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Linda E. Finney-Brown

Linda Finney-Brown, also known as “Lively Linda,” passed away on May 10, 2024, at the age of 71 in Norfolk City, Virginia. She was born on July 17, 1952, to Albert and Minerva Finney. Linda is survived by: her son, Elder Dwayne L. Brown, Sr., and Daughter in Love, Evangelist Sheena Brown of Victory Gospel Chapel Linda attended Carver High School and later dedicated her life to work at Victory Gospel Chapel. She was a…...

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Marion Odell Copeland

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Beulah Perkins Bland

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Robert Michael Thomas

In Loving Memory Robert Michael Thomas, affectionately known as “Bones”, was born Thursday, April 14, 1955, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the son of Mabel Williams Thomas and Charles Thomas Sr. Bones was the third child and second-eldest son of nine children. He earned his GED in 1986 and pursued college and self-improvement courses that resulted in a Certificate of Completion as a Paralegal from Southern Career Institute, a Certificate in Brick Masonry, and a…...

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Joyce Cuffee Snead

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Brooklene Oldham

Brooklene McInnis-Oldham, wife of (Josh Henry Oldham Jr.), passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 7, 2024 at 83 years old in Williamsburg, Virginia. Brooklene was born on August 12, 1940 in Bakersville, North Carolina to the late James Brooks McInnis and Alberta Jones-McInnis. Brooklene, her sister Georgia Mae, and her parents relocated to Norfolk Virginia which is where her 5 siblings were raised. Brooklene graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA and after she went on to become 1…...

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Dianne Elizabeth Pope

Dianne Elizabeth Cowell Pope departed from her earthly vessel and entered eternal life on May 3, 2024, at the age of 71. Dianne was a beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. Dianne was born on May 29, 1952, in Norfolk, Virginia to the late James Cowell and Mary E. Davis Cowell. As the oldest of three girls, she was a free spirit with an overwhelming amount of humor, sass, and grit. Dianne…...

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Thomas T. Davis, Sr.

Thomas T. Davis Sr. transitioned peacefully on May 6, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories. Born on November 19, 1944, he is survived by his wife Willie Mae Davis and beloved sons, Tony, Thomas Jr. (Latasha), and Juan; adored daughter, Pearline. He is also survived by his sister, Daisy Davis Weddle (Elmer) and brother, Abdul-Khabir. He was preceded by his mother Mrs. Dorothy Davis Eason, his sister, Doris Davis Harris (James),…...

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Christopher Jay Arrington

Christopher J. Arrington, beloved son of Crystal Arrington Corprew and Corey Creecy, peacefully passed away on Saturday May 4, 2024. Born in the Berkley section of Norfolk VA, Christopher touched the lives of many with his kind and humble spirit. He was a devoted brother to Cody Creecy, Stacy L Moore II, Ashley Creecy, Christena J Arrington, Marly A. McCall, Dimond U. Arrington, and Quawntara D. Arrington. Christopher was a loving father to Cassidy Skylar…...

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Troy Christopher Pledger

Troy C. Pledger, age 62, passed away at his home in Norfolk, VA, on May 5, 2024. He was born on March 4, 1962, in Newark, NJ, to Linwood and Pauline Pledger. Troy’s family relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, in 1970, where he attended Granby High School and distinguished himself as a student athlete. Troy was known for his unwavering work ethic and his passion for helping others. For over 17 years, he contributed his skills…...

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Maebell Freeman

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Sarah A. Wiggins

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Christopher A. Worley

Christopher A. Worley (Tony) was born November 1, 1963, to the proud parents, the late William Worley, and Betty Jean Littleton in New Haven CT. He accepted Christ at an early age, Tony took flight to his eternal home on May 4, 2024. Predeceased in death by his sister (twin) Christiania J. Worley Sparkman and his brother Lamont Worley.  He attended public and private schools in New York City, NY. Following graduation from high school,…...

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Arlelia I. Jones

Arlelia Irene Jones was born July 18, 1954 in New York city’s Harlem Hospital. She attended New York Public schools and obtained her GED at the age of 18. She remained in New York City until 1989 when she relocated to Virginia, where her biological mother’s family is from. She remained in Virginia until her passing on May 4, 2024. Arlelia’s life was no Crystal stairs, but you would’ve never known because she was so…...

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Linwood E. Walker, Sr.

Mr. Walker, as he was affectionately known, was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on December 12, 1926, to the late David & Hattie Godfrey Walker.  He passed peacefully on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at Morningside House in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  He accepted Christ at an early age and rededicated his life to the Lord and joined Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Portsmouth, Virginia.  He was a God-fearing man and in his last days,…...

