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Frances Ann Henderson Lundy

12/21/1933 - 03/11/2018

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Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 2pm, Friday, March 16, 2018
Oak Street A.M.E. Zion Church
25 W Wythe Street Petersburg VA

Interment Information

Dinwiddie Memorial Park
7324 Church Road Petersburg VA

Frances Ann Henderson Lundy of 1400 Weaver Avenue, Petersburg, VA departed this life on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at her residence. She was born on December 21, 1933, to the late William and Blanche Hines Henderson in the county of Prince George. Her dad worked for the E. M. Tyler family on the farm and her mother was a homemaker who took pride in nurturing Frances and her three siblings whom all preceded her in death---brothers, William “Press” Henderson (Addie) and Bernard Henderson and one sister, Gaynell Henderson Whirley (Floyd). The family later moved to the section in Petersburg in which Frances called “Blandford, Virginia” her beloved community. Needless to say, life in the Henderson’s household was family and community oriented. The doors were opened and all were welcomed. This household instilled the values of hard work, devotion to family and faith in God. At the age of seven, Frances joined Bethany Baptist Church in Blandford and served faithfully there for many years. Frances attended Peabody High School and was a graduate of the class of 1951, which was the last class to graduate from the “old” Peabody High School. At that time, Frances served as secretary of her class. In 1955, Frances marched on the campus of Virginia State College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Immediately following morning graduation from Virginia State College, a supervisor from Chesterfield County Schools transported Frances to drop off her suitcase at her new residence, located in Midlothian, VA and then escorted her to Midlothian Elementary School, where she began her teaching career that same day. In 1973, Frances received a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Virginia State University. Her studies in education were important to her as she always wanted to stay abreast of the new educational trends. Frances took classes at George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William and Mary to complete post-graduate studies. On January 27, 1956, Frances’ life was forever changed when she married the love of her life, Bernard Joseph Lundy, Sr., her Blandford soulmate, and to that union a son, Bernard Joseph Lundy, Jr. was born in June of 1959 and daughter, Pamela Jo Lundy was born in October of 1963. Frances and Bernard, Sr., welcomed the responsibilities of motherhood and fatherhood and took seriously their charge to inspire their children to give them the richest experiences and exposures of life to move to greater achievements as adults. Once Frances married Bernard, she began attending Oak Street AME Zion Church with her husband on every first Sunday for communion fellowship. God in his infinite wisdom spoke to Frances one Sunday and at that time she joined Oak Street, where she enjoyed worshipping with her husband. She served as former Superintendent of Sunday School and as a delegate to the church annual conference. She was also a Life Member of the Missionary Society and a member of the church Hospitality Committee. Frances has always been a public person and loved being around people. Her people friendly skills began early in life with her first job as a dispatcher for Dyer’s Yellow Cab Company. This provided Frances an opportunity to talk to many people and she loved it. Her lifelong occupation which also dealt with working with people provided an opportunity for her to teach in the public classroom for many years and later work as a Pre-School Handicap Specialist, where she made home visits to work with preschool handicap children and their parents. In 1975, Frances was hired as the first African American employee in the Colonial Heights Public School System, where she served as a Child Development Specialist and she remained dominant for 13 years. During Frances’ tenure as a teacher, she taught at the following schools: Midlothian Elementary, Kingsland Elementary, A. P. Hill Elementary, Stonewall Jackson Elementary, Westview Elementary and Henry Williams Junior High School. In 1991, she retired from Hopewell Public Schools, having devoted 36 years of service in public education. Frances truly spent her life helping and guiding others. Frances enjoyed her life to the fullest and was not known to be one who liked to do nothing. Upon her retirement from the school system, she began working part-time as an Education Support Assistant with the Talent Search Program at Virginia State University. She also served on the Petersburg Board of Property Assessment and the Central State Local Human Rights Committee. Frances held membership in The Drifters, Inc., The Queens, Epicureans, Inc., Wives of Beaux-Twenty Club Inc. (former President), Alpha Omega Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Petersburg Teachers Alumni Association, Virginia State University Alumni Association and Petersburg Triad. In 2004, she was honored as Woman of the Year by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. For 39 years, she worked diligently with the Debutantes sponsored by the Wives of Beaux Twenty Club, Inc. She was preceded in death by a son she nurtured, Frederick L. Jones and a nephew, William P. Henderson, Jr. (Billy). Frances is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Bernard J. Lundy, Sr. of Petersburg; her two children, Bernard J. Lundy, Jr. of Petersburg and Pamela J. Lundy of So. Chesterfield; a daughter-in-law, Catherine P. Lundy of Petersburg; one grandchild, Takia Graves of Petersburg; two great grandchildren, Kristiana and Kamora, both of Petersburg; loving godchildren, Kenneth and Donna Alexander of Norfolk; nieces and nephews, Constance Greene (James), Louvenia Parham, Joyce Webb (Marlin), Kelvin Richardson (Barbara), Sandra Johnson, Saundra Donahoo (Ray), Mortice Jackson (Calvin), Carolyn Goode (Bernard), Michael Spratley, Robin Henderson Caldwell (John), Gretchen Warren (James), and Conrad Johnson; a host of great nieces and great nephews; two sisters-in-law, Catherine Lundy of Colonial Heights and Hazel Lundy of Petersburg; devoted cousins, Floyd and Irma Henderson, Juanita Bradley, Gloria Dean Ward, Jerome Jackson, Alfred and Rosezelia Roy, Nathanial and Carleasse Blackwell, Quentin Henderson (Faith), Latetia Henderson, DeGeon Bradley, Jeffrey Henderson (Dana), Amanda Roy (Kenney), Anthony Roy, Chloe Weaver and the Lanier Family; godchildren, Michael Conley (Rowena) of Georgia, Nina Turner of Upper Marlboro, Md., and Kimberly M. Thompson (Thomas) of Dinwiddie; and host of other relatives, wonderful, caring neighbors, and many, many loving, lifelong friends, to include, Olonzo L. Stith, Normita Pollard, Jennifer Tuoyon and Vivienne Wicks.

