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Lester Vann Toliver

Lester Van Toliver affectionately known as “Duck” departed this life on Sunday, April 5, 2020. He was the son of the late Richard and Helen Toliver. Lester was raised in Chesapeake in the Crestwood Manor Community and later in the Georgetown Community. He attended Indian River High School and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Tabernacle of Miracles Ministries. Lester was known for his vibrant personality. He socially enjoyed partying and…...

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Edith Gaydell Williams Ray

MRS. EDITH GAYDELL WILLIAMS RAY Edith Gaydell Williams Ray, 91, passed away peacefully on Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020 in Richmond, Va. A native of Suffolk, Va., she was born in 1928 to the late Aulcie T. Williams, Sr. and Alma Watkins Williams. She graduated from the former Booker T. Washington High School and attended Norfolk State College in Norfolk, Va. She was preceded in death by her brothers: Aulicie Williams, Jr., Henderson Williams, Sr. and Romie…...

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James Irvin Roberson, Jr.

James Irvin Roberson, Jr. known as Jimmy-Long was born on November 9, 1951 to the late Virginia and James Roberson.  James departed on April 8th 2020 in his home. Jimmy-Long attended Norcom High school and he was born and raised in Jeffery Wilson.  He loved-loved music, he loved basketball and football. His favorite teams were the Pittsburg Stealers and the L.A. Lakers.  He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and family especially his son Jermaine. …...

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Cordelia Cuffee

Cordelia Wilson Cuffee 92, transitioned to her heavenly home on Thursday April 09, 2020 in the presence of her loving family. She was born January 07, 1928 in Norfolk County to the late Pecolia and Thaddeus Wilson. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles E. Cuffee, 2 daughters: Paulette J. Cuffee and Cathy M. Cuffee and 2 sons: Charles A. Cuffee and Donzell L. Cuffee and a grandson: Marcus Cuffee. Also, her constant loving canine…...

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Sandra W. Scott

Deaconess Sandra W. Scott was called to her eternal reward on April 8, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on March 24, 1957 to the late Willie Worsley, Sr. and Beatrice Worsley. Sandra was a 1975 graduate of Oscar F. Smith High School, Chesapeake, VA where she received her Diploma. She later furthered her education at Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University for CEU credits early childhood education. She…...

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Irvin Nathaniel Scott

Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold, love and comforted like sunshine after the rain. Love is a healer of broken hearts that long to be made whole. Love is a lighthouse beacon that brings lost souls back to shore. Love is the guide that’s directing our footsteps through the forest of pain and sorrow. Love is the answer to the question we’re all asking; why? And, love will be…...

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Alice A. Craddock Massey

Alice Ashley Craddock Massey, 70, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2020 in Norfolk, Virginia, after a 12-year struggle with Posterior Cortical Atrophy. Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Dr. George Barksdale Craddock and Mary Spencer Jack Craddock. She graduated from Seven Hills School, Mary Baldwin College, and received a Masters in Counseling from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Alice began her 31-year career at…...

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John H. Jenkins, Sr.

John H. Jenkins, Sr. passed away on April 7, 2020....

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Barry C. Gatling, Sr.

Barry Clayton Gatling, Sr. was born July 6, 1956. He is the son of the late Alice Rozelia Gatling and William A. Gatling, Sr. Barry is predeceased by his sister Lessie Mitchell. He leaves to cherish his memory three sons, Barry (BJ) Wendy, Marquis Holloway, Christopher Holloway, his one; one and only daughter, Tamara Holloway (Baby Girl); fourteen grandchildren, Quinton, SaMya, Camerin, Victor, Santino, Mia Turner, Marcellis Turner, Khia Turner, Marcus Dade, Marlo McCray, Mykhia…...

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George Marsh, Jr.

