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Catherine Mullen

Catherine Mullen, born in Norfolk, VA to John E. Williams and Virgie Mae Fuller. She transcended into the pearly gates of Heaven on November 6th 2022. Catherine graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. She then attended Hicks Academy where she obtained her cosmetology license. She worked for the City of Norfolk as a food service worker for over 35 years. She loved to cook and the food was amazing. She was a faithful member and The…...

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Alton Oliver Young

Alton Oliver Young passed away November 4, 2022....

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Ebony Louisha Parker

Ebony Louisha Parker passed away November 2, 2022....

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Jordan Edward Marshall

Jordan Edward Marshall was born in Virginia Beach, VA on March 23, 1994. He was a force of life that will always remain with us. He passed away on October 30, 2022 while vacationing in Mexico City. He was a student of life, always learning and curious about the world. This desire for learning extended into various travel experiences. He had a true passion for traveling around the world and being completely immersed in the…...

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Lena Mae Moton

On November 2, 2022, our beloved Lena Mae Moton was called home to be with our Lord. Born on October 30, 1939, in Scranton, NC to Sarah and Harvey Burrus, Sr., she was the eldest of nine children. She was predeceased by her brothers Andrus Burrus, Lewis Earl Burrus, Harvey “Bud” Burrus, Jr., sisters Rosie May Williams, Mary Etta Thornton, and Sabrina “Deena” Burrus Brown. Throughout her 83 years on Earth, she was always a…...

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Desiree Nicole Lightfoot

God looked around his garden, and he found an empty place. He then looked down upon Earth and saw your beautiful face. On the morning of October 30, 2022, God sent his angels to bring home our beloved sister, Desiree Nicole Lightfoot. On January 15, 1993, Desiree was born in Portsmouth, VA to the late Wanda Marie Lightfoot-Thomas and William Trotter. Desiree was a loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and cousin, but most of all,…...

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Rosa Lee Futrell Herron

Rosa Lee Futrell-Herron was born April 10, 1951 in Ahoskie, North Carolina to Willie Futrell, Sr. and Ernestine Vaughan Futrell. Rosa Lee was energetic and outgoing serving on various ministries in the church; spearheading organizations a work; and active in the community. As a youth member of First Baptist Church Crestwood, Rosa Lee served on the youth fellowship and the Junior Female Usher board. Later she sang with the Young Adult Choir. As chairperson of…...

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Isiaah Carr

Isiaah Carr passed away October 30, 2022....

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Anna D. White

Anna Delores White was born in Philadelphia, PA to the late Harry Horton and Annie Henry on December 6, 1932. Embracing life, Anna achieved goals that were important to her. Therefore shortly after graduating from the Philadelphia Public School system, she became a practical nurse. She loved working in the medical field at numerous hospitals until she decided to do private home care for many patients. Anna was united in holy matrimony to George S.…...

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Carolyn Riddick

Carolyn Riddick passed away October 26, 2022....

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Connie Juanita Allen Baker Rice

On Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, Connie Juanita Allen Baker Rice, received her wings and went to walk amongst the angels at age 72. Connie, or “Mother Rice,” as many affectionately called her, was born on April 5th, 1950, in Norfolk, VA, to Welton and Harriet Wood. Connie was a graduate of Norfolk State University and Hampton University and held a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences. She was a servant leader demonstrated in her…...

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Reggie G. Nesmith

Reggie G. Nesmith passed away October 31, 2022....

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Raynette Charnelle Gearing

On November 28, 1989, God loaned Raymond Gearing and Merlene Arrington an angel. This angel was named Raynette Charnelle Gearing and her parents knew that she would make a mark in this world.  On October 29, 2022, our angel went back home to be with the Lord. Raynette was known as a bubbly, cheerful, outgoing, and loving person. At Oscar Smith High School, in Chesapeake, Va, Raynette was a part of several clubs and activities…...

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Wendell McCurry Brown

Legacy of Life Wendell McCurry Brown, born March 14, 1946 in Norfolk, Virginia, the ninth child born out of seventeen children to the late Nathaniel Sr. & Bernice B Brown. Wendell obtain his G.E.D in the Job corps, after which he completed honorably several years in the United States Army, with tours in Korea and Vietnam. He worked many years at the Greyhound Bus Garage. He was married to Gwendolyn Davis having one (1) daughter. …...

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Pastor George William Cook, Sr.

George William Cook, Sr., 87, peacefully departed this life to enter eternal rest with the Lord on October 31, 2022, surrounded by his beloved family. He was born to the late James “Jimmie” and Ethel Cooke on October 4, 1935, in Camden, South Carolina. He attended Dunbar High School in Baltimore, MD where he participated in a variety of sports that included wrestling, track, and football. Upon his graduation from Dunbar in 1955, he enlisted…...

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Gladys Eley

Gladys Eley passed away October 31, 2022....

