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Rufus Smith

Rufus Smith passed away on January 30, 2021....

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Shelia Wilson Spruill

Shelia Wilson Spruill 47, of Norfolk, VA went home to rest with her personal Lord and Savior on January 31, 2021. She is survived by her husband, Larry Spruill; daughter, Diamond Spruill; granddaughter, Skyler Williams; sister, Lakeisha Wilson; father, Daniel Spratley (Evelyn); brother, Don Brown (Keisha); Dante Hawkins; special aunt, Mildred Wilson; special cousin, Diane Wilson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Sheila was predeceased by her son, Shermond Wilson and…...

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Gloria Perry Artis

On a snowy, Wednesday morning January 24, 1940  in Norfolk, Virginia,  Gloria Elizabeth Perry was born to the late Bishop Clarence H. (Sr.) & Elder Elizabeth Eley Perry.  It was  on a snowy/rainy  Sunday morning, January 31, 2021 that Gloria Elizabeth Perry Artis (81) gained her heavenly wings surrounded by her loving children at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. As a devoted Christian, Gloria loved the Lord and loved spreading His gospel…...

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John H. Newby Jr., PhD

John H. Newby Jr.,PhD John H. Newby Jr. was born on November 23, 1938, to John and Elzena Newby in Norfolk, Virginia.  John was always, affectionately called “Boo Boo” by his family. He was called to his heavenly home on January 26, 2021, while surrounded by his two loving daughters-Kimberly Wells and Amy Collier. Growing up in Norfolk, he was the fifth of seven children. His father ran a successful fruit and vegetable stand, and…...

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Phyllis E. Rodgers

Phyllis Ellissa Rodgers, 69, of the 2500 block of Carona Avenue passed away February 3, 2021. Born, December 31, 1951 in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Esther Rodgers.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Arva, Harolyn and Ray Rodgers, and brother, Harold Rodgers, Jr. Phyllis graduated from Norfolk State University with an Art Degree and retired as a Special Needs Bus Driver for Norfolk Public…...

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Donald Bryant

Donald Bryant went into eternal rest on Sunday, January 31, 2021, and was affectionately known as “Duck”. Born on July 28, 1953 in Norfolk, Virginia to Alfred and Beatrice Byrant. At a very young age he joined the United States Army, where he proudly served his country for 20 years. Prior to receiving an honorable discharge, he received many achievements and accommodations including the Army Medal of Accommodation and Army Achievement Medal. There wasn’t a…...

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Tillie Mae Norman

Tillie Mae Norman drifted away in her sleep to be with the lord on the morning of January 31, 2021. Tillie was born on April 29, 1932 at St. Luke Hospital in New Bern, N.C., to the late James and Ollie Mae Boomer. She was one of 7 children. She attended Pamlico County Trainer school in Stonewall, North Carolina.  Tillie loved serving the Lord so much that she gave her life to him during a prayer meeting. She had a…...

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Desi Rae Laing

Desi Rae Simmons Laing, daughter of the late Pearlie Simmons and Manerva Williams Simmons, was born on October 22, 1963, in Portsmouth Virginia. Surround  by the love and prayers of family and friends , she departed this life on February 01, 2021 in the comfort of her home. She was  baptized early on, at First Baptist of Taylorsville, under Pastor Stelle. Desi graduated from Cradock High School. She had a passion for hair, but found…...

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Jose H. Hernandez

Jose Hiram Hernandez was born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico. He attended Gabriela high where he received his high school diploma. In the 70’s, He then served in the army for four years. When he retired as a army veteran he went to pursue his career in Virginia and enrolled into the automotive industry into Commercial Truck driving to become what he loved to do. He became a truck driver for steel services…...

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Mary M. Taylor-Anderson

OUR LOVE FOR OUR MOTHER Celebration of Life for the Matriarch, The Queen Ms. Mary M. Anderson A precious one from us is gone, a voice we love is stilled. A place is vacant in our hearts, which can never be filled. There is a bridge of memories from the earth to the heavens above, it keeps our dear ones near us, it is a bridge we call love. It takes us back to brighter…...

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Barbara L. Easter

Barbara L. Easter passed away on January 27, 2021....

