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Jerome Washington

Jerome Washington passed away on November 18, 2020....

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Barry Tompkins

Barry Tompkins passed away on November 14, 2020....

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Felicia E. Cofield

On November 17, 2020, our beloved Felicia Cofield answered the Master’s Call to rest with the angels, at the tender age of 51. Felicia was born on October 13, 1969 to Ms. Cofield. Felicia leaves to cherish her memories her husband, Frank Chapel; her children, Nikita Cofield, Deontae Cofield, and Christina Cofield, all of Portsmouth, VA; one brother, Chris Cofield (Mrs. Sandra Cofield) of Portsmouth, VA; one aunt, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins,…...

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Calvin Lee Tatem, Sr.

If prayer changes nothing, why pray “in everything”? (Philippians 4:6)…God promises that people who pray are far better off than people who don’t: things do change for the better through prayer (James 4:2-3 and Matthew 7:7-11). Calvin Tatem always said pray, just pray. We always new that if we prayed it will always work out. On Wednesday November 18, 2020 our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, husband, uncle, and brother departed life at the age…...

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Amanda Trotter

Amanda Trotter was called home on November 19, 2020. There she was reunited with her father, Linwood Wilson; mother, Clementine Hardy-Wilson; two sisters, Constance Smith and Vergie Simms. Amanda was a fun, loving, caring woman, high powered spirit, bright eyes, and beautiful smile could light up a room. She was a very lovable person and people gravitated towards her. To know her was to love her. Her pride and joy was her faith in God,…...

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Johann Holder

Johann Marlon Glen Holder will be lovingly remembered as the husband of Cheris, step-father of Zaire, son of Herbert and Kathleen Holder, grandson of Learvion Glen and Avis Holder, Leslie and Ina Gittens, the brother of Jevon, Jason, Joleen and Jerren Holder, uncle of Ava Marie and Ayanna, nephew of Leslie, Harold, June, Anthony (all deceased), Courtney, Vilma, Andrew, Glenda, Gregory and Glen Jr. and cousin and friend of many....

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Alexander Holland

Alexander (Smith) Holland, 69, of Chesapeake VA passed away and got his wings on November 18th, 2020 of a chronic medical condition, where he managed his illness with strength and grace and wanted to spend as much time with his loved ones as possible. On his final day, he was surrounded by his child Tonia. Who he adored more than anything else in the world. Alexander studied at Thomas Nelson Community College, majoring in Science.…...

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Arlene O. Harris

Sister Arlene Harris was born July 2, 1936 to the late George Dorsett, Sr. and Frances Dorsett. She is survived by her husband, James Harris; her children, Sylvester Murray (Alberta), Phoebe Wilson, Mark McCall (Tonya), Diedra Williams (Junius), Alice Reese, and Jannette Carter (Phillip). Arlene dedicated her life to Jehovah God. She loved talking to everyone she came in contact with. helping them to get to know Jehovah as well. She was a nurse of…...

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John Victor Mallozzi

John Victor Mallozzi, 58, Norfolk, VA passed away Sunday, November 15th surrounded by family.  He is survived by his father, Joe Mallozzi (Maureen) Ambler, PA; Joe Mallozzi (Deanna) Arizona; Anthony Mallozzi, Atlantic City, NJ; Jim Carland (Kara) Petersburg, NJ; Bill Carland, Marmora, NJ; Michael Carland, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, and his aunt, Dianne Chieffo (Frank) Mays Landing, NJ, and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother, Doris Carland (Chieffo)…...

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Leon D. Harrison, Jr.

On November 16, 2020 our Beloved Leon D. Harrison, 23 unexpectedly left the earthly realm to ascend into our God’s loving arms. Leon was born November 20, 1996 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he also transitioned to be at rest with his heavenly Father. He was the only son and a blessing to Leon Wilson and Stacey Harrison Armstrong whom affectionately loved him with all their hearts. They devoted their time, love, and countless…...

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Jonathan Lee Bassette

Jonathan Lee Bassette, 29, born June 19, 1991 departed this life on November 14, 2020 onto his heavenly reward. He was born to Darlene Winston – Snead and Barry L. Bassette in Petersburg, VA. He went on to receive his GED and as a child he knew the Lord and could quote the chapters of the bible at two years old. Jonathan grew up in Norfolk, VA, a loving son, father, and friend. Preceding him in…...

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Curtis M. Faison

Curtis McRay Faison, Sr., 68, departed this life on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 surrounded by his family, at Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. Curtis was born to the late Addie Vinson Faison and the late Tom Faison on February 29, 1952 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Curtis spent his early years in Portsmouth, Va. and later relocated to Chesapeake, Va. where he lived with his foster parents, the late Annie Bell and the late Lorenzo…...

