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Cheryl C. Owens

Cheryl Monique Saunders Clay Owens was born on March 10, 1960 to Clyde H. Saunders, Jr. and Juanita Saunders. She was educated in the Portsmouth Public School system. Cheryl had a heart for people, especially children. Her love for children led her to have a successful career as a school bus driver with Chesapeake Public Schools for 25 years. In July 1982, Cheryl met the love of her life, Darryl E. Owens. Their beautiful courtship…...

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Vivian L. Morring

Vivian L. Morring passed away on June 5, 2021....

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Thaddeus R. Fleetwood

Thaddeus Rudolph Fleetwood, affectionately known as “Rudy” was born July 15, 1949 in North Carolina. He transitioned to his new life on June 5, 2021. Rudy attended Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from IC Norcom High School. He served in the US Army from 1975 – 1978. He was employed with the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office for fourteen years, and worked various jobs. He retired from Norfolk State University. Rudy had a special love for children…...

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Lillie Marie Baysmore

Lillie Marie Copeland Baysmore, transitioned to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Sentara Hospice House, Virginia Beach, Virginia, with family by her bedside. She was born on October 17, 1929 in Portsmouth, Virginia by a Mid-wife, to the late Rev. Joseph H. Copeland and Ethel Cheeks Copeland. Lillie was called “Lillie Marie” by many of her family members and friends. As a child her father, Rev. Copeland gave her the nick-name…...

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Sequoya F. Robertson

Sequoya was born May 3,2021 and departed this life May 4,2021.Mother was Soncearay Cooper and father Cody Robertson;siblings are Antonio cooper,Ahmad Cooper and Simeon Cooper;grandparents are Michelle Carter, Rhonnda (Faye) Robertson,Bernice Cooper ad Roy Robertson. Sequoya Faye Robertson will be forever missed until we meet again....

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Jasmine Oni McCray

Jasmine Oni “Poonie” McCray entered into eternal rest on June 2, 2021 at Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. Jasmine was born in Norfolk, Virginia on November 22, 1990. She was a graduate of Maury High School class of 2011 and Centura College class of 2019 with a Medical Billing Coder diploma. She had a very nurturing and caring spirit.  Jasmine was outgoing, loyal to her friends, and family. Jasmine spread joy to everyone she…...

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Cynthia Jean Taylor

Cynthia Jean Taylor passed away June 2, 2021....

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Lindwood Harper

Lindwood Harper passed away on May 31, 2021....

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Rosalind Morris

A time to be born… God chose November 2, 1937, as the day that Rosalind Morris would make her entry into the world. She was the fourth of six children born to Audrey Samuels and she was the feisty one. Rosalind was born and raised in the city of Harlem and was educated in the public school system. She received her college degree from City College and obtained her master’s degree as well. From a…...

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Nevin Lamer Drewry

Nevin Lamer Drewry was born July 17, 2004 in Chesapeake Virginia, to Sabrena Milligan and Quinton Drewry. Nevin was a rising 10th grade student at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was well known in the Churchland and Downtown area of Portsmouth. Nevin spent his time with family, friends and classmates. He showed courage, strength, and empathy to all that entered into his life. He was the laughter, and a joy to us!…...

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James Earl McCloud

James Earl McCloud Sr. 71, of Norfolk, VA, peacefully passed away, surrounded by loved ones on May 28, 2021. James was born on March 9, 1950 in Buford County, North Carolina to parents Lula Spencer and Charles McCloud.  After he graduated, James went on to serve in the United States Army as an Army Ranger in the Airborne Division during Vietnam. Following his service in the Army he went on to study Computer Science and…...

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Marie C. Nichols

God in his infinite wisdom called Marie Celestine Nichols to ascend into heaven at 91 years old on June 2, 2021. She was our matriarch and a physical representation of home and comfort. Marie was born April 8, 1930 in Chesapeake, Va to the late Mattie and Dixie Jones. She is reunited with her brothers, James and Joe and sister Mary. She leaves behind a legacy in her children Nathaniel Jones (Marjorie), Phyllis Simmons (Fred),…...

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Rynita Wheatley

Rynita Wheatley aka Nita or Buffy was born on February 20, 1991, to Moses Wheatley Sr. (predeceased) and Cynthia Witherspoon of Norfolk, VA. She finished her earthly course of life to enter eternal life with our Lord and Savior on June 1, 2021. Rynita attend Booker T. High school class of 2010 in Norfolk, VA. She has worked in the Portsmouth shipyard and even as a PCA years later. She briefly attended Shaw University. Rynita…...

