COSTIC, Luellen C., age 87, went home to Jesus on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Lu was born in Marshall, NC on May 1, 1931, the daughter Clifford and Thelma Waldrup. She grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and later lived in Virginia Beach from 1965 - 2011. Lu was deeply committed to her faith. Her abiding love of Jesus was evident in her gracious and encouraging spirit, and was manifested in over 40 years of teaching, singing, and personal encouragement at Thalia Lynn Baptist Church.
A devoted wife and mother, Lu loved and served her family tirelessly, and her home was a wonderland of gourmet cooking and heirloom sewing. Her mastery of the domestic arts was on display in the elaborate designs of her baked goods, the meticulous precision with which she ironed clothes and wrapped Christmas presents, and even the cards she sent that always arrived on the exact date of a birthday or holiday. Lu’s commitment and dedication to her family and friends showed in everything she touched and endeared her to everyone she knew (except for the rare occasions when she lost a game of Scrabble!)
Lu was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Royce L. Costic, Sr., USN, and four siblings. She is survived by her sister, Luetta Gregg of Hendersonville, NC; her children, Stephanie Costic Henson of Macon, GA, and Lee Costic (Deneen) of Richmond, VA; her five grandchildren, Elena Henson Balkcom (Zachary) of Milledgeville, GA, Joel Henson of West Palm Beach, FL, and Cal, Peri & Charlotte Costic of Richmond, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will celebrate Lu’s life with gatherings in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. Burial will be at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Milledgeville, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.