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Verna Sanderlin

Verna Sanderlin passed away  June 11, 2019....

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Andrew Bernell Onifade

Andrew Bernell Onifade’, known as “Mista Chase”, of 101 Tewkesbury Quay, Yorktown, VA was called home to be with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 12, 2019. Andrew was born January 19, 1968 in Huntington, New York to Valerie Denise Desir (Jefferson) and the late Abayomi Onifade’. Andrew graduated from North Dorchester High School, Hurlock, Maryland where he studied music and competed in field and track. Andrew continued his Education in music at…...

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Leon L. Oliver, Jr.

Leon L. Oliver, Jr., 84, went to be with the Lord on June 11th, 2019.  He was born to Emma Willis Oliver and Leon L. Oliver, Sr. on January 22, 1935 in Richmond, Virginia. Leon was educated in the Richmond Public School system, graduating from Armstrong High School.  He received an undergraduate degree from Virginia State University and a graduate degree from Hampton Institute (University).  He served in the U.S. Army and received an honorable…...

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Wendell Martin Richardson

Wendell Martin Richardson was born in Norfolk, VA on December 17, 1941 to the late Mark Duke and Buelah Richardson. He attended the Norfolk Public School .System and received a Certified License in Carpentry. He was a Construction Supervisor for Curtron and Halls Development for 0ver 30 years collectively. Being Wendell, you know it didn’t stop there. He was always doing some kind of construction work for family, friends and whoever else. He loved his…...

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Lillian Griffin Rodgers

On June 8, 2019, Lillian Griffin Rodgers departed this world, and entered into the gates of heaven. She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on August 26, 1970 to the late Richard Griffin and survived by her mother, Carolyn Delbridge. Survivors also include her husband, Shawn Rodgers; her two daughters, Teaira Griffin and Oneika Griffin of Portsmouth; two sons, Shawn Griffin and Kenneth Griffin of Portsmouth, Virginia; four grandchildren, Jason, Jasmine, Jada, and Kingston; one sister,…...

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Cornell J. Jefferson, Sr.

Cornell James Jefferson went to be with the Lord on June 10, 2019 at the age of 66. Cornell is survived by his beloved wife, Kimberly Denise Jefferson; his children, Bryan (Mark) Felaire, Cornell Jefferson Jr., Shanna Jefferson, Mario (Nicole) Jefferson and Brittani Jefferson; his grandchildren, Jalen Jefferson, Breyontae Jefferson, Giovannie Jefferson, Zahnir Jefferson and Mamadu Bayfield-Felaire. Cornell was born in Norfolk Virginia on December 4, 1952 to the late Almeda and James Jefferson. His…...

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Calethia Carr Patterson “Lele”

Calethia Carr Patterson was born in Norfolk, VA on May 17, 1958 to Calvin B. Bailey, Sr. and the late Ernestine Lee Carr Brown. She attended the Norfolk Public School System and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. She was a member of the Fighting Bookers Marching Band playing the clarinet; while her sister Sylvia was a majorette. Her family named her Lele which caught on light fire among her close friends. After graduating…...

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Donna Jestine Hinton

Donna Jestine Hinton passed away June 7, 2019....

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Samuel Martin Copeland, Sr.

Samuel Martin Copeland Sr. was called to be with the Lord on Friday morning June 7, 2019. He was affectionately known by his siblings and family as “Lil Bro”, also known as “Easy” and named by his mother-in-law “John Boy”. Sam was born in Chowan County to Joseph L. Copeland and Annie B. Copeland. He gaduated from D.F. Walker Class of 1966 and joined United States Marine Corps immediately after. Sam fought in the Vietnam…...

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Wilmer Price, Sr.

Wilmer Price, Sr. passed away June 9, 2019....

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Vernon Clyde Broady, Sr.

VERNON CLYDE BROADY, SR. known as “Clyde”, age 66, born in Norfolk, Virginia on May 24, 1953 to the late Henry and Shirley Moye Broady, Sr.  He departed this earthly life suddenly on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Clyde was retired. He was a humble man who was also known as DJ “Sly Clyde”.  A devoted husband, father, brother  and friend.  He was the epitome of a loyal provider determined to succeed, loving, unselfish, dependable,  hard…...

