Personal Service, Peace of Mind, Pleasant Memories

ValJean H. Crudup

03/09/1933 - 07/10/2017

Viewing Information

A wake service will be held, 7pm-8:30pm, Friday, July 14, 2017 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Avenue.

Service Information

A funeral service will be held, 11am, Saturday, July 15, 2017
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
900 Middlesex Street Norfolk VA

Interment Information

Interment-Roosevelt
1101 Campostella Road Chesapeake VA

ValJean is the daughter of the late Viola Thomas Harrison and Roosevelt A. Harrison. Although her mother died during her youth, she was supported by her father, surrogates, uncles, aunts, friends and those individuals and families devoted to her. A Norfolk native she graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1951. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College and the Virginia State College in Petersburg. The honor of “Miss Virginia State” was bestowed upon her during those years of study at that institution. In 1954 she became an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Val Jean obtained a Master of Divinity from Richmond Virginia Seminary. Her work ethic was remarkable as she was employed during college. Her initial job as a professional was as an elementary school teacher in Portsmouth. Val Jean taught reading at the Diagnostic Adjustive and Correctional Center and was a Coordinating teacher for Cooperating Hampton Roads Organization for Minorities in Engineering. She was a lead teacher for the Chapter 1 mathematics program for Portsmouth and was responsible for conducting citywide workshops. Val Jean Crudup was instrumental in developing insight and skills of aspiring teachers through a training program at Norfolk State and Old Dominion Universities. In the 1989-1990 school year, Val Jean was nominated for Portsmouth Teacher of the Year. She states as her philosophy of teaching, “I believe that given the prerequisites and ample time, children are capable of grasping the skills and concepts needed to function with success in today’s world”. After 36 years she retired from Portsmouth City Schools. Val Jean Crudup was born within a family of Believers. Her Christian training began in the home. At the age of 8 she accepted Christ and was baptized in August 1941 at Oak Grove Baptist in Stafford County Virginia. She became a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Berkley in October 1948. She was an active president of the Junior Choir, member of the Moses Reid Ushers Fellowship, Voices of Mount Zion Choir and taught Church school and also held the position as Church School Superintendent. She developed and organized a Vacation Bible School curriculum and was the coordinator of the Senior Ministry, to mention a few of her contributions and dedication to the Body of Christ. Val Jean should be commended on facilitating and participating in Mt. Zion’s food ministry. She is noted for her diligence in church as she served as the Director of Christian Education and Youth ministries for 3 years and she has served as a Trustee and Church Clerk. She also has served as the Women’s Day Chairlady and wrote and directed a most impressive play “Grow Christian Grow”. It was a huge success as a fund raiser and as a method of delivering a message. Everyone knows of her great appreciation for good music. She has served as invaluable consultant to other Women Day Chairladies and served with the committee to select the Women’s Day Speaker. A few years ago she beautifully decorated the sanctuary as her Christmas gift to the church. Val Jean loves doing things for other people and goes out of the way to be discreet in what she does as a humble servant. Her patience, prudence and professionalism were valued during her participation and position as secretary for the Norfolk Democratic Women as well as Vice President of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Norfolk Chapter. She also was instrumental in supporting various clubs to promote the benefit of children and families and improving the overall wellbeing of many individuals. Val Jean enjoys swimming, cooking, gardening and entertaining. She is known for her poise and the ability to tactfully employ her attributes of etiquette to motivate those with rough edges. She is a unique and special blessing, one of God’s valued treasures. We love her here at Mount Zion and thank her for being that bridge that brought us over.

Doris Langaster McBeal What a beautiful tribute to Val Jean. I just heard the sad news of her passing but remember what a wonderful teacher and friend she was as we worked together at James Hurst School in Portsmouth. I learned so much from her and tried hard to emulate her in many ways May she rest in the arms of Our SAvior forever.
Posted: 7/25/2017
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Ferman Covington May She Rest In Peace. We loved you, but God loved you best!! Rest in his arms VAl, You will truly be missed by many!! Ferman Covington Jr & Family
Posted: 7/14/2017
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Ferman Covington Jr To the family and friends of Val Jean, I personally like to express our loss of Val Jean. She was one awesome grand lady. She will be sorely missed by so many people. I thank God for introducing me to VAlJean. May she rest in peace. To God Be the Glory, Ferman Covington Jr
Posted: 7/14/2017
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William & Alma Brown Memories linger forever,we will miss you, your laughter and style. bill brown
Posted: 7/12/2017
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LINDORA LEARY RIP AUNTIE , I LOVE YOU
Posted: 7/12/2017
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l l'm truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. At times you may feel that Gods should fix this "NOW". God's word assures us that death & suffering will end(Revelation 21:4). I hope this brings some comfort to you. For more encouragement please go to JW.org
Posted: 7/12/2017
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Earlne H. Young Memories live forever,they grow richer through years. Our laughter was nurtured and watered by our tears. Our memories will live forever to eternally connect us to the people we so dearly love. Thanks for being a cousin and a friend.
Posted: 7/11/2017
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