George Washington Marsh, Jr. entered into the presence of The Lord on April 7, 2020. He was born to the late George Washington Marsh, Sr. and Betty Jane Marsh (Poindexter) on January 30, 1956. He was the third of four children born of that union. His love for The Lord was nurtured at an early age, where he accepted The Lord Christ as his savior. George was educated in the Portsmouth Public Schools System, graduating…...

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Charles E. Stith, Sr.

Charles Eshel Stith Sr. passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on April 7, 2020 in Chesapeake, VA. at the age of 88. Charles is preceded in death by his parents Henry I. Stith and Rosa B. Stith, daughter Donna M.S. Robinson and brother Herold Stith. Charles was born on September 20, 1931 in Southampton County, VA to Henry and Rosa Stith. He married Dorothy L. (Phillips) Stith, in 1960. The couple welcomed…...

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Sidney J. Goodson, III

Sidney Joseph “Bear” Goodson III was born November 26, 1948 to Audrey Curtis and Sidney Joseph Goodson Jr. Sidney or Bear as everyone loved to call him was educated in the Norfolk School System but obtained his GED and afterwards enlisted in the Army. He did his tour during the Vietnam War. After being discharged on disability, he continued doing plastering until his health started to fail him. Bear is survived by four sisters, Corliss…...

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Elston Haley, Sr.

Elston Haley, 61 passed March 28, 2020. Elston grew up in Lamberts Point area of Norfolk, VA. He is predeceased by his parents, James and Elizabeth Haley; brothers, Bernard, David, Cleavon, and James Haley.  Elston loved the Redskins and Boston Celtics and absolutely loved and adored his children. Elston leaves to cherish his memories, his daughter, Estarina Holloway-Haley; son, Elston Haley, Jr.; one granddaughter, De’Treonna Rayford, one grandson, Ka’Majai (Man of the House) Coley, one…...

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Nellie Sarah Williams

Nellie Sarah Williams was born August 9, 1935 to Harrison and Sarah Griffin Roach. Nellie departed this life on April 5, 2020 in her home. Nellie grew up in New Land, North Carolina and attended New Land High School. Nellie had five siblings: two brothers, Charlie and Benjamin and three sisters, Nancy Griffin, Julie Hoffler and Mary Kirkland. Mary is the only living sibling. She leaves to cherish her memories her loving husband, Naman Williams,…...

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Vernon Randall

Vernon Lee Randall, the son of the late Naomi Mann Randall and William Lee Randall was born on February 20, 1931 and raised in South Norfolk.  On Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020, he made his transition to be with the Lord.  He was an active member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia. He attended school in South Norfolk through the eighth grade.  South Norfolk did not have a high school for minorities consequently…...

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Evelyn H. Wigglesworth-Brown

Dr. Evelyn Harris Wigglesworth–Brown of Chesapeake, Virginia answered the call from her Angels on April 4, 2020.  She was 77 years old and lived a full, fruitful and fun-loving life.  She was affectionately known as “Happy Feet” because when the music started, so did she.  She turned her gifts and talents into a career driven by service to others. She was driven to help others and was an outstanding educator and mentor, shaping and enriching…...

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Barbara Elizabeth Hinton

On Saturday, April 4, 2020, Barbara Elizabeth Giroux Hinton, 93, of Norfolk, Virginia passed away. Her final days were spent surrounded by family. Born July 8,1926, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbara was the daughter to the late Frederick Edwin and Lenora Glasgow Giroux.  Barbara loved to go shopping and listening to music. She is predeceased by her husband Roy, son Ali and her siblings: Rita, Marjorie, Calvin, Vilma, William, Irma, Peggy and Fredrick. Barbara…...

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Joseph Scott, Jr.

Joseph Scott, Jr. of Portsmouth, Virginia left his earthly home to be with the Lord on April 1, 2020. He was born January 24, 1952, in Portsmouth, Va., to the late Elder Joseph Scott and Rosa Scott. He is an alumni of I.C. Norcom High School. He was employed for many years at Sears & Roebuck, and Norfolk Naval Base as a boilermaker. Joe was a great caretaker of his parents and a great handyman.…...

