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Myrtle Sylvia Harris

Myrtle Sylvia Harris passed away February 20, 2019....

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Thelma Garris

Thelma Garris passed away February 22, 2019....

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Arlemmie M. Thirus, Jr.

Arlemmie M. Thirus, Jr. passed away February 24, 2019....

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Booker T. Burrus, Jr.

Booker T. Burrus, Jr. passed away February 23, 2019....

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Riley H. Ross, Jr.

Riley Henderson Ross, Jr. transitioned from earth to glory on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at the age of 70. Riley was born October 17, 1948 to Riley Henderson Ross, Sr. and Rosie Dell Elliot-Ross in Lubbock, Texas.  Riley accepted Christ at an early age and worked diligently to uplift the kingdom of God through service to the many churches he attended throughout his life. Riley joined the United States Navy after graduation from Waller High…...

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Donald T. Lutz, Jr.

On February 20,2019, Donald Thomas Lutz Jr, loving son brother husband and father of five passed away at the age of 58. Donald was born on September 13, 1960 in Fort Campbell Kentucky to Sergeant Donald Thomas Lutz Sr and Dorothy (Headen) Lutz. Donald grew up in Southern Pines, NC. During his education in Moore County, he developed an affinity for sports. He was recognized by his peers as the wittiest in high school and…...

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Phillip Lee Burnham

Phillip Lee Burnham passed away February 18, 2019....

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Reverend Dr. Edmund H. Whitley, Sr., Presiding Elder Emeritus

A notable preacher, pastor, and presiding elder transitioned to the celestial city in his native land of North Carolina on Thursday, February 21, 2019.  The Reverend Doctor Edmund Horace Whitley, Sr., a most beloved husband, father, grandfather, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, was the oldest child of the late Noble Whitley and Martha Nichols Whitley Jones.  He was born on January 16, 1932 in Williamston, NC and became the apple of his…...

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Mary Frances Smith

Mrs. Mary Frances Perry Smith was born on April 13, 1918. She was the oldest of four children born to the late James and Cassie Wilson Perry. A native of Suffolk, Mrs. Smith attended a private pre-school operated by Mrs. Ollie Harrell; form there she went to Andrew J. Brown Elementary and from there to Booker T. Washington in Suffolk. She grew up participating in most activities in most activities in her church, First Baptist,…...

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Johnny R. Lathan

Johnny R. Lathan passed away February 21, 2019....

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Arvilla Holmes

Arvilla Holmes, 89, a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother transitioned peacefully to heaven on the morning of  February 22, 2019. Born in Norfolk, VA, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Mabel Griffin and beloved wife of the late Ernest Holmes Jr. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Rebecca Blackwell, her mother Mabel Griffin, her brother Richard Griffin, and two daughters Deborah Alexander and Donna Riddick.  Arvilla was a graduate…...

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Veola J. Barnes

Veola J. Barnes passed away February 17, 2019....

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Laurence B. Johnson

Laurence B. Johnson passed away February 19, 2019....

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Willie James Spruill

Willie James Spruill also known as “Blimp” passed away on Wednesday January 30, 2019 in Hyattsville, Maryland. Willie Spruill, originally from Norfolk, Virginia where he married Patricia Newsome, moved to Washington DC over 30 years ago. As a young man, he worked with a few of his brothers at the Pancake House in the Wards Corner section of Norfolk. Along the way, he developed a love and skill for cooking which he inherited from his…...

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Teresa E. Lownes

Teresa E. Lownes passed away February 19, 2019....

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John C. Bowser, Jr.

John C. Bowser, Jr. passed away February 17, 2019....

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Georgia Mae Harmon

Mrs. Georgia Mae W. Harmon known to love ones as “Mae Mae” entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 18, 2019 at The Samaritan Centers in Voorhees, NJ.  She was the beloved wife of the late Morris E. Harmon and a daughter of the late George Wilson and Annie Mary Smith Wilson.  Loving Mother of Alison Parker (Megan, Sarah), Tammy Harmon Williams (Gerald, Louis), Elaine Jones (Morris, Latisa), Delroy Harmon (Deltrish, Delvita), Ebony Picot (Daijah),…...

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Fannie Mae Pitts

GETTING TO KNOW OUR AUNT FANNIE Surrounded by family and friends, Fannie Mae Buckingham Pitts entered her eternal rest on February 18, 2019 at her home in Ingleside, Norfolk, Virginia. Aunt Fannie was born, February 26, 1928 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Robert and Alisha Bonner Buckingham.  Aunt Fannie is predeceased by her siblings:  Arthur Lee and Williams Buckingham (brothers) and Viola Atkins and Catherine Carrington (sisters). Aunt Fannie worked hard and loved her…...

