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Nathaniel Graves II

Nathaniel Graves II born March 1 departed this life suddenly on December 10, 2019 at his home in Portsmouth, Virginia.  Nathaniel was employed by Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding as a Marine designer for 18 years. He was a member of Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News Virginia where he served as a Deacon, a member of the William F. Crump Sanctuary Choir, Lawrence L. Bethel inspirational choir, Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA)…...

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Herman Louis Bond

Herman Louis Bond passed away on December 5, 2019....

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Brenda D. Drewitt

Pastor Brenda Drewitt-Broadhurst, 61 passed away December 3, 2019.  She was married to the late Elder Albert Broadhurst and was the founder and pastor of True Vine Church of Deliverance in Norfolk, Virginia.  She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Pamela Pelham (Michael) and Brenda Bostic (Kendrick) as well as other relatives and friends....

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Beatrice Swindell

Beatrice Swindell was born May 3, 1934 in Prince George County, VA to parents Rusel and Gertie Stokes.  She was raised in the Norfolk area. She went on to marry Joseph Swindell (deceased) September 30, 1962. They were married for over 40 years before Joseph’s passing. They had one beautiful daughter Kimberly Allen-Brock (deceased). She is survived by four grandchildren, Lakisha Swindell-Glenn, Bobby Allen, Kiera Allen, and Xavier Allen, as well as many loving family…...

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Trueth Malia Woodson

Trueth Malia Woodson passed away December 4, 2019....

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Carine Beautreau

Carine Beautreau pased away on December 6, 2019....

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Shirley M. McDaniel

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, Shirley Mae McDaniel, loving wife and mother of six children, passed away at age 67 with her family by her side. Shirley was born to the late William Brown and Rosa Woodin, May 5, 1952 in Portsmouth, VA. She attended Portsmouth Public Schools and later received a CNA certificate from Key Business College in 1991. In 1988, she became a beloved wife to Melvin McDaniel of Portsmouth, VA, her childhood…...

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Olivia Parker

Olivia Parker passed away on December 8, 2019....

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Louise Elizabeth Smith

Louise Elizabeth Smith passed away on December 9, 2019....

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Estin C. Taylor Sr.

Estin Cleopheus Taylor Sr. was born in Norfolk, Virginia on January 8,1937 to the late Thomas and Beatrice Taylor. Estin was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools and graduated from Booker T Washington High School. Estin joined  the United States Army after high school.  After serving in the U.S. Army, he became a forklift operator at the Naval Base and Norshipco. During his youth, he was known throughout Berkley for his athletic ability and beautiful…...

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Margaret M. Wilson

Margaret M. Wilson passed away on December 8, 2019....

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Willis Curtis Weatherspoon

The Life and Legacy of Willis Curtis Weatherspoon Willis Curtis Weatherspoon ( WC), at the age of 78 received his wings on Friday, December 6th, 2019 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Willis was the fourth child of his beloved parents, Bill Dooley and Lerene Crumble of Clinton, Kentucky. Willis was born in Clinton, Kentucky on June 30th, 1941. Willis worked thirty five years as a Forman for the United States Steel Mill. In his leisure, Willis enjoyed…...

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Jean F. Church

Jean Fredricka Church was the second child born to Joseph and Rachel McClendon in Elmsford, New York, on March 20, 1931. Her mother passed away when she was very young, and Jean and her two brothers, Joseph McClendon Jr. and Richard McClendon, were raised by their father in Harlem while he worked in the hotel and real estate business. During her childhood, Jean developed tuberculosis and had to stay in a solarium for two years.…...

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Barbara J. Pearce

Barbara Joann Warwick Pearce was born January 28, 1933 in Selma, North Carolina to the late Robert and Emma B. Warwick (Lewis). She was the second of three children in this close-knit loving family with an older sister, Vera, and younger brother Robert “Junior.” Her father was a well-known mechanic and her mother was a superior seamstress. Joann departed this life on Friday, December 6, 2019, at the Wellstar Tranquility Hospice in Kennesaw, GA. Raised…...

