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Warner McCoy Hayes, Sr.

Warner McCoy Hayes departed from this life on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Warren Allen and Bernice Williams. Warner met his wife to be at the young age of 16. He knew that she was the bride for him. They were married two years later. Warner enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served until he was honorably discharged. He later moved…...

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Ethel Beatrice Pittman

Ethel B. Pittman slipped quietly into eternal rest on Sept. 14, 2019. Left to cherish her memories are children Dennis Pope, Tanya Askew, Nathaniel Pope, Garrett Hooker, Garnette Hooker and Anthony Hooker; siblings, Helen Sisco, Landis Pope, Jr., Sandra Jones, Paulette Pope, Doris Davis, Juanita Pope and Gloria Govan; 8 granddaughters; 2 grandsons and 9 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by husbands, James Hooker and Morris Pittman; parents, Landis Pope Sr. and Dorothy Pope; sons,…...

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Lillie Ruth Davis

Lillie R. “Nonnie” Davis of the 1100 block of Keats Street went home to be with her heavenly father September 11, 2019 in Chesapeake General Hospital. She was born August 19,1946 to the late Mary and Eddie Darden in Edgecombe County, NC. She was educated by Edgecombe County Public School System. She was a loving and devoted housewife/mother/grandmother and well-known neighborhood candy lady. She was preceded in death by her son, James A. Davis Jr.…...

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Edward Clarence Hedgman, III

Edward C, Hedgman, III Edward Clarence Hedgman, III, 42, went to be with the Lord on September 4, 2019.  He was born on December 28, 1976 to Karen Hedgman in Philadelphia, PA Edward graduated from Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He served in the United States Army as a medic during the Iraq War where he received an Honorable Discharge. Edward was employed with Value City Furniture for 20 years where he became…...

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Charles Alfred Potter, Sr.

Apostle Charles A. Potter, Sr., 67, of Portsmouth passed away peacefully on September 11, 2019 in Portsmouth, VA. He was born July 19, 1952 in Williamsburg, VA to Hilda Potter and the late Isaac Potter.  He served six years in the Virginia Army National Guard and retired after 33 years with the U.S. Government. Charles was predeceased by his son, Charles A. Potter, Jr. and his brother, Ricky Potter. He is survived by his wife,…...

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Robert Lee Lassiter, Sr.

Robert Lee Lassiter, Sr. passed away on September 12, 2019....

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Judith Althea Partlow

Judith A. Partlow passed away September 10, 2019....

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Frank Lester Studivant, Jr.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ Our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 Frank Lester Studivant, Jr. was called home on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Frank was born on December 5, 1954 in Norfolk, VA to Frank…...

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Ronald D. Hopson, Sr.

Ronald Derwin Hopson, Sr., 62, of Portsmouth, VA, passed away on September 11, 2019. Ronald Hopson was no ordinary man. Every step he took and every life he touched felt the joy of his pure love. He had a heart of gold and left a lasting impression on anyone who had the opportunity to meet him. He was a father, husband, and grandfather. He had many roles in his lifetime. He had a smile that…...

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Faye R. Simmons

Faye Rosalind Simmons peacefully transitioned into heaven on September 10, 2019 at the age of 72. She was born on May 15, 1947 to Vida Cuffee and the late Jerome Cuffee. She worked at Koni Kai Hotel as a supervisor for 6 years and then at Carebridge Assisted living where she retired from after 25 years. Faye is predeceased by her husband, Edward Lee Simmons. She leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Vida E.…...

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Bill Eugene Martin

Bill Eugene Martin was born September 1, 1961 to the late William Whitley Sr. and Shirlon Whitley in Norfolk, VA.  He was lovingly known by all as Geno.  Geno was united in marriage with Captoria Williams Martin, and to this union two children were born.  Geno also had two older children from his first marriage. At an early age Geno became an auto mechanic in Portsmouth, VA.  He then when on to work for FedEx…...

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Ramon Ayala

Ramon Ayala passed away on September 5, 2019....

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Timothy S. Sykes

On Wednesday, September 5, 2019. God in His divine wisdom and eminent power called our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend into His eternal resting place. He was born September 14, 1959 to the late Leo Sykes, Sr. and Fannie Turney Sykes in Decatur, Alabama. At an early age, Timothy accepted Christ into his life at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church. There he was a faithful and dedicated member. Timothy aka “Short Sleeve Steve”…...

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Cynthia D. Graves

Cynthia Denise Graves was born on November 19, 1954, to the late James Hemingway and Alease Jones. On September 2, 2019, she departed peacefully into eternal rest; free from all pain and suffering. She was predeceased by her son Anthony Graves. Her memory will be forever cherished and honored by her devoted husband, Roderick Graves of 46 years, Norfolk, VA, Tonya Brownfield, (Charles), TN, Victoria Graves (Derik), Norfolk, VA, Patricia Graves, Norfolk, VA, Special Children,…...

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Bessie L. Morales

Bessie L. Morales passed away on September 5, 2019....

