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Madeleine M. Norton

Madeleine M. Morton passed away on September 18, 2019....

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Dealroy Emerson Harmon

Dealroy Emerson Harmon passed away on September 17, 2019....

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Shirley Elliott

Shirley Elliott passed away on September 12, 2019....

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Willie Lee Parker, Jr.

Willie Lee Parker, Jr. passed away September 9, 2019....

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Ella L. Nash

Ella Nash was born in Portsmouth, VA on October 28th, 1950 to Ella Harris and James Garlington. She was reared and educated in Providence, Rhode Island and attended Central High School. Even though Ella has been working since she was fifteen years old and was fiercely independent, Ella’s greatest accomplishments were her four children, Tonya, Derrick, LaWanda, and LaTida. Ella was a member of First Calvary Baptist Church for twelve years, she was an usher…...

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Preston Bernard Powell

Preston Bernard Powell passed away on September 13, 2019....

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Ethel Long

Ethel Long passed away on September 9, 2019....

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Ruth E. Madison

Ruth E. Madison passed away on September 15, 2019....

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Richard Allen Clements, Jr.

Richard Allen Clements, Jr. passed away on September 4, 2019....

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Frank T. Spain, Sr.

Frank T. Spain, Sr. passed away September 13, 2019....

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Warner McCoy Hayes, Sr.

Warner McCoy Hayes, Sr. passed away on September 14, 2019....

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Ethel Beatrice Pittman

Ethel B. Pittman slipped quietly into eternal rest on Sept. 14, 2019. Left to cherish her memories are children Dennis Pope, Tanya Askew, Nathaniel Pope, Garrett Hooker, Garnette Hooker and Anthony Hooker; siblings, Helen Sisco, Landis Pope, Jr., Sandra Jones, Paulette Pope, Doris Davis, Juanita Pope and Gloria Govan; 8 granddaughters; 2 grandsons and 9 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by husbands, James Hooker and Morris Pittman; parents, Landis Pope Sr. and Dorothy Pope; sons,…...

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Lillie Ruth Davis

Lillie R. “Nonnie” Davis of the 1100 block of Keats Street went home to be with her heavenly father September 11, 2019 in Chesapeake General Hospital. She was born August 19,1946 to the late Mary and Eddie Darden in Edgecombe County, NC. She was educated by Edgecombe County Public School System. She was a loving and devoted housewife/mother/grandmother and well-known neighborhood candy lady. She was preceded in death by her son, James A. Davis Jr.…...

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Edward Clarence Hedgman, III

Edward C, Hedgman, III Edward Clarence Hedgman, III, 42, went to be with the Lord on September 4, 2019.  He was born on December 28, 1976 to Karen Hedgman in Philadelphia, PA Edward graduated from Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He served in the United States Army as a medic during the Iraq War where he received an Honorable Discharge. Edward was employed with Value City Furniture for 20 years where he became…...

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Charles Alfred Potter, Sr.

Apostle Charles A. Potter, Sr., 67, of Portsmouth passed away peacefully on September 11, 2019 in Portsmouth, VA. He was born July 19, 1952 in Williamsburg, VA to Hilda Potter and the late Isaac Potter.  He served six years in the Virginia Army National Guard and retired after 33 years with the U.S. Government. Charles was predeceased by his son, Charles A. Potter, Jr. and his brother, Ricky Potter. He is survived by his wife,…...

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Robert Lee Lassiter, Sr.

Robert Lee Lassiter, Sr. passed away on September 12, 2019....

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Judith Althea Partlow

Judith A. Partlow passed away September 10, 2019....

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Frank Lester Studivant, Jr.

Frank Lester Studivant, Jr. passed away September 11, 2019....

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Ronald D. Hopson, Sr.

Ronald Derwin Hopson, Sr., 62, of Portsmouth, VA, passed away on September 11, 2019. Ronald Hopson was no ordinary man. Every step he took and every life he touched felt the joy of his pure love. He had a heart of gold and left a lasting impression on anyone who had the opportunity to meet him. He was a father, husband, and grandfather. He had many roles in his lifetime. He had a smile that…...

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Faye R. Simmons

Faye Rosalind Simmons peacefully transitioned into heaven on September 10, 2019 at the age of 72. She was born on May 15, 1947 to Vida Cuffee and the late Jerome Cuffee. She worked at Koni Kai Hotel as a supervisor for 6 years and then at Carebridge Assisted living where she retired from after 25 years. Faye is predeceased by her husband, Edward Lee Simmons. She leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Vida E.…...

