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Robin Staton-Benjamin

Robin Staton-Benjamin passed away on October 26, 2020....

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Esther C. Corinaldi

Esther Cecil Corinaldi passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Born on March 31, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, she graduated from Girls High School in Brooklyn. Esther was a teacher’s assistant at Polly Miller Daycare Center in the Bronx and later earned her bachelor’s degree from Pace University. She went to work on Wall Street at Depository Trust Company as a benefits specialist. She retired in 1988 and with her husband Kenneth, relocated to…...

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Loretta Cowell

Loretta “LaLa” Cowell, age 49, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. She was born July 25, 1971 to Rosena (Rose) Cowell and the late James Roscoe. Loretta received her education through Norfolk Public Schools and Tidewater Community College.  She pursued her dream of becoming a business owner. Lala had many talents, but she had a passion for cooking and interior designing. Loretta was known for her strength and faith in God. …...

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William L. Sanderlin, Jr.

William L. Sanderlin, Jr. passed away on October 29, 2020....

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Euradine W. Williams

Euradine W. Williams passed away on October 27, 2020....

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Donta A. Jackson

On Tuesday Oct 27, 2020 God needed Donta more than we did here on earth and called him home to eternal rest. Donta Antonio Jackson AKA “Tootie “ or “ Rudeboy” was born on March 1, 1989 in Norfolk, VA. He grew up in the Huntersville Neighborhood where he was well known for his vibrant personality and helping spirit. He was well respected for his humanitarian acts in the community, always wanting to give back…...

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Carroll R. Evans

Carroll ‘DeeDee Slim’ Evans, 67 of Norfolk, VA was granted his angel wings on October 28, 2020. He was born December 31, 1952 to the late Carroll H. Evans and Erma M. Evans. After relocating to Quantico, he continued employment as a skilled shipyard worker of many trades. He retired after 35 years of faithful service to the federal government in 2017. He worked at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Norfolk Naval Shipyard as well as Portsmouth Naval Base. As a family,…...

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Freddie Helm, Jr.

On October 25, 2020, the Lord called Freddie L. Helm, Jr., a loving father, son, brother, and uncle home to his eternal resting place.  “Boo” as his family affectionately called him was 55 years old.  He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 9, 1965 to Fred Helm, Sr. and the late Althea Helm. Freddie was a 1983 graduate of Deep Creek High School.  He was employed with International Marine Applicators and was…...

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Tanya Marie Keyes-Battle

Tanya Marie Keyes-Battle, 59 was born in Norfolk, VA on May 22, 1961. Tanya was member of St. Mark, RZUA Church of Norfolk, VA where she was a member of the choir and the usher board. She was a Home Health care Provider. Tanya leaves to cherish her precious memories her husband, Frederick Martin Battle; her parents, Alma H. Keyes, and Claude B. Keyes; sons, Terry Keyes and Kaisem Keyes; one grandson and a host…...

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Morris Bland

Morris Daniel Bland departed this life on October 26, 2020. He was born October 27, 1952 the first son of Horace and Shirley Bland. He grew up in Douglas Park section of Portsmouth with plenty of friends and family. He also played football and baseball with the recreational league. Moby graduated from I.C Norcom in 1971 and attended Norfolk State for 1 ½ years before joining the army. After leaving the army, he worked for…...

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Altoya C. Brinkley

Altoya C. Brinkley passed away on October 26, 2020....

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Eleanor Lucille Collins

Eleanor L. Collins, 86, passed away October 26, 2020.  Born in Jamestown, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Caroline L. and Wayne R. Bell, Sr.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Collins. Eleanor attended Central State University and retired as a Supervisor of Supply Operations for the Defense Electronic Supply Center after 35 years.  She was also employed as a Tax Preparer for H&R Block and Liberty…...

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Sylvester Prude

Sylvester Prude 85, passed away on Monday October 26, 2020 at Riverside Memorial in Gloucester, Va. He was born on April 3, 1935 to the late Joseph and Beulah Prude in Carroll Illinois. Sylvester was educated in the Gary Indiana public school system and continued his education in the United States Navy. He served our country proudly for over 21 years. He received numerus awards and certificates from the United States Navy and United States Army.…...

