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Marvin Thurman Walton

Marvin Thurman Walton, age 36 passed away on August 19, 2021. He was born on December 28, 1984 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Agnes R. Walton and Marvin Morris. Marvin fondly referred to as “Heavy”. He grew up in the Huntersville area of Norfolk. Where he was a member of First Calvary Baptist Church. Heavy attended Norfolk Public Schools where he demonstrated his many great athletic abilities in soccer (Children of the Sun), swimming,…...

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Thelbert Hill

Thelbert Hill, 91, passed peacefully in his home on Thursday, August 19, 2021. He was born in Mounds, Illinois on January 23, 1930. However, the United States Navy changed his birth date to January 6, 1931. Thelbert was one of eleven children born to late Sarah and Isaiah Hill. He had 7 sisters and 4 brothers. He was the 3 rd of 4 brothers. Survived by 2 bothers Harry Hill, Texarkana, TX and Albert Hill,…...

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Arlene Blow

Ms. Arlene Blow, 63, of Chesapeake, VA went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. Born June 27, 1958 to the late Ivy Augustus Blow and Elizabeth Coleman. Born June 27, 1958, to the late Ivy Augustus Blow and Elizabeth Coleman. Arlene is predeceased by her parents, Ivy Augustus Blow and Elizabeth Coleman and brothers and sisters, Irene Cuffee, Augustus Blow, Herbert Blow and Robert Blow. She leaves behind nephews and…...

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Shenika Sheila Cuffee

On the morning of August 17, 2021 Shenika Sheila Cuffee passed due to illness. She was born to Beatrice Sheila Cuffee and Lord Unique Allah. She attended Chesapeake Public Schools and was enrolled in Virginia Wesleyan University. Shenika was employed by Chelsea Consulting Group, LLC, where she was a Grant Writer. Shenika loved many and was loved by even more. She leaves to cherish her memory, her Father Lord Unique Allah (Tara); her Sister Keyyanda Cuffee; Brothers Tony McClease…...

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Barbara J. Holloway

Barbara Jean Holloway Barbara Jean Holloway transitioned peacefully into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Thursday, August 19, 2021.  She was born April 30,1940, in Louisburg, North Carolina, to the late Johnnie and Bertha Thomas. Barbara grew up in Norfolk and attended Norfolk Public Schools.  She married Milton Holloway, Sr., and out of this union four children were born, one of whom (Milton, Jr.) predeceased her. She started her career in retail…...

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Annette F. Wilson

Annette Francine Diggs Wilson, daughter of Frances V. (Hodges) Diggs and the late Robert E. Diggs, was born November 6, 1957 in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was the youngest and only girl of four children. Annette, along with her three brothers (Robert, Ronald, and Roger), attended Mathews County Public Schools where she graduated from Mathews High School in 1976. She continued her education by attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. In 1981, she received a Bachelor’s…...

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Joella S. Roberts

On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, our beloved Joella S. Roberts, 85 years of age, entered eternal rest. Joella was born on August 17, 1936, in Sardis, Mississippi and was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Roberts, Sr.; parents, Eugene and Alamond Spann; sisters, Louise Bass, Elizabeth Broadnax; grandson, Cameron T. Jackson; and a stepson, James L. Roberts, Jr. Joella professed religion at an early age and became a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist…...

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Andrew Lee Willis

His Life and Legacy Andrew Lee Willis peacefully transitioned into eternal life Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at the age of 73.  Andrew was born in Columbus, Georgia on June 13, 1948.  He was the first of 3 children to Albert and Maggie Willis. In 1967 Andrew graduated from I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Va.  Joy entered his life in the person of Shirley Mack Willis his high school sweetheart who became his wife on…...

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Melvin Urquhart

On Monday morning August 16, 2021, surrounded by loving family members, Melvin departed this life. He was born to the late Marvin Urquhart and late Ruth Foreman on November 30, 1948. He was one of four children, being predeceased by one brother, Phil Urquhart. Melvin married the former Carolyn P. Horton on November 10, 1990. He retired from Old Dominion University (Housing Services) in 2013 after 25 years of service. He was a member of…...

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Glenda Louise Matthews

Glenda Louise Matthews passed away August 18, 2021....

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Barbara Ann Jones

Barbara Ann Jones, affectionately known as TeeTee, Kitty Yo, and Kitten was a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She transitioned from this world on Monday, August 16, 2021.  She was born in Franklin, VA on January 28, 1940. She attended Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from I.C. Norcom High School. Barbara enjoyed dancing, socializing and being in the company of her family and friends. One of her most…...

