a good teacher,a friend, and mother.She was the most gentle,kind hearted teacher I ever knew and she will be missed.I know I will carry with me the memory she left behind.May the almighty God accept and protect her spirit until we meet again.
Chinyelu Onyedike
March 6, 2007
To the Family of Mrs. Johnnie B. Bunch...I will always remember Mrs. Bunch as one of the best people I have ever known. From the moment I came to Hampton University, she welcomed me and always treated me with respect. On those days when nothing seemed to be going right, I could go into her office and just talking to her made the day a little better. I will always remember her with a fondness and such admiration for the wonderful person she was. I will continue to keep you, her family, in my prayers.
Karen Wallace
March 5, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our loss is heavens gain.
From the nursing staff at Coliseum Park Nursing Home.
Kimberly Pasquino
February 16, 2007
Ted, Todd, and Tamara - When I first heard that your Mother Johnnie, my cousin, had passed, tears rolled down my cheeks. I began to reflect on a photo of us sitting together on the lawn of the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. I was young but she took time out of her teenage life to take me on a nice trip. We saw beautiful flowers, trees, and lawns that were very well kept. I purchased three rose bushes, one for each of you. I choose roses because to me Johnnie Lee Bell Bunch is a beautiful fragrant rose. The name of the rose is BELOVED. She is greatly loved and dear to my heart.

Ted, Todd, and Tamara, your mother loved each of you unconditionally. Your mother was full of the fruit of the Spirit love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Teach these values to your family members and others. Continue for a long as you live to LOVE one another.

For comfort read Psalms 91 and the 24th Psalm entirely daily three to four times a day. There will be times you will cry and feel sad, then there will be times when you think of something funny that Johnnie did or said and start laughing as you remember. Cry or laugh as you want, its alright.

I love each of you! Cousin Dorothea (Pete) Johnson
Dorothea Johnson
February 9, 2007
I will miss Johnnie. In recent years she had become my bible study teacher/reporter in that each Wednesday she would share the lesson and biblical references and the interpretations for living. We enjoyed those discussions about the lessons and Pastor Jefferson’s intent. Many times Pastor would say “Is that what you all heard.” We did not know what that meant but we would delve into the meaning again and again. During the summer we always attend revival and Vacation Bible School. I am reminded that she was one of the first people I met when I came to work that July 1984 who was concerned about Geoffrey and school, George and work, and were we were going to live. She made sure I joined Bethel Church and the Missionary Society early in my tenure at Hampton University. She shared hurts and joys about her family and emails and pictures. She was always excited when sharing those moments. Cherish memories and love to the family.
Bertha Davis
February 9, 2007
I wanted to leave a message to the family to let you know how much I enjoyed working with Mrs. Bunch here at the School of Nursing.