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Isaac Spears, Sr.

Retired Chief Petty Officer Isaac Spears Sr., affectionately known as Ike, entered eternal rest on Friday, May 3, 2024, at Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia.  He was a dedicated Navy veteran of the Korean War, Lifetime member of the United States Submarine Veterans Inc., honored as a Holland Club member for being qualified in Submarines for over 50 years, a proud member of the Knights of Columbus, and longtime local marching band boosters supporter.  In addition…...

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Sherman Lee Wright

Mr. Sherman “Chico” Wright passed away on May 4, 2024, after a brief illness at Leigh Memorial Hospital. He was born January 14, 1955, in Portsmouth, VA. He is predeceased by his mother and father, Adlee and James Wright; brother, Palmer White; and his special Uncle, Lesley Wright.  Chico attended Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from I.C Norcom. He also attended Tidewater Community College and Shaw University. Sherman went into the Air Force as a…...

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Marian W. Ferebee

The Life of Marian Williams Ferebee “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:10, 30-31 Deacon Marian Williams Ferebee entered quietly and peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. A…...

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Yateemah F. Myers

Yateemah Friazelle Myers, lovingly called “Teemah”, was born on September 15, 1979, to Brenda Myers and Wayne Hatcher. Yateemah was born in Newark, New Jersey. She received her formal education from Avon Avenue Elementary and later moved to Virginia, graduating from Lake Taylor High School. After graduating from high school, Teemah joined the United States Army. She was unfortunately injured and returned home before finishing boot camp. Teemah attended Essex Community College in Newark, New…...

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Virginia Anderson Branch

Virginia Anderson Branch transitioned into eternal rest on Sunday, April 28, 2024, surrounded by her family at her home in Norfolk, VA.  Virginia was born March 5, 1933, in Northampton County, NC, to the late Rufus and Rachel Anderson, who preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Senior Ministry at Mount Carmel Baptist Church. Virginia enjoyed her church worship experience. She had a card ministry, sending cards to the sick and…...

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Sherodine U. Phillip

Sherodine “Marion” Phillip, beloved mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister passed away on May 1, 2024, at the age of 64. She was born in Saint Kitts on June 9, 1959. Marion, known for her warm and friendly nature, never met a stranger. She touched the lives of so many people with her strength and determination to thrive despite her health challenges. Marion loved to cook and would often randomly stop anyone to give them her…...

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Tharvon Connell Walker

Tharvon “Bumpy” Walker, a respected and beloved member of the community, peacefully passed away on May 1, 2024, at the age of 83, in the comfort of his home in Chesapeake, Virginia. Tharvon was born in Norfolk, Virginia, to the loving parents Helen Walker and Golden Warren. Tharvon’s life journey was marked by a remarkable dedication to his work as a merchant seaman for 29 years, after retiring he discovered his true passion for carpentry. Through his skilled hands and generous…...

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Christine Diane Hoody

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James Darrell Powell

Remembering our beloved Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Friend, Mentor & the list goes on. James “Big Daddy” Powell was called home on Monday, April 29th. He was born February 24, 1966, to the late Doc Powell and Evelyn Powell-Porter. He attended Norfolk Public Schools, graduating from Booker T. Washington High School. He served as an Educator/Mentor for many surrounding public school systems and group homes for the youth. The current being Norfolk Public Schools…...

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Keontre N. Thornhill

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Lacy Alexander Mitchell

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Carnell Charlie Rogers

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Alescia Dominique Dunbar

Alescia Dominique Dunbar was born December 11, 1990 at Virginia Beach General Hospital. She was christened by the late Bishop Barnett Thoroughgood at New Jerusalem COGIC in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In her early childhood her aunts took pleasure dressing her up like a doll and bringing her to the church each Sunday.  Alescia attended Sherwood Forest Elementary where she fell in love with drawing and earned numerous awards and honors. Alescia went on to Norview…...

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Damon Anthony Garrett

Precious in the sight of God is the death of one of his saints: whereas God in his infinite wisdom saw fit to take from our midst, our son, brother, nephew, cousin, coworker and friend. Damon A Garrett, 51, passed away at midday, Saturday, April 27, 2024, from a catastrophic medical event. He was in intensive care at Sentara Norfolk General for a short time before succumbing to his medical emergency event. Damon was born…...

