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Elsie J. Newell

Elsie J. Newell passed Elsie J. Newell was born on October 24, 1926 to the late John Henry and Willie L. Johnson in Boykins, Virginia. As one of fourteen children, Elsie grew up with a great love for family and perpetuated a legacy of family unity. She became the wife of the late Willie Newell from this union three children were born. Elsie started her journey working in Norfolk Public Schools where she retired. She began her Christian walk in faith at Holy…...

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Richard Bullock Ferrell

Richard Bullock-Ferrell (Lil Richard) aka Droppy was the son of Nekice L. Bullock and Omar Ferrell. Lil Richard has he was called was raised mostly in Norfolk, Virginia by his great grandfather, Richard Bullock and his surrogate grandmother Sandra Sampson whom he loved dearly. Richard Bullock-Ferrell was born November 11, 1994 in Norfolk, Virginia and was one the oldest of five children. He attended the Norfolk Public school systems and later received his G.E.D. He traveled and worked several places with his…...

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Denise L. Joe

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, God’s angel of eternal rest, visited and took our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, Denise Joe. She was born , March 10, 1955 in Newark, New Jersey to the late Norma and Alfred Graham. She attended and graduated from Granby High School Class of 1979. She was a member of St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion Church, Norfolk for many years. She worked for Norfolk Public Schools in the Accounting Department for 36…...

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Mark Lee Hargrow

Mark L. Hargrow began is journey of life on June 7, 1959 in Virginia Beach, Virginia as the son of the late Laura Butts Hargrow and James Lee Hargrow. He departed this life on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Sentara Nursing Center. Mark was educated in the Virginia Beach Public School System and later become a Brick Mason. He loved what he did at work. Mark was one to have you laughing, crying, choking from his jokes. He had a name…...

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Samson Smith

Samson Smith passed away peacefully at home on October 18, 2018 surrounded by his family. Sam was born in Enterprise, Alabama, raised in Buffalo, NY and lived in Virginia Beach, VA until his death. Sam continued to work for the Navy (Fleet Force Command) after serving 23 years in the United States Navy. He is predeceased by his first wife, Shirley A. Smith and father, Joseph James Smith. Samson is survived by his wife, Bernice V. Smith; mother, Ettie Lee…...

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John Cleveland Tripp

Mr. John Cleveland Trip was born July 23, 1928 in Pitt County, NC to the late Mack Tripp, Sr. and Flossie Williams Tripp. He went from earth to glory on October 16, 2018 at the age of 90 years old. Mr. Tripp was married to the late Sarah Johnson Tripp. He was educated in Pitt County, NC and later moved to Craven County, NC. From there he joined the United States Navy and served during World War II. Upon departure from the Navy,…...

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Qumari A. Osborne

Qumari A. Osborne passed away October 17, 2018....

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Terrance K. Cummins

Terrance K. Cummins passed away October 11, 2018....

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Maurice Antonio Darden

Maurice Antonio Darden, Sr. left this earthly world to start his eternal journey on October 10, 2018. He was born in Newark, New Jersey to Linda W. Darden and Lawrence S. Ray on November 28, 1971. As a young child, he was very quiet and stayed close to his mother and grandmother. He was very intelligent and would study so well that you would think that he was an expert in the subject. He enjoyed wrestling, listening to jazz…...

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Marcus Dwight Jackson

Marcus Dwight Jackson passed away October 15, 2018....

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William Herbert Brown

William Herbert Brown was born in Everett, North Carolina on December 7, 1942, the third of six children from the union of James E. and Ossie Mae Brown. Peacefully on Sunday, October 14, 2018, Herbert entered the heavenly realm after a long battle with cancer. Herbert (as he was affectionately called) worked for his brother, Earl as a plaster and painter until his retirement in 2001. Herbert loved life and was obsessed with his beautiful apartment. He loved the casinos and could…...