She was truly one of the nicest and kindest people I have ever met. As long as I live I will never forget her loving smile and the sweet way she would greet me, which always made me special. We worked closely together on many projects, including a grant that she just completed a few weeks ago. You are blessed to have had such a special mother.
Ina Whitehead
February 8, 2007
I was saddened to learn today that my former neighbor, in Kiln Creek, had passed away. I had the pleasue to know Johnnie as a neighbor for over 10 years. My thoughts and prayers are with her children and grandchildren. Her presence in heaven will be felt by all. May God continue to bless this good and faithful servant for eternity.
Phillip Hamilton
February 4, 2007
Mrs. Bunch was a beautiful woman, with a beautiful heart. Many of graduates of the Hampton School of Nursing have her to thank, she was able to see thngs in us we couldn't always see in ourselves, she will be missed, forever loved, and remembered.
To her children I wish you continued strength, and blessings as you endure this loss, and know that your mothers' memory will be honored and cherished by all who knew her.
Dionne Phillips
AECP Hampton University SON class of 2006
Dionne Phillips
February 3, 2007
To the Bunche Family:
Where there is love, any life is too short. Life is full of separations, but love is full of sacrifices. Our earthly relationships teach us to give up a loved one and share him or her in a higher place. We know that you are truly grateful for the many years you shared with your mother and have many wonderful memories that no one can take away from you. Remember to keep them in a special place in your hearts; for her death is only the cutting of a delicate flower that enables it to bloom anew in an eternal garden more beautiful and fragrant than earth's eye has ever beheld. Please know that your friends and Johnnie's classmates are deeply saddened by her death and that we share in your grief and sorrow. We pray that you will draw comfort from our expression of love.
Hillside High School Class of 1957 Carolyn T. Walker, President
February 3, 2007
We the students of Hampton University really appreciated everything Mrs. Bunch did for us. Our prayers are with your family during this time
February 3, 2007
Tamara and family, I extend my heartfelt sympathy. Johnnie was a special person who could soothe the angst out of anyone. Thank you for sharing her with so many. She will be missed.
Diane Wilder
February 3, 2007
Our deepest sympathy to the family. May God bless each of you in your time of sorry. We share your loss.
dorothy rodgers
February 3, 2007
Tamara and family, we are so deeply sorry for your loss. We did not know your Mother real well but she always waved to us when she went in and out of Willow Point. I know you all will have wonderful memories to keep in your heart.
Pat and Frank Hackney
February 3, 2007
I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the family of Johnnie Bunch. Mrs. Mrs. Bunch always had kind words of encouragement to offer me during my journey to graduate. I will always remember her for her kindness and gentle, loving spirit. I know she was as wonderful a mother as she was an educator. She was deeply loved and will be missed. It was an honor and a priviledge for me to have known her. May God, the great Comforter, comfort you in your time of loss.
Robbie Casper
February 3, 2007
Tamara - I was very saddened to hear of your mother's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God continue to Bless you in this time of sorrow. - Paula Edgette
Paula Edgette
February 3, 2007
The epitome of virtue and the wind beneath so many wings, my friend Johnnie possessed more love in her heart than it could possibly hold in a lifetime. I am thankful that The Almighty has been merciful enough to share Johnnie with us for a while. May her loving spirit remain in our hearts forever in space and time.
Andrea Pegram
February 2, 2007
Ms. Johnnie Bunch was definitely a treasured individual that touched the lives of many of her students at Hampton University School of Nursing. You will be surely missed.
Love, Jasmine Burse, Hampton University graduate of School of Nursing May 2006
jasmine burse
February 2, 2007
To the Bunch family:
You all are in my prayers. Mrs. Bunch was truly a lady of excellence; not only in nursing but as a woman of God. Her quiet presence at HU's School of Nursing speaks volumes about her character. She will be sorely missed. Just remember that there is no sorrow under heaven that God the Father cannot heal. Continued prayers for peace and wholeness.
Cynthia (Mitchell) Nunn
February 2, 2007
I was very sorry to hear about Johnnie. She will be very much missed. I worked with her at CSC when she helped us create a Medical Job Aid for case raters for the Veterans Benefits Administration, and her careful and clear work will continue to help veterans for many years to come. My deepest condolences.
Mary Lee Herrick
February 2, 2007
To the family of Johhnie Bunch you have my deepest sympathy. She was a true giver to the students, faculty, and staff at Hampton University. I will surely miss her presence. May God watch over your family and keep each of you in His perfect peace.
Theresa Brooks
February 2, 2007
We are sharing your feelings at this time with warmest thoughts of caring and understanding. Please know that there will be a brighter tomorrow filled with cherished memories. God Bless you all. Thea, Joaquin, Hamie, Adam and Mark.
Thea R. Blessitt
February 2, 2007
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Please be assured that your mother was well loved and respected. Her presence, knowledge, and compassion has impacted so many nurses, and therefore, will live as they continue to practice the profession that she so dearly loved. Please find comfort in the fact that she made all of us proud as nurses and as educators.
Franki White-Parson, Phyllis Morgan, Cheylon Jackson, Indira Tyler Faculty, Department of Nursing, Fayetteville State University
February 2, 2007
February 2, 2007
I cannot express how deeply saddened I am to hear about Johnnie. The "old members" of the School Of Nursing at Hampton University were a very tight knit and devoted group who circled the wagons and incorporated all family members as their own. It is because of that devotion that I had come to view Johnnie and her family as my own for my entire lifetime. It is Johhnie who helped put all things in perspective and who helped me see that God has a purpose for all things. Her faith and kindness were immeasurable. I cannot imagine the multitude of people whose lives she has touched in some way. I have too many memories to list or to share, ones that make me smile fondly, ones that make me cry softly, and ones for which I thank God. I cannot remember a time in my life that Johnnie has not been in it, since I was raised on HU campus right there in the Nursing Building. Johnnie has always been a part of my life, and I mourn deeply her absence from it. May God help you all through this very tragic time, and I am here to help in any way at any time.
Sabrina-Lee Miles
February 2, 2007
Ted, Todd, Tamera,

It is always sad when we see our friends and good neighbors depart. Death is not the ending but merely extinguishing the candle because the dawn has come. Our best wishes, prayers and condolences to you all. The Lehmkuhlers, Cas, Naomi, Mike, Mark, Michele and Monte.
Cas & Naomi Lehmkuhler
February 2, 2007
Todd, Ted and Tamara,

I give my condolences to your family. I pray that Our Heavenly Father comforts each of you at a time such as this...please know that my prayers and thoughts are with each of you at this time. Remember to look to the hills from which comes your help...all your help comes from the Lord.


