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Lizzie Ford

Lizzie Ford, 82, departed this life on July 13, 2019 in Norfolk, VA. She was born in Boykins, VA on May 28, 1937.  She is survived by Richard Ford, Jr. (brother), and a host of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by Richard Ford, Sr. (father), Lillian Ford (mother), Earl Ford (son), Levi Ford, Oscar Ford, Ben Ford (brothers) and Carrie Freeman, Lorena Jones, Fannie Futrell, and Evangeline Sutton (sisters). She will truly be missed…...

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Leonard Charles Moore

Leonard Charles Moore was born on August 26, 1959 to his parents, Isaac and Hattie Moore in Brooklyn, NY.  In 1977, Leonard graduated from Aviation high School in Long Island City, NY and joined the U. S Navy the same year.  He served in the Navy onboard the USS RECOVERY, USS FAIRFAX COUNTY, USS SHENANDOAH, and SIMA (Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity) Portsmouth and Naval Station Norfolk.   In 1998, Leonard retired from the Navy as Machinery…...

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Leroy Robert Thompkins

BM1 Leroy R. Thompkins, Boatswain Mate First Class USN was born to the late Robert and Winnie Thompkins. He was the oldest child of eight children. Leroy was a Cub Scout, Eagle Scout, and an Explorer. Leroy left Cleveland, Ohio in 1961 to join the Navy. He met and married the love of his life Dorothy Thompkins in 1966. He is survived by his wife Dorothy M. Thompkins of 50 plus years, and son Bobby…...

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Otis Winters, Sr.

Otis Winters, Sr. passed away July 11, 2019....

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Lucy M. Walker

On July 12, 2019 at 6:20am, Lucy Walker Took her last breath. Lizzie was born February 21, 1933 to the late John Moore and Georgiana Smith Moore in Bremo Bluff, VA. She was also predeceased by her husband, John Anthony Walker, Jr. Lucy Walker was a member of St. Paul Baptist Community Church in Brooklyn, NY and joined New Hope Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA. Lucy and John A. Walker, Jr. raised five children,…...

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Patricia Spellman-Corprew

Patricia Celestine Spellman-Corprew, a long time resident of Southside Hampton Roadsand Mother of Eight, was called home to our Lord on Friday, the 12th of July at the age of 68. Born August 19, 1950 in Norfolk, Patricia was raised and grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Norfolk State University, after which she spent some time as a substitute teacher for Norfolk Public Schools, and as a…...

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Ronald Anthony Pitt, Jr.

Ronald Anthony Pitt, Jr. was born on June 4, 1980 in Wichita, Kansas. He moved to Virginia with his family as a very young child. Since a child, Ron has always been a very special individual that has impacted the lives of many. From Virginia to Alaska to Florida, many share stories about the difference he has made in their life. We are here to celebrate Ron’s life because God said his job here on…...

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Lillian Maxwell Harris

Lillian Maxwell Harris passed away on July 8, 2019....

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Estelle Maye

On the night of July 11, 2019, the Lord called Estelle Rouse Maye to rest. Mrs. Estelle was born in Green County, North Carolina. The daughter of Walter Rouse and Allie Jane Barnes Rouse. The middle child of six children. She attended elementary school in North Carolina. She moved to Norfolk, VA after marrying the now late Jesse Maye. Estelle sold cosmetics for a few years and worked in assisted living for four years and…...

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Charles E. Greer

Charles “Chuck” Greer Chesapeake, Charles E. Greer, 78, transitioned peacefully at home on Tuesday evening July 9, 2019 in the arms of his lovely wife, Ruby R. Greer. He was born in Chattanooga, TN to the late Alice and Fred Greer. In Lieu of flowers, you may contribute to Emanuel AME Church Building Fund 637 North Street Portsmouth,VA 23321 c/o Rev. Flythe, Pastor or Donate to your local National Kidney Foundation in honor of Charles E. Greer....

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Estelle Ingram

Estella Vernice Ingram was born January 18, 1939, in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Sarah Jennings Rowe and Maurice Rowe. She was the last survivor of her late siblings Lawrence Edwards Sears, Marie Buckner, David Lee McCullough and just recently their baby brother Maurice Rowe Jr. Estella was a beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother and sister. She graduated form Booker T. Washington High School and enter the workforce for Norfolk Public School as a cook and…...

