In Memory of




Obituary for Patricia Mann (Beall)

Patricia B. Mann, known fondly as Tricia, departed this life peacefully in her sleep on May 9, 2024 in Roanoke, Virginia. She was born on November 1, 1944 in Ripley, West Virginia but lived the majority of her adult life in Petersburg and Chesterfield County, Virginia. We know she transferred from this life into the next into the arms of Jesus. 

Tricia was the daughter of DeWitt T. Beall and Auline Hartley Beall and was raised in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She was her parents’ second child and first daughter raised with DeWitt Jr., Barbara, and Rebecca. She married the late Alvin L. Mann in 1966 in Petersburg, Virginia and devoted her early adult life to caring for her dear husband and brood of two girls and a boy: B. Dawn (Geoff Koch), Heather S. (Philip Bailey), and Matthew R. (Monica) Mann.  Tricia was so thrilled with each new grand baby that was added to the family- a group that eventually totaled 11 children-Geoffrey, Ellen(Gabe), Xander, Caleb, Kensie, Asher, Jeremiah, Teagan, Tobias, Isaac, and Amanuel. Currently, they range in age from 32 to 13 and are scattered across the United States and Japan.

A widow since 1987, Tricia was also predeceased by her parents and her brother, DeWitt T. Beall, Jr.

Besides her children and grandchildren, Tricia is survived by her sisters, Barbara B. Glomb of Colonial Heights, Virginia, and Rebecca B. (Harold) Avery of Warner Robins, Georgia; brothers-in-law, Donald E. (Denise) Mann and Daniel L. (Betty) Mann, both of Chesterfield, Virginia and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

After graduating from Parkersburg High School in 1963, Tricia attended 2 colleges-West Virginia University and RPI which became Virginia Commonwealth University. A woman of many talents and interests, she aspired to be an actress, a fashion designer, and a teacher. As life would have it, she set her dreams aside for a while to support her husband and dedicate herself to her active, growing family. Eventually she began selling Home Interiors and Gifts as an independent displayer, a job she excelled at for 15 years. Upon retirement from this endeavor, she began working for Ukrops Supermarkets and Chesterfield County Public Schools as a teaching assistant. These two jobs she continued at for the rest of her formal working years. 

In addition to working full time, Tricia served her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in just about every way possible at Second Branch Baptist Church in Chesterfield. She began teaching Sunday School almost immediately after joining the church in the 70’s- a service she continued for 40 years. Also, she served in many other ways there-singing in the Sanctuary choir, playing handbells in the handbell choir, helping in Vacation Bible School every year, serving on committees, and participating in community outreach efforts. Not to mention, attending and participating in Bible studies, revivals, and dinners, helping the body of Christ however she could. As she always said, “You can never outgive the Lord.”

Besides her work at Second Branch, Tricia was able to volunteer with the literacy council in Chesterfield County and the Pregnancy Help Center of Chesterfield. The Pregnancy Help Center held her heart. It was here that she answered phones, taught parenting classes, and participated in fundraisers and marches, all for the sake of supporting moms and saving babies. 

Mom Tricia was generous, helpful, cheerful, frugal, ingenious, bold, bubbly, friendly, welcoming, creative, beautiful, fun, and funny. She knew how to work hard and how to relax, how to make memories and squeeze the best out of life. She will be greatly missed but has left an indelible mark on all who knew her that we will never forget. Her favorite verses in the Bible were James 1:2-3 which say “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.”

Her family would like to thank Brookdale-Roanoke and Nayar Health Care for excellent, attentive care for Tricia in the last months of her life. 

A memorial service for Tricia will be held on June 3, 2024 at 11 am at Second Branch Baptist Church, Chesterfield, Virginia 23838. There will be no graveside service. Thank you to Oakey’s Funeral Home in Roanoke, Virginia for the final arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to the Pregnancy Help Center of Chesterfield, 2675 Osborne Rd., Chester, Virginia 23831 or in Tricia’s memory.