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Vincent Eugene Silmon

Vincent Eugene Silmon peacefully transitioned into eternal rest on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, surrounded by family. He was proceeded in death by his parents, William Silmon Sr., and Lois Silmon and two brothers, Douglas Silmon and William Silmon Jr.

Vincent was born on March 25, 1963 in Portsmouth, Virginia. As a child, he was educated at Portsmouth Public Schools, specifically Cavalier Manor Elementary School and Waters Jr. High School. He attended Menchville High School but left in 1981 to serve in the US Army as a Tactical Circuit Controller. He was honorably discharged in 1985 and was recognized as a Marksman and received the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, and the Army Good Conduct Medal. He was also a proud member of the American Legion.

Vincent had an undeniable passion for cooking. Most times you would find him in the kitchen standing over the stove or outside in an apron and hat, in front of the grill. No one ever left his house hungry or without a “to go” plate, a sample, or a bag from the freezer. He loved how food brought family and friends together, and nothing made him happier than watching others enjoy what he prepared.

Vincent had a special connection with nature, and he enjoyed the outdoors. He particularly loved hanging out at the farm and home of his bonus brother, Jeff. He loved to swim, camp, and take rides on the open road, but above all, he was most fond of fishing. Vince’s love for fishing began during childhood and continued throughout his life. He would spend countless hours on the water, enjoying the beauty and quiet. It was unarguably, his place of peace and faith.

Being a dependable father, grandfather, brother, and uncle was of the utmost importance to him, and he wholeheartedly loved his family. Dance recitals, school plays, births, birthday parties, holidays, graduations, hospitalizations- if it was an event, Vincent was there. But more often, Vincent would show up for no reason. He felt it was important to go see people and if he was in the neighborhood, you could expect a visit. He was known as the “Fixer” and was never too far from his toolbelt. No matter how cold or hot it was outside, or how difficult the task, he would be there to lend a helping hand.

His laughter was infectious, his love for life was evident and his fighting spirit was undeniable. Vincent survived the unthinkable, picking himself up out of situations which have defeated so many. He didn’t let his past mistakes dictate his future. He lived life on his own terms and wrote the pages of his life story the way he wanted the world to read it. Vincent understood, in his short 58 years, that life is about our connection to each other, taking comfort in each other’s company and joy in each other’s success. He believed in the power and strength of his family. He knew that united, any obstacles can be overcome, simply stating: “Because that’s what Silmons do.”

He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Susan, three sons, Dante Silmon (Tiffany), Sean Silmon, and Darius Silmon and three stepchildren, Greta Coleman, Carolyn Coleman (Marcus Oliver) and Leonard Coleman. He also leaves five grandchildren, Zion Silmon, Trinity Silmon, Tyler Silmon, Christopher Silmon and Xavier Silmon, and four sisters, Carmen Silmon of Hampton, Isabelle Cherry of Portsmouth, Wanda Blount (Terry) of Chesapeake and Mertis Macon-White of Mississippi, along with a host of step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other family and special friends.

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I am a contractor, and Vince worked with us on our house repair projects as an electrician. He was dependable and knew his trade well. Vince was always willing to do whatever it took to fix a problem and complete a job.
This is July 10th, and I just learned of his passing. I am sorry. I knew he had some health problems, but did not know they were serious.
I am an old white man raised in the country while Vince, being a much younger black man raised in the city: what would we have in common? Well, we both enjoyed life and our families, and took responsibility for our actions. We talked about our children and grandchildren: sometimes I had to walk away because Vince just kept on talking about his family and I needed to get to work. He helped us complete our house projects and that allowed families to move into the homes and enjoy their families.
To Vince, it was all about FAMILIES.

Ray Kirby Jul 10 2021 3:12 PM

Rest in Peace forever Brother In Law

Tony Joe Apr 30 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Vincent Silmon

Francoise Holley Apr 29 2021 12:00 AM

I am deeply sadden to learn of the passing of Vince, he was like a son to me and my late wife. I, like many of us have wonderful memories of Vince and will miss him dearly. Scripture says that God will heal the brokenhearted...; I pray that God will comfort each you during this difficult time.

Larry "Pops" Anderson Apr 29 2021 12:00 AM

Vincent you definitely will be missed by anyone who came in contact with you. Everyone was family to you and that was the genuine beauty in your spirit. Rest easy family.... we love you and we will miss your presence here on earth but we know you are surrounded by all those who love you in your new home...we'll see you later Vincent, cous, family...Pookie and Wesley Bishop

Wesley and Sandra Bishop Apr 29 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Vincent Silmon

Wesley and Sandra Bishop Apr 29 2021 12:00 AM

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