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Barbara Ann Munden

Barbara Ann Munden was born November 28, 1945 in Wilmington, North Carolina to the late Lorenzo and Jessie Bell Goganious. After the death of her parents at an early age, Barbara moved to Norfolk, VA, to be raised by her late stepmom, Beulah Keaton and late aunt and uncle, Hattie and Asbury Kindred. Early Saturday morning, January 30, 2021, God wrapped his arms around Barbara and lifted her into Heaven where she will have no…...

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Eddie Thompson, Jr.

Eddie Thompson, Jr. was born November 20, 1942 was called home January 30th, 2021. He was born in Grand Bay Mobile AL, the second born of Eddie Thompson Sr. and Delphine Thompson. Eddie was married to Charlene Thompson for 40 years and to that union one child was born Christina L Thompson. Eddie loved the Lord, his family, also his church and community. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He served as secretary…...

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Johnnie McNair, III

Johnnie McNair III, received his heavenly wings on January 14, 2021 in Charlotte, NC. He was born to  Johnnie McNair, Jr. and Beatrice McNair Griffin on March 15, 1953 in Norfolk, VA.   Johnnie graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, Norfolk, VA in 1971. He was a faithful  member of St. Paul CME Church, Norfolk, VA. for over 50 years, where he supervised the Youth Ministry,  served on the Usher Board and Kitchen Ministry, and…...

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Tiffany L. Ravenell

Tiffany L. Ravenell passed away on January 25, 2021....

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Delores Elmira Cox

Delores Elmira Cox passed away on January 29, 2021....

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Louise Seaborne Boone

Louise Seaborne Boone transitioned at her home on January 30, 2021 at the age of 88. She was born in Southampton County, Virginia on March 4, 1932 to Ruben Thomas Seaborne and Fleater Mae Parker Seaborne. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Joseph Langom Boone who were married for 62 years. From this union came seven children, Bruce (Darmailya), Faye (Jerome), Denise, Rhonda, Barry, Keith and Daryl (Ladonna). She leaves to…...

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Willis E. Lister

Willis E. Lister passed away January 29, 2021....

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Leroy Daniel Wood

Leroy Daniel Wood, 88, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, January 28, 2021. Leroy was born June 23, 1932 in the city of Norfolk. He was retired after serving 20 years at Hampton Road Transit (HRT).  He is preceded by the death of his parents, Welton and Harriett Wood. He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons: Timothy Wood and Thomas Moore; One daughter, Renee Hawkins, all from Norfolk;  Seven Sisters: Patty walker…...

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Barthenia B. Askew

Barthenia Barbara Askew, affectionately known as Bart, passed away peacefully on January 29th. She spent her final days at home with her family. Born in Weldon, North Carolina, Barthenia was the only child of Frank and Queen Esther Gatlin (née Hunt). She was the mother of Karen McKinney, the late Christopher Reddick, and Stephanie (Johnnie) Middleton. A lover of the Lord, Barthenia was baptized at Union Baptist Church and served as a faithful member of…...

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Walter Eugene White, Sr.

Walter Eugene White Sr., age 77, passed away on January 15, 2021 in Suffolk, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph James White, Jr, and Annie Belle Reid White; and brother, William A. “Dot” White. He is survived by his loving wife Bertha Liverman White of Suffolk, VA and son Walter E. White, Jr. of Chesapeake, VA. Walter has three granddaughters, Lauren White of Norfolk, VA, and Mya White and Olivia White,…...

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Jerome Pass

Jerome Pass, passed away on January 26, 2021....

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Annie Lamb Gore

Annie (Mae ) Lamb-Gore Knowing, Believing and Living   For 90 years, 1 month, and 1 day Annie lived a life of being lovely and being loved. And we all know she was so lovely because of that love. Through the years it was  abundantly clear that she knew, she believed, and she lived, as a child of God. She knew She knew she was loved as a daughter of the king, with her head held…...

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William Hooker

William Hooker “Bill”, the oldest of 13 siblings, was born July 4, 1925 in Maxton, North Carolina to Jack Malloy and Almener Patterson, but raised by his grandmother Ms. Lily Mae Hooker. On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, surrounded by his loving family, he departed for his divine home from Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk VA. He later went into the United States Navy and served in WWII. When he returned, he married the love of…...

