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Barbara Jane Delancy

Barbara Jane Delancy passed away March 4, 2019....

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Rev. Dr. William E. Russell

Rev. Dr. William E. Russell transitioned to join the love of his life, Angela C. Russell, and three infants who preceded him in death on Monday, March 4, 2019. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Tonye Russell Epps, J. D., K. Nicole Powell (Whitney), Kiondra Russell, son, Johnny Vo (JoAnne), six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He also leaves to cherish his memory a brother, Lloyd Russell, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, and a host of…...

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Sandra D. Colston Mays

Ms. Sandra (Denise) Mays slipped quietly into her eternal rest on March 4, 2019 at home. Sandra was born October 22, 1959 in Chesapeake, VA to Shirley and Floyd Munden. She was a graduate of Deep Creek High School and after graduation she started a 15 year naval career from which she retired honorably. Upon retirement, she completed her Associates Degree in Business Administration at Tidewater Community College. She also worked at the Naval Shipyard.…...

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Tony B. Sykes

Tony Bernard “Syke-Bone” Sykes, age 62, was called home to be with the Lord on March 1, 2019. He was born on December 8, 1956, Norfolk, VA to Joseph Sykes and the late Eunice Janet Jones. Tony received his early education at Maury High School and later attended Elizabeth City State University. He served his country in the United States Air Force for a short period of time. Tony started his career as a Vendor…...

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John Allen Meredith, Sr.

John Allen Meredith, Sr. passed away March 2, 2019....

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Diane S. Williams

Diane S. Williams passed away March 2, 2019....

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Charles F. Young

Our beloved Charles Fontaine Young departed this life to be with the Lord on Friday, March 1, 2019.  He was born to the late Louis and Delphia Young on June 27, 1939 in Norfolk, VA.  He was a great son, brother, uncle, husband, “daddy”, Sunday school teacher, Boy Scout leader, mentor, and friend. Charles loved his family and they loved him.  He gave some of his nieces and nephews nicknames and they referred to him…...

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Allison Neal Thomas

In Remembrance of Allison (“Tommy”) Neal Thomas, Sr. Allison (“Tommy”) Neal Thomas, Sr. departed this life on March 3, 2019 at the age of 88  after complications related to his cancer treatments. Tommy was born into the union of the late Allison Wilmer Thomas and Margaret “Maggie” Sims on October 9, 1930 in Bryans Road, MD. He graduated from Pomonkey High School in 1947 where he played shortstop on the baseball team and played clarinet…...

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Barbara D. Winston

Barbara Deloris Winston, 85, of Norfolk, Virginia peacefully passed from this life into an eternal life in Heaven on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Henrico Health and Rehabilitation Center.  She was surrounded with love by her three beloved daughters. Barbara was born in Norfolk, Virginia on December 8, 1933 to the late Samuel Lee Clanton and Dorothy Winston.   She received her education at Booker T. Washington High School and earned an Associates’ degree from Tidewater…...

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Harold Douglas Dean

Harold D. Dean was born on July 30, 1943 in Windale, NC and gained his heavenly wings March 2, 2019 with his loving, devoted wife, Vivian by his side. Harold attended Norfolk Public Schools and spent over 20 years in the U. S. Army defending our nation in a host of overseas and stateside locations, including three tours in Vietnam. He was a member of Queen Street Baptist Church, where he served as a faithful…...

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Lillie Mae Wilson

JOHN 11:25 “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me, shall never die.” On February 24, 2019 Lillie Mae Wilson received her golden ticket into the pearly gates of heaven. She was born on January 5, 1947 to the late Sarah Frances and Mills Fayton Sr. in Columbia, North Carolina. She was best known by her family…...

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Pernell W. A. Foots

Pernell Foots, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, veteran and businessman slipped from labor to reward on Saturday, March 02, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Many things can be said about Pernell, but one thing is clear. He was a man among men. He took great care of his family, and his responsibilities. Pernell William Arnett Foots was born on December 14, 1936 in the Titustown section of Norfolk, Virginia to the late Fletcher…...

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Rev. Ernest L. Jones, Sr.

Rev. Ernest L. Jones, Sr. passed away February 28, 2019....

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Charlie Leon Woodbury

Charlie L. Woodbury passed away on Friday, March 1, 2019 at home with family in Chesapeake, VA.  He was born to the late Florence and Charlie S. Woodbury. Charlie was employed for many years with the City of Norfolk, in the Water and Sewage Dept. #3. He laid pipe and road on garbage truck #2. Charlie was a construction worker and on the team that built Norfolk Scope. He worked for ER Hudson Masonry. He…...

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Vernon Lee Sessoms

Vernon Lee Sessoms passed away March 1, 2019....

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Tony L. Harris, Sr.

Tony L. Harris, Sr. passed away March 2, 2019....

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John Braxton, Jr.

