Ralph Elliott Centers

January 26, 1939 - July 25, 2001

01/26/1939 - 07/25/2001

Ralph Elliott Centers, 62, of the 5900 block of Cypress Point Circle died on July 25, 2001 peacefully at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Centers was born in Stevenson, Alabama and resided in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He graduated from Maury High School and upon graduation served in the United States Coast Guard. For the past 21 years he owned Centers Construction Company. He is past president of Tidewater Remodelers Association. Mr. Centers was a member of the Scottish Rite, Norfolk #1 Blue Lodge and the Shriners Khedive Temple.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Shirley Centers, one daughter, Kimberly Stites and her husband, Ronald, of Virginia Beach; his brother, Harold Centers and his wife, Carrie, of Baltimore, Maryland; his sister, Imogene Jannise and her husband, Charles, of Norfolk, Virginia; four grandchildren, Justin Masterson, Katelyn, Andrew and Matthew Stites of Virginia Beach; niece, Charlene Jannise of Norfolk; nephews, Wayne, Kenny and Bobby Centers of Nashville, Tennessee.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Unity Church of Tidewater 5580 Shell Road, Virginia Beach, on Saturday, July 28, 2001 at 3:00pm with the Rev. Joyce Kramer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospital Hospitality House, Inc. 612 E. Marshall Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and wonderful friend. He will be missed by all.

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Brenda Harrell
7 years ago

Dear Shirley and family i am so sorry about Ralph.God bless you and your family. Brenda Harrell

Jack & Mary Kidd
7 years ago

Dear Shirley and Family,

We were sorry to hear about your loss. You have our sympathy. We’re praying for the Centers Family.

Jack & Mary Kidd

Walter & Alice Friedlein
7 years ago

Dear Shirley and Family,

We are so sorry to hear the news of Ralph’s death. We thought of all of you often, and the many good times we had shared. We will continue to treasurer those memories, and will keep you in our prayers.

Love, Walt and Alice

Tim Odom
7 years ago

God be with you Shirly, I hope you can be strong and live happy, I know thats what Ralph would want.

Love Ya. Tim Odom

Ken Tustin
7 years ago

I knew his mother and father very well. I bought a Honda from Ralph many years ago. I flew from Chattanooga to Norfolk. He met me at the airport, I gave him a check, and he gave me the keys. I drove back home. It was the best car I ever owned!

God bless you.

walter g. north
7 years ago

I will always remember ralph

as a sharp dresser with a good sense of humor and a good friend. He was a great guy. Walt

Charlie Vincent
7 years ago

Life gives us our friends;

Our friends give us life.

We will remember you – and we will miss you Brother Ralph.

The Masterson Family
7 years ago

Love, Peace, and comfort to you Shirley, Kim & Justin.

Thank you for your friendship through all of our years together.

Love The Masterson Families.

Mr.and Mrs. Ernest B. Cason
7 years ago

Mr. Centers was a wonderful person.He will surely be missed.

Scott Hinson
7 years ago

Mrs.Centers and Kim I am very sorry about Mr.Centers mythoughts are with you.

Scott Hinson

Daphne Adams Egerton
7 years ago

Ralph was like a father to me. God be with him now. Shirley, my prayers are with you and Kim now. Love, Daphne

Tommy Elliott
7 years ago

Ralph you will be missed your cousin Tommy

Barbara T. McCoy Sherry's Mom
7 years ago

So sorry for your loss

Sherry McCoy Irby
7 years ago

Thinking of you Kim and Shirley.Fondest memories of Ralph.

Sherry McCoy Irby
7 years ago

Thinking of you Kim and Shirley.Foundest memories of Ralph.

Chris & Paula Cook
7 years ago

We are saddened to hear of Ralph’s death. We enjoyed working with him when he rennovated our home. Our blessings to his family.