|Birth: ||Mar. 23, 1914|
|Death: ||Feb. 22, 2009|
Clemenza Arnold Fields Braxton, wife of the late Paul D. Braxton passed away late Sunday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2009, at her Williamsburg home on Braxton Court.
Mrs. Braxton was the eldest daughter of the late Maude Clemenza Poole Fields and Lucius Arnold Fields of Hampton, Va. She was born March 23, 1914, and raised in Hampton in a home overflowing with love, compassion and devotion to family.
She was the granddaughter of James A. Fields, an alumnus of the first graduating class at Hampton Institute - now Hampton University - and delegate to the Virginia's General Assembly and the first African American Commonwealths' Attorney for Warwick County.
Her most memorable experiences of her youth included trips with her parents and younger sister to horse races, auto races and fairs. She cherished the time spent with her Grandma Fields at her shop at the corner across from Hampton Institute.
Mrs. Braxton attended Elm Street School in Hampton until it closed then attended Union Street School. Upon her graduation, she enrolled Hampton Institute, where she majored in Physical Education and English. She joined various clubs; acted in plays, danced, played tennis and anything else Physical Education demanded and there, met her future husband.
She graduated from Hampton in 1936, taught English and was the Chairman of the English at Bruton Heights School, Berkeley High School and James Blair Middle School. She also was the Drama Instructor, accompanying her students to various competitions located at different colleges throughout the State. She introduced the first fine arts festivals held at Bruton Heights with various local artists participating with the students of the school. When Jacqulyn Polson Prater came to teach at Bruton Heights, she and Mrs. Braxton worked together to ensure the success of the festivals.
Mrs. Braxton was the organist and choir director at First Baptist Church (Williamsburg) for more than 30 years. She took great pride in directing the weddings of friends and family.
She received her Master of Arts degree from Hampton Institute and completed advanced degree course work at Syracuse University. She always was an English teacher at heart who traveled to different schools over the Commonwealth in the interest of English, and earned the respect of her students and their parents and fellow teachers.
Survivors include her sons, Robert Arnold and David Gerard; their wives, Hazel P. and Janette D.; one grandson, Gregory; one granddaughter, Ashley; a sister, Marilyn F. Billups; her 'adopted' daughters, Mildred Christen and Anne Taylor; and a host of other relatives through out the nation.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at First Baptist Church, 727 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185. The funeral will be noon, Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at First Baptist (Williamsburg). Internment will follow the Service at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Williamsburg.
In lieu of flowers, make contributions to the Clemenza F. Braxton Memorial Fund of First Baptist Church, 727 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
Arrangements are under the direction of Poole's Funeral Home, 8721 Colonial Trail West, Smithfield, VA 23430, 757-357-4742.
Sabrina Hardy-Newby, Director.
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Cedar Grove Cemetery
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Record added: Feb 13, 2012
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