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Ivan Fletcher Gregory

Ivan F. Gregory, better known as “Mr. Ivan” was born to the late Samuel and Edna Gregory, May 28, 1952. Ivan was blessed with a loving family. He married his sweetheart Mavis on October 30, 1998. He was a devoted husband and father to his children. Ivan was a fun-loving man with a big heart of “gold.” Everyone loved him and he was loved by everyone who he met. Ivan was in the US Army for 17…...

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Timothy L. Holloway

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Melvin “Big Jack” Jackson, Sr.

In Loving Memory of Melvin “Big Jack” Jackson April 18, 1955 – December 18, 2023 Melvin “Big Jack” Jackson, a man who lived life to the fullest, left us with a mix of laughter and tears on December 18, 2023. He was a man of many quirks and passions, always keeping us on our toes. Known for his love of collecting, Melvin could spot a rare baseball card from a mile away. His excitement at…...

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Lilliemae Land

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Gerald Mae Hunt

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Carol Evelyn Grier Sydnor

Late Sunday night on December 17, 2023, God extended his hands to his Beautiful Sweet Child Carol Evelyn Grier Sydnor, and invited her to be one of his Angels. Carol was born on January 18, 1943 in Norfolk, VA to the late Charles Henry Grier, Sr. and Evelyn Grier Wilson. Carol sometimes called MomaZ, was a member of Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Carol enjoyed being the treasurer for the Knights of…...

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Dinetta Wells

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Antonio Alonzo Mills

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Daniel’la AmmiYah Belcher

Daniel’la AmmiYah Belcher was born October 13, 1999 at Portsmouth Naval hospital. Daniel’la attended Granby, Elementary school where she learned to play the piano with Norfolk Parks and Recreation. She then learned to play the Viola in the 5th grade and continued to play the piano. She then attended Rosemont International School of Studies, where she continued to play the viola in symphony orchestra. She then attended Granby High School, continuing to play the Viola…...

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Renee D. Twine

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Horace Roland Pratt

Dr. Horace Roland Pratt of Hampton Virginia transitioned December 16, 2023 at the age of 80 after a long illness.  Dr. Pratt attended Norfolk State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics.  He was later employed with GE Portable Television Department as a Manufactory Specialist.  Horace was then employed by Norfolk Naval Shipyard as an Industrial Engineer, later advancing to EEO Officer before retiring.  He worked as an adjunct Professor of…...

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Gladys Mae Sykes

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Jacqueline Yvette Carter Harris

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Clara Mae Lloyd

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Cristiane P. Parson

Cristiane “Priscila” Parson, a native of Brazil, transitioned to her eternal healing home on the evening of December 15, 2023, in Richmond-VCU Medical Center. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her on her journey and ultimately gave her peace. Priscila, as so many called her, was born January 11, 1980, to Vera Lucia de Jesus Alves and is the oldest of three siblings. She grew up in São Paulo,…...

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Melvin Wayne Flythe

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Eugene Jones

Eugene Jones was born in Harris County, Georgia on September 24, 1936, the eldest of seven children to Willie and Johniecene Jones. He received his education in Georgia and shortly thereafter joined the U.S. Army. After completing his tour of duty in the Army he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served during the Vietnam era with additional assignments to USS W S SIMS, USS RICHARD K TURNER, USS KING, USS GUADALCANAL, USS CHIKASKIA,…...

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Cynthia M. Harris-Potter

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Damarius L. Odom

Damarius Lafonte Odom was a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, born May 27,1998, in Chesapeake, VA, to Sonya Odom and Ronnell Flowers. Damarius graduated from Hopewell High School and went on to further his education at St. Augustine College, Raleigh, North Carolina, where he majored in Business Management.  Damarius was a truck driver for Enidan Enterprises, LLC., and went on to chase his dream to acquire his CDLA credentials as a student at Shippers Choice Trucking School.  He had…...

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Danny Keith Newsome

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Danny Keith Newsome, born on March 6, 1960, to Delores Newsome (whom he cherished) and the late James Henry Newsome. On December 14, 2023, Danny departed this world, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and profound kindness. On February 20, 2016, Danny married the love of his life, Adrian Newsome, in a private ceremony at the house that became their cherished home, performed by Minister Bernard Thomas. He was the proud and loving father of Monique Newsome and Danny Newsome; a…...

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Emily F. Hurdle

Emily F Hurdle, of Portsmouth, VA, transitioned on December 11, 2023 peacefully in her home. She was born on January 5, 1941 in Nansemond County, VA to the late Octavius and Augusta Hurdle. She is survived by her son, Clyde Andrew Hurdle; her older brother, Lilburn Hurdle of Portsmouth, VA, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was predeceased by her brothers Frank, Fred, Jather, Linwood, Sherwood and Lemuel; and two sisters, Charity Hurdle, and Sarah…...

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Marvin McClease

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Vann L. Knight

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Dianne Marie Mangum

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Barbara Diane Skinner

Barbara Diane Skinner departed this life on the morning of Sunday, December 10, 2023, rising at 5:39a.m. about the hour she did each morning but rising into the arms of God. Barbara was born to Magnolia Johnson and Thomas Skinner on February 17, 1957 in Norfolk, Virginia. Barbara attended school in the NorfolkPublic Schools system. She attended the old Ruffner as well as Booker T. Washington High School. Barbara was known for caring for others. In her younger years, she would care for elderly…...