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Dorothy Collins

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, in the comfort of her earthly home, the Angel of Life slipped into our mist and called our beloved great grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, and friend home. Dorothy J. Collins was born, March 10, 1928 in Chattanooga, TN to the late Robert and Daisy Belle Hicks. She was the second of three daughters born to this union. Dorothy married the late John W. Collins, Sr. and had six loving kids. Mrs. Dorothy Collins leaves to cherish…...

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Gary Lillie

Gary Lillie was born on November 5, 1958 to Phillip Carter and Billie Blue Lillie in Ennis, Texas. He departed this life on October 13, 2018 at VCU Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia. Gary graduated from high school in Ennis, Texas. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer, honorably serving our country for 21 years; 4 of those years in the United States Army and 17 years in the United States Navy. After retiring from the military, Gary made his home in Suffolk,…...

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Clifton Styles, Sr.

Our hearts were filled with sorrow when our son, nephew, and friend, Clifton Styles, Sr. departed this life on Sunday, October 14, 2018, after battling an illness. Cliff was born on August 24, 1955 in Portsmouth, VA. The son of Bessie Styles and Joe Manley. He was a brick mason and had his own business for many years and also worked for the City of Portsmouth for five years. He was a devoted member of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Cliff was charming…...

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Ida K. Morgan

Ida Katherine Morgan departed this life, October 11, 2018 at the age of 84 years old at Sentara Leigh Hospital. She was born in Tarboro, NC to the late Mary M. Porter and Stephen P. Morgan. Ida was very active in church as a trustee and Superintendent of Sunday School at Woodside A.M.E. Zion in Stanford, CT. She was a current member of Saint Francis A.M.E. Zion in Mt. Kisco, NY. Ida was also a passionate and nurturing caregiver to many. She was…...

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Roger Edward Coston

Mr. Roger Edward Coston (Mr. C.) peacefully departed this life on Friday, October 12, 2018 to be with his Lord and Savior at his home surrounded by his loving wife and family. Roger was born on March 3, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Janie Coston. Roger was educated in the Brooklyn Public School System. After moving to  Chesapeake, Virginia he met and married the love of his life Alice Brandon in 1997 and from this union two…...

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George Robert Lashley

George Lashley, 73, transitioned to new life on October 13, 2018 at Maryview Hospital.   He was born to Robert & Helen Lashley on December 5, 1944 in Portsmouth, Virginia.  He was predeceased by 2 brothers (William & Leon) and 3 sisters (Dallas, Maxine and Ann).  His remaining brother, James, who was also at Maryview, departed only two days after him on Oct 15, 2018. He attended Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from I.C. Norcom High School. …...

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Ernesto William Perry Crespo

Ernesto W. P. Crespo, born in Norfolk, Virginia on January 8, 1989. He is the son of Ernesto Crespo, Jr. of Norfolk, Virginia and Brenda Johnson from South Carolina. Ernesto is a graduate of Granby High School, Class of 2007. He enlisted in the United States Navy right after high school. Nesto is survived by his loving wife, Nebraska S. Crespo; two sons, Ernesto Z. Crespo, 9, Daniel U. Crespo, 6; daughter, Kailani A. Crespo; siblings, Sybil M. Crespo, Christopher Kelly,…...

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Johnathan E. Griffin

“Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). This is to acknowledge that Johnathan Elijah Griffin departed this life on Saturday, October 6, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Born on January 21, 1994 in Portsmouth, Virginia, he was affectionately called “JoJo.” He was the eldest child of Dawayne Lemart Hoffler Sr. and Laura Ann Griffin. He was raised by his paternal grandmother,…...

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Donnell McKinley Copeland

Donnell McKinley Copeland passed away October 13, 2018....

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Thomas Mabine, Sr.

Thomas Mabine, Sr. passed away October 13, 2018....

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Jerry J. Johnson

Jerry J. Johnson passed away October 5, 2018. ....

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Edward Lee Davis

Edward Lee Davis passed away October 10, 2018....

