Otha Solomon Rountree

Otha Solomon Rountree

Suffolk, VA
10.29.1936 - 05.01.2020
Suffolk VA

Otha Solomon Rountree, 83, a native of Suffolk, died May 1, 2020. He was predeceased by his parents, Otha Samuel Rountree and Mary Carter Rountree; and sister, Betty Rountree Babb.

Otha was a graduate of Suffolk High School in 1956. He was employed by the Virginia State Highway Department for 9 years before going to work for the Dixie Guano Fertilizer Company where he retired in 1998 after 32 years. He was an active and faithful member of Oxford United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Suffolk Lions Club and The Jolly Boys.

Otha was an avid sports fan. From the 1950’s through the 1980’s, his loyal support of Suffolk High School sports made him a community icon. His contributions as manager, trainer, scorekeeper and chauffeur of players and fans, as well as, morale booster, endeared him to all. Otha adopted East Carolina University as his college team. For over fifty years he made regular trips to Greenville, NC to visit with coaches and friends, and to root for the Pirates. The School made him an Honorary Alumnus in 1998.

During his retirement years, Obici Hospital became Otha’s family. He served thousands of volunteer hours as receptionist at the front desk. His cheerful greetings and crazy hats were a familiar sight to everyone.

Special thanks to all the Obici Staff, Nansemond Commons staff, members of Oxford Methodist, and his great many friends who have loved and cared for him over the years. Otha’s unselfish love, sense of humor, sincere friendship and loyalty were a gift to all. He will be greatly missed.

A private burial will be held in Holland Cemetery. A celebration of Otha’s life will be held at a later date.

R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. Memorial donations may be made to Oxford Methodist Church, 601 W. Washington Street, Suffolk VA 23434 or to the Suffolk Lions Club, PO Box 1043, Suffolk VA 23439. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com



Otha will be dearly missed. He was like a big brother to a lot of Red Raiders! A friend for life & Suffolk High Legend that thoroughly enjoyed his life on this earth.

Stan Pope

I had the honor to have met Otha during my time working at Obici. He was such a special man and he will be missed

Norine S Kuhn

I met Otha while I was a student nurse at Louise Obici School of Nursing from 1967-1970. He was a wonderful friend to me and many others. He had a big heart and a sweet soul that was second to none. I know he was there for me on many an occasion. It was time for him to volunteer in heaven after a job well-done here on earth. He was loved by all and will be missed.

Peggy Benton

Though our hearts are very sad, we rejoice knowing that Otha is in heaven with Jesus receiving his greatest reward. Otha adopted our family in Greenville and brought much happiness and love with him. I never saw Otha without a smile. He was a quiet, thoughtful and sincere friend and will always have a special place in our hearts. We were privileged and blessed that he became a part of our family and the ECU family.

Mary “Sissy” McGovern

We Suffolkians have truly lost one of our biggest cheerleaders and humanitarians. I met Mr. Rountree many, many years ago. He was a dear family friend, often visiting us during the holiday season. My parents were fortunate to be neighbors with Mr. Rountree. May you experience eternal peace, Mr. Rountree.

Lee Fanny

I had the pleasure of working with Otha at Obici Hospital for many years. He was an outstanding volunteer that worked thousands of hours in various roles taking care of the many patients and staff members. He never met a stranger and was a gentleman through and through. I will miss his smiling face and crazy hats when I enter the hospital next. Deepest sympathies are sent to all the Obici team members...

David Pribble

Otha was involved in Suffolk High athletics for over thirty years and was an inspiration to all of us. To me he will always be the Ultimate Red Raider. Rest in peace.

Tom Harry

The world has lost a wonderful man and Obici has lost it's most colorful volunteer! Otha made everyone feel special and his love of sports, people and "hats" were ever present in his daily life. Otha will always be remembered with much love...Rest in Peace.

Glenn and Connie Funicelli

Dear Family and Friends,
On behalf of the City Treasurer's Office, I want to extend our sincerest sympathy to you on the loss of Otha. He was a wonderful person and he was always a delight to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer and Office Staff

Ronald H. Williams

I knew the day would come when you would leave this world ... I just didn’t realize what an empty place in my heart it would leave. When I was growing up Otha helped me more times than not get home in time, so I wouldn’t be put on restriction having spent way too much time at Bradshaw‘s after school. Seeing him a couple of years ago working at the hospital he was the same funny, loving warm person and that smile was still there. Rest in peace dear friend until we meet again. 💙

Sharon Speer Adgate

Walking thru the doors of Obici will never be the same for me. I met and Rountree while I was a student at LOSN 1976-1979. He was such a blessing to me. His bright smile, soft voice and loving heart could make the worst of days better just by stopping to chat with him. Although my heart is saddened I can’t help but be happy for Him knowing he is with Jesus. I think he earned many jewels in his crown and I’m certain he heard “ Welcome Home my child. Well done!”

Carolyn Lowe

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