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Calvin L. Drew

On Monday, July 8, 2019, Calvin L. Drew departed this life. He rested his eyes for the last time while surrounded by his beloved family at his Chesapeake home. Calvin, better known by many as “Bud” or “Lil Bud,” had many friends and loved ones. He was born on December 7, 1961 to the late William Major, Sr. and Queenie Elizabeth Drew. Calvin attended Norfolk Public Schools. He believed in working hard throughout his life.…...

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Dearthur Dixon, Jr.

Dearthur Dixon, Jr. was the oldest son born to the late, Dearthur Dixon, Sr. and Ann Lee Stith. he is also predeceased by his son, Rashawn “Peanut” Finney and brother, Reggie G. Dixon. He leaves to cherish his memory two sons, Jushua Brown of Suffolk, VA, and Deshawn Finney of Chesapeake, VA; one sister, Sherri Ann Dixon of Suffolk, VA; one nephew, Jashawn Dixon; longtime life partner, Michelle Randell of Portsmouth VA, and a host…...

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Virgie Eason

Virgie Eason passed away June 30, 2019....

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Gracie L. Torrens

Gracie L. Torrens, 69, departed this life on July 9, 2019 at home in Norfolk, VA. She was born in Saluda, South Carolina on June 22, 1950. She retired from K&W Cafeteria (Norfolk, VA) after many years of employment. She enjoyed dancing, cooking, traveling with her husband, watching movies, and spending time with family.  She’ll be most remembered for her beautiful smile, smooth dance moves and her love of cooking. She is survived by William Torrens (Husband),…...

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Elouise Wilson

Elouise Wilson passed away July 10, 2019....

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Irene Louise Mabry Brooks

Mrs. Irene Mabry Brooks, 97, of the 2200 block of Barraud Ave. passed away on July 9, 2019 at her residence. She was born to the late Irene Smith Mabry and Walter E. Mabry, Sr. on August 13, 1921 in Norfolk, Virginia. She was also predeceased by her husband, George A. Brooks, Sr.;  two sisters, Norma Mabry Watson and Charlotte Mabry Williams; four brothers, Bernard Mabry, James Mabry, Dennis A. Mabry and SFC Walter E. Mabry, Jr.; grandparents, Henry and…...

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Marva L. Wilson

Marva L. Wilson passed July 5, 2019....

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Dominique L. Scrivens

Dominique-Lavar Scrivens was born on November 7,1964 in Buffalo, New York to Helen P Young and the late Irving B. Scrivens. Dominique passed after a brief illness on Saturday July 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. Dominique accepted Christ at an early age where she attended Revelation Baptist Church until she was sixteen and then joined the family of Faith Missionary Baptist Church. Dominique attended Buffalo Performing Arts and majored…...

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Deborah Diane Royal

On July 3, 2019, our beloved Deborah Diane Royal of Providence Rhode Island affectionately known as “Debbie” made her eternal transition to her heavenly home.  As she transitioned, Debbie was surrounded by her darling daughter Starr, the holy scriptures and the songs of the Lord. Debbie flew peacefully into the arms of Jesus. Left behind to cherish her memory are her loving parents, Bishop Moses L. Davis Sr, Minister Evangeline M. Davis of Norfolk Virginia,…...

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Cheri Denise Holloway Adderley

Cheri Denise Holloway Adderley born December 6 1974 in Henderson NC. She was known as Peachez by many. She was born to Hazel Bullock McClarin and James (Jamiez) Holloway who proceeded her in death. Cheri was a manager in the Hospitality Industry for many years .Cheri entered eternal rest on Friday July 5 , 2019. Cheri Life would seem too short to many but to those who were touched by her understood that the quality of existence…...

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Bernadine Scott

Bernadine was born August 8, 1929 in Buffalo, New York. She was the second daughter of Benjamin F. and Corinne Wright.  She graduated from Fosdick-Masten High School in 1947.  She married James Lee Lyles and had a son, Craig Lyles.  She was a New York state master barber for fifteen years.  She later married Wallace Scott (deceased).  She worked as a medical assistance until she retired in 1994. She moved to Portsmouth, VA to be…...

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Reginald Lonnell Riddick

Reginald L. Riddick passed July 2, 2019....

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Dwayne A. Owens

On Thursday, July 4, 2019, a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend, Dwayne Antwion Owens, slipped into the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Jessie Lee Owens; father, George Wilson, Jr.; sisters, Maxine Shorts and Bernadine Kelley. He is survived by his wife, LaRana; his daughter, Mia; his siblings, Barbara Davis, James Owens (Nancy), George Wilson, III and Iris Phelps-Perry; as well as numerous…...

