Bernard Hyman

Published 2:40 pm Saturday, December 5, 2020

On Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, Bernard “Bernie” Hyman, 74, passed away surrounded by family. Bernie was born in Nash County, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur S. and Anita A. Hyman, and brother, Benjamin.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 54 years, Carolyn Howell Hyman; “his girls” Traci Barbee, of Smithfield, Kari Breal (John), of Plainfield, Ill., and Trudi Gresham (Grant), of Chesapeake; grandchildren, Ceceli (Moses), Reese, Carter, Patrick and Gibson; and great-grandchildren, Alivia and Harleigh.

Bernie was a graduate of Smithfield High School, a charter member of the Isle of Wight County Rescue Squad and had a long career as a machinist at Surry Nuclear Power Station, where he retired after 32 years. He was a member of the Isle of Wight Ruritan Club, Past Worshipful Master of the Smithfield Masonic Lodge, and long-standing member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

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A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, in the Trinity United Methodist Church, 201 Cedar St., Smithfield. Burial followed in St. Luke’s Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St., Suffolk. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church. For those who wish to pay their respects but are unable to do so in person, you can view the services on Dec. 4 via livestream at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at