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Horace Holloman, Sr.

Horace Holloman, Sr. passed away December 27, 2019....

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Evelyn Vera Williams

Evelyn Vera Williams passed away December 25, 2019....

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Sterling D. Lester

Sterling Dominique Lester was born in Norfolk, Virginia on September 1, 1989 to Rudolph Lester, Jr., and LaTonya P. Story and was raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. Sterling attended Indian River High School and was a graduate of Commonwealth Challenge, Class 25 of 2006. He played football and basketball growing up from a young age, but his passion was basketball. He was employed as a subcontractor for BAE Systems. Sterling is survived by his loving parents…...

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Susie A. Grier

Susie Anne Grier was born on December 26, 1947 to the late John and Erma Grier in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended Norfolk Public Schools and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1965. Susie accepted Jesus as her savior and received Christian education at St.Thomas AME Zion Church and St. James AME Church both in Norfolk, Virginia. Susie transitioned to eternal life on December 25, 2019 after suffering a heart attack. She was surrounded by her beloved family who…...

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Raymond McInnis

Raymond McInnis passed away December 19, 2019....

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Beverly A. Saunders

On Tuesday, December 24, 2019 Beverly Saunders passed away.  She is survived by husband, John Saunders; daughter, Alberta Saunders; granddaughter, Jaylynn Lewis and great grandson a Malik McCook....

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Grady William Perry

Grady William Perry was born on February 2, 1956 to Beatrice and Ernest Perry. He was the baby of 7. He served in United States Army from 1977 to 1985. He earned Army and Overseas Service Ribbons. He was an expert marksman of M-16s and .45 pistols, earning him a marksmanship badge. Grady married Pamela Staton-Perry and raised two children, Tacorra and Marcus Perry. Pamela Staton-Perry preceded him in death. Grady later married Cheryl George-Perry…...

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Lillie E. Washington

On Friday, December 20, 2019, our loved one was called from labor to reward at the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center in Chesapeake, VA. Lillie “Eudora” Washington was bom December 31, 1941 in Emporia, VA to the late General Lee and Allie B. Sykes. She was predeceased not only by her parents, but siblings: Nellie B. and Mary Frances (twins), Alvin (twin of Calvin), Norris, as well as her husband, Thendoll “Peter” Washington. Eudora was educated…...

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William T. Wallace, Sr.

William Terrel Wallace, Sr. transitioned into heaven on December 21, 2019 at the age of 35. He was born December 26,1983 to Sylvia Wallace and the late William White. He attended Oscar Smith High School, where he played football which he loved. He worked at Bae Systems Shipyard. William was dedicated to his job and his family. He leaves to cherish his memory, three sons, William Wallace, Jr., Jaishawn White and Tyjhawn White; four daughters, Mercedes Williams, Armoni Wallace, Miasia Williams…...

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Aurora Alize Artis

Aurora Alize Artist was born February 15, 2012 went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. She was a 2nd grader at Norfolk Highlands Primary and was extremely enthusiastic about school this year. She loved her teacher Mrs. Johnson. Aurora loved her dad more than anything in the world. Aurora loved to rap, sing, dance and help her mom in the kitchen. Growing up Aurora’s nickname was “Chilli” but in her later days she wanted to be called…...

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Leon (Tim) Moseley, Sr.

Leon Moseley departed this life for his heavenly reward on December 16, 2019 in Newport News, VA. He was born to the union of Harry and Virginia Moseley on August 23, 1951. His early education was received from St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Catholic Schools in Norfolk, VA. He also attended Booker T. Washington High School up until being drafted in the United States Army in 1972. After enlisting and completing Army basic military training…...

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Cynthia D. Hassan

Cynthia D. Hassan passed away December 21, 2019....

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Lisa E. Houston

Lisa Estelle Houston was born on July 10, 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland as the third child to Jessie Douglas Houston, Jr. and Elaine Francis Goode Houston, both of whom predeceased Lisa.  Rambunctious and full of life, Lisa was always determined to do things her way, which was generally the road less traveled and definitely not the way of the masses. She had her own mind and her own way!  When Lisa was three years old,…...

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Tiajana Evette James

Trajan’a Evette James passed away December 19, 2019....

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Thomas Alexander Green

Thomas A. Green was the son of the late Eliza Gibson and Stanley Green. He was born September 1, 1943 in Norfolk, VA and departed this earthly life on December 10, 2019. Thomas graduated from George Washington Carver High School in 1959. He retired from the Naval Research Laboratory in 2000. Thomas was a very busy man; he loved to travel and go on trips.  Thomas loved being with his children and family. Thomas is…...

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Charles A. Pettus, Jr.

Charles Alfred Pettus, Jr. suddenly and quietly departed this life on Thursday, December 19, 2019.  He was born in Norfolk, VA on March 7, 1956 to Charles and Jacqueline Pettus and was the first of six sons who blessed their union. In 1974, Charles graduated from Norfolk’s historical Maury High School and matriculated at Norfolk State and Old Dominion in foreign languages. Charles was gifted in his ability to easily learn and master languages, particularly…...