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Thomas John Coley

Thomas J. Coley passed July 3, 2019....

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Jamonta RaQuan Faison

On November 1, 1997, Adelene Faison gave birth to a handsome son Jamonta’Requan Faison.  Jamonta’ departed his life on June 30, 2019.  He has loved and known by many. Jamonta’ was born and raised in Portsmouth and attended Woodrow Wilson High School.  While in school,  Jamonta’ was known as a jokster from making jokes to dancing. Jamonta’ was known by many as “Jay/Rozay” and was a very compassionate person.  He would always put others before…...

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Charles Rice

Charles Edward Rice was born November 8, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York to  Charles Edward Baskerville and Betty S. Rice-Scott. Charles was his first name, but he  preferred people to call him “Rice.” Rice grew up in Brooklyn, New York but later moved to Virginia and met the love of his life, Dominique Patrice Mitchell. They soon wedded on March 8, 2000. Rice was employed with Corman Construction, he was a very dedicated employee, where he was soon…...

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Sonya G. Young

Sonya Goodman Young, 52 of Chesapeake, Virginia, was granted her angel wings on July 3, 2019. She courageously battled cancer for ten years. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Sonya had touched throughout her memorable life. She was born on May 22 ,1967 in Norfolk, Virginia.  Sonya graduated from Deep Creek High School in 1985.  After high school Sonya attended Norfolk State University and Virginia State University prior to joining…...

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Lucious “Junebug” Williams, Jr.

God saw the road had gotten rough; the hills were hard to climb; He gently closed his loving eyes and whispered, “Peace Be Mine.” His weary hours, his days of pain are past; His ever patient worn out frame Has found sweet rest at last. Today we celebrate the Life of a husband, father, son, brother grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend, Lucious Williams, Jr. (Junebug). Lucious was born on August 5, 1941 in Harrellsville County,…...

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Rodney Edward Epps

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want” On Monday, July 1, 2019 Rodney Epps was called home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Rodney was born in Norfolk, Virginia on December 28, 1964 to the late George and Ruth Mae Epps. He received his primary education in Norfolk, VA. Diggs Park Elementary, Campostella Jr. High School, Lake Taylor High School. Rodney worked hard in the community workforce for over 30…...

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Vanessa Ann Taylor

Vanessa Ann Taylor passed June 28, 2019....

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Yvette Denise Mills

Yvette Denise Mills, better known as “Niecy”, went on to be with the Lord on July 1, 2019. She was surrounded by her family during her peaceful transition following her battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Niecy was born August 17,1960 in Norfolk, VA. She was the daughter of Cledophis Evans and Mary L. Pollard. Niecy attended Deep Creek high school in Chesapeake Va and proudly earned her GED in 2014. Niecy was an amazing…...

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Michael Roderick Smith

Michael Roderick Smith better know as “Champ” departed this life on June 28, 2019 at the age of 69 to be with our Heavenly Father. “Champ” was born May 19, 1950 in Portsmouth, VA at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital to the late John E. Smith Sr and Lucille Smith. “Champ” attended Norfolk Public Schools and after graduating went into the United States Army where he served his country for many years. “Champ” was a very…...

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Clarence Elliot

Our hearts were deeply saddened on Sunday, June 30, 2019, when the chilly hands of death suddenly sealed the lips of our beloved son, brother, nephew, and friend, Clarence H. Elliot, III. A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, he was the son of the late Clarence H. Elliot, II and Lisa Elliot Wiggins. Clarence joined Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. He completed high school and later attended the Wards Corner Beauty Academy. He enjoyed creating gorgeous…...

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Howard J. Burton

Howard J. Burton was born in Warren County, NC to the late Howard and Lucille Burton. He attended and graduated from Norfolk Public Schools. After high school he went on to serve in the United States Army. After leaving the Army Howard worked many jobs before settling down for 20 years as a landscaper with Champion Fence Co. Howard was a great husband, fat her, grandfather, great grandfather and brother. Howard is preceded in death…...

