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Eugene Theodore Russell

Eugene Theodore Russell was born June 23, 1938, the eldest of eight children to the late Roland Lloyd Russell and Rosa Goodman Russell. He passed away on January 9, 2023, surrounded by his loved ones in Chesapeake, Virginia. He was born in South Norfolk (now Chesapeake), Virginia. He worked for over thirty years with Norfolk Public Schools as a Maintenance Supervisor at Diggs Park Elementary, St. Helena Elementary, and Campostella, etc. After retiring from the…...

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Mills Shivers

Mills Shivers passed away January 8, 2023....

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Joseph N. Hill, Sr.

Joseph N. Hill, Sr. passed away January 3, 2023....

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Mary Lucille Jenkins Gregory

Mary Lucille Jenkins Gregory, age 90, was born in Moyock, North Carolina on June 19, 1932 to Ola Garrett Jenkins and Henry Napoleon Jenkins.  She was the youngest of nine children who lived to be adults.  She entered eternal rest on Monday, January 9, 2023 in the loving presence of her devoted caregivers, Rev. Sandra Turner and Doris Jones. Lucille graduated from Currituck Union School in 1951 as class valedictorian.  In 1951, she married her…...

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Cearful Speight, Sr.

Cearful Speight, Sr. passed away January 8, 2023....

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Clyde Eugene Hunter

Clyde Eugene Hunter passed away January 6, 2023....

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Michael Lester Augson

On December 26, 2022, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend, Michael Lester Augson, heard the victory call of the Lord to enter into eternal rest. Born to the late Ulysses Augson and Ernestine (Clark) Brooms on February 18, 1954, in Norfolk, VA, Michael was the youngest boy of six siblings. He was preceded in death by his older brothers Ulysses G. Augson and Donald L. Augson. “Big Mike” as he was…...

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Aubrey Spencer Escoffery

Dr. Aubrey Spencer Escoffery passed on January 5, 2023 after ninety-nine years of an active and enjoyable life. He was born on April 10, 1923 to the late Gerald and Flora Escoffery in New Haven, Connecticut. He was a resident of Suffolk, VA. He graduated with honors from West Haven High School as the “only black student” in the class of 1940. He served his country proudly in the African and Asian Theaters during WW…...

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Star Meccah White

Star Meccah White passed away January 3, 2023....

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Garry Slade

Garry Slade passed away January 8, 2023....

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Ethel Ann Grandy

Ethel Ann Grandy passed away January 5, 2023....

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Larry Avon Thomas

Larry Avon Thomas, 76, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 7, 2023. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eva Mae Thomas; grandmother, Lena Mae Thomas; uncle, Frank Thomas; aunt, Minnie. Larry was born on April 8, 1946, in Yonkers, New York. He was a loving husband, father, and friend. He loved driving, reading, fishing, martial arts, and most of all studying the word of God, the Bible. He is survived by…...

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Elder Joseph Russell Jones

Elder Joseph Russell Jones passed away December 31, 2022....

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Tony Williams

On January 1, 2023, Tony Williams 52, unexpectedly left to ascend into our lord’s loving arms. Tony was predeceased by his mother Hattie Lawton and his brother Sherman Williams. Tony leaves to cherish his memories father, William Lawton, (Beverly), one sister Sherry Williams one brother Edward Williams, Four daughters Dana Banks, Ashley Banks, Tonisha Banks, Arielle Williams and one son Symier parker. He also leaves four grandchildren Kaleya Banks, Tristan Banks, Adon Banks and Trinity…...

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Terrance Wordell Riddick

Terrance Wordell Riddick passed away December 28, 2022....

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Kenneth Lamont Brown, Sr.

Kenneth Gable Brown departed this life in exchange for eternal reward, in the late evening of December 30, 2022.   Kenneth was born April 4, 1952 in Chesapeake, Virginia to George and Elsie Nae Brown.  He attended Chesapeake Public Schools and graduated from Western Branch High School.  After graduation he joined the United States Marines and served for 27 years.  His service did not stop there, he then began serving his community.  He served as…...

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Samuel Norris Livingston

Samuel Norris Livingston passed way January 3, 2023....

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Sumler Lee Threat

Sumler Lee Threat passed away January 4, 2023....

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Eunice D. Lipton

Eunice Daisy Lipton went to glory to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 3, 2023. Eunice was born on June 1, 1933 to the late Bishop Charlie and Sallie Hunter in Norfolk, Virginia. She was educated in Norfolk Public Schools, was a member of the National Honor Society, and graduated from Booker T Washington High School at the top of her class in 1952. Eunice was academically and athletically talented and enjoyed…...

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Cassandra C. Tyson

Cassandra C. Tyson passed away December 22, 2022....

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Kenneth Alton Brown, Jr.

