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Mrs. Evelyn H Wray

June 27, 1929January 31, 2020
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Evelyn Howlett Wray, affectionately known as “Snooky” and “Nannie” passed away at the sweet age of 90. She was reunited with her loving husband of 55 years, George L. Wray, whom she lost in 2006. Born in Virginia to the late, Floyd and Mamie Howlett, Snooky was the oldest of nine children. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Audrey and Ann Bodner and brothers, Bobby “Sweetie”, Phillip “Jitter”, and Melvin “Sonny” Howlett.

Snooky worked as the cafeteria manager in several Norfolk Public Schools and continued her food service work following the passing of her beloved husband. She became the concession kitchen manager for The Venue on 35th, a storefront performing arts center. Snooky worked there for 8 years and became a beloved fixture for her infectious smile and open arms. She may have developed a larger fan base than many of the artists she served and loved. Snooky was a longtime member of Norview Baptist Church before her health prevented her from attending more regularly. She loved to camp and shared this passion with her Pinwheel Camping Group. Snooky also enjoyed coaching softball and she was an avid New York Yankee fan. She counted herself lucky enough to have attended a game in both the new and old stadiums.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her daughters, Denise Phelps (Edward) and Patti Wray (Lucy); grandchildren, Thomas W. Phelps and Bonnie Talley (Shaun); great-grandchildren, Jerome Phelps, Madison and Haley Talley; sister, Janet Howlett, brothers, Floyd and Franklyn Howlett; and a host of other family and friends.

The family will receive friends at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 2 p.m. She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens following the funeral service. Please visit her page at www.woodlawnnorfolk.com.


  • Floyd Howlett, Father (deceased)
  • Mamie Howlett, Mother (deceased)
  • George L. Wray, Husband (deceased)
  • Audrey Bodner, Sister (deceased)
  • Ann Bodner, Sister (deceased)
  • Bobby "Sweetie" Howlett, Brother (deceased)
  • Phillip "Jitter" Howlett, Brother (deceased)
  • Melvin "Sonny" Howlett, Brother (deceased)
  • Denise Phelps (Edward Phelps), Daughter
  • Patti Wray (Lucy), Daughter
  • Thomas W. Phelps, Grandchild
  • Bonnie Talley (Shaun Talley), Grandchild
  • Jerome Phelps, Great Grandchild
  • Madison Talley, Great Grandchild
  • Haley Talley, Great Grandchild
  • Janet Howlett, Sister
  • Floyd Howlett, Brother
  • Franklyn Howlett, Brother
  • A host of other Family and Friends.

  • Thomas Phelps
  • Shaun Talley
  • Bobby Howlett
  • Danny Howlett
  • Barry Howlett
  • Jerome Phelps


  • Visitation: Woodlawn Funeral Home Tuesday, February 4, 2020
  • Funeral Service Woodlawn Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Burial: Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Wednesday, February 5, 2020


Mrs. Evelyn H Wray

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Nancy Ives

February 15, 2020

I loved Mrs. Wray. I was a student at Sherwood Forest Elementary School in the 60"s and she was the "lunch lady". Not only did she greet you with a smile every day, but she would also allow you to pay it tomorrow if you forgot your lunch money. Even at a young age, I noticed that some kids didn't pay and she never made it obvious to others. (I don't know why I noticed except I was that kind of kid)

Thank you, Mrs. Wray.

Karen Pelham

February 11, 2020

I am one of those many children who passed through the cafeteria at lunch time in the mid-late 60’s. I remember Mrs. Wray’s kind smile and warmth. You never know how you touch the lives of others in simple ways that are meaningful through a lifetime; the kindness given to a child in a smile, but Mrs. Wray did. Bless you Mrs. Wray, and peace and love to the family.
-Karen Pelham, MSN, RN

David Ives

February 7, 2020

She was the best person. Kind and always with a smile. She is someone that makes fond memories of elementary school complete. I never heard a harsh word from her nor about her.

I know it's difficult to loose a mom (mine past last November) but I hope you can take comfort knowing that she is with the savior and you will see her again one day.

David Ives.

Cindy Bissette (King)

February 7, 2020

I remember her so well in elementary school. She was so kind and loved all of us. She would always go out of her way to say hi and make you feel like you are important. Her daughter Denise was one of my best friends and we had so many fun times at her house and mine. Still have pictures of our birthday celebration together. Her mom always made you feel welcomed into there house. So sorry for the families loss. Love and prayers 🙏♥️

Mistie Hamacher

February 6, 2020

Snookie always made me smile and I always loved being around her. She was a kind and beautiful soul. I love her and will miss her presence in this world. Love and prayers to the family always.

Sharom Colburn

February 5, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Mrs. Wray's passing. I remember her so well from Sherwood Forrest .She always had a smile on her face. May God's peace and love be with the Family always.

Jean Klein

February 5, 2020

We will all miss our beloved Snooky who treated us with such kindness and respect. I can still see her welcoming everyone at The Venue on 35th. The world is not quite the same without her.

Mark Williams

February 5, 2020

So Sorry to receive the report of the the Loss! Of Mrs Evelyn Wray She was our Lunch Room Lady in the 60's At Sherwood Forest! If you ever lost of forgot your Lunch Money you can bet she would Help you and you would not go Hungary! https://www.facebook.com/groups/120196585307811/