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Lyric Lee Corprew

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Yvonne J. Trotman

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Mable Mae Wilson

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Jennifer Ruth Sickles

Jennifer Ruth Sickles, beloved daughter and sister passed away in Norfolk, VA on April 29, 2024. She was born in Chillicothe, Ohio on December 10, 1983 and was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Jennifer was preceded in death by her parents, John Sickles and Linda Stephenson Sickles and is survived by her brothers, Joshua Sickles, Benjamin Sickles, Daniel Sickles, Andrew Sickles and John Matthew Sickles. Jenny had…...

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Stephanie Renee Spence

On Wednesday, April 24, 2024, Sephanie Renee Spence, daughter of the Foster Alexander and the Late Eleanor Spence, transitioned from this earthly realm into eternal peace, at the tender age of 54. Stephanie was known for always laughing and joking around, as well as dancing. She had an infectious smile and a compassionate spirit. Stephanie was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools System. She later attended Job Corp and where she trained in Culinary Arts.…...

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Cathy A. Roberts

On April 25, 2024, surrounded by her family, Cathy Roberts went home to be with the good Lord, peacefully, at her home. Cathy was a native of Norfolk, VA. She was loved by many and was known to many as the neighborhood mom. Cathy was a joy to be around, she loved to dance and cook. Cathy loved kids and previously worked as a nurse’s assistant at Sewells Point Elementary School and Suburban Park Elementary…...

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Darnell L. Coleman

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Elder Vincent Maurice Darby, Sr.

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Haley Williams, Jr.

Haley Williams, Jr. was born December 20, 1947, in Norfolk, VA to Mr. Haley Williams, Sr. and Sallie Bell Lewis Williams. Haley was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA. He was employed and retired from General Foam Plastics after thirty- five years. Haley loved life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed helping the elderly, he would at times take them to make groceries or take them to and…...

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Robert Lee Harris

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Skylar Aaliyah McCoy

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Kimbrina Mae Stevens

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Vernon C. Brown

Vernon Cornelious Brown, son of the late Mildred Marie Brown, entered this world on January 18, 1944, in Gum Neck, located in Columbia, Tyrrell County, North Carolina.  Fondly known as Neil by many, he peacefully departed from this life on April 23, 2024, at the age of 80.  Vernon attended elementary school in Tyrrell County before he completed his education at Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia, graduating in 1962.  He furthered his…...

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Tonya F. Giddings-Tucker

Tonya Francine Giddings – Tucker passed away peacefully on April 22, 2024, in Norfolk, Virginia. Born on January 10, 1976, at Norfolk General Hospital to Howard N. Giddings and Cheryl A. Giddings. Tonya graduated high school from Peshtigo High School in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, where she was a flute player in the high school band throughout her school years. She later started her career in customer service, quickly becoming one of the hardest working individuals in…...

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Evelyn Casper Burns

In Loving Memory of Evelyn Burns, who was called home to be with the Lord on April 23, 2024. She was born on February 11, 1962, to the late Walter Miles and Edna Mae Thomas in Portsmouth, VA. Evelyn was a woman of many talents. She attended Wilson High School, excelled as a hair stylist, cosmetologist, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and daycare provider. Additionally, she worked at Mary Jane Bakery and served as a cement…...

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Thomas Collins Shepherd

Thomas went peacefully to be with the Lord on April 22, 2024, surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on July 14, 1955, to the late James Shepherd and Marion Paige. Although he was born in Texas, Thomas spent the majority of his life in North Carolina. Thomas spent a few years serving in the United States Army. He was mostly known for being an all-around handy man. Thomas spent the majority of his…...

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Lincoln C. Williams

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Alice Davis

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Gene E. Preuitt

One of God’s angel s ascended into the heavenly realm to be with our Lord and Savior on April 19, 2024.  Gene better known as “Jinks” and “Lime” Preuitt entered eternal life surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Eula Shearin Preuitt and the late Rev. A.G. Preuitt in 1959 at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia. Gene joined and was baptized at Mt. Olive Baptist Church at an early age under the pastorship of…...

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Barbara Goodwyn Dexter

Barbara Goodwyn Dexter of Portsmouth Virginia, late of Chesterfield Virginia, died April 17, 2024 in Chesterfield. She leaves to mourn her daughter Renee Dexter Wiggins; siblings Gideon Theodore, Annette Delores, and Francis Elwood Goodwyn; and a host of Goodwyn nieces and nephews. Condolences may be sent to Renee Dexter Wiggins c/o John Hughes 8289 Carrollton Ridge Place Mechanicsville VA 23111...

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