John Braxton, Jr. (affectionally known as “Braxton”) was born July 20, 1928 to the late Bertha and John Braxton Sr in Greenville, NC. He was the oldest of 4 siblings (all deceased). He was preceded in death by his son, Gerald Marable. Braxton was 90 years young at the time of his death and lived life to the fullest. Braxton didn’t allow grass to grow under his feet. He was quite mobile and mind was…...

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John Earl Washington, Jr.

John Earl Washington, Jr., (affectionately known as “Skippy”) entered into eternal rest on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Upon graduating from I.C. Norcom High School, John enlisted into the United States Army and fought in the Vietnam War. After four years of service he attended Norfolk State University where he received an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. John continued his education at Hampton University earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and later a Master’s Degree…...

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Larry Williams

Larry “Butter” Williams, Sr., transitioned from this earthly place on February 28, 2019 in Norfolk, VA. Larry was born September 22, 1959 to Matthew Williams, Sr. and Shirley L. Jackson Williams of Vicksburg, MS. He confessed his life to Christ at an early age and was baptized at Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Vicksburg, MS under the pastorate of Reverend A. L. Barnes. He attended Vicksburg Public Schools and graduated from Immaculate Conception High…...

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Freddie Baerga

Celebrating the Life of Mr. Freddie Baerga March 15, 1954-February 28, 2019   Mr. Freddie Baerga (aka) Freddie “B” is survived by his brothers, Miguel Baerga (Oridessa Baerga), Jose Baerga and Hector Baerga; his only sister, Milagros Camacho; special friend, Marc Cerulli; special niece, Crystal Baerga; great niece, Roseanna and uncle, Michael Molina. He also leaves to cherish his memories a host of other nieces, nephews and friends. Mr. Freddie Baerga was a good generous…...

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James Brown, Jr.

James Brown, Jr. passed away February 27, 2019....

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William Henry Miller

Deacon William Henry Miller (affectionately known as Bill) went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. He was the ninth child of ten born to the late George and Rosa Miller on December 9, 1925 in Norfolk County, which is now Chesapeake, Virginia. He is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Deaconess Brenda Miller. He was predeceased by his two sons: William Miller, Jr. and Melvin Miller; and his seven…...

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Michael A. Norfleet

Michael A. Norfleet passed away February 21, 2019....

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Jesse Lee Bradley

Jesse Lee Bradley Born on December 7, 1951 passed away on February 26, 2019 in  Portsmouth Virginia. He was a graduate of Norcom High School. At the age of 19, Jesse enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served for 20 years and retired as a SERGEANT. He served in the Vietnam War and transitioned to Louisville, Kentucky after which retired. Jesse was a very quiet, loving person. Jesse was born to the late Mack and…...

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Mattie R. Taylor

Mattie R. Taylor passed away February 24, 2019....

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Marvin Lee Otey

Marvin Lee Otey peacefully departed this life on Monday, February 25, 2019. He was born on September 20, 1949 to the late Thomas H. Otey, Jr. and Mary Bell Otey. He attended Norfolk Public Schools. Marvin retired form Colonna’s Shipyard with over 20 years of service. He was the “brain” in the Dock Shop Department. He was loved by everyone he came in contact with and would give you the shirt off his back. Always…...

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Myrtle Sylvia Harris

Myrtle Sylvia Harris passed away February 20, 2019....

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Thelma Garris

Thelma Garris passed away February 22, 2019....

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Arlemmie M. Thirus, Jr.

Arlemmie M. Thirus, Jr. passed away February 24, 2019....

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Booker T. Burrus, Jr.

Booker T. Burrus, Jr. passed away February 23, 2019....

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Riley H. Ross, Jr.

Riley Henderson Ross, Jr. transitioned from earth to glory on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at the age of 70. Riley was born October 17, 1948 to Riley Henderson Ross, Sr. and Rosie Dell Elliot-Ross in Lubbock, Texas.  Riley accepted Christ at an early age and worked diligently to uplift the kingdom of God through service to the many churches he attended throughout his life. Riley joined the United States Navy after graduation from Waller High…...

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Donald T. Lutz, Jr.

On February 20,2019, Donald Thomas Lutz Jr, loving son brother husband and father of five passed away at the age of 58. Donald was born on September 13, 1960 in Fort Campbell Kentucky to Sergeant Donald Thomas Lutz Sr and Dorothy (Headen) Lutz. Donald grew up in Southern Pines, NC. During his education in Moore County, he developed an affinity for sports. He was recognized by his peers as the wittiest in high school and…...

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Phillip Lee Burnham

Phillip Lee Burnham passed away February 18, 2019....

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Reverend Dr. Edmund H. Whitley, Sr., Presiding Elder Emeritus

A notable preacher, pastor, and presiding elder transitioned to the celestial city in his native land of North Carolina on Thursday, February 21, 2019.  The Reverend Doctor Edmund Horace Whitley, Sr., a most beloved husband, father, grandfather, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, was the oldest child of the late Noble Whitley and Martha Nichols Whitley Jones.  He was born on January 16, 1932 in Williamston, NC and became the apple of his…...