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Anthony Lamont Baker

Anthony Lamont Baker passed away on August 14, 2021....

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Brian Keith Payne

Brian Keith Payne also known as “The Washing Machine Man,” “Fred,” and “Fat Chicken Nugget” passed away on August 15, 2021, at the age of 51 in his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia after a lengthy battle with heart failure. Despite his battle with serious medical issues in recent years, he handled them valiantly and with a smile. Regardless of the pain, Brian remained strong to the end. Brian spent 30 years being undoubtedly the best…...

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Bert Joseph Jules

Bert Joseph “BJ” Jules was born on July 15, 1948 in St. Lucia, West Indies to the late Nicholas Dennis and Maryanna Jules. While living in St. Lucia, he dedicated his time to serve the community as a teacher, and he conceived a son named Glenn George. He relocated to St.Thomas as an early adult & built a life for himself. He married Marcia Jules on September 24, 1977. This union was blessed by two…...

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Lauren Inglish Langley

Lauren Inglish Langley passed away on August 14, 2021....

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Andra L. Dean

Andra L. Dean was born in Norfolk, Virginia on October 26, 1980. He was the son of Janice Dean and James E. Dean, Sr. Although he didn’t finish high school, Andra received his GED back in 2013. Andra was very crafty with his hands. He worked numerous jobs at the Metro Shipyard and was in construction. He was full of life. He was a jokester and loved playing the lottery. He always was full of wisdom, always reading and could…...

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Vernell Priscilla Collins

“Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumphet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51 Vernell Priscilla Collins quietly and peacefully departed this life on Friday, August 13, 2021. She was born January 17, 1965 to the late Lawrence Sr. and…...

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Eugene Jubray

Eugene Jubray of Portsmouth, Virginia entered eternal rest on August 14, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born to the loving union of the late Booker H. Jubray, Sr., and Clementine H. Jubray on January 6, 1939. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Herbert Davis and Booker H. Jubray, Jr. Eugene retired with 25 years of service at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a Sandblaster Mechanic. He…...

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Evangelena C. Medley

On Saturday August 14, 2021, Evangelena Cunningham Medley entered, into eternal rest peacefully with family by her side at Norfolk General Hospital. She was born July 2nd, 1956 to the late Walter Rich Cunningham and Mary Brown out of South Carolina. Evangelena was a very loving and generous mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and neighbor. Evangelena was one of a kind, she loved her family, friends and especially all of the family in South…...

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Karen A. Brown

Karen A. Brown passed away on August 14, 2021....

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Ryan Seagraves

Ryan Thomas Seagraves, age 45, a native of Norfolk, passed away on Wednesday August 11, 2021 in his home peacefully. Ryan Seagraves is survived by his wife Bessie May Seagraves and his three sons, Jason & Caleb Seagraves, Jacob George, and his daughter, Cheyenne Seagraves. He also leaves behind his mother Margaret Foster, his brother Chad Seagraves, his wife Jenifer, his nieces Brittany, Chelsea, Emmah Jane, and nephew Brayden, his great nephew’s Malachi & Kaiden…...

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Kimiko Peralta

Kimiko  Peralta passed away on July 25, 2021....

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Zane Austin White

Zane Austin White passed away on August 11, 2021....

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Sandra M. Givens-Grandison

Sandra Marie Givens-Grandison, affectionately known as “Peter” and/or “Sandy” 70, entered eternal rest on August 12, 2021. She was born on March 22, 1951, in Norfolk, VA to the late Doland Givens and Dorothy Boone. Sandra was educated in the Norfolk and Chesapeake public school systems and eventually graduated from George Washington Carver HS. Sandra worked over 35 years within the Healthcare System, starting at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, later Sentara Norfolk General…...

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Lisa Regina Elliott

And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again and your heart shall rejoice and your joy no man taketh from you. John 16:22 Mrs. Lisa Elliott of Chesapeake, Virginia departed to life to join Lord and Savior on the God given day of August 10, 2021. Lisa was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 23, 1969 to the late Elbert and Helen Corey. She attended Lake Taylor Senior High School graduating…...

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L.C. Smith

Elder L.C. Smith departed this life and was dispatched by angels on August 12, 2021, with his family at his bedside at Sentara Heart Hospital. Elder L.C. Smith was better known as Boy Baby and Smitty. L.C. was born on March 18, 1934, to the parents of Georgia and Elmo Smith in Waco, Texas. He was one of seventeen children. L.C. was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Pastor Naomi Smith, and fifteen…...