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Wesley Allen Johnson

Wesley Allen Johnson fondly called “Wes’ made his transition from earth to enter into eternal rest on December 4, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his loving father, William E. Johnson, Sr. Wesley was born on June 12, 1990 and was the youngest of three siblings.  He was a very proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA.  He loved Booker T. Washington as his father did during his school days. …...

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Barbara A. Campbell-Harrington

On December 7, 2019, the Lord called one of HIS angels, Barbara Ann Campbell to eternal rest.  Barbara was born on September 23, 1951 to the late Oakley and Tanzetta Byrd. She was a loving and caring person with a wonderful sense of humor.   Barbara always opened her heart and door to those in need with a place to eat or lay their heads.  She may have possessed the tendency to ‘fuss you out’ but…...

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Shanell Sturdivant

Shanell Nicole Sturdivant was born March 14,1984 to Purnell and Terry Ann Sturdivant in Norfolk, Virginia. Shanell was a former member of World Christian Center where the Pastor is Michael Sheppard, in Charleston, South Carolina, where she resided with her fiancé, Ricky Sheppard, Jr. Shanell was a graduate of Lake Taylor High School class of 2003. She then worked in management for many years. She had a beautiful smile and constantly showed it. Shanell had…...

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Pryor G. McDaniel

On Friday, December 6, 2019, our Heavenly Father, called our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend home to rest. Pryor McDaniel was born January 15, 1936 in Lynchburg, Virginia to Mary McDaniel Williams.  He began school in Lynchburg, Virginia, however, he migrated to Baltimore, Maryland. He was a United States Marines Corps Reserve Veteran and retired from the Federal Government as a Civil Service employee and the Virginian Pilot. Pryor was a…...

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Bertha M. Smith

Mrs. Bertha Mae Smith, 88, passed on to eternal rest on Dec. 7, 2019 at home in Norfolk, surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Mr. Willie “Danny Boy” Smith, who passed away July 25, 2019. Bertha was born in 1931 in Gum Neck, N.C., to Lyda Basnight Spencer and Lonnie Spencer. She was one of seven children Lonnie and Lyda raised in the rural, close-knit township where…...

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Ricky Lee Bailey

Ricky Lee Bailey, age 59, peacefully slipped into the waiting arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 3, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Ricky was born on June 18, 1960 in East Orange, New Jersey to Shirley and Velma Bailey. Along with his younger brother Mark, Ricky enjoyed a home filled with love and laughter. In 1978, Ricky graduated from his beloved St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey…...

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Jamel Jones

Jamel Jones passed away on December 1, 2019....

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Anthony W. Latham

Anthony W. Latham, 55, passed away peacefully on Monday December 2, 2019, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk. He was born August 25, 1964, in Norfolk, to Anthony W. Whitehurst and Annie M. Latham. He was a graduate from Lake Taylor High School. He worked on the maintenance crew at Gumenick Properties. Anthony truly lived a life surrounded with his friends and family in whom he loved. He enjoyed great food, music, football (Steelers),…...

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Edward C. Curry

Edward “Ed” Curry entered the world with a clear purpose – to inspire, uplift, and mentor others. His fun and infectious personality was always on display, and it left people feeling encouraged. Edward had an undeniable gift of exuding positivity, which remained with him throughout his entire lifetime. With his life experiences, stern hand, and soft heart, he naturally assumed the role of father-figure to young men, co-workers, and friends alike. Affectionately known as “Big…...

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Valerie Taylor-McDaniel

Down a road that’s calm and peaceful, guided by God’s loving hand, she has gone on a journey, to a distant brighter land, sincere and kind in heart and mind, what a beautiful memory she left behind. On Sunday, December 1, 2019, our Lord and Savior, decided that it was time to call Valerie Denise Taylor-McDaniel home from all the work and pain of this life.  Val retired from the Norfolk Naval Base in June…...

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Tamika Nicole Wood

Tamika Nicole Wood passed away on November 28 2019....

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Ivie Venson Parker

Ivie Venson Parker passed away November 3, 2019....

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Romel B. Bynum

Our Joy – January 27, 1988   Romel Blount Bynum   His Victory – November 28, 2019 On Thursday, November 28, 2019, Romel Bynum departed this life. He leaves to cherish his father, Harry Blount Green, Jr. (Lisa) and mother Linda Bynum. Romel attended Booker T. Washington High School. He was a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Norfolk, Virginia where he transitioned to Total Life Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. He was pre-employed with the Norfolk…...