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Bill Eugene Martin

Bill Eugene Martin was born September 1, 1961 to the late William Whitley Sr. and Shirlon Whitley in Norfolk, VA.  He was lovingly known by all as Geno.  Geno was united in marriage with Captoria Williams Martin, and to this union two children were born.  Geno also had two older children from his first marriage. At an early age Geno became an auto mechanic in Portsmouth, VA.  He then when on to work for FedEx…...

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Ramon Ayala

Ramon Ayala passed away on September 5, 2019....

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Timothy S. Sykes

On Wednesday, September 5, 2019. God in His divine wisdom and eminent power called our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend into His eternal resting place. He was born September 14, 1959 to the late Leo Sykes, Sr. and Fannie Turney Sykes in Decatur, Alabama. At an early age, Timothy accepted Christ into his life at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church. There he was a faithful and dedicated member. Timothy aka “Short Sleeve Steve”…...

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Cynthia D. Graves

Cynthia Denise Graves was born on November 19, 1954, to the late James Hemingway and Alease Jones. On September 2, 2019, she departed peacefully into eternal rest; free from all pain and suffering. She was predeceased by her son Anthony Graves. Her memory will be forever cherished and honored by her devoted husband, Roderick Graves of 46 years, Norfolk, VA, Tonya Brownfield, (Charles), TN, Victoria Graves (Derik), Norfolk, VA, Patricia Graves, Norfolk, VA, Special Children,…...

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Bessie L. Morales

Bessie L. Morales passed away on September 5, 2019....

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Ethel B. Harrell

In the stillness of the evening time of Friday, September 6, 2019 in the presence of family, Ethel Beatrice Harrell transitioned from this earthly tabernacle to her heavenly home. Mrs. Harrell was educated in Norfolk Public School and attended Jacox and Booker T. Washington High School. She pursued a career with Azalea Inn for thirty-two years. Mrs. Harrell was a dedicated employee, exemplifying outstanding work ethics, loved to serve in the capacity of a skilled…...

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Wilbert Edney

Wilbert Edney passed away on August 31, 2019....

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Edwin R. Banks

Edwin R. Banks A.K.A Ricky was born on April 27, 1956 in Norfolk, VA to George H. Banks and Delores Banks. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the age of 63. He received his formal education in Norfolk School System where he graduated. Edwin was employed at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard until his time of illness. Ricky was a loyal supportive member of St. Mark UCC…...

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Marionetta Jernigan Land

On Saturday evening September 7, 2019 the Lord called his angel, Marionetta Jernigan-Land to her heavenly home. Marionetta was born June 9,1956 in Norfolk, VA. She was the daughter of Hermeen Jernigan and Jack McCoy. Marionetta received all her former education in Norfolk, VA. She also worked many years as a food service worker for Norfolk Public Schools. Marionetta was a member of New Galilee Missionary Baptist Church but often worshipped at First Church of…...

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John Harrison Mason, Sr.

John Harrison Mason, Sr. passed away on September 7, 2019....

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Marie Padilla Mitchell

Marie “Marijo” Padilla Mitchell, 63, passed away peacefully Friday, September 6, 2019 at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. She was born in the Philippines on March 11, 1956 to the late Constantina Padilla Jose and Laureano Jose. A devoted Catholic, Marie was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to many who adored her. Known for her passion for travel and culinary arts, she sailed the world as a United States Merchant Marine where she…...

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Jose H. Weston

Jose H. Weston passed away on September 7, 2019...

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David J. Best, Jr.

David Jerome Best, Jr. was born on September 22, 1957 in Kinston, NC. He was the son of David J. Best, Sr. and the late Leora Best. David dedicated his life to serving the Lord at a young age. He attended the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith.David was educated in the public schools of Deep Run County, NC. After graduating from high school, David went to Lenoir Community College in…...

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Elizabeth Cherry

It is with great sadness that the family of Elizabeth Cherry announces her passing on September 5, 2019. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Marilyn & Wesley Coor, her husband, Wilbert Lee Cherry Sr. Elizabeth will be lovingly remembered by her children, Naomi Wright, Cheryl Gadsden, Wilbert Cherry Jr., and Samuel Cherry; two sons-in-law  Randolph Wright, Sr. and Frank Gadsden. Elizabeth will forever be remembered by her seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a…...