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Allen Edward Smith

Allen Edward Smith, 75, of Norfolk, VA. and Middleborough, MA. lost his courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, August 12, 2021. Born in Brockton to the late Edward Carl Smith and the late Arlene Barbara (Hawes) Smith, Allen worked hard throughout his life to serve and guide those in need. From his service in the United States Army to EMT to security to driving trucks cross-country to driving school buses, he was always there to…...

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Jelecia Ferebee Lewis

On Friday August 6, 2021 our beloved Jelecia Ferebee Lewis peacefully and quietly went to be with the Lord. Jelecia was born on June 7, 1976 to Lionel Myers of Portsmouth and Barbara Ferebee Harper of Chesapeake, VA. Jelecia or Nita as she was called by her family and friends had a heart of gold, she loved everyone and had a beautiful spirit. Nita graduated from Oscar Smith High School in 1995. Jelecia leaves to…...

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Earvin Nicholson Jr.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23: Mr. Earvin (Bo) Nicholson, Jr. departed this life on Monday, August 9, 2021. He often stated that he enjoyed a “good life.” Mr. Earvin Nicholson was born on May 10, 1943, in Portsmouth, VA, to the Late Mr. Earwin and Mrs. Christine White Nicholson and was the 2nd of 7 children plus the eldest son. He served two years in the United States Navy…...

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Anita Renee Hodges

Anita Renee Hodges passed away on August 8, 2021....

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Gwendolyn C. Battle

Gwendolyn Iris Christian Battle On Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 4:10 A.M., the Angel of Mercy came into our midst and gave Gwendolyn Iris Christian Battle “Gwen” eternal rest. Gwen was the middle child, born February 24, 1950, to the late James T. Christian, Sr. and Fannie M. Christian. She received Christ at an early age and was baptized at First Baptist Church, Taylorsville, by Reverend T. Melvin Steele, now New First Baptist Church, Taylorsville, Portsmouth, Virginia. She was a…...

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Annie Marie Tabb

Annie Marie Tabb went home to be with her lord and savior on Tuesday August 10, 2021.  Annie was born in Norfolk, VA on May 13, 1930 to the late Joe Willie and Claudia Morring.  She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA.  Shortly thereafter, she married Shepard Annanise Tabb with whom she had 6 sons. Annie grew up in the Church of God in Christ where she was a devoted member. …...

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Georgianna Deloatch

My beloved mother Georgianna Brown DeLoatch was born in Suffolk Virginia on September 7, 1947, as the seventh child of the late George Brown Sr. and Roxanna Brown Makervane. Mom took her eternal rest on Aug 6, 2021. She was educated in the Suffolk Public School System. Georgianna’s college education included Liberty University and Tidewater Community College. Georgianna’s charismatic personality led her to Portsmouth General Hospital where she became a Hospital Aide and in charge…...

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Brenda Mae Weaver

Brenda Mae Weaver, 55, passed peacefully from this life on August 8, 2021, supported by her loving family. Brenda was born September 16, 1965, and spent her life as a homemaker in Norfolk, Virginia, where she touched all who had the chance to know her. Brenda leaves to cherish her memory her children (and spouses): Bryan Weaver, Reginald Weaver (DeShanna) and Kashif Weaver; common-law husband, Antonio Butts. She also leaves to mourn her siblings (and…...

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Johnnie Mae Jernigan

Johnnie Mae Jernigan, affectionately known as, “Johnnie” departed this life peacefully on Monday, August 9, 2021. She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on November 29, 1932 to the union of the late John and Myrtle Jernigan. Johnnie graduated from I.C. Norcom High School, where she was the captain of the cheerleading squad. After graduation, she moved to New York and began her career as an administrative assistant with the Social Security Administration. She found herself…...

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Eddie Lee Knight

Eddie Lee Knight passed away on August 8, 2021....

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Hugh Johnson Jr.

Hugh Johnson Jr. was the oldest child born on March 11, 1953 in Scotland Neck, North Carolina to the late Hugh Johnson Sr. and Mattie Cotton Johnson. He departed this earthly life on July 28, 2021. Hugh was a 1971 graduate of Bookert T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon graduation, he relocated to New York to further his education. He attended Pace College, Baruch College and New School University where he obtained his…...

