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Kevin Collins

Kevin Kyle “KC” Collins, 62 departed his life to enter into enteral rest on July 30, 2019.  Kevin was often referred to as KC by his friends and family.  He was born on July 28, 1957 in Norfolk, VA to the late Clarence and Dorothy Collins. Kevin graduated from Granby High School and attended Norfolk State University.  He worked for Nexcom and USAA. Kevin was a great father and was loved by his friends.  He…...

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Sorota G. Johnson

Sorota Griffin Johnson of Chesapeake, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 3, 2019. She was born January 9, 1948, to the late William S. and Emily L. Griffin Sr. of Norfolk, Va. Rota graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Immediately after graduation she was afforded the opportunity to work at General Electric (GE) in Portsmouth Va. While working she enrolled in nursing classes at Tidewater Community College. Rota continued…...

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Mercedees O. Goodman

Mercedees “Lil Merk” Myers Goodman died peacefully in her home on Sunday, August 4, 2019 in Norfolk, VA at the age of 71. Mercedees was preceded in death by her parents, Mercedes Murray Myers Uzzell and George Myers Jr., brothers, Francis Myers and Gregory Myers. Mercedees is survived by her loving children, Gregory Goodman (Lisa) and Georgette Houchins (Nikita); a brother, George Myers (Danielle); one aunt, Leola Mason and one sister-in-law Zelma Hall; five grandchildren, Melonie, Tony, Malachi, Morgan…...

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Vinston Leroy Porter, Sr.

Deacon Vinston Leroy Porter, Sr. was born September 21, 1935 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Mrs. Dorothy Mae Stancil Porter and Mr. Otis Porter.  He was an only child. He graduated from I.C. Norcom High School (Portsmouth) in 1953.  As a Thespian, he participated in the Drama Club and acted in several plays in high school and he was also a member of the Student Council Organization. After high school, he enrolled in Norfolk State University,…...

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Thomas Allen Richardson

Thomas Allen Richardson departed this life on Thursday, August 1,2019 at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. God reached down and carried his son home. There will be no more pain and suffering. Thomas Allen Richardson was born October 14,1949 to Joseph and Madeline Richardson they resided in Portsmouth, VA, where he received his education. He worked as a Master Mason and he loved to cook and to listen to gospel music. Tommy is predeceased by his…...

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Frances Virginia Montgomery

A Time to Live Frances Virginia Montgomery was born on August 29, 1930 in Warrenton, “Warren County” North Carolina to the late George and Minnie (Boyd) Wooden. She received her early education in the North Carolina School System and the New York City School System. A Time to Labor Frances initially worked as a switchboard operator, then later as a teacher’s aide the job she loved most was working with children as a day care…...

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Elsie Wright

On Wednesday, 31 July 2019, Elsie Wright, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away in Norfolk, VA at the age of 77. She is survived by her two sons, Derrick and Ernest and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, aunts and cousins....

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Selesta Ferrell

Selesta Peterson Ferrell, daughter of the late Arthur and Vandora Peterson was born April 16, 1936 in Lewiston, North Carolina.  She lived a very full life.  She departed this life July 30, 2019 at Parsons Residential Care Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. Selesta was the third of five children born to her parents.  In addition to her parents, her siblings Johnnie Peterson and Sellioes Tatum preceded her in death. At an early age, she joined Beautiful…...

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Jacquelyn D. Wilkins

Jacquelyn D. Wilkins passed away on July 30, 2019....

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Willie Lee Nicholson

Willie Lee Nicholson was born January 26, 1945 to Charles and Marie Nicholson in Portsmouth Virginia. Willie grew up in Portsmouth, VA; he received his early education in the Portsmouth Public Schools System and attended I. C. Norcum High School. At the age of eighteen Willie joined the United States Navy where he served twelve years. He then for the next 10 years went to work for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Later Willie went to…...

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Sheila M. Whitehead

Sheila M. Whitehead passed peacefully into eternal rest on July 31, 2019. Sheila was born on January 4, 1955 to the late Clara Towe James White and Mack White. Sheila a lifelong resident of Tidewater, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA and attended Ann’s Beauty College in Norfolk as well. She spent more than 32 years in varying capacities with Norfolk Public Schools before retiring in 2006. After retirement Sheila spent…...

