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PO Box 176
24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: 757-787-2504
Fax: 757-787-5606
Sereta Wise

Sereta Ann Wise

Wednesday, June 12th, 1940 - Saturday, May 16th, 2020
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On Saturday, May 16, 2020, Sereta Ann Wise, the beloved mother of four children, passed away at Kempsville Health and Rehabilitation Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia and entered eternal life at the age of 79.

Sereta Wise, youngest child of Ernest and Sereta Kelley was born in Nassawadox, Virginia on June 12, 1940. She attended Mary N. Smith High School, where she graduated 15th out of 139. She would go on to marry Edward Thomas Wise of Accomac, Virginia and relocate to Boston Massachusetts, where they started a family. After parting ways, Sereta would care for her four children, study business management at Northeastern University, and work as a supervisor for Polaroid Corporation, for over twenty years until her retirement in 1988. After retirement, Sereta relocated back to Virginia’s Eastern Shore to care for her ailing father and later moved to Virginia Beach to be closer to her children, all of whom had relocated there with their families.

Sereta gave her life to the Lord at an early age and maintained this spiritual relationship throughout her life. She joined Calvary Revival Church in Norfolk, Virginia, where she served on the women’s ministry, the hospitality, and the senior ministries until her health prevented her from attending. She was a wonderful servant who cared for and assisted ailing elders. She was passionate about her grandchildren and cherished and encouraged them. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for them. Sereta loved to sing hymns and would serenade visitors, strangers, and medical staff alike and always knew how to draw a smile from all who encountered her. She was always described by others, as the sweetest person with a generous heart and a loving soul.

She is predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Sereta Kelley of Painter, VA; her sister, Ethel Robinson; and brothers, Rossley Kelley, Cassell Kelley, Ernest Kelley, and Otha Collins.

Sereta is survived by her three sisters, Mae Ellen Wise of Boston, MA, Barbara Singh of Brooklyn, NY, and Julia Beckett of Accomac, VA. Her spirit is carried on by her four children, Antoinette Kelley, Sonjia Wheaton, Edward Wise, and Zenobia Wise, all of Virginia Beach, VA. She leaves behind beloved in-laws, Christopher Kelley, Theodore Wheaton Jr., Patricia Wise, and Diomedes Senior. She also leaves behind her loving grandchildren: Michael Kelley, Victoria Kelley, Brianna Kelley, Ciera Kelley, Stephen Greene, Alexandra Wheaton, Taylor Wheaton, Theodore Wheaton, III, Tre Wheaton, Kylika Wise, Edward Marquis Wise, Kayla Wise, Kiyah Wise, JossieMar Senior, DeJan Senior, and Andrid Senior; and two great-grandchildren, Cameron Kelley and Aubrey Kelley. Sereta also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, and many wonderful and dear friends.

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Whenever I am troubled
and lost in deep despair
I bundle all my troubles up
and go to God in prayer…

I tell Him I am heartsick
and lost and lonely, too,
That my mind is deeply burdened
and I don’t know what to do…

But I know He stilled the tempest
and calmed the angry sea
And I humbly ask if in His love
He’ll do the same for me…

And then I just keep quiet
And think only thoughts of peace
And if I abide in stillness
my “restless murmurings” cease.

by Helen Steiner Rice
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    Friday, May 22nd, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Friday, May 22nd, 2020 3:00pm
    Beach Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.
    4456 Bonney Rd.
    Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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    In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made in Sereta’s name to Alzheimer’s Association [] In the light of the evolving situation with COVID-19 virus, we are making adjustments to adapt to the current health emergency. In order to reduce the spread of the virus in our community, we are limiting the public’s access to our facility. We will continue to serve our families with the utmost dignity, as well as maintain the safety guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We have received notification from the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers that funeral homes are included in the Governors Executive Order Fifty-Three (2020), which imposes the following restriction: Effective 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2020, all public and private in person gatherings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited. In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order Fifty-Three, Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc. will comply and hold all services private until further notice. We will not have any public viewings. In an effort to accommodate family and friends, we are posting photos and the funeral/graveside service video of your loved ones on their respective Book of Memory pages on our website, This will allow you to have a lasting memory picture and attend the service virtually. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time and as soon as this matter is resolved, we will resume our normal practices.


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Stephanie Vanloan

Posted at 02:51pm
To the Family, With Deepest Sympathy , The VanLoan Family. Aunt Sereta you will be missed. With Mush. Love Stephanie.
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Posted at 01:43pm
Sereta was the most kind, sweet, and gentle spirit on this earth. I am glad I was a recipient of her love and it was a joy to have known her. Thanks for being the angel you were. Receive your wings till we meet again in glory. Love you girl.



Posted at 12:31pm
Aunt Sereta you were always loving like a second mom to me always cheerful and cheering us all on. I know that you have join the heavenly chorus that will continue to cheer us on and remind us to be kind. You were the bff and best sister to my mom, Mae since birth. The depth of your relationship was such a blessing to see. Mom and all of us will continue to carry you in our hearts. Love you

Tori Kelley

Posted at 08:08am
I only had the pleasure of knowing Nana for 10 years, but she was the best third grandmother I could have ever asked for. My favorite memory of her was going to Michael's Basic Training Graduation with her and Toni. I was 28 weeks pregnant with Cameron and she was always checking on me the whole time. She always put others first. I miss you Nana.

Michael Christopher Kelley

Posted at 06:33am
An early memory but still vaguely there; Nana took me to Disney World by bus. She was the kind of person who absolutely LOVED people, especially strangers. We ran into another grandmother with two daughters, and while we played, Nana just chatted away with the lady. You would have thought they were old friends reuniting but no, just Nana being Nana. She could befriend and strike up conversation with anyone and was the true definition of "social butterfly".

You were adored by all and will be missed by all.

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