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Violet Spruell

Violet Spruell passed away on April 24, 2020....

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Sarah Elizabeth Perry

Sarah Elizabeth Perry passed away on May 3, 2020....

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Mazzie E. Riddick

Mazzie Edwards Riddick “Big Ma”, 98, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2020. Mazzie was born on March 7, 1922 in South Hampton County, Virginia to the late Mammie Edwards and Alexander J. Edwards Jr., preceding her in death is her daughter, Beatrice M. Fields, grandsons: James E. Fields and Michael G. Fields.  Left to cherish her precious memories is her daughter, Raye L. Riddick, son, Alex R. Riddick (Annette), grandchildren; Audre’ Fields-Williams (Donald), Julie…...

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Kenneth D. Midgette, Jr.

Kenneth Demitrius Midgette left his earthly home suddenly on May 1, 2020. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Henry Douglas and Rosa Haskins and his maternal grandparents, George and Beulah Williams. Left to mourn his passing are his parents, Kenneth and Sharon Midgette; sister, Sharmaine Edwards (Christopher); his adorable and precious son, Kentrail Platt; aunts, Patricia Nichols (Frank), Delores Curry, Michele Donaldson (Lavern), Gwendell Cargill-Brice (Allen) and Pamela Smith (Leroy); uncles, Douglas Midgette, George…...

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Michael Anthony Riddick

On May 2, 2020, our beloved son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend passed away. Michael was born to John A. and Mary E. Riddick. Michael was a nice and loving young man. He graduated from Deep Creek High school and worked for Chesapeake Public School System as a Special Education Teacher Assistant at Indian River High School, until he had to retire early due to illness. He grew up in the Solid Rock Church…...

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Mildred Perry

Mildred Lee Perry, 82 of Chesapeake, Virginia answered her call to eternal rest on Thursday April 30, 2020 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Mildred was born on February 3, 1938 to the late Leler Perry and Eddie Griffin. She was a member of Greater Mt. Zion COGIC Portsmouth, Virginia. Mildred was employed briefly in the Chesapeake School System as a Food Service Worker and later as a substitute custodian before becoming a homemaker. Mildred loved…...

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Leon Bailey

Dr. Leon Christopher Bailey was born May 9, 1932 in Winston Salem, NC to the late Ernest Levi Bailey and Dora Sloane Bailey and accepted Christ at an early age. Dr. Bailey was a scholar earning degrees from: Gwynedd-Mercy College (B.A. History and B.S. Elementary Education); Philadelphia College of Bible (now Cairn University); Seminary of Reformed Episcopal Church and Philadelphia Theological Seminary. Dr. Bailey was fluent in Hebrew and Greek. He was awarded numerous awards…...

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Shirley Robinson Johnson

On Wednesday April 29th the Lord called our beloved Shirley Mae Robinson Johnson – one of His most precious earthly Angels – out of this earth and into her heavenly home. Shirley, the firstborn child of Emanuel and Mae Robinson entered this life on March 2, 1936 and lived to become the Matriarch of our family. God gifted Shirley with the heart and wisdom of a mother early in her life and she proved to be a…...

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Cedric Foreman

Cedric S. “Mickey” Foreman departed this life on Sunday, April 26 2020. He was born August 4, 1956 in Norfolk, VA to the late Curtis and Rosa Foreman. He was preceded in death by his brothers Curtis and Clinton Foreman and sister Vanda Jones. A gifted craftsman and artisan, Cedric worked as an independent contractor, transforming homes in the Hampton Roads area for over 30 years. Prior to starting his own business, he worked for Tidewater Steel and Camelia Foods, Inc. Cedric was an exceptional cook and…...

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Carlton J. Darden

Carlton James Darden, affectionately known by most as “Butch”, departed this life on Friday, April 24, 2020 at his home in Portsmouth, Virginia. Carlton, son of Janice Arlene Darden and Vernon Lee Darden, was born on February 14, 1974.  He was the oldest of three children and the only cherished son. Carlton was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System and was a member of the Woodrow Wilson High School graduating class of 1992.  He…...

