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Roger Edward Coston

Mr. Roger Edward Coston (Mr. C.) peacefully departed this life on Friday, October 12, 2018 to be with his Lord and Savior at his home surrounded by his loving wife and family. Roger was born on March 3, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Janie Coston. Roger was educated in the Brooklyn Public School System. After moving to  Chesapeake, Virginia he met and married the love of his life Alice Brandon in 1997 and from this union two…...

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George Robert Lashley

George Lashley, 73, transitioned to new life on October 13, 2018 at Maryview Hospital.   He was born to Robert & Helen Lashley on December 5, 1944 in Portsmouth, Virginia.  He was predeceased by 2 brothers (William & Leon) and 3 sisters (Dallas, Maxine and Ann).  His remaining brother, James, who was also at Maryview, departed only two days after him on Oct 15, 2018. He attended Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from I.C. Norcom High School. …...

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Ernesto William Perry Crespo

Ernesto W. P. Crespo, born in Norfolk, Virginia on January 8, 1989. He is the son of Ernesto Crespo, Jr. of Norfolk, Virginia and Brenda Johnson from South Carolina. Ernesto is a graduate of Granby High School, Class of 2007. He enlisted in the United States Navy right after high school. Nesto is survived by his loving wife, Nebraska S. Crespo; two sons, Ernesto Z. Crespo, 9, Daniel U. Crespo, 6; daughter, Kailani A. Crespo; siblings, Sybil M. Crespo, Christopher Kelly,…...

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Johnathan E. Griffin

“Jesus said, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). This is to acknowledge that Johnathan Elijah Griffin departed this life on Saturday, October 6, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Born on January 21, 1994 in Portsmouth, Virginia, he was affectionately called “JoJo.” He was the eldest child of Dawayne Lemart Hoffler Sr. and Laura Ann Griffin. He was raised by his paternal grandmother,…...

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Donnell McKinley Copeland

Donnell McKinley Copeland passed away October 13, 2018....

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Thomas Mabine, Sr.

Thomas Mabine, Sr. passed away October 13, 2018....

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Jerry J. Johnson

Jerry J. Johnson passed away October 5, 2018. ....

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Edward Lee Davis

Edward Lee Davis passed away October 10, 2018....

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Zena Vanessa Brown

Zena Vanessa Brown, daughter of the late Deacon Ralph Clifton Brown, Sr. and Frances Vandora Brown was born on March 8, 1961 and departed peacefully on October 13, 2018. Zena graduated from Neptune Senior High School in 1980. After graduation she joined the Army where she served our country honorably for 6 years, including an overseas tour in Germany. Post her military service, she moved back to Richmond, VA where she attended Kee Business College…...

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Derek Bryon Smith

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 3:06 P.M., God called Derek Byron Smith, Sr. home to be with him. Derek was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, May 26, 1970 on a Tuesday morning at 3:06 A.M., to Herman and Estelle Smith. Derek is a graduate of class 1988 from Wyandanch and Wilson Tech High School in Wyandanch, NY. He was a loving son, who respected his parents, himself and others. Derek was a loving brother who enjoyed spending time with his sisters, April Smith…...

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Sarah A. Hill

Sarah A Hill, 60, gained her wings on October 10, 2018. She was born in Chesapeake, Virginia to Ella Reese and William Patterson Jr. Sarah called the Deep Creek area home before joining the Navy and eventually settling in Virginia Beach. Sarah dedicated the last 24 years to the Portsmouth Police Department as a respected Dispatcher and Supervisor. Left to share her memory are her children, Walter and Erica Hill and her partner in love and life, Michael Avant. Also lifting her up are her two…...

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Sylvia Perry

Family and friends we are gathered together to praise God and bid farewell to Sylvia Perry. The daughter of the late Jessie and Marie W. Perry. She was born June 28, 1952 in Portsmouth, VA, she transitioned at Chesapeake General Hospital. A native of Portsmouth, VA Sylvia was a graduate of I.C. Norcom High School class of 1971 (Go Greyhounds). She continued her education at Norfolk State University. Sylvia then worked 40 years as a Supply Clerk for Alutiiq where she retired. Sylvia’s…...

