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Constance Jennings Rhodes Lue

Posted By Hall-Wynne On September 2, 2016 @ 5:31 pm In Obituaries,Oxford | 13 Comments

Constance Jennings Rhodes Lue departed this life peacefully surrounded by family and friends on August 31, 2016. She was born September 11, 1936 to the late Richard Franklin Rhodes and Violet Jennings Rhodes in Portsmouth, Va. She was raised in the Norfolk area graduating from Maury High School where she met her lifelong sweetheart, the late Rex Fred Lue, Jr. They were married on July 10, 1955 and remained devoted soul mates for 55 years until his death in 2010.
They made their home in the Tidewater , VA area, raising their three children. She devoted her children’s younger years to being a stay at home mother and an active participant in their educational activities. Later she enjoyed driving a Virginia Beach school bus transporting special needs students. These students brought great joy to her life.
For retirement they moved to Kerr Lake in Warren County, NC, where the young family had spent many vacations camping at Palmer Point campground. There they enjoyed many sunsets, boat rides and time with family and friends making many lifetime memories on the lake.
In her later years her love of Tea took her from San Francisco to London, England. In her travels she studied under Jane Pettigrew, of London, England and Dorothea Johnson, of The Protocol School of Washington, to become the Southern Tea Lady. She then used her education to teach others about the fine art of Tea and civility at the Virginia Beach Adult Learning Center and Vance Granville Community College. Through these classes two Tea Societies were formed and are still active today, The Virginia Tea Society and The Old North State Tea Society.
She was very community minded, and a strong activist for the down trodden, always striving to help and better others in any way she could. This spirit endeared her to many people through the years as she worked to make a difference.
In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by sisters, Judy Felici and Sandy Johnson. She is survived by brothers, Richard Rhodes, Jr. and Scott Rhodes both of VA. Daughters, Deborah Johnson, Winston Salem, NC and Dee Pinnell (Dennis) of Palmer Springs, VA and a son, Rick Lue (Amy) of Oxford, NC. She had 8 grandchildren, Becky Miller, Katie Starr, Chris Johnson, Scott Hunt, Eric Pinnell, Adam Pinnell, Harris Lue, Lina Lue, and 9 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind many extended family members and dear friends.
There will be a celebration of her life on Wednesday, September 7th, 5 to 8 pm at Gentry, Newell and Vaughan funeral home in Oxford, NC. The family encourages anyone that would like to share stories of Constance to please come prepared to do so. There will be a graveside service at a later date at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, VA. Flowers are welcome or you may make a donation in her memory to the ASPCA to help keep animals in need.

A memorial graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8100 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23505.


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Condolence from Maxine Reynolds Chauvaux on September 2nd, 2016 6:09 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am sad at her passing, but more sad, because I haven’t known her long enough. A selfish reason, I’ll admit, but she had so much to share about her love of Tea and I enjoyed being in her presence, whether in a class or at a tea party. The “T” in ConsTance will always remind me of my friend the TEA lady. The is a quote that says, “When the last drop is emptied from the cup, Friendship fills it again to the brim.” As a Tea class particpant and a Tea Society member, I realize that Connie’s last drop of brewed tea has been emptied from our cups, but her lasting friendship and spirit will keep them always filled to the brim with memories of The Southern Tea Lady and her penchant for educating people about tea and civility. And now I must find solace in a cup of tea. Bless you all as you keep her spirit alive in the trying days ahead. Please know I grieve with you.

Condolence from Maxine Reynolds Chauvaux on September 2nd, 2016 6:15 pm

Maxine Reynolds Chauvaux

September 2, 2016 at 6:09 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am sad at Connie’s passing, but more sad, because I haven’t known her long enough. A selfish reason, I’ll admit, but she had so much to share about her love of Tea and I enjoyed being in her presence, whether in a class or at a tea party. The “T” in ConsTance will always remind me of my friend the TEA lady. There is a quote that says, “When the last drop is emptied from the cup, Friendship fills it again to the brim.” As a Tea class particpant and a Tea Society member, I realize that the last drop of Connie’s brewed tea has been emptied from our cups, but her lasting friendship and spirit will keep them always filled to the brim with memories of The Southern Tea Lady and her penchant for educating people about tea and civility. And now I must find solace in a cup of tea. Bless you all as you keep her spirit alive in the trying days ahead. Please know I grieve with you.

