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George Caronzo McGaskey

On Thursday, January 18,2024, our beloved George McGaskey was called home to the loving arms of our Lord and Savior for his eternal rest. George, called Ronnie by some and Godfather by others, was a loving, compassionate husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, relative, and a friend. George was born February 17,1945 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Aljay and Josephine McGaskey. He was baptized and became a member of Celestial Baptist Church in the Mt. Hermon community of Portsmouth, Virginia. Even as he…...

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Shanarde M. Wilson

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Pastor William M. Harris, Sr.

Reverend William Harris Sr, a longtime pastor of Mount Olivet Baptist Church, exchanged this earthly life for his heavenly home on January 16, 2024. Pastor Harris was born on July 4, 1943 to the late Mrs. Sirreather Harris and William Harris.  Pastor William Harris had a family whom he loved dearly and he showed that love daily through actions and knew his family loved him in return. He leaves to cherish his memory: the great love…...

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Tylik Simmons

Tylik Simmons was born in Norfolk, Virginia on November 11,  2001. He was born to Jacqueline Simmons. He passed away on January 3, 2024 . Tylik who we called “Ty” or “Jack Boii” was raised by his predeceased grandmother, Ethel Simmons, who he referred too as “Ma” and grandfather, Lonnie Joseph Simmons. Ty had a big personality and a wonderful sense of humor. Tylik grew up in a big family with a lot of cousins…...

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Ray L. Sessoms

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Kayren L. Harris-Norflett

Kayren L. Harris Norflett, 60, of Virginia Beach, Virginia transitioned to her eternal home on January 18,2024 to rest peacefully with her parents, Sylvester and Ella Mae Harris. Karen, the most loving and dedicated mother, grandmother, sister, auntie and friend, is survived by her husband Brandon (Godzeem) Norflett, daughters Brandy Harris and Sharada Bolton (Bernard), grandchildren Angele, Aneisa, Arynn, Ahmad, Ahmeir, DeSean, Imani, and Aniya, great-grandchildrenMakyla and Jennesys. She is also survived by sisters Gwen,…...

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Kevin LaMarr Bright

Kevin LaMarr Bright 45, also known to many as “Sketch” and “Jakhm” entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. He was born November 17, 1978 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Donnie Lee Morgan and Joan V. Bright. Kevin attended Portsmouth Public Schools and later received his GED. He was predeceased by his father, Donnie L. Morgan. He leaves to cherish his memory: one daughter, Niyana Dildy; mother, Joan V. Bright; brother, D’Yon…...

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Carrie O. Clark

Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin, Carrie O. Clark entered eternal rest on Sunday, January 21, 2024, at her home in the care of her loving family. Carrie was born in Portsmouth, VA to the late William Thomas Elliott and Blanche Delbridge on April 30, 1942. She was married to the late William Henry Clark and to this union there were two children, Eugene and Nicole. She was educated in the Norfolk County…...

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Mannie D. King

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Earnest R. Blanchard

Earnest R. Blanchard was born March 27, 1950 in South Hampton County. He was the son of Charlie H. Blanchard and Nettie E. Sheppard. He attended elementary and middle schools in Chesapeake, VA; and he graduated from Crestwood High School. After graduating from high school, Earnest joined the United States Air Force in 1968; and in November of 1988, he retired with 20 years of honorable military service. Earnest will be remembered for his gentleness…...

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Mary Hayes Branch

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Antonio McInnis

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Minister Larry Howard Dent

Larry Howard Dent, 74, of Petersburg, Virginia, passed away after a lengthy illness on January 16, 2024.  He was born in Norfolk, Virginia–the first of four children–to the late Deacon Kever Howard Dent and Geraldine Eleanor (Brown) Dent. Larry was a savvy businessman and a dedicated family man. Larry enjoyed life. Fishing, crabbing, photography, the arts and most of all communicating with people were some of his favorite pastimes. As his daughter would say, “he…...

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Tanine E. Bray

Tanine E. Bray, also known as “Tee,” was born November 11, 1952, in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the late Helen E. Bray. Tanine loved to work with her hands. She found joy in painting rooms and could patch a hole better than some men she knew. She held a long-time position beside her mother at a toy factory in New York. Little did the factory workers know the items they were painting would one day be considered antiques. Items…...

