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Joni M. Cofield – Murphy

Joni M. Cofield – Murphy passed away December 29, 2019....

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Joseph J. Szuba, Jr.

Joseph Moved on to heaven on Monday night, December 9, 2019, After a brief illness at Maryview Medical Center. A south side of Chicago native, he was raised as a devout Catholic. Discharged honorably after serving the US Army in Korea and Japan, he continued his education in accounting and engineering. Joining his family in California after the war, he worked his way up to managing first citrus, then soft drink, then food processing production…...

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Ella Mae Simons

Ella Mae Simons passed away December 28, 2019....

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Jean A. Wright

Jean A. Wright passed away December 26, 2019....

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Katherine Lynn Pocaigue

Katherine L. Pocaigue passed away December 26, 2019....

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Maliyah L. Holloway

Maliyah La’Shaee Holloway, 2 ½  months old passed away, on December 23, 2019.  Maliyah was born in Norfolk, Virginia and passed away at CHKD in Norfolk, Virginia.  Maliyah is survived by her mother and father, Hailey and Lashaun Holloway; Maliyah’s siblings, Zoey Holloway, Aubree Jeffery, Kemonie Boyd; grandparents, Kendra and Brian Jones, Nikki and Joey Steinhauser and Jason and Cathleen Jacobs; great grandparents, Thomas Trovato, Brenda Swain and Terry Ann Lane as well as uncles,…...

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Sheila L. Robertson

Sheila L. Robertson passed away November 16, 2019....

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Cheryl D. McCord

The proud parents Victoria Goodman and Allen McCord gave birth to Cheryl D McCord July 7, 1958 in Manhattan N.Y. Cheryl was born and raised in Manhattan N.Y. but later moved to Bronx N.Y. where she attended Taft High School. Aside from Taft High School she also attended Wade Hampton High School in Greenville South Carolina, where she completed and received her high school diploma. After completing high school in South Carolina she made her way…...

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Clifford M. Wood, Sr.

Clifford M. Wood, Sr., passed away December 26, 2019.  Born June 16, 1941, he was the son of the late Welton and Harriet Wood.  Left to cherish his precious memories are his wife, Nellie Wood; four daughters, Vanessa Holley, Crystal Rogers (Artie), Tikia Wiggins and Bryana Rose (Malique); two sons, Clifford Wood, Jr. and Larry T. Wood (Lisa); seven sisters, one brother,fifteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, one God-daughter, and a host of nieces, nephews, other…...

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Elsie Evon Madison

Elsie E. Madison passed away December 23, 2019....

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Roland F. Gaines, Sr.

Roland Franklin Gaines, Sr. was born on April 1, 1921 in Powacan, an unincorporated town in King and Queen County, Virginia to Edwin M. Gaines and Eva M. Ferbee Gaines.  Roland was third of seven children.  He was baptized at an early age in First Baptist Church Logan Park.  Roland was educated in the Norfolk public schools and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia. After graduating, he worked at several jobs.…...

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Phillip Martin Earls

Phillip Martin Earls, the son of the late Felton II and Ethelyn Earls born in New Orleans, Louisiana entered eternal life on December 24, 2019. He graduated White Haven High School in Memphis, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Dillard University and a M.B.A. from Wake Forest University. After graduation from college he became a Regional Personnel Manager with Sears Roebuck after which he became a Logistics Manager with QVC. After retirement…...

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Audrey Fields

Audrey Deloris Fields, 82, departed this life on December 26, 2019 at The Cedarwood Plaza Nursing Home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Audrey was born September 3, 1937 in Norfolk, Virginia, to James and Alberta (Towns) Fields. During her youth, the family moved to New York City, where Audrey attended local public schools and where she and the family attended The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the Harlem section of the city. Following high school graduation, Audrey…...

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Teodola E. Chapman

Teodola E. Chapman passed away December 21, 2019....