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Jessie Mae Johnson

Miss Jessie Mae Johnson went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 8, 2019. She was born August 27, 1935 to William H. and Sarah C. Johnson. She attended Abraham Lincoln Elementary where she transferred to St. Joseph Catholic School. From there she went to Norfolk State University, she never worked in the main stream workforce, but entered into the ministry. She also was an personal assistant to Pastor Gladys H. Custis with…...

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Steve A. Johnson “Halfpint”

Steve A. Johnson “Halfpint” passed away June 8, 2019....

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Joseph O. Luster

Joseph O’Neal Luster, Sr. a loving and committed husband, father and grandfather, transitioned from this life to immortality on June 8th at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. He was born to Alexander and Clara Luster on November 2, 1932. He served his country as active duty n the United States Army for two years at Fort Eustis. After the military he relocated to Norfolk and was hired as a woodcrafter at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in…...

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Tony Fleetwood

Tony Fleetwood May 16, 1972-June 8, 2019 Tony Fleetwood was sent to be with the Lord, Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Riverside Regional Hospital at the age of 47. He was born May 16, 1972, the son of Evelyn and Herman Terrell. Tony was united in marriage and survived by his wife, Derrelle Tineen Taylor. He is also survived by his only child, Taylor LaCora Fleetwood. She was his princess. Aside from family life, Tony…...

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Tony Madison Whitehead

On June 09, 2019 Tony Madison Whitehead, 80, of Portsmouth, VA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Tony was born on October 07, 1938 in Scotland Neck, NC to his predeceased parents Moses Whitehead and Mamie Whitehead- Moore. He married the love of his life, Elsie Harris Whitehead in February 1972. Later, they were blessed with their only child Tracey Whitehead....

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Denise H. Washington

Denise Lori Harrington-Washington was born September 25, 1955 and passed away on June 6, 2019, at the age of 63 years. Denise was predeceased by her parents James and Virginia Harrington and brother Carter Harrington. She transitioned into the internal resting place at the Nansmond River Pointe Nursing Home in Suffolk, Virginia A native of Portsmouth, Virginia. Denise attended and graduated from I.C. Norcom HS. Denise served on numerous organizations, including the City of Portsmouth…...

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Mary Rose Johnson

Mary graced the world with her presence for 93 wonderful years.  She was chosen to be with the Lord on 6/7/19 at 7:19pm in Virginia Beach.  She was born in Braddock, PA and graduated from Braddock High School. She raised six beautiful daughters in Irvington, NJ.  She worked for the U.S. government for over 30 years. She was an active member of Trinity & St. Philip’s Cathedral, Newark, New Jersey for many years. Mary Rose…...

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Christina M. Moore

On June 7, 2019, Christina Maureen Moore departed this world and entered eternal rest surrounded by family and friends. Christina was a loving daughter, devoted mother, grandmother, sister, cool aunt, and friend. Christina was born on December 25, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York to Lucinda and Ernest Moore. Her step-father, William McCleary was instrumental in Christina life and they held a special bond. Christina married Terry Wise in 1987 from that union her eldest son…...

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Herbert Edward Stevens, Sr.

Herbert Edwards Stevens, Sr., passed away on June 2, 2019. He was predeceased by his father, William Henry Stevens and his mother, Leola Virginia Stevens; wife, Dorothy May Stevens; son, Alexander Stevens; daughter, Cynthia Spratley and brother, Leroy Stevens. Herbert is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Stevens; sons, Herbert Stevens, Jr. and Mark Stevens; grandchildren, Jamie Stevens, Jameka Stevens, Michael Smith, Jalaya Parker and Ma’Kyla Parker; great grandchildren, JaZihya Stevens, Donyae Stevens, JaVeair Stevens, Jamirra…...

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Robert Eugene Artis, II

Robert Eugene Artis, II passed away June 1, 2019....

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Missionary Lee Swain Powell

Missionary Lee S. Powell was dedicated to the service of the Lord since she was a young child.  She is the oldest of 12 children of Superintendent H. G. Swain and Mother Sallie J. Swain of Windsor, North Carolina.   Growing up in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), she developed a foundation in Christianity and the doctrine of the COGIC Church.  As a youth in Sunday school, she was trained to memorize scripture verses. This scripture has always…...

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Joshalan C. Mack

Eldress Joshalan C. Mack, on Earth day June 4, 2019, our beloved Joshalan got the call from her heavenly father to come on home. The angels were already present to escort her home. Tuna, as she was affectionately known, was born on October 6, 1951 in Norfolk, VA. She was well known throughout the City of Norfolk having driven for the city of Norfolk school bus system for 30 years. She was also a staple…...

