Delores Christine Epps was born to the late Hamilton and Lucile Thornton on October 30, 1938 in Grafton, Virginia. She made her transition on February 10, 2021 after a short illness. She was one of a set of twins (Virgie Watkins deceased Twin). She would often share fond childhood memories of being raised in a large loving Christian family. In her hometown of Grafton, Virginia she was known as one of “Ham Thornton Girls.” She w as raised in Grafton Baptist Church and maintained her faith in God throughout her life. She was a long time member of Grayland Baptist church in Richmond Virginia and served happily as a Nurse and Usher throughout her membership. In recent years she enjoyed watching Pastor Lance Watson of St. Paul’s Baptist church with her husband George on Sunday mornings.
Delores attended the York Training School and graduated from James Weldon Johnson High School where she learned to play Basketball. She was a good student and would ultimately continue her education and receive her Licensed Practical Nurse’s certificate from the Richmond Technical Center in 1974. She passed the Board on July 24th, 1974. She was so very proud of her accomplishment and dedicated herself to being the best nurse a patient could have while working for the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) for more than 30 years. After retiring from MCV, she continued practicing nursing and resumed her lifelong desire to become a Registered Nurse by attending Virginia Commonwealth University, but when her health changed, she focused on working for private patients through local Health care agencies until she could no longer work. Her best days of retirement were spent in her yard, lovingly named “Her Garden.” She loved gardening and would work for hours outdoors.
Delores married her High School sweetheart George Epps on February 22, 1958 in Williamsburg, Va. They moved to Richmond, Virginia and raised their 3 children Son, Osmund Epps (deceased); Son, Ronald Epps, and Daughter, Germaine Epps (Serrano). She loved her family and worked hard to provide for them all through their youth. Delores and George spent many days enjoying each other’s company during their retirement. George would lovingly and playfully call her his “Boo.” She would smile and say, “My name is not Boo!” He would respond, “You are My Boo!” By many close family and friends she was known as “Miss Dee!” She was called “Grandma” by all her Grandchildren and Great-Grands and “Aunt Delores” by her nieces and nephews.
Delores leaves to cherish her memory, Husband George Epps; Son, Ronald Epps; Daughter Germaine Epps (Serrano), Grandchildren, Ebony Green, Orlando Fleming, Osmund Orlando Epps III, Alissa Serrano, Tiffany Serrano, Savannah Serrano, Krystina Serrano; 13 Great-Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren. She also leaves Sisters, Theresa Borum; Retha Whitley, Joyce Thornton, Emma Thornton, Ruth Thornton and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. She loved each and everyone. She always had a listening ear for her family and friends and maintained a lifelong childhood friendship with Ms. Julia Barnes. She will truly be missed by all who loved and knew her.
A private Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Mother’s Day, May 9th 2021 at her home in Richmond Virginia. More information will be provided before the Ceremony day.