Frances Gresham

July 31, 1928 - February 21, 2016

07/31/1928 - 02/21/2016

Past Services

Wednesday February 24, 2016
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Thursday February 25, 2016
Woodlawn Memorial Gardens
6309 E Virginia Beach Blvd.
Norfolk, Virginia 23502
757-461-4054 | Directions
Thursday February 25, 2016
11:00 am

Frances Gresham, 87, went to be with the Lord Sunday the 21st of February, 2016 after a long battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.Frances was born in Stokes, NC and resided in Virginia Beach as a resident of Victoria Place at the time of her death.  She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas C. Gresham She was also predeceased by her parents, William and Maria James, and three siblings. At the age of 18 she moved to Norfolk, VA and resided in the Hampton Roads area the rest of her life. Frances was a faithful Christian and was a founding member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church (America).  She was a homemaker and loving Mother and Grandmother all of her adult life. She is survived by her loving children, Clifton N. Byrd, Julia Byrd Whitley of Virginia Beach, and a step-daughter Sharon Gresham Patrick (George) of Chesapeake, VA. She is also survived by her three Grand Children, Anthony Gammage of Glenside, PA, Christopher J. Cochran and Adam N. Byrd of Chesapeake and Laura Nucup of Virginia Beach as well as 6 great grandchildren and three special nieces, Dana Dyer, Debbie O’leary of Norfolk, VA and Donna Ripley of Virginia Beach, VA.  Also left to cherish her memory are special friends of 45 years, Tony and Maggie Smith and their family. A visitation will be held 6-8pm Wednesday February 24, 2016 at Altmeyer Funeral Home 5792 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach. A service will be held 11am Thursday February 25, 2016 at New Covenant Presbyterian Church 1552 Kempsville Road Virginia Beach, with a Graveside to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Condolences can be made at

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Marilyn Essink
7 years ago

Frances was one of the sweetest ladies that touched my life. She had such a sweet spirit and her love for God showed without her saying a word. My love and prayers to her family.
Marilyn Essink

Laura Nucup
7 years ago

Frances Gresham was THE most beautiful woman I have ever been privileged to have in my life. Her testimony to Jesus Christ was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. She was not only my beautiful Grandmother, a mother and my dearest closest best friend. She made life more beautiful by teaching me so many things and always loved me through every season in my life. She has made such a deep impression on my life and the lives of my children Juleigh, Sammy and Anna that we will all strive to be better and reflect Jesus as beautifully as she always did. Her testimony of “only because of Jesus, I’ve made it and I can make it through anything with Jesus” has inspired many and will always.
Nanny, I hope to one day reflect the love you always had in your heart, on your face and in your beautiful eyes. I love you more than you will ever know and honored to be called your grand daughter, but more honored to have you as mine. Enjoy the heaven you longed to join your Daddy in and
know you will always be overwhelmingly loved, always.