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Mary Frances Smith

Mrs. Mary Frances Perry Smith was born on April 13, 1918. She was the oldest of four children born to the late James and Cassie Wilson Perry. A native of Suffolk, Mrs. Smith attended a private pre-school operated by Mrs. Ollie Harrell; form there she went to Andrew J. Brown Elementary and from there to Booker T. Washington in Suffolk. She grew up participating in most activities in most activities in her church, First Baptist,…...

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Johnny R. Lathan

Johnny R. Lathan passed away February 21, 2019....

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Arvilla Holmes

Arvilla Holmes, 89, a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother transitioned peacefully to heaven on the morning of  February 22, 2019. Born in Norfolk, VA, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Mabel Griffin and beloved wife of the late Ernest Holmes Jr. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Rebecca Blackwell, her mother Mabel Griffin, her brother Richard Griffin, and two daughters Deborah Alexander and Donna Riddick.  Arvilla was a graduate…...

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Veola J. Barnes

Veola J. Barnes passed away February 17, 2019....

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Laurence B. Johnson

Laurence B. Johnson passed away February 19, 2019....

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Willie James Spruill

Willie James Spruill also known as “Blimp” passed away on Wednesday January 30, 2019 in Hyattsville, Maryland. Willie Spruill, originally from Norfolk, Virginia where he married Patricia Newsome, moved to Washington DC over 30 years ago. As a young man, he worked with a few of his brothers at the Pancake House in the Wards Corner section of Norfolk. Along the way, he developed a love and skill for cooking which he inherited from his…...

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Teresa E. Lownes

Teresa E. Lownes passed away February 19, 2019....

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John C. Bowser, Jr.

John C. Bowser, Jr. passed away February 17, 2019....

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Georgia Mae Harmon

Mrs. Georgia Mae W. Harmon known to love ones as “Mae Mae” entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 18, 2019 at The Samaritan Centers in Voorhees, NJ.  She was the beloved wife of the late Morris E. Harmon and a daughter of the late George Wilson and Annie Mary Smith Wilson.  Loving Mother of Alison Parker (Megan, Sarah), Tammy Harmon Williams (Gerald, Louis), Elaine Jones (Morris, Latisa), Delroy Harmon (Deltrish, Delvita), Ebony Picot (Daijah),…...

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Fannie Mae Pitts

GETTING TO KNOW OUR AUNT FANNIE Surrounded by family and friends, Fannie Mae Buckingham Pitts entered her eternal rest on February 18, 2019 at her home in Ingleside, Norfolk, Virginia. Aunt Fannie was born, February 26, 1928 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Robert and Alisha Bonner Buckingham.  Aunt Fannie is predeceased by her siblings:  Arthur Lee and Williams Buckingham (brothers) and Viola Atkins and Catherine Carrington (sisters). Aunt Fannie worked hard and loved her…...

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Edna Mae Joyner

Mrs. Edna Mae Daniels Joyner affectionately known as ‘MAE MAE’, was born to the union of Eugene Wiggins and Arlene Macon Wiggins, on May 15, 1940 in Enfield, North Carolina. Edna was educated in the Halifax County, North Carolina Public Schools.  Edna at a young age wanted to see the “City lights” and left North Carolina as a young adult and headed towards New York City. She spoke fondly of her adventures in the “Big…...

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Vinnie M. Lanier

Vinnie M. Lanier passed away February 17, 2019....

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Theresa A. Holmes

Theresa A. Holmes, formerly of 3374 Head of River Road, in the Blackwater section of Virginia Beach, Virginia transitioned to her Heavenly home on February 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.  She was born in the home of her grandfather, Flavius Wilson on May 24, 1924.  Theresa was the sixth of 13 children of the late Piccola (Cuffee) and Thaddeus Wilson.  She grew up in the family home on Silvertown Road and lived there until…...

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Augustus Carlton Eason, Sr.

Augustus Carlton Eason, Sr. entered Heaven on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the age of 82. Augustus was predeceased by his parents Carlton and Cherry Eason; his loving wife, Marjorie Eason, three brothers and two sisters. He was devoted to his late wife as well as his children and family. He was equally devoted to his church family at New Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge # 198. He…...

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Ruth Deloris “Dee” Shelton

Ruth Deloris Shelton, affectionately known as “Auntie”, aka Dee, departed this life peacefully on Sunday, February the 17th. She was born February 2nd, 1935 in Portsmouth, VA, into the union of the late John and Myrtle Jernigan.  She was the youngest girl of 7 sisters and a baby brother. Dee served faithfully as a loyal member to her church at Bank Street Memorial for many years. Her service included the After School Program, the Food…...

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Hazel G. Banks-Wright

Hazel Godette Banks Wright, affectionately known as Dee Dee, was born January 30, 1947, 72 years old, to the late Henry Godette and Gracie Frazier Godette in Havelock, North Carolina where she graduated from Queens Street High School. During High School, Hazel met and soon after married Charlie L. Banks,Jr. in North Carolina, now former Husband, and three children were born of their union. They shortly moved to Norfolk, Virginia where Hazel stories a 20…...

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