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Clarence “Zoot” Matthews

Clarence “Zoot” Matthews passed away December 26, 2019....

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Daunarine Gwendolyn Ralph

Daunarine Gwendolyn Ralph passed away December 21, 2019....

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Bertha Lee Bell

Bertha Lee Bell, formerly of Chesapeake, transitioned into her eternal rest on Christmas Day surrounded by family at her side in Willingboro, N.J. A native of Scotland Neck, N.C., Bertha was born August 31, 1916. Graced with longevity of life, Bertha blessed this earth with over 103 years of age.  The daughter of Gus Johnson and Estella Anthony, and widow of Frank Bell, Bertha lived life to the fullest. Born prior to the Great Depression…...

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Horace Holloman, Sr.

Horace Holloman, Sr. passed away December 27, 2019....

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Evelyn Vera Williams

Evelyn Vera Williams passed away December 25, 2019....

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Sterling D. Lester

Sterling Dominique Lester was born in Norfolk, Virginia on September 1, 1989 to Rudolph Lester, Jr., and LaTonya P. Story and was raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. Sterling attended Indian River High School and was a graduate of Commonwealth Challenge, Class 25 of 2006. He played football and basketball growing up from a young age, but his passion was basketball. He was employed as a subcontractor for BAE Systems. Sterling is survived by his loving parents…...

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Susie A. Grier

Susie Anne Grier was born on December 26, 1947 to the late John and Erma Grier in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended Norfolk Public Schools and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1965. Susie accepted Jesus as her savior and received Christian education at St.Thomas AME Zion Church and St. James AME Church both in Norfolk, Virginia. Susie transitioned to eternal life on December 25, 2019 after suffering a heart attack. She was surrounded by her beloved family who…...

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Raymond McInnis

Raymond McInnis passed away December 19, 2019....

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Beverly A. Saunders

On Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Beverly Saunders passed away.  She is survived by husband, John Saunders; daughter, Alberta Saunders; granddaughter, Jaylynn Lewis and great grandson a Malik McCook....

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Grady William Perry

Grady William Perry was born on February 2, 1956 to Beatrice and Ernest Perry. He was the baby of 7. He served in United States Army from 1977 to 1985. He earned Army and Overseas Service Ribbons. He was an expert marksman of M-16s and .45 pistols, earning him a marksmanship badge. Grady married Pamela Staton-Perry and raised two children, Tacorra and Marcus Perry. Pamela Staton-Perry preceded him in death. Grady later married Cheryl George-Perry…...

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Lillie E. Washington

On Friday, December 20, 2019, our loved one was called from labor to reward at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center in Chesapeake, VA. Lillie “Eudora” Washington was bom December 31, 1941 in Emporia, VA to the late General Lee and Allie B. Sykes. She was predeceased not only by her parents, but siblings: Nellie B. and Mary Frances (twins), Alvin (twin of Calvin), Norris, as well as her husband, Thendoll “Peter” Washington. Eudora was educated…...

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William T. Wallace, Sr.

William Terrel Wallace, Sr. transitioned into heaven on December 21, 2019 at the age of 35. He was born December 26,1983 to Sylvia Wallace and the late William White. He attended Oscar Smith High School, where he played football which he loved. He worked at Bae Systems Shipyard. William was dedicated to his job and his family. He leaves to cherish his memory, three sons, William Wallace, Jr., Jaishawn White and Tyjhawn White; four daughters, Mercedes Williams, Armoni Wallace, Miasia Williams…...

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Aurora Alize Artis

Aurora Alize Artist was born February 15, 2012 went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. She was a 2nd grader at Norfolk Highlands Primary and was extremely enthusiastic about school this year. She loved her teacher Mrs. Johnson. Aurora loved her dad more than anything in the world. Aurora loved to rap, sing, dance and help her mom in the kitchen. Growing up Aurora’s nickname was “Chilli” but in her later days she wanted to be called…...