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Alvin Alexander Thorogood, Jr.

Mr. Alvin A. Thorogood, Jr. passed away on January 17, 2024....

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Alicia Parker Darden

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Sarah Deloris Harrison

Sarah Deloris Harrison loved her family with all her heart. Her heart’s desire was to always be surrounded by family and she spent her life doing just that. Early Tuesday morning, January 16, 2024 the Lord saw fit to call his precious angel, Sarah Deloris Harrison, home to be with Him, she was 75 years young. Born January 23, 1948 in Norfolk, Virginia, Sarah was the daughter of the late Melvin Sr., and Dorothy Harrison…...

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Shirley Virginia Shivers

Shirley Virginia Shivers  was born on June 21, 1939 in Norfolk County to the late Mabel and Rufus Harper.  She attended the Cornland School, a one-room schoolhouse in Chesapeake. She was employed at Stewart Sandwiches in Norfolk for many years as a Shift Leader. She was also employed at Indian River High School as a cook for many years. Shirley was a member of Solid Rock Worldwide Outreach Ministries in Chesapeake for many years. She…...

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Ronne Darden

Ronne Darden went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Ronne was born on September 9, 1956, to the late Violet C. Brown.  For many years, Ronne worked in sanitation services for the City of Portsmouth up until his early retirement.  Ronne was very energetic and loved to make others laugh.  His pleasant personality was contagious to everyone he met.     Ronne was a giver, who loved his family.  His…...

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Sonya R. Lawrence

On Wednesday, January 10, 2024, the almighty decided to remove from our midst, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, fiancé, friend and neighbor, Sonya R. Mills Lawrence. Sonya was the biological daughter of the late Lois A. Mills of Portsmouth, VA and Floyd Lawrence. Sonya was raised by the late Evelyn G. Williams (Auntie) of Portsmouth, VA. She entered the world in Paterson, NJ on February 23, 1968. In her formative years, she…...

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Ned Jackson, Jr.

Ned Jackson Jr., a man of honor and dedication, peacefully departed this life for eternal rest on January 16, 2024, at Portside Health Rehab Center. Born on June 21, 1938 in Alexandria, Louisiana, he was the beloved son of the late Ethelrine Jackson and Ned Jackson Sr. Ned’s life was marked by a deep love for his family and a passion for various pursuits. He enjoyed traveling, had a profound appreciation for music, and dedicated…...

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Cynthia K. Austin

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Blondelia Spicer Morris

Blondelia S. Morris was born on April 12, 1925 in Greenville, North Carolina to Reverend George W. Spicer and Hattie Briley    Spicer. They migrated to Norfolk, Virginia when Blondelia was nine months old. Reverend George W. Spicer Sr. and Hattie Spicer had one son, Mansfield. She was the second child. They grew up with the Lord in their life. Blondelia’s mother died when she was 11 years old, leaving behind two boys Mansfield and…...

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Delores Minggia

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Margaret L. Spears

Margaret L. Haliday was born to the late William M. Haliday and Sarah Ann Hendrick Haliday on September 20, 1932 in Norfolk County (Chesapeake), VA. She leaves behind her loving, younger sister Joanna Haliday. Standing at Heaven’s Gate to greet her are her mother, father and brother, Albert. In 1951, she graduated from St. Joseph’s Catholic High School, soon after Margaret met the love of her life, Isaac Spears, and they were married on February…...

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Tiffany LaShawn Moore

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Marion Lee Smith

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David Kenneth Horton

David Kenneth Horton, devoted Companion, Brother, Uncle, and Friend completed his earthly course on Monday, January 08,2024, at the age of 64. David was born August 25, 1959 in Norfolk, Va. He was the youngest Son of the late Hayward Henry Horton and Bernice J. Horton-Wright.   David graduated from Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Va. Where he was an accomplished basketball player known as the “Twin Towers” alongside friend and teammate Reginald (Sleepy)…...

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David Allen Jones

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Beverly Hope Willis

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Earl Lovell Martin

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Kendall Kobe Whitaker

Kendall Kobe Whitaker was born silently in this world on December 14, 2023. Kendall spent a moment in our arms, but she is forever in our hearts. Left to cherish her memory is her mother, TaKenya Prunty, father, Cameron Whitaker, brother, Cash Whitaker, sister, Emory Whitaker, grandparents, great grandparents, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Dwayne Parker, and a brother, Anthony Dwayne Whitaker....

