Deshawn Donte’ Edwards

Sunrise: October 13, 1985

Sunset: March 11, 2024

On Monday, March 11, 2024 our beloved Deshawn Donté Edwards was escorted by an Angel to his Heavenly Home.

Deshawn was born, October 13, 1985 to Van T. Edwards, Sr. and Sherrie Edwards of Portsmouth, VA. He was the youngest of four children to this union.

He was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System, where he graduated from Churchland High School in 2006, where he also achieved “athlete of the year.”

Deshawn attended Shaw University for a year, then St Paul University, where he played football for two years. Deshawn excelled in football and basketball; where he made and broke records. Deshawn loved his family, coaching and his extended Arbour Reach Apartments family.  He loved coaching for Parks and Recreation and coached with his brother, Van as well. Because of his love for the children, he was known as the “community babysitter.”

Deshawn was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Elmer and Deloris Southall, Lester Whitely, Sr.; fraternal grandparents, Lubbie and Ruth Edwards; godmother, Margaret Quinerly; and god sister, Linda Quinerly.

Deshawn leaves to cherish his memories, his sister, DaKita Bullock (Gary), Van T. Edwards, Jr. (Kelly), Darrius Edwards (Donica); two nephews, Jadiel and Jamil Edwards; one niece, Darica Edwards; two great nephews, J’amun Williams Edwards and J’ahlil Williams Edwards; four god sisters, Sharon Grey (Willie), Maria, Donna and Lois Quinerly; friend Kala Mitchell, three bonus children, Jayden, Jordan and Jalyah Mitchell. Deshawn also leaves to cherish his memories, a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

We will all miss Deshawn and his favorite saying, “Let me hold $2.00.”

Viewing Friday, March 22, 2024 2:00pm - 6:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Service Saturday, March 23, 2024 12 Noon Tabernacle Church 1131 Crawford Pkwy. Portsmouth, VA 23704

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    Donna Quinerly and Family says

    DeShawn, I’m in tears just typing this for you. You will always hold a special place in my heart.. I’m so sorry that this happened to you, but I do understand that God don’t make mistakes. Take your rest sweetheart. I love you DeShawn Edwards and we will make sure your mom is okay. We loved you but God loved you more. RIP DeShawn gone but never forgotten💔

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    Donna Quinerly says

    I love you Always DeShawn Edwards🙏🏾

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      Missy says

      My heart breaks for you and your family. Sending prayers and hugs to his family. DeShawn will truly be missed. He was the GOAT at Arbour Reach. Fly high DeShawn. Gone too soon but will never be forgotten.

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    Jackie Jacobs says

    Praying for The Family 🙏🏾

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    Mattie Burrell says

    Deshawn was a wonderful and Loving persone and he was my student at Churchland High School they were times when i was down and he would see me in the hall and lift my spirit wih Joy and laugter.my condlences go out to the family and friends.Sherry and Van God makes no mistakes and he had calmness about him.

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    Maybell Branch says

    My deepest condolences to the family DeShawn you had a heart of gold and that’s what God.looks at so rest in Paradise love you

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    Sherrie Edwards says

    Deshawn was my baby he will be miss by our family, I loved you unconditionally,God is giving me the strength, And I thank you Father for giving him to us for 38 years. Rest easy my baby I love you but God love you best gone but never ever forgotten 😘💗🙏💗🥰

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    Ebony Fennell says

    Rest in peace I’m going to miss you big cuz I love you 🕊️🕊️

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    rodney rodgers jr says

    ayyy man this right js not sitting right wit me mann like come on cuhh I miss yhu I didn’t even get to see yhu that muchyhu were the most cool lade back and funniest man ever like dang mann this really hurt me…… rip Deshawn

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    Kiara Lowe says

    RIP you will be missed!

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    Rosozena Hockaday-Adams says

    Sister my heart breaks for you and Van and the rest of your family. I’m praying for the peace of Christ Jesus to abide with you all during this most difficult season. God bless you all.

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    Rosozena Hockaday says

    My heart breaks for the entire family. I pray the peace of Christ Jesus abides with you all during this most difficult season. God bless you all.

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    Ieshia Christian (Beasley) says

    Just broken. Keep telling myself not to think about your passing but that’s difficult not to do. To the family I am sorry for your loss and to the community I too am sorry. We loss one of the best to come through the city of Portsmouth.

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