Elijah Parada

Sunrise: September 25, 2004

Sunset: September 4, 2023

Elijah Parada, 18, of Portsmouth, VA, passed away on September 4, 2023, in Portsmouth. He was born on September 25, 2004, in Portsmouth, VA. Elijah was a considerate, disciplined, and determined young man who enjoyed watching anime, taking long nature walks, playing video games on his iPhone, and going to church. He recently graduated from I.C. Norcom High School and was eagerly anticipating starting his first job. Elijah’s strong work ethic and attention to detail were evident in his well-organized nature. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and never complained. Elijah was grateful for all the opportunities and blessings he received. Above all, he loved his family, loved going to church, singing during worship services, and had a deep love for the Lord. Elijah is survived by his mother, Emma Thorne; his father, Juan Parada; his stepmother, Tracey; his grandmothers, Vivian Thorne and Reina Parada; his brothers, Messiah, Zachariah, De’Angelo and Jeremiah and his sisters, Zaeminio, Neena, Alexis, Kayla, and Ava. He is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Elijah enjoyed traveling, eating out, and going to the movies in his free time. His hobbies brought him joy and allowed him to explore new experiences. The funeral arrangements are being handled by Metropolitan Funeral Home in Portsmouth, VA. The family would like to extend their gratitude to Metropolitan for their assistance during this difficult time. A viewing and graveside service will be held in Elijah’s honor. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects and remember the wonderful person that Elijah was.

Viewing Sunday, September 24, 2023 12 Noon - 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 5605 Portsmouth Boulevard Portsmouth, VA 23701 Graveside Service Monday, September 25, 2023 3:00pm Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery 5310 Milners Road Suffolk, VA 23434

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    Ms. Parsons ( I,C. Norcom Class) says

    Elijah was an awesome young man. His classmates will truly miss him. We give our condolences and prayers to the family. Rest in peace Elijah. We love you and will miss you. Sending love from your I.C .Norcom class.

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    Dr. Dr. J. Leon Knight says

    Elijah was an amazing young man and former student. He was always polite and gave his all in class. He was very proud of his class work. He reminded me about his first part-time job last semester. He was so excited about my response to him, “I am so proud of you Elijah, you’re on your way” he smiled reminding me again. I heard recently of Elijah’s health decline but never anticipated his demise. But we know he is now with my Lord, so to the family all is well with Elijah and God.

    Dr. Dr. J. Leon Knight,
    I. C. Norcom High School Social Sciences Educator

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    Mrs. D. Dixon says

    My thoughts and prayers are with Elijah’s family. Elijah was a bright light in my classroom. He was very soft spoken but made an impact on everyone he encountered. He loved to draw and show off his talents. He will be missed. May you rest in heaven Elijah. Sending his family love and prayers.

    Mrs. Dixon / IC Norcom

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    Alicia McNeil says

    Elijah was a great student as well as a great young man. He would come to my class ready to do Math. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Mrs. McNeil- I.C. Norcom

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    Mrs. McNeil says

    Elijah was a great student as well as a great young man. He would come to my class ready to do Math. He will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

    Mrs. McNeil- I.C. Norcom

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    Ethel Streeter says

    Elijah was very kind to his speech teacher. I can still hear him call my name as he was my dear student for the time he was enrolled at Norcom. Dear Jesus: words cannot express my sorrow. Happy Heavenly, Birthday!! Elijah

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    Vonda B. Danley says

    Sending my condolences to Ms. E. Thorn and entire bereaved family and friends. Find comfort knowing he is in God’s arm.
    Rest in Peace young man. Sending Birthday wishes to Heaven.

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