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Rene Eduardo Cejas

Rene’ Eduardo Cejas, 62, passed away on September 1, 2021 in Williamsburg, VA. He was on September 28, 1958 in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was a gradute of St. Mary’s Academy and Norfolk Catholic High School and retired in 2018. Rene’ leaves cherish his memories his mother Carol Inez Cejas; sister, Olivia Ines Cejas and brothers, Roberto Andres Cejas and Rodolfo Cejas II....

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Lucille G. Godwin

Lucille G. Godwin was born January 27, 1951, to the late Janie Beatrice Simmons. Due to the early passing of her mother, the responsibility of raising Lucille was taken up by three of Ms. Janie’s best friends the late Alberta Barringer, Zina Dixon, & James. She Made her transition on Friday, August 27, 2021, to her eternal resting place. Lucille was the oldest sibling of seven children and was proceeded in death by her only…...

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Shakee D. Davis

Shakee L. Davis (SD DA General) 28, went home to be with the Lord on September 2, 2021. He was born to Felicia Davis and Roscoe Johnson of Norfolk, VA.  Shakee leaves to cherish his memories two daughters, Yohannes Davis and Shaniya Davis and one sone Shakee Davis Jr....

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Mary Lue Elliott

Mary Lue Artis, born February 28, 1927 in Southampton County, Virginia, to the late Ben Artis and Clara Beale, peacefully departed this world Thursday, September 2, 2021 and rejoined her family of 10; being the 9th child and the last of her siblings to leave us behind. Mary Lue Elliott later married the love of her life the late Joseph Rayfield Elliott on August 4, 1946 in Franklin, Virginia, later having two kids of her…...

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Gerald Alexander Jones

Gerald Alexander Jones passed away on August 30, 2021....

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Julius Lee Franklin

On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, God called home his faithful servant Julius “Junie Green” Franklin.  Julius was born on November 17, 1954 in Portsmouth, VA.  He was the youngest child of the late Charlie and Arlene Franklin. Julius accepted the Lord at an early age.  He also served in the United States Navy as a store clerk.  He loved the Lord and united with Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorage of Pastor E.T.…...

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M. Baxter Vendrick Sr.

M. Baxter Vendrick, Sr. CSM RET March 21, 2038 — September 1, 2021 M. Baxter Vendrick went home to be with our Lord and Savior on September 1, 2021, at the age of 83 with his family by his side. He was born on March 21, 1938 in Bailey, NC. to his father, the late Marion B. and mother, Lula Walker Vendrick, spending the majority of his formative years in Aurora, NC. He was preceded…...

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Deloris E. Feaster

Deloris E. Feaster passed away on August 31, 2021....

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Michael W. Scoby

Michael W. Scoby passed away on August 31, 2021....

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Nasir J. Johnson

Nasir Jasan Johnson was born to Kiana Monique Johnson and Corey L. Eley on September 12, 1999. He is preceded in death by his great grandmother (Inez Johnson, Elma Williford), great grandfathers (David Johnson, Linbergh Williford Sr.) grandmother (Sharon Johnson Handy). He is survived by his mother (Kiana Monique Johnson), his father (Corey L Eley), grandfathers (Linbergh Williford Jr., Dennis Reed), grandmother (Ms. Mae Milton). He also leaves to cherish his memory two brothers and…...

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John L. Watkins

John L. Watkins passed away on August 29, 2021....

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Burnett Cornell Wilson

Burnett Cornell Wilson (Nat) passed away peacefully at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on August 30, 2021 at the age of 64.  He was predeceased by his parents: George and Gladys Wilson; two sisters: Dorothy Stephens and Sylvia Wilson; one brother: Anthony Wilson, and three stepchildren. His spouse, of 27 years, Jo Patsy Walton Wilson, survives Burnett.  They were married on April 11, 1994.  His children and stepchildren lovingly remember Burnett: April M. Lynch, Thomasine Moore,…...

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Vickie L. White

Vickie Lavern White was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 13, 1956 to the late Carolyn White and Samuel White. Vickie made her peaceful transition from earthly labor to heavenly rest on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at her home. Vickie received her early education and graduated from the Norfolk Public Schools System. She furthered her education in the medical field, where she first became a CNA in Richmond, Virginia. Vickie’s life was not always easy,…...

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Calvin D. Mabry

Calvin Doulester Mabry, Sr. was born on December 25, 1947 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Cornelius Canada and Ernestine Mabry Hurdle. He was the oldest of seven children: Joyce, Sherwood, Alan, Carolyn, Sandra, and Gloria. He graduated from Crestwood High School, Class of 1966. Calvin was employed with the Naval Supply Center Norfolk with thirty-three years of service. Calvin was a l member of Union Bethel Baptist Church. Calvin, 73, went home to be…...

