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

William Thomas "Black Hawk" Rayfield

Monday, April 19th, 1943 - Friday, March 20th, 2020
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William Thomas Rayfield was born on April 19, 1943 to the late Alfred Rayfield and Adell Finney. He departed this life on March 20, 2020 at his home after battling a lengthy illness.

William was educated in the Accomack County School system. “Black Hawk,” as he was known, was employed as a truck driver for over twenty years for various trucking companies. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Salisbury, Maryland, where he assisted with the groundskeeping. His favorite songs included, The Other Shore by Luther Barnes and I Can’t Even Walk by Darrell McFadden and the Disciples. William loved to spend his time sitting at McDonalds talking with June, Al, and the late Louis Jubilee, playing cards at Betty Lou’s, and dancing.

He was preceded in death by his siblings: LuTisha, Thomas, and Elroy; granddaughter, Shicola Finney; and his loving stepfather, Edward Finney, who raised him.

William is survived by his five children: Louis Finney (Annie Harmon), Betty (McKinley) Pettit, both of Parksley, VA, Tanya (Sam) Bright of Washington, DC, William Berryhill, and Tykia Berryhill, both of Exmore, VA; eighteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; one great, great-grandchild; loving siblings, Ernest (Debbie) Matthews of Savageville, VA and Chatta Mae (Perry) Dennis of Salisbury, MD; loving companion, Sharon Burns; loving and caring nurse, whom he called his wife, Dana Lilliston; special granddaughter, Dykeya Custis, who cared for him until the end; and a host of other family and friends.
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    Sunday, March 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Sunday, March 29th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc.
    Address
    24497 Mary N. Smith Rd.
    Accomac, VA 23301
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    Notes
    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., Thursday, April 23, 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 April 23, 2020. 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, www.cooperandhumbles.com. 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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