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Akyra M. Wood

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, God called upon his angel Akyra M. Wood. Akyra was born on a miracle baby on July 24, 2000 in Portsmouth, VA to Gary Wood, Sr. and Tamika Wood. Akyra graduated from Norview High School receiving on Honors Diploma. She then further her education at Tidewater Community College. While going to school, Akyra also worked at McDonald’s earning a position as a manager. Akyra was known to her father and…...

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Bernard W. Edwards, Sr.

Bernard Woodson Edwards, Sr. was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 26, 1947, to the late Dewey McCoy Edwards and Gloria Marybell Robinson. He was the third child born in this union. On April 23, 2020, he silently left us to go home with the Lord and have eternal peace. Bernard was educated in the Norfolk public school system. He attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he played the trumpet in the prestigious BTW…...

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Ruth Ann Mae Wilson Butts

Ruth Ann Mae Wilson Butts passed away on April 28, 2020....

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Melvin Mann

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our brother, uncle, and friend to all that knew him. He left us on April 28, 2020 . He fought a good fight battling cancer. He was a veteran of the United States Army, and he was a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also resided in Pittsburgh, PA for several years. He was the son of the late Noah Carlton and Gladys…...

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Dorothy Elizabeth Hambric

On April 27, 2020, God sent his angels down and called home Dorothy Elizabeth “Dot” Hambric. Dot was born April 29, 1954 to Mary Lee Dawson and the late Percell Dawson, Sr. Dot was preceded in death by her brothers, Homer Dawson & Dennis Harvey, Jr. Dot attended Norview High School. She was a private and loved by everyone who was fortunate enough to meet her. She was hard worker, she loved her family, her…...

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Edward Leon Porter

Edward Leon Porter passed away on April 27, 2020....

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Larry Lester Bynum

In the early morning hours on Monday, April 27, 2020, God sent his angels down and called home Larry Bynum. Larry was born January 29, 1958, to the late Roger Bynum, Sr. and Fannie Bynum. Larry was predeceased by his father, Roger L. Bynum, Sr. and his brother Melton Bynum. Larry received his education in the Chesapeake Public School Systems and as a Specialist Four Regular in the army. Later he joined the U.S. Military…...

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George L. Smith, Sr.

Mr. George Lee Smith was born on November 21, 1937 in Murfreesboro, North Carolina to the late Mr. Earnest George Smith and Sallie Smith. George’s family later relocated to Portsmouth, VA. He was educated in the Virginia school system. He attended Norcom High School in Portsmouth Virginia. He was employed at Dons Sprinkler Service until retirement. After retirement he enjoyed walking, meeting and greeting his friends, preparing his meals and watching TV. As George’s health…...

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Sharon Elizabeth Johnson

Sharon E. Johnson, 65, of Norfolk, VA departed this life on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Chesapeake Regional Hospital.   She was born on November 16, 1954, in Norfolk, VA to the late Elizabeth Broadnax and James Green, Sr. Left to cherish her memory are her two children, Christopher Green (Tonieh) and Leslie Perkins (Albert); five grandchildren, Xavier Green, Donathan Green, Jaden Perkins, Madison Perkins, and Chloe Perkins; four siblings, James Green, Jr. (Brenda), Johnnie Green (Barbara),…...

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William Lee Goodman

William Lee Goodman of Chesapeake, Virginia transitioned to be with the Lord on April 25, 2020 in his home. William was born November 16, 1947 to the late William L. Goodman of Gates, North Carolina and Lorene Goodman Oakes of Portsmouth, Virginia. William attended Norfolk State University and several Law enforcement schools. He served in the US Army for two years and 37 years as a Police Officer in the State of Virginia. William is…...

