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Velma E. Bonney-Mayes

Velma E. Bonney-Mayes, 80, passed peacefully in the comfort of her home, June the 5th 2020. Velma was the daughter of the late Clifton Thorne and Gladys Batten-Thorne. She’s predeceased by her husband, James Mayes Sr. and son, Larry Thorne. She leaves four children to cherish her memories: Sharon Brockman, Glinda Villaverde, Amos Bonney, and Min. Stephanie Bonney-Williams (Min.Boise)....

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Melvin Lee Phillips

Melvin Lee Phillips was born on February 26, 1937 to Willie Phillips and Maime Lamb Phillips in Norfolk County, Va. (now Chesapeake, Va.).  He spent his early years being a part of the Great Road (now Whittamore Road) community where he made lifelong friends and gained a passion for music and uplifting the name of Jesus in song.  Melvin was affectionately called “Bailey” as his nickname by his siblings.  He would later earn the nicknames…...

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Antwine Britton

I sit here and ponder how very much I’d like to talk with you today, there are so many things that we didn’t get to say. I know how much you care for me and how much I care for you. And each time that I think of you, I know you’ll miss me to. An angel came and took you by the hand, and said your place was ready in heaven, far above and…...

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Khaliq Calvin Holley

Khaliq Calvin Holley, 2 months, ascended from his earthly form to be with his Heavenly Father on May 28, 2020. In his short time on Earth, he bought love and light to all of those he touched. He is predeceased by his paternal grandfather Calvin V. Whitten, Jr. He is lovingly survived by his parents, Cheyenne S. Askew and Kirey L. Holley, siblings, a host of cousins, great grandmother Pauline White, grandmothers Sharon Askew Whitten and Tyvonna Holley and aunts…...

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Celia W. Moore

Celia Wilkins Moore was born in Portsmouth, VA on June 26, 1953 to the late Claiborn John and Almeda Christine Wilkins. She was affectionately known as CeCe by family and friends. Celia attended Portsmouth Public Schools. She was a 1971 graduate of I.C. Norcom High School. She attended Norfolk State University where obtained a degree in Early Childhood Education in 1975. Celia married Reginald Moore in April 1999. Celia was member of New Garden of…...

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Jimmy Lee Evans

Jimmy was born on March 09, 1953 in Galax, Virginia to Hebert and Mildred (Robinson) Evans. Finding his mission around the age of 19, he became an avid practioner of Soka Gakkai Nichiren Buddhism as a member of (SGI-USA) and a committed disciple of his mentor Daisaku Ikeda – beginning his life long effort to work for the happiness of others. Pursuing his passions, Jimmy also received his degree in mechanical engineering ACAD and went…...

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Anthony Brownson

Anthony Brownson was born in Norfolk, Virginia on April 24, 1981 to the late Barbara Brownson. On May 24, 2020, God called Anthony home. Anthony was the youngest of 7 children. Anthony leaves his cherished memories to his 4 sisters, Carolyn Dunkley, Joanne Brownson, Beverly Brownson, Angel Brownson and 1 brother James Brownson. We would also like to remember his mother Barbra Brownson and sister Cathy Brownson who welcomed him home into heaven with open…...

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Arthur Whitmore, III

On Wednesday, May 27th 2020, the heart and soul of our family, Arthur Whitmore, III peacefully took his last breath and went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Art, lovingly known to many as Ray, a nickname that was given to him by his father at an early age, or Cag if you went to school with him, left an impression on hundreds if not thousands of people. Ray was a bit…...

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Lorenzo C. Broadway

Lorenzo “Bickey” C. Broadway, 56, of Norfolk, VA passed on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 3:25pm, who has been retired from civil service. Preceding Bickey in death are his father, Earl M. Jenkins and older brother, Rickey G. Broadway. Left to cherish his precious memories are his wife, Angela Broadway; children, Latrice, “Ebony” Robinson, Sherelle “Rell” Robinson, Dante Robinson and Dynasty “Bictorius” Broadway; mother, Marteen “Tina” Jenkins; step-children, Makia Sumler, Lorenzo Sumler, Sheila “Shay” Fields,…...

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James Edward Eggleston

Celebration of Life JAMES EDWARD “PETE” EGGLESTON   On Friday, May 29, 2020, James Edward Eggleston transitioned from his earthly life when God’s angel of mercy came and took our beloved brother, uncle, cousin and friend into a beautiful place of eternal rest. James Edward Eggleston was born January 1, 1940 in Edenton, NC. He was the son of the late Sarah Eggleston and Casper Cheeks. He was predeceased by his brother Steve Van Eggleston and sister Shirley Mae Eggleston. He attended public schools in Edenton, NC and later…...

