Rita Darnell Heitzer

May 14, 1949 - May 5, 2015

05/14/1949 - 05/05/2015

Rita Darnell Heitzer

Virginia Beach – Rita Darnell Heitzer, 65 died May 5, 2015. Mrs. Heitzer was born in South Carolina to the late R.E. and Cecile White Stone. She had worked as a hair dresser and her favorite hobbies were cooking, bingo, hunting and dancing. Mrs. Heitzer was predeceased by her husband, William E. Heitzer; siblings Olivia Rowland and husband Paul, and Randolph Stone.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, William “Billy” Heitzer, II and his wife Kelley, Nicole Brand-Sherman and her husband Ray, and Kimberlee Dawn Grice and her husband Joseph; grandchildren, Rachael Craven and her husband Will, Sarah Martin and her husband Eric, Hannah Brand, Abigail Brand, Cody Heitzer, Katelyn Heitzer, Cody Taylor, Courtney Heitzer, Scarlet Heitzer, and Matthew Heitzer; great grandchild, Colton Heitzer; siblings, Patricia Parris and her husband Hoyt, Gloria Higgins and her husband Jack, Raymond Stone and his wife Judy; Susan Heitzer-Stickland and many other loving family members.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Albert G. Horton, Jr., Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery at 12:00 pm. Altmeyer Funeral Home, South Side Chapel is handling the arrangements.

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Darin Heitzer
8 years ago

Aunt Rita will be missed! Although I don’t have many memories of her, the ones I do are good ones. Her and Uncle Bill both always made me feel important even when I didn’t feel so. I will as long as I am able to remember that about them! My thoughts and prayers go out to my cousins and their families during this sad time. Love you all!

Katelyn Heitzer
8 years ago

Granma, you were and always will be my best friend! I miss you terribly but knowing your with Pap makes it a little easier! I know your happy now but just know I will love you always! I love you more gotcha last!!!!

Gman Parris
8 years ago

I miss you Rita, I love you so much too… Thank you for being my friend and for all my hugs… Have fun in Heaven with Jesus… Sing loud for me!!! Happy birthday in Heaven… Love you so much Rita!!! Oh and thank you for all your kisses and I am sending one to you now… So make sure you catch it and I hope you caught the butterflies!! I love you!!! Gman… Aka.. Grayson Elijah Parris

Nicole Brand-Sherman
8 years ago


I will never be the same without you. I will miss you each and every day. I know without a doubt that you had given it all to Jesus though, and so I am certain we will see each other again, as sisters, walking and dancing the streets of gold. Thank you for kissing Daddy and Scotty for us! Forever your first baby!


Angie Parris
8 years ago

My sweet aunt Rita… Although the time came for Jesus to take you home.. I know you were ready to be in the Heavens with your Bill and rejoice and sing with the many angels!! I love you so very much and I know you know that and always have… I can’t thank you enough for your unconditional love and support through the years and always being more than an aunt but a true friend and supporter of me…. I know your smiling down on us all from Heaven and May 14… Your day of birth is right now.. So happy birthday in Heaven and may your first one there be as beautiful as you are and I know it will be… I love you, I miss you, and I Believe!!! Forever in my heart and forever with us all… Rest well my sweet angel!!! Always your Angie…

Hoyt and Pat Parris
8 years ago

Rita you will be missed forever by all. You touched many lives and you were loved by all. We enjoyed many good times together. We loved you very much. We know you are with the Lord now.

Shirley hall
8 years ago

We shared many good times with your Mom and Dad and will miss both of them.

They were very special to us and we will miss them but they leave behind three great kids and lots of special grandkids.

You are in our thoughts and prayers .

We love you

Dan and Shirley Hall