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Barbara M. Blount

Barbara M. Blount was born January 9, 1936. She is the daughter of the late Marie and Harvey L. Bell Sr. She started in church at the age of 3. She was a faithful member of Bethlehem Baptist Church where she served as Sunday School Pianist, Sunday School Teacher and an usher. She graduated from Booker T. Washington in January 1953 and attended Norfolk State College. Barbara married Norman in 1957. Barbara traveled with her…...

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Joshua O. Hardy

Joshua Orion Hardy “aka” Dennis Angelo Hoskins, age 52, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 31, 2019; he changed his name to honor his grandfather, who was like a father to him. He was a Norfolk native and a Virginia Beach resident. Joshua was born on November 2, 1966 to Linda V. Hardy Hoskins and Willie E. Hoskins Sr. Joshua worked for the City of Virginia each Public Utilities Department for 4.5…...

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David M. Godfrey, Jr.

David M. Godfrey, Jr. “Junior” passed away June 2, 2019....

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Willie D. Rodgers

Willie Donester Rodgers departed this life unexpectedly at his home on June 1, 2019. He was born on September 25, 1938 in North Carolina to the late Johnny & Bertha Rodgers. “Sonnyboy,” as he is affectionately known, worked tirelessly as a blue collar worker at Sealtest Diary and Meyers & Tabakin, and as an independent long distance tractor trailer  truck driver for several companies, including Marine Stevedore, Hemmingway, and BTT at which time he became…...

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Joseph Lavaughn Peebles, Sr.

Joseph Lavaughn Peebles, Sr. passed away June 1, 2019....

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Vincent Edward Jones

Vincent Edward Jones known to many as “Doug” was born, July 24, 1964, in Norfolk, VA to the late Aaron and Mary Jones. He was predeceased by his sister, Angela Jones. He received his formal education in the Virginia School System where he attended Granby High School. After graduating High School, Doug worked for the City of Norfolk for almost 30 years. He loved cutting grass and doing whatever he could do for anyone always…...

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Betty Jane Edwards

On Saturday, June 1, 2019 in Norfolk, Virginia the Lord called home wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, cousin, friend and dear Sister, Betty Edwards. This sweet and loving soul was born on January 28, 1953 in North Carolina to the late Johnnie Wynn, Sr and the late Earline Wynn. She caringly worked in the medical field in the Norfolk area, and was a faithful member at Way of the Cross Baptist Church of Norfolk,…...

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Dr. Clarence E. McPherson

Clarence Eugene McPherson known by “Piggy” and “Too Sweet” of the 1900 block of Roger McClung Lane passed away on May 24, 2019. in St. Louis, Missouri. He was born August 13, 1951 in Newport News, VA. Clarence was the Pastor of Turning Point Church in Virginia Beach, VA and pastored for 35 years. He also taught at various institutions. Clarence received his PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University and received the Beasley Scholar.…...

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Damon Jamal Franklin

Damon Jamal Franklin was born March 1, 1976 and slipped away into eternal peace on June 1, 2019, after doing what he loved best running and exercising, he was 43 years old. He was born at Albert Einstein Hospital in Bronx, New York City to Thurston and Miriam Franklin. “Losing a child changes us not just for a few days or weeks or months, Losing a child changes us not just for the first year,…...

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DeAngelo Lorenzo Reid

DeAngelo Lorenzo Reid passed away May 31, 2019....

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Vernon Donale Mills

Vernon Donale Mills passed away June 2, 2019....

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Joy Lynn Shorter

Joy Lynn Shorter was born on February 16, 1959 in Washington, DC to the late Luster Ree Shorter-Cook and the late William Ralph Shorter. She was the youngest of three children. She departed this life and entered into God’s loving care surrounded by her family on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Sentara Heart Hospital in Norfolk, VA. Joy obtained her education through the District of Columbia Public School System. In her late teens/early twenties, she…...

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Theodore Roosevelt Stephenson, Sr.

Theodore Roosevelt Stephenson, Sr. “Pooney”, was born September 2, 1937 in South Hampton County, Virginia. He was the beloved son of the late Roger Lee Stephenson and Annie Virginia (Porter) Deering. Our beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great grandfather was called to his final resting place on Saturday, June 1, 2019. He received his education in the South Hampton County Public School System. He was employed at Furniture World in Norfolk and retired from…...