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William E. Selfridge

William Edward Selfridge was born November 21, 1993 and sadly departed us on May 25, 2020. William is predeceased by his father William Edward Daniels, his brother Javonte Selfridge, his grandmother Deborah Selfridge and Ann Marie Faulcon and William was known to his family “Lil William” but to his friends Phew Big Route. He was truly loved and respected by so many people and will truly be missed. He was a big fan of the…...

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Patricia A. Newsome

Patricia A. Newsome November 18, 1957 – May 30, 2020 On Saturday May 30, 2020, our dear Patricia was called home to her heavenly reward with Jesus from her home in Norfolk. “Sister Patty,” as she was affectionately called, possessed an endearing love for God. Her selfless ministry touched a countless number of youth, co-workers, and neighbors as well as friends and family.  Her love for GOD impacted anyone in her presence. Patty was a…...

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Thomas Leon Stokes

Thomas “Leon” Stokes, born on December 18, 1957, departed this earthly life into eternal rest on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. He was the youngest of five children born to the late Samuel Lee Stokes and Bridie Rodgers Stokes of Norfolk County, which is now known as the City of Norfolk. He was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and worked off and on as a laborer, until his health no longer permitted it. Leon…...

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Lorraine D. Pitts

Lorraine D. Pitts passed away on May 28, 2020....

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Deatrice D. Lawrence

On May 25, 2020 our beloved Deatrice D Lawrence departed from this life, born August 30, 1981 in Norfolk, Virginia to Claude Squire and the late Ruth Lawrence. Deatrice aka “Dirl Dirl” aka “Thookie” as many family members called her had a smile that brung joy to everyone’s heart. Deatrice was the youngest of all her siblings, 2 brothers Partrail Lawrence and LaMonte Weaver, 5 sisters Tasha and Sherene Lawrence, LaShon Weaver, Diana and Lynn…...

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Ethylene Knockett Skinner

Mrs. Ethylene Knockett Skinner 82, of Norfolk, Virginia, peacefully entered into eternal life on Sunday, May 24, 2020. She was born January 24, 1938, in Norfolk, Virginia, to the late Samuel E. and Mary Lee Knockett. Ethylene was predeceased by her sisters, Bessie Harvey, Nina Knockett, Drois Spratley, Barbara Johnson and two brothers, James and John Knockett. She worked as a seamstress for London Fog for 30 years until she retired, but Ethylene was a…...

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Lauretta H. Dunston

Lauretta H. Dunston passed away May 26, 2020....

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Ethel Delorise Jones Moore

Mrs. Ethel “Delorise” Jones Moore; daughter of the late Eloyd and Vernell Jones was born October 25, 1946 in Currie, North Carolina. She attended the public schools of Greensboro, NC and was a graduate of James B. Dudley High School in 1963.  She attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. At an early age she professed her faith in Jesus Christ and joined Mount Zion Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC. She was united in holy…...

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Josephine B. Lee

Josephine B. Lee departed this life on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at Autumn Care of Norfolk. Josephine was born December 11, 1922 to the late George and Minnie Banks. She was preceded in death by a brother, Johnnie A. Banks, and a sister, Evelyn Rosetta Hall. Josephine was a member of Queen Street Baptist Church. She worked as a Physical Therapist Assistant and she also worked for the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing. She loved traveling…...

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Antonio Kingsbur

Antonio “Tony” Kingsbur, 62, passed May 22, 2020. He was born on October 1, 1937 in Washington, DC. Tony attended Portsmouth Public Schools. Later on in life, he was employed with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for 10 years and was also a member of Turning Point Christian Ministry where he was on the Deacon Board and a Trustee. Tony is predeceased by his father, Larfate Kingsbur; sisters, Marion Kingsbur and Marcella A. Kingsbur; brothers, Norris…...

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Jariyah Monae McPherson

“When deepest sorrow comes to us and someone we love is gone may we be blessed with the courage and strength to continue to carry on.” On Sunday, May 24, 2020, GOD called our Little Angel, Jariyah Monae McPherson home to be with him in Heaven.  Jariyah was a very happy baby always smiling with eyes that brightened up a room.  Jariyah had plenty nick names such as “Riyah Pooh”, “Big Red”, “Tater Tot”, “Tweet…...

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Elizabeth Thompson

Elizabeth was 11 of 14 children, born to the late Surry Young and Martha Ford-Young on April 12, 1931. She attended Booker T. High School and worked tirelessly as a custodian at Hanes & Hanes, NEXCOM, and a Law Firm in downtown Norfolk. In her spare time, Elizabeth read the bible and completed all sorts of puzzles.  She loved going to the auctions and thrift stores looking for bargains. Gardening was not just a hobby…...

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John Timothy Ireland

John Timothy Ireland known to all as “John” departed this life May 22, 2020.  John was born to Charles and Beverly Ann Ireland on February 24, 1962 in Virginia, and lived most of his life in Chesapeake, Virginia, John attended Indian River High School and worked 20 plus years for Southeastern Equipment of Chesapeake.  John was a loving and caring father of two and grandfather of six. He was a man of many values but…...

