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Anthony Smith

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, God released the burdens of Brother Anthony Smith from his earthly home. Anthony was born on October 28, 1946 to the late Frank Smith Jr. and Mrs. Annie Sugars Smith. Anthony grew up in the Oakwood  Community of Norfolk, where he attended public schools. After attending public schools in Norfolk, Anthony entered the Army and served a tour of duty in Germany. Anthony love to dance and entertain people, he had lots of friends. Anthony was very well…...

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Mary J. Sanderlin

Mary J. Sanderlin passed away September 19, 2018....

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Carolyn A. Hardy

Carolyn Ann Smith Hardy was born to Esther Mariah Carr and Robert Smith (deceased) on February 21, 1955 in Norfolk, Virginia. She was the youngest of three children. Carolyn was adopted into the loving home of Norman and Maude Frances (deceased). She was raised in the Christian faith at St. John’s A.M.E Church in Norfolk, Virginia. Carolyn was educated in the Norfolk Public School System. As a young adult, Carolyn worked for Norfolk Public Schools as a Dietitian. She married Herman Joseph Hardy…...

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Nina L. Shannon

I will lift mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, Psalm 121:1-12 Nina Shannon was born August 11, 1966 to the late Evine and Audrey Shannon in Norfolk, Virginia.  She attended and graduated from Norfolk Public Schools. She was employed by Alorica for several years. She was a member of St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion Church where she attended regularly as her health permitted. She really loved…...

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Richard J. Venters, Jr.

Our beloved uncle, Richard James”Uncle Junie” Venters Jr. departed this physical life for his heavenly home on July 12, 2018. He was a strong, independent man of God who loved teaching and spreading the word of God ( he loved to give out the Our Daily Bread devotional). He always encouraged those he knew about education as well. Richard James Venters Jr. was born September 13,1943 to the late Richard Sr. and Emma Venters in…...

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Myrtle Theresa Brew

The One We Celebrate It was a sunny Thursday, December 19, 1935, a beautiful baby girl was born to Isaac and Olive Smith-Adderley in the town of Burnt Ground, Long Island, Bahamas. Her parents named her Myrtle Theresa Adderley. She attended the all-age school until the fourth grade. Her hobbies were crocheting, knitting, sewing, and gardening. Myrtle was a member of the Berkley Senior Citizen Center and the Red Hat Club. Myrtle’s favorite color was…...

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Ronald E. Cherry

Ronald Eugene Artis Cherry was 38, a resident of Portsmouth, Virginia. He went home to be with the Lord on September 9, 2018. Ronald was born March 6, 1980 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Ronald B. Cherry and Benita Artis. He was predeceased by his uncle, Reginald Cherry and both of his grandmothers, Delores Copeland and Naomi Cherry. Ronald was a faithful member of the community by helping others in need. Ronald’s favorite things to do in his past time was to be around family…...

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Lillian E. Thomas

Lillian E. Thomas, 83, of Norfolk, Virginia was called home Monday, September 17, 2018.  Lillian was born on June 2, 1935, in Virginia to parents Jerry Jones and Elizabeth Bishop. She attended Booker T. High School. She later relocated to Bronx, New York settling in Brooklyn where she spent the remainder of her youth and went on to raise her family. Later in life Lillian returned to Virginia where she pursued her career as a…...

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Willette Rita Golson

Willette Golson, age 71, passed away on Sunday September 16, 2018. She was born September 26, 1946 to the late Willie Rodgers, Sr. and Arlethia Golson. She was a loving mother, affectionate grandmother, and caring sister. She believed that you should treat people the way you want to be treated! She will truly be missed. She received her education through Norfolk Public Schools, Tidewater Community College and Burlington County Institute of Technology. She pursued a…...

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Kimberly D. Watson

Kimberly D. Watson passed away September 10, 2018....

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Donald Cordray

Donald Cordray passed away September 8, 2018....

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Ernestine Johnson

Ernestine Johnson passed away September 17, 2018....

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Kaliek L. Suber

Kaliek L. Suber passed away September 11, 2018....