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Edna Mae Joyner

Mrs. Edna Mae Daniels Joyner affectionately known as ‘MAE MAE’, was born to the union of Eugene Wiggins and Arlene Macon Wiggins, on May 15, 1940 in Enfield, North Carolina. Edna was educated in the Halifax County, North Carolina Public Schools.  Edna at a young age wanted to see the “City lights” and left North Carolina as a young adult and headed towards New York City. She spoke fondly of her adventures in the “Big…...

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Vinnie M. Lanier

Vinnie M. Lanier passed away February 17, 2019....

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Theresa A. Holmes

Theresa A. Holmes, formerly of 3374 Head of River Road, in the Blackwater section of Virginia Beach, Virginia transitioned to her Heavenly home on February 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  She was born in the home of her grandfather, Flavius Wilson on May 24, 1924.  Theresa was the sixth of 13 children of the late Piccola (Cuffee) and Thaddeus Wilson.  She grew up in the family home on Silvertown Road and lived there until…...

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Augustus Carlton Eason, Sr.

Augustus Carlton Eason, Sr. entered Heaven on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the age of 82. Augustus was predeceased by his parents Carlton and Cherry Eason; his loving wife, Marjorie Eason, three brothers and two sisters. He was devoted to his late wife as well as his children and family. He was equally devoted to his church family at New Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge # 198. He…...

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Ruth Deloris “Dee” Shelton

Ruth Deloris Shelton, affectionately known as “Auntie”, aka Dee, departed this life peacefully on Sunday, February the 17th. She was born February 2nd, 1935 in Portsmouth, VA, into the union of the late John and Myrtle Jernigan.  She was the youngest girl of 7 sisters and a baby brother. Dee served faithfully as a loyal member to her church at Bank Street Memorial for many years. Her service included the After School Program, the Food…...

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Hazel G. Banks-Wright

Hazel Godette Banks Wright, affectionately known as Dee Dee, was born January 30, 1947, 72 years old, to the late Henry Godette and Gracie Frazier Godette in Havelock, North Carolina where she graduated from Queens Street High School. During High School, Hazel met and soon after married Charlie L. Banks,Jr. in North Carolina, now former Husband, and three children were born of their union. They shortly moved to Norfolk, Virginia where Hazel stories a 20…...

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Randolph Reid

Minister Randolph Reid departed this earthly life to be with the Lord on February 16, 2019 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was born December 22, 1950 to the late Charlie and Ruth Reid in Norfolk, Virginia. Minister Reid is a Veteran of the United States Army and retired from the Norfolk Naval base in 2005. Minister Reid was a member of Cathedral of Faith, Chesapeake, Virginia. He was a graduate of G. W. Carver High School class of 1969. Minister Reid leaves…...

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Emma L. Phillips

Emma L. Phillips departed this life on 2/15/2019. Known as Louise to most of her family and friends and “Weezy” to those closest to her, was born on 7/30/1942, in Norfolk County to the late William and Elizzie Mae Gregory. She attended Crestwood High School and later worked and retired as a Nursing Care Partner for Sentara Healthcare. Praise and worship was instilled in Emma at a young age, she was a devout member of…...

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Keeahney D. Scott

Keeahney D. Scott passed away February 15, 2019....

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Davii K. Crawford

Davii Kohloa Crawford went to eternal peace on Friday, February 15, 2019.  He was born on May 8, 1964 to parents Shubalii and Yvonne in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY. Over time, he developed a love for basketball and drawing, but most of all—music. He would often record mixtapes for friends and would serve as the “DJ” at many family functions and get-togethers. His talent for creativity served him well in the construction business—which he worked…...

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Jacqueline T. Maddox

Jacqueline T. Whitley Maddox departed this life on February 16, 2019. She was born in Norfolk, VA on March 24, 1954 to the late Charles Whitley and Ruth Whitley Barksdale. Jackie was a faithful member of Ocean View Presbyterian Church and attended First Baptist Church of Lamberts Point. She worked as an Environmental Technician for many years until her health started to fail. She loved to have cookouts, helping others and always loved giving a hand to feed you if you were hungry,…...

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Carlton E. Joyner, Sr.

Carlton E. Joyner, Sr., 72, “Snap” of the 6500 block of Glenoak Dr. Norfolk, VA passed away on February 14, 2019. He was born to the late Inez Sessoms Joyner and Earnest Lee Joyner, Sr. on December 12, 1946 in Norfolk, VA. He was also predeceased by his brother, Ernest Lee Joyner, Jr. and his wife, Edna Mae Joyner. Carlton was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High and attended Norfolk State University for 3…...

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Billy Earl Smith

Billy Smith, 84, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, Virginia. Billy Earl Smith was born on June 9, 1934 in Mexia, Texas to Lloyd and Lucille Smith (nee Lampkin) as the eldest of six children.  He graduated from Dunbar High School in May of 1953 and joined the United States Navy in February of 1956, where he worked as a steward, achieving…...

