On September 16, 2019 the heavens opened up and called home our son, brother, husband, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend Lamar Jerome French Dove. He was born on January 7, 1981 and was the eldest of 3 children. He was 38 years old. Lamar was a 1999 graduate of Menchville High School in Newport News, VA. Where he was a member of the Monarchs’ football team. In 2014 he received a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration from Strayer University. Lamar was a former employee of Sears Auto Center and Enterprise Car Rental. As an entrepreneur he had his own travel agency, was a real estate investor and reseller. At the time of his passing he drove for Uber Technologies and LYFT.
Lamar was a gentle giant, a hard working man , humble, devoted and dedicated to his family and friends. He had many gifts and talents, one of them being he was an excellent cook. He was the type of son any mother would be proud to have, a loving and dependable brother, who assisted in taking care of his younger siblings. He was a doting uncle and to his cousins, he was a brother. Last but not least, he was a loving and devoted husband. There are not enough words to describe the awesome man that Lamar French is. Your family and friends miss you dearly. The love they have for you will be ever lasting and we will never forget you.
Lamar was proceeded in death by his uncles Ulysses Dove Sr. and Jerome Dove of Newport News, Va. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Melissa French of Newport News, his mother Celine Dove -Williams (Larry) of Newport News, mother in-Law Lavern Browne of Portsmouth Va, father in-law Rawle Somersall Sr. of Louisville, Ky. Three sisters Sharon Dove-Slusher (Phillip) of Newport News Va, Shelise Dove (Jessica) of El Paso Tx. and Jessica Cunningham of Newport News Va. Three nieces Nuella Slusher of Newport News, Va, Isabella Dove of El Paso, Tx and Ja’Nae Cunningham of Newport News Va. Two nephews Greysen Dove of El Paso, Tx and Jordan Cunningham of Newport News, Va. Four uncles John Dove Sr. (Elizabeth) of Huntsville Al, Aaron Dove Sr. (Carol) of Hampton, Va, Norman Dove (Kimberly) of Newport News, Va, Larry Dove Sr. (Brenda) of Newport News, Va and a host of friends, first and second cousins, and great aunts and uncles.
A wake service will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Miracle Temple Baptist Church, 617 32nd Street Newport News, VA.
A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 23, 2019 at New Hope Baptist Church.
Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 23, 2019 at New Hope Baptist Church, 1415 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA. by Pastor Anthony Cooper of Miracle Temple Baptist Church, Newport News, VA.
Interment will follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens.
It is the desire of the French family that you get them in your thoughts and prayers.
The family of the late Mr. Lamar Jerome French has entrusted his final care to the staff at C.C. Carter Funeral Home, Inc.