Teresa, RayQuan and Sheldon
Teresa Miles
February 1, 2007
To the Bunch Family,
May you be comforted during this difficult time. Our prayer is that God will surround you with his love and provide peace as you reflect on the life of your sweet mother.
Open Door Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Bishop Arthur L. House, Jr.
February 1, 2007
I will always remember that it was you who encouraged RN's, who had not gotten there BSN, that education is what would make nursing a profession that they could be proud of. I was one of those RN's who came to get my BSN and you made a difference in my life. You will be missed but you gave so much and I am sure your family knows this. May their memories and your example of life help them at this time.
Betty Gibbs
February 1, 2007
Tamara, Christian, Clinton and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Bunch. She was a warm and kind person and will be missed. If there is anything we can do please do not hesitate to contact us.

Latrice, Delphine, Reginald, Jarneshia and Jaden Stroble
Latrice Stroble
February 1, 2007
Ted, Sorry to hear of your lost. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Your friend, Julie Hatch Brown
Julie Hatch Brown
February 1, 2007
It is difficult to put into the words how I am feeling right now. Johnnie was such an excellent person. She was a friend and a mentor. She always had time to listen and genuinely cared. Although I know she is in a better place, I will truely miss her. May God bless each of her family members and give them peace as they mourn their loss.
Crystal Lane-Tillerson
February 1, 2007
Your family will be in my prayers.

Kesha Moon-Brown- Class '95
February 1, 2007
It is with a heavy heart that I wish to express the love and respect I have for Ms. Bunch. I hated to hear of her passing, but it is with joy to know where she has gone. She always had a kind word to say and provided insight when needed. She will be greatly missed. However, she is wanted elsewhere and is much happier there. I will be praying for you all.
Debbie Allen
February 1, 2007
To the Family of Johnnie Bunch what a wonderful woman your mother, mentor,teacher,colleaque and friend. She was there for me twice during my struggles at HU and always had an encouraging word. I loved her with with all my heart. God Bless.
Annette (Brookshire)Dawson
February 1, 2007
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the Bunch familly. Mrs. Bunch was one of the kindest most helpful people I've had the honor of meeting in my life. She helped me throughout my journey in the Nursing program at Hampton University. It is hard to believe she is gone. We just spoke to each other two weeks ago, but she has gone home to be with the Lord. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Nehemiah Smith
February 1, 2007
Ted, I will never forget how "welcomed" I always felt by your MOM some 20 years ago. Thinking about it now, makes me smile. I will keep you, Todd, Tamara and your families in my thoughts and prayers now and the days ahead. May God continue to bless each of you!
Barbara (Billingsley) Bouldin
February 1, 2007
Ted, I will never forget how "welcomed" I always felt from your MOM some 20 years ago. Thinking about it now, makes me smile. I will keep you, Todd, Tamara and the rest of your families in my thoughts and prayers during this time and the days that follow. May God continue to bless each of you.
Barbara (Billingsley) Bouldin
February 1, 2007
I had the most fortunate opportunity to meet Mrs. Bunch during my walk in this life. She was truly a wonderful, kind and generous person and she will be missed greatly. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family and friends. God in his infinite wisdom picked another one of his beautiful flowers to add to his bouquet.
Ruby Gatling
February 1, 2007
Ted,Todd and Tamara our condolences go out to your famly at this difficult time. May God continue to strengthen and bless each of you.
Arnetta & Raymond Washington
February 1, 2007
Words can not express the gratitude and appreciation I have for Mrs. Bunch. To the family of Mrs. Bunch don't be discouraged for we know that she now rest in the bosom of Christ. Mrs. Bunch is truly an inspiration and will be missed.
Jerre' W
February 1, 2007
My deepest sympathy to the Bunch family. Mrs. Bunch was truly and kind, caring and loving person. Just 2 weeks ago she helped my daughter through a tough time at Hampton Unversity she always offered words of encouragement and was truly someone who cared about her students. It is not often that you meet someone as genuine as she was in your lifetime , she will surely be missed . I am glad that she was there for my daughter at her time of need and she will surely not be forgotten. You always remember the "angels" that come into your life and she was surely an angel for my daughter. May God bless your family and give you the strength that you need to get past this and you have a lot of memories to cherish and because of your mother so does my daughter.
linda payton
January 31, 2007
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your mother. Johnnie was my friend and colleague for 25 years and I will miss her.
Esther Condon
January 31, 2007
I was introduced to Mrs. Bunch in 2003 by my mother. We kept in touch with Mrs. Bunch throughout my years at Hampton U. She helped with everything, classes, scholarships and much more. She was there when I was stressing and when I was celebrating I am thankful that I had the chance to meet her and share wonderful memories with her. She was truly a blessing. I Love her and I will miss her. My prayers are with the family and friends.
Tiffany Gray
January 31, 2007
Ted, Todd and Tamara, My heart is so very full right now. It pains me deeply to even think that Johnnie is no longer with us. Just in case you did not know, your Mother was deeply loved and appreciated by my family. She was so near and dear to Mother and Deddy's Heart. I do believe they looked upon your Mother as one of their children. Johnnie had the ora of a Saint and I know that she is indeed receiving a Saint's reward right now. The days ahead will be painful and no one can put a timeframe on your grief, however, I would like to encourage you three to rally around each other all the more simply to reflect the fond memories that you shared with your parents. I would also like to suggest that when all the family, friends, and co-workers leave you, huddle together and allow your pain and sorrow to be released. We know all to well what you are feeling right now and we send you our love, support and sincerest prayer that God will give you the strength that you will need in the days to come. It is my prayer that the love your Mother instilled in you three will continue be shared will all those you love and love deeply. In the end that is all that really matters and Johnnie's love will continue through you and your children. Please allow the kind thoughts, well wishes and act of kindness to fill your heart with much joy as people share with you just how Special Johnnie was to them. Mere words can never express my sincere love and adoration that I felt my Aunt Nannie and Cousin Johnnie. These two women were more than special to me!
I will remember their kind and angelic spirits always.

