Alfred Benjamin Elliott

Sunrise: May 1, 1956

Sunset: February 1, 2024

Alfred Benjamin Elliott, known as Al, was born to the late Clarence Brenville Elliott, Sr., and Hortense Bell on May 1, 1956, in New York. Alfred moved to Nassau Bahamas at a very young age where his aunt, Maria Forbes (now deceased), raised him.  He attended Western Junior School followed by Western Senior School, where he excelled in all subjects.  He then went on to St. Augustine College (SAC) where he enjoyed singing in the school Chorus.

After graduating from SAC, Alfred returned to New York to live with his father and older siblings.  He went to college out of state and in 1974; he served sometime in the Navy. Upon leaving the military, Alfred went on to work at Self Help Organization in Manhattan. Alfred enjoyed and loved spending time with his sisters and cousins, always the life of the party.

Another root of Alfred’s happiness was his wife and son.  Alfred left everything behind in New York and moved to Portsmouth VA, saying to his siblings, “I have a son so I’m out of here guys”.   He was a proud and loving father, which brought him much joy. He married his sweetheart, Mary Lee Riddick, and together raised their precious and beautiful son. In addition to spending time with Mary Lee and Terhan, Alfred loved playing with their three dogs; Bobo, Fefe, and Coco as they jumped up and down on Alfred while he worked on crossword puzzles especially Sudoku, which he loved.  At other times, you would find Alfred at home watching football or basketball.  He and his son Terhan spent many times together watching sports and competing in their BBQ skills which Alfred loved to do on weekends.

Alfred held numerous positions including the Volvo plant assembly line before moving on to work at the City of Portsmouth Waste Water Treatment Plan.  Before retirement, Alfred worked as a Landscaper and then maintenance supervisor at an apartment complex.

Alfred fought a good fight here on earth, always staying positive throughout his illness. On February 1, 2024, Alfred died peacefully and went home to be with the Lord and Savior.  He left a mark as witnessed by Bobby, one of the nursing staff who said of him, “It was such a privilege and honor to help care for your brother (Alfred).  He was incredibly smart, funny, and charming. His memory lives on in our hearts forever.”

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, several siblings, and his son, Terhan.  He is survived by his wife, Mary Lee Elliott; Siblings: Patricia Horsford, Mabel Elliott-Moultrie (Lee), Norma Elliott & Louise Boyd; Sisters-In Law: Ann Porter & Jean Brown; Brother-in-Law:  Maurice, Douglas (Butch) & William (Shorty) Riddick; Nieces:  Leonardette Ross, Mavis & Linda Sears, Amadi King & Verdell Porter; Nephews: Leonard Ross, Gerald Forbes, Father Deveraux King, Christopher Horsford; Cousins: Oswald Brown, Verona Missick (Ervin); Nicole Elliott, Jerome Elliott (Edris), Norbert Elliott (Angie), Jackie Gibson (Robert), Judy Dixon, Leslie, Stephen, Jeanette, Joan & Ethelyn Rolle.  A host of other family and friends including; Earl Bastian, Calvin Terrence & wife, Alice Henderson, Duane Eason & wife, SAC class of 1972. A special thanks to the physicians and host of nursing staff, especially Bobby Snow & Darcy Torres of 5th floor South Stepdown unit at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.

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    Alice says

    We loved you most, but God love you best. He saw his child couldn’t take much more, so he extended his hand and said come on home my son. The journey to heaven made him relax, knowing no more suffering back here on earth. Rest in peace my dear friend.🙏

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    Denrea Johnson says

    My deepest condolences to the entire family and friends. RIP

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    Renee (FB) Smith-Bodie says

    A friend for so many years, we didn’t speak often but when we did we made up. You’re in the arms of The One that loves you best. Sleep my friend until we meet. See you up there!

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    Renee (FB) Smith-Bodie says

    A friend for so many years, we didn’t speak often but when we did we made up. You’re in the arms of The One that loves you best. Sleep my friend until we meet. See you up there! Condolences to the family.

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      Earline Bastian says

      My sincere condolences to the family of Alfred Elliott May his soul R.I.P

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        Leonardette says

        May your soul rest in peace.

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    Earl Bastian says

    My boy we grew up as brothers and have remained like that until now.We moved to different places and that didn’t change us.You decided to leave us as the youngest of the crew we will miss you as we have for the past 50 years the difference now is we cannot call you , but hopefully one day we will have a glad reunion day .Until then sleep on my Brother and friend.No more pain Rest in peace my Brother Our God knows What is Best.

