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Mother Hortense Willis

Hortense Willis of Norfolk, VA passed away on September 9, 2018. She was born on July 27, 1928 to the Late Hezekiah Jones Sr. and Laura Crowe Jones in Norfolk, VA. Mother Willis graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and attended classes at the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College (now Norfolk State University). She was the wife of Bishop Levi E. Willis Sr. Mother Willis served as the Co-Pastor of the Garden of Prayer Worship…...

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Lula M. Copeland

Lula Mae Rawles Copeland entered eternal rest on September 5, 2018 at 12:50PM at Pennybyrn Maryfield Care Center in High Point, NC.  Lula was born on April 19, 1924 to the late Jethro Edward and Ruth Francis Rawles in the Holland area of Nansemond County, Virginia. Lula graduated from East Suffolk High School in 1941 and married the late James E. Copeland, Sr. on February 6, 1942. Lula, the eldest of six children, was predeceased…...

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Karyl V. Woods

Karyl V. Woods departed this life on September 11, 2018. Born on July 5, 1946 to the late Lionel and Fannie Woods. She was a native of New Orleans, LA and resident of Norfolk, VA. Karyl was employed by Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where she worked in food services and retired after over thirty years. An independent woman who took care of herself and many others no matter the situation. Karyl had a heart of gold. Spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and feeding…...

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James Deloatch

“The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear?” Psalm 27:1 We pause to pay tribute to the precious memory of James DeLoatch, Jr. A TIME TO BE BORN: On July 15, 1943 a baby was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He was given the name of James DeLoatch, Jr. by his parents, Ruth DeLoatch and James DeLoatch, Sr. A TIME TO GROW: James spent his early years growing up and was educated in the Norfolk…...

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Dorothy Drake Cooper

Dorothy Drake Cooper passed away September 9, 2018....

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Willard A. Brown

Willard (Bobby) Brown, 74, entered into eternal rest, September 6, 2018.  He was a graduate of Carver High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, a retired Carpenter and a veteran of the U. S. Navy.  He was predeceased by his parents, Lee E. and Venezuela S. Brown, three brothers, Billy, Reginald and Rudolph. He is survived by his children, Kimico and Oren; seven siblings, Charles, Kenneth, Robert, Carolyn, Gloria, Edith and Joann....

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Samuel L. Hammond

Samuel Luke Hammond born on December 7, 1941 to the late James Hammond and Mary Davis of Norfolk, VA, departed this world to claim his eternal rest on September 5, 2018. He was married to the late Delores Hammond. Samuel had one son, Vince and a very special friend, Ms. Ernestine Mitchell. Samuel “Sammy” attended Booker T. Washington High School. He enlisted in the United States Reserve and worked as a short shoreman as a crew leader for many years.…...

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Bruce E. Boone, Jr.

On September 5, 2018, God called our beloved father, husband and friend, Bruce E. Boone, Jr home. Bruce resided in Chesapeake, Virginia until his passing. He was the son of Bruce E. Boone, Sr. (Trina) and Elizabeth Shirley Boone (deceased). Bruce was born October 30, 1965 and worked as a longshoreman for 18 years at ILA local 1248. He loved his job and his job title. He will be forever remembered for his jokes, making people laugh with his crazy sense of humor. He…...

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Nadelia M. Alonzo

Nadelia M. Alonzo passed away September 5, 2018....

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Adrian J. Jordan

Adrian J. Jordan passed away September 2, 2018....

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Victor Van Wilson

Victor Van Wilson was born on November 22, 1964 to the late Johnny Lee Wilson, Sr. and Mildred Wilson. He was a native of Norfolk, Virginia where he grow up in Colonial Place. Victor graduated Maury High School where he played football, baseball and wrestled. During a part of his life he also played 7 years for Clancy Softball League, as an Outfielder. Victor worked at Affordable Dozer, Inc. as an excavator for over 15 years. His passions were grilling and telling…...

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Annie Lee Lewis

Annie Lewis was called to eternal rest on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Pervy Lee Jones. She accepted Christ early in life and was a faithful member of New Saint John A.M.E. Church, Virginia Beach, were she served on the Stewardess Board for many years. She attended school in Norfolk and Virginia Beach and was a graduate of Keys Business College, where she received an associate degree in clerical administration. She was employed by the Norfolk…...

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Annie Lee Lewis

Annie Lee Lewis passed away September 5, 2018....

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Ezel Jones “Jimmie”

Ezel Jones “Jimmie” passed away September 4, 2018....

