Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Maggie E. McCant

05/20/1927 - 10/15/2017

Viewing Information

Family receiving friends, 7pm-8pm, Friday, October 20, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Avenue.

Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 11am, Saturday, October 21, 2017
Noble Street Baptist Church
100 Noble Street Portsmouth VA

Interment Information

Greenlawn Memorial Gardens
3920 Airline Boulevard Chesapeake VA

On October 15, 2017, our Heavenly Father called our beloved, Maggie Elnora McCant to eternal rest. She has fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith, finally, there is laid up for her the crown of righteousness. 2 Tim: 4 :7 – 8 NKJVMaggie Elnora McCant was born on May 20, 1927 in Portsmouth, Virginia (formerly known as “Hattenville”) to the late Alexander and Maggie Elnora Riddick. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mamie Riddick Wynn, and her five brothers Alexander, Ernest, Earl, Robert Lee, and Willie Riddick.Graduating in the top five percent of her high school class, driven and motivated, Mrs. McCant pursued her dream and attended Elizabeth City Teachers College. Shortly after graduation, she met the love of her life, Leroy McCant. They were married on February 13, 1952, and were blessed with four children: Tony, Michael, Sandra, and Leroy Jr. As a Navy family, deployments were frequent; therefore, Maggie maintained home and business operations while Leroy served his country. She was very active in the community. Mrs. McCant served as a former chair of the Cedar Grove Civic League and volunteered countless hours at Chesapeake Demonstration Elementary School as a substitute teacher and room mom. In addition to launching several community beautification projects, she was instrumental in promoting a petition to have the city of Chesapeake add a railroad crossing arm after the tragic death of one of the neighborhood children, who was a star football player for Western Branch High School.Mrs. McCant has been a loving mentor and friend to many. She made sure no one ever left her home without receiving a bite to eat. She prepared extra meals during the holidays and delivered them to those who otherwise would not have had a meal.Maggie loved the Lord with all of her heart, and it was evident as she touched the lives of so many with her bright smile and loving hands. She and her devoted friend, Jean Hunter, could be found out in the yard on a daily basis, ensuring that the yard was manicured.Maggie served as a Deaconess at Little Zion Baptist Church and subsequently at Noble Street Baptist Church. She also was active in the choir, Usher Board and Helping Hands Ministry.Maggie never gave up; she fought a long, arduous battle. As the family matriarch, she encouraged and maintained family cohesiveness from all perspectives. She loved her siblings and spent as much time as possible with them. She loved visiting Earl, Robert Lee and Mamie. She enjoyed traveling to Detroit to fellowship with Alexander. Mother and Uncle Joe always competed as they planted a garden every year. She would use extra Miracle Grow to ensure that her collards grew bigger than her brother’s. Her home was the daily gathering place for all of the neighborhood children after school and at playtime. She also served as our hind catcher for the backyard baseball games. She leaves to cherish her memories, her loving and dedicated husband, Leroy McCant, Sr.; her children, Tony McCant (Terri) of Atlanta, GA, Michael McCant (Helen) of Richmond, VA, Sandra Whittaker-Hill and Leroy McCant Jr. of Chesapeake, VA; her grandchildren, devoted and loving grandson, William Vincent Whittaker of Chesapeake, VA, Tonyce Benn (Bruce) of Atlanta, GA, Tania Adams (Brian) of Suffolk, VA, Erica Lemmons (Kurt) of Atlanta, GA, Alisha and Aaliyah Mccant of Atlanta, GA, and Andrew, Anthony and Asia Hill of Chesapeake, VA; and her great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

The Edmonds Family We are truly sorry for your loss. Words cannot console when we have lost someone we love in death. The Bible provides the finest basis for comfort. Revelation 21:3, 4, and 1 Corinthians 15:26, states that God will do away with all causes we have for suffering, as well as sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted us and it is our hope that these thoughts will comfort you and your family.
Posted: 10/17/2017
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