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Jaylon Javon Leary

On July 16, 2004, Deidre and José became the proud parents of a handsome son Jaylon Javon Leary, Jaylon departed this life on September 3, 2018. He was loved and known by many. Jaylon was a charming bright young man, maintain good grades in school. Jaylon was known for his calm laid back personality and sneaky grin which could light up a room at the same time. He was to be a rising Freshman at Maury High School, after leaving…...

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Renee Sherone Johnson

Renee Johnson was called home to be with the Lord Sept. 17, 2018. She was a phenomenal women,a great mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and wife. She was predeceased by her father Willie Sawyer, her grandmother John Ella Rowe, her sisters Angela Lamb and Amanda Sawyer, and her darling niece Keonna Sawyer. She leaves to cherish her husband Michael Johnson, her children Amanda Sawyer-Malone, Terrence Sawyer, Candace Sawyer, and her 2 Grandsons Semaj Sawyer-Jones and Treshawn…...

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Lillian L. Melton

Lillian L. Melton passed away September 9, 2018....

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Kendra T. Price

Kendra, affectionately known as Shaun, suddenly departed her earthly home Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.  Kendra was born January 30, 1975 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina to George L. Price, Jr. and Deborah M. Price.  She was the oldest of three siblings. Kendra was educated in the Chesapeake Public School System and graduated from Oscar F. Smith High School in 1993.  She held various positions in the customer service industry.  Her…...

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Regina Roberson

Regina Roberson passed away September 4, 2018....

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Faye L. Speller

On Friday September 14,  2018 at 12:55 pm we lost a valuable women. Faye L. Speller was surrounded by her loving family when she gained her heavenly wings. She was born to the late Cleveland and Eunice Newsome on June 10, 1953 in NC. Faye was a talented and creative person. As well as the most generous. She taught us how to be kind, to always be thankful and to always love one other. She…...

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Deloris Kelly

Deloris Kelly “Goldbaby” passed away September 13, 2018....

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Glenwood Gordon

Glenwood Gordon passed away September 8, 2018....

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George J. Owens

George Jacob Owens, was born on July 30, 1950, in Princess Anne County, Virginia, to the late Percy Thomas Owens and Lessie Frances Goldie Owens. He transitioned to his eternal home on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. George’s formal education took place at Seaboard Elementary School and Union Kempsville High School. He married Lucy Carolyn Owens on October 7, 1971, making their union 46 years. George worked as a Chef for the Historic Cavalier Hotel, and…...

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Mother Hortense Willis

Hortense Willis of Norfolk, VA passed away on September 9, 2018. She was born on July 27, 1928 to the Late Hezekiah Jones Sr. and Laura Crowe Jones in Norfolk, VA. Mother Willis graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and attended classes at the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College (now Norfolk State University). She was the wife of Bishop Levi E. Willis Sr. Mother Willis served as the Co-Pastor of the Garden of Prayer Worship…...

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Lula M. Copeland

Lula Mae Rawles Copeland entered eternal rest on September 5, 2018 at 12:50PM at Pennybyrn Maryfield Care Center in High Point, NC.  Lula was born on April 19, 1924 to the late Jethro Edward and Ruth Francis Rawles in the Holland area of Nansemond County, Virginia. Lula graduated from East Suffolk High School in 1941 and married the late James E. Copeland, Sr. on February 6, 1942. Lula, the eldest of six children, was predeceased…...

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Karyl V. Woods

Karyl V. Woods departed this life on September 11, 2018. Born on July 5, 1946 to the late Lionel and Fannie Woods. She was a native of New Orleans, LA and resident of Norfolk, VA. Karyl was employed by Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where she worked in food services and retired after over thirty years. An independent woman who took care of herself and many others no matter the situation. Karyl had a heart of gold. Spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and feeding…...

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James Deloatch

“The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1 We pause to pay tribute to the precious memory of James DeLoatch, Jr. A TIME TO BE BORN: On July 15, 1943 a baby was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He was given the name of James DeLoatch, Jr. by his parents, Ruth DeLoatch and James DeLoatch, Sr. A TIME TO GROW: James spent his early years growing up and was educated in the Norfolk…...