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Shirley Mae Biddle

Shirley Mae Biddle, affectionately known as Mama Lou, was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 21, 2020 while surrounded by family who loved and honored her.  Known for her graceful strength and welcoming smile, she was blessed with a sparkling personality and humor that warmed people’s hearts. She faithfully served as a choir member and church mother for 30+ years at Solid Rock Church. A diligent worker who never complained, she…...

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Milton L. Harvey

Milton Harvey, age 66 passed away peacefully Monday, May 25, 2020 in Chesapeake, Virginia. Milton Harvey, retired from the City of Chesapeake with 33 years of service. He was a humble man; he never liked to be the center of attention. In life and now in death, he wouldn’t want us to focus on him. He wouldn’t want us to focus on the sadness of his death, but instead focus on the happiness in our…...

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Iris G. Thomas

She was the second born of twelve children born in her family. She was a courageous and fun loving young child born to Charles Henry Grier, Sr. and Evelyn (Grier) Wilson. She was able to make friends easily. She and her older sister Carol were taught by their father to sing in harmony as young girls. They learned about Jesus Christ at a young age. The family church was St. Thomas AME Church (Norfolk). The…...

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Lee Henry Hill

On Monday May 30, 2020 The Gate of Heaven opened for our Beloved Father, Brother, Uncle, brother- in-law, nephew and Friend. Lee traded in his sickness and pain for the joy of being with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lee was predeceased by his wife Annie Louise Davis-Hill, his mother Oteila Hill, two brothers Melvin and Frank Hill. Lee was born November 10, 1944 to Oteila Hill in Tillery, N.C. but called Portsmouth, Virginia…...

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Edna L. Wade

Edna Lucille Goodwin Fornville Wade was born March 29, 1926 in Lillington, North Carolina, and she passed away peacefully on May 25, 2020. She was the youngest of two children born to Roosevelt Goodwin, Sr. and Goldie Goins. Edna wed O’Neal Fornville, Sr. in 1942 and to this union three children were born: Delores (Lois) Elaine Fornville Marshall in 1944, Richard Earl Fornville in 1945, and O’Neal Fornville, Jr. in 1947. She later married Claude…...

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Kathaleen McCormick Clark

Kathaleen McCormick Clark, 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior and King Jesus Christ on Monday morning May 11, 2020. She was born on April 12, 1931 in Dillon, South Carolina to the late William and Lottie McCormick and is predeceased by her husband, Dennis Edward Clark, Sr.; son, Kelvin Clark; brother, William McCormick, Jr. and her sister, Dorothy Mae Wright. Mrs. Clark was a faithful member of St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion Church…...

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Howard Marks Simon Richard, Jr.

Howard Marks Simon Richard, Jr. passed away on May 24, 2020....

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Phyllis Walker Sawyer

We, the members of the family of the late Phyllis Walker Sawyer, bow in humble submission to the inevitable will of our Heavenly Father, who on Thursday afternoon, May 21, 2020 made her peaceful transition from her earthly home at the precious age of 51, in the company of friends, family and loved ones. Phyllis was preceded in death by her Father, Phillip Walker, and Sister Sherrie Brown, Brother in Law Russell Stith all of…...

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Michelle Camilla Cook

March 23, 1961 Michele Camilla “Cookie” Cook was the first born of eight to the late Cynthia Bolden and Charles Albert Cook II. Michele transitioned May 15, 2020 in her Norfolk, VA hometown.  Michele loved growing up in Norfolk’s Park Place neighborhood. Due to her father being in the military, she lived in other states but eventually made it back to Virginia where she continued her education in Norfolk Public Schools.  She went on to…...

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Charles Gregory Leach

Charles Gregory Leach, age 60, entered into eternity early Sunday morning, on May 24, 2020. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, hew was born to the late Deams Colden Leach II and Emma Lamb Leach. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Gary Michael Leach and Deams Colden Leach III. Charles attended Norfolk Public Schools (Maury High). Charles was a private contractor for many years. He was gifted with an entrepreneurial spirit. Whenever given a…...

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Chimere Channel Morton

Chimere Channel Morton affectionately referred to as “Milly” or “Mere” was born January 19, 1982. She was a native or Norfolk. She was the daughter of Marcella A. Harvey and William Douglas Davenport. Chimere was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Margaret O. Hayes; paternal grandmother, Clara Ferebee and grandfather, Arthur Lee Collins. Chimere attended Norfolk Public and Virginia Beach Public Schools. Chimere was formerly employed as Assistant General Manager of Taco Bell for many years.…...

