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Earl F. Parker, Sr.

Earl F. Parker, Sr. also known as “Pete,” was called home in a peaceful sleep on Saturday, November 3, 2018, to be with his Heavenly Father. Earl was born January 7, 1942 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to the late John A. and Anna V. Parker. He was preceded in death by his son, Terrance Parker; and four brothers, William Parker, Richard Parker, Carl Parker, and Robert Parker. Earl received his formal education at JP McCaskey High…...

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Tonya Denay Askew

Tonya “Tangie” Denay Askew, of the 1000 block of Thrive Place, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Tonya worked as a CNA for many years and currently worked as a housekeeper for Residence Inn Marriott Greenbrier. Tonya was predeceased by her parents, Oliver and Catherine Askew, Sr.; brother, Oliver Askew, Jr.; a special nephew, Leo “Lil L” Askew; and best friend, Angela Johnson. She leaves to cherish her memory: her…...

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Terry L. Arrington

Terry L. Arrington passed away November 1, 2018....

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Robert Scott

Robert Scott passed away November 2, 2018....

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Ephrim McCoy, Jr.

Ephrim McCoy, Jr. passed away October 24, 2018....

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Toney Darnell Saunders, Jr.

Toney D. Saunders, Jr., affectionately known as Apache to family and friends. He was born on September 11, 1975 in the city of Nuremberg, Germany to Eunice Smith-Saunders and Toney D. Saunders. He was a resident of the City of Chesapeake, where he resided with Thomas and Sarah Shivers. He worked as a Traffic Control Associate at Spivey Rentals Inc. Toney, Jr. departed this earth on October 28, 2018. He leaves to cherish his memories,…...

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Alvin B. Cooper

Alvin Bernard Cooper, the son of the late James Henry Cooper and Ruby Rose Cooper, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018. He was predeceased in death by his oldest siblings, Ruby Rebecca Cooper and James Victor Cooper. Alvin, affectionately known as “Lil Buddy”, bore his illness with dignity. He was baptized at an early age and joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in 1959 under the leadership of the late Rev. J. W. Matthews and…...

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Louvenia Falkner Davis

Louvenia Davis passed away on October 30, 2018. She was born in littlejohn, NC on January 8, 1936. L.V., as she was affectionately known, was a member of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, William D. Davis, Sr.; mother, Lucy H. Falkner and father, Mark P. Falkner. Left to cherish her precious memories are six daughters, Sheila Foster, Cynthia Murphy, Barbara…...

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Ethel L. Harrison

Ethel L. Harrison passed away October 30, 2018....

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Marjorie E.Foreman

Marjorie Elizabeth Foreman was born on October 5, 1941 to the late Edward Staten and Mary Vincent of Norfolk, Va. She was the oldest of two children. As a child, they moved to New York City and she attended New York City Public Schools. While attending high school she met the love of her life Robert Foreman, Sr. who became her lifelong partner of 57 years. They married on October 16, 1960 and from this…...

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Edward Junius Jefferson

Deacon Edward J. Jefferson was a beloved Husband, Father, Uncle, and Mentor to many until his eternal rest on Friday October 26, 2018 in the city of Norfolk, Va.  He was born on December 22, 1924 in Southern-land Va and educated in Dinwiddie county. He also served in the United States Navy for 21 years, retired, and was in three wars World War II, The Korean War, and Vietnam War.  Deacon Jefferson was a faithful…...

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Helen L. Lane

Helen L. Lane was a native of Topeka Kansas who came from humble beginnings. Helen affectionately called Mimi was a loving, strong-willed woman of faith. She believed in prayer, family and hard-work. Mimi had an affinity for young people, especially those with special needs. A teacher at heart, she challenged her children, grandchildren, bible students and others to educate themselves in the word of God. She loved music, theater, the arts and encouraged her family to pursue these gifts. Helen…...

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Georgianna Foster

Ms. Georgianna Foster was born June 1, 1939 in Emporia, VA to Eula Foster where her tree branch began to grow with her daughter, Valerie Foster and her granddaughter, Tiffany; her oldest son, Derrick Peck and his family, Quarntina Avery and their son, Diamond, Derrick’s wife, Jamene Peck and her daughter, Jeanine Jones and their son, Derrico Peck and great grandson, Justus Jones; her youngest son, Jeffrey Foster and his family; Kim Edmonds and their daughter, Kanetia Edmonds; Tasha Turner and…...