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Taj Ahmad Heckstall, Jr.

Taj Ahmad Heckstall, Jr. passed away on November 13, 2020....

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Inena Nicole Tatem

Ms. Inena Nicole Tatem loving daughter of Cynthia Tatem was born December 25,1983. “Nena” was a very caring and loving mother, daughter, sister and friend to others. In the year of 2004 during her pregnancy of her beautiful daughter she became ill. Inena received her GED from Oscar Smith High School, she also attended TCC University. Inena attended church under the leadership of Bishop George N Battle. Nena was predeceased by her grandparents, William McFee…...

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Rupert R. Batson

Rupert Rixford Batson, 82 years, born in Barbados, known to many of his peers as “Puff or Benley”. He passed away peacefully Monday, November 16, 2020. He resided in U.S for over 50 years. Rupert worked in the hotel industry and was an avid reader and enjoyed watching westerns, studying the bible. He was very determined man. One of his many great traits was hard working ethics; this is something he passed down to all…...

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Steve Williams

Steve Williams passed away on November 10, 2020....

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Morris “Zeke” Winston

Our family circle that was so closely woven together with a very strong bond of love and devotion to one another. It was broken when death visited us and removed “Zeke”, to receive him is his mother, Yvonne Evans; sisters, Elizabeth Powell, Francis Powell and Lorraine Welsh; brothers; William Winston and Frank Powell, Jr.; beloved grandparents, Dewey and Nannie Shaw. Morris “Zeke” Winston was born August 20, 1952, in Portsmouth VA. He was the oldest…...

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Wynar Baker

Wynar Baker passed away November 16, 2020....

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Rodney A. Robinson, Sr.

On November 12, 2020, Julia Miller and Rodney Solomon gathered their wings and captured their son, Rodney “Nub” Robinson at the age of 52. “Nub” was born and raised in Norfolk, VA and is well known in the Grandy Park Community. He leaves to cherish his memory his only daughter, LaKisha Robinson; two sons, Rodney Robinson, Jr. and Dontee’ Robinson; four granddaughters and soon to be five grandsons. He also leaves four brothers, one sister…...

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William Maurice Griffin, Jr.

William Maurice Griffin Jr. affectionately known as “ Bruh”, “Ball” or “Uncle Sonny” transitioned from labor to reward on Monday, November 16, 2020. William was born on April 9, 1940 to the late William M. Griffin, Sr. and Annie O. Griffin in Stafford, Va. He was one of nine children. He was educated in the Fredericksburg Public School system and was a proud graduate of Walker Grant High School in 1959. William worked as a…...

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Keishaun Dayquan Otis Greene

Our angel, Keishaun Dayquan Otis Greene was born September 27,1996 and gained his wings on November 11, 2020, with his family by his side. Keishaun was a beloved son, brother, uncle, grandson, cousin, and friend. He was a high school graduate of Brick Memorial High School, class of 2014. Prior to the decline of his health, Keishaun was a very hard worker. His last employment was with Krispy Kreme. Keishaun has always been known for…...

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Laura Ann Debrough

Pastor Laura Ann Debrough entered into heavenly rest on Sunday, November 15, 2020 in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.  She was born on October 21, 1946 to the late Thomas Parker and Okie Pope. She graduated from I. C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, received her nursing degree from Tidewater Community College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Theology from International Christian University Holy Light College of  Bible.  She was the Pastor at St. Paul…...

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Airye D. Sommerville

Airye D. Sommerville passed away on November 14, 2020....

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Phyllis Foster Gardner

Phyllis Christine Foster Gardner was born to Clarence and Celeste Foster on April 29, 1953. She is third of six children and the oldest daughter. She was a sickly and was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child. At age five, being inquisitive, she climbed into her mother’s mannequin box. The box was larger than her and when she tried to walk she knocked her feet out from under her. Never defeated, Phyllis tried…...

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Billy Leon Hill

Billy Leon Hill, Jr. aka Black Gangsta was born July 23, 1976 to Jennette Hill and Billy Thomas, raised by Mitchell Boyd in Portsmouth, VA. On Thursday November 12, 2020, Billy slipped away peacefully at Maryview Hospital. Billy attended Woodrow Wilson High School. He loved sports and was a diehard Redskins fan. His hobbies were swimming and music. Billy was an excellent carpet layer. To know him was to love him. He leaves many to cherish…...

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Edward Martin

Edward Martin passed away on November 12, 2020....

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Blanche Boone

Blanche Theodora Boone was born to the late Anderson and Elizabeth Boone on October 10, 1921. She departed this earthly life on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. She received Christ at an early age, and was a lifetime member of First Baptist of Campostella in Norfolk, Virginia. Blanche was an active member of the Sanctuary choir where she often played the piano. Blanche received her elementary and secondary education from Norfolk Public Schools, where she graduated…...

