NEWPORT NEWS — Linda Yvonne Wright Credle Stubbs, a believer in Christ, minister of the gospel, loving wife, devoted mother, teacher to hundreds, spiritual mentor to many, a caring aunt, niece, cousin, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all; trusting the plan of the Lord as she departed this life September 7, 2021, in Newport News, Virginia.
Born June 18, 1952, in Lackey, Virginia to the late James Russell and Evelina Wright, Linda Stubbs was a Godsend!
She was truly blessed with a very generous heart and was just as important as all of those she loved and cared for.
Her unspeakable joy was from the Light of her life Jesus Christ, Jehovah, the Almighty GOD, and the love of her life Pastor William Corwell Stubbs, and no one or nothing could ever take that joy away from her.
As a minister of the Gospel, Linda had a special bond with every one of her children, and with the extended children in the ministry and also in the community that she adopted, worshipped, and fellowshipped with.
Linda Stubbs graduated from York High School in 1970 and gained employment at the Parent Child Development Center (PCDC) in Williamsburg soon after.
Working especially hard; sometimes holding three jobs simultaneously while attending a two plus two program at Thomas Nelson Community College and Christopher Newport University.
She had long-term employment with (MWR) Morale Welfare and Recreation and retired as the Family and Youth Child Development Center Director of Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown.
Pastor William Stubbs and Minister Linda Stubbs were indispensable.
They wed on November 19, 1999, and had a very special bond as they shared the same spiritual beliefs. They were best friends, real partners, and just could not be separated.
Together with Christ Jesus, they created and exhibited one of the deepest and strongest marital connections ever seen.
If you can receive it, they both left us with an example, that physical relations are not everything; and that Spiritual relations have its own precious importance between husband-wife and GOD! Mark 10:9 “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
Linda Stubbs had a passion for people, and her positive energy, for those of all walks showed throughout her life; especially in her ministry work, even up until the day she left us.
First Lady Linda Stubbs started her ministry at the Rising Sun Baptist Church in the 1990s as a scriptural/spiritual teacher and she assisted with directing music for the Sunday School Youth Choir and later became the Youth Director.
Linda was moved by the Holy Spirit to create a ministry of “Helps” program to the community and to all who asked and who didn’t or were too ashamed or unable to ask.
As the First Lady and Minister of New Testament Teaching Church of Christ, she created the Brown Bag Ministry for the sharing of food and fellowship, Bible Talk Sessions, InReach Ministries for women, children, sick and shut-in, elderly, homeless, and/or displaced, or simply in need of a listening ear and a caring heart.
Her vision was to create pathways and provide outreach services, as she taught that “Jesus is always in reach”.
Spirit-led, she alongside of her husband provided for those who we indigent, needed financial and/or emergency assistance, clothes, and other resources.
Her heart was in Christ Jesus served many as she preached and taught the Gospel as she lead the Children’s Ministry at Rising Sun Baptist church for many years.
Later as a Minister at New Testament Teaching Church of Christ for almost 25 years. It will be nearly impossible, but not improbable for anyone to fill her shoes without her strong faith and through faith, to service many within and outside of her community.
She was predeceased in death by her parents, James, and Evelina Wright; the love of her life, the late great Pastor William Corwell Stubbs, of whom she was very protective; two brothers: Gale and Keith Wright; sister, Regina Moreland, brother in law, Lewis Stubbs and grandchild Raheem “Remy” Fennell.
She is survived by her son, James Wright Sr., daughters; Angela Credle Newman, and Michelle Credle.
She also welcomed five children from her husband’s previous marriages; Sabrina Stubbs Clemons (Anthony), Daryl Stubbs (Loretta), Renee Morgan (Chappell), Rochelle Woods, and Randy Woods.
She was the eldest of eight siblings from that union; Evelina (Sissy) Wright, Kevin Wright, Sherry Carter (Tim), Gurnell Williams, and Catina Williams; Verdell Stubbs, Geraldine Stubbs, Gladys Stubbs, Nathaniel Stubbs, Raymond Stubbs, Ernest Stubbs, Ernestine Stubbs, Linda Stubbs, and Maxine Overton (Michael).
Her grandchildren are James Wright Jr., Shawnta Wright, Tyisha Hawkins-Wright, Ebony Wright, Kerry Davis, Jatoya Jones, Desiree Jones, Deja Jones, Dyamond Hatfield, Oceauna Newman, Charee Newman II, Malik Fennell, Khiara Fennell, Blessing Credle, Ernest Davis, Cameron Davis, Heaven Davis, Sarah Clemons, Rachel Clemons, Nathan Stubbs, Dillion Stubbs, Langston Stubbs, Willie J. Clay III, Isaac Clay, Letitia Smith, Kairan Woods, Jahborn Brown, Saibir Brown and Prince Brown.
Stubbs was blessed with several great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, special friends, and associates listed but not limited to; Pastor Lewis and Minister Lois Fitzgerald, all of the Little Ones she touched with her heart, Melanie Moreland, Mother Victoria Alfred, Julia Sanders, Sister Angie Taliaferro, Minister Theresa Heyward and family, Councilwoman Honorable Sharon Scott, Annette Robinson, Roland Fennell, Sister Serita Holt and family, Jeff and Elsie Bolden, the Naval Weapons Station Youth and Family Childcare and the Children’s Corner Staff Development Teams, Minister Andre Murphy, Reverend Dr. Wayne E., and Passion C. Credle, Jr., Evangelist Sonya Burks, Carolyn Ransome, the Women’s InReach Ministry, and the entire PCDC Group!
Linda Y. Wright Stubbs was a beautiful soul, who loved deeply and was loved by many as she definitely raised the bar as to how believers are to be as well as do while still here. She now transitions from labor to reward to receive all stored up for her in heaven.
Heaven is in the process of receiving another treasure, and the memory of our Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt, friend, but most importantly Disciple will live on and be cherished forever!
Professional services entrusted to the staff of Whiting’s Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011 whitingsfuneralhome.com
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