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Edward L. Owens

Edward L. Owens passed away July 19, 2019....

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April Medley-Rozelle

April Nicole Medley-Rozzelle a loving and caring woman went home to be with the Lord on July 30, 2019. April was born on April 16,1977. She was the daughter to the Late Frank Louis Medley and Evangeline Cunningham Medley. She leaves behind her husband, James  Rozzelle two daughters Capria Medley, Courtney Medley five brothers Steven Eugene Medley (Lisa Medley), Francois Louis Medley (Sharkeya Hicks Medley) Dontay Thomas (Lynn Thomas) Tory Allen,William Allen, three sisters Feraraise…...

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Virgie Lee Harvey

Virgie Lee Harvey, age 84, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. She was born October 12, 1934, in Chesapeake, Virginia to Plumber and Martha Harvey. She worked as a home healthcare provider in the Hampton Roads area for over 30 years. She was an active member of the Salvation Army Church and participated in the home league ministry. Virgie’s passion was to provide care to those who had disabilities and…...

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Ernestine W. Brooms

Ernestine Brooms, 86, passed away on July 29, 2019 in Virginia Beach, VA. She was the co-owner and operator of Acey Ducey Restaurant and retired in 1998 after 30 years of service....

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Horace M. Turner, Jr.

Our beloved and devoted father, Horace M. Turner, Jr. died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, on Monday, July 29, 2019. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia and lived happily there until he went home to see the Lord. He was educated in the Norfolk Public School System. Friends and family gave him the nickname “Feboy”. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country proudly. Horace worked as…...

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Shelia Linette Walker-Carr

Shelia “Lady in Red” Walker-Carr was the best Mom, Sister, Daughter, Aunt and Beautiful Woman inside and out. She leaves behind two gorgeous daughters, Atisha Davis and Lateeka Walker; five grandchildren, Max Spruill, Jr., Ceiara Spruill, Keyamiah Walker, Kristina and Emmanuel Davis; a beautiful sister, Felicia Moore and her best friend in the whole world, Diana Burton (Herd). This beautiful life we celebrate today, Shelia worked for Sentara Norfolk General for almost 17 years, everyone…...

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Carolyn Jackson

Carolyn was born in Annapolis, Maryland on March 6, 1954 to Charles Edward Chew, Sr. and Mary Alice Williams.  She passed away at home on Saturday, July 27, 2019.  Carolyn was the sixth of 10 brothers and sisters.  At a young age, Carolyn and her family moved from Maryland to Virginia. Carolyn was always kind, considerate and helpful to everyone she came into contact with. She was full of support and encouragement for all. If…...

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Addie Stone

Addie Stone passed away on July 30, 2019....

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Willie “Danny Boy” Smith, Sr.

Mr. Willie Smith, called “Danny Boy” by friends and family, beloved husband, father and grandfather, crossed over Thursday, July 25. He was 86 years old and lived in the Park Place neighborhood in Norfolk. He is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Mrs. Bertha Smith. Willie was born in Norfolk in 1933, one of eight children of Noah Smith and Celia Nixon. He retired after a long career working as a paper handler in the press room of The…...

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Vilma Braswell

Vilma Ire Braswell (Wilson), also affectionately known as Red, Bones and Ire, gained her wings on July 26, 2019.  Vilma was born September 26, 1936 to the late Rev. Joseph C. Wilson and Lucy R. Wilson.  Vilma was raised in a loving Christian based home in the West Norfolk area of Portsmouth, Virginia, and is the third child of ten siblings. Vilma was predeceased in death by her husband Paul Braswell; parents Rev. Joseph C.…...

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Bertha Mae Hardy

Bertha Mae “Menia” Hardy was born on June 3, 1947 in Norfolk County, Virginia to Lemmon and Bertha Lucas. She graduated from George Washington Carver High School. She retired from the City of Chesapeake. She was a faithful member of Grace Fellowship Church. Her love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was evident in the way she loved and cared for others. Menia had a fun-loving and caring spirit. She was such a people…...