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Duane Phillip Drew

Duane Phillip Drew passed away on December 19, 2020....

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Ellen Gertrude Freeman

On Tuesday January 26, 2021 just before the breaking of dawn, as the earth and all therein prepared to receive the light of a brand-new day.  The rolls were counted, and it was found that our beloved Ellen Freeman’s name was not found thereon.  For the Lord had appointed and sent His provision that she might be loosed from the bonds of this world, to ascend on high and be carried into His loving hands.…...

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Tiny Elizabeth Higgs

On Monday, January 18, 2021, Tiny Higgs transitioned peacefully to her heavenly home. She was born on April 21, 1924 in Williamsburg (York County), Virginia to the late Elmore and Susie Willis Schofield.  Tiny grew up in both Williamsburg and Newport News, Virginia. She attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Newport News, James City Training School in Williamsburg, and Huntington High School in Newport News. While at Huntington, she played violin in the school…...

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Gloria Louise Johnson

As we reflect the life and legacy of Gloria, we are pausing to praise God for her long journey with us. Gloria Louise Johnson, 69, was born in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Rachel Elizabeth Dales of Norfolk and Nelson Washington Willis of Bladen, North Carolina on November 14, 1951. She attended school at Booker T. Washington. She was the wife of the late Raymond Tazewell. She was preceded in death  by one brother, Ellis…...

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Evelyn Powell Porter

Remembering a Classy Lady Evelyn Powell-Porter, our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend was called home on Monday, January 25, 2021. She was born July 14, 1937 to the late Luther Grimes and Lucille Freeman. She was united in marriage to the late Rudolph C. Porter. She attended Norfolk Public Schools. She retired after 30 years of service from NRHA Program Management. She was a member of Garden of…...

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Irene C. Rivers

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 On January 25, 2021, Irene C. Rivers went home to be with the lord. She was born on October 8, 1967 in Portsmouth, Virginia, she resided in Norfolk Virginia. Irene was the youngest…...

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Yvonne Jordan

Yvonne “Pig” Jordan departed this earthly life and entered into eternal life on January 24, 2021.  Yvonne was a native of Norfolk, VA and the daughter of the late Alec Brown, Sr. and Louise Brown-Hunter. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl H. Jordan; her son, LaShawn “Pee Wee” Brown and her brother James Brown. Yvonne graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA.  She worked as a Dietician’s Aide at…...

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Arthur Barksdale

Arthur Barksdale passed away on January 22, 2021....

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Willie Floyd, Sr.

Willie Floyd, Sr. passed away on January 25, 2021....

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Walter Burton

Walter “Walt “Burton, Jr. departed this life on January 24, 2021. ”Walt”, as we all knew him, was born March 23, 1956 to the late Mildred Burton and Walter Williams, Sr. in Chariton, Virginia. Walt leaves behind to cherish his memories his wife, Lois Burton; two daughters, Crystal Burton-Midgette (Marvin) and Lisa Etheridge; four sons, Orlando Twyford, Walter Johnson, Jules Johnson and Demetrice Coles; grand- children and great- grandchildren whom he loved and adored; sisters,…...

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Clifton L. Smith, Sr.

Clifton Lee Smith, Sr. was born on April 13, 1928 in Northampton County, Virginia (The Eastern Shore) to the late Dora Jackmon Smith and Governor H. Smith. Clifton received his education in Northampton County Public School System. At an early age, Clifton moved from the Eastern Shore and made Norfolk, Virginia his residence. He was married to the late Betty Hawkins Smith, until her passing on September 12, 1997. Clifton was a very hard worker.…...

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Rufus Anderson, Jr.

Rufus Anderson, Jr. passed away on January 13, 2021....

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Walter H. Burden, Sr.

Walter H. Burden, Sr. passed away on January 23, 2021. Walter was born on April 28, 1930 in Raleigh, NC to Henry & Esther Burden. He served in the US Army for 22 years as a Staff Sergeant and worked for 10 years for the Portsmouth School system. On March 25, 1948, he married Doris Douglass. They raised five daughters and two sons, Brenda Ann Swinton (Kenneth), Barbara Anne Ervin, Anna Batten (Dennis), Renae Hinton…...

