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Justin A. Smith

Justin A. Smith passed away December 22, 2018....

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Carrie B. Spratley

Carrie B. Spratley passed away January 5, 2019....

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Kenatha Hamilton

Kenatha Hamilton, a wonderful seed planted by our Heavenly Father in Chesterfield, SC on April 24, 1937 to Oscar and Essie Hamilton was one of fifteen children planted in the Hamilton Garden.  On January 6, 2019, she peacefully ascended to her eternal home. In her early teens she relocated to Norfolk, VA to join her brother and sister.  Kenatha, (who everyone affectionately called “Ms. Kitty”) worked as a caregiver for many years.  Assisting others in need was her joy.  She was…...

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Bishop Alex Geno Neville

Bishop Alex Geno Neville passed away January 3, 2019....

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Quincy R. Hines

Quincy Ray Hines was born on June 27, 1977 and was the son of Queenie and Cecil Hines. He attended Indian River High School but graduated from Salem High School in 1995. He went on to become a master plumber and was highly respected in his trade. Quincy truly cared about what he put out into the world, both professionally and personally. Quincy’s spirit was one of understanding, optimism, and a listening ear. He understood…...

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Melvin Thomas

On Saturday, January 5, 2019, God called Melvin Thomas, our beloved husband, godfather, brother, uncle and friend home. Melvin Thomas was born on September 17, 1947 to the late Gladys Thomas in Washington, LA, where he was reared. He attended Paul Lawrence High School, where he received quality education. Melvin enlisted in the United States Navy after High School. After the military, he worked for the Norfolk Navy Shipyard and retired after 34 years of service Melvin and Juanita met in August 1969 and…...

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Michael A. Rumble

Michael Anthony Rumble passed away January 2, 2019....

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Jesse Smith

Jesse Smith, the third eldest child of the late Sam and Lucy Smith of Tarboro, North Carolina departed this life on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Sentara Nursing Center-Virginia Beach. He was born December 15, 1946 in Norfolk County, VA and was educated in the Norfolk County (Chesapeake, VA) Public School System. Jesse served two years in the United States Army. He had a good work ethic and loved working in his home garden and…...

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Walter Andrew Floyd

Sergeant Walter Andrew Floyd “aka 5-4” was an auto mechanic who worked at his father’s Auto Shop in Virginia Beach, Virginia until 1981. Walter then was hired with the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office in Norfolk, Virginia, where he worked there for 30 years until he retired November 1, 2013. Walter was known at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office as “5-4”.  More importantly to Walter though, he was a loving father, and he passed away from a sudden…...

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Feraud Lloyd Beard

Feraud Lloyd Beard passed away December 30, 2018....

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Samuel E. Dew

Samuel E. Dew Homegoing Service will be held, 10am, Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Chapel. Public viewing will be Saturday from 9am -10am....

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Christopher Jerome Bailey

Christopher Jerome Bailey passed away December 30, 2018....

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Yolanda Yvette Spivey

Yolanda Yvette Spivey, 60, peacefully entered into eternal rest after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday night, December 31, 2018.  Yolanda was born on September 9, 1958 in New York, New York to the Late Thee Artis Spivey, Jr. and the Late Sallie Spivey Smith. Yolanda leaves to cherish her memory her brother, Deno Spivey (Nadine); sisters, Natasha S. Johnson (Douglas) and Angela Gregory; two aunts, Lena Willoughby and Lula Thornton; one uncle, Garrie…...

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Mary Elizabeth Shields

Mary Elizabeth Shields passed away December 28, 2018....

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Gerald R. Lowery

Gerald R. Lowery passed December 27, 2018....

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Theodore Wood

Theodore Wood, the sixth of eight children, was born in Chesapeake, Virginia on May 27, 1933 to the late Ernest and Marie Wood. Theodore (Ted) Wood, as he was lovingly known by his family and friends, began working on a farm at the early age of 12 putting in long, strenuous hours.  Ted was admired for his sound work ethics, as well as his love and dedication towards his family and friends. He proved to…...

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Emma Doris Phillips

Emma Doris Phillips passed away December 29, 2018....

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Paula Dewitt

Paula Dewitt passed December 3, 2018....

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Thelma M. Stevenson

Thelma M. Stevenson passed away January 1, 2019....