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Jamison Wylie Strobridge

And said the naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord…Job 1:21 We, the family of Jamison Wylie Strobridge, shall miss his presence. However, we are truly thankful to God Almighty for allowing us to have Jamison for a season. For we realize tha the belongs not to us, not even himself, but…...

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Jacqueline Akers-Baskerville

Jacqueline came into this world early in the morning.  On October 28th she earned her wings early in the morning.  Both times, her labor was easy, and she was surrounded by loved ones. Jacqueline, Jacci / Cookie, Yvette Akers- Baskerville, was born on Monday, September 9th, 1963 to Rosa Ives and William Akers Sr.  Jacci married Fred Baskerville Sr and from their union came one son, Fred Baskerville Jr. At an early age, Jacci found…...

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Michael A. Robertson

Michael Anthony Robertson passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2020, at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, in Richmond, Virginia. He was born September 30, 1956, at Norfolk Community Hospital to Eleanor Lorraine Robertson and the late James Griffin. He was  raised by Daniel Robertson,  Sr.   Michael was raised in Chesapeake Virginia and resided in Norfolk Virginia most his adult life. Michael did not have a church home, but attended many.  His faith was strong and he…...

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Rosemary B. Warnock

Rosemary Boyle Warnock died at home, surrounded by her family, on November 3, 2020. She is survived by her children, Kathleen Warnock (Donna Bungo), Gabrielle Gould (Aaron Gould), Barbara Warnock-Morgan (Chris Morgan), Patricia Warnock Safford (Stuart Safford), and Dorrance H. Warnock III; her grandchildren Benjamin W. Safford, Margaret Rose Safford and Lucy A. Morgan, and pets Gidget and Mary Avon. Her husband, Dorrance H. Warnock, Jr. died in 1999. Born in Philadelphia, PA on January 4,…...

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Alphonso Johnson

Alphonso “Big AL” Johnson   At the age of 55 in Norfolk, VA. was called to rest on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Alphonso was born January 21, 1965 to Juanita Rone and Robert James Johnson in Oxford, NC. Splitting his childhood days between Maryland and a small rural farming community on the outskirts of Charlottesville, VA. Where he later went on to graduate from Stanton, VA. Job Corps. Mastering in welding and HVAC Construction. Alphonso moved to Norfolk in the summer of 1984…...

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Virginia O. Simmons

Our beloved mother grandmother sister aunt cousin and friend, Virginia “Puddin” Simmons was swiftly called home on Monday morning, November 9, 2020 when God notice he needed a special rose in his garden. Our beloved rose was birth May 20, 1929 as the sixth child to the late Fred and Virtley Simmons in Norfolk County, Virginia. She was a woman who dedicated her life to the Lord and her family. A true vessel who was…...

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Joan B. Chatman

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to announce the untimely passing of Joan Burnett Chatman on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Sentara Leigh Hospital. Born on December 17, 1948 to the late Hazel Williams and John Davis, she was her parent’s only child. Born and raised in Manhattan, NY, she later moved to Virginia, where she met her husband, Leroy Chatman Jr. She was a phenomenally devoted mother to her two sons,…...

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William Edward Cross

Our beloved, father, grandfather, brother, nephew,  William Edward Cross, affectionately call “Booshay” by the family, was called Home from labor to reward, Sunday, November 8, 2020, in Portsmouth Virginia after an extended illness. William E. Cross was born on March 8, 1952 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was the eighth of nine children born to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Linwood and Ida Cross. William accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at…...

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George Clayton Cowan, Jr.

George Clayton Cowan, Jr. passed away on November 7, 2020....

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Ernestine Yvonne Blowe

Nina Ernestine Blowe, the daughter of the late Edna Spivey and Ernest Blowe was born on October 2, 1963 in Maryland, Nina entered eternal rest on November 5, 2020. She was survived by her God sent parents, Jeanette Monte and Tom Perry. She moved to Virginia where she resided most of her life. Virginia was her heart and home, Nina has a passion for her community and how she could give back. Her vision was…...

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Arletha Speight

Mrs. Arletha Leake Speight, daughter of the late Octavious and the late Ora Leake in Montgomery County, North Carolina was born July 13, 1927. She attended the public school system in Wilson, NC. She had five siblings, sister Ruth McLaughlin of Washington, DC, sister, Pearlina Deshazo of Washington, DC, Brother, Daniel Leake (deceased), brother, James Leake (deceased and brother George Leake of Washington, DC. She was married to the late Deacon Joseph C. Speight and…...