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Dorothy Drake Cooper

Dorothy Drake Cooper passed away September 9, 2018....

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Willard A. Brown

Willard (Bobby) Brown, 74, entered into eternal rest, September 6, 2018.  He was a graduate of Carver High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, a retired Carpenter and a veteran of the U. S. Navy.  He was predeceased by his parents, Lee E. and Venezuela S. Brown, three brothers, Billy, Reginald and Rudolph. He is survived by his children, Kimico and Oren; seven siblings, Charles, Kenneth, Robert, Carolyn, Gloria, Edith and Joann....

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Samuel L. Hammond

Samuel Luke Hammond born on December 7, 1941 to the late James Hammond and Mary Davis of Norfolk, VA, departed this world to claim his eternal rest on September 5, 2018. He was married to the late Delores Hammond. Samuel had one son, Vince and a very special friend, Ms. Ernestine Mitchell. Samuel “Sammy” attended Booker T. Washington High School. He enlisted in the United States Reserve and worked as a short shoreman as a crew leader for many years.…...

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Bruce E. Boone, Jr.

On September 5, 2018, God called our beloved father, husband and friend, Bruce E. Boone, Jr home. Bruce resided in Chesapeake, Virginia until his passing. He was the son of Bruce E. Boone, Sr. (Trina) and Elizabeth Shirley Boone (deceased). Bruce was born October 30, 1965 and worked as a longshoreman for 18 years at ILA local 1248. He loved his job and his job title. He will be forever remembered for his jokes, making people laugh with his crazy sense of humor. He…...

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Nadelia M. Alonzo

Nadelia M. Alonzo passed away September 5, 2018....

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Adrian J. Jordan

Adrian J. Jordan passed away September 2, 2018....

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Victor Van Wilson

Victor Van Wilson was born on November 22, 1964 to the late Johnny Lee Wilson, Sr. and Mildred Wilson. He was a native of Norfolk, Virginia where he grow up in Colonial Place. Victor graduated Maury High School where he played football, baseball and wrestled. During a part of his life he also played 7 years for Clancy Softball League, as an Outfielder. Victor worked at Affordable Dozer, Inc. as an excavator for over 15 years. His passions were grilling and telling…...

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Annie Lee Lewis

Annie Lewis was called to eternal rest on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Pervy Lee Jones. She accepted Christ early in life and was a faithful member of New Saint John A.M.E. Church, Virginia Beach, were she served on the Stewardess Board for many years. She attended school in Norfolk and Virginia Beach and was a graduate of Keys Business College, where she received an associate degree in clerical administration. She was employed by the Norfolk…...

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Annie Lee Lewis

Annie Lee Lewis passed away September 5, 2018....

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Ezel Jones “Jimmie”

Ezel Jones “Jimmie” passed away September 4, 2018....

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Trevon D. Skinner

On Tuesday Morning September 4, 2018 A.D. the universe aligned the stars to transition Trevon D. Skinner, Sr. into Eternal after life. He was born on August 4, 1995 in Norfolk, VA, to Shelton Skinner and Darlene Hathaway- Skinner. He was predeceased by one sister, Stephanie Francis; Grandparents, Barbara A. Skinner, Andrew M. Skinner, Clifton Hathaway, Sr., JoAnne Hathaway; uncle, Artie Bizit Hathaway; and Aunt, Patricia Ann Ingram. He was educated in the Norfolk Public School System. He was employed at S&S Landscaping and…...

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Helena Y. Bowman

Helena Y. Bowman 75, passed away on September 3, 2018. She was born to the late Pearl and Luther Garner, Sr. and preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Bynum and brother, Luther Garner, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Norman Bowman, Sr. and children, Vida (Henry), Chevelle (Kenny), Norman, Jr. (Rhonda) and Nicole; her sisters, Gwen (Carlton) and Val; brother, Larry (Rosa), 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and a host of…...