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Pearline Vaughn Brown

Pearline Vaughn was born on August 5, 1930 to the late Haywood and Mayetta Vaughn in Norfolk, Virginia. She was married to the late Tilmon Brown, Sr.; and to this union 5 loving children were born. At an early age Pearline professed her faith in Jesus Christ and joined First Pentecostal United Holy Church, where she was a long-time dedicated member. Pearline was a virtuous and God-fearing woman who raised her children, grandchildren, and great…...

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Marion Vivian Asterilla

Marion Vivian Asterilla passed away on January 22, 2021....

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Arnold Francis Semley

Arnold Francis Semley passed away on January 8, 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was born on October 15, 1943 in New York City to Olga and Joseph Semley. He was the youngest of Olga Semley’s seven children and with him we lose our last connection to that great generation. Arnold grew up in New York City surrounded by a large family and friends. He was always the life of the party and his nieces even…...

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Scupella M. Carter

Scupella M. Bell was born on December 31, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York. At  the age of five months old God saw fit for Kim Hibbert to become Scupella’s  mother. Scupella, affectionately known as “Fi-Fi” by her family and friends, was  educated in the private school system and later attended public school from the  third grade until she graduated from high school. She went on to complete  cosmetology classes in Brooklyn, New York and received…...

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Emanuel Clemons

Emanuel Clemons was born February 20, 1954 to the late Deacon Willie Rufus Clemons and Lena Mae Lewis Clemons in Albany, Georgia. He joined Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. Emanuel graduated from Monroe Comprehensive High School. He attended Albany State College and later joined the U.S. Navy serving 38 years. After retiring from the Navy, he worked as a Contract Specialist at Naval Supply Systems Command, Norfolk, VA where he retired…...

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Carl Baxton Skinner, Sr.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—-and not only to me. Carl Baxton Skinner, Sr. was born on July 21, 1943 to Anna Bell Felton and Linwood Skinner.  Carl was called to be with the Lord o January 20, 2021.…...

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Salah Rashad Ameen

Salah Rashad Ameen passed away on January 22, 2021....

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Watt D. Newsome, III

Watt “Sonny” Newsome passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Maryview Medical Center. His mother, Blommer Mae and his dad, Watt D. Newsome, II, predeceased. Sonny was raised in the Berkley area and was very well known in Berkley. He was a graduate of Lake Taylor High School. “Sonny P”, known by family, worked as a sub-contractor for many years, he was self employed. He enjoyed life to the fullest and was a…...

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Maurice E. Perkins, Sr.

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.  Mr. Maurice Elliott Perkins, tenderly and peacefully answered his heavenly Father’s call. He was the son of the late Ruth Marie and Johnnie Perkins.  He was a native of Norfolk County (Chesapeake) and from Crestwood High in 1959. He would marry his late wife, Helen Perkins in 1965, along with having a daughter, Cheryl Perkins. Mr. and Mrs. Perkins were married for…...

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Stephone White

Our beloved Stephone White entered into God’s Heavenly home on January 20, 2021, while sleeping at home. He was born on May 26, 1963 to Barbara Jean White.  Stephone graduated with his certificate of completion from Norfolk Public School. Stephone gave his life to the Lord at a young age and joined Good News COGIC under the Pastorate of Pastor Frank Caffee, Sr. He served the Lord with gladness. Over the years, he served as…...

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Alphonzo Hawkins

Alphonzo Hawkins passed away on January 18, 2021....

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Otis Manley

On January 21st, Otis Manley of Chesapeake, Virginia passed away at the age of 78. Otis was born on December 14th, 1942 in Jackson, North Carolina to the late Ada and James Tindal. Otis was raised in Norfolk, Virginia and attended Booker T. Washington High School. Otis moved to New York in 1962. He began working for the New York City Housing Authority in 1966 and later moved on to work for New York City…...

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Willie Edward McMillian, Jr.

Willie Edward McMillian, Jr. passed away on January 16, 2021....

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