Affectionately known as “Sugar” to many, was born July 16, 1934, to the union of the late Henry “Teddy” and Susie Mae Stephens in Sandersville, Georgia. She was raised with her sister by their grandparents, the late Mack and Clemantha Madison. At the age of 18, she relocated to Pascagoula, Mississippi. On Sunday, October 18, 2020, surrounded by family, God decided her work here was complete and called her home.
Her many years of living in Carver Village, where she actively helped raise three of her grandchildren, Derrell, Shell, and Taris, who adored her dearly; she also became part of the many other children’s lives, looking out the kitchen window as they would come and go. She didn’t stop with her grands; she continued to help raise her great-granddaughter, Jameika, whom she called her baby.
Sugar worked many jobs throughout her life before settling at Singing River Hospital System in the dietary department. This was a job in which she enjoyed and retired from after over 30 years of service. Just like work, she loved and enjoyed the Lord even more. She was a faithful member of Asbury Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church of Pascagoula, where she served on the culinary board and was a faithful usher until her health failed. In Sugar’s spare time, she would enjoy nature, spending time fishing, or working in her garden.
Virginia’s memory will forever be cherished by her daughter and caregiver, Peggy Stephens Barfield; dedicated and devoted great-granddaughter, Jameika Henderson; five grandchildren, Ramon Goldsmith, LaShawnda “Shell” Wilson-Moore, Taris Goldsmith, Marche Bailey, and Joseph Barfield; one loving sister, Gladys Stephens Butts of Sandersville, Georgia; her special niece, Teresa Butts of Sandersville, Georgia; 17 great-grandchildren, Kentavion, Jarika, Jamarcus, Ramon, Lakasmine, Resean, Porsha, Tiara, Braylon, LaDarius, Daisha, Talynn, Nykayla, Nicholas, Meghan, Curtis, and Christian; along with a host of many other relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.
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