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Ethel B. Harrell

In the stillness of the evening time of Friday, September 6, 2019 in the presence of family, Ethel Beatrice Harrell transitioned from this earthly tabernacle to her heavenly home. Mrs. Harrell was educated in Norfolk Public School and attended Jacox and Booker T. Washington High School. She pursued a career with Azalea Inn for thirty-two years. Mrs. Harrell was a dedicated employee, exemplifying outstanding work ethics, loved to serve in the capacity of a skilled…...

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Wilbert Edney

Wilbert Edney passed away on August 31, 2019....

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Edwin R. Banks

Edwin R. Banks A.K.A Ricky was born on April 27, 1956 in Norfolk, VA to George H. Banks and Delores Banks. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the age of 63. He received his formal education in Norfolk School System where he graduated. Edwin was employed at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard until his time of illness. Ricky was a loyal supportive member of St. Mark UCC…...

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Marionetta Jernigan Land

On Saturday evening September 7, 2019 the Lord called his angel, Marionetta Jernigan-Land to her heavenly home. Marionetta was born June 9,1956 in Norfolk, VA. She was the daughter of Hermeen Jernigan and Jack McCoy. Marionetta received all her former education in Norfolk, VA. She also worked many years as a food service worker for Norfolk Public Schools. Marionetta was a member of New Galilee Missionary Baptist Church but often worshipped at First Church of…...

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John Harrison Mason, Sr.

John Harrison Mason, Sr. was born in Washington, D.C. on December 10, 1950 to Harrison and Mary Mason. They had three other children Alfred, Mildred, and Mary. From 1979 to 2002, John was married to his first wife, Commoneta Mason. He later remarried his second wife, Peggy Butler-Mason in 2015. In 1993, John Mason retired from the United States Navy as a Petty Officer with over 20 years of service at Naval Station Norfolk. John…...

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Marie Padilla Mitchell

Marie “Marijo” Padilla Mitchell, 63, passed away peacefully Friday, September 6, 2019 at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. She was born in the Philippines on March 11, 1956 to the late Constantina Padilla Jose and Laureano Jose. A devoted Catholic, Marie was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to many who adored her. Known for her passion for travel and culinary arts, she sailed the world as a United States Merchant Marine where she…...

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Jose H. Weston

Jose H. Weston passed away on September 7, 2019...

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David J. Best, Jr.

David Jerome Best, Jr. was born on September 22, 1957 in Kinston, NC. He was the son of David J. Best, Sr. and the late Leora Best. David dedicated his life to serving the Lord at a young age. He attended the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith.David was educated in the public schools of Deep Run County, NC. After graduating from high school, David went to Lenoir Community College in…...

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Elizabeth Cherry

It is with great sadness that the family of Elizabeth Cherry announces her passing on September 5, 2019. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Marilyn & Wesley Coor, her husband, Wilbert Lee Cherry Sr. Elizabeth will be lovingly remembered by her children, Naomi Wright, Cheryl Gadsden, Wilbert Cherry Jr., and Samuel Cherry; two sons-in-law  Randolph Wright, Sr. and Frank Gadsden. Elizabeth will forever be remembered by her seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a…...

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Jean Michelle Myers

Profile of Life “I have fought a good fight. I have kept my course. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 Best known as “Michelle”, Jean Michelle Myers was born on January 6, 1963 to Arthur (deceased) and Bernice Robinson in Staten Island, New York. The oldest sibling of three, Gary and Ava Robinson looked up to their sister. From the fun times spent on Caroline and Metcalfe Street to the hot summer days…...

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Arthur Lee Collins

Arthur Lee Collins “Boy” departed this early life on September 4, 2019. He was affectionately known by his family and close friends as “Boy” AKA “Shine”. He was born on October 1, 1948 to Julius and Celestine Collins in Philadelphia, PA. Arthur was a loving father, brother, uncle, friend. He was preceded in death by his father, Julius Collins Sr, mother, Celestine Collins, two brothers, Julius Collins Jr and Bobby Collins, and sister, Cora Louise…...

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Nita B. Wood

It is with great sadness that the family of Nita Elaine Burno Wood announces her passing on September 3, 2019. Nita, a.k.a. Bug, will be lovingly remembered by her children, Claudius, Ernest, DeMarcus and Keva.Nita will also be forever remembered by her grandchildren, Malachiyah, Allen, Ernest and Toshiba, by her sisters Patricia B. Raynor (Ralph), Nellie Doane (John), Della M. Burno, Franscine Smith (King), Freda Miller (Samuel), and Jamie Milner; by her brothers Burgess Wiggins,…...

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Willie E. Jones

Willie E. Jones passed away on September 2, 2019....

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Sharon Denise Williams

Sharon Denise Williams passed away on September 4, 2019....

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Eleanor T. Williams

I will lift up my eyes to the hills–From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.  He will not allow your foot to be moved. Psalm 121: 1-2 Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.  Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 150:6   Eleanor (Mae) Townes Williams entered into her heavenly reward on the 4th day of September, in the year of our Lord, 2019. Eleanor Mae…...

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Darlene R. Sweet

Darlene R. Sweet passed away on August 31, 2019....

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Eduardo Leomo Collado

Eduardo Leomo Collado passed away on September 1, 2019....