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Andre’ William Clark

Andre’ William Clark was born in Essex County, New Jersey, on December 11, 1966 to Eva Clark. He was the oldest of all his siblings and loved them all very much. Andre’ was preceded in death by Josephus Williams, Sr. and brother, Antoin Williams. Andre’ leaves to cherish his memories; his mother, Eva Clark (Milton Spivey) and Clara Williams; his brothers Milton Clark of Rocky Mount, NC, Thomas Williams of Maplewood NJ, Josephus Williams, Hassan…...

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Joseph F. McNair

Joseph Foster McNair of Virginia Beach, affectionately known as “Joe” to his siblings, “Pop” to his family and “Joe Mack” to his friends, passed peacefully on November 7, 2020. Born January 22, 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia, he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. He was the fourth child of the late Joseph and Norma McNair. Joe worked many years for the New York Transit Authority. After retirement in 1989, he moved to Virginia Beach,…...

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Daphne E. Fraser

Daphne E. Fraser passed away on November 7, 2020....

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Austin Keith Ferguson

Austin Keith Ferguson was born on Thursday, October 5th, 1977 at 10:50 pm at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois to Valjean Ferguson (Jenkins) and Jerry Keith Ferguson. About two years later Austin was joined by his younger sister and only sibling, Kori Y. Ferguson. Austin attended Parkview High School in Little Rock, AR, and later attended Henderson State University and was a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Austin worked in the…...

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Kerry C. Dixon

Kerry Cornelius Dixon also known as Peanut or KD was born 11:35 a.m. on December 22,1969 and passed away November 7,2020. He was born to Rhonda Dixon-Douglass and Cornelius E Dawyer. Kerry was so full of life and love. He loved to dance and was always the life of the party. Kerry attended Norfolk Public Schools and also attended Job Corp in his early life. He was employed with the City of Norfolk and other…...

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Calvin Ronald Wilson

On Friday, November 6, 2020, God called Calvin Ronald Wilson to rest. Born in Norfolk County, now Portsmouth, Virginia on March 10, 1942, Calvin was the sixth of ten children born to Joseph C. and Lucy R. Wilson. As a child Calvin attended both the Portsmouth and Chesapeake school systems. He graduated from I. C. Norcom High school in 1961. After high school Calvin joined the United States Air Force before returning home and graduating…...

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Melvin Thomas Bugg, Jr.

Melvin “Mayne” Thomas Bugg Jr., was born on August 8, 1980, in South Hill, VA, and entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in Atlanta, GA. He was the oldest of two children born to Melvin Bugg Sr., and Joyce Clary. Melvin was raised in Chesapeake, VA and attended Deep Creek High School, and later graduated from Old Dominion Job Corps. Inspired by his Uncle Ferald Clary and Aunt Lillian Honeywood, Melvin enlisted…...

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Council R. Webb

On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, our Mighty Lord and Savior called one of his beloved children home, Council Reginald Webb. He was born December 16,1934 to the late Lillie Spratley and William Webb, Sr. Preceding him in death was his loving wife of 66 years, Constance Estelle Webb: and three sisters; Thelma Carr, Virgie Rivers, and Clarice Cox; one brother, William Webb, Jr. Council completed his education in the Norfolk Public School System, and graduated…...

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Warner M. Boone

Warner Maker Boone, 56 of the 7200 block of Chesapeake Ave., Norfolk, passed away November 3, 2020 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was born October 3, 1964 to Catherine Boone and the late Wilson Boone, Jr. in Chesapeake, Virginia. He is also predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Mamie and Floyd Johnson, Sr., Also his paternal grandparents Rosa Evans and Wilson Boone, Sr. Warner leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Catherine Boone; Asons, Christopher…...

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Velma Lee Winfield

Velma Winfield transitioned into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at her home in Portsmouth, VA.  Velma was born in Portsmouth, VA to the late Richard Winfield, Sr. and Marion Winfield (Elliott).  She was a graduate of Crestwood High School, Class of 1967.  She retired after over 25 years of retail service at Bradlees and Stein Mart department stores. Velma was an active member of Olive Branch Baptist Church where she served in many…...

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Martha Evans Almond

Martha E. Almond, a native of Norfolk, VA, transitioned peacefully from this earth to take up residence in her heavenly estate on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. She was a graduate of the January 1943 class of Booker T. Washington High School. She participated in the historic World War II ‘Naval Women Involvement Initiative,’ contributing to building warships as a welder. A faithful member of the Historic First Baptist Church of Bute Street, she attended Sunday…...

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Ken Carlos Kates

On October 1, 1963, the world was forever changed by the birth of Ken Carlos Kates in Danville, VA, to James and Carolyn Kates. The oldest of three siblings, Ken was an awesome son and big brother. He was affectionately called “Brah Brah” by his sisters. In the hopes of a bright future, Ken’s parents moved with him to Bronx, New York.  He attended Bronx Public Schools from Elementary to Junior High. At the age…...

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