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James M. Nixon, Jr.

James Melvin Nixon, Jr. entered into eternal rest on December 30, 2018 at home. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Helyn Epps Nixon, his daughter Courtney Epps and his father James Nixon, Sr....

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Thomas G. McClendon

Thomas G. McClendon passed away December 30, 2018. He was born on December 14, 1939 to the late Grace McClendon and Willie Robert McClendon. He was also predeceased by his sister, Bessie McClendon. Thomas is survived by two sisters, Ruth McClendon and Carolyn Levy and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends....

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Foster Lloyd Dodson, Jr.

Foster Lloyd Dodson, Jr. passed away December 29, 2018....

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Kenneth Jerome Anderson

Kenneth Jerome Anderson age 56, died at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, KY on December 19, 2018. Affectionately known as “Rome,” he attended Philadelphia Public Schools. He was an avid player and lover of basketball so much so that he swore to be the best player of all the brothers. He would spend long hours talking about how great a player he was even though he was the shortest. Rome later moved to…...

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Sarah Sally Gardner

Sarah Sally Gardner passed away December 30, 2018....

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Emma Kearney Askew

Emma Lee Kearney Askew, Resident of Norfolk, Virginia, formerly of Warrenton, NC, transitioned on December 30, 2018. At 0315 hours at Sentara Leigh Hospital at the tender age of 81 years old. She will sorely be missed by her husband, Sherman Askew; three children, Rosalind, Wayne and Mark, Sr.; daughter-in-law, Tonya; four grandchildren, Mark Jr., Ayana, Zuri and Sahirah; sister, Lucille Mims and two brothers, William and Richard Kearney....

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Melvin W. Montgomery, Sr.

Melvin W. Montgomery, Sr. passed away December 24, 2018....

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Carl E. Dyson, Sr.

On the afternoon of December 28, 2018, Carl Eugene Dyson, Sr., 89 years of age, heard the voice of Jesus calling him away from this life to be in His presence eternally. By faith in his Savior, he peacefully slipped away in his sleep while napping at the Norfolk Healthcare Nursing Home in Norfolk. Carl Sr. was born on April 1, 1929 in Norfolk, Virginia to Taylor Dyson and Isabelle Green. He was the youngest of…...

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William E. Loftin

William E. Loftin passed away December 27, 2018....

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Margaret Thorne “Re Re”

Peacefully and quietly on Monday, December 24, 2018 at 4:48pm, Margaret “Re Re” Green Thorne of Portsmouth, Virginia transitioned to eternity at Aiken Regional Medical Center (Aiken, SC) after a brief illness.  She is survived by Pete Green (brother), Gloria Dicks (sister), Linda Green Dailey (sister), and Steven Green (brother), and a very dear friend and “sister”, Angela Choate.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Peggy Bowens....

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Jeffery Jones

Jeffery Jones passed away December 25, 2018....

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William A. Blackwell

William A. Blackwell passed away December 24, 2018....

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Kemon Battle

Kemon Battle passed away December 22, 2018....

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Charles Edward Christian

Charles Edward Christian passed away December 23, 2018....

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Richard Hines, Jr.

Richard Hines, Jr. passed away December 24, 2018. Mr. Richard Hines, Jr. was born July 13, 1936 in Hertford, North Carolina. He passed away at the age of 82 on December 24, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Juanita L. Hines; three children, Lillian Warren (Sudard), Linda Gore (Dejuan), and James Ricks; four grandchildren, Geneva Carraway, Sheiru Carraway, Yoshia Carraway, and Shamar Ricks; 11 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. In 1999 he…...

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Gregory M. McDuffie

Gregory Milo McDuffie, son of the late James H. and Magdalene McDuffie, quietly departed this life after a long illness on December 24, 2018, at Norton Medical Center, Louisville, KY. Milo was born on October 7, 1957, in Portsmouth, VA, and educated in the Portsmouth Public School System. A self-employed painter, he spent his early adult years in Portsmouth then relocated to Piscataway, NJ, and later returned to Virginia. He was preceded in death by…...