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Lillie Marie Foriest

Lillie Marie Foriest passed away on April 4, 2020....

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James Mason

James Mason passed away on April 5, 2020....

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Curtis M. Conyers

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Curtis M. Conyers completed his journey of life. Curtis was born on July 29, 1961 to the late Jerry and Lucinda Conyers in Norfolk, Virginia and was educated in the Norfolk Public School System. He is preceded in death by his daughters, Christine Salisbury and Monique Conyers and brothers, Kevin Conyers, Floyd Williams, Darren Williams and Lemuel Williams. Curtis was employed with Dollar Tree where he retired after more than…...

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Eugenia L. Grant

On Saturday, April 4, 2020 Eugenia L. Grant received her wings from the Lord. She was a loving and loyal wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and a cherished friend. Eugenia, lovingly known as “Gina” was born on September 5, 1953 to Margaret V. Shelton Savage and the late Junie M. Copeland. She was educated by Portsmouth City Public Schools. She was a member of Emanuel AME Church of Portsmouth, VA and participated in…...

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Melvin Lee Paige, Sr.

Melvin, 67, died  on March 31,2020. He is survived by his wife, Ivell Paige; children, Carvette Paige, Mynell Holloway, Melvina Branch, Sheena Paige, Robert Paige (Mike), Michelle White, Henry Paige, James Williams, Patrick Williams, Nate Paige, and Kennedy Paige and a host of grandchildren....

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Rebecca Lorene Loyd Spady

Rebecca Lorene Loyd Spady passed away on March 31, 2020....

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James Roger Sessoms, Jr.

James Roger Sessoms, Jr. 63, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.  He was born October 1, 1956 in Bertie County Hospital in Windsor, North Carolina.  James was known by many of his friends as “Lil James” and “B.J.”.  He was educated in Norfolk Public Schools where he attended Diggs Park Elementary and Lake Taylor High School.  He used to sing with the gospel group called the Gospel Redeemers…...

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Robert L. Taylor

On March 31, 2020, Robert Lee Taylor departed this life peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Robert was born on March 10, 1949 to late Rosa Mae Taylor and Leonard Phelps Taylor, Sr. Robert was preceded in death by his daughter, Robin Taylor; brother, Leonard Phelps and sister-in-law, Patricia Taylor. Robert worked at the Norfolk Naval Shipbuilding for 46 years. He also served in the Army for 3 years. Robert was a very loving…...

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Minnie L. Hoskie

Minnie Lenora McIntosh was born on June 11, 1934, to the union of the late Harvey McIntosh and the late Dena Mae Smith in Sumter, SC. She had two sisters to precede her in death: Mary Agnes (Ruth) McIntosh Allen and Mary Elizabeth McIntosh Davis. Minnie accepted Christ at an early age and was then baptized in the precious name of the Lord. In 1949, she moved to Portsmouth, VA, where she graduated from “Our…...

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Miles S. Jones

On March 29, 2020, God stretched forth his arms, welcoming Mr. Miles Stanley Jones to his eternal home. Stanley is the son of Vernice Gaskins and the late Clifton Brimley. He is predeceased by his grandmother, Equiallia F. Jones; two sisters, Theresa Williams and Lily Mae Gaskins and daughter Naomi Waters. Miles retired from EV Williams after 40 years of service and dedication to the company and fellow co-workers. Stanley leaves to cherish his memories,…...

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Stanley L. Little

Stanley L. Little passed away on March 30, 2020....

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Anna B. Rosario

Anna Beatrice Harrison Rosario was born on January 17th, 1932, the tenth and youngest child of Joseph A Robinson and Willianna Simms Robinson in Harlem, New York. She went to be with the Lord on March 30th, 2020. Shortly after graduation from high school she became employed with the City of New York. Her excellent stenography and typing skills served her well as she moved up in civil service. She became an administrative assistant at…...