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James Donald Drewitt

James D. Drewitt passed away October 5, 2018....

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Christine Price

Christine Price passed away October 11, 2018....

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Gladys A. Gunter

Gladys A. Hunter passed away October 11, 2018....

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Earl Davis Smith

On October 10, 2018, God sent an angel to visit Earl, calling him to his new life. He was born on August 24, 1940 to Earl James Smith and Elessie Moore Smith. He was educated in Chesapeake City Schools, he was a retired plumber, and at an early age achieved difficult tasks. Earl preceded his parents Earl Smith and Elessie Moore Smith, paternal grandparents Samuel Smith and Virginia Garden (Gennie), maternal grandparents Louise Forbes Moore…...

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Quinton Steven Hawkins

Quinton S. Hawkins passed away October 9, 2018....

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James E. Copeland, Jr.

Our Beloved James E. Copeland, Jr. lived his life in Norfolk, Virginia until he was called to his eternal rest. James was called “Cope” and was born, March 28, 1940 to his parents, the late Helen James and James E. Copeland, Sr. of Eastern Shore, VA. He worked for the City of Norfolk Water Department for 40 years until he retired. He was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. His precious memories will always linger in the hearts of…...

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Lesia Eason Cuffee

Her Sacred Journey When you head of my home-going, don’t worry about me… I’m just another soldier on my way home. Over beloved, Lesia Eason Cuffee, age 56 of Chesapeake, Virginia, departed from this early life on Monday, October 8, 2018 at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Lesia as she was affectionately called, was born to the late Robert L. Eason, Sr. and Dorothy Marie Alexander Eason on December 26, 1961. At an early age,…...

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Demonta Faircloth

A limb has fallen from the family tree that says, “Grieve not for me, remember the best times, the laughter, the song, the life I lived while I was strong”. Demon’ta L. Faircloth affectionately knowns as “Doo Doo” entered eternal rest on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. Demon’ta was born on May 31, 2002 in Norfolk, Virginia.  He attended Portsmouth Public Schools (Woodrow Wilson High School). He was a beloved son, brother, uncle and friend.  He was the…...

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Namel Prince Augustine

Namel Prince Augustine passed away October 5, 2018....

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Novella Reynolds

Novella Reynolds, 99, of Portsmouth, VA was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 7, 2018. She was born in Greenville, NC to the late Joseph and Mary Adams. She was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Temple, Portsmouth, VA, where she accepted Christ at an early age. She is survived by one sister, Berlestine Duncan....

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Eunice M. Jones-Snowden

Eunice M. Jones-Snowden passed away October 3, 2018....

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Daisy Howard

Daisy Howard passed away October 8, 2018....

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Gregory Darden, Sr.

Gregory Darden, Sr. passed away October 4, 2018....

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Samuel W. Johnson

Samuel W. Johnson was born on May 14, 1922 in Florence, South Carolina a son of the late Joseph and Mamie Martin Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph, Jr. and sister, Gladys. Sam left school early to begin work. He relocated to Virginia where he trained in the craft of shoe repair that sustained a lifetime of work. He married the late Alice Mae Gordon (Spruill) and settled in Norfolk, Virginia.…...

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Larnelle A. Mason

Larnelle A. Mason passed away September 29, 2018....

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Charles Adams, Jr.

Charles Adams, Jr., the son of the late Charles Adams, Sr. and Pauline Adams Pough was born on January 4, 1934 in Winfall, NC. While in North Carolina, Charles attended Perquimans Training School. Subsequently, in his early teen years, he migrated to Brooklyn, NY where he later graduated from Western House High School with numerous recognitions of achievements. Upon entering adulthood, Charles aspired to be a boundless provider, husband and worshiper. He married his amorous, devoted and equally-yoked companion Mrs. Gloria…...