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Leon (Tim) Moseley, Sr.

Leon Moseley departed this life for his heavenly reward on December 16, 2019 in Newport News, VA. He was born to the union of Harry and Virginia Moseley on August 23, 1951. His early education was received from St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Catholic Schools in Norfolk, VA. He also attended Booker T. Washington High School up until being drafted in the United States Army in 1972. After enlisting and completing Army basic military training…...

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Cynthia D. Hassan

Cynthia D. Hassan passed away December 21, 2019....

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Lisa E. Houston

Lisa Estelle Houston was born on July 10, 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland as the third child to Jessie Douglas Houston, Jr. and Elaine Francis Goode Houston, both of whom predeceased Lisa.  Rambunctious and full of life, Lisa was always determined to do things her way, which was generally the road less traveled and definitely not the way of the masses. She had her own mind and her own way!  When Lisa was three years old,…...

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Tiajana Evette James

Trajan’a Evette James passed away December 19, 2019....

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Thomas Alexander Green

Thomas A. Green was the son of the late Eliza Gibson and Stanley Green. He was born September 1, 1943 in Norfolk, VA and departed this earthly life on December 10, 2019. Thomas graduated from George Washington Carver High School in 1959. He retired from the Naval Research Laboratory in 2000. Thomas was a very busy man; he loved to travel and go on trips.  Thomas loved being with his children and family. Thomas is…...

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Charles A. Pettus, Jr.

Charles Alfred Pettus, Jr. suddenly and quietly departed this life on Thursday, December 19, 2019.  He was born in Norfolk, VA on March 7, 1956 to Charles and Jacqueline Pettus and was the first of six sons who blessed their union. In 1974, Charles graduated from Norfolk’s historical Maury High School and matriculated at Norfolk State and Old Dominion in foreign languages. Charles was gifted in his ability to easily learn and master languages, particularly…...

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Ronchetta Denise Gordon-Butler

Ronchetta Denise Gordon-Butler was born July 4, 1976 to Jessie and Delois Gordon in Pensacola, Florida. She slept away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Monday December 16, 2019. Ronchetta grew up in Pensacola and attended Pensacola Public Schools. Ronchetta attended Alabama State University and Norfolk State where her studies were focused on Nursing. She married the love of her life, Reginald Maurice Butler and was blessed with two loving son’s La’Dwon and Ray’von.…...

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Merle Sue Ellis

Merle Sue Ellis, 83, departed the earthly world for her eternal home on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019. She was born on January 23rd, 1936 to the late Robert Britt and the late Dora Wright.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ellis, one brother, Robert Wright and one sister, Connie Lee Owens. Merle was a native of Portsmouth, VA.  She was employed by the National Linen Company where she worked for a number…...

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Joseph Cortez Evans

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Joseph Cortez Evans, Husband and Father of six children, passed away at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital at the age of 64. Joseph battled with diabetes for many years. Joseph C. Evans is survived by his wife Marshall Evans, and his six (6) children: Celecia Kirby-Cooke, Shamika Kirby, Jamaya Dunn, Cortez Evans, William Reid, and Willie Williams. He also leaves behind thirteen (13) grandchildren, Tyreik Kirby, Emanuel Kirby, TaeSean Jones, Anthony…...

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Etta Yates Fisher

Etta Yates Fisher passed peacefully on December 17, 2019 surrounded by family. Etta was born on May 27, 1955 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Willie, Jr. and Vivian Yates. She was the sixth of eleven children and was affectionately called Roni by her mother. She is predeceased by her parents and siblings, Clarence R. Yates, Terry L. Yates, Hilda F. Hopkins and Carol Y. Fulcher. She was a loving wife to Dwight and proud mother of her son Duane L. “Nuk”…...