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Rosetta L. Moseley

On Monday, May 31, 2021, our family circle was broken when Mother Rosetta Lee Moseley was called home to be with the Lord. She was born on March 5, 1921 in Chesapeake, Virginia to the late Rev. Samuel Lee and Elizabeth Burress Lee. She graduated from Providence High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, and studied Dietetics/Nutrition, and Sewing at Norfolk State College. Rosetta accepted Christ at an early age, and has been a devoted member of…...

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Isis N. Tutankhamen

On May 30, 2021 GOD called our beloved Theatta Scott, aka ” Isis Tutankhamen ” home. She was born to the late Henry T. and Gracie W. Scott on September 7, 1954. Theatta was a graduate of John Yeates Highschool and later furthered her studies at Tidewater Community College and Norfolk State University, majoring in the Library Sciences. Theatta was employed for 16 years at T.J. Maxx stores and loved by all of her coworkers.…...

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Bobby Ray Scarboro

Our beloved Bobby Ray Scarboro, entered in to rest on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at the age of 68. Bobby was born on Thursday, October 30, 1952 in Mt. Gilead North Carolina to Reverend John and Zelma Scarborough. At a very early age, Bobby accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior under Mt. Zion AME Zion Church. Bobby was educated in Mt. Gilead Public Schools and went on to serve in the United States Navy.…...

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Cecilia Ann Cromwell

Mrs. Cecilia Ann Cromwell-Clarke “Peaches” 64, the daughter of Celia and Oliver Cromwell, was born October 30,1956 in Metropolitan hospital and passed away Sunday, May 30, 2021, with her family by her side. Cecilia was a beloved wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, aunt and friend. She was loved by all who came around her, her love and care for people was irreplaceable and will greatly be missed. She loved her family and friends beyond…...

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Carl Lawrence Bond, Jr.

Carl Lawrence Bond, Jr. passed away on May 31, 2021....

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Reginald Lee Peele

Reginald “Reggie” Lee Peele departed this life on Saturday, May 29, 2021. He was the son of Walter and Daisy Peele and was born November 9, 1954. He lived much of his life in Portsmouth, Virginia. He attended Portsmouth Public Schools. He worked in construction for several years. He loved sports. In 2018 he married Carroll Harris.  He attended and served as an usher and pastoral support at Greater Mt. Zion Tabernacle church in Portsmouth.…...

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Ursula S. Harris

Mrs. Ursula Schmitt Harris was born on September 26, 1026 at Krotoszyny, Poland. She is the daughter of Frederyk Schmitt of Bornheim near Bonn, Germany, and the late Josefa Szarafinska of Crotmurio, Poland. They married in 1913 and had three, (3) children, the late Edmond, the late· ‘Irene Schmitt/Bucher of Frankfurt, Germany, and Ursula who escaped to Germany in 1946. Ursula. was educated in Poland and Germany, and is fluent in three languages, Polish, German…...

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Carolyn A. Hines

Early, Sunday morning, May 30, 2021, our God sent forth his powerful angel to accompany his dedicated servant, and our beloved, Carolyn Philpot Hines, from this time and place to his eternal realm. Carolyn was born to the late Holbert Leon Philpot and Margaret Ann Jones on Thursday, August 11, 1949 in Conroe, Texas. Upon the untimely death of her father in 1952, Carolyn returned to Norfolk, Virginia with her late mother, Margaret. Carolyn received…...

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Hilda D. Perry

Hilda D. Perry, also known as “Lois”, was called home on Saturday, May 29, 2021, to be with the Lord. Hilda was born, February 10, 1952 in South Norfolk, Virginia to the late LaSalle and Viola Owens. She was preceded in death by two brothers, LaSalle, Jr. and Willie Owens; two sisters, Elizabeth Jones and Betty Whitehead; her children’s father Arthur Perry and beautiful daughter, Dominique Owens. She is also preceded in death by her…...

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Devon Cornelius Drake

Devon Cornelius Drake passed away on May 30, 2021....

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Clifton P. Edwards

Clifton Paul Edwards, age 77, passed May 28, 2021, at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth, VA.  He was born on January 3, 1944, in Northampton County, NC to the late Eddie Thomas Edwards and Essie Mae Branch-Edwards.  Clifton received his education from Northampton Public Schools. Clifton worked for Norfolk Veneer for 30 plus years and Portsmouth Roofing until he retired.  He was a member of The Church of God in Christ, Norfolk, VA until he was…...

