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.