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Trevon D. Skinner

On Tuesday Morning September 4, 2018 A.D. the universe aligned the stars to transition Trevon D. Skinner, Sr. into Eternal after life. He was born on August 4, 1995 in Norfolk, VA, to Shelton Skinner and Darlene Hathaway- Skinner. He was predeceased by one sister, Stephanie Francis; Grandparents, Barbara A. Skinner, Andrew M. Skinner, Clifton Hathaway, Sr., JoAnne Hathaway; uncle, Artie Bizit Hathaway; and Aunt, Patricia Ann Ingram. He was educated in the Norfolk Public School System. He was employed at S&S Landscaping and…...

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Helena Y. Bowman

Helena Y. Bowman 75, passed away on September 3, 2018. She was born to the late Pearl and Luther Garner, Sr. and preceded in death by her sister, Barbara Bynum and brother, Luther Garner, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Norman Bowman, Sr. and children, Vida (Henry), Chevelle (Kenny), Norman, Jr. (Rhonda) and Nicole; her sisters, Gwen (Carlton) and Val; brother, Larry (Rosa), 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and a host of…...

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Emma Chesson

Emma Beatrice Moore Chesson, 83, passed away on September 3, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.  She was born December 28, 1934 to Maude and Cornelius Moore, Jr.  in Norfolk County, VA.  She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Harold E. Chesson, Sr.; children, Harold E. Chesson, Jr., Purvis J. Chesson, Amanda Clemons (Byron), and DeMarco McDonald; her sister, Ethel N. Taylor (James); and brother, Earl Moore (Patricia); 8 grandchildren; 13…...

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Rosetta Haile

Rosetta Haile passed away September 3, 2018....

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Thomas J. Haile

Thomas J. Haile passed away August 27, 2018....

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Shirley Foots

Perhaps she thought of all those she loved and decided she wanted to see, so she took a journey to the other side as happy as she could be. Shirley Darden Foots of the 2200 block of Lloyd Drive, Chesapeake, Virginia softly and sweetly passed away on August 23, 2018. She was born on July 28, 1937 to the late Claudie and Annie Mae Darden. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Shirley loved and collected all…...

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Virginia F. Barnett

Virginia F. Barnett passed away September 2, 2018....

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Juanita Johnson

Juanita Johnson, 78 of the 6200 block of Vaiden St. passed away on August 30, 2018 at her residence. Shew was born in Norfolk, VA on July 12, 1940 to the late Lillie Mae Scott and Ernest Savage. Juanita retired after 30 years of service as a Property Manager for Parish Rentals. Juanita is survived by two daughters, Beverly E. Johnson and Renee J. Jones; son, Earl Johnson; grandchildren, Juanita D. Cribbs, Byron A. Johnson and Gregory E. Johnson; one great grandchild, Isabella R.…...

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Anthony V. Cortes

Anthony Vincent Cortes passed away August 29, 2018. Anthony was born May 23, 1978 at St. Johns Hospital in Far Rockaway, New York. He was the beloved son of Edgar Fernando Cortes, Sr. and Geraldine Barry. He was raised in Norfolk and attended Lake Taylor High School. Anthony was a self-taught builder and began his own contracting business rebuilding homes. He was a gatherer of all people and had an amazing quality of offering his…...

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Reginald D. Cherry, Sr.

On August 30, 2018 our beloved Reginald Donnell Cherry, Sr. was called by the Master to accept his heavenly rewards. He was born on January 5, 1956, to John Harden and Naomi Smallwood Cherry in Portsmouth, VA. Reggie was educated in the Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from I.C. Norcom High School in 1974. He retired from the Ford Plant in Norfolk after over 30 years of employment. From the marriage of Reginald and Pamela…...

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Corine E. Skyles

Corine E. Skyles, a beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed from this life on Thursday, August 30, 2018.  She was born on February 22, 1933 in Norfolk County. After 22 years of service, she retired from Depaul Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant on June 30, 1995.  She was a founding member of Bethany Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA where she served in various capacities.  She was predeceased by Lilllian Benson.  She is survived…...

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Sandra O. Montgomery

Sandra “Blue” Montgomery daughter of the late Jesse and Clora McPherson was born December 13,1956 in  Murfreesboro, NC. She departed this life on August 29, 2018 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital surrounded by her family.  At a young age Sandra relocated to Virginia Beach, VA. Blue was a kind hearted person. To know her was to love her. When she  entered a room her presence was known. She played a vital role in raising many…...

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Leonard E. Williams, Jr.

Leonard Elbert Williams, Jr., 39, beloved husband, father, son, brother, nephew, uncle and cousin transitioned from life to glory on August 29, 2018 in Norfolk, VA. He was lovingly encircled by his family and friends. He was the son of Linda Marie Williams and the late Leonard Elbert Williams, Sr. Mr. Williams received his religion at an early age at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in 1994. He was a 1996 graduate of Tallwood High School. Leonard was a certified marine electrician, and had…...

