The R-C News-Herald Obituaries for Aug. 14, 2003

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Charlie E. Riddick Sr.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Charlie E. Riddick Sr., 81, a native of Powellsville, died August 10, 2003 in Maryview Medical Center. He was the widower of Arnez Riddick.

Riddick retired as a general and masonry contractor after more than 40 years of service and was co-founder and owner of Carolina Masonry Works. He was a member of St. John Baptist Church, where he was a trustee and a member of the Male Chorus. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include three daughters, Brenda R. Williams of Washington, D.C., Arnice Monroe of Portsmouth and Crystal Cumber of Largo, Md.; four sons, Raymond Williams of Tennessee, Michael Riddick and Charles Emerson Riddick Jr., both of Portsmouth and Tyrone Riddick of Chesapeake; two sisters, Hattie Johnson of Ohio and Juliet Porter of Chesapeake; a brother, “Lafayette” Ed Riddick of Hampton; 17 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in St. John Baptist Church by the Rev. Robert Earls Sr. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. The body will be conveyed by Reynolds Funeral Home, Ahoskie, N.C., to Wilder Family Cemetery, Windsor, N.C. for burial after the services. The body will be placed in church at 10 a.m. Friday. The family will receive friends at the residence and also Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. to have a celebration of her life at 1523 Crystal Lake Drive, Portsmouth.

Charles C. Sexton

HAMPTON, Va. – Charles Carrol Sexton, 81,

native of Winton, died August 8, 2003, in Sentara Careplex, Hampton.

A funeral was conducted Wednesday by the Rev. Thomas H. Caulkins at Wright Funeral Home, Franklin. Burial was in Beechwood Cemetery, Boykins. Memorials may be flowers or contributions to the Fund for William and Mary, Swem Library, P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187-9915.

Sexton was a graduate of Campbell Junior College and the College of William and Mary with a degree in jurisprudence. He attended law school for one semester and decided to transfer into education which had been his lifetime goal. He retired from the Hampton School System in 1987 after 33 years of service. At Campbell, he was a left-handed pitcher for the “Fighting Camels” baseball team and a member of the Monogram Club. He continued to play baseball on American Legion and recreational teams for many years..

He joined the Navy as a volunteer in June 1942 and served until Jan. 31, 1947. He served on the USS West Point, USS Wilkes Barre and USS West Virginia, and with the occupation forces in Yokosuka, Japan. He received numerous medals: five battle stars, Asiatic Pacific; and one battle star, Philippines Liberation. He was on the Wilkes Barre in Tokyo Bay in September 1945 when Japan surrendered.

He was a member of the NEA, VEA, HEA, the American Legion and Travelers Protective Association. He attended Aldersgate Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Beale Sexton; a daughter, Ann S. Tiernan; two grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred S. Stallings and Hazel S. Cowen; a brother, Wallace Sexton.