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William Roosevelt Elliott

October 24, 1941 — December 6, 2019

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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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, December 13, 2019

9:00am - 9:00 pm (Eastern time)

Albert G. Horton Veterans Cemetery

5310 Milners Rd, Suffolk, VA 23434

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Funeral Service

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment

5873 Poplar Hall Dr, Norfolk, VA 23502

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