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Jean Lee Howard

Jean Lee Howard departed this life onJuly 29, 2019. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Elena Howard of Norfolk, VA. She was preceded in death by thee sisters, Edna Carr, Algerine Fairfax and Cleona Johnson; one brother, Leon Howard all of Norfolk, VA. Jean was born October 2, 1935 in Norfolk, where she received her early Christian education, attended public school, graduated from high school, attended night school and in 1959 travel…...

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Corrine Scretching

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. Well done my good and faithful servant The late Mrs. Corrine Darden Scretching quietly transition away from her earthly home to her heavenly home on Thursday July 25, 2019 at Rose Mary Assisted Living in Norfolk, VA. She was born September 08, 1925 in Suffolk, VA to…...

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George H. Pitt, Jr.

George H. Pitt Jr. was born April 1, 1943 in Portsmouth, VA and on July 24, 2019, he left to be with the Lord, his Heavenly Father.  He was the son of the late George Pitt Sr. and the late Bettie Brown. He attended I.C. Norcom High School and proudly received his GED.  He was a dedicated Supervisor at General Foam Plastics for over 30 years. He was a member of Third Baptist Church in…...

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Hubert Z. Collins

Zack, our 98-year-old Monarch was born January 1, 1921 to Marshall and Gussie Berry Collins in Manteo, North Carolina on Roanoke Island. He is preceded by his parents, his 1st wife Alma, daughter Leolus, sisters Naomi Augusta and Naomi Augusta, brothers Reginal, Claude, Vincent, twin brother Herbert, Darmon, Randolph and Franks. During his U.S. Coast Guard Career, he traveled the world. He Received many accommodations and citations. He was a War Veteran and retired from…...

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Dr. Harrison B. Wilson, Jr.

Dr. Harrison Benjamin Wilson, Jr. passed away July 28, 2019....

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Eugene Walston

Eugene Walston passed away July 26, 2019....

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Felicia J. Hayes

Felicia J. Hayes passed away July 19, 2019....

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Lumina Pearl Jones

Mrs. Lumina Pearl Jones was fondly known as Pearl. She was the daughter of the late Rosanell Jackson and the late Johnny Bellamy. She was born on April 29, 1937 in Longs, South Carolina. Very peacefully and surrounded by family, on Saturday, July 27, 2019, the almighty God in His infinite wisdom, summoned Lumina Pearl Jones to a serene sleep while surrounded by love ones. Pearl was joined in matrimony to the late Warren Hardy…...

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Lauretha D. Spence

Lauretha D. Spence was born on May 9,1965 to Harold Smith, Sr. and Joyce Davis. At an early age she gave her life to Christ and has been serving God ever since. Lauretha graduated from Great Bridge High School in 1983. She was married to Donnie Clemons, Sr., through this union God blessed them with two children. Lauretha played on a softball team called Anisto Cats and her position was catcher. Her true passion was…...

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Kathryn Hines Williams

Kathryn H. Williams passed away July 22, 2019....

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Joseph Crew

Joseph Crew passed away July 21, 2019....

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Anitha D. “Neicy” Williams

Anitha D. “Neicy” Williams was born November 15, 1959 in Portsmouth, VA. She was the daughter of the late Raymond E. Pitt, Jr. and Loretta J. Pitt. She was the widow of the late J. Kirk Williams. She was a CNA for Maryview Nursing Care Center in Suffolk, VA. She worked in this field for over 40 years. She would often tell people that she knew working in health care was her calling. She served…...

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Eugene Clark

Eugene Clark passed July 24, 2019....

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Guadalupe Nieto-Arroyo

Guadalupe Nieto-Arroyo nacio en agosto 20 del 2006 Era una nina carinosa, amable, y de buen corazon y sobre todo sincera_Tenia dos hermanas y 1 hermano mayor; Asusena, Nallely, y Miguel. Que la querian y la adora van con todo su corazón. Era la mayor alegría de toda su familia leguastaba, bailar, cantar y sobre todo aserte reir. Ella se encarga de poner una gran sonrisa en tu cara. Tenia sus metas y mucho futuro…...

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Betty Jean Moore

Betty Jean Moore passed away on July 20, 2019....

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George B. Calloway

George B. Calloway passed away on July 23, 2019....

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Catherine B. Harris

Catherine B. Harris passed away July 18, 2019....