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Emma Chesson

Emma Beatrice Moore Chesson, 83, passed away on September 3, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.  She was born December 28, 1934 to Maude and Cornelius Moore, Jr.  in Norfolk County, VA.  She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Harold E. Chesson, Sr.; children, Harold E. Chesson, Jr., Purvis J. Chesson, Amanda Clemons (Byron), and DeMarco McDonald; her sister, Ethel N. Taylor (James); and brother, Earl Moore (Patricia); 8 grandchildren; 13…...

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Rosetta Haile

Rosetta Haile passed away September 3, 2018....

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Thomas J. Haile

Thomas J. Haile passed away August 27, 2018....

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Shirley Foots

Perhaps she thought of all those she loved and decided she wanted to see, so she took a journey to the other side as happy as she could be. Shirley Darden Foots of the 2200 block of Lloyd Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia softly and sweetly passed away on August 23, 2018. She was born on July 28, 1937 to the late Claudie and Annie Mae Darden. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Shirley loved and collected all…...

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Virginia F. Barnett

Virginia F. Barnett passed away September 2, 2018....

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Juanita Johnson

Juanita Johnson, 78 of the 6200 block of Vaiden St. passed away on August 30, 2018 at her residence. Shew was born in Norfolk, VA on July 12, 1940 to the late Lillie Mae Scott and Ernest Savage. Juanita retired after 30 years of service as a Property Manager for Parish Rentals. Juanita is survived by two daughters, Beverly E. Johnson and Renee J. Jones; son, Earl Johnson; grandchildren, Juanita D. Cribbs, Byron A. Johnson and Gregory E. Johnson; one great grandchild, Isabella R.…...

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Anthony V. Cortes

Anthony Vincent Cortes passed away August 29, 2018. Anthony was born May 23, 1978 at St. Johns Hospital in Far Rockaway, New York. He was the beloved son of Edgar Fernando Cortes, Sr. and Geraldine Barry. He was raised in Norfolk and attended Lake Taylor High School. Anthony was a self-taught builder and began his own contracting business rebuilding homes. He was a gatherer of all people and had an amazing quality of offering his…...

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Reginald D. Cherry, Sr.

On August 30, 2018 our beloved Reginald Donnell Cherry, Sr. was called by the Master to accept his heavenly rewards. He was born on January 5, 1956, to John Harden and Naomi Smallwood Cherry in Portsmouth, VA. Reggie was educated in the Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from I.C. Norcom High School in 1974. He retired from the Ford Plant in Norfolk after over 30 years of employment. From the marriage of Reginald and Pamela…...

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Corine E. Skyles

Corine E. Skyles, a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed from this life on Thursday, August 30, 2018.  She was born on February 22, 1933 in Norfolk County. After 22 years of service, she retired from Depaul Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant on June 30, 1995.  She was a founding member of Bethany Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA where she served in various capacities.  She was predeceased by Lilllian Benson.  She is survived…...

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Sandra O. Montgomery

Sandra “Blue” Montgomery daughter of the late Jesse and Clora McPherson was born December 13,1956 in  Murfreesboro, NC. She departed this life on August 29, 2018 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital surrounded by her family.  At a young age Sandra relocated to Virginia Beach, VA. Blue was a kind hearted person. To know her was to love her. When she  entered a room her presence was known. She played a vital role in raising many…...

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Leonard E. Williams, Jr.

Leonard Elbert Williams, Jr., 39, beloved husband, father, son, brother, nephew, uncle and cousin transitioned from life to glory on August 29, 2018 in Norfolk, VA. He was lovingly encircled by his family and friends. He was the son of Linda Marie Williams and the late Leonard Elbert Williams, Sr. Mr. Williams received his religion at an early age at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in 1994. He was a 1996 graduate of Tallwood High School. Leonard was a certified marine electrician, and had…...

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Casey Jones Jr.

Casey Jones, Jr., affectionately known as “Pop” was a 1954 Graduate of W.O. Boston High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is proceeded by his parents Casey Jones, Sr. / Willie Mae Hilbert-Jones and wife Ella Lorraine Jones. Casey enlisted into the United States Navy in 1952, and retired in 1974. His tours of duty included the 2 assignments in Vietnam, 3 Aircraft Carriers, 1 Destroyer, 1 Large Deck Amphibious Assault, and 3 Shore tours before…...

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