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Lettie F. Askew

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Hereminia A. Smith-Jolley

Hereminia Acquilla Smith-Jolley, also known as Mina, passed away on February 12, 2024, at the age of 76 in Norfolk, Virginia. She was born on January 5, 1948, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Hereminia was an energetic, determined, and fun-loving individual. She was highly educated and had a passion for learning. Mina was caring and loving, always putting others before herself. She was a graduate of Virginia Union University, received a Master Degree from Indiana University, and…...

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Robert Outram

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Carlos R. Brathwaite

Carlos Brathwaite was born in Colon, Republic of Panama, on October 16, 1947 to the late Helen Bramble and Lloyd Brathwaite. Upon completing high school in Panama, he and his sister, Olinda “Sandy” Brathwaite migrated to the United States to reside with their father and stepmother, Rosa Brathwaite. Carlos enlisted in the United States Army December 5, 1967.  He served in the Vietnam War from 1967 -1969 ultimately receiving an honorable discharge. Following his military…...

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Winsome P. Hammonds

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Emanuel Roundtree, III

On February 14, 2024, Emanuel Roundtree, III, affectionately known as Junnie, was called home to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer. Junnie was born February 11, 1964 in Portsmouth, VA to Gloria Roundtree and the late Manuel Roundtree. Junnie attended Norfolk Public Schools and retired from Chesapeake Food Services. He was predeceased in death by his father, Manuel Roundtree. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Gloria; sisters, LaTanya and Toy; daughters, Nastassia, Destiny and DeAsia;…...

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Willie R. Gainer

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Tracy Arrington, Sr.

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Dorek E. Hayes

On Tuesday January 16, 2024 Dorek E. Hayes passed away and was welcomed into the arms of our Lord and Savior as he  transitioned from this earthly realm into our Lord’s Eternal Peace. Dorek was born on June 9, 1980 in Norfolk,VA. He attended Bayside middle and high school where he became interested in theatre. As a Thespian, he received the opportunity to be an extra in a Civil War film, Cold Mountain starring Nicole Kidman and…...

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Lawrence Melvin Harris, Jr.

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Barbara Jean Harris-Thomas

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Joyce E. Nichols

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Nicole Lynn Brown

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David Earl Hill, Sr.

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Lawrence F. Chapman, Sr.

Lawrence F. Chapman, Sr., 90, devoted husband, father, grandfather, educator, golfer, and friend departed this life on February 12, 2024, surrounded by his wife and children. He was the son of the late Sarah MaGee and Louie Chapman, Sr. A native of Suffolk, VA, Lawrence was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School Class of 1952. He continued his studies at the Norfolk Division of Virginia…...

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Hazel Virginia Williams

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Vance Jones, Sr.

Vance Jones Sr. was born in Merritt North Carolina on April, 19th 1932 to the late Leander and Carrie Suggs Jones. After several months of illness, Vance departed this Earthly Life at his home in Chesapeake VA and returned to his Heavenly Father on February 12th, 2024. Three children Lorenzo Landers, Vance Jones Jr., and Barbara D. Jones, preceded him in Death. Vance attended public school in New Bern, NC and left school at the age of…...

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Benjamin Randall Nesbitt

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Glenda Ann Tillery

On Monday, February 12, 2024, Glenda Tillery transitioned from earth to eternity at Norfolk General Hospital. She was born on July 14, 1952, to the late Willie and Clotie Spruill. She graduated from Booker T Washington High School in 1972. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in her younger years. She began her career at Old Dominion University as a Lab Specialist in the Biology Department in 1979. She also did Phlebotomy part-time.…...

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Naomi Stevens

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Leathia O. Jones

On Sunday, February 11, 2024, an angel of the Lord was sent to escort our precious mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Leathia O. Jones to her heavenly home. Leathia was born June 23, 1937, to the late James Edward and Eula Jones in Portsmouth, VA.  She was one of 13 children born into this union. She was educated in the Portsmouth School System and attended I.C. Norcom High School. Leathia accepted the Lord Jesus…...

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Anthony Decoursey Mitchell

Anthony Decoursey Mitchell, age 77, transitioned at Chesapeake Regional Hospital from this earthly life into eternal rest on Friday, February 9, 2024. He was born in St. Michael, Barbados on November 22, 1946, to the late Mrs. Loleta Mitchell and Mr. Percival Austin Mitchell. Tony was known as “Boo-Boo” in Barbados.  Tony attended St. Mathias Boys School in Barbados, then immigrated to the United States in 1970. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1974. A…...

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Jacqueline Yvonne Cherry

Jacqueline Yvonne Cherry, affectionately known as “Jackie”, departed this earthly life to be welcomed into God’s Kingdom on February 10, 2024, in Suffolk, Virginia at the age of 82. Jackie was born in Norfolk County (Chesapeake).  Her early years were spent in the Gilmerton area of Chesapeake where she attended school.  Jackie was a graduate of Crestwood High School, and after graduating high school she moved to Washington, DC. While in the Washington, DC/Maryland area,…...

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Saldania Harrison

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Ronnie Credle Campbell

On February 9, 2024, Ronnie C. Campbell was called home to eternal rest. He was born on October 21, 1977 to the late Ronnie Credle and Barbara Campbell-Harrington.   Affectionately known by many as ‘Fu-Fu’, Ronnie was a loving person with a wonderful sense of humor.  His loyalty to his family and friends knew no bounds, as he would protect his loved ones. He enjoyed music and will be fondly remembered for his free-spirited attitude.…...