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Damien Lamont Frost

Damien was a kindred spirit. He loved fashion ad décor. Damien cherished family and friendship. We could not have asked for a better son, brother, uncle and friend.  Damien wasn’t perfect but he tried and fought as hard as he could.  Personal message from Damien “I love my sisters, brother, nieces, nephews and all of my family and friends. I’m sorry that I couldn’t continue to fight”  Damien was raised in church and definitely knew…...

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Bessie Lee Forrest

Bessie Lee Forrest, a native of Norfolk, Virginia passed into eternal life peacefully on Friday, January 12, 2024. “Miss Bessie Lee;” as she was affectionately known by the peers of her children in the Berkley neighborhood of Norfolk, Virginia, was a product of the Norfolk Public Schools system. In 1966, after completing Norfolk City Schools and Norfolk General Hospital’s School of Practical Nursing, Ms. Forrest enjoyed a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse, retiring years…...

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Elder Brenda Leigh Bynum

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Alfred R. Speller, Sr.

Alfred Roderick Speller was born at Norfolk Community Hospital on October 18, 1964, to parents Rufus Speller Jr. and Marion Speller Briley. He peacefully passed away on December 18, 2023, 2 months after his 59th birthday. Growing up in Chesapeake, VA Rod graduated from Oscar Smith High School in 1983. There he participated in various activities such as the marching band, chorus and the Smith singers. Also, as a stuntman and his beloved Oscar Smith…...

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Ivory O. McCollum

Quietly and gently, Jesus ushered Ivory Odell Grant McCollum to her Heavenly Home on Thursday morning, January 11, 2024.  With sadness and joy, the family is grateful to God for her 93 years journey, leaving a legacy that her family can pass on from generation to generation.  “Our circle has been broken, but her teachings and memory will remain in our hearts forever.” Ivory Odell Grant was born in Conway, North Carolina on April 12,…...

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William Lee Gibbs

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McDaniel Hardy, Sr.

Mr. McDaniel Hardy, Sr. entered into his heavenly home, where he is now present with the Lord on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. McDaniel was born on August 29, 1947, to the late Maxie Hardy and the late Audrey Odell Jefferson Hardy. McDaniel was the third of nine children. McDaniel was educated in the Isle of Wight Public School System.  He began his Christian journey at First Gravel Hill Baptist Church, where he was baptized and…...

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Hazel Lee Jackson

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Maxine Cherry

On angel’s wings on the evening of January 8, 2024, God bidded his daughter, Maxine Cherry, to come home and be at rest while at Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Virginia. Max, as she was affectionately called, was born on September 5, 1954 to the late Elsie Mae Vinson Cherry and the late Brodis Webb Cherry, in Bertie County, North Carolina. After the passing of her mother, she was reared by her maternal Auntie, Aunt Doris Mae…...

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Walter White, Jr.

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James Nixon, Sr.

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Daquan Aaron Rountree

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Yvette Thornton

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Richard Norman Holley, Sr.

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Maurice D. Robinson

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Hugh E. Elliott

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Lakesa C. Baskerville

Lakesa Cenise Baskerville, also fondly called “Lil Bit,” 46, born on November 1, 1977, and raised in Portsmouth, VA, passed away peacefully on January 8, 2024. She was the oldest of three children, sister Tanesha “Pumpkin” Ford and brother Antreon Ford, born to Cynthia Marrie Nicholson and Roscoe Lee Ford. Lakesa attended public schools in Portsmouth, Virginia, where she later received her high school diploma. She was always the type of person to help and…...

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Shanika Y. Edwards

Our precious Angel, Shanika Yolanda Edwards, 34, beloved mother, daughter and sister went on to be with the Lord on Thursday January 4, 2024. Shanika was born on June 5, 1989 to the late Cassius Edwards and Angela Bethea Edwards at Sentara Norfolk General in Norfolk Virginia. Her beautiful soul will truly be missed. Shanika is predeceased by her father Cassius Edwards; (maternal grandparents) Hattie and Esau Bethea; (paternal grandmother) Dianne Davis. Shanika is survived…...

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