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Wanda Yvette Battle

Wanda “Delat” Yvette Battle went into eternal rest on December 22, 2018.  Wanda was educated in Norfolk School System and graduated from Lake Taylor High School. A member of Grove Baptist Church. She retired after 20 yrs of service from International Longshoremen’s Association. She was predeceased by her mother, Geneva Foster; two sisters, Barbara A. Liggins Whitfield and Tammy T. Foster; two brothers, Thomas “Tommy” and Claude “Paul Jr.” Battle Spruill. Wanda is survived by…...

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Glenes Francis Jones

Glenes Francis Jones passed away December 22, 2018....

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Gladys Mae Wilson

Gladys Mae Wilson passed away December 24, 2018....

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Henry M. Southall

Henry Mills Southall, Jr. of Chesapeake, Virginia entered into eternal rest on December 23, 2018 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was born to the loving union of the late Henry Mills Southall, Sr. and Helen Watts Southall on December 22, 1927. Henry Southall received his early education at I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. As he furthered his education, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Virginia Union University…...

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William Walter White

William Walter White, Sr. was born on April 25, 1949 to the late Daniel Collins and Gladys Staton White. He was known by some as “Tiny Baby” or  “Capt. White”. He departed from this life and was called home on December 20, 2018. William served in the Marine Corps and he was never afraid to take risk. He was a strong man that loved fishing and hunting. He received his education from Elizabeth City Public Schools. He…...

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Lester J. Woodard, Jr.

Lester J. Woodard, Jr. passed away December 13, 2018....

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Patricia L. Woodis

Patricia L. Woodis passed away December 23, 2018....

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Renee Yvette Greene

Renee Yvette Greene passed away December 22, 2018....

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Illya Tyrone Boose, Sr.

Illya Tyrone Boose, Sr. passed away December 19, 2018....

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Rosa M. Chisholm

Rosa Chisholm, a retired jewelry retail sales professional and devoted grandmother. Lived in Norfolk VA for the last 14 years and was also a long time resident of Philadelphia PA. She passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side on 22 December 2018 at the age of 70 while she was a patient in the Sentra Norfolk General Hospital from complications of cancer. Rosa is survived by her children, Troy Kelley, Gary Kelley, Lakeisha…...

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Stanley Thomas, Sr.

On Saturday December 22, 2018 our Heavenly Father welcome His son, Stanley Thomas Sr. home from this life peacefully. Stanley Thomas Sr., (85) was born on March 1, 1933 in South Hampton County, Virginia to the late Theodore and Ethel Thomas. He met his soulmate, Bessie Lee Edwards. They were married on December 19, 1954 and had three children. He served his country in the United States Army, then retired from railroad service and longshoreman…...

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Bobbie Jean Melvin

Bobbie Jean Melvin, 68, peacefully entered God’s Heavenly Kingdom on December 18, 2018 after a brief illness. She was the first-born child of the late Thomas E. Davis Sr. and late Dollie Mae Davis in Alcolu, SC and lived most of her life in Norfolk, VA. She is a 1969 graduate of Norview Senior High School where her love for helping others nourished. After earning her nursing license in 1980 from Central School of Nursing,…...

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James Theodore Watkins

James T. Watkins, 85, devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away on December 22, 2018, after a period of illness at Autumn Care of Portsmouth Nursing Home. He was born May 9, 1933 to the late Mary Wright Clayton and James Henry Watkins. He graduated from Booker T. Washington and received a degree from Norfolk State University. He joined the US Army at an early age and served in the Korean War. He retired after…...

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Alonza E. Tate, Sr.

Mr. Alonza Edward Tate Sr was born December 19, 1961, to Jessie Beamon and the late Willie Tate in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his daughter Barbara Necola Tate and several siblings. His family moved to Staunton, Virginian for a few years and moved back to tidewater a few years later in 1983 he married Leslie Walker they were married for thirty-five years they had ten children, Alonza was a very hard-working…...

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Willie Mae Smith

We give praise for the life of Willie Mae (Stepney) Smith who passed away December 20, 2018 at the age of 93. Willie Mae was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, former Marine and pastor Rev. Lawrence J. Smith, Sr. She is survived by six children: Lawrence, Jr.; twins Bernard (Janice) and Bernice Spruill (William, Jr.); Delores Dancy; Yvette Copeland (Richard); and Regina Hilliard (Stanley); and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great…...

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