Ralph “Skip” Ferebee Jr.

March 25, 1945 - April 27, 2018
Ralph “Skip” Ferebee Jr.

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Ralph “Skip” Ferebee Jr. also endearingly known as “Papa,” passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 27th in his home at the age of 73.

Ralph is survived by his bride of 54 years, Dianne Ferebee; children, Skip Ferebee and his wife Pattie, Tracy Ferebee, Dawn Lemon and her husband Shawn; grandchildren Alexis Ferebee, Zoë Ferebee, AJ Millard, Tyler Lemon, Karlee Lemon, Lisa Lemon and Anna Lemon. He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Eleanor Ferebee.

Ralph was a 1963 graduate of Cradock High School and received a football scholarship to Randolph Macon College. He owned and operated Given’s Bike Shop/Honda of Portsmouth for over 28 years.

A service is scheduled at 4pm on Saturday, May 5th at Smith Memorial Baptist Church in Williamsburg with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ralph’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Center for Excellence in Aging  www.riversideonline.com/cealh/support/donate.cfm or to Kindred Hospice www.kindredhealthcare.com/our-services/hospice/hospice-foundation/donate.


Saturday, May 5, 2018
4:00 PM

Smith Memorial Baptist Church - Directions
Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA

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  • April 29, 2018
    Bernie Kirsch says:
    Skip was a first class guy, who was a good friend to many. He treated people with kindness and courtesy throughout his life. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. My deepest sympathy to Dianne and her family in this time of grief. Remember him for his kindness and may he rest in peace.

  • April 30, 2018
    Joann M McColl says:
    Fond memories of Skip from my childhood days in Cradock. So sorry to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to his son Skip, his wife Dianne, and the family...

  • April 30, 2018
    Jay Smith says:
    May he rest in peace

  • May 05, 2018
    Roger Burton says:
    Skip and I were neighbors and best friends on Channing Ave from when I moved there in 1952 until I graduated from Cradock High School in 1961 and moved on to College at VATECH and then work at the Naval Air Test Center in Maryland. As pre-teens and teenagers we spent hours and hours of time together. I remember us discovering that with navy beans and drink straws we had bean shooters and we had many a bean shooter war. I know our mothers were always irritated when we raided the pantry for beans. Trips to Virginia Beach and Knots Island were always special. We had many adventure at Knots Island and that's were Skip taught me to water ski. There was also a canoe that we took over to the ocean via his boat to the outer banks and then portaged it over the land to the water. Once at the Ocean we used the canoe t o surf the waves. On one of our trips we had just been ejected from the canoe close to the beach and a shark bigger than the canoe came cruising past in the serf. That was our last canoe surfing for the day. We also spent camping trips close to the ocean and often saw wild horses passing by. The morning sunset always was a captivating site with oranges and yellows streaking through the sky. It also meant the end of the mosquito attacks we had to endure during the nights. God bless you Skip and may you rest in peace.

  • May 18, 2018
    Phyllis (Miller) Morell says:
    Diane, My thoughts and prayers are with you all, especially Diane. You were a smooth dancing couple even as you aged. I have fond memories from Cradock and the years and fun that we all had. Thanks for the memories, Phyllis