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Pernell Newby, Sr.

January 16, 1942 — November 24, 2022


On, Thursday, November 24, 2022, our beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend Pernell Newby, Sr. entered eternal rest at Sentara Obici Memorial Hospital in Suffolk, VA.

Pernell was born on January 16, 1942 to Albert Newby, Sr. and Nannie Lee Baker. He was lovingly reared in the home of his grandparents, Emily and Edgar Newby, Sr. where he diligently helped them tend the fields on the farm. Pernell joined Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church in Elberon, Virginia at an early age and served a lifetime in this church. He served on several church ministries including the choir, usher, security and the Trustee Ministry. In 1962, Pernell graduated from Surry County High School in Dendron, Virginia. He enjoyed high school and was a fun and loving student.

After high school Pernell enlisted in the United States Marines where he served his country for six years. While serving he was awarded a Good Conduct Medal for the period of March 1964 - March 1967. Staff Sergeant Pernell Newby courageously served in the Vietnam War and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged on February 13, 1970. He met the strict requirements set forth by the Congress of the United States for membership in the American Legion. In the Surry community,

Pernell was a member of the Surry County Distinguished Gentlemen Club, the Rock of Surry Elks and George H. Dabney Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed hunting with the Runnymede Hunt Club and looked forward to spending time with his fellow huntsmen. Pernell also developed a love for photography and always had one of his vintage cameras ready to snap the perfect photo. Pernell retired from Newport News Northrop Grumman In December of 2013 after fifty-one years of dedicated service.

Pernell was a loving and devoted husband to Joyce Marie Lewis Newby for fifty-six years and to this union two bouncing baby boys were born. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and two brothers Darnell Newby and Haywood Newby. He leaves to cherish his memory, a loving wife, Joyce Marie Newby of Elberon, VA.; two sons, Rodney Newby and Pernell Newby, Jr. both of Elberon, VA; one granddaughter, Tamara Shaw, Dendron, VA; step-mother Cotelia Newby, Windsor, VA., one sister, Virginia Savedge, Jackson, NC; six brothers, Linwood Eley,(Sharon) Waverly, VA; Albert Newby, Jr., Newport News, VA, Doctor Newby (Mary) Carrollton, VA, Larry Newby (Janette), Carrollton, VA, Wesley Newby, Newport News, VA and Adolph Newby, Ivor, VA; sisters-in-law, Lisa Newby, Mary Haskins (Ross) and Jennie Wells (John); two godchildren, Princess Stancil and Lennon Wynn, Jr.; special daughter, Jowanda Hill; special friends, Martha Doswell and Virginia Collins and a host of relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 12pm Friday, December 2, 2022 at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Surry, VA with Military Honors. Viewing will take place Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 4-6pm also at Mt. Nebo with a Wake service from 5-6pm.  Interment will take place at Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk VA. at a later date.

Please keep the Newby family in your thoughts and prayers.

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