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Zena Vanessa Brown

Zena Vanessa Brown, daughter of the late Deacon Ralph Clifton Brown, Sr. and Frances Vandora Brown was born on March 8, 1961 and departed peacefully on October 13, 2018. Zena graduated from Neptune Senior High School in 1980. After graduation she joined the Army where she served our country honorably for 6 years, including an overseas tour in Germany. Post her military service, she moved back to Richmond, VA where she attended Kee Business College…...

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Derek Bryon Smith

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 3:06 P.M., God called Derek Byron Smith, Sr. home to be with him. Derek was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, May 26, 1970 on a Tuesday morning at 3:06 A.M., to Herman and Estelle Smith. Derek is a graduate of class 1988 from Wyandanch and Wilson Tech High School in Wyandanch, NY. He was a loving son, who respected his parents, himself and others. Derek was a loving brother who enjoyed spending time with his sisters, April Smith…...

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Sarah A. Hill

Sarah A Hill, 60, gained her wings on October 10, 2018. She was born in Chesapeake, Virginia to Ella Reese and William Patterson Jr. Sarah called the Deep Creek area home before joining the Navy and eventually settling in Virginia Beach. Sarah dedicated the last 24 years to the Portsmouth Police Department as a respected Dispatcher and Supervisor. Left to share her memory are her children, Walter and Erica Hill and her partner in love and life, Michael Avant. Also lifting her up are her two…...

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Sylvia Perry

Family and friends we are gathered together to praise God and bid farewell to Sylvia Perry. The daughter of the late Jessie and Marie W. Perry. She was born June 28, 1952 in Portsmouth, VA, she transitioned at Chesapeake General Hospital. A native of Portsmouth, VA Sylvia was a graduate of I.C. Norcom High School class of 1971 (Go Greyhounds). She continued her education at Norfolk State University. Sylvia then worked 40 years as a Supply Clerk for Alutiiq where she retired. Sylvia’s…...

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James Donald Drewitt

James D. Drewitt passed away October 5, 2018....

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Christine Price

Christine Price passed away October 11, 2018....

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Gladys A. Gunter

Gladys A. Hunter passed away October 11, 2018....

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Earl Davis Smith

On October 10, 2018, God sent an angel to visit Earl, calling him to his new life. He was born on August 24, 1940 to Earl James Smith and Elessie Moore Smith. He was educated in Chesapeake City Schools, he was a retired plumber, and at an early age achieved difficult tasks. Earl preceded his parents Earl Smith and Elessie Moore Smith, paternal grandparents Samuel Smith and Virginia Garden (Gennie), maternal grandparents Louise Forbes Moore…...

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Quinton Steven Hawkins

Quinton S. Hawkins passed away October 9, 2018....

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James E. Copeland, Jr.

Our Beloved James E. Copeland, Jr. lived his life in Norfolk, Virginia until he was called to his eternal rest. James was called “Cope” and was born, March 28, 1940 to his parents, the late Helen James and James E. Copeland, Sr. of Eastern Shore, VA. He worked for the City of Norfolk Water Department for 40 years until he retired. He was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. His precious memories will always linger in the hearts of…...

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Lesia Eason Cuffee

Her Sacred Journey When you head of my home-going, don’t worry about me… I’m just another soldier on my way home. Over beloved, Lesia Eason Cuffee, age 56 of Chesapeake, Virginia, departed from this early life on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Lesia as she was affectionately called, was born to the late Robert L. Eason, Sr. and Dorothy Marie Alexander Eason on December 26, 1961. At an early age,…...

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Demonta Faircloth

A limb has fallen from the family tree that says, “Grieve not for me, remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the life I lived while I was strong”. Demon’ta L. Faircloth affectionately knowns as “Doo Doo” entered eternal rest on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Demon’ta was born on May 31, 2002 in Norfolk, Virginia.  He attended Portsmouth Public Schools (Woodrow Wilson High School). He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend.  He was the…...

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Namel Prince Augustine

Namel Prince Augustine passed away October 5, 2018....

