In Memory of …

Reba Bernard

Blessings and honor to the Lord our God for the person, life and legacy of Reba Bernard. Today, Sister Bernard (as she was fondly called) was called home into eternity to be with the Lord. Originally from New Bern NC, she was one of the three charter families of New Berean Baptist Church back in 1989. She and her predeceased husband Howard, joined along with Leroy E. Ricks Sr, his family and Harold Jackson (and family) to establish, serve in and support this new local New Testament ministry.

Reba served as one of the original ministry Trustees. Her sweet spirit and quiet personality made her attractive and a “fan favorite” church mother. She was blessing to the many people who met her. Her faithfulness and love for the Lord was always an encouragement.

She leaves to cherish her memories and legacy: son Howard Lee Bernard and daughter Beverly Bernard-Cruz and grandson, Julien. She was preceded in death by husband Howard, Sr. and two sons Darryl Trenton and Timothy Kelly Bernard

The arrangements for the memorial service of Mother Reba Bernard are being finalized. Here is the most recent update for her New Berean family:

  • Woodlawn Memorial Page for Reba E Brock Bernard
  • Memorial Service – Monday May 23, 2022, viewing 10 am at New Berean Baptist Church
    • NOTE: Due to safe and health concerns, our “Safe Fellow Protocol” will be in effect which includes:
      • Face Mask/Coverings are expected to be worn at all times while inside the facility
      • Body temperatures of our guests will be taken prior to entry. Anyone with body temperature > 100 degrees will be asked not to enter for the consideration of our other guests.
      • and safe distancing practices will be encouraged
  • Interment will be conducted at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk, VA
  • A repast will be held in the reception room at Woodlawn immediately following the interment

The New Berean Kitchen ministry will be serving the repast and are asking Church members to help participate with following items by this Sunday May 22:

  • Bottled water
  • Flavored packets for the bottled water
  • Bags of chips, individual bags
  • Fruit cups

Additional information will be shared as it is given.

On behalf of the Bernard family, please respect their privacy and desires as they process through this challenging time. Thank you again for your prayers for Beverly, Howard Lee and the rest of the family.

Sister Reba’s Father and Mother