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Willie Rudolph Rice

Willie Rudolph Rice, age 58, peacefully entered into eternal rest on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at home in Norfolk, Virginia. On November 12, 1962, Willie was born in Norfolk, Virginia to William Brooks and the late Delores Rice Howard. He was the first born of four children. Willie graduated from Indian River High School in 1980 and later attended Norfolk State University. He is a former employee of Windspeed Logistics, but his favorite job was…...

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Samuel Lee Barnes

Samuel Lee Barnes was born on February 7, 1939 and was the eighth child of nine children born to the late Rufus and Mary Barnes of Norfolk, Virginia. He attended the public schools in Norfolk, Virginia. Samuel was a strong believer in work ethics and entrepreneurship.  He had a great talent for fixing things and subsequently, as a young man, opened a business to repair bicycles located on Brambleton Avenue. He became known as “The…...

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Carlton Sanford Rodgers

Carlton was known for his outgoing personality and contagious sense of humor. He leaves behind and will always be remembered by his surviving loved ones which includes: two brothers, Gregg Rodgers  (Tisa) and Adam Harold Rodgers (Pamela) of Norfolk, VA; five nieces, Meagan Angela Rodgers, LaTisa Gregglyn Rodgers, Lakieta Mae Rodgers, Akirra LaVette Staton and Derreka Lashea Staton all of Norfolk; two nephews, Harold Louis Sanford Rodgers of Norfolk and Jamel Neives Staton of Eastville,…...

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Stephanie Maria Waldo

Stephanie Maria Waldo passed away on September 10, 2021....

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Antonio Jerome Lewis

Antonio Jerome Lewis went to his eternal rest on Sunday, September 12, 2021 in Norfolk, VA. Antonio, affectionately known as “Peanut”, was born the youngest of five on July 31, 1966 to Larry and Irene Lewis, Sr in Norfolk, VA. Peanut was outgoing and a hardworker. He found his passion as a concrete finisher, working for various concrete companies for 25 years and as a private concrete contractor for the last 5 years. Everyone who knew him loved him and…...

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Tyrone Lloyd

Tyrone Lloyd, 53 of Chesapeake, VA passed away September 15, 2021 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Roanoke Rapid, North Carolina he was the son of the late Mary Alicia Lloyd Shields, and living father Robert Bowers. Tyrone was a father, loving man of God, husband, author, preacher, elder, prophet, and manager trainer at Popeye’s for ten years. He was an amazing person to whomever he came in contact with at all times. He…...

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Celestine Brooks

Celestine Brooks was born in Norfolk, Virginia on September 30, 1947. She was called to rest Wednesday night on September 15, 2021. A wife, mother and homemaker to her husband and children. She was an active member of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church, which she also sang in the choir, in her youth, she had a beautiful singing voice. Celestine was most often called by her nickname “Tina”. She was a loving, kind selfless…...

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Al A. Towe

Al was born October 12, 1963 to Linda and Alustus in Norfolk, VA. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1983. While attending Booker T. Washington High School, he played the tuba in the band and he also played football. He enjoyed taking nice long walks daily and listening to R&B old school jams. He leaves to cherish his memories, his mother, Linda Jones; father, Alustus Towe; stepfather, Jonathan Jones; sisters, April Towe,…...

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Mae McGill

Pastor Mae McGill was born in Chowan County NC to the late Elmo and Golena Burke. Mae worked in the cooking and retail industry for many years until she retired. Mae was preceded in death by her sons: Elmo Burke and Carter Burke; sisters Odesa Cuffee (Norm) and Maniha Boyd (Alexander); and brothers, Columbus Burke and Herbert Burke. In 1970 after returning from a European tour of duty with her husband, Mae was led to the…...

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Gleandora Brown

Gleandora Brown was born March 11, 1972 in Chesapeake, VA. She was the daughter of Doris Moore and David Junior Moore. She was very outgoing, happy, and full of energy. There is nothing in the world that could stop her from smiling. She loved to watch her lifetime movies and as we all know, sipping her hurricane. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a loyal, honest, beautiful, smart, and intelligent…...

