On November 6, 2018, the family of David and Charlotte Wall, will gather together at West Hampton Baptist Church, Hampton, VA to joyfully Celebrate two lives well lived! The family invites all who knew David and Charlotte Wall to join in this Celebration at 11:00 am for a brief service, to be followed by fellowship and a potluck luncheon. Charlotte Brown Wall, born December 12, 1943, passed away at her home in Newport News, Virginia on July 3, 2017. Charlotte was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Edna Brown of Dinwiddie, Virginia. Her husband, Rev. Leslie David Wall, Jr, born November 7, 1943, passed away at Riverside Regional Hospital in Newport News, Virginia on October 5, 2018. David was the son of the late Leslie and Lessie Wall of Petersburg, Virginia.
David and Charlotte were married on July 11, 1964 and were happily married for 53 years residing in Newport News, Virginia. They are survived by their three daughters and their families: Jeannette and spouse, Gordon Brady of Concord, Virginia, and children: Sarah and spouse, Will Sweatt, and Zackery, and Rebeckah; Victoria and spouse, Joseph Fennell of Piney Point, Maryland, and children: Charlotte, Leslie, and Joseph; Beverly and spouse, John Saunders of Hagerstown, Maryland and children: Nichole, Crystal, David and spouse, Abigail, and Cason, and two great-grandchildren Kodi (4 yrs old) and Addaline Belle (2 yrs old). Charlotte is also survived by her sister, Patricia Elder and her brother, Doug Brown, including nieces and nephews and other relatives. Charlotte is superseded in death by her sister Rebecca Lewis. David is also survived by his sister, Linda Marie Wall, as well as cousins and other relatives.
Charlotte, a graduate of Dinwiddie High School, class of 1964, spent her life dedicated to the nurturing of children. She opened her home to babysit many children throughout the years. She was known and loved by all as “NeNe.” Charlotte also cared for David’s parents, Leslie and Lessie, in their old age, through failing health. She served as the Lead Teacher in the Teddy Bear Room of the daycare at NASA, Langley. Charlotte is remembered for loving her family above all, children of all ages, teddy bears, hummingbirds, tending to her ivy filled yard, antiquing, yard sale-ing, cross stitching, cooking and baking, reading cookbooks (she had hundreds of cookbooks), searching for recipes to cook, and especially, for her southern hospitality… no one ever left her house a stranger, or hungry! Charlotte very much enjoyed traveling with David to places of nostalgia, like Virginia Tech, Williamsburg, Jamestown, and often would chase the grandchildren down on their vacations to join them for a day of camping or would join them for a visit to a museum.
David, a Virginia Tech graduate of 1966, spent his formal career as an engineer for NASA Langley, receiving many awards of appreciation and recognition, until he retired in 2015. During his early years at NASA, David was called into the ministry and was ordained into the ministry by Smyrna Baptist Church in Dinwiddie, VA. He began his own church called The Way, and later served Millfield Baptist Church in Ivor, VA; Soppony Baptist Church in Stony Creek, VA; Bacon Castle Baptist Church in Bacon’s Castle, Surry, VA; Stonewall United Methodist Church in Staunton, VA. David’s passion to spread the Gospel led him into a radio ministry, which he personally sponsored for over 30 years, known as, Dynamics for Living. His last radio sermon was September 29, 2018, in which he delivered the message of salvation. Befittingly, David preached on the story of Nicodemus, and reminded us that we must be born again to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. David is remembered for his dedication to serving Christ as a true disciple through his ministry and his daily life, and his love for Virginia Tech, the NFL Redskins football team, Star Trek (his favorite character was Spock), Star Wars (he really liked Yoda!), and he collected Yo-Yo’s (he had over 2000!!!). David turned his study into a “museum,” where every collectible, every drawing, every knickknack given to him by his children and grandchildren was proudly displayed for all to see.
David and Charlotte affectionately shared their home with their beloved canine named Candy, and NeNe’s cat, Metro. Their home was called the “Wall B&B” or, Bed and Breakfast, and on Sunday morning you could always find them in the kitchen, baking homemade biscuits to serve with honey, fried potatoes seasoned with David’s secret recipe known as DDT (Dave’s Dragon Tongue), and all the trimmings, including bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs. If no one came to visit, you could be sure to see a picture on the “Wall Clan B&B” facebook page to make your mouth water until you planned your next visit! Together, David and Charlotte shared a life well lived and will be greatly missed by all who knew them. “YCWYC.”
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West Hampton Baptist Church
631 Aberdeen Road, Hampton VA 23661