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Casey Jones Jr.

Casey Jones, Jr., affectionately known as “Pop” was a 1954 Graduate of W.O. Boston High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is proceeded by his parents Casey Jones, Sr. / Willie Mae Hilbert-Jones and wife Ella Lorraine Jones. Casey enlisted into the United States Navy in 1952, and retired in 1974. His tours of duty included the 2 assignments in Vietnam, 3 Aircraft Carriers, 1 Destroyer, 1 Large Deck Amphibious Assault, and 3 Shore tours before…...

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James Lewis

James Lewis passed away August 28, 2018....

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Frederick A. Martin

Frederick A Martin “Fred” 59 of Norfolk, VA passed away on August 26, 2018.  He was born on October 22, 1958 to the late Andrew Martin and Shirley Davis. He is also predeceased by his wife, Kim Martin; a brother, Tom Brent and sister, Tammy Martin.  He leaves to cherish his daughters, Erin Rhue (Jamie), and Alexis Martin; sons, Freddy, Kyle and Zack; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Hale Rhue and Kimber Lee Martin; and loving sisters, a…...

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Floyd W. Owens

Floyd W. Owens passed away August 27, 2018....

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Christopher G. Code

Christopher George Code, known as “Chris” was born on June 30, 1959 to David George Code Jr. and Vera Beslow Code in the City of Norfolk, Virginia. He was the second child of four siblings; one girl and three boys.  Chris attended Norview High School. He worked for the City of Norfolk in Public Works for several years. After his career with the City of Norfolk, Chris became self-employed as a landscaper.  Chris had an…...

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Elsie O. Thornton

Elsie O. Thornton passed away August 24, 2018....

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Dereontay M. Collins

Our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend, Dereontay Marquel Collins kindly known as “Tay” of Portsmouth, Virginia. He was born April 15, 2000 to Cynlithia Gray and Cory Collins. Dereontay gained his wings to heaven on Monday, August 27, 2018. Dereontay was an upcoming Senior at Western Branch High School. He had a passion for shoes, sports and cooking. Dereontay owned over 20 pairs of Jordan’s and had over 30 pair of shoes in all, but Jordan’s were his favorite. Watching…...

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Edward J. Haley

Edward Joe Haley was born May 13, 1942 in New York City, the son of the late Algie Bell and the late Lenora Brown.  He spent his childhood in Suffolk, Virginia where he attended East Suffolk High School. and was part of both the varsity football and basketball teams.  From a young age he was always tall and muscular, also his resemblance to Joe Louis gained him the nickname “Joe” which followed him his whole…...

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Marjorie R. Bell

On Saturday evening, August 25, 2018, an angel of love touched our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, Mrs. Marjorie Bell, and into heavenly glory she flew. Her pains and sorrows have been wiped away, for today, she is in God’s care. She was born in Berkley, Va., January 12, 1926, to the late Lathan and Julia Riddick Bell. She ventured to New York City at an early age, where she remained for over 35 Years and worked as a…...

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Rosemary Alford Whitehurst

Rosemary was born in Atlanta, Georgia, as the first offspring of Rev. James A. and Rosette B. Alford. She was surrounded by Christian values and had a remarkable capacity to make moral choices, which she imparted to her three younger sisters and a brother.  She was a role model, and throughout her life touched the lives of all who met her.   She attended public schools in Atlanta and Newnan, Georgia.   As a tribute to her…...

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Yolonda D. Eley Everett

Yolonda Eley-Everett went home to be with the Lord on August 23, 2018 at 3:06pm. Throughout the years, Yolonda took pride in caring for others, being a backbone, and a jack of all trades. You name it, she could do it. She taught us everything she knew and everything we needed to know to survive in this cold world. She believed in us no matter what she discovered about us… Her legacy lives on through…...

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Ada M. Purnell

Ada M. Purnell, 102, of the 1100 block of Rugby Street, Norfolk, VA, peacefully passed away early Friday, August 24, 2018 and transitioned to her heavenly home. She was born July 19, 1916 to the late Oscar and Sarah Moore in Fairmont, North Carolina Public School System and at an early age, she accepted Christ as her personal savoir and joined Philadelphia Baptist Church- Nashville, NC. She later moved to Norfolk, Virginia to start her…...

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William H. Chapman, Jr.

William H. Chapman, Jr. passed away August 22, 2018....