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Donzella Jacqueline Hughes

Donzella Jacqueline Hughes On Sunday, April 26, 2020, just a week after her birthday, our heavenly Father reached out and took Jackie’s hand, relieved her from all pains and sickness, gave her the crown of glory, and welcomed her into His eternal home. In His bosom, there will be no more sickness, disease, infections, afflictions, viruses, nor death. All of us who know Jackie can imagine seeing her smiling and saying “hallelujah, hallelujah, I made…...

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Frances Arnold

Frances Arnold was born on June 29, 1945 in Humphreys County, Mississippi. She was the third daughter born to James and Allie B. Hudson. Frances graduated from George Washington High School in 1962 with her High School Diploma and shortly after she married her high school sweetheart William Arnold, Sr. on December 8, 1963.  Frances was a family oriented woman who loved children. It was her passion for both her family and children that motivated…...

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Jerome Ford

On November 3, 1956 Jerome was born with his twin Gary to his parents Charles and Marilyn Ford, of Newark, NJ. He attended 18th Avenue Grammar School, west Kinney Jr. High, and Central High School, graduating in 1974. He went on to attend Cheyney State College. Before completion, he relocated and began work for Drakes Bakery and developed in a love for baking, which complimented his skill for cooking. He loved sports. He was a…...

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Arthur Lee King

Arthur Lee King 91, departed this life for his heavenly reward on April 22, 2020. He was born to the late Fannie Banks and John H. Banks on May 30, 1928. He was preceded in death by his Wife Mary M. King, Brother Dr. Samuel Banks (Elizabeth) and Granddaughter Eumilta A. King. He attended Norfolk Public Schools. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Arthur was employed by the Norfolk Naval Air Station for 33 yrs and Portsmouth…...

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Florence A Macauley

Florence A Macauley passed away April 18, 2020....

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Gwendolyn Parker

Gwendolyn Parker, daughter of the late Jesse Randolph and Ethel Mae Parker, was born June 10, 1952 in Norfolk, Va.  She peacefully departed her earthly life on April 22, 2020.  Along with her parents, two siblings, Jesse Parker, Jr. and Carthina Dew, preceded her in death. Gwen was born and reared in Norfolk.   She was educated in the public-school system, attending Norview High and later receiving her GED.  She began her medical career working as…...

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Bobbie Welch

Bobbie Welch, son of the late Earl and Mildred Welch was born on December 20, 1946 in Norfolk Virginia. He accepted Christ during his illness. Bobbie was resident of Holy Hill Community where he was a Landscaper and Handy Man; where he helped his neighbor in whatever capacity he could with a ready smile. He was much loved by the neighbor and friends of Holy Hill Community. He was an avid Chess Player; enjoyed playing…...

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Zhyenne Kee-Holloway

On April 10, 2020, Zhyenne Kee-Holloway went home to be with the Lord. She was born in Norfolk, VA on July 17, 2000 to Ebony Kee and Jerome Holloway, Jr. She was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Laura Holloway and cousin Marcus Holloway. Zhyenne graduated from Western Branch High School in June 2018 and attended Tidewater Community College. She was a hard worker and had numerous retail jobs. Zhyenne enjoyed swimming, baking, drawing, painting, writing,…...

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Sandra Patricia Fatz Barron Cartwright

Sandra Patricia “Fatz” Barron Cartwright December 4, 1957 ~ April 20, 2020 Sandra Patricia Barron Cartwright affectionately known as “Fatz”, made her royal entrance into this life on December 4, 1957 to the late William E. “Bro” Cartwright and Thelma F. Barron Cartwright. “Fatz”, was the adored baby girl to nine other siblings.  She peacefully and gracefully received her eternal crown Monday April 20, 2020, on the day commemorating the celebration of her beloved departed daddy’s…...

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Calvin Earl Lassiter

On April 20, 2020, Calvin Earl Lassiter A.K.A. “Slim” went home to be with the Lord. He was born in Chowan County, NC to the late Joseph and Emma Lassiter. Calvin attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA and later joined the U.S. Army. Calvin worked at several local shipyards as a welder. He was predeceased by his father Joseph Lassiter, Mother Emma LeeLassiter, and Great-granddaughter Kali Taylor. Calvin leaves behind his only…...