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Herbert L. Clark

Herbert L. Clark passed away May 31, 2019....

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Myrtle M. Mantuano

Myrtle M. “Sissy” Mantuano, 74, of Norfolk, passed peacefully on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Sentara Leigh hospital. Born on September 29, 1944 in Norfolk, Va. to the late Murdock & Mildred Gibbs, she was the wife of the late Vivencio “Benny” Mantuano.  She is predeceased by her brother, Murdock Gibbs Jr., and her sisters, Shirley Gray Anchors and Gail Manners and is survived by her brother, Rudolph Gibbs of Tupper Lake, NY, two sisters,…...

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Quontrell D. Snowden

Quontrell D. Snowden passed away May 29, 2019....

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Annie L. Simpson

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, God whispered to Annie Simpson that it was time to come home to be with him. Annie smiled and took his hand. Annie was born to the late Kate Simpson of Norfolk, Virginia and the late George C. Simpson of North Carolina. Annie was preceded in death by her parents, Kate and George Simpson, and a brother, Clifton Simpson. Annie leaves to cherish fond memories, her children, Charles Simpson (Barbara)…...

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Richard Nathaniel Pennant

Richard Nathaniel Pennant was born on November 25, 1956 to mother, Geraldine and father, Reuben. He went to sleep and quietly slipped away in the morning, on May 24, 2019. When our mother met and married her late husband, Noel Briscoe, six years after Richard’s birth, our dad immediately claimed Richard as his son, because in his own words, “You can’t love the cow and not love the calf” or as we say in Jamaican…...

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Willie Mae Stepney

Willie Mae Stepney peacefully passed on to heaven on Monday, May 27, 2019 at the age of 76.She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Stepney, Sr.; her parents, Adris and John Burton;her sister, Mary Scott; and her brother, Clinton Burton. Willie Mae was a loving and devoted mother to her sons, Joseph, John (Shawn), and James; a loving grandmother to Emanuel, Elijah, and Isaiah Stephney, and also Roddrick and Keevin Hood. She was…...

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Kenneth Lewis

Kenneth Lewis passed away May 30, 2019....

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Mary Lillian Cooper

Lillian Cooper (Lil) Was called home on May 29, 2019 at Chesapeake Regional Health Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. She was born in Windsor, North Carolina to the late Samuel and Clatie Cooper on April 5, 1943. Lillian was the fifth of six children, Minnie (Peggy) Cooper (deceased), George B. Cooper (deceased), Angelo Cooper (deceased), Janice Cooper and Geraldine Brooks. She attended public school in Windsor, North Carolina and matriculated at Norfolk State University in Norfolk,…...

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Flaura Fleming

Flaura Fleming passed away May 28, 2019....

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Vivian T. Spence

Vivian Thelma Spence was born September 2, 1932 in Chesapeake, VA (formerly Norfolk County) to the late Edward James Sivels and Viola Smith Sivels. Vivian was a Registered Nurse and worked for Norfolk General Hospital for many years. She was a former member of Gabriel Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church and had a position as Secretary. Vivian was an active member of the Tidewater Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America until her health failed.…...

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Tonya Rhodes

Tonya Rhodes was born February 4, 1973 to Sarah & Willie Rhodes. She passed away on May 17, 2019. Tonya was beautiful, loving, sweet as she could be. She was one of a kind and kept to herself. She always kept her priorities in order from raising both of my sister’s kids to raising Charmaine as her own daughter from a baby. Thank you Lord for the sister you gave me independent hardworking wise and…...

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Sandy I. Osei

Sandy Irene Jones Williams Osei, age 48, went home to be with The Lord on May 25, 2019. Sandy was born January 7, 1971 in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from Strayer University. Sandy leaves behind her husband, Nathaniel Osei; Mother, Joann Jones Bethea; Stepfather, Deacon Don J. Bethea; Her Brother, Allen C. Jones; sister in law,…...

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Keith Britton

Keith Britton passed away May 27, 2019....

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Lenetta Marie Harris

Lenetta “Ne-Ne” Barksdale_Freeman, 54, passed away in her Virginia Beach home early Tuesday morning on May 28, 2019. Ne-Ne was the 2nd to the youngest  girl of the late Sudie Barksdale and Melvin Boone. She was predeceased by a brother, Keith Barksdale, and a sister , Verita Scott. Ne-Ne was a lifelong Berkley native. She as a graduate of Lake Taylor High School, and went on to become the first member of her family to…...

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