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Darren A. Graves

Darren Antonio Graves MARCH 19, 1970 – AUGUST 26, 2019 On August 26, 2019 Darren was called home he entered the eternal presence of God. Darren was born March 19,1970 to Helen Graves and Kenneth Reid of Norfolk, Virginia. He was later a student at Lake Taylor High School. He was employed as a painter at the local shipyards. Darren (Pokey) as we all called him could make you laugh. He was preceded in death…...

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Elsie B. Copeland

Elsie B. Copeland passed away on August 25, 2019....

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Samuel Andrew Reid

Samuel Andrew Reid was the firstborn to the late Andrew and Lois Reid. He was born on August 7, 1931 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was educated in the Portsmouth Public Schools. Samuel was in the United Marine Corp and the United States Air Force. He worked for the Pennsylvania Steel Mill for seventeen years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge while living in the Trenton, New Jersey. After returning to Portsmouth, Samuel became…...

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Jaylen Gregory McEachin

During the early hours of Saturday, August 24, 2019, God called our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend home. Jaylen Gregory McEachin, also known by Jay and Pooch was born on May 26, 1998 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida to parents Jack McEachin and Daniella Bryant. Jaylen was a 2016 graduate of Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia. He was newly enrolled in school for welding, but his real love was…...

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Dr. James Henry Robinson, Jr.

A Heavenly Celebration took place during the early morning of August 22, 2019, when God called His son, Dr. James Henry Robinson Jr. (85 years old) home. Born February 13, 1934, in Norfolk, Virginia, he was the third of five children born to the late James H. Robinson Sr. and Lavene Robinson Holley.  Left to cherish his memory, are his loving wife, Sandra Howe Robinson; daughter, Dr. Katherine Robinson Everett and husband, Marshall Everett Jr;…...

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Barbara Ann Anderson

Barbara Ann Anderson, 70, of Norfolk, VA, was called home to be with the Lord on August 22, 2019. She was born to the late Alexander Sr. and Mary Wright on November 10, 1948. Barbara was a nurse at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for 40 years. She was predeceased by her brother, Alexander Wright, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories, her son, Larry (Michele) Heath and granddaughter, Jordan Heath, of Chesapeake, VA; sister, Betty Jean…...

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Henry Lee Taylor

On Thursday August 22, 2019 at 8:38 AM our beloved brother, Henry Lee Taylor departed from this life at the Bobbitt Apartments, 5920 Poplar Hall Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23502. Henry was born on April 18, 1948 to the late George and Lillian Taylor. He was preceding death by: Brothers Mr. Herman Taylor, Mr. Linwood Johnnie Taylor: Sisters Mrs. Bertha Moore Williams, Mrs. Terry Ann Steward. Henry leaves to mourn: Mrs. MarRosa Flechter Of MD, Mrs. Vivian Reilly Young Of AZ, Mrs. Elaine Johnson Of…...

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Shirley A. Robinson

Shirley A. Robinson passed away on August 22, 2019....

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Ruth E. Linstedt

Ruth Elaine Linstedt, 74, of Chesapeake, VA, peacefully passed away August 21, 2019 at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, VA. Born in Marion, Ohio, she graduated from Cardington High School in Ohio and worked for General Telephone and Electronics Corporation (GTE) which eventually merged with Verizon.  She retired from Verizon after working there for over 30 years.  After retirement, she moved to Chesapeake, VA in 2004 to be closer to her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. …...

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Dorothy Lee Matthews

Dorothy Lee Matthews was a loving mother, faithful sister, a fighter, champion cusser, a cook extraordinaire, self-proclaimed Jack-Of-All-Trades, and a teacher who demonstrated through word and deed the importance of loving our beautiful black selves. Dorothy was born on February 6, 1932 to the late Clara Bell and Watt Haskins. She was the fourth of six surviving children, following after William “Thomas” Haskins, James “Jimmy” Haskins, and Mary “La-La” Lewis and coming before Ruth Haskins…...

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Laura Elizabeth Tutt

Laura Elizabeth Tutt Laura Elizabeth Tutt entered into God’s eternal and peaceful rest on August 20, 2019. Laura was born in Norfolk, Virginia on May 1, 1951. She was on of 21 children of the late Laura and Julious Hollowell. Her family called her “Wee-Baby” , since she was the smallest of her siblings and was only 5 feet tall. Though she was small in stature, this didn’t stop her from being a powerful prayer…...