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Eric M. Cross

Eric Marcell Cross was born on September 19, 1967 in Portsmouth, VA to Edward Allen Cross (deceased) and Sandra Marie Cross. He departed this life on May 26, 2021 at his residence.  Eric attended Woodrow Wilson High School, after graduating he enlisted into the military. He served in the United States Army and upon completion of his time  Eric went on to become a Certified Masonry as well as HVAC Mechanic and skilled in an…...

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Christian A. Barnes

Christian Aniyah Barnes, age 13 passed away at her home in Suffolk, VA on Saturday, May 29, 2021. She was born on October 6, 2007 in Portsmouth, VA. Christian touched the lives of so many; our beloved shining, happy girl, the light of our lives and the star of our hearts, leaves us smiling through our tears. Christian loved Spiderman.  She also loved collecting small items to carry around with her during the day in…...

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Theron L. Hammond

Theron L. Hammond, 38 of Norfolk, Virginia transitioned  from this life on May 27, 2021. He was born on June 23, 1982 in Norfolk, VA. To Arlene Hammond (Brown) and   James Cooper. He was raised in a loving home by David Brown. “Burt” as known by most received his education at Booker T. Washington High School. Growing up you wouldn’t see him without holding his pillow and sucking his thumb. He loved to play pool, swim…...

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Kristy Shevelle Williams

Kristy Shevelle Williams was born February 1, 1982 to Ralette Williams-Robinson and Jimmy Langley. Kristy was very talented and got her spark to shine in the Norfolk Public School System. Kristy was very ambitious, hard working, and a jack of all trades. She always wanted to act and sing. Which lead her to play drums and music. If you knew her then you know her family was everything to her. She had a gentle heart…...

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Norman V. Riddick, Jr.

The  spirited and beloved father and grand-father Norman Vertavious Riddick  passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the age of 95. Norman Riddick, Jr. was born in old Princess Anne County (Virginia Beach) on December 25, 1925 to Norman Riddick, Sr. and Georgia Elizabeth (Walke) Riddick. He was  pre-ceded in death by his cherished wife Pearl Lee Riddick (Crawford).  Norman was a trailblazer and was among the black men to serve as a milkman in Hampton Roads. He eventually worked his…...

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Daphne Moseley

Daphne Moseley passed away on May 26, 2021....

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Doris Lillian Babbs

Doris W. Babbs heard the call of the Lord and accepted his hand into the gates of heaven on May 29, 2021. Doris was born on April 1st, 1937 to Arthur and Viola Willey and became one of eleven children: Henry, Rosa Lee, Alice, George, Edward, Clarence, Earl, James, Doris, Lenora, and Esther. Doris married young and during that first marriage she was blessed with two daughters, Sharon and Stephanie. Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last…...

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Linda Adams Griffin

Linda Adams Griffin was called home by God May 13, 2021.  She was predeceased by her parents Clyde and Frances Adams.  She leaves behind her children John Burns, Jr., Eleanor Miles, five grandchildren, many friends and loved ones to cherish her memory.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Norfolk and LOVED THE LORD!!! She was also a published poet. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Linda’s name can be made to…...

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Blanche Alice Flemming

“Weeping May endure for the night but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 Our love one Blanche Alice Flemming was transitioned from this life on May 22, 2021 to be with the Lord.  She was born May 26, 1939 to the late  Winford and Elizabeth. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lola Johnson and Delores Matthews. Her father later remarried and he had six more daughters and one son. She also…...

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Algy Baldwin

Mr. Algy Phillip Baldwin, age 66, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2021 in Beaufort, SC.  He was born in Norfolk, VA on February 17, 1955 as the youngest of six children to Elijah Preston and Catherine McCormick Baldwin.  Algy is affectionately known as “Baba” to his family.  He was predeceased by his parents, wife Patricia Rucker, and eldest brother Emmanuel P. Baldwin Sr. Algy is survived by his three children, a son Curtis (Turkessa) Epps of Beaufort, SC,…...

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Victor A. Moore

Victor A. Moore passed away on May 25, 2021....

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Arthur Edward Petty, Jr.

Arthur E. Petty Jr. Arthur Edward Petty, Jr. 63, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 25, 2021.  Arthur was born on August 2, 1957, to Ms. Zona Massey and the late Arthur E. Petty, Sr.  He was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He attended Olney High School, home of the Trojans, where he was a member of the gospel choir.  He graduated with honors in 1975.   Arthur was introduced…...