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Michael A. Washington

September 15, 1957 – September 8, 2021 On September 8, 2021, Washington Michael passed away peacefully.  He was born on September 15, 1957 in Norfolk, VA to the late Robert Lee Washington Sr & Louella Washington.  He attended Deep Creek High School and went on to work 10+ years at Becker American Corporation.  Mike, as he was affectionately known, enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved his children and grandchildren. He was a slick…...

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Judy Ann Booker

Judy Booker aka “Candy” passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 12, 2021. She was 61 years old, born to the late Theodore Carter Booker and Mary Hinton in Norfolk, VA.  She was the youngest of three children with two older brothers, Theodore Booker Jr., and Mitchell Booker. She was the last of the three and now reunited with her loved ones again. Left to cherish her precious memories are her three children, Deshawn Booker, Tyrone…...

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Mildred L. Burress

Mildred L. Burress passed away on September 12, 2021....

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Earlina Alice Fay Parker

Earlina Alice Fay Parker passed away on September 13, 2021.  ...

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Travis Lee Davis

Travis Lee Davis passed away on September 12, 2021....

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Marvin Williams Jr.

Marvin Williams Jr. passed away on September 5, 2021....

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George W. Hunter Sr.

On Monday, September 13, 2021, George W. Hunter, Sr., 86 of Chesapeake, VA transitioned from this life surrounded by his loving family. George was born to the late Louise Basnight and Herman Hunter, who passed away in his early childhood. After the death of his parents, he was raised in Chesapeake, VA by family. In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife Betty E. Hunter and his brother…...

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Neal Mitchell Webb

Neal Mitchell Webb departed this life on Monday Sept. 13, 2021 in the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center surrounded by family.   He was born in Pittsylvania County on December 18, 1952 in Sandy Level, Virginia, son of the late William Harvey Webb Sr. and the late Mozelle Dillard Webb. He was educated in the public schools of Gretna, Va., attended Danville Community College and graduated from St. Paul’s College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.    He…...

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Preston Earl Thompson Sr.

It is with heavy hearts that we say good-bye to our beloved father Preston E. Thompson, Sr. who died on September 5, 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia. Preston was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Katie B. Hargrove Thompson and his son Melvin Thompson. He will be missed by daughters  Cassandra and Deidare, son Preston Jr. grandsons Nicholas and Drew and a host of family and friends. We take solace from the words…...

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Bernice V. Brickhouse

Bernice V. Brickhouse, Evg., 75, passed on September 11, 2021. She was born on September 9, 1946 to the late Alae V. Boone and Thomas Wilson Sr. Bernice worked as a CNA for Senior Corp with 4 years of service. She received special honors as an Evangelist Licensed from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Bernice leaves to cherish her memories her husband, Daniel L. Brickhouse; three daughters, Maxine Cooper (Anthony), Martha Sunkins (Alex) and Nancy Wilson…...

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Claire R. Askew

Chesapeake, VA — Claire Robinson Askew was called home by her LORD and Savior JESUS CHRIST Friday, September 10, 2021.  She was born October 9, 1944, in Easley, SC, to the late Edward Ernest “Rat” Robinson and Thelma Morgan Robinson. Affectionately called by her middle name “Dedidra”, Claire leaves a legacy not only here in Hampton Roads, but also in South Carolina. As a youth, she was active in the choir, Sunday school, and children’s…...

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Bruce Donald Lewis Sr.

Bruce Donald Lewis Sr. passed away on September 11, 2021....

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James E. Morgan Jr.

James E. Morgan Jr. passed away on September 10, 2021....

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Lizzie Bell Rudd Richardson

Lizzie Bell Rudd Richardson went to be with the Lord on September 21, 2020. She was born on July 18, 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia to Alabelle Cooper Rudd and Mayolis Rudd. She attended Norfolk public schools and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School with honors. She earned an Associates Degree in Nursing Science from the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College now Norfolk State University. She was employed as a registered nurse at the…...

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John H. Gray

John H. Gray passed away on September 10, 2021....

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Stanley Lee Eley

Pastor Stanley L. Eley 61, of Chesapeake, Virginia answered the call from the heavens above. God spoke to him and said, “Your journey on earth has come to end, and your journey in Heaven can now begin. Stanley Eley was born on December 31, 1959 to Emily and the late Leo Eley and was the 2nd of seven children. Stanley is predeceased by his son, Michael Nichols. “Education and Work History” Stanley attended the Suffolk…...