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Rosa Roddy

We are gathered here today in the memory of our loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and dear friend, Mrs. Rosa Roddy, so that we may acknowledge and share both our joy in the gift that her life was to us, and the pain that her passing brings. In sharing the joy and the pain together, may we lessen the pain and remember more clearly the joy. Rose, as she is fondly known as, passed…...

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Cynthia Jean Jones

Remembering Cynthia “Gail” Jones  On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, God stretched his loving hand forth and called home his daughter, Cynthia J. Jones also known as Gail. Cynthia was born on December 18, 1955 in Branchville located in Southampton County, Virginia to her parents’ Elmo and Dorothy Jones.  She obtained her education through the Portsmouth Public School System graduating from Cradock High School.  She was an avid connoisseur of motion pictures and acting specifically drama.   She was best known for her warm smile that could melt…...

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Thelma Bernice Warren

On Sunday February 10, 2019 at 1:40 AM, a beautiful spirit departed from this life and was swept away into God’s loving arms. Thelma Rawls Warren found her peace after a long period of debilitating illness. Devoted members of her family were at her bedside, steadfast and praying as she slipped away home to Glory. Thelma was the oldest daughter of ten siblings born to Nannie and Lonnie Rawls Sr. of Norfolk, VA. She was a graduate of Booker T.…...

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Lucy M. Garfield

Lucy M. Garfield passed away February 9, 2019....

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Gary Kindred

On Thursday, February 7, 2019 God called for our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to come home.  Gary was a good and faithful servant. He obediently reached out his hand to touch the Master’s hand, and transitioned to his final resting place. Gary had a big spirit and a big personality.  He was always full of joy and laughter. Gary Kindred was born December 2, 1956, the youngest child to…...

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Eula M. Spruill

Eula M. Spruill passed away February 11, 2019....

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Charles L. Dixon, Jr.

Charles Lee Dixon, Jr. , known as “Cezar”, left us on February 11, 2019. He fought a good fight and finished his course. Charles was born in Cranston, RI on April 14, 1975 to the late Charles and Macey Dixon. Charles received his spiritual learning at an early age at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Though he no longer attended, he knew the bible and could tell you about God. He leaves behind to cherish his…...

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Reggie G. Dixon

Reggie D. Dixon passed away February 10, 2019....

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James R. Collins, Jr.

James R. Collins, Jr. passed away February 6, 2019....

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Tonya Juanita Feaster

Tonya Juanita Feaster passed away February 11, 2019....

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Hubert L. Kearney, Sr.

              Hubert Kearney, Sr.      Sunrise                               Sunset October 31, 1923        February 10, 2019   Hubert Kearney, Sr. grew up in Raleigh NC.  He is the fourth child of twelve, born to the late Robert and Lucy Kearney. Hubert loved God, family, service, and golf.  He was ordained as a Deacon at Money Point Baptist…...

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Dianne Muller

Dianne Louise Cole Humphrey Muller entered into eternal peace to be with the Lord on February 11, 2019. She was born on June 30, 1944 in Norfolk Community Hospital to the union of John Robert and Helen C. Cole. Mrs. Muller had a loving spirit but a way of expressing her zest on life and love. She grow-up in Oakwood and later on she moved to the Park Place area in Norfolk. In life she…...

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Earl Stephenson, Sr.

Earl Stephenson, Sr., son of the late Hugh and Sarah Hill Stephenson departed this life February 9, 2019 in Portsmouth, Virginia.  Earl accepted the Lord at an early age in Macedonia A.M.E. Church in Severn, North Carolina and later joined Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Portsmouth, Virginia.  At Emanuel, he was affiliated with several ministries: Trustee, Steward Board and Transportation of the church. He received an Associate Degree from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of…...

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Tony Jeff Vaughan

Tony Vaughan Sr., age 72, went home on February 07, 2019. Mr. Vaughan lived in Portsmouth where he met and married Jacquelyn LaNita Harris.  He worked for 19 years with General Electric before retiring from the Nash Finch Company after 16 years.  Tony was a dedicated family man, an avid fisher and a music lover.  He is survived by his wife Jackie, sons Tony Vaughan Jr. (Lanatta) and Eric Vaughan (Carmel); brother, sister, seven grandchildren,…...

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Elizabeth Gerald

Elizabeth Gerald passed away February 7, 2019....

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Eric R. James

Eric R. James passed away February 4, 2019....

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Wilhemenia Blankenship

Wilhemenia Blankenship passed away February 1, 2019....

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Ashley Marie Freeman

Ashley Marie Freeman passed away February 5, 2019....

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Mary V. Bell

Mary V. Bell passed away February 4, 2019....

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