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Frankie Harris, Jr.

Frankie Harris was born August 9, 1942 to the Late Charlie and Annie Lee Harris in South Hill, Virginia. Frankie transitioned this life December 10, 2023, after an extended illness in the hospital, he was transferred to the Norfolk Health and Rehibalitaion Center At an early age Frankie moved to Brooklyn, New York. He later relocated to Norfolk, VA to be near his family. There he was employed by various companies. Frankie was perceived in…...

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Gene Autry Hawkins

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Gloria Lee Lowe

Gloria L. Lowe peacefully entered eternal rest on Monday, December 11, 2023, at the age of 89. Born on October 9, 1934, in Norfolk, VA, she was a devoted soul who dedicated 27 years of her life to the Norfolk Public School system after receiving her education in the same institution. Gloria is preceded in death by her mother, Thelma Briley; her son, Antonia Lowe (Tony), and her brother Curtis Holley, Sr. She now joins them in a serene reunion. Known…...

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Gaston D. Dozier, III

Gaston Douglas Dozier affectionately called Boy or Butch entered into eternal rest on December 11, 2023.  He is now resting and worshipping his Lord; no more sickness, and no more pain. Gaston was the second child born to the late Gaston and Carrie Dozier on July 7, 1950, in Tarboro, NC.  The family moved to Portsmouth VA in the early sixties.  The Brighton Community (Wirt Street) was his place of residence.  He attended First Baptist…...

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Melvin Ben Wilkerson

Melvin Ben Wilkerson, of Norfolk, VA passed entered eternal rest on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at his home surrounded by the people that he loved. Melvin was born on July 17, 1960 to the late Nellie Mae Jones and Leamon Wilkerson, Jr. He was preceded in death by his son Carlos Wilkerson, Sr., brother Larry Wilkerson, and second mother Vastine Wilkerson. Melvin had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his…...

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Reginald Collins

Reginald Harrison Collins affectionately known as “Reggie” entered into this life to Shardel McCoy Collins and Carl Harrison Collins on December 3, 1979 in Long Island, New York. He departed the physical life unexpectedly on December 7, 2023. Reggie was raised in a family surrounded by love and support. He was a pipefitter by trade at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for the last 12 years. Prior to that, Reggie was an Enginemen in the United States Navy for 6 years. He served proudly and was a combat…...

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Kenneth Leroy Beckett

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Jeremiah Briggs

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Annie Ruth Moore

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Azilee S. Peterson

Mrs. Peterson was born Azilee (affectionately called “Lee”) Cathcart on October 10, 1944, in Rock Hill, South Carolina, to the marital union of Mr. Booker T. and Mrs. Rebecca Smith Cathcart.  She was the second eldest of nine children and the first daughter of two girls.  Her mother, father, and two brothers (Leonard and James Robert Cathcart) all preceded her in death. After a move to Chesapeake, Virginia, she met and married her current husband,…...

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Delois Gatson Simon

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William Adam Johnson

William Adam Johnson age 51 and a resident of Norfolk VA passed away on December 7, 2023. William was born on September 1, 1972 to the late Ferrell and Lorraine. He attended Norview High School, He kept you laughing and he loved to fish and crab. On February 21, 1991 he was blessed with the birth of his son Corey Jenkins in Norfolk VA and a daughter Deliila Brodie. He married the love of his life…...

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Antwain D. Curtis

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Rubie Davis Moseley

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Gwendolyn Ann Petty

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Paul Lawrence Howard, Jr.

Paul Lawrence Howard was born October 21, 1930 in Portsmouth, Virginia from the union of the late Bishop Paul Howard and Cornelia Newby. Paul gave his devoted soul to Christ at an early age, and spent his formative years in his father’s church, fostering a profound love for spirituality. He met the love of her life, Lillie, who he called his “Sugar Baby” and “Sugar Baby” affectionately called him “Peter Paul.” Their passion became a union on April 10, 1953. From this union, there…...

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Rudolph Crowell, Jr.

Rudolph (Rudy) Crowell, Jr., Son of the late Rudolph Crowell Sr. and Nellie C. Mason, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on October 31, 1955. On December 5, 2023, Rudy was called home to be with the Lord. He was called Pookey, Uncle Poo-bear or just Rudy by friends and loved ones and received his education in the Portsmouth public schools. He later enlisted into the United States Army where he would receive an Honorable discharge.…...

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Robert Lee Johnson

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Richard Langley

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Geno D. Ward

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Carolyn Lee Beale

On December 5, 2023, our dear Mother, Carolyn Lee Beale, transitioned from death to eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Carolyn was an active Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church member, serving in the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, Vacation Bible School, and Sunday School and assisting in the New Members Ministry. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her husband, Amos Lee Beale; her children, Cassandra Lee Bowser, Gerri R.…...

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Donna L. Christian-Willis

Donna Laverne Christian–Willis passed away December 2, 2023. She was born on March 18, 1956, in New York City, to the late Lloyd and Pearl Christian. Donna is survived by her loving children, Christian and Jaclyn (Rick); grandchildren, Justin, Jaelynn, Brooklyn, Madelyn, and Jackson; brothers, Peter (Theresa) and Lawrence; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Willis, her parents, Lloyd and Pearl Christian, and her sister, Zoranna Christian Glover. As a dedicated member of the Christian Congregation of…...

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Thelma Mae Brown

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Raymond Diggs

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Peggy Sledge-Clark

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