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Jean Michelle Myers

Profile of Life “I have fought a good fight. I have kept my course. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 Best known as “Michelle”, Jean Michelle Myers was born on January 6, 1963 to Arthur (deceased) and Bernice Robinson in Staten Island, New York. The oldest sibling of three, Gary and Ava Robinson looked up to their sister. From the fun times spent on Caroline and Metcalfe Street to the hot summer days…...

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Arthur Lee Collins

Arthur Lee Collins “Boy” departed this early life on September 4, 2019. He was affectionately known by his family and close friends as “Boy” AKA “Shine”. He was born on October 1, 1948 to Julius and Celestine Collins in Philadelphia, PA. Arthur was a loving father, brother, uncle, friend. He was preceded in death by his father, Julius Collins Sr, mother, Celestine Collins, two brothers, Julius Collins Jr and Bobby Collins, and sister, Cora Louise…...

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Nita B. Wood

It is with great sadness that the family of Nita Elaine Burno Wood announces her passing on September 3, 2019. Nita, a.k.a. Bug, will be lovingly remembered by her children, Claudius, Ernest, DeMarcus and Keva.Nita will also be forever remembered by her grandchildren, Malachiyah, Allen, Ernest and Toshiba, by her sisters Patricia B. Raynor (Ralph), Nellie Doane (John), Della M. Burno, Franscine Smith (King), Freda Miller (Samuel), and Jamie Milner; by her brothers Burgess Wiggins,…...

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Willie E. Jones

Willie E. Jones passed away on September 2, 2019....

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Sharon Denise Williams

Sharon Denise Williams passed away on September 4, 2019....

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Eleanor T. Williams

I will lift up my eyes to the hills–From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.  He will not allow your foot to be moved. Psalm 121: 1-2 Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.  Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 150:6   Eleanor (Mae) Townes Williams entered into her heavenly reward on the 4th day of September, in the year of our Lord, 2019. Eleanor Mae…...

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Darlene R. Sweet

Darlene R. Sweet passed away on August 31, 2019....

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Eduardo Leomo Collado

Eduardo Leomo Collado passed away on September 1, 2019....

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Frederick Lee Johnson

Frederick Lee Johnson passed away on August 31, 2019....

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Bertha Harris

Bertha Delois Harris, age 68, of Portsmouth Virginia passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at her Portsmouth home. Bertha was born on August 14, 1951 in Emporia, VA to Mercury and Lois Morgan. She attended Portsmouth Public Schools. Bertha could accomplish anything she sets her mind to do.  Throughout her life she worked for various companies that required special skills.  She attended cosmetology school where she learned skills required to not only do…...

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Yolanda R. Lawrence

Yolanda R. Lawrence passed away on September 2, 2019....

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Macy O. Jones

Macy O’Neal Jones departed this life, Saturday, August 23, 2019 at the age of 38 years. He was born September 26, 1980. Macy “Music” as his friends affectionately called him was a longtime resident of Portsmouth, VA was educated in the Portsmouth Public Schools. Macy loved to create delicious aesthetically pleasing meals. After high school, he pursued his passion in culinary arts and was employed by the Twisted Pig Restaurant located in  ortsmouth, Virginia. Macy…...

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Mae H. Peele

Mae H. Peele entered into eternal rest on August 27, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She was a retired Norfolk public school teacher and a professional cosmetologist. A devout Episcopalian, Mae was a member of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.  She was also a licensed Eucharist Minister, a Christian Formation Director, and an Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Nativity (an Episcopal Monastic Community of Nuns). Mae was the daughter of the…...

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Willie K. Westry

Willie Knight Westry was born June 22, 1942 in Rocky Mount, NC. He departed this life peacefully at his home on August 31, 2019. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 51 years, Annie Ruth Cherry Westry; mother, Martha Ann Williams Westry; father, Sam Westry, Jr.; paternal grandmother, Mary Knight Gregory; sister, Mary Elizabeth Westry Stewart; daughter, Tina Westry Thomas and son, Jamaul (Samuel) Westry. Willie Westry our patriarch married the love of his…...

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Fred Ferguson, Jr.

Fred Ferguson, Jr. passed away on August 29, 2019....

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James H. Hucks, Sr.

James Henry Hucks, Sr. was born in Portsmouth, VA on November 13, 1938. He passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, August 29, 2019. James resided in Chicago, IL for many years, and met and married Mattie Thompson. James was predeceased by his first wife, Bessie Mae Hucks; mother: Catherine Hines; father-George Cherry; brother-Robert Hucks; and daughter-Avis Hucks. Left to cherish his memories are 4 sons, James Austin ( Anna), James H. Hucks, Jr.,…...

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