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Briana Lee Kemp

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Missionary Elaine Jones

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De-Qwane M. Brown

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Thomas Loronzo Dew

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Doretha Williams Grinnard

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Louise Harris

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Patrice M. Stancel

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Keion M. Simmons

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Frederick Savage, Sr.

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Clifton Courtney Bolden

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Doris J. Bryant

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Ronald M. Haynes

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Mary Marie Webb

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John Henry Benson

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Gail King

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Lessie Mae Stevens

Lessie M. Stevens, 88, of Portsmouth, Virginia quietly departed this life on April 06, 2024 surrounded by family. Lessie was born to Walter and Ellen Parker on September 13, 1935 in Baltimore, Maryland. She was the youngest of four. She was a native of Norfolk, Virginia and Chesapeake, Virginia. She received her education from Norfolk County School System. She later married William H. Stevens Sr., and had ten children (one preceding her in death). She later moved to Portsmouth, Virginia. She worked in Portsmouth Public School System where she…...

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Andrew T. Blount

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Dadrekous “DJ” Green

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Jonathan David Thomas

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Shelia Ann Lewis

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Marnita Carrie McFadden

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Paul Torres, Jr.

Paul Torres Jr. was born to the late Pablo and Ofelia Torres on January 23, 1954 in Kendleton,Texas. On April 2, 2024, Paul departed this life at the age of 70. He is survived by two children Lisa Wilson (Donte Wilson) and Dominique Torres (Lexi Torres). Paul is also survived by his former wife, Robin Torres. Paul had four grandchildren, two sisters, Elecia Delgado, Sara Zambrana, and a host of family and friends. Paul served…...

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Clarius Marzell Dozier

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Justina Louvina Lavendar

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Melvina Sanderlin-Simmons

Our beloved mother, Melvina Sanderlin-Simmons, 70, passed away on April 7, 2024, in Norfolk, Virginia after battling Breast Cancer. Melvina was born in Windsor, North Carolina on December 3, 1953, and predeceased by her mother, Fannie R Sanderlin, father Lewis T Sanderlin, and biological father William Kelly Etheridge; her daughter Valisha S. Sanderlin; and siblings: Verna Mae Sanderlin, Mary Smallwood, Dorothy Sanderlin Bond, Sarah Sanderlin, Edward Sanderlin, Norman Sanderlin, Turner Sanderlin, Beula Merritt, Zanobia Gail Watson, William K. Etheridge Jr., and Orville A. Etheridge. Melvina grew…...

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Tony J. Hicks

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Eric Douglas Coleman

During the early morning sunrise on April 5th, the love of my life, Dr. Eric Douglas Coleman, was called home to be with the Lord. Eric was born to Thomas and Alice Coleman on February 21, 1951, in New York. Eric was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Kenny Taylor, and Thomas E. Coleman.  Eric graduated from Port Richmond High School (NY) and continued his educational journey by earning a bachelor’s degree…...

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James Alexander Owens, Jr.

James “Big Daddy” Alexander Owens, Jr., 71, of Norfolk, Virginia passed away at his home in Clarksville, Tennessee on April 4, 2024, with family by his side. He was born February 28, 1953, in Norfolk, Virginia to James Alexander Owens and Mabel Eloise Owens. James met his wife, Jacqueline “Jackie” Inez Harris-Owens in Virginia, and they were married on September 1, 1973. Throughout the course of their union, they had three children: Adriene, Kamesha, and…...

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Laura A. McGill

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Messiah Amir Vines

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Lonnie “Ba-Boy” Cherry

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Almira Y. Barnes

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Shawan “Cookie” Corprew

Shawan Lynette “Cookie” Corprew entered this earthly life on October 19, 1971. She was born to Robert Todd and Vynell Mellerson. She transitioned from this life to eternal rest on April 1, 2024. Shawan was educated in Chesapeake Public Schools and a graduate of Deep Creek High School. She furthered her education at Tidewater Community College where she earned an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She was employed in various careers, including a teacher. She continued…...

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Margie Ann Robinson

The beloved Margie Ann Ward Robinson, 81, passed away on April 1, 2024, in Stafford, Virginia after battling Alzheimer’s disease. Margie was born in South Carolina on Jan. 4, 1943, to Mrs. Uarriah B. Ward and Mr. Andrew Ward. She was one of eight children born to her parents. Her parents moved from South Carolina to Virginia when Margie was a toddler. She grew up in Norfolk and was a graduate of Booker T. Washington…...

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Laila Monae McKnight

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Edwin L. Burrell, Sr.

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St. Adele F. Scott

St. Adele F. Scott sleeps in victory....

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Marshall William Sinclair

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Kevin Thomas Davis

Kevin Thomas Davis earned his wings 29 of March 2024. He was born 28 of February 1966 in Hampton, Virginia to the late Rev. Herbert H. Davis, Sr. and Annie M. Davis (nee Parker). In his early years he was active in the church at First Baptist Church Lincoln Park, Hampton, Virginia, where his family attended. He is a graduate of Phoebus high school in Hampton Virginia class of 1984. Kevin excelled in football and…...

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Antonio Thorne

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Ethan Raynard James

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Mary Louise Simmons

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Bobby W. Braden

Bobby Wayne Braden, Sr. was born on October 3, 1947 to the late Edward and Harriet Calbert Braden in Lynnville, TN. When Bobby was born he was not alone; he was accompanied by his twin sister Mary Elaine and during his last days he was  still being supported by his twin.  He would summon her in the wee hours of the morning by calling her name.  She would go to him and he would put in his…...

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James E. Lamb, Jr.

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Larry Donnell Raynor

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Jean Katherine Harrison

Jean Katherine Harrison, fondly known as Kathy to those closest to her, departed from this world peacefully at Birchwood Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Home on March 29, 2024, at the age of 74. She was born on January 7, 1950, in Norfolk, Virginia, to the late Daniel A. and Audrey E. Harrison. Kathy’s journey through life was marked by a vibrant spirit and a strong personality. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in…...

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Neva Lillian Blake

Neva Lillian Moses Blake was born on August 23, 1940, in Capeville, Virginia, to the late James T. and Maggie Moses. At an early age, she accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and became a member of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, Capeville, VA. On Sunday, March 24, 2024, Neva fell asleep in death and is now free from hurt and pain. Neva was educated in the public schools of Northampton County, Virginia. She went on to…...

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Ethel Legrand

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Velma Lynnette Elliott Drew

Velma Lynnette Elliott Drew was born on September 21, 1957 to the late Richard and Clara Elliott. She was the youngest of nine children. Early schooling was in Norfolk County, VA. In 1976, Velma graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth, VA. She had some college education and was a Certified Nursing Assistant. Her greatest accomplishment was her being a “BAB” Born Again Believer! Glory! Hallelujah! Velma accepted the invitation of repentance and received salvation…...

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Bessie Mae Henry

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