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Steve Nathaniel Earl Baptiste

On Thursday, June 27, 2019 Steve Baptiste a resident of Norfolk, Virginia also known as “Bethal” departed this life in Richmond, Virginia. He was born in St. Thomas, USVI on February 28, 1965 to the late Edith Benjamin and Artwel Baptiste. Steve accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. He graduated from Laurinburg Institute in North Carolina. He was employed with the U.S. Customs and Border…...

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Annette Askew

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, They comfort me. You prepare a table…...

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Mary M. Green

Mary M. Green passed away June 28, 2019....

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Carl Bostick, Jr.

Carl Bostick, Jr. passed away July 1, 2019....

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Lolita E. Craig

Lolita E. Craig passed away June 26, 2019....

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Shirley Bryant

Shirley Bryant was born May 15, 1934 in Norfolk County, Virginia, to the late Claude Sutton, Sr. and Cora Sutton, the youngest of nine children. She was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at her home. She confessed her faith in Christ at an early age and was baptized at Willow Grove Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. She continued her faithful walk as a member of Second Calvary Baptist…...

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Maude Ethel “Sugar” McConico

On Tuesday, July 2, 2019 God dispatched His Angels to the home of Maude Ethel “Sugar” McConico to let her know that her work on Earth was Well Done and she could enter her Heavenly home. Maude Ethel was born on June 1, 1939 was a proud servant of the Lord where she diligently served as an active member of New Hope Church of God in Christ in Norfolk, Virginia as an Usher until she…...

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Robert Washington

Robert “Bob” Washington of Newark, New Jersey passed away peacefully at home in Norfolk, Virginia, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at age 82. Bob retired from the United States Navy after 20 years and became a master gardener as a second career. He loved fishing, crabbing, cooking and taking photos of his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife, Iva J. Washington; sister, Doris Faulkner; son, James Washington; daughters, Bobbie Washington and…...

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Maude S. Lee

Maude S. Lee transitioned from this earthly life to be eternally present with the Lord on Friday, June 28, 2019. Maude was born in Severn, North Carolina on March 1, 1932 to the late McKinley and Addie Stephenson. She was educated in the Northampton County School System, NC. At the age of twenty-three, she married the love of her life, Raymond Wallace Lee, Sr. In 1958, she relocated to Norfolk, VA with her husband and…...

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Ellen L. Burke

Ellen L. Burke passed away June 29, 2019....

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Alphonzo M. Byrd

Mr. Alphonzo M. Byrd, our beloved father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend slipped away on Thursday, June 27, 2019. He was born to the late Alphonzo Malone (deceased) and Hazel B. Malone on August 27, 1981. From a young age he was very fond of electronics, math and making people laugh. He often read his bible and had a good understanding of the Word. His favorite song was “He’ll Understand and Say Well Done.”…...

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Warren Dell Sykes

Warren Dell Sykes, lovingly known to others  as  “Peterman,” “Dah-Dah,” or Deacon Sykes; departed this life while in his  home, Sunday June 30, 2019. Warren was born  January 24, 1933 to the late Gilvester and Rachel Sykes, in  Greenville, VA (now Emporia, VA). He was educated in Southampton County, VA. He worked at Newport News, VA  Shipyard, until he retired after 35 years. He was known around the yard as  “The little man with the…...

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Margaret H. Cherry

Margaret Hall Cherry born November 25, 1910, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019. She was a native of Windsor, North Carolina (Bertie County). She was a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia. She is survived by one daughter, Georgia Cristwell of Jacksonville, Florida; three sons, Tyrone Cherry, Sr. (Lena) of Williamsburg, Virginia, Purnell Cherry (Barbara) and John Cherry (Delores) both of Chesapeake, Virginia; two sisters, Mary Todd of Portsmouth, Virginia and Ernestine Wesson of Windsor, North…...

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Diane L. Sellers

Diane Lee Gorham Sellers was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Adrian B. Sellers Jr., daughter, Shandisa Jenkins, son, Christopher Bryant and five grandchildren. Diane was a missionary at Holy Temple and was a great help to the church. She did not mind giving and helping those in need. She will be greatly missed by her family and church....

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Yolanda Twyne-Robinson

Yolanda Twyne-Robinson (m. Pelzer), 49, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Christine Pelzer and the late George L. Pelzer, Jr. on September 25, 1969. Yolanda transitioned to be with her Heavenly Father on June 27th, 2019 with her eldest sister and eldest daughter by her side. A graduate of North Chicago Community High School she attended Bauder Fashion College for a short period. She also earned her Six Sigma Green and Black belt as well…...

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