Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2551 North Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA


Mary "Cathy" Catherine Atwell

July 12, 1957June 26, 2020

Mary Catherine Atwell (Heyman), known by family and close friends as Cathy, passed away on June 26, 2020.

Cathy was born on July 12, 1957 to her mother, Dorothy Heyman (Burge); and father, David Heyman Sr. (deceased). She is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Shawn Atwell of Hampton, Virginia; their son, James Atwell; his wife, Victoria Atwell; granddaughter, Isabel; her brothers, David Jr. and Ronnie, her sister Dora; and her half-siblings, Douglas Watson, Daniel Watson, Dennis Watson (deceased), Denise Watson-Byrd (deceased) and Diana Watson-Barker.

She faithfully served active duty in the Air Force and later in the Navy Reserves. She followed her family and her career overseas to her husband's assignments while he served in the Air Force. She proudly worked in civil servant jobs, later working at Newport News Shipbuilding and finally worked for Domino's Pizza for 11 years, until her health declined. She was always known as a sweet person. She was loved, and she will be missed.

A visitation will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 3rd, 2020 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, Va 23666 with a Celebration of Life to follow at 5 p.m. Interment will be at 3pm on Monday, July 6th at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milner's Road, Suffolk, VA 23434.


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Celebration of Life

    Friday, July 3, 2020


Mary "Cathy" Catherine Atwell

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Brenda Barr

July 3, 2020

I mainly remember Cathy when Shawn and Cathy were first married. She was a bubbly, happy, lovely woman who made Shawn very happy. She served in the armed forces for our country, which I greatly admired her for. I especially appreciate her for the happiness and dedication in her marriage to Shawn. Together they raised an outstanding son, James of which they can be very proud. I wish I could have spent more time with her.

Archie and Arlene Smith

July 1, 2020

You have been a part of our family and all our lives there will be a empty spot that is for sure. We always looked forward to seeing your smiling face when you guys would come home for a visit . So proud of you and Shawn devoting so much of your lives to the service of our country I have always looked up to you for that thank you! Hope you find peace and comfort in heaven til we all meet again love you!

Leigh Atwell

July 1, 2020

Thank you for the huge opportunity in helping me travel to Germany during my youth. You and Shawn made a lasting memory and impact on who I have become. You will be missed!