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Samuel Lauren Cuffee

Samuel Lauren Cuffee, affectionately known as “Sam”, 87, of Hinesville, GA was called home to be with the Lord on August 15, 2019.  He was born to the late George Lonnie Cuffee and Minnie Warren on February 8, 1932 in Hickory, VA.  He was the oldest of five children, two brothers James Young and Giles Oliver Cuffee preceded him in death.  He grew up in Hickory Community where he attended and graduated from I.C. Norcom…...

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Lucy Anderson

Lucy Anderson departed on August 18, 2019 as she accepted God’s invitation to eternal rest and peace. She was born on December 10, 1935 in Jackson, NC to the late Quincy and Victoria Anderson. As an adult she moved to Norfolk, Virginia where she began her career as a chef and gave birth to her two children. She later moved to Portsmouth, VA where she was employed at Bide-a-Wee Gulf Course for many years, later…...

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Calvin Bradshaw Hoggard, Sr.

Calvin B. Hoggard, Sr. was born May 21,1949 to Leroy and Ethel Mae Hoggard in Windsor, NC. The family lived in Norfolk, VA where Calvin received his education in the Norfolk Public School System. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1974. He fought for his country in the Vietnam War. He was a Steel Worker for many years and he also worked for Norfolk Sash and Doors. Calvin B. Hoggard, Sr.…...

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Deborah Lynn Knight

Our loved one Deborah Lynn Knight, 52, peacefully departed this life on Saturday morning, August 17, 2019 at Sentara Norfolk General in Norfolk, VA. Deborah of Norfolk, VA, loved God. She was born to Yvonne Winborne, (Knight) on July 21, 1967. Deborah was educated in the Norfolk School System and a graduate of Granby High School. She was a faithful employee of Farm Fresh for ten years and a dedicated employee of Quality Value Convenience…...

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Margaret R. Bundella

Margaret R. Bundella passed away on July 30, 2019....

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Aiden Ahmad Battle

Aiden Ahmad Battle passed away on August 17, 2019....

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Terry Denise Wilson

Terry Denise Wilson, 55, years young, was peacefully called to be with the Lord on August 18, 2019. She was born on May 23, 1964 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Terry was a Portsmouth native who graduated from Churchland High School and went on to earn an Associates’ degree in early childhood studies from Tidewater Community College. Terry had a passion for collectible Barbie dolls, scrapbooking, arts and crafts, cooking and baking desserts for a host of…...

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Mary E. Hendricks

Mary E. Hendricks passed away August 18, 2019....

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John F. Banks

John Floyd Banks was called home to rest August 16,2019. He was born November 17, 1945 to William and Pearl Sr. in Hampton, VA. He attended Hampton and New Jersey (Wildwood) schools. As a young man John enjoyed fishing and crabbing. He was also a commercial fisherman as well. He loved being in the boat on the open sea. John loved cooking and adored church at Gateward Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was an ordained Deacon…...

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Earl Harvey Matthews

Earl Harvey Matthews known as “Skip” 53, of 4300 block of Armored Division Ave., Fort Knox, Kentucky, passed away on August 14, 2019. He was born on October 29, 1965 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Delma Matthews, Jr. and Jacqueline Matthews.  He is also predeceased by his sister, Mary White and his first spouse, Renee Matthews.  Earl retired from US Army with 27yrs and 1mo of service with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.…...

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Mattie Church Strong

Mattie Church Strong was born on June 17, 1941 in Cape Charles, VA to the late Mattie and Winston Church, Sr. Mattie attended Northampton County High School and later received her Associates of Secretarial Science Degree at Norfolk State University. On July 15, 1962, she was united in Holy matrimony to Harry L. Strong. She faithfully served Norfolk State University and its students as a financial aid administrator for over 35 years until she retired.…...

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Phyllis Marie Sulaiman

James Sr. and Mildred McMillan welcomed their first born child, Phyllis Marie McMillan on September 6, 1948. Phyllis went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Phyllis grew up in Norfolk Va and was educated in the Norfolk Public School system. She later graduated from Tidewater Tech receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Phyllis was then employed for the intellectually disabled community for 40 plus years. She was a faithful…...

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Marie Reese

Marie (Speller) Reese was born April 9, 1942 to Ned Wardrick and Rosa K. Speller.  Marie left a piece of herself everywhere she went, either with a smile, wave, kind word or in some cases a bop with her cane. Even then, you were hit with love. You could see her smile coming and going. She was fondly known by many names, Mom, Mumsie, Auntie, Grandma and more recently GiGi – she cherished each of her names and wore a…...