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Carolyn N. Sutton – Thompson

Carolyn Nannette Sutton Thompson was born on January 31, 1957 to James and Margaret Henderson Sutton in Portsmouth, Virginia. She slept away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Carolyn grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia and attended Portsmouth Public Schools. She was a 1977 graduate of I. C. Norcom High School where her studies were focus on Fashion Design. She later attended Tidewater School of Business in Norfolk, Virginia. September 1977, she accepted Christ…...

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Liston Z. Godfrey, Sr.

Liston Z. Godfrey Sr., 83, transitioned Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. Born and raised in North Carolina on February 25, 1936. He was the son of the late Rev. J.R. Godfrey and Mary Frances Horne-Godfrey. Liston was the life of the party as some would say. He leaves his wife Harriett Godfrey, sons; Calvin Thomas (Monica), Liston Godfrey Jr., and Earl Godfrey; his daughters, Beatrice Graves (Timothy), Jean Godfrey, Wanda Godfrey, Karen Hunter (Larry),…...

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Andre J. Paige

Andre J. Paige passed away on December 18, 2019....

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Vera Ann Carter

Vera Ann ‘Annie’ Carter, 74 of 1445 Longdale Drive, Norfolk, VA, accepted her Master’s call on December 14, 2019. She was born on August 14, 1945 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Ida Mae Ringold. At a young age, she married Dan A. Hubbard, Sr. (deceased). They were blessed with three children from this union. While working at Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Preventative Maintenance (retired), she met her second husband, Wayne A. Carter. Even after…...

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Shirley Mae Davis

Mrs. Shirley Davis, was the real Queen of her family! Mrs. Shirley Davis, was born on August 26, 1945, to the late, Mr. William M. and Mrs. Esser Mae Jones, in the city of Portsmouth, Virginia. She rode out her storm straight into heaven on December 13, 2019 and gained her wings. Mrs. Shirley Davis, was educated within the Portsmouth city school system and lived out her life here in the city with her husband of fifty-eight years, Mr. Junius…...

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Fannie Lueas Mayes

Fannie Lueas Mayes passed away on December 14, 2019....

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Gloria Lynn Coker

Gloria Lynn Coker passed away on December 15, 2019....

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Thalbat Richardson

Thalbat Richardson passed away on December 13, 2019....

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Crystal Alease Spencer Broughton

Crystal A.S. Brougthon, 44, of Norfolk, Virginia gained her wings to heaven, Friday, December 13, 2019.  She was born on Norfolk, VA on March 1, 1975 to Linda Spencer and Alphonso Thompson. Crystal is a high school, college graduate.  She continues her career. Crystal continue her career as a manager of Walmart and Dollar General. Mrs. Brouthon was a member of Gate of Heaven Baptist Church. Chrystal is survived by her husband Reginald Brougthon of…...

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Armetria T. Vickers

Armetria T. Vickers passed away on December 13, 2019....

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Nathaniel Graves II

Nathaniel Graves II born March 1 departed this life suddenly on December 10, 2019 at his home in Portsmouth, Virginia.  Nathaniel was employed by Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding as a Marine designer for 18 years. He was a member of Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News Virginia where he served as a Deacon, a member of the William F. Crump Sanctuary Choir, Lawrence L. Bethel inspirational choir, Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA)…...

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Herman Louis Bond

Herman Louis Bond affectionately known as “Toe” transitioned to glory on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at home in Jessup, Maryland.   He was born on April 10, 1955 to the late George Thomas and Evelyn Bond in Edenton North Carolina.  Native of Norfolk, Virginia he received his education in the public schools graduating Lake Taylor High School as a lettered varsity wrestler. Herman began employment as a welder for several years at the shipyards in Norfolk....

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Brenda D. Drewitt

Pastor Brenda Drewitt-Broadhurst, 61 passed away December 3, 2019.  She was married to the late Elder Albert Broadhurst and was the founder and pastor of True Vine Church of Deliverance in Norfolk, Virginia.  She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Pamela Pelham (Michael) and Brenda Bostic (Kendrick) as well as other relatives and friends....

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