Robert Horace Gresham

October 30, 1947 ~ February 23, 2021 (age 73)


Robert Horace Gresham, son of the late James Albert Gresham Sr. and Lillian Banks Gardner, was born on October 30, 1947, in Williamsburg, Virginia. He attended the public schools of New Kent County and was a graduate of George W. Watkins High School. He was united in holy matrimony to Cynthia Bernistine Lawrence on January 27, 1968.

Robert was a devoted father and husband, an active member of New Beech Grove Baptist Church, Newport News, VA and St. Luke Baptist Church, West Point, VA. He was also a retired member of the United States Postal Service where he worked for 44 years as a postal carrier. He enjoyed playing the bass guitar, performing with his mother and brothers as a member of The Gresham Brothers singing group, coaching his sons’ sports teams, and watching Wheel of Fortune with his great-niece. He also enjoyed traveling, playing baseball for the York Stars and softball for New Beech Grove when he was younger. As a result of his generous spirit and pleasant personality, he was loved by many and his influence will remain in the lives of us all.

He quietly departed this life on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at his home in Newport News, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Gregory and Reginald Gresham.

His memory will forever be cherished in the lives of his wife, Cynthia Gresham of Newport News, VA; children, Troy Gresham of Newport News, VA and Stacie Gresham (Sara) of York County, VA; great-niece, Kayla Lawrence of Newport News, VA; grandsons, Dante Richards and Darius Richards, both of Richmond, VA, and Xavier Gresham and Zander Gresham, both of Suffolk, VA; sister, Gloria Gresham Mills of Plum Point, VA; brothers, Rev. James  Gresham (Rev. Beatrice) of Highland Springs, VA, Rev. Dr. Rayfield Gresham (Doris) of Newport News, VA, Leonard Gresham Sr. (Kimberly) of Bowie, MD, and Roland Gresham (Andrea) of Williamsburg, VA; brother-in-law, Larry Lawrence of Newport News, VA; sisters-in-law, Edith Barlow (Lawrence) of Hampton, VA, and Lillian Black (Lawrence) of Charles City, VA; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at Bethel Restoration Center, Williamsburg.  Covid-19 protocols will be in place with facial coverings and social distancing requirements.  Facebook Livestream will be available at the start of the service.  A walk-thru viewing will be held on Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the funeral home.

Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011

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Walk-thru Viewing
March 1, 2021

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Whiting's Funeral Home
7005 Pocahontas Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Funeral Service
March 2, 2021

11:00 AM
Bethel Restoration Center
6205 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188

Video is available for this event

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