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Erma Wilborn "Gigi" Heavner

March 5, 1943 - August 21, 2016

Erma Wilborn Heavner, a.k.a. Gigi, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, August 21, 2016, surrounded by family, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Erma was born in Norfolk, VA on March 5, 1943, the daughter of the late Eugene C. and Mable Wilborn, she was also preceded in death by brother, Wayne C. Wilborn. Erma was a dedicated beautician for over 50 years who had a lifelong relationships with many customers to whom she would travel. She would volunteer her services at no charge to various nursing and funeral homes. She was known for her mac & cheese, fried chicken, chicken & dumplins, strawberry shortcake and so much more. Erma was an accomplished seamstress and homemaker not just to her own home but to anyone who asked or was in need.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 50 years, Fred; two sons and two daughters, Ricky Lister, Valerie Rockeman and husband Jeff, Dale Lister and wife Kim, Michelle Auxt and fiancé David Rhoads; her step-sister Betty Gray and husband Cy. Erma had six grandchildren, Zach, Katlyn, McCrae, Colsen, Peyton and Camryn; as well as one great granddaughter, Aubrey.
A gathering in honor of Erma’s life will be held Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 6 – 8 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel located at 5792 Greenwich Road, Va. Beach, VA 23462 Erma will be laid to rest at the family gravesite in Virgilina, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Medi Home Health & Hospice, 530 Independence Parkway, Suite 200, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Please visit to offer a note of condolence to the family.

Service Information

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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