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Charlie Oliver

Charlie Oliver was called home on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Charlie was born on February 16, 1944 to the late Eliza Jane and Bester Oliver in Eutaw, Alabama. After finishing high school, he moved to Hempstead , N.Y. He went to work in Nassau County as a cook at A. Holly Patterson Home for over 30 years. He met and married Gladys M. Downing on September 18th of this year, they would have been married…...

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Deloris V. Hill

Deloris Vernell Hill was born August 14, 1949 to the late Alvin and Mary White in Norfolk, Virginia. She was the third of eight children reared in their loving family unit. She departed this life on Friday August 24, 2018 at her home. She received her education from Norfolk Public Schools and was last employed as a Baker/ Line Worker at the local Mary Jane Bakery. Deloris was best known for her beautiful sprit and matching beaming smile. She was…...

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Dr. Shirley W. Lee

Shirley Wilkerson Lee, who resided in the 900 block of Princess Anne Rd., departed this life on August 22, 2018 in Norfolk, VA. Mrs. Lee was a native of Norfolk, Virginia and the daughter of the late Rev. Dr. James R., and Mrs. Thelma Mullen Wilkerson. Mrs. Lee was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, Norfolk. She received the B.S. Degree in Biology from Norfolk State University and the M.S. Degree in Earth…...

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Russell L. Allen

Mr. Russell Lee Allen, son of the late Jane Allen Draughn and the late W. T. Moore was born on September 15, 1938 in Edgecombe County, NC. While surrounded by family and loved ones, he peacefully departed this life on August 21, 2018 at the age of 79. After attending Patillo High School in Tarboro, NC at the age of 17, Russell enlisted in the US Airforce. Once discharged from the military, he moved to…...

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James Joshua Webb

James Joshua Webb, “better known as”  Josh, 28, of Norfolk, VA., departed this life on August 21, 2018. He was born January 22, 1990 in Norfolk, VA to Shellie Webb and James Burke Jr. He attended Norfolk Public Schools as young man. He was raised by his grandmother(s) Ruby Burkes and Jannie Webb. Josh was a joy to be around and had a smile that would brighten the gloomiest of days. Although he was a…...

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Sam Ellis, Jr.

The late Sam Ellis, Jr., known to many of his friends and family as “Junior”, was born on April 15, 1948, in Summerville, South Carolina, to the late Jessie and Sam Ellis, Sr. Sam graduated from high school and after completion, made a decision to join and serve in the United States Army. After completing four years in the Arm Forces, Sam relocated to Brooklyn, NY and started his journey with the Department of Veterans Affair Medical Center. During his career, he…...

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Christine R. Welch

On Thursday, August 16, 2018, Mother Christine R. Welch passed from this life to her eternal resting place. God, in all His magnificent glory, saw fit to call his child Home. Mother Welch was born October 6, 1923 in Southampton County. She is one of eight children, three brothers and four sisters, to the late Elder Garfield Ricks and Mrs. Lena Barnes Ricks. She began her religious journey at her father’s church, who was the pastor and founder of Saint Paul…...

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Wilhemina J. Terry

Wilhemina J. Terry, 63, of Norfolk, Va., passed away on August 22, 2018 after a battle with cancer. She was born on October 23, 1954 in Norfolk, VA. to Willie and Olivia (Lassiter) Davis. She was a 1973 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. She is survived by 4 daughters, Alicia (Dwight) Paschall, Katrisa Espinal, Kimberly (Clayton) Singleton, and Deonna Espinal; 5 grandchildren: Terina, Cameron, Chloe, Jasmyn and Jarrett; a very special nephew Gerald (Renee) Dew, and…...

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Bethany Y. Clemons

Bethany Yvette Clemons (affectionately known as Beth) departed this life on August 19th surrounded by her loving family.  Beth was predeceased by her brother, W. F. Clemons Jr.(Frankie), Paternal grandfather and grandmother, Allen Sr.  and Annie Clemons, Maternal grandfather, James W. Spencer, Great-grandmother, Ester Smith, and Uncles, Robert Brown, Prentice Spencer, Cleodis Johnson and Darnell Spencer. Beth was born on July 4, 1967 in Norfolk, VA.  She was educated in Norfolk & Chesapeake, VA  public…...

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Velma Jean Cook

Ms. Velma Jean Cook was born May 20, 1947 in Norfolk, VA to the late Charles and Cammie Cook. She was the youngest of five children; three preceded her in death, Bernard Banks, Charles Cook, and Larry Cook. Ms. Velma received in formal education through the Norfolk Public School System. She had some hardships and dropout. She was determine to finish and she did. She was so strong and motivated she got her G.E.D. and moves forward in her mother Footsteps and…...

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