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Mildred Batts

In remembrance and unwavering love for Mildred “Bay” Ophelia (Rainey) Batts. Bay was born January 25, 1940 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Clearthur Rainey Sr. and  Fannie Ophelia Ellison Rainey. Bay was baptized early in life and raised in a Baptist home. She was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and worked various jobs before becoming a housewife. Bay was married to the late USMC PFC Thomas Earl Batts, Sr. of Norfolk, Virginia…...

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Willie James Bondhill, Sr.

Willie James Bondhill, Sr., 81, of the 6000 block of Chesapeake Blvd. Norfolk, VA passed away on October 24, 2020 at Depaul Medical Center. He was born to the late Willie Beatrice and Charlie Bondhill on August 12, 1939 in Windsor, NC.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Mary and Vashti and daughter, Willette Bondhill Clemons. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Bondhill Parker (Michael); son, Willie Bondhill, Jr.…...

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Dawn Lucinda Knott

On Friday October 23, 2020, Dawn Whedbee Knott earned her wings. Dawn was born on January 9, 1968 to Maurice Whedbee and Carl Gilliam. Dawn was educated in Virginia where she earned her CNA and Med-Tech license. Dawn enjoyed traveling, cruising and spending time with her family. She enjoyed life and lived everyday to the fullest. Dawn was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Rigg She leaves to cherish her memory, her mother,…...

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Durvin Phillip Cromwell

Durvin Phillip Cromwell of Portsmouth, Virginia passed away on Friday, October 23, 2020, at the age of 91. After several months of declining health, Durvin died peacefully with his children by his side. Durvin was born on June 24, 1929 to Elizabeth and Frank Cromwell. He was the fifth child born from this union. Durvin always had a willing spirit to assist other. He helped out his family that resided in Suffolk, Virginia during his…...

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Mattie McKoy Robinson

Norfolk  Mrs. Mattie P. McKoy-Robinson 82, of the 900 block of Oaklawn Ave. passed away quietly and peacefully on October 24, 2020. Born July 2, 1938 to the late Robert and Odessa Carter in  Tyner, N.C. Mattie attended Norfolk Public Schools, graduating from Booker T. Washington High school in 1956. Mattie found her passion working with fashion and people. She went to work as one of the first black female Fashion Consultant  for over 40…...

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Jean D. Bynum

Jean D. Bynum passed away on October 20, 2020....

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Lillian A. Dozier

Lillian Ann Anderson Dozier  God saw you getting weary, so He did what He thought was best. He came and stood beside you and whispered, “Come and Rest”. You were gone before we knew it and only God knows why.  It was according to the will of God and His decree, that the final chapter of the life of  Lillian Ann Anderson Dozier was completed on Friday, October 23, 2020 in Chesapeake, Virginia Lillian was born…...

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Oswyn E. Bergan

Oswyn Ernest Bergan was born May 9th,1961 on the island of St. Kitts to Blandeenia Bergan and the late Elwin Bergan. He entered his eternal rest on Sunday October 10, 2020. In 1986, he married Sherilyn T. Bryan and began their lives as a military family. Oswyn joined the United States Army in March of 1985 and served until January of 1993. His occupation as a generator mechanic has taken him all over the world…...

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Rosa Lee Parker

Rosa Lee Parker passed away on October 20, 2020....

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Maggie L. Harris

Maggie L. Harris passed away on October 21, 2020....

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Anthony T. Horton

Anthony Talig Horton, also known as Lig/Leek passed away on Wednesday October 21, 2020. Anthony was born feisty. He was always on the go and never wanted to be in the house. He had a smile that could light up a room. Although he was a tough guy he had a side that was so sweet that it would melt your heart. Anthony was a great artist. He had a voice that was unforgettable. Born…...

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Rufus Arrington, Jr.

Rufus Arrington, Jr. passed away on October 19, 2020....

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James L. Holloway

James Holloway was called home to be with the Lord Thursday, October 22, 2020. Born in Norfolk Virginia on November 23, 1940. He lived in Atlanta Georgia for over 40  years. James was a loving son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend, whom you could depend on. Although his smiling face and warm embrace  will be missed, the love and memory of him will forever remain in our hearts. Because to know him was to love him dearly.  We love…...

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William Earl Arnold, Sr.