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Alfred J. Malin, III

Alfred (Al) Joseph Malin III was born to Alfred Malin Jr. and Bertha Malin on October 19, 1958, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the fourth of seven children. Al graduated from Norfolk Public Schools (Maury High) on June 13, 1976. After graduation, he joined the Army where he became a Motor Vehicle Mechanic, specializing in tanks. He served from 1976 to 1979 as Private First Class (PFC). Shortly after, he attended the Automotive Training…...

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Michelle Lynn Wilson

Michelle Lynn Wilson, 51, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2021 at Sentara Norfolk Heart Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born at Roosevelt Roads Naval Hospital in Puerto Rico and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Old Dominion University. She excelled as an elementary school teacher in the Norfolk Public Schools until her illness forced her to leave the classroom. Michelle was a woman of deep…...

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Sandra O. Mapp

Sandra O. Mapp passed away on May 24, 2021....

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David Lee Mapp

David Lee Mapp passed away on May 21, 2021....

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Gussie L. Hunter

“God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered softly, come to me.” Gussie Lois Hunter was born on April 23, 1932 to the late Effie Dale and John Robinson of North Carolina.  She was called to eternal rest on May 24, 2021 in her home surrounded by her children.  She is predeceased by her late husband of 46 years, William Hunter,…...

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Wilhemene Cox

On May 19, 2021, our heavenly father called home our beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, Wilhemene Cox, to be present with Him. Wilhemene was born on September 4, 1952, to the late Inez Raby and the late Eugene Samuels. She was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools System. Wilhemene was employed by General Foam Plastics as a line worker for twenty-two years until she retired. Wilhemene was greatly loved and truly…...

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Carlotta C. Taylor

Carlotta C. Taylor Carlotta C. Taylor, 70 years of age, passed on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Southern Maryland Hospital. Carlotta was born June 2, 1950, in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Robert and Mabel Taggart. She was the oldest of five children. She was retired from the Federal Government, as a Quality Assurance Specialist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Survivors include her husband, Samuel E. Taylor, Jr of Waldorf, Maryland; She leaves to…...

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Geronica Smith

MR GERONICA (RONNIE GEE) SMITH of Lasser Drive, Norfolk, VA departed his life on May 22, 2021. He was born on October 24, 1950, in Norfolk, VA to the late Henry Lawrence Smith and Florence Brown Smith. He was preceded in death by his brother Carnell Smith. During his youth, Ronnie played baseball for many years with the Cavaliers baseball team. He loved fishing and could often be seen on a pier or a boat.…...

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Adell D. Fuller

On May 22, 2021, Adell Deloris Fuller exchanged time for eternity. She was born on the 21 st day of March, in the year 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia. She was the first born of the Late Edward and Adell Woodley Fuller. She completed her primary and secondary education in the Norfolk Public School District. She also attended classes at Norfolk State University. Adell worked as a Nurse Assistant for the Norfolk Health Department for 26…...

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Amanda Lavern Evans

A Celebration of Life for Amanda Lavern Evans Amanda Lavern Evans slipped peacefully into eternal rest on May 19, 2021. She was born September 6, 1970 in Norfolk, Virginia to Martha and Alphonso Greggs, Sr. Amanda matriculated in the Norfolk Public School System and graduated from Lake Taylor High School. She was employed as a housekeeper with the Larrymore Organization, a real estate management and development company. She took pride in her work and enjoyed…...

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Ruth Deloris Bryant

On Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 11:31 p.m., our mom Ruth Deloris Bryant (Ruthie/Ruffie), transitioned from earth to her heavenly home. She loved the Lord and was a “True” prayer “Warrior.”   Long time proud member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church (Berkley) she served on the J.W. Matthews Usher Board and the Beautification Committee. She loved attending Senior Fun Day and surprising her grandchildren with Chick- fil -A. Graduated in 1958 from Crestwood High School (Chesapeake). She traveled the world as…...

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Vernell Antionette Lee Smith

Vernell Antionette Lee Smith passed away on May 16, 2021....

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William S. Jones Jr.

William Southall Jones (Bill) was born June 15, 1940 and went to be with Lord May 19, 2021. He leaves a wife Ethel (Swanee) of 42 years ;two loving daughters, Lisa Guilford (Mark) and Anissa Jones;grandchildren,William Jones III, Barry Carpenter, Zion Carpentrer, Anaya; great grand, Liam Jones; 2 nephews;1 niece;1 aunt Leronia; cousins, and friends. He is predeceased by his parents, William Senior and Dollie Jones and his brother Eric Jones....

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Johnetta L. Smith

Johnetta L. Smith passed away on May 19, 2021....

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