William "Corkey" Kent Langston

June 29, 1943February 19, 2021

William “Corkey” Kent Langston, 77, passed away in Norfolk on Friday, February 19, 2021. Corkey was born in Portsmouth, VA to the late James and Christine Langston. He is also predeceased by his brother, James R. Langston. Corkey was a US Army veteran, part of the 82nd Airborne and the 5th Special Forces during the Vietnam War. He later started working as a QA/QC Inspector with Dominion Energy. Very active socially, he was a member of Scottish Rites of Freemason in Texas and Previous Assistant Chief of the Nansemond Indian Tribal Association. A true outdoorsman, he loved hunting, fishing and enjoyed coaching soccer as well. He is survived by his wife Norma Langston; children, William Kent Smith and his wife, Liz, Heather Lamont and her husband, Chris and Andy Langston and his wife, Myra; seven grandchildren, Kent, Jr., Andrew, Haley, Sarah, Owen, Abi and Maxwell, as well as a host of other family members and close friends.

A visitation will be from 6-8pm, Thursday, February 25, 2021 at Rosewood Kellum Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will begin at 2pm the following day in the funeral home chapel. Interment will immediately follow the service at Rosewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to either The Lewy Body Dementia Association at to the Diabetes Association at Online condolences may be offered to the family at


  • Norma Langston, Wife
  • William Kent Smith (Liz), Son
  • Heather Lamont (Chris), Daughter
  • Andy Langston (Myra), Son
  • Kent, Jr., Grandchild
  • Andrew, Grandchild
  • Haley, Grandchild
  • Sarah, Grandchild
  • Owen, Grandchild
  • Abi, Grandchild
  • Maxwell, Grandchild
  • He is also survived by a host of other family members and close friends.

  • Kent Smith, Sr., Active Pallbearer
  • Kent Smith, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Andy Langston, Active Pallbearer
  • Andrew Langston, Active Pallbearer
  • James Baldwin, Active Pallbearer
  • John Allison, Active Pallbearer
  • Chris Lamont, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Owen Lamont, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Friday, February 26, 2021


William "Corkey" Kent Langston

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James Baldwin

March 1, 2021

Words can't even begin to express how much I Kelly and I are going to miss Corky. We were neighbors for 8 years. When I deployed, I could sleep at night knowing Corky was right next door. The times we spent playing, "Name that Tune" (He always won), making up dice games, and just being friends, are too numerous to list. Everyone who knew him, had at least two stories that fell into two topics, times he made you laugh, and times he came to help. His sense of humor was incredible. He loved Norma his wife, his kids, Kent, Heather and Woody, and his grandchildren. He also loved his friends. I know where he is now, Heaven could never turn away a heart like his.

William Arrington

February 26, 2021

Corky and I played football at Churchland HS. I remember during the summer practices during afternoon break we would walk accross the street to the Colonial Store to get something to drink. One day we bought a gallon of Apple Cider and we drank the whole thing. Practice that afternoon was not fun. Corky alway had a positive attitude and a joke to make you laugh. Everybody on the team liked him.

Anne Allison

February 26, 2021

Our hearts are broken. Corkey was not just our friend. He was a big part of our family. His personality was bigger than life and so was his heart. He gave so much of his time teaching our children about sports and sportsmanship, fishing and the love of nature, the importance of history and many many life lessons. We have wonderful memories of our vacations together but also of the hundreds of game nights and football games. A little piece of our heart is empty now without Corkey, but remembering him will always bring a smile to our face and gratitude that he was a part of our lives. We love you dear friend. Anne and Cotton aka Fannie and Q-tip.

Ann Rooks Smith

February 24, 2021

My sincere sympathy.

Brenda White Swann

February 24, 2021

Norma and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Corkey's passing. I cannot imagine how sad you must be. I loved him like a best friend when we were all younger and I always sought him out at the many Simonsdale Teen Club Reunion Dances over the years. What a character! I can just see him up in heaven now, doing his James Brown routine with Jesus! He was one in a million and will be remembered for his lovingkindness and generous heart.
Norma, God bless you. You were the best thing that ever happened to Corkey. Kids, you are lucky rascals to have called him Dad.
See you again someday my friend.

Debbie Polson Fernandez

February 24, 2021

What I recall, recollect and remember is how many stories my Uncle Corkey started with “ I recall, recollect and remember. When he started a story with this phrase you knew it was going to be good. He had some great stories and some great hobbies. My first frog gigging experience and frog leg eating experience was with Uncle Corkey. I remember how pretty the gigs he made were with the different colored tape and how he assured me they taste like chicken. I’ll never forget the Candy apple red gas tank on his Harley Davidson. It was beautiful and he loved it. Fleetwood Mac Rumors will forever remind me of him and his love of music. Lessons in crabbing from a pier, fishing, garage organizing are such fond memories. I will never forget that the best ice comes from a frozen 2 liter bottle and a hammer. Most importantly, Uncle Corkey was a loving and generous man who put family first. He will be missed. My sincerest condolence to Aunt Norma, Heather and Woody. I love you all!

William Trimyer

February 24, 2021

Sad to learn of the death of Corkey. My sympathy is extended to his family. After high school I saw Corkey at the Simonsdale reunions. Corkey would seek me out or I would seek him out to catch up with each other's life. He was a friend to me at Churchland High School even though he was two years ahead of me. He was a delight to know will be missed by all who knew him.

Mary Margaret Braswell

February 24, 2021

Norma, I’m so sorry for your loss. I haven’t seen Corky since our twenties. I do remember the crazy fun he and Jimmy C. use to have. I remember hearing of you two getting married. I pray God will give you comfort.

Amy Curling

February 23, 2021

It is hard to figure out how to express what Corkey meant to me. I wouldn't be Aunt Amy if Corkey and Norma hadn't welcomed me into the family as if I were Heather's sister. He always greeted me with a big hug and was sure to ask how I was. I will miss his stories (even the super long ones), those hugs, and his unique laugh. Rest in peace Cork you will be greatly missed.

Love always,

Pat Ormsby

February 23, 2021

My condolences to the entire family. I will always have fond memories of his wonderful support on the sidelines through all the years of our soccer team. He was a great man.