 William Earl Arnold was born to Ida Adele  and Ollis Earl Arnold on May 8, 1944 in Camden North Carolina. He was the oldest of his siblings Davida, Shane, Jerome Jr., Joanne, and Diane. Until the age of 8, William Earl was raised by his grandmother until his Aunt Inez brought him to Harlem where he was reunited with his Mother and her Husband Jermone Wilkins Sr.. Jerome treated William Earl as his son from…...

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Tawanza Nyeka Anthony

Tawanza Nyeka Anthony was born on Monday, May 10, 1971 and transitioned from this life on Monday, October 19, 2020. She graduated from Indian River High School in 1988 and from Florida A & M University in 1993. Tawanza’s quiet strength, illuminating smile and humble heart endeared her to everyone she met. She was a friend to many as she served in the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha and as a charter member…...

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Derl L. Cradle

Derl L. Cradle passed away on October 15, 2020....

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Clarence Lawton

Clarence Tyrone Lawton was born July 31, 1944 in Norfolk County and transitioned to his reward on October 20, 2020. He was the fifth child of Clarence A. Lawton and Rhoda Lawton. Clarence is predeceased by a daughter Lisa Clemons, brother Wydell Lawton and sisters Claracine Hardy and Junita Dawson. Clarence attended George Washington Carver High School in Norfolk County and General Dynamics Welding School. Clarence, worked for the I.L.A. as Shortshoreman in Hampton Roads,…...

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Pearl Y. McCoy

It was the will of our Heavenly Father to Call Pearl McCoy home to heaven to take her rest in peace. Pearl was born in Charleston South Carolina April 15, 1935, to the late Dave and Pearl Young. She was married to Ephrim McCoy of Folsom Louisiana. They migrated from Charleston, South Carolina, and resided in Portsmouth, Virginia, where they raised two children, Delores, and Ephrim McCoy. Pearl was a member of Holy Way Temple…...

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James W. Evans

Mr. James “Jimmy” White Evans was born in Norfolk, Virginia on August 22, 1954. He was called to be with the Lord on October 19, 2020 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his son, James Evans and his mother, Alice Mae Burrus. He was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Jimmy was a four-sport letter man. He was drafted straight out of high school…...

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Ethel Iceline Cherry

On Tuesday October 20, 2020. God called Ethel home to eternal rest. Ethel Iceline Dukes was born to the late Paul and Lottie Rebecca Dukes on March 12,1940 in Andrews, SC. Ethel is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years Mr. Bernard Cherry, and her Son Michael Carlton Cherry; brothers James Lee Gordon, and John “Sonny” Dukes. In 1943, the family relocated to Charleston, SC. As a young girl Ethel accepted Christ as…...

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Sharod Boyd, Jr.

On Wednesday, October 14 we lost the kindness, sweetest most gentle soul with the passing of Sharod Stephone Boyd Jr. Sharod Jr., affectionately known as “Ju Ju” was born on March 21, 2016 to Sheri C. Morgan and Sharod Stephone Boyd Sr, both of Chesapeake, Virginia. Sharod Jr. was a happy loving jolly child. Each day with him was a blessing and a wonderful gift.  Every day of his life was filled with excitement! He…...

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Lillian E. Owes

On Sunday, October 18, 2020, our Mighty Lord and Savior called one of his beloved angels’ home, Lillian Eleanor Owes. “Eleanor” as she was affectionally called was born April 16, 1939 to the late Lillian Eghill and Samuel Williams. Preceding her in death is her husband, Norman C. Owes, daughter, Karen Owes, two brothers: Marvin and Jimmy Williams and her sister, Gertrude Wade. Eleanor completed her education in the Brooklyn Public Schools System. She later…...

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Muriel Thompkins Jones

Life and Legacy MURIEL JEAN TOMPKINS JONES was born February 18, 1928 in Norfolk, Virginia, to the late Fred Nan and Rosa Belle Taylor Tompkins.  She was the youngest of eight children from this union. While visiting her granddaughter and her family in Atlanta, Georgia, she transitioned quickly and peacefully from natural causes on Thursday, October 8, 2020, after 92 years of earthly life. Her daughter, great granddaughter, and son-in-law by her side.  She was…...

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Bre'In Lewis

Bre’In Lewis passed away on October 15, 2020....