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Jerry Wynn, Sr.

To Everything there is a season and time to every purpose under Heaven, a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck of that which is planted. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 Jerry Wynn, Sr. son of the late Jeremiah Wynn and Janie Wynn was born on October 29, 1944 om Bertie County, North Carolina. He departed his life from this earthly world on Thursday, August 15, 2019…...

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John W. Cox

John William Cox, 89, of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.  He was born on July 9, 1930 in Preston, Webster County, Georgia to the late Mr. Eugene Cox and Wilma Hawkins.  He is also preceded in death by his daughter, Ms. Katrina Fannin.  John is survived by his companion, Mrs. Helen Sellers; three daughters, Dr. Karanita Ojomo (Olatunde), Ms. Adrienne Cox and Mrs. Ava Lun (Robert); two sons, Mr. Karlton…...

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David L. Hughes

David L. Hughes passed away on August 15, 2019....

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Christine D. Upshur

Christine D. Upshur “Chris” 72, of the 3500 block of Tidewater Dr. was called home to be with the Lord on August 12, 2019. A native of Chesapeake, she retired from SNGH Heart Pavilion after 33 years of service. She was an active member in the Senior Choir and Usher Board at New Hope C.O.G.I.C. She is survived by her husband of  years 52 years, Bernard; 2 children, Donovan and Bernetta; 1 sister, Serena Eason;…...

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Evelyn C. McElrath

Evelyn was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. She was retired from Norfolk Public Schools Nutrition Center. She was a faithful, long serving member of St Mark RZUA Church where she served on the Deaconess Board, Bonner Ushers Board and the Sunday School Board. She loved children and have blessed so many along the way. She was loved by many. Evelyn Coleman McElrath 80, passed into eternal peace August 13, 2019. She entered…...

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Frances A. Williams

Frances A. Williams transitioned into eternal rest on Tuesday evening surrounded by her family. She will be greatly missed. Her gentle smile and encouraging words of wisdom will stay with us forever. Frances was educated through the Portsmouth Public School System and received her Associates Degree in Secretarial Science from Norfolk State College. Frances retired from the Portsmouth Public School System. She was a faithful member for over sixty-five years of New First Baptist Church…...

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Edgar Thomas Rawles, Jr.

Pastor Edgar Thomas Rawles, Jr., 59, of Richmond, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 12, 2019.  Edgar was born in Suffolk, Virginia to the late Edgar Thomas Rawles, Sr., and the late Hortense Dolores Boone Rawles. He was the Senior Pastor of Zion Baptist Church in King and Queen County, Virginia and a math teacher and girls’ basketball coach at Monacan High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  Edgar was a graduate of…...

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Daniel H. Gardner, Jr.

 On Monday, Daniel Herman Gardner Jr., born July 29, 1964, departed this life August 12, 2019. He left this life a wonderful father, devoted husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Daniel was a dedicated member, aspiring deacon, drummer and head of musicians at the church of Christ of Apostolic Faith in Norfolk Virginia, while also being employed for the United States Postal Service in Norfolk Virginia. He was driven by his passion for Christ…...

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James Albert Harris, Jr.

James Albert Harris, Jr. Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15) James Albert Harris Jr. transitioned from earth to eternal rest on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. James entered this world on November 17, 1928 to the late Sgt. James Harris, Sr. and Mary Payton in Norfolk, VA.  The first grandchild, he was reared by his maternal grandparents, Joseph Payton Sr. and Ella Payton in the Titustown Section of Norfolk, VA.  He…...

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Terri Belshe

Terri Clemons Belshe, age 58, passed peacefully into eternal rest at her home in Alpharetta, GA, surrounded by her family on August 10, 2019. She was born on December 29, 1960 in Portsmouth, VA to Mrs. Magalene Smith Clemons and the late Toney A. Clemons, Sr. as the middle child of five siblings. She attended schools in Suffolk, VA where she was a 1980 graduate of John Yeates High School. Terri was last employed as…...

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Larry Brock Locust

Larry Brock Locust affectionately known as “Bobo”, was called home to eternal rest August 8, 2019. Born in Bronx New York July 17, 1966 to China and Robert Locust. Larry grew up in Norfolk Virginia and attended Norfolk city schools. In 1987 he joined the Merchant Marines and traveled the world having had many stories to tell of his travels. In the late 1990’s Larry moved to Washington D.C. following his beloved sister Robin. Larry…...

