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Tony Balknight, Jr.


Sunrise: May 27, 1933

Sunset: July 19, 2020

Tony “BAN-Tu” Balknight, Jr., 87, of Portsmouth, Virginia went home to be with Lord on July 19, 2020 peacefully in his home.
He never missed a game on Sunday and wouldn’t do any business on that important day. Tony was true fan of the Washington Redskins and loved talking about all sports. That was his soap opera. During his early years of life he served our country in the Army and Navy.

Tony did 30 years at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard of Portsmouth where he retired as a pipefitter. After retirement he traveled the world again as much as he could.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tonie Balknight, Sr. and Buelah Miller Balknight; his wife, Carrie Mae Balknight of
Portsmouth, and his brother, Kenneth Balknight of Concord, North Carolina. He is survived by his daughter, Trina Balknight of Portsmouth; sister, LEATHA Stevenson of Portsmouth; three grandchildren, Tynetta Bazemore and Kyman Haywood, Jr., both from Portsmouth and Ciara Williams of Hartford, CT; five great grandchildren, Izaiah Smith and King Richardson of  Portsmouth, Alijah McCall, Jayden Williams and Brooke Williams of Hartford, CT; longtime friend, Monisha Taylor of  Portsmouth and further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He will be truly missed but never forgotten.

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    Valerie Walker says

    I have many fond memories of Uncle Tony in my early childhood. He and Aunt Carrie treated me like their own daughter when I was a toddler. May the family be comforted with loving memories that bring you peace. And may God bless and comfort you during this time of grief.
    With Love and sympathy from the Harrison family,
    Valerie Harrison Walker (VeeVee)

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    Selma Jackson-Chia says

    Trina and family,
    Know that the Lord is with you during this time. May his peace and comfort console you and give you hope. We thank God for the life he gave Tony. Rejoice in the Lord always.

    Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
    In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

    To God be the glory. The joy of the Lord is your strength.

    Love, Cup, Dwane, Titus, Eric, and Calvin

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    Kevin white says

    Trina and family
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family may god give you the peace that you seek
    I feel blessed to have worked with your dad and the years we spent working together in 56 and all the memories the time we spent listening to talk radio and his crazy laugh and some of the things he said to me I still remember today he was not only a coworker but a friend. Godspeed Ban-tu

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      Barrow says

      My Prayers are with Trina Tynetta, KJ, Zay & King. as You all say your goodbyes today just know Da Da is still with each of you.
      Bantu you were a remarkable very intelligent Man you taught Me so much I am thankful for the time we had together
      Love Always Bantulu

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    Lucy King Gaines says

    Thank you for being a good first
    cousin, someone I could talk to
    helping me find my other family members After my mother’s death
    God Bless you Tony you will be remembered. Love Lucy Gaines& Family

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