My Love to you all,
Cousin Elizabeth Reddrick (Beth)
Elizabeth Reddrick
January 31, 2007
To the family:

My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
January 31, 2007
Patricia Mainor and the entire Advantage Care Health Services, Inc. staff wishes to express our deepest sympathy at the loss of Johnny B. Bunch, a truely dedicated patron in healthcare.
Patricia Mainor
January 31, 2007
Ted, Todd, and Tamera know that I share in your grief due to the loss of your Mother and My Cousin Johnnie Lee. Know that you are in my prayers. When you feel sad and all of a sudden feel a warm feeling of love come over you just know it is me giving you a hug. Love to you all. May God bless and strenghten you !!!!
Henry Dancy
January 31, 2007
To the family of Johnnie B. Bunch my sincere condolences go out to you. Mrs. Bunch just last week you cuddle my daughter Dominique Brown and spoke words of comfort and support to her while she faced challenging times while trying to complete her last semester at Hampton University via Nursing Program. It was your words of comfort “That you have been praying for her and was glad that she returned to Hampton University” that gave her the strength to keep trying. You help her complete all necessary paperwork and you were all set to start tutoring her on Monday January 26, 2007. However, God had another plan you step from Earth into Glory. I can not thank you enough for helping my child hundreds of miles away from home. You were the ram in the bush for us. Thank You
Audrey Brown
January 31, 2007
I was deeply saddened to hear this news. I have so many fond memories of Mrs. Bunch. She was always willing to share advice on professional and personal matters. She was extremely helpful to me during the dissertation writing process. She made me come to her office each day for 2 weeks during the summer for help with one section. She would not allow me to give up, get discouraged, or confused. Mrs. Bunch taught us how to write grants and she made huge contributions to advancing minority health programming at the local, state and national levels. She was an angel on earth. May she enjoy her heavenly rewards. I pray for the family's strength during this difficult time.
Phoebe Butler-Ajibade
January 31, 2007
My Mentor, My Friend, May you Rest in Peace. Thank you for all of your support, your strong shoulders and comforting arms. I will miss you. May God be with your family at this sad time as we celebrate your life. Davenna McGlone,MS,CFNP HI HU 1984/1994
Davenna McGlone
January 31, 2007
Words can not express the pain I feel for this horrible loss. Mrs. Bunch was the sweetest person you could ever want to meet. She was truly irreplaceable.
Aaliyah Green
January 31, 2007
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Allison Baker Parker
January 31, 2007
Please accept my deepest sympathy. My memory of Johnnie is of a very competent and caring professional who was always willing to help others. I recall her willingness to provide feedback on drafts of grant applications and other insightful observations. Her contributions to the profession, to the community in general, and her family were top rate. She will be remembered fondly and with respect.
Dorothy L. Powell
Dorothy Powell
January 31, 2007
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Lucille Mitchell
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