Elizabeth M. Kessinger

Published 3:16 pm Tuesday, August 22, 2023

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SUFFOLK, VA – Libby Kessinger, 86, died August 18, 2023 with family by her side. A native of Powellsville, NC, she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, William E. Kessinger; parents, Richard and Tinnie Matthews; and nephew, Thomas Ryan, Jr. Libby retired from James River Bankshares with over 30 years of service. She was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and former member of the Eastern Star; past president of the GFWC Junto Woman’s Club, Women’s Auxiliary Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department, and Women of the Elks.

Libby is survived by her children, William “Billy” Kessinger (Pat) of Suffolk and Carolyn Rawlings (Bobby) of Greenville, WV; two sisters, Shirley Ryan (Tom) and Billie Jo Hoggard (Basil); one brother, Richard Irvin Matthews (Carolyn); four grandchildren, William Kessinger (Erin), Jason Rawlings (Rachel), James Rawlings (Danielle) and Richard Kessinger (Megan); nine great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023 at Wesley Chapel Church Cemetery. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Suffolk, is in charge. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Suffolk Foundation, 110 Finney Ave., Suite 100, Suffolk, VA 23434, https://g.co/kgs/kK23Qv