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Condolence from Nicole on September 2nd, 2016 10:12 pm

She was a very sweet lady. Always talked about family and always had a smile on her face. She will definitely be missed. I pray that God wraps his arms around the family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Myron G. Nahra on September 3rd, 2016 4:27 am

I will miss Momma Lue. She always treated me like a second Son!! My thoughts and prayers are with her Family.

Condolence from Diana Berry on September 3rd, 2016 10:26 am

RIP momma Lue. I love you so much. Now you are not in anymore discomfort, just laying in Jesus’ arms. Thank you for being a special lady. You raised a wonderful daughter with Dee. She my ultimate number 1 best friend. I adore everything about her. Thank you. Your memories will live on in all of our hearts.
Love,
Diana Berry, Ruth Berry, & Bill Lloyd

Condolence from Gina Lane on September 3rd, 2016 10:42 am

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Connie. She was an inspiration for many tea lovers to gain an understanding and deep appreciation of the world of tea; for which I am very thankful. I have fond memories of sharing tea time with her, and of many long conversations. I am grateful for her, and for her time that she shared with me as a friend, and a mentor. It is my honor and privilege to have known such a wonderful lady, and to be lucky enough to have shared her love of tea. She touched the lives of many, and truly will be missed. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Gina Lane

Condolence from Sandra on September 3rd, 2016 10:58 am

Cheers to you, Connie Lou! Thank you for founding the Va. Tea Society. Because of your life, ladies like me are able to continue your love of the tea tradition. Rest in Peace & God bless your family.

Sandra Brown

Condolence from Judy Shepherd on September 3rd, 2016 12:33 pm

What a wonderful narrative to read about Mrs. Lue. My goodness, what an interesting and enjoyable life she lead. The tea involvement is very unique and special. I know you never mentioned that to me, Dee. And I know you did everything possible to make her later years as good as they could be, Dee. Thinking of you all.

Condolence from Chris Harrell on September 4th, 2016 12:21 pm

Hey Dee and Family:

So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing.

Dee I still remember all the times Buddy and I stopped by after school (Princess Anne) in 1974 to hang out and your Mom coming out to chat with us. We loved her laughing personality.

My thoughts and prayers are with you!

God Bless!

Condolence from Angela Pantiel on September 4th, 2016 3:03 pm

I will truly miss my downstairs neighbor. She feed my when I first moved into the apartment and was always interested not only in my day to day activities but in my happiness. Ms. Connie named me Angel but she was truly my angel. She inspired me to not sell myself short or think small. She reminded me that I serve a great big GOD and I am honored to have had her in my life. She will be missed but I will think of her and smile.

Condolence from Sherry Walker on September 6th, 2016 2:49 pm

Dee and Family
Even though I did not get to meet your mother personally , Her wonderful kind loving daughter was a refection of what kind of mother she was. Dee shared so many sweet, funny and sometimes sad stories of her mother we all grew to love. I know she will be missed, my thoughts are with Dee and her family . God bless all of you.

Condolence from Magnolia W. Clanton on September 7th, 2016 5:35 pm

I will not be at the service for Connie this evening but would like to express my heartfelt sympathy to the family. She was truly the “Southern Lady”. I met her several years ago but really got to know her when I took her Tea class. The class was delightful and conversations with her were special. I will remember her whenever I sip my tea and enjoy my savories.

Sincerely,

Condolence from Star on September 8th, 2016 12:31 am

My mind on Connie Lue tonight

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