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Henrietta E. McKoy

On April 20, 2020, the Lord called his beloved daughter home. Henrietta E. McKoy, daughter of the late Elizabeth Rodgers and Henry Jackson, was born July 17, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from Germantown High School and the Philadelphia School of Practical Nursing in 1956. In 1957, she joined in marriage to Charles E. McKoy Sr., who preceded her in death. From this union there were born four children: Charles Jr., Robert L., Gail…...

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Winza George

Winza Lee George was born in Capron, VA in June 1923 to James and Mary Tom Ricks. She was one of seventeen children including Forrest Jordan, Hannah Russell, Alexander Ricks, Charles Ricks, and others. She entered into eternal rest on April 18, 2020. She was predeceased by her husband Stanley George and two daughters, Barbara Jean George, and Deborah George. She is survived by her children, Stanley George, Kanita George McKinney (Elton), Stella Mae Moore,…...

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Charles Earl Conyers

Charles Earl Conyers passed away on April 18, 2020....

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Alma Morant

Alma H. Morant transitioned quietly to her heavenly home on April 18, 2020. She was born in Sullivan’s Island, SC on March 3, 1928 to the late Reverend Edward Johnson and Lena Middleton Johnson. Alma was the youngest of 5 girls. She was raised by her grandmother Nancy Freeman until her teen years; then she went to live with Reverend and Mrs. Mollette in Charleston, SC. They later moved to Kingstree, SC. In Kingstree she…...

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Diane Cannon-Vincent

Diane Cannon-Vincent affectionately known as “Lady Di” departed this life to reward of her “crown” on April 17, 2020 peacefully at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. She had spent the last few years at Beacon Shores, now known as Citadel of Va. Beach. She was the daughter of Frank and Estelle Biggs. She was also predeceased by her loving husband, Clarence H. Vincent. All of her sisters and brothers have entered the kingdom except one,…...

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Merlene C. Nelson

It is said that there are three words in the English language that are more solemn than all others. They are Life, Death and Eternity. LIFE Life began for Merlene Crockett Nelson on June 17, 1930 in Smith County, Texas. She was the oldest daughter of  Colenia Crockett and Watson Waters. Merlene was a graduate of Water Bluff Elementary and Weldon High School. She attended both Butler and Texas College for 2 years, where she…...

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Darlene E. Lassiter

Darlene E. Lassiter passed away on April 15, 2020. She was born April 26, 1961 in Norfolk, VA to the late Leroy and Helen Painter. Darlene was deeply devoted to her husband, Grady Lassiter over 31 years. She was predeceased by her parents, Leroy & Helen Painter; brothers, Theodore, Allen, David, Samuel and Milton; nephew, Barry L. Painter; brother-in-law, Barry Willoughby. She leaves to cherish her memory, husband, Grady Lassiter; daughter, Angela Lassiter; son, Anthony…...

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Oliver M. Modlin

Oliver McCoy Modlin, known as “Heavy”, was born in Perquimans County on August 12, 1935, to the late Oliver T. Modlin and Beulah B. Modlin. McCoy attended and graduated from the Perquimans Union School of Perquimans County. McCoy was employed with McLean Construction of Fairfax Virginia as a foreman. McCoy was married to the late Mabel F. Modlin, who was the love of his life. He joined the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church under the late…...

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Mildred Catherine Crique

Mildred Catherine Crique passed away on April 14, 2020....

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Freddie Lee Spain, Jr.

Freddie Lee Spain Jr., affectionally known as “Spain-O”, received his wings on Monday, April 13th, 2020.  A native of Youngstown Ohio, he was born on December 14, 1965 to the late Bishop Freddie Lee Spain Sr. and Evangelist Lillie Mae Spain. Freddie received his formal education at South High School and then started his career with the United States Navy on board the USS America CV-66. After his honorable discharge from the military, he began…...