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Barbara J. Shields

Barbara Jean Shields, 79, of Greenville, South Carolina, passed on Tuesday, November 25, 2019 at Prisma Health Upstate. She was surrounded by her daughter and grandkids. Barbara was born in Norfolk, Virginia and was the daughter to the late Jessie Edwards and Lois Gordan. Barbara graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, the class of 1958. There she met John Shields, Jr., fell in love and married. To this union six children were born; Angela,…...

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James Otis Ruffin

James Otis Ruffin, better known as “Lil James” was born in Lewiston, North Carolina on February 4, 1934. He was born to the late Lonnie and Queen Ruffin. He departed this life November 30, 2019 at the Portsmouth Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Ruffin joined New First Baptist Church Taylorsville at an early age under the leadership of Pastor T. Melvin Steele. James served in the New First Baptist Taylorsville Men’s Choir and the Male…...

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Derrick Jefferson

Derrick Jefferson passed away on November 24, 2019....

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Nancy Lee Lawrence

Nancy Lee Lawrence passed away on December 1, 2019....

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William H. Jones, Jr.

William H. Jones, Jr. passed away on November 28, 2019....

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Lydell Blair

Lydell  Blair was born on December 13, 1987 in Norfolk, Virginia to Delores Blair and the late Jeffery Blair. He passed away on November 30, 2019 at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, VA. He leaves to cherish his memories; his mother, Delores Blair; life partner, soulmate, “Wife in Fact”, Kierra Hines; three children, Tyrell Hines, Lydell Blair Jr & Kyndell Blair; three siblings, Osie Blair, Ebony Lane, and Devonte Spellman; a god-mother, Beulah Brown; three…...

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Rylyn Eugene Rountree

Rylyn Eugene Rountree, age 36, was reunited with his mother November 21, 2019, in Marion, VA. Rylyn was born on November 8, 1983 in Norfolk, VA, to parents Timothy Carroll and Robin Rountree. He graduated from Old Dominion Job Corps in 2005 with a completion of Automotive Mechanics. Rylyn worked as a Companion Aide for Good Neighbor in Wytheville, VA. Rylyn was a social, active man. He enjoyed spending time with his children, playing video games,…...

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James Elvin Edwards, Sr.

James Elvin Edwards, Sr. “Casey” 74, of the 4000 block of Margaret Circle passed away on November 28, 2019 at his residence. He was born on July 11, 1945 in Pamplin, VA. He was a graduate of Norfolk State University and a member of First Baptist Church, Bute St. where he served on the Transportation Committee, Supervisor of the Buildings and Grounds, Tutorial Volunteer, Ready Academy Volunteer, Church Anniversary Committee, Toy Giveaway Committee and Fundraising…...

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Johnnie Phillips

Johnnie Phillips (Bubba, Shorty, Pooloo, Papa) passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on November 28, 2019. Johnnie Phillips, Sr. was born on August 6, 1927 in Lee County, Alabama.  He went on to marry the late Lillie Echols. From this union his children Lou Vonia (Elliott) Gould and Johnny Phillips were born. At the age of 25 Johnnie relocated to Syracuse, New York after a brief stay in Knoxville, Tennessee, and began…...

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Vadalle L. Adams

Vadalle L. Adams passed away on November 22, 2019....

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Gloria Lee Harvey

On November 27, 2019, the Lord called one of His angels, Gloria Lee Harvey to eternal rest. Gloria was born on February 4, 1945 in Manhattan, New York to the late David and Victoria Easley Harvey. Gloria attended G.W. Carver High School in Chesapeake. At 16, she became employed with Lawrence Grill. Gloria also worked at Norshipco as a Fire Watch for three years and was a cook for multiple years. Gloria was a loving,…...

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Millicent Wilson Boone

Millicent “Mill” Boone was called to eternal life on Sunday, November 24, 2019 in Portsmouth, VA . She was born on October 4, 1957, to the late Melvin C. Wilson, Sr. and Annie Bell Wilson. She was native of Chesapeake, VA where she graduated from Great Bridge High School. She was employed many years in the environmental service field at Sentara Healthcare, CHKD, and Chesapeake Public Schools. She was a selfless individual and would help…...