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Lydia Patricia Brown

Lydia Patricia Brown was born April 21, 1956, in Norfolk, Virginia, to James Luther Brown, Sr. and Senner Mae Brown. She passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 due to a long illness. Affectionately known as Penny, she was raised in Carney Park in Norfolk, which is where she formed life long friends. Penny attended Granby High School and Norview High School, where she graduated. Penny worked off and on at an antique shop called Country…...

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Nathaniel Jackson, Jr.

Nathaniel Jackson, Jr. passed away on August 7, 2019....

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Elizabeth Brodnax

Elizabeth S. Brodnax “Liz”, 88, of the 1000 block of Meads Rd. passed away on August 11, 2019. She was born on September 5, 1930 in Sardis, Mississippi. Elizabeth retired after 27 years of service from Depaul Medical Center. She received her education from Norfolk Public Schools. Elizabeth was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church where she served on the Usher Ministry, Loving Care Ministry and Pastor’s Aide. She was also a member  of…...

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Ronald Lee Smith

Ronald Lee Smith, “Ron”, was born on September 17, 1952 to the late Cleotha Smith and Mary Jackson in Norfolk, Virginia. He was a graduate of Matthew Fontaine Maury High School. He was also a retired veteran from the United States Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force, Ronald drove trucks from coast to coast, then locally. He later obtained employment through the Navy Exchange. He was a previous employee for Chesapeake Square Mall.…...

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Sharon Lynn Easter Holley

Sharon L. Easter- Holley Sunrise March 7, 1956 – Sunset August 10, 2019 Sharon L. Easter-Holley was surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Norfolk Sentara Heart Hospital as she transitioned into eternal rest. Sharon was the eldest daughter, born to Roman and Barbara Easter on March 7, 1956 in Norfolk, Virginia.  She is predeceased by her father Roman Easter Sr. Sharon graduated from Granby High School (Class of 1974). She…...

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Leronia Abrams

Leronia H. Abrams (Dolly) was born March 3, 1932 to the late Wade and Anne Lee Harvin in South Carolina. She passed away on August 7, 2019 at home peacefully. She was the wife of Clarence E. Abrams. They shared over 25 years together and loved one another unconditionally. Upon her confession of faith in Christ, she was a devoted member of New Mount Olive AME Church. Mrs. Abrams loved the Lord. In her spare…...

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Kenyatta O. Walker

Kenyatta O. Walker passed away on July 27, 2019....

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Latorya M. Bradley

Latorya M. Bradley passed away July 31, 2019....

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Willie O. Wilkins, Sr.

Willie Oscar Wilkins, Sr. went to eternal glory on August 7, 2019. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 14, 1925 to the late Mattie Wilkins Crawford and the late Archie Crawford. Being raised mostly by Christian aunts and uncles, he was brought up in church at an early age, and he knew the LORD. He served in the U. S. Army, doing two tours of duty, World War II and the Korean War.…...

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Lelia Mae Weaver

Lelia Mae Weaver, beloved Mother, Grandmother and Greatmother, passed away August 7, 2019, in Norfolk, VA at the age of 73. Lelia Mae was born in Tarboro, NC, where she was adopted by Scott Weaver. She later relocated to Norfolk, VA, residing in Oakleaf Forest and Tidewater Gardens. Affectionately known as “Mae” Lelia was the mother of eight children. She was preceded in death by Charles, Ricky and Linda and is survived by Jacqueline (Gerald),…...

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Ruth Ellen Freeman

Mrs. Ruth Ellen Turner Freeman took her last steps on the Kings Highway, August 6, 2019. She was born in North Hampton County, Virginia to the late Mrs. Stachia Turner and Mr. Edward Turner on July 6, 1925. She worked for Norfolk City School Board as a cafeteria manager for 32 years. She was a member of many organizations- Red Hatters and Silver Strands and loved traveling. She was an usher at 1st Baptist Church…...

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Linda Wiggins

Linda Wiggins passed away August 5, 2019....

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Allen White

Allen White passed away on July 27, 2019....

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Joseph Lee Wright, Sr.

Joseph L. Wright, Sr. (84) passed from this life to the next on Friday, August 2, 2019 at his home in Portsmouth, VA after a sustained illness.  Though Joe was born November 13, 1934 in Norfolk, VA  to Rufus Sylvester and Sarah (Johnson) Wright;  the nurse arrived to officially document his birth on November 21, 1934.  He was the third oldest of six children.  Four siblings preceded him in death:  Richard Wright, Clarence Wright, Junius…...

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Alvin Lawrence Stephens

Alvin Lawrence Stephens passed away August 5, 2019....

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