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Beverly R. Brooks-Sykes

On Friday, October 22, 2022, the Lord dispatched Heavenly angels to South Carolina to guide Beverly Brooks, 60, back home to reside with Him forever. It was that day, when her spiritual being, her soul and spirit, left her body and went into the spiritual Kingdom of our Heavenly Father. With Him, she will never experience sorrow, loneliness, pain or grief, but only joy and peace. Beverly was born in Norfolk, VA to Alton and…...

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Antonio D. Faulk

Antonio D. Faulk passed away October 28, 2022....

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Daryl Antoine Johnson

Daryl Antoine Johnson passed away October 27, 2022....

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Matthew Cuffee, Jr.

Matthew Cuffee, Jr. passed away October 29, 2022....

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Waverly Barrett

Waverly Barrett passed away October 27, 2022....

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Joseph George Beasley

Joseph George Beasley passed away October 27, 2022....

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Joyce Lee Hite

Joyce Lee Hite departed this earthly life on Thursday, October 27, 2022. She was born and raised in Churchland (Norfolk County). She was born to the late Joseph and Eolia Elliott. She was preceded in death by her daughter Renee Elliott and eleven siblings. Joyce was a faithful and devout member of Pentecostal Holiness Church-Churchland for her entire life, where she served as the Mother of the Church.  Mother Hite previously served as a member…...

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Sean Christopher Rayner

Sean C. Rayner, 51, of Norfolk, VA was granted his wings on October 26, 2022. In his final days he was surrounded by his friends and family. Sean touched so many lives in his many years of service as a teacher at Hickory High School and while coaching at Ocean Tumblers Gymnasium. Sean is survived by his brother, Clifton J. Rayner, Jr....

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Pastor Rudolph Anthony Smith

A Life Well Lived I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8 Pastor Rudolph A. Smith was born on October 13,1942 in Brooklyn, New York and made…...

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Willette Byrd Gray

Willette Gray was born on June 30, 1960 in Norfolk, VA to the late Edward Byrd and JoAnn Osborne. Very sadly on Thursday, October 20, 2022 our dearly beloved received her wings. Willette was known for her contagious smile and happy spirit. She loved driving any and every where and visiting family members. If you called her for anything or to go anywhere she was right there. She leaves to cherish her memories are her mother JoAnn Osborne.…...

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Michael Maurice Waff

Michael Maurice Waff passed away October 22, 2022....

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LyTaja Mona Brown

LyTaja Mona Brown passed away October 24, 2022....

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Billy Cale Eggleston

Billy Cale Eggleston passed away October 25, 2022....

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Rayshawn M. Norman-Davis

Rayshawn M. Norman Davis passed away October 20, 2022....

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Cynthia Tyann Lawrence

Cynthia Tyann Lawrence passed away October 23, 2022....

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Josephine McCoy Towe

Josephine McCoy Towe passed away October 20, 2022....

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Sonya Melinda Singletary

Sonya Melinda Miller Singletary, 52, of Portsmouth, Virginia passed away on October 19, 2022. Sonya was born on October 1,1970 to Linda E. Duncan Daniels Jeannette and Melvin Miller in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After Sonya graduated from Booker T. in August 1991, she went on to study Business Management at Saint Leo University. She began her work career with Burger King as a manager. She worked for the company for a period of time and…...

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Jaaliyah Alexandria Jackson

Jaaliyah Alexandria Jackson passed away October 20, 2022....

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Delester Yutritia McAdoo

Delester Yutritia McAdoo passed away October 21, 2022....

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Kristina A. Sparrow

Kristina “Kris” Sparrow Kris Sparrow, 39, of Chesapeake, Virginia passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October 22, 2022. She was born on August 29,1983 to Ronnie and Dollie Sparrow. She leaves behind her son, Kesean Sparrow. Brothers, Ronnie Sparrow, Jr (Keysha Sparrow), Donnell Sparrow (Sheila Sparrow). Nieces- Shayna M Sparrow, Aaliyah K. Sparrow, Keona C. Hargrave. Nephews- Donnell A Sparrow, Jr., Ronnie L. Sparrow III. Aunts- Eleanor King, Pachell Lopez, Christin Powell. Great Niece…...

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Janice Marie Blackwell

Janice Marie Blackwell arrived at what she referred to as her dream destination on October 23rd, 2022. Born on November 12, 1955, she was entrusted to wonderful parents, the late Edward Eugene and Virginia Boone Blackwell in Norfolk, Virginia. Janice was the second child of seven siblings; the late Edward Eugene Blackwell, Jr., James (Gino) Blackwell, Karen Blackwell, Dwayne Blackwell, Hope Blackwell, and Jennifer Blackwell. Janice was predeceased by an infant son, Edward Eugene Blackwell,…...

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Andrea Anthony Tillman

Mrs. Andrea Anthony Tillman went to be with the Lord, while giving Him Glory, on October 21, 2022. Andrea, a native and resident of Portsmouth VA, entered this world on June 10, 1953. She graduated from I.C. Norcom High School and furthered her education at Virginia State University, graduated with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry. She was devoted wife, mother, aunt, and friend. She was a Deaconess of Faith Fellowship Community Baptist Church as well as…...