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Helen L. Spivey

God received our Mother on October 28, 2018 at 12:12am Sunday morning. Mrs. Helen Spivey lived in Edenton, NC practically all her life until she met the late James Spivey, Jr. They married in Norfolk, VA and had three children whom she leaves to cherish her precious memories, Sandra L. Bailey, James Spivey, Jr. and Robert Spivey; son-in-law, Johnnie E. Bailey. Thank God for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Corrine and Henry…...

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Elizabeth McDougal

 On the morning of Friday, October 26, 2018, the Lord called our precious mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, auntie, sister, First Lady and friend Elizabeth McDougal home. She was born on August 27, 1936, to the late Jessie May Williams and Samuel McCarter in Ruston, Louisiana, and was one of six children. She was preceded in death by two sisters, the late Bessie Bell Jackson and Mineola Bea, and three brothers, the late Samuel McCarty (aka SL),…...

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William J. Cowell

William J. Cowell transitioned on 26 October 2018.  He was born in Norfolk County and is preceded in death by his father and mother, Willie and Viola Cowell; his daughter, Gwendolyn D. Jennings; brother, Ernest Cowell and sister, Sarah Boney.  He was a member of United Full Gospel Revival Center in Chesapeake.  He retired from A.W. Temple Trucking Company in 2002.  William leaves to cherish his precious memories his wife, Agnes Cowell of Chesapeake; 2…...

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Audrey Buie

Audrey Buie passed away October 24, 2018....

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Essie Harris

Essie Harris went into eternal rest on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, surrounding by her loving family. Essie was predeceased by her husband Andrew R. Harris, Sr. and son-in-law, Robert L. Jones, Jr. She leaves to cherish her precious memories, daughter, Vivian H. Jones: son, Andrew R. Harris, Jr.; half-brother, Roy Copeland; grandchildren, Chela Jones and Rachel Nelson (Scott); great-grandchild, Gabrielle Nelson and a host of other relatives....

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Addie L. Powell

Our beloved Addie Lena Reese Powell was the 6th out of 9 children born to the late William and Betheye Reese on February 13, 1927 in Capron, Virginia. Lena as she was affectionately called completed high school and then attended Norfolk State University. She married the late Thomas O. Powell, Sr. and together they raised seven children in a Christian home. Lena was a loving dutiful wife and a caring mother. She taught her children many things especially making sure that they…...

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Jimmy Pitchford

On October 23, 2018, our beloved son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend entered eternal rest at the age of 49. Jimmy Pitchford, the youngest of five siblings, was born in Norfolk, VA on August 7, 1969 to Shirley M. Pitchford and the late Claude M. Pitchford, Jr. During his early life, he was educated in Norfolk Public Schools and became a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA. As a young adult, Jimmy started his plastering career with Claude Pitchford and…...

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Beatrice Shorter

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Beatrice Shorter, passed peacefully at the age of 84. Beatrice will be forever remembered by her 5 children Gregory (Laura), Rodney (Lilly), Kenneth, Sidney (Margo) and Donna (Raymond); grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends....

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Byrdell C. Branch

The Matriarch of our family Byrdell C. Branch was called home to be with our Heavenly Father on Monday, October 22, 2018. Her journey on earth ended when she slept peacefully to her eternal home. Her transition was a beautiful sight to behold. Byrdell was born on September 1,1923 to the late Jesse and Joanna Cowan in Galatia, North Carolina, the seventh of eight children. Byrdell was preceded in death by her husband of 52…...

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Rachel S. Williams

Rachel S. Williams passed away October 22, 2018....

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Mary V. Parker Lanier

Mary Virginia Parker Lanier, February 27, 1932 – October 23, 2018, Resident of Portsmouth, Virginia.  After a courageous eight-year battle with dementia, Mary passed away peacefully in Sentara Careplex Hospital, Hampton, VA.  Mary was born and raised in Suffolk, (Nansemond), VA. She was one of nine children born to the late, Arcelious and Idina Parker, and was the beloved wife of the late, Jeremiah Lanier for over 40 years.  Mary will forever be remembered with…...

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Robert Boyd

Robert Boyd passed away October 21, 2018....

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Jerry B. Brothers

Jerry B. Brothers passed away October 15, 2018....

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Wanda L. Deering

Wanda L. Deering passed away October 22, 2018....

