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Joshua O. Hardy


Sunrise: November 2, 1966

Sunset: May 31, 2019

Joshua Orion Hardy “aka” Dennis Angelo Hoskins, age 52, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 31, 2019; he changed his name to honor his grandfather, who was like a father to him. He was a Norfolk native and a Virginia Beach resident. Joshua was born on November 2, 1966 to Linda V. Hardy Hoskins and Willie E. Hoskins Sr. Joshua worked for the City of Virginia each Public Utilities Department for 4.5 years as an Engineering Technician, and for the City of Norfolk 12 years prior. He was  devout in his Christian faith, an avid Bible reader and enjoyed weekly Bible study; he also fellow-shipped with anyone he encountered—if you knew Joshua, you  knew the Lord.

Joshua is survived by his twin sister, Denise A. Smallwood (Lamont); brother and sisters, Willie E. Hoskins Jr. (Shirley); Cassandra “DD” Hardy; Linda E. Hardy; Linden E. “Lance” Hoskins (Regina); and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He had the BEST sense of humor and always made us laugh; he also enjoyed playing the guitar. Joshua authored and illustrated a children’s book titled, “The ABC Book On Protecting Yourself From Strangers.” We will miss his smile, attentiveness and guidance; he will be sorely missed and forever in our hearts.

Viewing Friday, June 7, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Viewing Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00am - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Wake Service Saturday, June 8, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service 120 W. Berkley Avenue Norfolk, VA 23523 Service WATCH SERVICE LIVE ONLINE Sunday, June 9, 2019 12 Noon Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Chapel Interment Calvary Cemetery 1600 St. Julian Avenue Norfolk, VA 23504 Family to assemble one hour prior to the service 210 Pefley Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502

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    anne says

    I am so sorry for you loss. Josh had a great smile and on a bad day a smile from him could make it better.

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD and Family says

      Thank you so much for those AWESOME words.

      From:
      The family

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        Sharon carter A.K.A LIL’Bit says

        Sorry for y’all loss!!

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          DENISE A. SMALLWOOD says

          THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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    Kelleigh Chapel says

    Dear Linda,
    All of us here at BMW are so very sorry for your families loss. We are sending hugs, prayers and lots of love.

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      Linda E. Hardy and family says

      Thank you so very much–the family.

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    grace says

    I am sorry for your loss and pray you all find peace in this tragic time. Joshua is surely walking with the lord and telling him all about his time here on earth. May he rest in peace.

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      DENISE SMALLWOOD says

      Thank you Grace–it was nice talking to you–take care.

      Denise Smallwood (Josh twin sister)

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    Marc Dall says

    Dear Linda, I am so sorry for your loss may God be with you and your family we here at BMW are all praying for you.

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      Linda E. Hardy & family says

      Thank you so much.

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    Chris Grandison says

    Linda my heart was broken when I hear about your brother. I have been in prayer for you and your family daily. Be strong in the Lord and he will strengthen your heart.

    Chris Grandison
    BMW

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      Linda E. Hardy & family says

      Thank you so much Chris.

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    Ms. Mills says

    My heart goes out to the family and friends of Mr. Hardy as well as his co-workers..May God be with you all not just today but everyday. #VB STRONG

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      DENISE SMALLWOOD (twin sister of Josh) & FAMILY says

      Thank you so much Ms. Mills.

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    Minister Kahlil Lucas says

    The Lucas family are praying for you and with you, in your time of grief. May God bless you and keep you in Jesus name.

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      DENISE SMALLWOOD (twin sister of Josh) & family says

      To the Lucas family–thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. Jesus has me & my family in perfect peace.

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    Mr. Charles says

    Sending prayers and condolences to the Hardy Family.

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      Pastor and Mrs. Larry Wade Sr. and the Westminster Baptist Church Family says

      To Pastor and Mrs. Willie Hoskins Jr. and Family, We are sadden to hear of your lose. Our prayers go out to your family, now and for the days ahead, and know that our God will comfort and strengthen you all during this season. “To be absent from the body, is to present with the Lord.” God bless you all with our love!🙏🏽

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        DENISE A. SMALLWOOD & FAMILY says

        Thank you so much for such kind word.

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      DENISE SMALLWOOD (twin sister of Josh) & family says

      To the Lucas family–thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. Jesus has me & my family in perfect peace.

