Albert Hatch DeChristopher JR

October 11, 1958 - February 15, 2022
Albert Hatch DeChristopher JR

Albert DeChristopher, Jr., 63, passed away after a valiant 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer on February 15, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family. “Big Al” was born on October 11, 1958 to Albert Sr. and Mary Ellen DeChristopher in Portsmouth, Va. He proudly grew up as a Boy Scout and the only boy in a family of 4 sisters.
After graduating from Denbigh High School, he went on to study at Virginia Commonwealth University and was a member of the first men’s soccer team at VCU. He graduated from St. Leo University with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Al went on to work at Busch Properties, Gateway, NNI and settled at Jefferson Lab, where he was still working.
Al met his future wife, Edna Sparrer, through mutual friends and they were married on April 17, 1993. They had one daughter, Katie, who was the apple of his eye and of whom he was endlessly proud. Al loved all things outdoors, with a passion for playing soccer, hiking the mountains, and spending time with his family at the beach in Nags Head. His love of Christmas was unrivaled, but his love for family and friends were his heart.
Al was proceeded by his parents, Albert and Mary Ellen DeChristopher, sisters, Laura Huggett and Carole McCullough, his brother-in-law (who he referred to as his brother), Raymond Sparrer, and his sister-in-law, Pat Sparrer, and his beloved dog, Ginny.
He is survived by his wife, Edna DeChristopher, his daughter, Katie DeChristopher and her fiancé, Christopher Adleson, sisters, Elizabeth Grieb (David) and Holly Smith (Michael) and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Thanks to special friends, Mitch and Susan Wauhop, Lisa and Makensie Miller, Diane and Dave Hunt, Mark and Jenny Williamson, Mike, Holly, Allison, and Tyler Sparrer, and his work family at Jefferson Lab. Special thanks to Dr. Scott Kruger and Staff at Virginia Oncology, Dr. Jeffrey Harris, staff at TPMG, and Personal Touch Hospice.
A celebration of Al’s life will take place at Zion United Methodist Church in Seaford on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. Masks are requested. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.


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  • February 21, 2022
    Anna Grieb says:
    I treasure the memory of Uncle Chris attending my brother’s Eagle Scout ceremony. He was beaming with pride for my brother's achievement. He was dressed in his old Eagle Scout uniform. He made this moment incredibly special for my brother. And that day Uncle Chris changed my perspective of what it really means to show up in someone's life and celebrate their accomplishments. He encouraged all of us to be the best version of ourselves. He was a man of integrity, hard work, and deep devotion to his family, especially for my Aunt Edna and my cousin Katie.

  • February 21, 2022
    Emily Grieb says:
    My Uncle Chris had the gift of storytelling. That was something I always admired about him. I would almost say, from a young age, I learned to mirror his way to tell everyday encounters that would surely get a roar of laughter out of the room. I remember listening to stories about his neighbors, people in the office, or trips to the grocery store. All these ordinary things, but with such animation he made you feel like you were there. He invited these characters you would never meet, and introduce them to you as if you were old friends. He always had a punch line or a goofy voice that made these people I have never met come to life. He could take a silent room and within moments have everyone captivated. I read somewhere once that when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes treasure. I will always treasure the times spent sitting around and talking with my Uncle Chris. I will treasure the laughter and light hearted atmosphere he extended out into the world. I will smile in remembrance to his ability to create a charming world with his wit, and ability to create a great punch line.

  • February 21, 2022
    Elizabeth Grieb says:
    My brother, Chris, Chrisie, Chris Jr. became Al when he went to high school. His first name Albert had been chopped on the attendance card. We learned his new friends and later co-workers all called him Al. But to us he is Chris. I have lots of memories of Chris to comfort me. I can remember in the summertime, when we were little, in our underwear, with flash lights, running around looking for night crawlers for our dad. Later with a couple of new sisters we would regularly go visiting. We were all instructed not to ask for anything. My Mom would even make Chris an extra peanut butter and jelly sandwich to eat in the car. But whoever we visited, if they asked if we were hungry Chris would be the first to say “I am!” Every Sunday dinner was just special. We would have the most interesting discussions. But what I remember most was CHRISTMAS. Christmas eve we would get and decorate our tree and then go to midnight mass. Christmas Day we have an early dinner, then at 6PM, OPEN HOUSE to everyone; family, friends, and neighbors, going on till midnight.

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