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Kori A. Lambert

Kori Alexandre Lambert, 23, departed this life from natural causes on March 24, 2020 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Kori was born in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and is the son of Duane DiAngelo Lambert and Tara Ann (Hayes) Warner. He was educated in both Chesapeake and Suffolk; and was a graduate of Nansemond River High School, Class of 2015. At the time of his transition, Kori was a Federal Civil Servant and was continuing his education…...

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Gracie Mae Collins

Gracie Mae Collins was born may 25, 1942 to the late, Earvis and Beatrice Jordan in Southampton VA. There she received her education. Gracie accepted Christ at an early age and began her Christian walk as a member of Elm Avenue United Methodist Church. Gracie was member of the Hospitality Committee, Sunday school supertindent, Sunday school teacher for over 20 years, she served God faithfully. She was steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the word of…...

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Argina Fernandez

On March 31, 2020, God summoned home our beloved angel, mother, wife, Gigi, sister, niece aunt, and daughter from labor to rest. Argina, lovingly known as “Gina” was born Valentine’s Day February 14, 1969 to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Etheridge Sr. She was predeceased by her mother Olivia Etheridge and brother Gary Etheridge. Gina attended Norview High School. She was previously employed with Virginia Wesleyan University for 11 years and most recently with BJs Wholesale…...

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Martha Lee Bryant

Martha Lee (Nowvell) Bryant, affectionately known as “Tutts” and “Boot”, was born on April 10, 1945, in Norfolk, Virginia, to the late Rosa Lee (Nowvell) Solomon.  On Monday afternoon, March 30, 2020, she slipped beautifully and peacefully into the arms of God, while at Sentara Hospital-Virginia Beach.  All who knew and loved her, patiently waited for her return home, but God’s patience required her to return to her heavenly home.  Martha had a personal relationship…...

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Marinietta B. Sturdivant

Minister Marinietta is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. She is the second eldest of eight children born to the late Pursell and Ida Sturdivant. Minister Sturdivant also has a twin sister and she is the oldest twin. She is the mother of three children and has grandchildren and great grandchildren. Minister Sturdivant received her High School Diploma after studying hard from Thomason High School in Scranton, Pennsylvania through their distance learning program. She received her…...

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Ida Gibson Jacobs

Ida Gibson Jacobs peacefully transitioned to her reward on, March 28, 2020.  She was born on March 16, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Luther and Lila Gibson. She attended P.S. 138 and graduated from Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, New York.  After high school, Ida worked at the Brooklyn Library while attending college part-time.  After marrying Oliver in 1961, they moved to Portsmouth, Virginia.  She worked many years at the…...

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Theresa B. Taylor

Theresa Taylor was born on September 15,1954 to Beatrice Robinson and the late Harry Lee Watson Sr, in Portsmouth, VA. She transitioned to be with the Lord on March 25,2020 in her home. Theresa was known for unique personality. She loved to have fun with family and always spoke her mind. She loved shoes and was known for her large shoe collection. She always welcomed everyone in her home and was very loving and caring.…...

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Charles E. Fields

Charles E. Fields passed away on March 25, 2020....

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Esley P. Smith

Esley Smith was born on September 21, 1975 in Nassawadox, VA and was called home on March 19, 2020 in Virginia Beach, VA at the age of 44. He was raised in Ewing Township, New Jersey and graduated from Ewing High School. Esley proudly served over 24 years in the United States Navy, as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (ABHC). He was a faithful member of Calvary Revival Church (Norfolk) and served on the Student and…...

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Sandra B. Williams

Sandra B. Williams was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, departed this life peacefully on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Portsmouth, Virginia.  She was born on May 18, 1944 to William Edward Jones, Sr. and Fannie Bell Johnson of Portsmouth, Virginia.  Growing up she attended St. Paul Holiness Church and later became a member of Calvary Revival.  She was alumna of I.C. Norcom High School and later furthered her education at Tidewater Community…...