Takia Graves There's none like u even tho they turned on me n tried to be little me u alwayz gave me something to tell them. The life of the party, you could enter act with anyone. If i had my say so u wud b here until um gone all of you all but your gone home to your Father. Luv u BD please forgive me for not coming because God willing I will its just hard for me I faint even imagine what your going thru. BM u r greatly missed by us Takia, Kris, Kamora n Wanda Big Moma has a plenty bout to go make Kris and Kamora eat sum beets (insider) luv u
Posted: 6/28/2018
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Linda My deepest Sympathy goes out to the family, losing a love one in death is a very trying time. Please find comfort in knowing what the bible says about the opportunity of seeing our dear love ones again under the very best conditions @ Isaiah 25:8 . Please also go to JW.org for more encouragement from God's word for our dear love ones .
Posted: 3/17/2018
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Quanta Speight To the Lundy Family, When I first met Mrs. Lundy she told me to call her ‘Aunt Francis’ and from that day going forward that’s what I always referred to her as. May God give all of you his peace and strength during this difficult time.
Posted: 3/16/2018
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Ken and Gene Venable We loved Frances. She made us feel so special. Blessing to you all. Rev. and Mrs. T. Kenneth Venable
Posted: 3/16/2018
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Beverly Littlejohn Thoughts and prayer are with you during this very hard time. Miss you all.
Posted: 3/16/2018
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Pastor Bob Diggs Praying your strength in the Lord; Frances was a joy to know and a friend beloved. She will be sorely missed by all. Godspeed! Always remembering Psalm 30:5...
Posted: 3/15/2018
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Andre & Jocelyn Thompson With sincere condolences to the Lundy family. Mrs. Lundy will surely be missed. God has truly received another Angel.
Posted: 3/15/2018
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Sharon Pettoford Condolences to Mr. Bernard,Sr , Bernard, Jr and Pamela! Praying for STRENGTH and UNDERSTANDING! Praying that GOD will give you peace in this storm!! Do know that GOD will take care of y'all!!
Posted: 3/15/2018
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Delores J Bland Lundy Family, My sincere condolences to your family,in the passing of Mrs. Lundy. Her presence in the community will be greatly missed. We know heaven has gained another angel.I am praying for you and with you. God Bless.
Posted: 3/15/2018
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Ebony Jenkins To the Lundy family, I’m so sorry to hear about Mrs. Frances passing. I just saw Papa Lundy last Saturday at the Debutante Ball and asked him about her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her dearly. She was a strong pillar in the community, church, and most of all the school system. She was an advocate for education, her true calling. I can hear her saying, “What are you doing now?” “Well don’t stop there, keep going baby!” 😊 Although I will not be able to attend the funeral service, but know that I love you all Bernard Sr., Bernard Jr., and Pam, you all are in my prayers. “Mrs. FranceAnn” please give your sister, my love Mrs. Gaynell ❤️and Mr. Whirley, a huge hug and kiss from me.
Posted: 3/15/2018
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Josephine (Redd) Phillips My deepest sympathy to all of the family. I know she is and will be missed. How she would keep an eye on us as children! Some people you never forget! May God bless and strengthen you all during this time of grief.
Posted: 3/14/2018
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Ann Morgan To the Lundy Family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife and mother. Mrs.Lundy was one of the sweetest people that I've known. She always.💖 had a smile for all that she met. Praying God's peace and comfort for all of you and those that loved her.
Posted: 3/14/2018
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Dani My deepest sympathies are with your family. May God(Psalm 83:18) comfort you at this difficult time, 2 Corinthians 1:3,4
Posted: 3/14/2018
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DANIELLE NEWMAN To the Family, I will miss her as much as you will miss her. Mrs. Lundy has always treated me like family and I will always remember the love that she gave. Another of our loved ones has entered the Kingdom. May she join the other Angels and watch over us.
Posted: 3/13/2018
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Cynthia Caldwell To The Lundy Family and to my sister In Law Robin Caldwell I am Praying for you and your Family I had been knowing Mrs Lundy since I was A little Girl she knew My Mom,My Dad,my Aunt My Late Mother in Law grew up together in Blandford
Posted: 3/13/2018
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