Kenneth Alton Brown, Jr. passed away January 4, 2023....

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Elaine Rena Bell

On Monday, January 2, 2023, Elaine Rena Bell, a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, entered into eternal rest with the Lord. Elaine was born on April 14, 1948, in Norfolk County, Virginia to the late Benison and Margaret Brown. She was a long-time member of Bethel Baptist Church in Chesapeake, a graduate of Crestwood High School’s class of 1966, and retired as a nurse from Lake Taylor Nursing Home in Norfolk, Virginia. …...

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Keith Alexander Norman, Jr.

Keith A. Norman Jr., 42 entered into eternal rest Friday December 30, 2022. He was born in Norfolk, VA on February 9, 1980, to his mother, Deborah D. Norman and father, Keith A. Norman Sr. Keith, also fondly known as “K2”, was a member of Calvary Revival Church and attended Bethel High School in Hampton, VA where he led the Bruins to a state football championship as quarterback. He was a fellow Aggie at North…...

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Bonnie Rose Leslie

Bonnie Rose Milbourne Leslie was born in Messongo, VA to Bernard “Duke” Milbourne and Gertrude Elizabeth Milbourne on  April 5, 1945. Over the next 13 years, she became the ” big sister” to her four siblings. Bonnie was educated in the Accomack County Public Schools, graduating from Mary N. Smith High School in 1963. She moved to Washington, D.C., where she studied at the Renowned Cortez Peters Business College. She then worked in the D.C.…...

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Ricardo Lee Spencer, Sr.

Ricardo Lee “Rico” Spencer, Sr. Rico passed away on Jan 1, 2023 at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. God fulfilled his promise. Born to the late Othel Spencer and Rufus Tyson on December 30, 1957 in Norfolk Va. Rico began his education at St. Marys Catholic School. In his earlier years he fell in love with cars, taking pleasure in disassembling and rebuilding them from scratch. He was deemed a self taught mechanic and later…...

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Herman Cecil Haynes

Herman Cecil Haynes passed away January 3, 2023....

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Maxine Danita Cross Francis

But by the grace of God I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me 1 Corinthians 15:10 On Friday morning, December 30, 2022, our beloved sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, and friend heard God’s call and she answered, I am at peace now and I’m on my way to…...

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Nettille Elizabeth Jones

Nettile Elizabeth Jones passed away December 26, 2022....

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William T. Norfleet

William Thomas Norfleet began his earthly journey on October 12, 1943, in Norfolk, Virginia. He was the son of the late William Henry Norfleet and Evelyn Norfleet King. William was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and a 1961 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. After graduation he joined the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged after serving his enlisted time. William became a Civil Service Worker and retired from the…...

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Mandy N. Cannon

Mandy N. Cannon entered into eternal rest on Saturday, December 31, 2022. She was born November 27, 1942 in Norfolk VA to the late Bishop William D. Moore, the late Elder Estelle Moore and her loving God-Mother Martha Atkinson. She was predeceased by her husband William E. Cannon. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia in 1961. In 1976, she graduated from Kee Business college after attending for 2 years. For…...

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Maria Ayala Ortiz

Maria Ayala Ortiz passed away December 30, 2022....

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Eugene William Barron

Eugene William Barron passed away December 29, 2022....

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George A. Broadnax

George Anthony Broadnax was born in Norfolk, VA on April 28, 1949. He received his heavenly wings on December 27, 2022.   George attended public school in Norfolk, Va.   He was passionate about the water. He joined the Navy and later served as a merchant seaman for the Military Sealift Command from which he retired. It allowed him to travel and meet people from all over the world. But nothing was more important to…...

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Delores G. Yancy

Delores Goodrich Yancy transitioned peacefully in Maryview Hospital on December 29, 2022, into the loving arms of our Lord. Delores Goodrich Yancy was born on January 28, 1937, in Portsmouth, Virginia, the eldest child of the late Joseph E. Goodrich, Sr. and Lelia H. Goodrich.  Delores started her educational journey in the Portsmouth Public School System. She was a proud graduate of I.C. Norcom High School, Class of 1954. In 1956, Delores married Charlie Yancy,…...

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Mary Elizabeth Starks

Mary Elizabeth Starks was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 26, 2022. Mary was born on January 9, 1934 to the late Mr. Reuben and Mary L. Starks in Huntsville, NC. and was the oldest of 2 children. At an early age, Mary was baptized and received Jesus Christ becoming a member of St. John Baptist Church. Mary was a great mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to…...

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Virgie V. Carney

Virgie V. Carney died peacefully, at the age of 93, surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 24, 2022.  Virgie was born February 1, 1929 in Nansemond County Virginia to Emma Jane Taylor and John Westly Jones.  Singing and playing the piano always brought her joy. Virgie was preceded in death by her husband Arzenia Carney, 12 brothers and sisters, her son Vincent and her daughter Evelyn.  She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter,…...