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Wendy Brown Hewitt

Wendy Brown-Hewitt, 49 passed away at Sentara Leigh unexpectedly September 4, 2021. She is survived by her sons, Brennen Brown, 31, Tim Brown, 28, Cayden Hewitt, 11, grandchildren, Keagan and Aria; parents, Wayne and Margie Brown; brother, Wesley Brown and sister, Bethany Hensley of Norfolk....

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Robert Ernest Franklin

Robert Ernest Franklin was born February 4, 1941 to the late Mr. Ernest Franklin & Gerthel Woodard Franklin. He passed peacefully at home on September 11, 2021. He was 80 years of age. Sergeant Major Franklin served 30 years in the United States Army and was a Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Bronze Medal, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5 awards), Good Conduct Medal (9 awards), National Defense…...

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Larry Demetrius Midgette

Larry Demetrius Midgette February 6, 1970 – September 9, 2021 Larry Demetrius Midgette received his wings on September 9, 2021, after battling cancer for several years. He was born February 6, 1970; Larry grew up in Norfolk raised by his parents, Ruby Patrice Midgette and Rufus Delano Midgette. A graduate of Lake Taylor High School, Larry worked most of his adult life, up until becoming too ill to work, at Eggleston Service in Norfolk. He…...

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Jean Colletta Purcell

Jean C. Cherry-Purcell, 59,  also known as “DEE DEE” was predeceased in death by her (Father) Crosby Gene Cherry and her (Great Grandson) Ke’Arion Cary on Thursday September 9, 2021 in Sentara Norfolk General. Jean was born on September 3, 1962 to Henrietta Cherry and the late Crosby Gene Cherry. Jean was a native of Suffolk, Va. She attended JFK High School. She worked as a machine operator and dedicated over 5 years of service…...

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Travis D. Pamp

Our beloved son, father, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin, Travis D. Pamp, age 32 of Norfolk, Virginia, departed this life on September 4, 2021. Travis was born on November 2nd, 1988 to Nita L. Mitchell and William Dowe both of Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Norfolk Public Schools and had a trade in Carpeting since the age of eleven. His sister, Cynthia Joyner, preceded Travis in death. Left to cherish his precious memories is his three…...

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Helen I. Gray

Helen Ina Gray passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at the age of 88, with the love of her family surrounding her. She forever touched the lives of all who came to know her. Our beloved Queen Helen affectionately known as “Ma” was born to the late Annie Saddler and Charlie Spencer on November 1, 1932 in Swan Quarter, North Carolina. Helen received her formal education at Booker T. Washington in Norfolk, Virginia.…...

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Robert E. Black

Robert E. Black passed away on September 9, 2021....

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Shedrick Tyrone Byrd

Shedrick and Helen Bessent Byrd were blessed to be the parents of Shedrick Tyrone Byrd who was born April 13, 1981. On Friday, September 3, 2021 the Triune God called Shedrick Tyrone home after forty years of human existence.  During his elementary school years, Shedrick joined Messiah Presbyterian Church and was active in church activities as a young adult.  Early on following two years of preschool at Greenhill Farms Academy and three years of primary…...

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Connie Reinhardt

Connie Reinhardt passed away on August 29, 2021....

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Tamekia Nicole Edwards

Tamekia Nicole Edwards passed away on September 8, 2021....

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Sylvia Jean Price

Sylvia Jean Price passed away on September 4, 2021....

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Wilbur Alphonsa Arrington

Wilbur Alphonsa Arrington transitioned to his heavenly home while resting peacefully on Tuesday September 7, 2021 at Bon Secours Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. Wilbur was the youngest of five children born to Levi Arrington, Sr. and Mary Powell Arrington in Richmond, Virginia. Wilbur’s siblings were the late Thelma Hickmon, Lois Arrington, Ruth Dixon and Levi Arrington, Jr. Wilbur attended Dunbar Elementary and graduated from Armstrong High School in Richmond, VA. His favorite subject was…...

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Keith Lamont Lewis

Keith Lamont Lewis passed away on September 8, 2021....

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Cora Lee Elsbery

Cora Lee Elsbery departed this life on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at Sentara Leigh Hospital with family by her side. She was born on February 24, 1949 to Johnnie and Hannah Williams in Windsor, NC. Later Cora moved to Norfolk, VA where she lived and worked.  Cora graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. She worked for the City of Norfolk in the Social Services, and  Department of Utilities; she retired after 30 years of…...

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James Edward Smith

James Edward Smith passed away on September 3, 2021....

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Raymond E. Gray Jr.

Raymond E. “Popcorn” Gray, Jr. took his heavenly flight on September 7, 2021.  He was born in Suffolk, VA as the second child to the late Raymond E. Gray, Sr. and Rosetta Gray McClellan. “Pop” attended Suffolk Public Schools and graduated from John Yeates High School as a stand out football player.  Upon graduation, he joined the United States Coast Guard in which he served 4 years.  Later in life, he was employed by Norfolk…...

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Ruth Luvinia Gayden

Ruth Luvinia Gayden, 68, departed this earthly tabernacle September 06, 2021 at Norfolk General Hospital. She was born on December 19, 1952, a daughter of the late Eddie Calvin Woodhouse and Annie Mae woodhouse. Ruth worked numerous years at Norfolk International Airport as a supervisor of the Janitorial Service until a kidney ailment forced her to retire. She battled this kidney disease for many years going through dialysis until she received the call for a…...

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“Doc” Leland Moultrie

“Doc” Leland Moultrie, 85, of Norfolk, VA passed away on September 3, 2021 at his residence....

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Clifton B. Gaylord

Clifton B. Gaylord, 82, passed away September 5, 2021 in his home in Norfolk, Virginia.  Born, February 1, 1939 in South Mills, North Carolina, Clifton was the son of the late Stillman Taylor and Gertie Munden.  Besides his parents, two brothers, Rudolph and Horace Jean and one sister, Jean, preceded him in death. Clifton was a member of Friendship Baptist Church and was a veteran of the United States Army. Left to cherish his precious…...

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Theodora E. Harris

Theodora Harris was born in Southampton county  and raised in Norfolk Va. Theodora was predeceased by her mother Mary H Johnson l, her father Willie C Johnson and biological father Floyd M. Worrell she was also pre-deceased by paternal sister Gwendolyn Worrell and Marva Worrell. She leaves  her maternal siblings to cherish her memories Willie E Johnson, Shirley  Johnson and Virginia Johnson. she will be missed by her paternal siblings Octavia Mitchell, Ronald Worrell, Stephanie…...

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Enrico P. Hiers

Enrico Marquis Hiers also affectionately known as “Rico” was born March 12, 1977 in Norfolk, Virginia to Pricella Smith and John Williams. Rico departed on September 6, 2021. He was a funny loving caring person who always had a smile on his face. He had a beautiful smile that could light up a room. He finished high school and did three years of college away and he worked at ARTFX INC warehouse. Rico also loved his…...

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Elder Joseph D. Porter Sr.

Elder Joseph D. Porter Senior affectionally know as “Porter” passed away at his home in Portsmouth Virginia September 3, 2021. He lived to be 84 years young. Porter was born on April 22, 1937 in Woodland North Carolina to Willie Mae and Spurgeon Porter. He lived most of his life in Portsmouth Virginia. Porter was widowed by his first wife Vivian Moore Porter and was survive by his second wife Martha Ann Porter whom he…...

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Randy L. Powell

Randy L. Powell was born in Norfolk County, Virginia on February 2, 1959, to the late James Lewis Powell Jr. and Ethel Bailey Powell. Randy graduated from Great Bridge High School in June 1977. He was a talented basketball and track and field athlete. On any given weekend you would find Randy watching his favorite team the Denver Broncos or watching his favorite movie “The Little Mermaid”. He began his work career as a private…...

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Shelia Yvonne Bland

On October 3, 1955, the late Doris Edney Bland welcomed her second born child Shelia Yvonne Bland. And on September 3, 2021, Shelia was welcomed and embraced back into the loving and waiting arms of our Heavenly Father. Her struggle with sickness was finally over and the victory is hers, a life free of pain and the sorrows of this world. Shelia had a keen sense of humor. She often teased her nieces about their…...

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