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Frederick Lee Johnson

Frederick Lee Johnson passed away on August 31, 2019....

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Bertha Harris

Bertha Delois Harris, age 68, of Portsmouth Virginia passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at her Portsmouth home. Bertha was born on August 14, 1951 in Emporia, VA to Mercury and Lois Morgan. She attended Portsmouth Public Schools. Bertha could accomplish anything she sets her mind to do.  Throughout her life she worked for various companies that required special skills.  She attended cosmetology school where she learned skills required to not only do…...

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Yolanda R. Lawrence

Yolanda R. Lawrence passed away on September 2, 2019....

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Macy O. Jones

Macy O’Neal Jones departed this life, Saturday, August 23, 2019 at the age of 38 years. He was born September 26, 1980. Macy “Music” as his friends affectionately called him was a longtime resident of Portsmouth, VA was educated in the Portsmouth Public Schools. Macy loved to create delicious aesthetically pleasing meals. After high school, he pursued his passion in culinary arts and was employed by the Twisted Pig Restaurant located in  ortsmouth, Virginia. Macy…...

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Mae H. Peele

Mae H. Peele entered into eternal rest on August 27, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She was a retired Norfolk public school teacher and a professional cosmetologist. A devout Episcopalian, Mae was a member of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.  She was also a licensed Eucharist Minister, a Christian Formation Director, and an Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Nativity (an Episcopal Monastic Community of Nuns). Mae was the daughter of the…...

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Willie K. Westry

Willie Knight Westry was born June 22, 1942 in Rocky Mount, NC. He departed this life peacefully at his home on August 31, 2019. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 51 years, Annie Ruth Cherry Westry; mother, Martha Ann Williams Westry; father, Sam Westry, Jr.; paternal grandmother, Mary Knight Gregory; sister, Mary Elizabeth Westry Stewart; daughter, Tina Westry Thomas and son, Jamaul (Samuel) Westry. Willie Westry our patriarch married the love of his…...

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Fred Ferguson, Jr.

Fred Ferguson, Jr. passed away on August 29, 2019....

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James H. Hucks, Sr.

James Henry Hucks, Sr. was born in Portsmouth, VA on November 13, 1938. He passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, August 29, 2019. James resided in Chicago, IL for many years, and met and married Mattie Thompson. James was predeceased by his first wife, Bessie Mae Hucks; mother: Catherine Hines; father-George Cherry; brother-Robert Hucks; and daughter-Avis Hucks. Left to cherish his memories are 4 sons, James Austin ( Anna), James H. Hucks, Jr.,…...

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Robert Lee Morgan

Robert Lee Morgan passed away August 29, 2019....

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Florence Willis

Florence Willis, 94, departed this life on August 29, 2019. She was born on September 4, 1924 in Virginia Beach, Virginia to the late Mary Sue Brickhouse and Robert Hill Sr. At a young age, she joined Morning Star Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. G.L. Parker in 1930. She was a member of the Senior Fellowship and the Senior Choir. After 31 years she retired from Holmes Convalescent Center as a nurse. She…...

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Kenny A. Williams

Kenny A. Williams passed away on August 27, 2019...

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Willo C. Styles

Willo C. Styles “Man” passed away on August 24, 2019....

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Anita Lynn Green

Anita Lynn Green, affectionately known as “Nita Skita” by many, was born on December 22nd, 1962 in Norfolk, Virginia to John and Marlvin Stringfield. Norfolk born and raised, Anita’s childhood was centered around the memories she made with beloved family and friends. As a child, Anita would trek across the wooden bridge in her neighborhood to Chesterfield Heights Elementary, where she proved to be so bright she skipped a grade. She continued her education at…...

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Edward Gordon, Jr.

On Tuesday evening, August 27,2019 Edward J. Gordan peacefully made his transition to be with God. Born and raised in Norfolk, VA, He was the son of the late Jerry Gordon and Maggie D Sneed (Joseph W Sneed). Edward was a retired employee for Norship Co for over 40 years. He was predeceased by his sister Pearle Mae Gordon, his brother James L Gordon, and a son James Cherry. Edward leaves behind to cherish his…...

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Geneva E. Small

On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, our loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Geneva (Eva) Small was called home into eternal rest. Geneva was born on December 02, 1926, the eldest child of the late James and Matilda Harrell in  dgecombe, NC. Geneva was raised and educated in Tarboro, NC and later moved to Portsmouth, VA. She married the late George W. Small in June 1950 at Third Baptist Church, Portsmouth. Through this union she…...

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Shirley Mae Bailey

Shirley Mae Bailey passed away on August 25, 2019....

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Trannie Junior Watford, III

Trannie Junior Watford, III passed away August 26, 2019....

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Charlie B. Bazemore

On the afternoon of 23 August 2019, Charlie B Bazemore, also known as Chuck, very quietly and peacefully closed his eyes. Charlie was 44 years young, born 4 April 1975 at Portsmouth Naval Hospital to Charlie and Mercedes Bazemore. He was the father of a young Navy Sailor Charlie B. Bazemore, Jr. Charlie was an outstanding athlete starring in soccer, baseball, basketball and especially football. In football, he was awarded the offensive player of the…...

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