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Alberta Beatrice Eggleston Person, our beloved sister, mother, and grandmother slipped away to be with her Savior on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. She was born in Amelia County on November 7, 1946, to the late Deacon George and Mrs. Ophelia Green Eggleston. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Elvira Pleasant, Boyce Simmons, Viola Smith, and Helen Sauls, and by brothers, Carey, Minor and Franklin Eggleston. Being raised by a Christian family of God-fearing parents, Alberta confessed Christ as her redeemer at an early age and joined the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Congregation. For the remainder of her life sister Alberta was a dedicated and conscientious Christian following the Master’s will.
Sister Alberta received her education in Amelia Virginia and graduated from Russell Grove High School in 1965. She furthered her education at Virginia State College, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 1969. Seeking self-advancement, Alberta obtained her Master’s degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University of Virginia in 1980. In later years, she received her Doctorate of Education from Columbia University of New York. She began her career at Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Virginia. After a few years she obtained a new position in the Amelia County public school system as a teacher and as a media specialist. Eventually, she returned to the Richmond public school system. In Richmond, Virginia she served as Assistant Principal at Overby Shephard and J. L. Frances. She capably served as principal at Woodville Elementary school for many years. In addition, Alberta served as principal of the private (CCP) Capital City Program. Later, she served as principal of the Richmond Success Schools, where she provided needed inspiration for many young lives.
She dearly loved children and young people, always concerned about their welfare. Sis Alberta was incredibly supportive of family, community, and church, bringing her analytical management skills to give purposeful direction to necessary objectives and goals. Always with a wonderful smile, Alberta was constantly thinking of others and how to be helpful in a kind way. She dearly loved her siblings, her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and of course her church family. Over the past few years her spiritual growth became more solid and expressive as she bravely and silently faced whatever storms came in her life. She gained tremendous strength from her favorite scripture,
“No weapon formed against thee shall prosper and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is of me saith the Lord.” Isaiah 54:17
She leaves to cherish her memories, the father of her children, Rex Person; sons, Corey Donovan Person and Rex Stephen Person; grandchildren, Jahmel Johnson, JaQuory Person, Kaisen Branch, Savaughn Gentry, Azaleah Person, Laniyah Garland, and My’Lo Branch; brothers, George Eggleston (Lorraine), William Eggleston (Barbara); sister, Linda Mitchell (Alvah); brothers-in- law, Kenneth Sauls and Clifford Simmons; sisters-in-law, Thelma Eggleston and Phyllis Eggleston Brown; Tyrell Banks (Bonus Son); Tiffany Joyner and Dakota Jones (special love ones); Mrs. Beard (special co-worker/friend); Mrs. Josephine Hawkes (longtime friend) and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.