First Posted: 4/3/2009

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. Mrs. Vivian Sechrist, 85, native of the Commonwealth of Virginia, went to be with Jesus April 1, 2009. She was born March 15, 1924, in Newport News to the late Judge Robert S. and Mable May Westmoreland. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Parkview United Methodist Church in Newport News. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Gaston Sechrist; and children, Johnnie G. Sechrist Jr. and Robert Dale Sechrist. She is survived by her children and spouses, Dianna Sechrist Joyner and husband, Richard L. Joyner, of Tampa, Fla., Morgan E. Sechrist and his wife, Debra Ramey Sechrist, of Hampton and Gilbert I. Sechrist of Tampa. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 6, 2009, at Moody Funeral Home Chapel of Mount Airy conducted by Rick Joyner. Burial will follow in the Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Moody Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to

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