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD & FAMILY says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH MR. CHARLES–JESUS HAS MY FAMILY IN PERFECT PEACE.

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD says

      Thank you so much–WE ARE FAMILY STRONG

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    Bishop Bernard Williams, D.D. says

    I did not know Josh personally, but was affected by his tragic passing through the loss of his co-worker, Keith Cox. We will remember the innocence of these passings through the dastardly deeds of the suspect for years to come. I am praying for your comfort and consolation along with many.

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD & FAMILY says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH–WE ARE FAMILY STRONG!!!

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    Lawana L Loar says

    My thoughts and prayers are with you family and friends. I pray that God’s love and comfort surround you not just today, but in the days to come as well.

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH—WE ARE FAMILY STRONG!!!

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    Monica Harps-Wilson says

    1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. I leave this with the family as you go through this journey at the present moment. May the memories that you hold sustain you as the days go by. I wish you all peace, comfort, and joy WILL come in the morning for ALL of you. God bless you all.

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH—WE ARE FAMILY STRONG!!!

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    Lacey Wells and Family says

    Hardy Family, So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends.

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH—WE ARE FAMILY STRONG!!!

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    Rev. Dr. Calvin A. Lillard says

    To the Hardy and Hoskins Family, My prayers and condolences are sent out to your families in the loss of Joshua. I am praying that God will grant you peace and comfort in your time of bereavement. Remember, “That Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal”. I had the pleasure of working with Joshua for many years in the City of Norfolk, Dept. of Utilities,Field Engineering. Joshua was excellent employee and a friend. Joshua was a born again Christian and a great witness for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is now home with the Lord.” May He Rest In Peace”
    May God Bless You All

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH—WE ARE FAMILY STRONG!!!

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    Keicia white says

    The White Family (Grandy Park neighbors) is sending our deepest condolences and prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss. Wishing you all continued strength & prayers in the trying days, weeks and months ahead. May God bless you all.. Keicia, Catherine and Vernon White

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD & FAMILY says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH—WE ARE FAMILY STRONG!!!

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    Natalie Taylor-Taylor says

    I would like to extend my condolences to your family in this time of loss. It was my privilege to meet Josh while working with the city of Virginia Beach. He was a true gentleman and never failed to smile at anyone and share a kind word. May God grant you peace and comfort.

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD says

      Thank you so much-WE ARE FAMILY STRONG.

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    Denise Williams says

    Dear Family Condolences to all of you during this difficult time! God now has Josh in his hands and is pleased with all of his accomplishments. Peace, Blessings and Love to all of you!

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD & FAMILY says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH—WE ARE FAMILY STRONG!!!!

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD & FAMILY says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH—-WE ARE FAMILY STRONG!!!

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    Marsha Wallace says

    To DD, Denise, Lance, Linda, Willie, and Family, I pray that you all can look to the Lord and find some kind of peace, comfort and or understanding during your time of mourning the loss of Dennis. We all know that he was a man of strong faith. I recall one of his favorite scriptures being Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God will see you through!
    It’s been a while but I recall some good ol times w/a good ol guy…until we meet again. 💋 (…and no disrespect in calling him Dennis…that’s just who he was when I was married to him) Love ALWAYS ❤

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD & FAMILY says

      THANK YOU SO MUCH—WE ARE FAMILY STRONG!!!

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    The Mitchell Family says

    To Willie Jr., Dee Dee, Denise, Linda, and Linden,
    It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through. Please remember,
    Isaiah 57:1-2, 1 The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. 2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.
    Thinking of and praying for all of you,
    Donald, Ronald, Trent, Linda, and Maurice Mitchell
    (your neighbors from O’Keefe St)

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      DENISE A. SMALLWOOD & FAMILY says

      Thank you so much for such wonderful thoughts–we are in perfect peace. Thank you all so very much.

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    WILLIE JR.---DD---NE-C---LINDA---LANCE says

    To my twin brother–I LOVE YOU!!!
    I WILL FOREVER MISS YOU!!!
    I WILL FOREVER TALK TO YOU!!!

    On May 31, 2019 @ round 4 pm, a problematic person decided to shot you 10 times–what the shooter did not know is that you would leave here and go on to a kingdom designed especially for you. REST EASY MY SWEET BROTHER–UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN–NE-C!!!

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