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Lorenzo H. Goganious Jr.


Sunrise: May 19, 1948

Sunset: February 3, 2020

Lorenzo Henry Goganious, Jr., 71, was born May 19, 1948 in Wilmington, North Carolina to the late Lorenzo and Jessie Bell Goganious. After the passing of his parents at an early age, Lorenzo moved to Norfolk, VA to be reared by his late stepmom, Beulah Mae Keaton, and his late aunt and uncle, Hattie and Asbury Kindred.

The Lord saw fit to give him his wings early Monday morning, February 3, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones. In addition to his parents and stepmom, he was also preceded in death by his younger sister, Geraldine Goganious Ruffin.

Lorenzo was a member of the Booker T. Washington High School graduating class of 1966, and he received his BS Degree in Business Administration/Management from Norfolk State University.

He committed his life to Christ at an early age and was a dedicated member of C. H. Mason Memorial Church of God In Christ.  He continued to praise God with his melodious singing voice and playing lead guitar with his beloved “Silver Trumpeteers” gospel group, traveling throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and other states.  Not only was he gifted with a singing voice, but he also had a vast knowledge for business, real estate and life in general.  He was owner and Principle Broker for Realty Specialists, where he has helped many persons to purchase their first home. His son, LG, worked closely by his side and will follow in his footsteps. 

He was a straight shooter, honorable and wise beyond his years who was always willing and available to give advice, tutelage and mentorship to whoever sought it (or not).  As a result of his infectious personality, he was admired and respected by all who knew him. His greatest love and legacy were taking care of his beloved family, and he prided himself with the accomplishments of all his children and grandchildren.

Lorenzo’s beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of  his devoted wife of 50 years, Bettie Goganious; his children: Jacqueline Owens (Donnie) of Chesapeake, VA; Keith Lorenzo (Ingrid) Goganious of Accokeek, MD; Lorenzo Henry “LG” (Miriam) Goganious III of Chesapeake, VA; five grandchildren: Charlie “CB” Banks V, Avery Owens, Simone Goganious, Lorenzo Goganious IV, and Lauren Goganious; sister, Barbara (Ike) Munden of Virginia Beach, VA; aunt: Niecie Keaton of Wilmington, NC; a devoted cousin (like a sister), Dr. Hattie N. Washington of Hanover, MD; and a host of other cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Wake Service Friday, February 7, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm Metropolitan Funeral Service Berkley Avenue Service Saturday, February 8, 2020 12 Noon New Hope COGIC 3232 Brest Avenue Norfolk, VA 23509 Interment Woodlawn Memorial Gardens 6309 E Virginia Beach Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23502

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    Tidewater Pediatric Consultants says

    The staff and physicians of Tidewater Pediatric Consultants send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers

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    Lloyd Bernard, Rosalind Boyer Bernard, Jordan Bernard (BMHS '15), Morgan Bernard (BMHS '19) says

    Our sincere condolences to Coach G and Family. May your pleasant memories of Dad give you comfort.

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    Melekia McIver says

    My love and prayers to the Goganious family

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    Tiana Cunningham says

    My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to my very good friends LG and Miriam, and the whole Goganious family. My thoughts and prayers you have…I love you!

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      Whole-ly Rollers Bakery (Brenda) says

      Here today…gone today, for tomorrow is not promised to any of us, but the one promise we have is eternal life with Christ Jesus! Betty, I do pray that you and the Goganious family will have peace in that truth.

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    Deborah Davis-Perry says

    My sincere condolences and prayers to Bettie and family. .

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    Keejafee O Outlaw says

    ????????Gods Strength Upon You Mrs. Betty Mrs. Munden And The Entire Family❤

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    Cathy Thomann says

    Bettie – You and your family will be in my thoughts during this difficult time.

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    Andre Powell says

    Mrs. Goganious and family,

    My deepest sympathies for you all during this time. God’s love is evermore present with you in the hour of need. May God keep you and your family.

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    Terry Fleming says

    Praying for strength for the family in your time of sorrow. Look unto the hills from whence cometh your help. Remember God puts no more on you than what you can bear. Better days are coming.

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    Barbara Sears says

    Prays for your and your family. May the Lord give you Peace. May you rejoin together at the new Sunrise.

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    Madeline McQuay says

    Our deepest sympathy, for someone who knew his craft and served us well. We had the pleasure, to use him twice, job well done! RIP
    Ed & Madeline McQuay Jax, FL

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    Paula and Vincent Shaw says

    To the Goganious Family,
    I had the pleasure of meeting your loved one many years ago when he led the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Center (STOIC). Man was he a go-getter, who was concerned with people, especially young folks; he was very serious-minded, yet always had a welcoming and happy demeanor. He served hundreds of youth as he managed multiple programs and millions of dollars over the life of that program. My fond memories remain…It was Lorenzo who told us to stop throwing away money by renting and to bite the bullet and purchase a home. It was Lorenzo who led me to my current job of almost 40 years. It was Lorenzo who always called my husband ‘Messy Marvin’. Yes, you have our condolences, our prayers and our well-wishes as you recreate your own sweet memories of this very special selfless gentlemen! God Bless you, He already loves you…..

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    Terry, Janice and Rainah Fleming says

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Know that he is at peace and in the comforting arms of the Lord.

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    Parisiene, Regina & Kevin Clark says

    To the Gorganious family,
    May the same God who has welcomed your love one home,
    keep you in His care through this difficult time. Lorenzo was a
    very professional, happy, and sincere real estate agent, who sold us
    our first house. May your memories bring you comfort and peace.
    God bless you!

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    The Graham Family says

    Our deepest condolences to the Goganious Family. Mr. G started out as our real estate agent, then advisor and then family. Our Prayers are with you. God Bless you!

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    Rodney Jordan says

    My condolences to the family. Mr G always had a kind word and a great sense of humor. He loved his family and his community.

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    Charles Reid says

    RIP Lorenzo Praying for peace and comfort for the family!
    GOD Keep The Family Strong!

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