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Lana Breckenridge Merritt

Lana Marie Breckenridge Merritt’s mission on Earth was satisfied as she was called home peacefully to the arms of the Lord on Thursday morning, August 19, 2021 at the age of 74. Our Heavenly Father reclaimed a loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and dear friend. Lana Marie was born October 1, 1946 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Lonnis L. Breckenridge, Sr. and Marie Antoinette Breckenridge. She was the eldest of six children…...

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Darren Monroe Mundy Gilliam

Darren Monroe Mundy Gilliam passed away on August 26, 2021....

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Dena Marie Phillips

On Monday, August 30, 2021, the angels of God came and took a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt to her enteral rest. Dena Marie Phillips was born July 7, 1966, to the late Herman and Alice Jenkins. She was the middle child of five children. Dena was educated in the New York school system. She was baptized at Glorious Temple Church of God and Christ in Brooklyn, New York. In her mid-twenties, Dena decided…...

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James Albert Whittaker Sr.

James Albert Whittaker Sr. passed away on August 28, 2021....

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Raymond Lorenzo Hayes

Raymond Lorenzo Hayes “Rock”, 58, passed away on August 26, 2021. He was born June 14, 1963 to the late Janice L. King. Raymond attended Norfolk Public Schools. He was predeceased by his sister, Janice M. King; his brother, Andrew T. King; his maternal grandparents, Rufus Sr. and Annie Pearl Hayes; aunts, Elaine Hudgins, Angerine Drumgold, Vanessa Little, Paula Hayes; great aunt, Ethel Mae Hayes; uncles, Rufus, Jr., Lester, Troy Hayes and Jessie Akbar. Left…...

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Valerie M. Morrison

Valerie M. Morrison passed away on August 25, 2021....

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Terry Lee Harney

Terry Lee Harney passed away on August 25, 2021....

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Janette R. Oliver

In loving memory… On August 22, 2021, the queen of our family, Janette R Oliver, peacefully made her transition from this world to her heavenly home following an extended illness. She was 96 years old. Janette departed this life in her loving home in Portsmouth, Virginia, surrounded by her family. The Lord saw she was getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around her and whispered, “Come with…...

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Mary Elorise Johnson

Mary Elorise Johnson passed away on August 16, 2021....

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Regina D Flournoy

Regina D. Flournoy passed away on August 29, 2021....

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Robert L. Godfrey Jr.

Robert L. Godfrey Jr. passed away on August 22, 2021....

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Anthony Copeland

On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, surrounded by family and friends, Anthony “Bam” Copeland went home to be with the Lord. He was born July 18, 1966, in Norfolk, VA to Betty Holley and Marion Malone. Anthony was educated in the Norfolk Public School System. He was a dedicated hard worker who spent 30 plus years working for numerous of companies to include as a CDL driver. Left to cherish his precious memories are his children,…...

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Rufus Williams Jr.

Rufus Williams Jr. passed away on August 27, 2021....

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Augustus Eason Jr.

Augustus Carlton Eason, Jr. entered heaven on Wednesday August 25, 2021 at the age of 64. Augustus was preceded by, his parents Augustus and Marjorie Eason and beloved sister Vernessa Tillery. Bruh/Beaver as he is affectionately known, by his family and friends loved to be surrounded by those he truly loved. Most days you could find “Bruh/Beaver” riding shotgun with his nieces as they rode him all over Great Bridge, hanging up Long Ridge with…...

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Hermenia P. Elliott

God almighty sent forth His angel to earth, for He needed a loyal and devoted servant to help Him with His glorious work in heaven.  Hermenia passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 22, 2021. Hermenia Elliott was born on August 24, 1932 in Georgetown, South Carolina to the late Nathaniel Palmer and Matilda J. Martin.  Her Mother, Matilda Martin passed away three months after giving birth to Hermenia. She was raised by her loving her…...

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Timothy T. Waters

Wednesday morning on August 25, 2021 at 11:45 a.m., the Lord whispered Timothy T. Waters name and ushered him into eternal rest. Timothy T. Waters was born on September 8, 1954 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late James Larry Waters and Sarah Ruth Waters. He attended Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from Manor High School. Timothy also graduated with an Associate Degree in Accounting. He worked for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth for 7…...

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Al L. Smith

Mr. Al L. Smith, of Southampton County (Capron), Virginia, transitioned from earth to glory on August 19, 2021. He was born to the late Robert Smith and Addie Grant Smith, on February 7, 1931 in Capron, Virginia.  Al was one of the ten children born to his parents. He attended Southampton County Public Schools and graduated from Southampton County Training School.  Upon graduation, Al enrolled in Little State in Norfolk, Virginia.  He joined the Army…...

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Amira James

Amira James passed away on August 24, 2021....

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Lucille Redmond Pace

Early Sunday morning, August 22, 2021. Lucille R. Pace departed this life at Oak Grove Rehabilitation Center, Chesapeake Virginia. Lucille was born January 22, 1933 to the late Clarence Redmond and Alice battle Redmond in Tarboro, North Carlina. She attended school in Parmele, North Carolina. She married Charles Cleo Pace on July 3, 1956 and from their union they had 8 children. Lucille was a companion aide for the City of Virginia Beach and a…...

