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Brenda Cecile Stokley
February 14, 1958 ~ January 21, 2024 (age 65) 65 Years Old
Our beloved, Brenda Cecile Stokley, age 65 of Elizabeth City, NC, departed from this life on Sunday, January 21, 2024.
Life Celebration Services will take place on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. at Corner Stone Missionary Baptist Church, Elizabeth City, NC, with Bishop David L White, Jr., and Pastor Tavonda Fields, Officiating. A viewing will take place at the funeral home on Saturday, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Interment will take place at West Lawn Cemetery, Elizabeth City, NC.
Ms. Brenda Stokley, a beloved mother, caregiver, and a beacon of light to all who had the privilege of knowing her. She leaves behind a legacy of love, warmth, and laughter.
Born on February 14, 1958, in Riverhead, New York, to the late parents of Roy Lee Stokley and Berl Stokley. She embraced life with an unparalleled passion. Brenda touched the lives of many with her selfless devotion. Her role as a loving mother and caregiver was her true calling. She created a haven for those under her care with her nurturing spirit and unwavering support.
Brenda attended school in Riverhead, Long Island, NY and graduated from Northeastern High School, the class of 1978 in Elizabeth City, N.C. During her lifetime, she explored various avenues of entrepreneurship from clothing retail to cleaning service. After 28 years of service, Brenda retired from Elizabeth City State University and continued to embody the Viking’s spirit until her untimely departure.
God was always present in her life. Brenda became a member of the New McBride AME Zion Church under the leadership of Reverend Tavonda Fields.
Brenda's love for fashion and home decor reflected her vibrant personality. She had an innate sense of style that extended beyond her wardrobe, adorning her surroundings with beauty and elegance. Her home was a testament to her creative flair, a place where every detail resonated with her love for aesthetics. If you knew Brenda, then you knew about the joy of watching her soap operas, “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young and the Restless.” Undoubtedly, she loved those Cowboys!
Brenda was a “HARDWORKING” individual and approached every task with dedication and perseverance. Her commitment to her family and work was unparalleled. She became a source of inspiration for those around her. In the mist of her challenges, she stood strong, demonstrating resilience and a positive outlook that uplifted those in her surroundings.
Characteristics that Brenda exhibited was her infectious laughter and her joyful spirit. She had the remarkable ability to bring a ray of light into any room, turning ordinary moments into cherished memories. Her jokes, wit, and humor were a testament to her lively personality, creating an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie.
Brenda will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. Although she has left this world, her love, laughter, and the enduring impact of her kindness will continue to resonate in the hearts of those she touched.
Brenda is predeceased in death by her parents, Roy Lee Stokley and Berl Stokley; along with a brother, Donnell Stokley; and one sister, Catherine Griffin. She leaves behind to cherish her memories one daughter; Armesha Turner and son-in-law, whom she address as her son, Isaac Turner of Knightdale, N.C.; five children of love, Niasha Stokley, Germaine Stokley, Lemyale Walker, Clashaun Walker and Lauren Anderson; four brothers: Roy Lee Stokley (Lorna) and Clifford Stokley (Rose) both of Riverhead, New York; Tony Stokley (Alice Mae) of Edenton, N.C.; Roy Beasley (Kim) of Raeford, N.C.; and one sister: Mary Williams (James) of Elizabeth City, N.C.; one grandson: Laveon Williams; her fur grandchild: Loui V and grandchildren in -love: James “Jay” and Laveon and a host of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a very special friend, Vernon Brinkley.
May she rest in eternal peace, and may her memories be a source of comfort and inspiration to us all. Services of Comfort by Mitchell Funeral Care and Cremations.