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Gwendolyn Yvonne Wimbs

Gwendolyn Yvonne Wimbs, affectionately known as “Gwen” was born on April 16, 1950 in Washington, D.C. to the late Archie L. Bazemore, Sr. and Mary L. Bazemore. Gwen departed this life on Friday, July 19, 2019. Gwen was a graduate of the Portsmouth Public School System. She went on to pursue a career in the medical healthcare field and worked in such until she retired. Gwen was preceded in death by her father Archie L. Bazemore,…...

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Kevin Early Ricks

On Sunday, July 21, 2019 our beloved Kevin E. Ricks departed this life and passed into the loving arms of our heavenly Father at Chesapeake Regional Hospital. Kevin was born August 4, 1954 in Norfolk county, now Chesapeake, VA, to the late Wallace M. and Sarah V. Ricks. He was a graduate of Great Bridge High School. Kevin was employed with Norfolk Ship Building and Dry Dock Co. for 20 years where he became the…...

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Montrell Ronald Brunson “Pookie”

Montrell Ronald “Pookie” Brunson. “Pookie” was born February 7, 1995 to Addie Brunson and Larry Green. He is the youngest of 6 and was born and raised in Chesapeake, Va. 23324. He was educated in the Chesapeake school district and graduated from Oscar Smith High School. He completed his senior year in the home school program instructed by Mr. Long. Mr Long was faithfully committed to educating Montrell and proudly presented him with his High…...

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Ollie Celestin, Jr.

Ollie Celestin, Jr. passed away on July 20, 2019....

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Marilyn P. Smith

Sorrows come and go just as surely as do the joys of life; yet there is something disquieting, so deeply sorrowful, about the death of a loved one that we never seem amply prepared for the inevitable occasion.  So it is with the passing of our beloved sister, aunt, great aunt, sister-in-law, and friend. Marilyn Pierce Smith, 57, of 12143 Pawtucket Lane, Waldorf, VA, was called home peacefully to eternal rest on Tuesday, July 16,…...

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John T. Lindsey

John Thomas Lindsey (83) slipped peacefully and quietly into eternal rest on Thursday, July 18, 2019 surrounded by his children at his side.  God called home his beloved son affectionately known as “Tommy” by some and “Smiley” by others after a valiant effort to fight Bone Cancer.  He made good progress, was a strong warrior, and a true fighter until the end as he was getting tired and ready to go in peace. John Thomas…...

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Charles Ray James

Charles Ray James was born on September 24, 1970 in Brooklyn, NY..  He is the son of Ernestine Stephenson James and Stephenson Winston James.  He attended Booker T. Washington High in Norfolk, Virginia. He later became a certified electrician and moved with his family to Ladson, South Carolina and later, to Mattapan, MA.   Charles is survived by his mother, Ernestine Stephenson James; his father, Stephenson W. James; his son, Charles James, Jr. (10); his brother Calvin…...

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James Willie Skinner

James Willie Skinner passed away July 18, 2019....

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Juanita H. Thomas

On Monday, July 15, 2019, God called Juanita Hines Thomas, our beloved sister, aunt, and friend home. Juanita, affectionally known by her family as “Nita”, is the second child of five. She was born on October 3, 1950 to Paul Hoover Hines and Alberta Person Hines in Chicago, Illinois. When she was very young, the family moved back to Emporia, VA, where she was raised. Her christian experience began early in her life at St.…...

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Joyce Gilliam Brown

Joyce Laverne Gilliam Brown was born on March 7, 1936, to Geneva and Lovies Gilliam. Nicknamed “Joycie-Girl” by her beloved Grandma Mit (paternal grandmother), and lovingly dubbed “Re-Joyce” by her uncle Robert Lee Gilliam. Re-Joyce was an only child, but she was soon joined by her cousins, Francis and Alverta. Francis and Joyce, though cousins by birth, were sisters by lifestyle. Their parents dressed them alike. They loved one another and learned to laugh early and often.…...

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Arethalia L. Whitfield-Scott

Arethalia Whitfield Scott peacefully left this earth to go home to her heavenly Father on July 17,2019 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Thalia (as many knew her) was born Arethalia Laverne Knight to the late Randolph Haskins and Edith Knight. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her very loving non-biological father, Earnest Thomas Vaughn Sr and sister Edith Sutton. Arethalia worked as a civil servant for the government at various…...

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