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Arneta Marie Thagard

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Yvonne A. Boone

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Sharline Doretha Stokley

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William Michael Sills

William Sills, 73, of Portsmouth, VA passed away on February 10, 2024 in Norfolk, VA. William was born in New York to Willie Belle Sills on August 27, 1950.  He attended Portsmouth Public schools and was a 1968 graduate of I.C. Norcom High School.  He later earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Norfolk State University.  He was a veteran of Desert Storm and honorably served in the U. S. Navy for 22 years before…...

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Shirley Ann Taylor

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Marvin Grantum

Marvin Grantum was born on June 11th, 1952, in Ridgeland South Carolina. He was the third of six children born to the late Eloise and James Grantum. Marvin accepted Christ at an early age and was a former member of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church. He graduated from I. C. Norcom High School in 1971.After Completion of High School he joined the U. S. Marines and became a Rifleman. After Leaving the Marines, Marvin accepted…...

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Connie A. Windbush

Connie Alice Windbush, a faithful servant of the Lord, was called to her heavenly home on February 6, 2024, at the age of 73. Born on April 30, 1950, in Lobato, West Virginia, to Albert Sr. and Myrdis Allen, Connie grew to embody the virtues of humility, gratitude, and respect for all of God’s creation. Throughout her life, Connie walked in the light of the Lord, serving as a deaconess and living out her faith…...

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Alvin Lee Mullen

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Richard Wayne Davis

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Joyce M. Lashley

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India Anna Hill

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Mitchell Lee Debraux

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Earthen E. Johnson

Earthen Elizabeth Johnson was born July 17, 1983 in Hampton, Virginia to Mrs. Joyce V. Johnson and Dr. Melvin R. Johnson, both residents of Suffolk, VA.  She was the youngest of three siblings and resided in Pennsauken and Cherry Hill, New Jersey for the past 19 years.  On Saturday, February 3, 2024, our beloved Earthen was called home to be with the Lord at the age of 40 after a brave 3-year battle with colon…...

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Jackquelyn Marie Stevenson

Jackquelyn Marie Stevenson known to her loved ones as Jackie, passed away on January 30th  2024 in Suffolk, VA at the age of 29.  She was born on June 3, 1994 at Portsmouth Navel Hospital, Portsmouth VA. Jackie attended Kings Fork High School and then pursued a career at OVC.  She was passionate about her work and dedicated herself to her profession.  In her free time, Jackie enjoyed traveling, braiding hair, dancing, and indulging in…...

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William Christopher Bond

William Christopher Bond, known as Chris, passed away unexpectedly on January 20, 2024 at the age of 51 in Chesapeake, VA. He was born on December 7, 1972 in Portsmouth, VA to Olivia Grimes and William Richard Bond, who have both predeceased him. Chris grew up in Cavalier Manor, a place he took great pride in. He had an older sister, Valerie Elliot, who also predeceased him. Recently, Chris achieved one of his greatest accomplishments…...

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Fannie Mae Mason

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Deborah R. Springs

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Linwood G. Blake, Jr.

Mr. Linwood G. “Bubba” Blake, Jr. was born on August 7, 1964, to the late Linwood G. Blake, Sr and Daisy Lyles in Lewiston, North Carolina. Relocating to Portsmouth, Virginia in 1978, where he attended Woodrow Woodson High School.  He worked for years as a contractor on numerous building projects throughout the city.  Linwood was renowned for his sense of humor and love for his family. Linwood was often called upon by the family to…...

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Alfred Benjamin Elliott

Alfred Benjamin Elliott, known as Al, was born to the late Clarence Brenville Elliott, Sr., and Hortense Bell on May 1, 1956, in New York. Alfred moved to Nassau Bahamas at a very young age where his aunt, Maria Forbes (now deceased), raised him.  He attended Western Junior School followed by Western Senior School, where he excelled in all subjects.  He then went on to St. Augustine College (SAC) where he enjoyed singing in the…...

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Sidney Ricks

Sidney Ricks was born in Sumter, South Carolina, on December 1, 1935. The eldest of six children, Sidney and his family spent his early years in the country. As a young widow, his mother,Edith Ricks, migrated to the north, where they settled in Asbury Park, New Jersey. There, she raised Sidney and his siblings Harriet, Eleanor, Robbie, Chester, and Dorothy. Sidney’s formative years were spent in Asbury Park, where he attended Bangs Avenue Grammar School…...

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James Edward Bridgeford

On February 3, 2024, God called our beloved James E. Bridgeford to his eternal rest. James was born November 20, 1943 to the late James and Mary Bridgeford in Norfolk, Virginia.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Antoinette ‘Toni’ Bridgeford-Colander. He was educated in Norfolk Public Schools system, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in 1961. He furthered his education at Norfolk State University, receiving his bachelor’s…...

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Audrey Stroud

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Linda Faye Montgomery

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Kenny D. Vinson, Sr.

Kenny Devane Vinson Sr. aged 59, departed this life to go be with the Lord on February 1, 2024. Kenny was better known as Vaney (affectionately named by his younger brother Keith) Petey, Devane, Da, Dad, Pop, Granda Devane, Granddaddy Devane Sir (affectionately named by his granddaughter Shakira “Kia” White) Grandad, and Uncle Devane. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who loved him.…...

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Lee Grant Robinson

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