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Frances Gresham

July 31, 1928 - February 21, 2016

Frances Gresham, 87, went to be with the Lord Sunday the 21st of February, 2016 after a long battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.Frances was born in Stokes, NC and resided in Virginia Beach as a resident of Victoria Place at the time of her death.  She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas C. Gresham She was also predeceased by her parents, William and Maria James, and three siblings. At the age of 18 she moved to Norfolk, VA and resided in the Hampton Roads area the rest of her life. Frances was a faithful Christian and was a founding member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church (America).  She was a homemaker and loving Mother and Grandmother all of her adult life. She is survived by her loving children, Clifton N. Byrd, Julia Byrd Whitley of Virginia Beach, and a step-daughter Sharon Gresham Patrick (George) of Chesapeake, VA. She is also survived by her three Grand Children, Anthony Gammage of Glenside, PA, Christopher J. Cochran and Adam N. Byrd of Chesapeake and Laura Nucup of Virginia Beach as well as 6 great grandchildren and three special nieces, Dana Dyer, Debbie O’leary of Norfolk, VA and Donna Ripley of Virginia Beach, VA.  Also left to cherish her memory are special friends of 45 years, Tony and Maggie Smith and their family. A visitation will be held 6-8pm Wednesday February 24, 2016 at Altmeyer Funeral Home 5792 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach. A service will be held 11am Thursday February 25, 2016 at New Covenant Presbyterian Church 1552 Kempsville Road Virginia Beach, with a Graveside to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Condolences can be made at


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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016


Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel

5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Service Information

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016

Time: 11:00 am

Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016


Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

6309 E Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, Virginia 23502

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