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Bre’In Lewis

Bre’In Lewis passed away on October 15, 2020....

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Evelyn Hinton Bond

Our dear Evelyn Hinton – Bond on July 10, 1942 to the late Israel and Ruth Pugh. She grew up in Bertie County, N.C. with her six sisters and two brothers. Evelyn retired from being a government contractor in 2006. During her tenure of working for the government, she also worked as a housekeeper, nanny, and a caregiver for all whom she met. She was an active member of Mount Joy Church of God in…...

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Samuel Levy, Jr.

Very quietly and peacefully on Saturday, October 17, 2020, our Almighty God in his infinite wisdom gently placed his arms around our beloved Samuel and took him into eternal rest. On August 22, 1946 Samuel was born to Samuel and Rosa Levy in Norfolk, Virginia. Samuel was employed for many years by R.J. More Construction until his retirement. Samuel who was often called, ghost, or Same Bean was always a giving, loving and funny person.…...

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Joseph Lee Slade

Joseph Lee Slade son of the late James Essie Slade, Sr. and the late Mildred Greene Slade was born on June 27, 1957 in Norfolk VA with a twin sister, the late Joanne Marie Slade.  Joseph was also predeceased by his older brother, James Essie Slade Jr..  Joseph departed this life on October 13, 2020. Joseph retired from Givens Inc. where he was a Warehouseman and Forklift Driver.  Joseph was well liked by everyone who…...

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Georgette Manning

Georgette Marie Manning, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, life partner, and friend entered paradise on October 3, 2020. Georgette, affectionately known as GiGi, was born on October 6, 1950 to the late George and LaVerne (Jones) Manning in Norfolk VA. The 3rd of 14 children, GiGi received her early education from St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Norfolk before the family relocated to Bellport, NY. She graduated from Bellport HS in 1968, going on to…...

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Lyree Dawn Vaughn

Lyreé Dawn Vaughn was born to Jeanette Aldora Vaughn in New York on September 18,1973…………this is only the beginning of her story…….She was raised in Brooklyn by Sarah Joy Howard to be a strong beautiful black woman and she was. She did not disappoint. She wore many hats. She was a friend the kind that would help you carry the weight of the world, she was an aunt to 19 nieces and nephews her love…...

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Arthur L. Shell

Mr. Arthur L. Shell, was a retired Merchant Marine Seaman who worked diligently for many years on the water front until his retirement. In 2007 Arthur (known as Lamont by many) was a Native of Norfolk Virginia. Lamont as you know him was a very (graduate from B.T.W.H) proud man who stood for equality and “His” rights to stand. These qualities that he acquired were engineered in his elderly days of working alongside his father…...

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Carlton James

On Friday October 9,2020 God in his infinite wisdom, called home to glory Carlton Alvin James (cool) our beloved brother uncle cousin and friend. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia, November 22, 1951 to the late Charles H. James Sr.  And Mary Duke James. Both parents preceded him in death. Cool was granted his wings in New York Presbyterian/Allen Pavilion Hospital in New York, NY. Cool began his education in attending Locke Carey Elementary school. Later moving onto Jacob…...

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Kyle V. Bullock

Kyle V. Bullock passed away on October 12, 2020....

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Flossie A. Barfield

Flossie “Babyface” Barfield was born in Portsmouth, VA on September 4, 1926 to the late Laura Jackson Johnson and Charlie Johnson. She was married to the late J. Paul Barfield and had one son, the late Andrew L. (Sonny Boy) Johnson.  Flossie was the last of her siblings to be called home. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Hattie Inez Childs, Francis “SisMae” Watts (James Watts), Elsie Mae {Boo} Thomas (Robert Thomas) and…...

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James Henry Gee, Jr.

Jame Henry Gee, Jr. passed away on October 13, 2020....

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Phyllis Laverne Blount

On Thursday, October 15, 2020  an angel of the lord wrapped his loving arms around Phyllis Blount and carried her home. She was a native of Portsmouth, VA  and born to Shelvia and the late Ernest Brown on March 30, 1958. She was predeceased by her beloved sister, Alisa Gatewood. She was the third born of seven siblings. Phyllis was educated in the Portsmouth School System. Phyllis was retired with 36 years of service with…...

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Michael C. Perry

Michael C. Perry passed away on October 10, 2020....

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