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Janice L. Ferebee

Janice L. Ferebee passed awya on November 22, 2019....

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Linda L. Gatewood

On Tuesday November 26 2019 , God called home another one of his children, Linda L. Gatewood. Linda was born February 5, 1949 to the late Otis Williams and Lue Bertha James. She was predeceased by her brother Lewis Copel Freeman, and her sisters Jean Williams and Shirley Jones. Linda dedicated 36 years of service as a Security Interviewer for Virginia Employment Commission. Linda leaves behind her ex-husband and caregiver, Paul Gatewood. Her memories will…...

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George Patterson Moody

George Patterson Moody peacefully transitioned on November 24, 2019. He was born April 8, 1931 in Emporia, VA to the late Daisy Young and George Edward Moody. George grew up in Douglas Park. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and served as a Tank Sergeant. After completion of his service, he attended and graduated from Virginia State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education. George taught Building Trades in Portsmouth…...

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Rudolph Lee Davis

Rudolph Lee Davis passed away November 8, 2019....

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Patricia Ann Sheppard

Patricia Ann Sheppard known as Boosie Girl by family was born on June 13, 1949 in Windsor NC. She was the oldest of five children. She is preceded in death by both parents Mary Elizabeth Mourning and Glen Smallwood. She traded this mortal world for eternal life on November 23, 2019. Patricia graduated from Crestwood High School, Chesapeake VA. In 1968, she joined the United States Army (Women’s Auxiliary Corps). After completing Basic Training at…...

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Vhelma Gloria Felton

On November 22, 2019 our Lord and Savior decided it was time for Min. Vhelma G. Felton, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, to receive her wings. Vhelma was born on October 27, 1951 to the late Frank and Thelma Walker in Portsmouth, Virginia. Vhelma worked at the Virginia ABC store for 27 years where she retired. Vhelma was a faithful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and devoted friend. She affectionately loved her…...

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James E. Campbell, Sr.

James entered into eternal peace on November 18, 2019.  He was born on March 4, 1949, to the late Mr. Joe and Mrs. Mary Campbell, in Laurinburg, NC.  James was preceded in death by nine siblings. James was a member of the Freemason Baptist Church of Norfolk, VA.   Although it is customary for many to actively serve the Lord in church, most of James’ service was not in that environment but his faithful and loving…...

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Michael A. Edmond

Michael A. Edmond was the oldest son to Carrie L. Streeter Edmond and George A. Edmond. He was raised in the Bronx, New York. A fact that he was very proud of. Michael loved music and he was always excited to attend concerts anywhere on the east coast.  He attended Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. He also studied Business Administration at Strayer University. Once he moved to Virginia Beach, he worked at the…...

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Larry Alan Ambrous

Larry A. Ambrous passed away on November 20, 2019, at the age of 71. He was born in Huntingburg, Indiana on May 18, 1948. Larry was a member of the United States Army from 1969 until 1972 when he was honorably discharged. Upon his discharge he began his career as a member of the United States Merchant Marines until he retired in 2010. Larry was preceded in death by his father James F. and his…...

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Keshia Sykes

Keshia D. Sykes was known to all as Keshia Sykes. She went to be with her Lord on November 21, 2019. She was born on July 5, 1973 in Norfolk, VA to Retha Sykes and the late Walter Sykes. Keshia was a Norfolk resident. She held various jobs throughout her lifetime. She was preceded in by her grandparents, Dortha Burrus & James Burrus both of Fairfield, N.C. and Burtus Sykes and Annie Sykes of Chesapeake,…...

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Maria Ruth Bowden Tillery

Fondly known as Ria or Ree to those closest to her, Maria entered this earthly realm on September 27, 1954. She was the youngest child born to her proud parents, the late Thomas Edmond and Joanna DeLoatche Bowden of Norfolk.   The effervescent Maria proceeded through life touching the souls of everyone she met.  On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, this strong, woman of faith peacefully transcended beyond this earthly home. She was predeceased by her parents,…...

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