James Timothy Toppings

Sunrise: September 13, 1957

Sunset: April 23, 2022

James Timothy Toppings the son of the late Alvin Kiah Jones, Sr. and Millie Lee Borders-Jones was born on September 13, 1957, in Norfolk, Virginia.  He departed this life, Saturday April 23, 2022, at the age of 64, in Portsmouth, Virginia.

He was a graduate of Oscar Smith High School in 1976. He held various positions throughout his work life and retired from Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. 

He was a faithful member of The New Rose of Sharon Elim Baptist Church of Chesapeake, VA.  There he served under the leadership of Dr. Ervin M. Scott, Senior Pastor, and Leading Lady Loretta Scott until his departure.  He was well known in the community as “Top” and was loved in the neighborhood and beyond.  He was a joy-filled devout family man with a loving heart.  He brought joy and laughter to anyone he was around with his smile, personality, and sense of humor.  The sound of his laughter made others laugh.

He was preceded in death by his father Alvin Kiah Jones, Sr., his mother, Millie Lee Borders-Jones, his brother Alvin Kiah Jones Jr.

He leaves to cherish his memory:  his loving Wife and best friend of 21 years, Yvonne H. Toppings of Portsmouth, Virginia, 1 son, Stephon Knight (Shayla) of Virginia Beach Virginia, 2 stepdaughters Devona Moses of Portsmouth, Virginia, Davina Richardson (William) of Portsmouth,  Virginia, 6 grandchildren: Shiloh, Jiselle, Ariyelle, William, Leela, London, 1 brother Bernie Leon Borders of Norfolk, Virginia, 1 sister, Michelle Jones-Cox (Derrick) of Norfolk, Virginia , 1 brother-in-law, Benjamin Hodge (Margaret) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Special nieces and nephews, Kendra Jones, Andrew Riddick, Sade Jones, James Cox Jr., Nola-Rae Cox, Alvin Kiah Jones III, Tiara Lundy and a host of other in-laws family and friends.

He will be truly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Viewing Sunday, May 1, 2022 12:00 Noon - 4:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service Monday, May 2, 2022 11:00am The New Rose of Sharon Elim Baptist Church 3001 Indian River Rd. Chesapeake, VA 23325 Interment Olive Branch Cemetery Cpl J M Williams Avenue Portsmouth, VA 23701 *Masks Required*

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    blondell Hardie says

    Harts are broken 💔 when Toppings passed. Praying that your hearts will heal remembering your lifetime together. Toppings was a fine young man and l will always remember how he helped me at the building with kind and gentle words. RIN heaven my friend

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    Rhonda.L.Harmon says

    Condolences and love to this wonderful family..RIP Red…you will be sorely missed💔💔🙏🙏

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    Lashonya Hutton says

    Our sympathy and prayers to you Evonne and Tim’s family We are so sorry beautiful Your family in Richmond Love Always Shirley Shon Janaya and families 💖💖💖💖💖💖

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    Sheppard Smyley says

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Through the trying times, I pray that you will find comfort in the love that you shared.

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    Betty Kuehn says

    May the memory of his beautiful soul help you find strength and peace. 💔💔🙏🙏

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    Ashley Hull says

    So sorry to hear of this sudden loss! Please accept my warmest condolences.

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    Tami Fisher says

    Yvonne and family, condolences to you during this time.

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    Vernette Scott says

    My condolences to you and the entire family, May God shower you all with strength and peace during this time.

    Prayers going out for you all because where two or more are in agreement he is in the midst.

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    Maureen Kerr says

    Yvonne ,
    My condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss

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    Dana Callis says

    My prayers of support and condolences to you. He is gone from this earth and he will never be forgotten for those who remain. In due time, all who loved him will be joined with him in God’s meeting place. Take care of yourself.

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    Regina Adams says

    My heart goes out to you for the loss of your Husband. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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    My family has you and your family in our prayers in your time off lost and we know God will shed his light on you and your family to help heel you’ll hearts and may he strengthen you’ll to know he’s in a better place now and will be looking over you and praying for the your safety and well being.

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    Kim Carr says


    I am so very sorry for your loss. My family will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers; wishing you peace and comfort.

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    Shureka Jones-Holmes says

    Mrs. Yvonne,

    Please accept my sincerest condolences to you and your family during this tragic loss. I pray that you find peace and hold on to the memories that once were. May the Lord comfort you during this time as only he can. To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.

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    Tasia says

    Words cannot express my deepest sympathy for you my extended family. I do ask God to comfort you during this time of pain and sorrow. I also ask God to keep his Angels of Mercy around you and to give you peace.

    With Love,
    Tasia and Samiah

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    Gwendolyn Newellgwendolyn0@gmail.com says

    +rest in heaven family you are missing love you Gwen HODGE NEWELL.

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    Issani Peterson says

    Our deepest condolences. You and your family are in our prayers. My God and memories comfort you during this time.

    All Love
    Issani n Thomas Peterson

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    DeAnna Coleman -Ford says

    DeAnna Coleman -Ford
    My sincere condolences to your family! God bless his soul
    God bless the family 💘

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    Larry Banks says

    My condolences to you and your family.. I tell you I’m going miss this crazy guy. Unk always spoke positive love to joke. Going too miss sitting at his shop with him..

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    Larry says

    My condolences to you and your family.. I tell you I’m going miss this crazy guy. Unk always spoke positive love to joke. Going too miss sitting at his shop with him..

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    Maria S Nolan says

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Keeping you in prayer.

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    Taekwon Hodges and family says

    As I am injured and can not attend my family and I send our deepest condolences to you and the family for your loss.

    We love you.

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    MellieLagarile says

    I am very sorry for the loss of your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. “The Lord Bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up his face toward you and give you peace”
    Numbers 6-2-26

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    Sonya Moore says

    Sending prayers and condolences to the Toppings and Hodges families. May God give you all strength to endure, during your time of sorrow.
    Love you, Yvonne

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    Deborah Scott says

    Just finding out about Tim. I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. Tim was a good man and a good friend. Praying for peace and comfort from the Lord during this difficult time.

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    Diane James family says

    Condolences to your family, Blessed and safe the James family.

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