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Rosa Mae Craddock

Rosa Mae Craddock, daughter of the late William and Narcissus Edmonds Barksdale, quickly and quietly departed this life on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at her home in Norfolk, Virginia. She was born in Ringgold, Virginia and was the second of six children. The family moved to Norfolk where she received her formal education. She accepted Christ in her early youth and sang in the Junior Choir with her sister Jacqueline at Bank Street Baptist Church. …...

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Elnora Jones Jackson

Elnora Jones Jackson was born February 13, 1941 in Miller Mississippi to Mattie Connor and Jack Connor. Elnora was the second oldest of eight siblings.  Preceded in death by her mother, Mattie Connor; father, Jack Connor ; sister, Louise Caliborne; sister in law, Minnie Black ; Sister, Earnestine Edmond; Grandson, Rory Jones and Shaune Johnson. Elnora was baptized at an early age and joined The Church of Christ where she was a member for numerous years. Elnora completed Elementary School early.  She was very…...

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Alton Williams Biggs

Alton Biggs made his transition on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. He was born May 13,1947 and attended public schools in Norfolk, VA. Alton was an exemplary employee of several moving and storage companies, performing as a packager and driver traveling throughout the country. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who was fond of sharing lessons he had learned over a lifetime of hard knocks and ups and downs. In March 2019 Alton was diagnosed…...

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Albert F. Cowell

Albert Franklin Cowell, aka DaDa, transitioned from his early life to be with the Lord on August 11, 2021. Albert was born in Norfolk on August 3, 1971 to Lauraetta Burnett of Norfolk and Albert Ferguson of Norfolk. He was educated in the Norfolk Public School System. Albert was preceded in death by his mother, Lauraetta Burnett; his brothers; paternal and maternal grandmother; paternal and maternal grandfather; stepfather, Butch Burnett; and his aunts. He leaves…...

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Gerald Parker

Gerald Lamarr Parker, (aka Jerry), 58 of Chesapeake, Virginia slipped away quietly on Monday, August 23, 2021. He was born to the late William C. and Marion E. Parker. Jerry attended Norfolk Public Schools, graduating from Norview High School in 1981. Following his completion of high school, he attended Tidewater Building Association (Plumbers Program) and was subsequently, employed by Smith & Keene where he was, employed for several years. Jerry was a comical person who regularly played tricks…...

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Michael Edward Williams

Michael Edward Williams passed away on August 16, 2021....

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Verlene Rogers

To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted…….. Ecclesiasies 3: 1-2 On Thursday, August 19, 2021 our beloved Verlene Loretta Davis Rogers received her wings and entered God’s kingdom of eternal peace and everlasting happiness. Our hearts are deeply saddened by the passing of our loved one but we know…...

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Arlene D. Robinson

Arlene D. Robinson passed away on August 10, 2021....

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Patricia Anne Wallace

Patricia Anne Wallace passed away on August 22, 2021....

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Lloyd Cornelius Mann

On Friday, August 20, 2021, the Lord called our beloved brother, uncle, and cousin to his eternal home. Lloyd Cornelius Mann was born on October 10, 1929 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Clemon Williams and Carrie Mann Easter.  “Bobby” as Lloyd was fondly known as by everyone attended the Norfolk Public Schools.  He later served in the United States Army. “Bobby” accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age.  He became an…...

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Elaine Hampden

Elaine Hampden passed away on August 6, 2021....

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Christine Debrough

CELEBRATION OF LIFE “…The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21 Christine Nicholson Debrough departed this life on Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 6:31 p.m.  Life had been precious to her, and she felt the blessings of God though life had been difficult at times.  Her delight was in her children. Christine Nicholson was born on May 20, 1942, in Portsmouth, VA to the parents…...

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Curtis Osborn Nicholson Sr

Curtis Osborn Nicholson Sr. passed away on August 21, 2021....

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David Orrin Wallace

David Orrin Wallace passed away on August 20, 2021....

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Melvin Thompson

Melvin Thompson passed away on August 11, 2021....

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Crystal Nicole Burchette

On May 17th, 1983 , God gifted the world with a special manifestation  of his creation. His unique and precious masterpiece, Crystal Nicole Burchette. Born to Julius and Sharon Burchette, Crystal grew in talent, wisdom, intelligence, and beauty. Crystal accepted Jesus at the tender age of ten at Zion Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia.  As she developed into a lovely young woman, Crystal served in many ministerial capacities to include Children’s Ministry at Dam Neck…...

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Jamal Vernon Love

Jamal Vernon Love—beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend—spiritually transitioned in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the age of 39 years old, with his mother by his side. Born to Cheryl Love-White and the late Eugene Patterson, in Norfolk, Virginia, on October 26, 1981, Jamal was undoubtedly his mother’s pride and joy. Loving, optimistic, precocious, and funny, Jamal left an encouraging impression on everyone he met throughout the course…...

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