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Albert G. Horton Veterans Cemetery
Friday December 13th, 2019
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E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment
Saturday December 14th, 2019

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William Roosevelt Elliott

William Roosevelt “Root” Elliott, 78, slipped away peacefully on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:10 AM in Portsmouth, Virginia. William Roosevelt “Root” Elliott was born to the late Joseph and Dorothy Elliott on October 24, 1941 in Princess Anne County.

He was predeceased by his parents, grandparents, his older sister Sarah Knox, and his son Darryl Elliott.

William was born and raised in Burton Station. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church where he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and he was baptized by the late Reverend C. K. Jones in City Beach. William attended Sunday school as a child, and his Sunday school teacher was Sister Cora Lee Goodman. He worked for Avis for 20 years. After that, he drove trucks for Chesapeake Bay Contractors. William was a Mason and a part of a Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed being a father, grandfather, great grandfather and most importantly, helping those in need. He loved to bake, especially lemon meringue and sweet potato pies.

William leaves to cherish his memory his loving brother Melvin (Elenora) Elliott and his loving sister Rosetta (Raymond) Valentine; his children: Peggy Sykes, Roosevelt Sykes, Antonio Goings, Barry Elliott, Lovell (Donnie) White, Karen Elliott, William Jerome Elliott, and LaToya (Jesse) Johnson. William had 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren which he truly loved. Also, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

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A candle was lit in memory of William Elliott

Devontate and Kristie Ferebee Dec 11 2019 12:00 AM

Family continue to cherish the wonderful memories you have of Root. Rest on my "Dunkin Donuts" buddy!

Shirley Johnson Dec 11 2019 12:00 AM

Revelation 21:3-5 promises us Gods Kingdom will wipe all our tears away and will end death and make all things new again.

The Morrises Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM

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Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM