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Shirley Mae Biddle

Shirley Mae Biddle, affectionately known as Mama Lou, was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 21, 2020 while surrounded by family who loved and honored her.  Known for her graceful strength and welcoming smile, she was blessed with a sparkling personality and humor that warmed people’s hearts. She faithfully served as a choir member and church mother for 30+ years at Solid Rock Church. A diligent worker who never complained, she…...

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Milton L. Harvey

Milton Harvey, age 66 passed away peacefully Monday, May 25, 2020 in Chesapeake, Virginia. Milton Harvey, retired from the City of Chesapeake with 33 years of service. He was a humble man; he never liked to be the center of attention. In life and now in death, he wouldn’t want us to focus on him. He wouldn’t want us to focus on the sadness of his death, but instead focus on the happiness in our…...

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Iris G. Thomas

She was the second born of twelve children born in her family. She was a courageous and fun loving young child born to Charles Henry Grier, Sr. and Evelyn (Grier) Wilson. She was able to make friends easily. She and her older sister Carol were taught by their father to sing in harmony as young girls. They learned about Jesus Christ at a young age. The family church was St. Thomas AME Church (Norfolk). The…...

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Lee Henry Hill

On Monday May 30, 2020 The Gate of Heaven opened for our Beloved Father, Brother, Uncle, brother- in-law, nephew and Friend. Lee traded in his sickness and pain for the joy of being with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lee was predeceased by his wife Annie Louise Davis-Hill, his mother Oteila Hill, two brothers Melvin and Frank Hill. Lee was born November 10, 1944 to Oteila Hill in Tillery, N.C. but called Portsmouth, Virginia…...

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Edna L. Wade

Edna Lucille Goodwin Fornville Wade was born March 29, 1926 in Lillington, North Carolina, and she passed away peacefully on May 25, 2020. She was the youngest of two children born to Roosevelt Goodwin, Sr. and Goldie Goins. Edna wed O’Neal Fornville, Sr. in 1942 and to this union three children were born: Delores (Lois) Elaine Fornville Marshall in 1944, Richard Earl Fornville in 1945, and O’Neal Fornville, Jr. in 1947. She later married Claude…...

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Kathaleen McCormick Clark

Kathaleen McCormick Clark, 89, went to be with her Lord and Savior and King Jesus Christ on Monday morning May 11, 2020. She was born on April 12, 1931 in Dillon, South Carolina to the late William and Lottie McCormick and is predeceased by her husband, Dennis Edward Clark, Sr.; son, Kelvin Clark; brother, William McCormick, Jr. and her sister, Dorothy Mae Wright. Mrs. Clark was a faithful member of St. Thomas A.M.E. Zion Church…...

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Howard Marks Simon Richard, Jr.

Howard Marks Simon Richard, Jr. passed away on May 24, 2020....

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Phyllis Walker Sawyer

We, the members of the family of the late Phyllis Walker Sawyer, bow in humble submission to the inevitable will of our Heavenly Father, who on Thursday afternoon, May 21, 2020 made her peaceful transition from her earthly home at the precious age of 51, in the company of friends, family and loved ones. Phyllis was preceded in death by her Father, Phillip Walker, and Sister Sherrie Brown, Brother in Law Russell Stith all of…...

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Michelle Camilla Cook

March 23, 1961 Michele Camilla “Cookie” Cook was the first born of eight to the late Cynthia Bolden and Charles Albert Cook II. Michele transitioned May 15, 2020 in her Norfolk, VA hometown.  Michele loved growing up in Norfolk’s Park Place neighborhood. Due to her father being in the military, she lived in other states but eventually made it back to Virginia where she continued her education in Norfolk Public Schools.  She went on to…...

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Charles Gregory Leach

Charles Gregory Leach, age 60, entered into eternity early Sunday morning, on May 24, 2020. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, hew was born to the late Deams Colden Leach II and Emma Lamb Leach. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Gary Michael Leach and Deams Colden Leach III. Charles attended Norfolk Public Schools (Maury High). Charles was a private contractor for many years. He was gifted with an entrepreneurial spirit. Whenever given a…...

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Chimere Channel Morton

Chimere Channel Morton affectionately referred to as “Milly” or “Mere” was born January 19, 1982. She was a native or Norfolk. She was the daughter of Marcella A. Harvey and William Douglas Davenport. Chimere was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Margaret O. Hayes; paternal grandmother, Clara Ferebee and grandfather, Arthur Lee Collins. Chimere attended Norfolk Public and Virginia Beach Public Schools. Chimere was formerly employed as Assistant General Manager of Taco Bell for many years.…...

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Tamia D. Benton

Tamia was born into this world fearless, but yet, so full of life and love. MiMi, at two years old, wasn’t scared of Sh*!t (in Bernie Mac’s Voice). The Berkley hardhead and Hough hooligan transitioned into a young lady in her new  neighborhood, Ingleside, where she went to Lake Taylor Middle School and was an outstanding member of Track and Field. MiMi received multiple accolades. She was also a cheerleader. MiMi, later took her talents…...

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Benjamin J. Weston

Benjamin J. Weston Bennie was born June 20, 1934 in Warrenton NC to the late Leonard and Martha Weston. He graduated from I.C. Norcom in 1953. He owned and operated the “House of Weston’s” for decades. On April 18, 1956 Bennie married the love of his life Armitta Manley. From this union two children were born Thaddius Weston and Karen Sears. They were married for 53 years. Bennie was a member of First Baptist Taylorsville…...

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William H. Edwards, Sr.

William Henry Edwards Sr. slipped away quietly to be with the Lord on Friday May 22, 2020. He was born to the late William and Mabel Edwards in Nansemond County Suffolk, Virginia on July 27, 1923. He was the oldest of three children. He departed this life May 22, 2020, in Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, VA. Mr. Edwards proudly served in the United States Army from September 1, 1943 – February 2, 1946. There he…...

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Gloria Ann Fleming McDougle

Gloria Ann Fleming McDougle was a woman who celebrated life to the fullest. She was blessed with a gregarious personality. She loved laughter. To know her, was to love her. She was a woman of passion. She loved God, she loved life, she loved family gatherings she loved teaching and she loved, loved shopping! Ann, as we affectionately called her, led a distinguished and incredible life. God called her home on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.…...

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Dorothy Mae Glover

Dorothy Mae Glover passed away on May 21, 2020....

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Tashawn T. Warren

Tashawn Timothy Warren affectionately known as “Jugg” was born on November 3rd, 2000 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Tiffany Victoria Warren and the late Deangelo Reid. Jugg will forever be remembered as the smiling giant. Who loved his family dearly and put loyalty above everything. His love of music would have him break into dance anywhere. His smile was contagious as he loved to laugh and joke with his friends and family. His ability to finesse you out of a few…...

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La’Syiah Cimone Baxter

La’Syiah Cimone Onyiea Baxter was born November 8, 2004 in Norfolk, VA. She was a very happy, funny, and energetic young lady with a bright future ahead of her. Sadly, on May 10, 2020 at the young age of 15 La’Syiah was taken away from us and went home to be with the Lord. La’Syiah was raised in the Norview area of Norfolk. She recently graduated from Norview Middle School, where she made most of…...

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Ny’Shawn Williams-Cole

Ny’Shawn Williams-Cole passed away on May 16, 2020....

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John Charles Humphries, Jr.

John Charles Humphries, Jr. was born to the parents of John C. Humphries, SR and Gloria J. Humphries on October 5, 1990. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Annie Hillmon Alvin, Johnny and Irene Humphries ; seven uncles, Ronnie Alvin, Bobby R. Alvin, Bryan K. Alvin, Allen B. Humphries, Phillip Humphries, Ivor R. Humphries and California Humphries; three aunts, Mary L. Fizer, Marie Garner and Peggy Humphries. He leaves to cherish his memory,…...

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Gail P. Williams

Gail P. Williams passed away on May 13, 2020....

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Franklin Jennings

Franklin Diamond Jennings was born to Thomas and Louise Jennings in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 1946 on July 6. Franklin attended Norfolk Public Schools and was a graduate of Maury High School. Franklin was employed at Kramer Tires. After leaving Kramer he was employed by the City of Norfolk where he retired after more than 20 years of service as a supervisor in the Department of utilities. Franklin “Bubba” was a…...

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Laura L. Jefferson

Laura L. Jefferson passed away on May 18, 2020....

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Julia Knight

On May 17, 2020, God sent his angels down and called Julia Knight home. Julia was born July 1, 1932 in Princess Anne County, VA. She was the last-born child of Louise P. and Benjamin Knight. Julia professed her belief in Christ and was a member of St. John AME Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Julia was educated in the Virginia Beach Public School System. She retired after thirty-seven years of service with Norfolk Public School.…...

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Tony D. McAdams

Tony D. McAdams passed away on May 16, 2020....

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Calvin T. White

Calvin’s Story Calvin Tyron White was born April 22, 1961 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Charlie and Pauline White. He slept into eternal rest on the morning of Thursday, May 14, 2020. As a Portsmouth native, he was educated in Portsmouth Public Schools where he began his musical abilities in the chorus. From elementary to high School, he would showcase his skills at talent shows where he would captivate the audience with his humor and…...

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Jackie Walker

Jackie Walker, 62, of Chesapeake, VA passed away on May 15, 2020 at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, Virginia Beach, VA. He was born on June 24, 1957 in Coahoma, MS to Georgia Walker and the late Jessie Walker, Sr. He is also predeceased by his brother, Bobby Walker and grandparents, Lee and Ida Primer. Jackie attended Coahoma Community College and was a member of Deep Creek Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA. He retired after 22…...

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Dashani Life Perry

Dashani Life Perry passed away on May 16, 2020....

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Janet T. Anthony

Janet T. Anthony passed away on May 15, 2020....

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William S. Whittaker, Sr.

William S. Whittaker Sr. of Norfolk, VA departed his earthly home on Friday, May 15th at the age of 92.  He was fondly known as Daddy William by his grandchildren, Uncle William by his nieces and nephews, Big Whitt and Bill by his close friends, and simply Daddy by his beloved children.   He also obtained a recent title of granddaddy. He was born in Norfolk, VA on September 10, 1927 to William Whittaker and Maggie Hundley Whittaker and was the oldest of 4 children.  His siblings included 2…...

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Sheila Ned

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die…”         -Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 A TIME TO BE BORN:  Sheila Ned was born January 13, 1943 to Joseph Eugene Williams and Gloria Smith in Portsmouth, Virginia. On Thursday, May 14, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family, Sheila went home to be with the Lord at the age of…...

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Willie J. Brown, Sr.

Willie James Brown Sr. passed away on May 10, 2020. He was born to the late James and Rena Brown from Latta City, South Carolina. Willie Brown Sr. was predeceased by his wife LETHIA MAE BROWN and four children, Evelyn Rooks, Willie Brown, Jr., Rachel Tynes, and Vivian Newkirk. Three brothers Irving Brown, James Brown and Freddy Brown. Willie Brown moved to Norfolk, Virginia at eighteen and married the Love of his life the Late…...

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Beatrice Goff Bowen

On January 13, 1934, in Bayboro, South Carolina, Beatrice Goff was born to Lorenzo C. Goff and Essie Johnson Goff. Beatrice, lovingly known as Bea, dedicated her life to God at an early age and joined New Bethel AME Church. As a young adult, Bea migrated to Norfolk, Virginia to live with her Aunt Beatrice Evans, where she attended Booker T. Washington Trade School. She soon after entered into Holy Matrimony to the late Matthew…...

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Angela D. Goodman

Angela D. Goodman passed away on May 6, 2020....

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BeKena Faltz

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, the Lord called home, BeKena C. Faltz. She was born to Russell L. Chesson and Estelle C. Banks on October 11, 1969. BeKena was educated in Norfolk Public School System and was continuing her education at Alamance Community College. She enjoyed knitting, watching her favorite team Dallas Cowboys play, spending time with her family and friends. BeKena touched the lives of many people with her jokes, laugh and personality. Bekena…...

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Ollie Marie Creecy

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, Ollie was called home to rest. She was born on December 17, 1956 in Norfolk, VA and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1974. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Ollie worked as a cook was known by all for her amazing food and her ability to make people laugh. She will truly be missed. Ollie was preceded in death by her parents, Willie…...

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Harriette L. Parham

On Thursday, May 14, 2020, the Lord called home one of His precious Angels, Harriette Linnette Parham.  She was born to the late Melvin Lamb and Sarah Linnette Lamb on July 10, 1936, in Norfolk, Virginia. Harriette was educated in the Norfolk Public School system and was a 1954 graduate of Booker T  Washington High School.  It was at Booker T Washington High School, where Harriette met her lifelong soul mate, partner in life, her…...

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Rosa L. Alexander

Rosa Alexander known as “Ma” “Grandma” and “MaMa”, was born September 5, 1934 to Margaret Jenkins and Roland Harrison. She was preceded in death by her husband, Matthew Alexander Sr. and four of her children, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Mathew Alexander Jr., James Alexander, Antonio Alexander and one grandchild, Melinda Harrison and two great-grandchildren, Skylar Alexander and Tronasia Martin. She leaves to mourn four of her children, Linda Alston, Vanessa Alexander (Tony), Bernard Alexander (Cheryl), and Ernestine…...

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Pearline Mason

Pearline Mason was born on November19, 1938 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. On May 12, 2020 the angels from heaven came down to enter her into God’s Holy Kingdom. She was 81 years old, Pearline is the only child of the late Robert Jones and Eldora Adams Manley. She was the mother of four daughters, Marjorie Hobbs, Janet Jordan, Thelma McCoy (deceased) and Sandra Mason. She is survived by two daughters: Marjorie Hobbs and Janet Jordan…...

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Michael E. Williams

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, our fun-loving, husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, MR. MICHAEL EUGENE WILLIAMS, peacefully transitioned from this world into his eternal rest. Mike was born June 4, 1976, in Norfolk, Virginia to Cecelia and Rudolph Williams.  He was affectionately known to his wife as “HusBAE“and to friends and loved ones “Lil Bra’. Mike worked as a Floor Tech for 19 years in various locations including Baltimore, Maryland always demonstrating…...

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Elizabeth Mae Parsons

Ms. Elizabeth M. Parsons known to all as “Ann” departed this life on May 13, 2020. She was born to Robert Ford and Odell Reid on February 7, 1942 in North Carolina and lived most of her life in Chesapeake, Virginia. Ms. Parsons is preceded in death by her husband, Percell Parsons, Sr. and daughter, Violet Thigpen; her parents, two brothers and a sister. She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Terry Paige, Michelle…...

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Wanza Lee Spellman

Wanza Lee Spellman passed away on May 14, 2020....

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Ralph Earl Peele

Ralph Earl Peele was born March 9, 1950 to Mr. Cornelius Peele Sr. and Lucille Cherry Peele of Bertie County, North Caroline. His nickname was “RP”. Most people called him ” the man with the truck” or “Mr. Ralph.” He graduated from Southwest High School with honors. He came to Virginia where he lived with his partner in life, Annettie Tyson for 40 yrs. Ralph was a kind, gentle, giving person who loved to have…...

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Dwayne Wesley

It is with great sadness that the family of Dwayne Wesley announces his passing on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the age of 57. Dwayne was born on May 8, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York and was later raised in Virginia Beach, VA. He was a class of 1984 Alumnus of Norfolk State  University. He was a member of Grove Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA. In 1986, Dwayne began a career in real estate and…...

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Joycelyn H. Johnson

Sunset and Evening Star And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the Bar When I put out to sea– On Friday May 8th, 2020, God called our beloved Joycelyn Hicks Johnson from labor to reward. Joycelyn was the first born of the late Lula Patterson Hicks and William “Willie” Hicks on February 9th, 1937. in the Berkley section of Norfolk. At a very young age, she attended and joined New Central Baptist Church. Later in…...

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Dr. Thomas W. Point

Dr. Thomas Wendell Point, age 55, entered into eternal rest on Thursday May 7, 2020 at Harborview Hospital in Suffolk, Virginia.  Wendell was born on June 22, 1964 to Thomas and Leathia Mae Point in Hopewell, Virginia.  He was preceded in death by his mother. Wendell gave his life to Christ at an early age at Friendship Baptist Church in Hopewell, VA, and later became a member of Relate Church in Suffolk, VA under the…...

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Latoya D. Avery

Latoya Denise Avery gained her Angel Wings and joined her grandparents (Chalmas and Mary Avery) in Heaven on Sunday, May 3, 2020.   She was born on June 25, 1989 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Daniel Stevenson (predeceased) and Valecia Avery. She leaves to cherish her memories six children – KeShawn Avery, Raquan Avery, Demontae Avery, Kalilah Lynch, Carlos Pitt Jr., Camarion Pitts; five siblings – Corey Avery, Jervonte Avery, Alecia Avery, Trevon Avery, Takeira Avery; two…...

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Stephon D. Baldwin

Stephon “Bullet” Baldwin 36 was called home on May 3, 2020. He passed away peacefully in his sleep in Norfolk, Va. The youngest child of the late Annette Baldwin, Edward Baldwin and Stephen Ford. Stephon was born in Hampton, VA but was a Norfolk native. He attended Wilson High School in Portsmouth and received his GED. Everyone knew when Stephon entered a room because his laughter was contagious and would wake up any sleeping eye.…...

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Taekwon Rumble

Taekwon Rumble passed away April 28, 2020....

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Alethia B. Spivey

Alethia B. Spivey affectionately known as “Ollie” was born in Nansemond County, VA on February 28, 1939.  She accepted Christ at an early age where she was a member of Union Baptist Church, Shoulders Hill.  Ollie was educated at Crestwood High School and furthered her education in nursing.  She worked in the nursing field for many years and earned her Certification as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). For 25 years she provided excellent care at…...

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