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    Renee Smith-Bodie says

    You are safe in the arm of the one that loves you. Rest my friend. Condolences to the family

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      Shena M. Williams says

      My heartfelt condolences to Alfred’s wife and family. May his soul rest in peace. SAC72

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      Shena M. Williams says

      My heartfelt condolences to Alfred’s wife and family. May his soul rest in peace.

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    Tyrone (Rockhead) Morris says

    Condolences to Alfred’s family on his passing. May his soul rest in peace.

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    Sherrilyn Bastian-Wallace says

    Condolences to the family of our dear Brother and friend, Alfred. May his soul rest in Peace. Sleep on, my Brother!
    Your little Sister, Sherrilyn Bastian-Wallace [Nassau,The Bahamas] 🇧🇸

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    Sonia Bastian Rose says

    My heartfelt condolences to Mary, the entire family, and your community of friends. We spoke for the last time in December, and it was a blessing. May God grant you a peaceful rest🙏🏾

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    Fr. Devereaux King says

    Rest in peace my dearest Uncle. I didn’t see you as much as I would’ve liked to, but no matter the distance you were always loved and still are. May the Martys come to welcome you, may the angels lead you into paradise and take you to the New and Eternal Jerusalem! Love you always Petey. (I still love ducks)

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    Norma Elliott says

    My dear brother Alfred, my anchor, I never imagined we would have to say goodbye so soon. You have been my big brother, my protector but most of all my friend all my life. My heart is broken, I miss you everyday. Words cannot adequately describe the love we have for each other. I know you are gone from this earth but, your spirit will live on inside of me forever. I love you!❤️

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    Barbara Simino says

    To the family, even though I didn’t have the good fortune to know your beloved, but i did get to know about him through his Sister Norma Elliott, my sister friend. My prayers of peace and comfort continue to be with you at a time such as this. May you hold on and keep locked in your heart the treasures Alfred dropped into your life. 💜🤗🙏

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    Mabel Elliott-Moultrie says

    As I try put into words how I am feeling as I am writing this, all I can think about is the phone calls that I would receive from Alfred and he would say nothing is wrong, “I just called to say I love you”. I am truly going to miss his voice and those calls. I love you and will miss you terribly my baby brother, Alfred.

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    Patricia Horsford says

    Words cannot express my feelings at the loss of my younger brother Alfred. Even though I was older you were always protective of me. I shall always cherish the good times we had growing into adulthood in Harlem, New York. I shall also miss your run on sentences when you responded to my morning greetings. Rest in peace, until we meet again. ❤️🙏🏾

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    Louise Boyd says

    My heart is very heavy as I write this to have to say goodbye to my brother Alfred just want you to know how much I love you and will miss you but I know that God is awaiting for you. So as you rest in peace I just want you to know that I know that you will be watching over us. Love you to the moon and beyond.🙏🏾❤️🙏🏾

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    Lucille Dandridge says

    I send my deepest condolences to the family of Alfred Elliot. Alfred’s sister Norma is my ‘love sister’. Alfred was so much a part of Norma’s prayers and concerns that I feel I knew him. My prayer is that his loving spirit always be with you, the ones who loved him. His physical presence may be gone but his spirit will always be with you. My belief is that our loved ones never leave us. Rest in peace dear brother Alfred, with our Lord and Savior. Amen.🙏🏾

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    N. Elliott says

    To Pat, Norma, Mabel, and the rest of the family I am praying that the Almighty through his grace and mercy will bring you comfort and give you courage to persevere during this difficult time. May his soul rest in eternal peace

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    Joan Rolle says

    My dear loving cousin Alfred I miss you and love you very much rest in heaven and until we meet again I will forever keep you in my heart.
    Love always your Lil cuzz Joan Rolle🥺💔

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    Cathy M.,Spriggs says


    WE are Truly Sorry for Your Loss.

    As Neighbors on Dawnee Brook T N for OVER 35 YRS, our Sons we’re BEST Friends. WE Met AL by Way of YOUR Son.

    WE will Cherish the Memories of AL because HE was OUR Personal AC Man.

    For OVER 25+ YRS OUR unit was Cool in the Summer & Warm in the Winter. AL saved US Thousands of Dollars. YOU could count on a Visit from HIM Winter & Summer for an Annual Maintenance Check.

    Mary WE will Continue to KeepYou In OUR PRAYERS👏🏿 Continue TRUSTING God Even During These TIMES✝️


    Cathy M. & Garry W. SPRIGGS

    ☀️🌴☀️St. Pete, FL☀️🌴☀️

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    Danny says

    To Brother Alfred…
    The pain and suffering has ended. Go on home niw and rest in peace now my brother.

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    Torrance B. says

    Rest in peace Uncle Alfred. I have so many good memories with you & you will truly be missed. You were always so genuine to me & my family. -Torrance

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