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Tamia D. Benton

Tamia was born into this world fearless, but yet, so full of life and love. MiMi, at two years old, wasn’t scared of Sh*!t (in Bernie Mac’s Voice). The Berkley hardhead and Hough hooligan transitioned into a young lady in her new  neighborhood, Ingleside, where she went to Lake Taylor Middle School and was an outstanding member of Track and Field. MiMi received multiple accolades. She was also a cheerleader. MiMi, later took her talents…...

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Benjamin J. Weston

Benjamin J. Weston Bennie was born June 20, 1934 in Warrenton NC to the late Leonard and Martha Weston. He graduated from I.C. Norcom in 1953. He owned and operated the “House of Weston’s” for decades. On April 18, 1956 Bennie married the love of his life Armitta Manley. From this union two children were born Thaddius Weston and Karen Sears. They were married for 53 years. Bennie was a member of First Baptist Taylorsville…...

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William H. Edwards, Sr.

William Henry Edwards Sr. slipped away quietly to be with the Lord on Friday May 22, 2020. He was born to the late William and Mabel Edwards in Nansemond County Suffolk, Virginia on July 27, 1923. He was the oldest of three children. He departed this life May 22, 2020, in Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, VA. Mr. Edwards proudly served in the United States Army from September 1, 1943 – February 2, 1946. There he…...

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Gloria Ann Fleming McDougle

Gloria Ann Fleming McDougle was a woman who celebrated life to the fullest. She was blessed with a gregarious personality. She loved laughter. To know her, was to love her. She was a woman of passion. She loved God, she loved life, she loved family gatherings she loved teaching and she loved, loved shopping! Ann, as we affectionately called her, led a distinguished and incredible life. God called her home on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.…...

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Dorothy Mae Glover

Dorothy Mae Glover passed away on May 21, 2020....

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Tashawn T. Warren

Tashawn Timothy Warren affectionately known as “Jugg” was born on November 3rd, 2000 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Tiffany Victoria Warren and the late Deangelo Reid. Jugg will forever be remembered as the smiling giant. Who loved his family dearly and put loyalty above everything. His love of music would have him break into dance anywhere. His smile was contagious as he loved to laugh and joke with his friends and family. His ability to finesse you out of a few…...

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La'Syiah Cimone Baxter

La’Syiah Cimone Onyiea Baxter was born November 8, 2004 in Norfolk, VA. She was a very happy, funny, and energetic young lady with a bright future ahead of her. Sadly, on May 10, 2020 at the young age of 15 La’Syiah was taken away from us and went home to be with the Lord. La’Syiah was raised in the Norview area of Norfolk. She recently graduated from Norview Middle School, where she made most of…...

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La’Syiah Cimone Baxter

La’Syiah Cimone Onyiea Baxter was born November 8, 2004 in Norfolk, VA. She was a very happy, funny, and energetic young lady with a bright future ahead of her. Sadly, on May 10, 2020 at the young age of 15 La’Syiah was taken away from us and went home to be with the Lord. La’Syiah was raised in the Norview area of Norfolk. She recently graduated from Norview Middle School, where she made most of…...

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Ny'Shawn Williams-Cole

Ny’Shawn Williams-Cole passed away on May 16, 2020....

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Ny’Shawn Williams-Cole

Ny’Shawn Williams-Cole passed away on May 16, 2020....

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John Charles Humphries, Jr.

John Charles Humphries, Jr. was born to the parents of John C. Humphries, SR and Gloria J. Humphries on October 5, 1990. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Annie Hillmon Alvin, Johnny and Irene Humphries ; seven uncles, Ronnie Alvin, Bobby R. Alvin, Bryan K. Alvin, Allen B. Humphries, Phillip Humphries, Ivor R. Humphries and California Humphries; three aunts, Mary L. Fizer, Marie Garner and Peggy Humphries. He leaves to cherish his memory,…...

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Gail P. Williams

Gail P. Williams passed away on May 13, 2020....

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Franklin Jennings

Franklin Diamond Jennings was born to Thomas and Louise Jennings in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 1946 on July 6. Franklin attended Norfolk Public Schools and was a graduate of Maury High School. Franklin was employed at Kramer Tires. After leaving Kramer he was employed by the City of Norfolk where he retired after more than 20 years of service as a supervisor in the Department of utilities. Franklin “Bubba” was a…...

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Laura L. Jefferson

Laura L. Jefferson passed away on May 18, 2020....

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Julia Knight

On May 17, 2020, God sent his angels down and called Julia Knight home. Julia was born July 1, 1932 in Princess Anne County, VA. She was the last-born child of Louise P. and Benjamin Knight. Julia professed her belief in Christ and was a member of St. John AME Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Julia was educated in the Virginia Beach Public School System. She retired after thirty-seven years of service with Norfolk Public School.…...

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Tony D. McAdams

Tony D. McAdams passed away on May 16, 2020....

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