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Jonathan Wright

Early on Monday, October 1, 2018, in Cheverly, MD, Jonathan unexpectedly departed this life and entered into his final rest.  Jonathan was the third son born to James M. Wright Sr. and Joan Wright Sharp on      February 9, 1965.  Jonathan accepted Christ at an early age, and became a member of St. John’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in Norfolk, VA.  He was educated in Norfolk Public Schools.  After graduating from Maury High school, Jonathan studied…...

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Ransom West Douglas

Rev. Dr. Ransom Douglas West  passed away on September 30, 2018. He was born on October 27, 1947, in Buguma, Rivers State, Nigeria, West Africa to the late Mathew Douglas West and Madam Lydia Fyne Face. Rev. Dr. Ransom Douglas was a professor at Norfolk State University, where he was the  program director of industrial management, technology department. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Engineering Management from the University of Texas in 1977; Master of Business…...

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Rotunda R. Gibbs

Rotunda R. Gibbs passed away September 30, 2018....

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Sandra Renee Foreman

Sandra Foreman 52, went to her eternal rest on October 02, 2018. She was born on June 16, 1966 to the late Billy L. Simmons, Sr. and Freda (Barbara) Foreman in Norfolk, Virginia. Sandra (Chi-Chi), attended Booker T. Washington High School.  Chi Chi was employed over 20 years with the Kmart in Norfolk, Virginia and was historically identified as never taking a day off of work. After her successful tenure at Kmart and store closure Chi Chi went to work for Wawa were she was working until…...

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Derrick A. Gregory

Derrick Anthony Gregory gained his wings on September 29, 2018 at Riverpoint Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.  Derrick was born on April 23, 1993 to his mother Shontella Gregory. Derrick grew up with a village of Love lead by his late great grandmother, Janie L. Gregory. Derrick went on to graduate from Churchland High School in June of 2013. After his graduation he went on to pursue his football career at Mississippi State University for two years.…...

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Irma Jean Godfrey

Irma Jean Godfrey passed away October 1, 2018....

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David Kevin Boone, Sr.

We celebrate the life of Mr. David Boone, who passed away on Sunday September 30, 2018. He leaves behind his true and dearest friend Sheila Stevenson, Their children Shaquana and Duane Stevenson. His brother Joseph Boone, five sisters; Carolyn Boone, Jacquelin Hernandez, Joyce Scott, Rosetta Boone, Mary Boone, and a host of nieces and nephews, Evangelist Ruby Swain. David was man who never gave up on his family, friends and himself. You will be truly missed....

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Leroy “Larry” Hart, Jr.

Larry Hart, Jr. was born in Germantown, PA to the late Leroy Hart and Doris Adams. As an only child, Larry enjoyed spending time with his father, either playing baseball or going deep sea fishing. He was very shy, but studious, especially when it came to science. He truly loved physics and astronomy, and spent his life studying creation and the Bible. After graduating from Germantown High School, be briefly attended Temple University. He later…...

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Brian Arthur Evans

Brian Arthur Evans was born on April 9, 1986 in Jersey City, NJ. He later moved to Virginia Beach, VA. Brian made his heavenly transition on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Brian was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Evans,  grandmother, Pauline Dolison, and grandfather, Henry Dolison. Surviving to cherish his memory are his Mother, Gail Young, Grandmother, Williamae Evans, Children- Cinsir Evans, Zion Evans, and Taejon McInnis; Sisters- Natalia Carr and Lisa Clinton; Brothers-Jeffrey Carr, Keith Evans, and Cleveland Williams; Niece-Carmen Williams; Nephews-Carter Williams,…...

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Verona Maxine Rachal

Verona Maxine Holmes Rachal was born June 5, 1947 in Norfolk, VA to the late William Holmes Sr., and Nancy Holmes. On Saturday September 29, 2018, our beloved angel slipped in the arms of God. She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at New Calvary Baptist Church during her early years at the church. Verona was very active in the church she taught Sunday School. She taught classes, helped organize programs and…...

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Roland Edward Jackson

On September 22, 2018 God called Roland Edward Jackson home. He was born on March 22, 1958 in the Berkley section of Norfolk. He was a graduate of Lake Taylor High School in 1976 and was very well-known in his community. He lived with his mother, the late Fannie Jackson and his father, the late Herbert Jackson Sr., his sister, Wilma Burrus, predeceased him. Roland is survived by his brother, Herbert Jackson Jr. (Kendra). He was also survived by 7 nieces and nephews,…...

