Virginia P. Wimbush


Wimbush, 77

Virginia P. Wimbush, aged 77, died peacefully on April 18, 2014 in her daughter’s home (where she had lived for several years), after a long battle with illness. Virginia was born June 1, 1936, in Bassett, VA, the daughter of Reverend and Mrs. Frank (Mary) Penn. Mary passed when Virginia was a young girl, and she was raised by her stepmother, Elizabeth Cassie Penn after her father remarried. She was affectionately called “Tootsie” by many family members.
Virginia thoroughly enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was well known for her fried chicken, fried corn, five-flavor pound cake, pistachio/chocolate cake, and applesauce brownies. She also enjoyed making clothes for herself and her family.
Virginia attended George Washington Carver High School, where she met James B (JB) Wimbush. In 1954, Virginia married JB, had her first child the following year and moved to Columbus, OH shortly thereafter. JB and Virginia had a total of three children together that they raised in Columbus, OH.
Virginia retired from J.C. Penny Outlet store in 1999, after working there for approximately 24 years. In addition to raising three children, Virginia’s greatest achievement was to ensure all three of her children came to know the Lord during her lifetime.
Virginia was born again in December, 1986, and joined Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church. She was an active member of the Mothers’ Board and Seasoned Citizens Ministries until stricken by illness.
Virginia is survived by her sister, Belvain Wright of Fieldale, VA.; brothers, Frank Penn and Rochester (Cathy) Penn both of Fieldale, VA.; her former husband James B. Wimbush of Columbus, OH; son, James A. (Teresa) Wimbush, daughters, Teari (Shamsideen) Buari and Dianna (Ira) Hartway all of Columbus, OH.; grandchildren, Jondrea, Shanon, Deonna, Thailer, and James; one great-granddaughter, Lariyah; and a number of other relatives and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Reverend Frank Penn, her mother, Mary Penn, her beloved stepmother, Elizabeth Penn, her sister-in-law, Alberta Mae Penn, and her brother-in-law, Kenneth Wright.

Condolence Messages

  1. James,

    My sincerest and heartfelt condolences for your loss. Your mother's service will mark the 12th anniversary of my sister's service, Jacqui Gandy, that I believe you knew because she worked for Gracie Cox.

    Understanding and accepting the loss of a loved one is a long and challenging task to endure. But one consolation you and your family should always remember is she is in the presence of God and His angels where there is no more pain, suffering or sorrow.

    Remember the best of times you shared with her and periodically look to the heavens to feel her smile and find your peace. My prayers are with you all. God Bless

  2. Grace Chapel Ministries

    The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). To the family, may God wrap His loving arms around you and comfort you during this time and the times ahead. Our prayers are with you.

    Pastor Mandell A Motley
    Grace Chapel Ministries
    182 Blackberry Rd
    PO Box 1210
    Bassett, Va 24055

  3. Novella Dodson and the Dodson Family

    Our prayers are with you during this time of bereavement. Please know that our family is in prayer for you. To our dearest Belvain, we love you and will continue to keep you and the entire Wimbush family in our prayers. God is able. Love you, Aunt Novella and children, Martinsville, VA

  4. George & M. LaDell Gilbert

    Please know that your family is in our thoughts & prayers.
    "es;The Gilberts"es;
    George & LaDell
    Bassett, VA

  5. Doug & Norma Allton

    Virginia always wore a smile and searched for the good in all people. We worked with her @ JCPenney Outlet for many years. No matter how good or bad of a day you were having, she always shared a smile with a kind word. She offered hugs and a listening ear freely. You were truly blessed to have her in your family and we were blessed when our paths crossed hers! We are sorry for your loss. Virginia, praise GOD, your suffering has ended! We will see you again one day! Enjoy the heavenly choir and DANCE!

  6. Ralph & Susan Ridley

    We are so sorry for your loss. Out sincere heartfelt prayers are with you during this time.May the peace of God bring you comfort .Luv Ridleys

  7. Denise L. Peeples

    Thank you Father God and the family for sharing Virginia with us, I can still hear that "es;laugh"es;, taste that "es;chicken divan"es; & "es;snickers cake"es; along with her other gastronomical feats…and her always gentle sage wrapping itself around our mind and hearts! My condolences to you as Father called her home!

  8. Miss "Ulanda" Patrick

    I am deeply saddened for your loss, but I rejoice that she is at peace and has no more pain. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Much Love, Shoog (Loronda)

  9. Sorry for your lost but she is at peace now no more pain, or sickness. Home with Jesus!! Love You Guys! Greg, Jennifer, Gregg and MacKenzie

  10. David and DeVonne Tucker

    To the family of Mother Virginia Wimbush,
    Grace and peace to each of you. Please know you have our prayers for comfort during this time of your loss.

  11. Elaine Penn Rumley

    Rochester & family I am so sorry to hear about your dear sister. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Myrtle Elaine Rumley of Chattanooga Tennessee

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