Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

Earnest Wilson

08/22/1935 - 02/14/2018

Viewing Information

A viewing will be held, Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Avenue.

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WATCH FUNERAL LIVE ONLINE...A funeral service will be held, 11am, Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Chapel
120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk VA

Interment Information


Mr. Earnest Bernard “Big City” Wilson, son of the late Willie Lee Wilson and Evelyn Watson Wilson, was born on August 22, 1935 in Norfolk County. He attended the public schools of both Norfolk and Chesapeake County and was a graduate of George Washington Carver High School of Chesapeake, Virginia. After graduation, Bernard moved to New York where he worked various jobs and in his past time, played football with the Brooklyn Cardinals SemiProfessional Football Team. He decided after living in New York for about 25 years that he wanted to return “home” to Chesapeake, Virginia. Upon returning to Chesapeake, he was employed at W & M Masonry as a Construction Assistant for over 20 years. He professed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined First Baptist Church Money Point where he was a dedicated Chairman of the Trustee Board and member of the choir. He enjoyed weekly Bible Study, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. He worked tirelessly on rebuilding the church structure with the Pastor, Junious Epps, Jr.; his brother, Stanley Wilson; and brother-in-law, Johnnie Edmonds. He never grew weary with talking and sharing the goodness of God. In 1998, Bernard was licensed as a Minister of the Gospel through First Baptist Church Campostella, Norfolk, Virginia under the leadership of Reverend Harold Cason. He loved his church and served faithfully until his health began to decline. Bernard departed this life quietly in his sleep on February 14, 2018 in Chesapeake, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his brother Willie Leon Wilson. He was married to Joan Wilson (Frazier-Cobb) in March, 1995; they were married for 22 years. He leaves to cherish his memories, wife, Joan of Chesapeake, VA; children, daughter, Amanda Green of Norfolk, VA; sons Jonathan (Shannon) Frazier, Sr. of Grovetown, GA; and Trevor “Tony” Cobb (Deceased); children from previous union, daughter, Michelle (Stanley) Griffin of Brooklyn, NY; and son, Neil Leggards, Sr. (Deceased); sisters, Norma E. (Robert, deceased) Sams, and Earline W. Edmonds of Chesapeake, VA; and brother, Stanley (Cheryl) Wilson of Chesapeake, VA. He greatly loved all of his grandchildren but, had a special relationship with who he called, “his #1 grandson” Jonathan Frazier, Jr. of The United States Navy, Naples, Italy. He also enjoyed all of his great grandchildren but valued the special bond he developed with Jamir and Jakayla Doxey of Clarksville, TN as they talked every Saturday. He had a special nephew, Kevin (Gwen) Jarvis and niece, Gina (Dewey) Gatling; sisters-in-law, Anna Wilson, Irvington, NJ; and Deborah (Linwood) Russell, Norfolk, VA; mother-in-law, Ruth Deloatch; brother-in-law, Johnnie Edmonds; special friend, Leon (Stick) Wilson; special cousin, Luvenia Harris; and a host of nieces, nephews, grand-nephews, grand-nieces and other family and friends. Bernard loved talking, watching sports and making friends. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.

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 for more encouragement from God's word for our dear love ones .
Posted: 3/3/2018
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CLIFTON E HAYES SR.. Our prayers are with this dear family. In times like these we can rejoice knowing our loved one loved the Lord. May God bless and keep the entire family in His care. Amen The Hayes Family WIth Love and Prayer
Posted: 2/20/2018
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Bob and Fran Rondeau To Joan : We are sorry for your loss. To Bernard: February 14 was truly a day the Lord has made. And we rejoice in it with you my friend....
Posted: 2/18/2018
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