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Roderick D. Brummer

Roderick D. Brummer passed away September 29, 2018....

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Daisy Bell Anthony

Daisy Bell Anthony passed away September 26, 2018....

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Larry L. Blanchard

In the early morning of September 18, the omniscient and omnipotent God called his servant Larry Lemount Blanchard of Cape Henry Avenue in Norfolk, Virginia to eternal rest. Larry’s wife, Lillian Y. Blanchard, preceded him in death on September 10 six years ago. He was the son of the late James and Virginia Blanchard. His siblings who predeceased him were, Cleonora Blanchard, Mother Annie Perkins, Deaconess Ella Hill, Joseph, Sidney, and James Blanchard. Larry loved life. Seldom did you…...

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Christopher D. Martin

Christopher DeShawn Martin, 23, transitioned from life to glory on September 30, 2018. He was the loving, son of Douglas E. Toxey and Monique A. Richardson. Christopher first displayed his love for writing in Coleman Place Elementary. He wrote his first book titled “The Funny Clown” which received recognition and was showcased at ODU. This began his passion to become an author, an artist, and musician. After years of perfecting his craft, the rap artist Ckris Mute was born. He was…...

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Ella Louise Davis

Ella Louise Davis passed away September 28, 2018....

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Barbara Tapp

Mrs. Barbara Tapp, daughter of the late Louise Cummings, raised with the help of her grandfather the late Chester Cumming. She made her transition on Friday September 28, 2018 at home comfortable and surrounded by family. Barbara was born on April 11, 1942, in Newark, New Jersey. She attended the Newark Public School System and received her high school diploma from Central High. Later, she furthered her education at Essex County College and upon her completion, worked for the Newark School system for…...

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Mary Virginia Jones

Mary Virginia Jones passed away September 30, 2018....

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Tremella Broadnax

Tremella Broadnax, 89, passed away on September 30, 2018.  Tremella was born on September, 23, 1929 in Norfolk, VA.  She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist church where she participated in Junior Achievement and was a member of the Choir.  “Mel” was predeceased by her husband Rudolph Broadnax and brothers, Odell Foster and Leroy Nicholson. She is survived by daughters, Gloria Blount, Deloris Peters, Dietriet Cheatham, Cynthia Goodson and Eleanor Dixon; sister, Hattie Long;…...

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Tony Tyrone Brown

Tony T. Brown the son of the late, Frederick Gaston Brown, Sr. and Elsie Keeling Brown, transition into eternal life on Thursdvvay, September 27, 2018. Tony was a resident of Tidewater Gardens where he was love by many. He leaves to cherish his loving memory, four sisters, Gustelia Goodman (Jessie), Elsie Biggs-Spratley (Darrell), Sandra Johnson and Paulette Turner Okusi all of Norfolk; five brothers, Frederick G. Brown, Jr., Frederick Turner, David Brown, Daniel Brown (Victoria) all of Norfolk, VA and Jeffrey Brown (Michele) of…...

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Beatrice Payton-Jacobs

Beatrice Payton-Jacobs, 91, of Norfolk went to be with the Lord on September 22, 2018 in Aurora, Colorado. Beatrice was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church Logan Park for over 50 years and devoted to doing the Lord’s work. She was a faithful member of the No. 2 Ushers Board, additionally; she was a proud member of the First Baptist Church Logan Park Four Score Club. Beatrice was also honored for her tireless work…...

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James F. Wells

James Frederick “Baybro” Wells relinquished his earthly cares and slipped quietly from our Midst on Friday, September 28, 2018 a native of Norfolk, Virginia he was the son of the late Leroy and Florence Wells. He was educated in Norfolk, Virginia and with his overwhelming drive to succeed- held several positions in the Norfolk area before enlisting in the United States Air Force where he held the prestigious title of Chef. After retiring from the Air Force he began his civil service…...

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