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Barbara A. Williams

Our beloved Barbara A. Williams passed away on October 22, 2018. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Alvin Williams; four children, Theresa Browne, Norine Shelton, James Shelton, Jr. and Carla Hodge....

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Julia M. McEachin

During the early morning hours of Sunday, October 21st, 2018, the Angel of Silence took our beloved, Sister, mother, grandmother, and friend. Julia Mae McEachin, known by Judy, was born at Norfolk Community Hospital in Norfolk, VA on September 6th, 1955 to the late Mr. Robert Lee McEachin and Dorothy McEachin. Judy was educated in the Norfolk public school system.  She graduated from Norview High School in 1973.  In the early 1980’s she started as…...

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Elbert Brown, Jr.

Elbert Brown, Jr., affectionately known as BJ was born on July 1, 1985 to Elbert, Sr. and Vanessa Brown in Portsmouth, VA.  He graduated from Indian River High School in 2005. He also earned his certification as a welder from Tidewater Tech. He was recently employed with the City of Portsmouth as a groundsman.   BJ was known for his love of family, love of good humor and most of all LOVE OF GOOD FOOD.…...

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Charity Bell Parker

Charity Bell Parker was summoned to sweet sleep in the early morning hours of October 22nd in her home while being lovingly attended to by her sons. Charity was born June 6, 1927 in Pitt County, North Carolina to Preston Sylvester Dupree and Ada Diggins-Dupree Charity was one of 12 born to this great union, all with the exception of her baby sister were in that great cloud of witness that beckoned her as she…...

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Ryan McDonald Toppin

Ryan McDonald Toppin was born November 16, 1987 in Brooklyn, NY to Noreen and Anthony Toppin and departed this earth on October 19, 2018. His grandparents, Ina Walrond, (Barbados), Ercil Smith and Luther Hinds (United Kingdom) proceeds him in death. Ryan graduated from Lake Taylor High School in 2005 and attended TCC and majored in Culinary Arts. Ryan was an amazing Chef and had a love for feeding family and friends. He was also a 3X MVP for Calvary Basketball Team. He…...

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Timothy E. McNeal

Timothy Eric McNeal, 53, of Norfolk, Virginia passed away October 19, 2018 peacefully in his sleep. He attended Booker T. Washington High School. He was known for his outgoing personality, uplifting spirit and compassionate heart. He always made us smile and laugh no matter the circumstances. Timothy was predeceased by his father, James McNeal, Jr. and sister, Karen Norman McNeal. He leaves to cherish his memories, his mother, Pearl B. McNeal of Norfolk, VA; two…...

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Corey M. Merchant

Corey McKinley Merchant, 38, of Chesapeake, Virginia entered into his heavenly home on October 18, 2018 at Sentara Norfolk General. Corey was born October 14, 1980 to Priscilla (P. C.) Merchant and the late William Shark. Corey worked in the Military Sealift Command for 12 years. Corey was a very loving and kindhearted person that would freely give to anyone. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Fannie Owens and aunt, Yvette Fisher. Those left to cherish his memories are three siblings, Latitia Merchant, Reginald…...

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Archie Lee Bazemore, Jr.

Archie Lee Bazemore, Jr. passed away October 19, 2018....

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Elsie J. Newell

Elsie J. Newell passed Elsie J. Newell was born on October 24, 1926 to the late John Henry and Willie L. Johnson in Boykins, Virginia. As one of fourteen children, Elsie grew up with a great love for family and perpetuated a legacy of family unity. She became the wife of the late Willie Newell from this union three children were born. Elsie started her journey working in Norfolk Public Schools where she retired. She began her Christian walk in faith at Holy…...

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Richard Bullock Ferrell

Richard Bullock-Ferrell (Lil Richard) aka Droppy was the son of Nekice L. Bullock and Omar Ferrell. Lil Richard has he was called was raised mostly in Norfolk, Virginia by his great grandfather, Richard Bullock and his surrogate grandmother Sandra Sampson whom he loved dearly. Richard Bullock-Ferrell was born November 11, 1994 in Norfolk, Virginia and was one the oldest of five children. He attended the Norfolk Public school systems and later received his G.E.D. He traveled and worked several places with his…...

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Denise L. Joe

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, God’s angel of eternal rest, visited and took our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, Denise Joe. She was born , March 10, 1955 in Newark, New Jersey to the late Norma and Alfred Graham. She attended and graduated from Granby High School Class of 1979. She was a member of St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion Church, Norfolk for many years. She worked for Norfolk Public Schools in the Accounting Department for 36…...