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Ernest Lee Smith

On Monday August 2, 2021, Ernest Lee Smith departed this world to go home to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Ernest made his grand entrance into this world on July 4, 1940, to the care of his parents, the late Herbert Smith and LouVerna Smith Parker. When he was young,he had a passion for playing baseball and dreamt of becoming a professional baseball player.  When he was a teen, his family moved from Scotland Neck, NC to Norfolk, VA. In…...

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Linwood Ray Richardson Jr.

Linwood Ray Richardson Jr. passed away on July 30, 2021....

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Cynthia Marie Battle

Cynthia Marie Battle, affectionately known as “Marie” transitioned from this life at age 75 to a never-ending” vacation with Jesus” on Saturday August 7, 2021. Marie was born July 14, 1946, to the late Norfleet Sr. and Anna Rose Claude. She was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System, graduated from I.C. Norcom High School in 1964 and furthered her education at Norfolk State University with a B.S. in Secretarial Science. In 1968, she married…...

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Albert Rufus Bell

Albert Rufus Bell was born on March 25, 1946 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Mary T. Bell. He peacefully passed away on August 8, 2021.  Albert was educated in the Portsmouth School System.  He was a dedicated employee of Portsmouth General Hospital for 35 years.  He started in the position of dishwasher and continued to advance to a supervisor in the Dietary Department. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary T. Bell,…...

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Lorene Bethea

On Monday, August 9, 2021, God sent an angel to call Lorene Bethea home to be with her Heavenly Father. Lorene Bethea was born on August 24, 1956. She was the daughter of the late Esau and Hattie Bethea. Lorene gave her life to Christ at a very young age. She attended Lake Taylor High School. Lorene was a loving mother to three sons. She was a wonderful woman who love to laugh and have…...

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Deborah Kathleen Terry

Deborah K. Terry, known as Bolo, was born August 15, 1948, in Norfolk, VA to the late John D. Terry and Dora Ethel Terry. She was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and Tidewater Community College (TCC), where she earned a certificate in Bookkeeping. Deborah worked as a cook and staff trainer at Hardees for 15 years. She is predeceased by her father, John David Terry; her mother, Dora Ethel Terry; her sister,…...

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Betty Ann Judge

Betty Ann Judge passed away on August 5, 2021. Betty Ann Judge attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA. She was known for being a loving mother, grandmother and mother-in-law that would open her home to her family and friends. Betty Ann was the head cook at Reggis in Waterside (Norfolk, VA). As well as a home care nurse to many over the years. She was know for her famous quote to all…...

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Amber Nicole Hubbard

Amber N. Hubbard, 27, was called home to her heavenly father on August 5, 2021. Amber was born September 6, 1993 in Norfolk, Virginia to Monica Harvey and Timothy Jones. Amber attended Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia. She worked at Walmart as a cashier and salesperson. Amber was very well known in her community. She was one of God’s lovable, respectful, caring and give-able children. Amber had a beautiful heart. Amber leaves to cherish…...

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Bonita Diggs

Bonita Diggs, affectionately known as Bonnie, was surrounded by loved ones when she departed this life into eternal rest on August 7, 2021.  She was a doting mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.  Her memory will forever be cherished by many. Bonnie attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia and worked many years as a custodial engineer.  She was the youngest of seven children born to the late Samuel and Blanche Diggs.…...

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Michelle Denise Tatem Mustafa

Michelle Densie Tatem Mustafa, 63, of the 200 block of Indian River Road, passed away peacefully in her home on August 8, 2021. She leaves to cherish her memories her husband, Robert Mustafa; six children, Lafayette (Pam), Tyanita (Brian), Tyanette (Alex), Robert, Michelle and April; a bonus son, Rodney Drew, seven grandchildren and a host of family and friends....

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Schwanda Schrail Corprew

Schwanda Schrail Corprew passed away on July 30, 2021....

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Jean Elizabeth Jones

A Virtuous Woman The Beginning Jean Elizabeth Jones, daughter of the late Archie L. Perry. Carrie Perry was born on March 21, 1929 in Portsmouth, Virginia. She was the oldest of eight children. She attended Portsmouth Public Schools and was a 1946 graduate of I.C. Norcom High School. After high school, she furthered her education at Elizabeth City State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1950. Jean had a…...

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Zoe Blondzetta George

Zoe Blondzetta George, 61, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. She was born July 3, 1960 in Norfolk, VA to the late Dorothy L. Washington and Joseph Jones. She was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and received her career studies certificate in substance abuse from Thomas Nelson Community College. She was also working on her associates’ degree in Human Services. She was a reservationist for TWA and later…...

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