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Emma Lee Brown

Emma Lee Harrison Brown was born to Willie and Mittie Brown Harrison on July 20, 1929 in Halifax County, NC. She was one of nine children and was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus W. Brown, Jr; son, Rufus W. Brown III; parents, Willie and Mittie Harrison; four brothers, John, Alston, Wilmon and George Harrison and one sister, Eliza Spruill. She was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she served on the…...

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Melvin T. Smith, Jr.

Melvin Thomas Smith, Jr. was born on the 26th of May in 1965 to the proud parents of Elizabeth and the late Melvin T. Smith, Sr.  He began his journey beyond this life on the 27th of March in 2020 with his brother by his bedside. Melvin is known as Jr. by his family.  Jr. is also known as Truck Turner. He is also an original member of the “Rock Pile Family” (The Neighborhood Kids). He attended Woodrow…...

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Benita A. Askew

Benita A. Askew, born in Norfolk, Virginia on August 8, 1960 passed on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital at the age of 59. A beloved wife, mother of 2 sons, a grandmother to 4 grandsons, 3 granddaughters and 2 great grandsons. She is the daughter of James Melvin Cross and Eartherdell Olivia Dunston. She is a sister, a niece, a cousin and a friend to many. If desired donations can be…...

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Margie Anna Collins

Margie Anna Collins passed away on March 26, 2020....

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Maurice Murphy

On March 20, 2020 Maurice Murphy beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend was called home to be with the Lord.  Maurice was born July 30, 1973 in Norfolk to Hazel Slaughter and Ransom Murphy who he leaves to cherish his memories.  Maurice was truly loved and spoiled by his grandmother, Ladyne Williams, and his grandfather Billie Lyons, who both preceded him in death. Maurice, affectionately known as “Reese” to all who knew him was a…...

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Calvin L. Green, Jr.

Calvin L. Green, Jr. passed away on March 24, 2020....

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Pierre Lyons

Pierre D. Lyons resident of Chesapeake, VA, 68 passed away, Saturday, March 21, 2020 after a long illness. Pierre was born October 29, 1951 in Wilmington, NC to Venna and John Lyons. He began and ended his career as a truck driver. The last was with Domestic Fuel and Lube Company for 20 years as a fuel distributer. On December 13, 2001, he married Darla S. Steele. He was preceded in death by his parents,…...

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Ella M. Joyner-Majette

Ella Mae Joyner-Majette Quietly and peacefully at home on March 21, 2020 at the age of 96, Evangelist (Mother) Ella Mae Joyner-Majette went home to be with the Lord. She is survived by: 6 grandchildren; Robin Holt (Ron), Diann Holmes, Gloria Waters, Ursula Adams Clinton Hampton (Tina), Sterling Hampton; 10 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren; 2 loving sisters (Jeanette Bell and Dorothy Fleetwood); one brother William H Porter (Josie); and many other relatives and friends. Due…...

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James F. Sharp

James F. Sharp (affectionately known as Jitterbug by the family) was born on April 27,1940 in Norfolk Va to the late Lillian Sharp Foskey . On the morning of Saturday March 21st 2020, he returned to his eternal home in heaven after living for almost 80 years. He was predeceased by his siblings Luther E. Sharp, and William A. Sharp (Vivian). His remaining living sibling is Sarah Diane Brown who was his devoted caregiver. During…...

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Aubrey Tyron Bates, Sr.

Chicago weather in January can be daunting. However, the Lord picked such a day to bring our wonderful Aubrey into the world. On January 13, 1975, a baby boy was born to Faye Loretta bunch Bates and Aubrey Bates, they named him Aubrey Tyron Bates. He had an older sister Audra, who even then, assumed the duties of caring for her baby brother. The family remained in Chicago until tragedy struck when Aubrey was five.…...

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