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Lendora P. Boyd

Lendora Peterson Boyd was born October 19, 1938 in Lewiston, NC. She was one of five children of Author and Vandora Peterson. The Lord called her home on April 11, 2020. She was preceded in death by husband, Kenneth C. Boyd. She leaves to cherish her memories; son, Kenneth E. Boyd (June); daughter, Laverne Cash. One brother, James Peterson (Dorthy); two grandchildren, Nicole J. Sealey and Myles P. Boyd; three great grandchildren and a host…...

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Jean B. Moultrie

Jean Bernice Moultrie September 14, 1932 – April 11, 2020 Forever In Our Hearts On Saturday, April 11, 2020, Jean Moultrie was called to her eternal rest with her Savior.  Born on September 14, 1932 in South Norfolk, VA, Jean was the oldest daughter of Viola (Cuffee) and James Monroe Ferebee, Jr.’s six children.  Jean was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and was a life-long, proud resident of Norfolk, VA.  Among her…...

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Gertrude E. Milbourne

Gertrude Elizabeth Planter Milbourne was born near Hallwood, VA on November 9, 1925, to the late Edward Augustus Planter and Arinthia Holden Planter, the middle child of nine siblings. She departed this life on April 13, 2020, at the home of her first-born child, Bonnie Rose Leslie, in Norfolk, VA. Growing up on a farm, she learned the value of hard work early on, and passed that value on to her children. Her early education…...

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Kevin D. Williams

Specialist Kevin D. Williams was born in Norfolk VA on June 09,1995. He was born to Kelvin Turner and Katina Williams. He attended High School in Charlottesville Virginia, graduating from Flatwoods Job Corps in 2015. Upon graduation of Job Corps Kevin enlisted the in US Army on February 18, 2015 as a 13 Romeo Field Artillery Fire Finder Operator. He completed basic training in Fort Sill Oklahoma.  His duty assignments included the 210th Field Artillery Brigade…...

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Toni D. Easter

On the evening of April 9, 2020, at 9:55pm, God reached down and took our beloved sister and aunt by the hand and led her home. Toni Diane Easter, 64 years of age, was born on June 28, 1955, to the late John and Josephine Easter. Toni accepted Christ early in her life and was a faithful member of Olive Branch Baptist Church, Portsmouth. It was this church where she grew to love the Lord…...

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Katherine B. Braye

Katherine B. Braye 9/01/1925 – 4/07/2020 Katherine B. Braye, of  the 5600 block of  Tidewater Dr. Went home to be with the LORD on April 7, 2020.  She was born in Norfolk, VA.  The second child to the late William H. Baker Sr. and Jessie M. Baker, attended and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School.  She retired from the Naval Supply Center after 31 years as an accounting tech. At an early age Katherine,…...

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Bridgette Ann Logan

Bridgette Ann Logan passed away on April 12, 2020....

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Theodore R. Hankieson, Jr.

Theodore Roosevelt Hankieson, 66, known as “Hanki Cheetah, from Franklin, VA passed peacefully, April 10, 2020. He received his education at G.W. Carver in Chesapeake, VA and was employed for Snow, Jr. and King Masonry. Theodore is predeceased by his parents, Pinky J. and Theodore R. Hannkieson, Sr.; brothers, Henry, and Cleo L. Hankieson and nephew, Daniel K. Moore. Left to cherish his memories are his daughter, Shavonda Hankieson; sons, Sean L. And Philip L. Hankieson; sisters,…...

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Hattie L. Basnight

Hattie L. Basnight passed away on April 10, 2020....

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Edward R. Cuffee, Sr.

Edward Cuffee Sr. was born on July 8, 1939. He was born in Chesapeake, VA to the late James Cuffee and Hattie Sivels. He was employed with the City of Virginia Beach for 37 years with the Public Works Department until he retired. He met and married the love of his life Angelina; from this union, they had 9 children. He was a devoted member of the New Pleasant Valley Baptist Church where he served…...

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