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Novella Reynolds

Novella Reynolds, 99, of Portsmouth, VA was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 7, 2018. She was born in Greenville, NC to the late Joseph and Mary Adams. She was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Temple, Portsmouth, VA, where she accepted Christ at an early age. She is survived by one sister, Berlestine Duncan....

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Eunice M. Jones-Snowden

Eunice M. Jones-Snowden passed away October 3, 2018....

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Daisy Howard

Daisy Howard passed away October 8, 2018....

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Gregory Darden, Sr.

Gregory Darden, Sr. passed away October 4, 2018....

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Samuel W. Johnson

Samuel W. Johnson was born on May 14, 1922 in Florence, South Carolina a son of the late Joseph and Mamie Martin Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph, Jr. and sister, Gladys. Sam left school early to begin work. He relocated to Virginia where he trained in the craft of shoe repair that sustained a lifetime of work. He married the late Alice Mae Gordon (Spruill) and settled in Norfolk, Virginia.…...

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Larnelle A. Mason

Larnelle A. Mason passed away September 29, 2018....

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Charles Adams, Jr.

Charles Adams, Jr., the son of the late Charles Adams, Sr. and Pauline Adams Pough was born on January 4, 1934 in Winfall, NC. While in North Carolina, Charles attended Perquimans Training School. Subsequently, in his early teen years, he migrated to Brooklyn, NY where he later graduated from Western House High School with numerous recognitions of achievements. Upon entering adulthood, Charles aspired to be a boundless provider, husband and worshiper. He married his amorous, devoted and equally-yoked companion Mrs. Gloria…...

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Jonathan Wright

Early on Monday, October 1, 2018, in Cheverly, MD, Jonathan unexpectedly departed this life and entered into his final rest.  Jonathan was the third son born to James M. Wright Sr. and Joan Wright Sharp on      February 9, 1965.  Jonathan accepted Christ at an early age, and became a member of St. John’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in Norfolk, VA.  He was educated in Norfolk Public Schools.  After graduating from Maury High school, Jonathan studied…...

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Ransom West Douglas

Rev. Dr. Ransom Douglas West  passed away on September 30, 2018. He was born on October 27, 1947, in Buguma, Rivers State, Nigeria, West Africa to the late Mathew Douglas West and Madam Lydia Fyne Face. Rev. Dr. Ransom Douglas was a professor at Norfolk State University, where he was the  program director of industrial management, technology department. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Engineering Management from the University of Texas in 1977; Master of Business…...

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Rotunda R. Gibbs

Rotunda R. Gibbs passed away September 30, 2018....

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Sandra Renee Foreman

Sandra Foreman 52, went to her eternal rest on October 02, 2018. She was born on June 16, 1966 to the late Billy L. Simmons, Sr. and Freda (Barbara) Foreman in Norfolk, Virginia. Sandra (Chi-Chi), attended Booker T. Washington High School.  Chi Chi was employed over 20 years with the Kmart in Norfolk, Virginia and was historically identified as never taking a day off of work. After her successful tenure at Kmart and store closure Chi Chi went to work for Wawa were she was working until…...

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Derrick A. Gregory

Derrick Anthony Gregory gained his wings on September 29, 2018 at Riverpoint Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.  Derrick was born on April 23, 1993 to his mother Shontella Gregory. Derrick grew up with a village of Love lead by his late great grandmother, Janie L. Gregory. Derrick went on to graduate from Churchland High School in June of 2013. After his graduation he went on to pursue his football career at Mississippi State University for two years.…...

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Irma Jean Godfrey

Irma Jean Godfrey passed away October 1, 2018....

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David Kevin Boone, Sr.

We celebrate the life of Mr. David Boone, who passed away on Sunday September 30, 2018. He leaves behind his true and dearest friend Sheila Stevenson, Their children Shaquana and Duane Stevenson. His brother Joseph Boone, five sisters; Carolyn Boone, Jacquelin Hernandez, Joyce Scott, Rosetta Boone, Mary Boone, and a host of nieces and nephews, Evangelist Ruby Swain. David was man who never gave up on his family, friends and himself. You will be truly missed....

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