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Mark Lee Hargrow

Mark L. Hargrow began is journey of life on June 7, 1959 in Virginia Beach, Virginia as the son of the late Laura Butts Hargrow and James Lee Hargrow. He departed this life on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Sentara Nursing Center. Mark was educated in the Virginia Beach Public School System and later become a Brick Mason. He loved what he did at work. Mark was one to have you laughing, crying, choking from his jokes. He had a name…...

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Samson Smith

Samson Smith passed away peacefully at home on October 18, 2018 surrounded by his family. Sam was born in Enterprise, Alabama, raised in Buffalo, NY and lived in Virginia Beach, VA until his death. Sam continued to work for the Navy (Fleet Force Command) after serving 23 years in the United States Navy. He is predeceased by his first wife, Shirley A. Smith and father, Joseph James Smith. Samson is survived by his wife, Bernice V. Smith; mother, Ettie Lee…...

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John Cleveland Tripp

Mr. John Cleveland Trip was born July 23, 1928 in Pitt County, NC to the late Mack Tripp, Sr. and Flossie Williams Tripp. He went from earth to glory on October 16, 2018 at the age of 90 years old. Mr. Tripp was married to the late Sarah Johnson Tripp. He was educated in Pitt County, NC and later moved to Craven County, NC. From there he joined the United States Navy and served during World War II. Upon departure from the Navy,…...

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Qumari A. Osborne

Qumari A. Osborne passed away October 17, 2018....

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Terrance K. Cummins

Terrance K. Cummins passed away October 11, 2018....

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Maurice Antonio Darden

Maurice Antonio Darden, Sr. left this earthly world to start his eternal journey on October 10, 2018. He was born in Newark, New Jersey to Linda W. Darden and Lawrence S. Ray on November 28, 1971. As a young child, he was very quiet and stayed close to his mother and grandmother. He was very intelligent and would study so well that you would think that he was an expert in the subject. He enjoyed wrestling, listening to jazz…...

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Marcus Dwight Jackson

Marcus Dwight Jackson passed away October 15, 2018....

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William Herbert Brown

William Herbert Brown was born in Everett, North Carolina on December 7, 1942, the third of six children from the union of James E. and Ossie Mae Brown. Peacefully on Sunday, October 14, 2018, Herbert entered the heavenly realm after a long battle with cancer. Herbert (as he was affectionately called) worked for his brother, Earl as a plaster and painter until his retirement in 2001. Herbert loved life and was obsessed with his beautiful apartment. He loved the casinos and could…...

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Dorothy Collins

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, in the comfort of her earthly home, the Angel of Life slipped into our mist and called our beloved great grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, and friend home. Dorothy J. Collins was born, March 10, 1928 in Chattanooga, TN to the late Robert and Daisy Belle Hicks. She was the second of three daughters born to this union. Dorothy married the late John W. Collins, Sr. and had six loving kids. Mrs. Dorothy Collins leaves to cherish…...

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Gary Lillie

Gary Lillie was born on November 5, 1958 to Phillip Carter and Billie Blue Lillie in Ennis, Texas. He departed this life on October 13, 2018 at VCU Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia. Gary graduated from high school in Ennis, Texas. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer, honorably serving our country for 21 years; 4 of those years in the United States Army and 17 years in the United States Navy. After retiring from the military, Gary made his home in Suffolk,…...

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Clifton Styles, Sr.

Our hearts were filled with sorrow when our son, nephew, and friend, Clifton Styles, Sr. departed this life on Sunday, October 14, 2018, after battling an illness. Cliff was born on August 24, 1955 in Portsmouth, VA. The son of Bessie Styles and Joe Manley. He was a brick mason and had his own business for many years and also worked for the City of Portsmouth for five years. He was a devoted member of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Cliff was charming…...

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Ida K. Morgan

Ida Katherine Morgan departed this life, October 11, 2018 at the age of 84 years old at Sentara Leigh Hospital. She was born in Tarboro, NC to the late Mary M. Porter and Stephen P. Morgan. Ida was very active in church as a trustee and Superintendent of Sunday School at Woodside A.M.E. Zion in Stanford, CT. She was a current member of Saint Francis A.M.E. Zion in Mt. Kisco, NY. Ida was also a passionate and nurturing caregiver to many. She was…...

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