Cynthia Burwell

Cynthia Olga Lingo Burwell

Saturday, December 18th, 1954 - Sunday, January 12th, 2020
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On Sunday, January 12, 2020, Cynthia Burwell, a woman after God’s own heart was called to be with her Maker in Paradise. Cynthia was born on December 18, 1954 to the late Harold Lingo and the late Ruth Bouldin Lingo Samuel. After her parents divorced, her mother later remarried the late Marion C. Samuel, who served as a father figure for most of her life, and helped her mother raise her to become a Godly woman.

Cynthia graduated from Bethel High School (Hampton, VA) in 1972 where she was the first African American majorette. During her summers in high school she attended majorette camps, and was an expert at twirling fire batons. She then attended Hampton Institute (Hampton University) where she was selected Miss ROTC and graduated with a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1976.

Cynthia was an excellent student and was able to obtain a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati. With much hard work and determination, she graduated with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and began her career as a Speech Pathologist for Sentara Enterprises (Norfolk, VA).

In 1979 she fell in love with Wesley Burwell, and they married later that year. From that union they were blessed to have two children, Martin and Lauren. Cynthia enjoyed having fun, dancing, quilting, calligraphy and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also volunteered with the Salvation Army, led a Bible Studies in her home, and was active with the Women’s Ministry at Hope Church.

A few years ago, God laid upon her heart to write a children’s book about the Holy Spirit. As a result of that calling, she published a book in 2018 called “The Super Duper Supernatural Warriors” (which is currently available on Amazon). Cynthia understood the importance of God’s faithfulness when things are difficult and to continue to stand firm on His promises.

Cynthia leaves to cherish her memory; her devoted husband of 40 years, Wesley Burwell of Virginia Beach, VA her 2 children Martin Burwell (wife Delia) of Chesapeake, VA , Lauren Burwell (husband Brandon) of Virginia Beach, VA, Cathy Revelle (husband Thomas III) of Newark, DE, two precious grandchildren, Gabriel and Zoe Holmes of Virginia Beach, sister-in-law, Anita Burwell of Atlanta, GA, nephew, Thomas Revelle IV of Newark, DE, niece, Sydney Thom (husband Mark) of Fairfax, VA, aunt-in-laws, Edith T. Bouldin of Newport News, VA and Lorna Bouldin of Norfolk, VA, her dear cousin and friend, Sandra M. Robinson ( husband Marion aka “Sky”) of Castle Hayne, NC , her personal decorator and cousin, Trina Robinson- Isom (husband Tracey) of Wilmington, NC, Sonya Howard (husband Darryl) of Hampton, VA, her dear friends Shirley Baldwin of Virginia Beach, VA ,Brenda Stratton of Chesapeake, VA and Kezia Murriera of Virginia Beach, VA and a host of family members and devoted friends.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Friday, January 17th, 2020 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    Chesapeake, VA 23320
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    Pastors Jacob and Heather Martin
  • Interment

    Chesapeake Memorial Gardens
    524 Cedar Road
    Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
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  • Reception

    Graham Funeral Home
    1112 Kempsville Road
    CHESAPEAKE, VA 23320
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Posted at 09:41pm
Cynthia has been a good friend of mine since I moved to Virginia Beach. I will miss her tremendously. She was a wonderful person.
Frances Mariconda

Charlene Aaron

Posted at 08:58am
Cynthia was the epitome of a sweet woman of God. Once when I was sick, she took the time to bring me and my family a meal. I never forgot her act of kindness and her precious words of encouragement to me during that time. She will be missed. Praying for her beautiful family!

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