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Brenda Lynette Riddick

Brenda Lynette Riddick passed away October 20, 2022....

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Rodney T. Bell

Rodney T. Bell departed this life Oct. 15, 2022 while living in Daytona Beach, Florida. Born to the late George M. Bell and Delores A. English Bell on July 10, 1960 in Norfolk, Rodney spent his formative years in the Liberty Park and Bowling Park public housing communities. He attended segregated elementary schools in both neighborhoods. Rodney subsequently became a part of Norfolk desegregation efforts in 1971 when he was bused to Lansdale Elementary School…...

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Rashee Daquan Parson

Rashee Daquan Parson departed this earth on Saturday, October 15, 2022. Rashee was born and raised in Norfolk, VA on March 24, 1998 to Clayton Parson and Ciscley Mills. Rashee was affectionately known as Gway Jitt Baby/Sheed. He loved everyone he came in contact with. Especially his siblings- he loved them dearly. He loved to laugh, joke and had a smile that lit up the world.  Rashee was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and…...

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Samuel Robinson, Jr.

Samuel Robinson II was the second of nine children born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on the tenth day of March in the year of nineteen hundred and forty to the late Samuel and Dorothy Robinson. His death was preceded by his daughter, Sarita Michelle, sisters Genieva Gregory and Juanita Waller, brothers Robert, James and Waide (Janice). Samuel enjoyed being outdoors and was a sports enthusiast in high school. He played football, baseball and ran…...

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Glenn Earl Williams

Our dearly beloved, Glenn Earl Williams, transitioned his life July 31, 2022. He was born August 27, 1952, the third of eight children, to the late Reverend Dr. James P. Williams, Sr. and Reverend Lillie E. Williams. He attended Crestwood High School and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA. He served in the United States Army Medical Department as a Licensed Practical Nurse from 1971-1979. Following his military career Glenn became…...

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Laverne D. Ivery

On October 18, 2022 our beloved sister, Mother, and Aunt, Laverne Wilkins Ivery, closed her eyes for her last sleep in this world at Thornton Hall. Laverne Wilkins Ivery was born on March 13, 1951 to her late parents, Clara and Neil Wilkins, in Chesapeake Virginia. She was child number 5 out of their 10 children. The family grew up in the Crestwood community, where Laverne attended Crestwood High School. Later, Laverne became the mother…...

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Shirley L. Jordan

Shirley Lavinia Jordan, 70, of Norfolk, VA, was granted her angel wings on October 15, 2022. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Shirley had touched in some way throughout her life. Shirley is survived by her 3 children, Micheal A. Jordan, Jesse E. Jordan, Jr., and Deirdre R. Brooks; 12 grandkids and 7 great grand kids. Brother Kelly Mountain, Sisters: Sharon Bivens and Sarah Watson; along with an abundance of loving family and friends. Spread your wings dear mother and glide among the clouds.…...

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Michael Cornell Mills

Michael Cornell Mills passed away October 11, 2022....

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Marsha Diane Potter

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Marsha Diane Potter of Portsmouth, VA, passed away at the age of 71 years.  She was born Marsha Diane Robertson to parents, Mildred Robertson and George Prayer, on September 7, 1951 in Norfolk County, Virginia. Marsha, also affectionately known as “Diane” to friends and family, graduated from Crestwood High School in 1969 and went on to study Elementary Education at Norfolk State University. …...

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Johnnie Melvin Swain

Johnnie Melvin Swain was born January 20, 1954 to the late John M. and Vivian Swain. He transitioned Saturday October 15, 2022, at Hampton VA Medical Center. Johnnie attended Manor High School and after graduating enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served from 1974 to 1977.When his tour ended he enlisted in the Reserves and served from 1977 to 1984, being honorably discharged as a Sergeant. Johnnie worked at the NNSY as a…...

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Kevin Alan Lake

Kevin was born in Neptune, New Jersey to Harry Lake Jr. and Vivian Lake. After graduating high school, he joined the Army. He served from 1971-1983 and was fortunate enough to be stationed abroad in several places including his grandparents’ home country of Italy. He left active duty at the rank of Sergeant E-6. In the Army, Kevin met the love of his life, Helen. They fell in love almost instantly, marrying on January 20, 1973. Against the odds,…...

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Deacon Percy Cisero Long

†  LEGACY  † Deacon Percy Cisero Long Sunrise: December 11,1937 Sunset: October 15, 2022 Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…Matthew 6:10 Early Saturday morning on October 15, 2022, as many of us slumbered, God lovingly received our loved one with open arms.  Percy Cisero Long was born December 11, 1937 to Charlie H. Long Sr. and the late Lucinda Barnes Long. Brother Long was a graduate of Rosenwald High School…...

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