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Welton Wendell Cowell

August 22, 1951 ~ January 30, 2020 (age 68)

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On Thursday, January 30, 2020 Welton Wendell Cowell, passed away peacefully in his home.  Welton was born on August 22, 1951 to the late Miles Welton and Martha Goffigan Cowell.  

Welton, affectionately known as “Wendell” was educated in the City of Virginia Beach Public School system.  During his high school years, Wendell played football proudly displaying #42 on his football jersey.  After leaving high school, he joined the United States Army. While in Army serving in Korea, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal expert MT6.  After receiving an honorable discharge from US Army, Wendell worked as a professional painter and was knowledgeable in the different aspects of construction.  He was employed at Norfolk Naval Base in the Aviation Department.

Wendell was always willing to lend a helping hand with a very bit heart to accompany a smile that was infectious.  He never met a stranger.  Wendell loved football and he was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.

Wendell is survived by three daughters, Adrienne Thoroughgood of Virginia Beach, Jennifer Warren (Josh) Herman of Missouri; Sheretha Jones of Chesapeake, VA; eight grandchildren Ashleigh Thoroughgood,  Ashton Thoroughgood; Kyle, Walker, Kaylyn Walker and Kendall Walker; of Missouri; Sharaya Lane, Jermond Robinson and Ejay Jones; one sister, Vernelle Mitchell of Lancaster, CA; eight brothers; Willie of Brooklyn, NY; Myron (Angela), Michael (Sandra) of Jacksonville, FL; Dwight (Kayon) of Atlanta, GA; Bertram; Kent (Gail), Edwin (Charamaine) of Richmond, VA and Austin (Roto Chang) of Maine and a host of relatives and friends. He was predeceased in death by a sister, Lena Tucker.

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February 7, 2020

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
E. Vaughn Wray Funeral Establishment
5873 Poplar Hall Drive
Norfolk, VA 23502

Funeral Service
February 8, 2020

12:00 PM
New Hope Baptist Church
395 Old Great Neck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Interment following funeral service
February 10, 2020

Albert G. Horton Veterans Cemetery
5310 Milners Road
Suffolk, VA 23434

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