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Donny Wendell Smith

Donny peacefully transitioned into eternal rest at home on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. Donny was born June 3, 1952 in Portsmouth, VA, to the late James Brentwood Smith and Dorothy Elizabeth Smith. He was also preceded in death by his brothers James Woodhouse Smith and Elder Michael Nathaniel Smith. Donny attended Chesapeake Public Schools where he graduated from Indian River High School in 1970. He continued his education at Norfolk State University, Old Dominion College,…...

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Cynthia McClease

Cynthia McClease was born to Gwendolyn Dunigan on October 22, 1949, in Norfolk, Virginia.  She was raised by her adoptive parents, William and Lillian Mae Robinson in Brooklyn, NY.  After a short illness, she was called from her earthly vessel on December 29, 2022, surrounded by her family. After obtaining her GED, she continued her education at Norfolk State University.  She proudly graduated with Cum Laude honors in May 1999 where she received a Bachelor…...

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Arthur Lee Few

On Thursday, December 29, 2022, Arthur Lee Few was called peacefully to eternal rest. Arthur was born on January 19, 1958 to John and Rachel Few. Born in Shellman, Georgia on a cold sunny day, Arthur was affectionately called “Sunny” by family and friends. Both parents preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Louise Alford, and brother, Eddie C. Few. After graduating from Randolph County Comprehensive High School,…...

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Joycelyn Claudetta Felton

Joycelyn (Joyce) Claudetta Felton was born March 26, 1937 in Hertford, NC to Joseph Calvin Gordon and Eunice Hoffler. In the early morning hours of December 30, 2022, Joyce slipped away quietly to her heavenly home in the loving and comforting presence of her family.  Joyce attended and graduated from Winfall High School in Perquimans County, NC. After high school, she married the love of her life, Willie, whom she would joyfully spend the next…...

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Willie Mack Rogers

Willie Mack Rogers passed away December 25, 2022....

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Edward Connie Jones, Sr.

Edward Connie Jones, Sr. passed away December 28, 2022....

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Olivia Peeples

Olivia (Libby) Peeples, 78, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2022, at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital in Virginia Beach, VA. Olivia was born in New York City (Harlem), NY on November 3, 1944, to her late mother, Cherryle Johnson. After she graduated from high school, Olivia went on to study at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she received an associate degree. She enjoyed a career as a social…...

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Frances Christine Self

On Tuesday, December 27, 2022, the Lord called our beloved mother, sister and grandmother to her eternal home.  She was 88 years old. “Gigi” affectionately called by her grandkids was born July 15, 1934, to the late Catherine Simmons and James Greene. Preceding her in death is her husband, James L. Self, two sons; Michael and Gerry Self, grandson, Jordan Royster, two sisters; Mildred Slade, Joyce Keyes and one brother Edward Greene. Frances completed her…...

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Arthur Lee Hinton

Arthur Lee Hinton, 101 years of age, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on December 24, 2022. Arthur was born to the late Isaiah Hinton and Laura Lee Wilkins Hinton in Norfolk County, Virginia. He was married to the late Gladys Beatrice Demby Hinton until her death. In addition to his wife and parents, he is predeceased by his son, Arthur S. Hinton Sr; two sisters, Lillian Jaselle Gray, Pauline…...

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David Lee Brickhouse

On Saturday, December 24, 2022, our beloved David L. Brickhouse, 81, was called home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was a faithful son, brother, husband, father, nephew, father-n-law, brother-n-law, cousin, and friend. To his friends he was affectionately known as “Brickhouse”, “House” or “June”. He was born to the late Rosa B. Robinson and David Brickhouse at Norfolk Community Hospital on July 16, 1941. He was raised on Cascade Blvd.…...

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Jamir Alvin Montagus Barnes

The “Son” rose on the life of Jamir Alvin Montagus Barnes on October 26,2002.  The only child of Shandalyn and Aundrey Barnes. Everyone was elated to welcome his gentle spirit into the world. On December 27, 2022, our Heavenly Father opened the gates of his kingdom and placed him amongst the angels....

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DeShawn Lee Jones

DeShawn Lee Jones passed away December 22, 2022....

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O’Neal Fornville, Jr.

O’Neal Fornville Jr., the youngest of three children born to the union of the late O’Neal Fornville Sr. and Edna L. Fornville, was born December 10, 1947. He peacefully passed away on the afternoon of Friday, December 23, 2022 following a battle with end stage kidney disease. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older siblings, Richard and Delores. Of note, his mother birthed him at home and he weighed in at…...

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Mable Elizabeth Bailey

Mable Elizabeth Bailey passed away December 27, 2022....

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