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Ronchetta Denise Gordon-Butler

Ronchetta Denise Gordon-Butler was born July 4, 1976 to Jessie and Delois Gordon in Pensacola, Florida. She slept away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Monday December 16, 2019. Ronchetta grew up in Pensacola and attended Pensacola Public Schools. Ronchetta attended Alabama State University and Norfolk State where her studies were focused on Nursing. She married the love of her life, Reginald Maurice Butler and was blessed with two loving son’s La’Dwon and Ray’von.…...

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Merle Sue Ellis

Merle Sue Ellis, 83, departed the earthly world for her eternal home on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019. She was born on January 23rd, 1936 to the late Robert Britt and the late Dora Wright.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ellis, one brother, Robert Wright and one sister, Connie Lee Owens. Merle was a native of Portsmouth, VA.  She was employed by the National Linen Company where she worked for a number…...

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Joseph Cortez Evans

On Tuesday, December 17, 2019, Joseph Cortez Evans, Husband and Father of six children, passed away at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital at the age of 64. Joseph battled with diabetes for many years. Joseph C. Evans is survived by his wife Marshall Evans, and his six (6) children: Celecia Kirby-Cooke, Shamika Kirby, Jamaya Dunn, Cortez Evans, William Reid, and Willie Williams. He also leaves behind thirteen (13) grandchildren, Tyreik Kirby, Emanuel Kirby, TaeSean Jones, Anthony…...

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Etta Yates Fisher

Etta Yates Fisher passed peacefully on December 17, 2019 surrounded by family. Etta was born on May 27, 1955 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Willie, Jr. and Vivian Yates. She was the sixth of eleven children and was affectionately called Roni by her mother. She is predeceased by her parents and siblings, Clarence R. Yates, Terry L. Yates, Hilda F. Hopkins and Carol Y. Fulcher. She was a loving wife to Dwight and proud mother of her son Duane L. “Nuk”…...

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Carolyn N. Sutton – Thompson

Carolyn Nannette Sutton Thompson was born on January 31, 1957 to James and Margaret Henderson Sutton in Portsmouth, Virginia. She slept away peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Carolyn grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia and attended Portsmouth Public Schools. She was a 1977 graduate of I. C. Norcom High School where her studies were focus on Fashion Design. She later attended Tidewater School of Business in Norfolk, Virginia. September 1977, she accepted Christ…...

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Liston Z. Godfrey, Sr.

Liston Z. Godfrey Sr., 83, transitioned Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. Born and raised in North Carolina on February 25, 1936. He was the son of the late Rev. J.R. Godfrey and Mary Frances Horne-Godfrey. Liston was the life of the party as some would say. He leaves his wife Harriett Godfrey, sons; Calvin Thomas (Monica), Liston Godfrey Jr., and Earl Godfrey; his daughters, Beatrice Graves (Timothy), Jean Godfrey, Wanda Godfrey, Karen Hunter (Larry),…...

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Andre J. Paige

Andre J. Paige passed away on December 18, 2019....

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Vera Ann Carter

Vera Ann ‘Annie’ Carter, 74 of 1445 Longdale Drive, Norfolk, VA, accepted her Master’s call on December 14, 2019. She was born on August 14, 1945 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Ida Mae Ringold. At a young age, she married Dan A. Hubbard, Sr. (deceased). They were blessed with three children from this union. While working at Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, Preventative Maintenance (retired), she met her second husband, Wayne A. Carter. Even after…...

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Shirley Mae Davis

Mrs. Shirley Davis, was the real Queen of her family! Mrs. Shirley Davis, was born on August 26, 1945, to the late, Mr. William M. and Mrs. Esser Mae Jones, in the city of Portsmouth, Virginia. She rode out her storm straight into heaven on December 13, 2019 and gained her wings. Mrs. Shirley Davis, was educated within the Portsmouth city school system and lived out her life here in the city with her husband of fifty-eight years, Mr. Junius…...

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Fannie Lueas Mayes

Fannie Lueas Mayes passed away on December 14, 2019....

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Gloria Lynn Coker

Gloria Lynn Coker passed away on December 15, 2019....

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Thalbat Richardson

Thalbat Richardson passed away on December 13, 2019....

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Crystal Alease Spencer Broughton

Crystal A.S. Brougthon, 44, of Norfolk, Virginia gained her wings to heaven, Friday, December 13, 2019.  She was born on Norfolk, VA on March 1, 1975 to Linda Spencer and Alphonso Thompson. Crystal is a high school, college graduate.  She continues her career. Crystal continue her career as a manager of Walmart and Dollar General. Mrs. Brouthon was a member of Gate of Heaven Baptist Church. Chrystal is survived by her husband Reginald Brougthon of…...

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Armetria T. Vickers

Armetria T. Vickers passed away on December 13, 2019....

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Nathaniel Graves II

Nathaniel Graves II born March 1 departed this life suddenly on December 10, 2019 at his home in Portsmouth, Virginia.  Nathaniel was employed by Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding as a Marine designer for 18 years. He was a member of Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News Virginia where he served as a Deacon, a member of the William F. Crump Sanctuary Choir, Lawrence L. Bethel inspirational choir, Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA)…...

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Herman Louis Bond

Herman Louis Bond affectionately known as “Toe” transitioned to glory on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at home in Jessup, Maryland.   He was born on April 10, 1955 to the late George Thomas and Evelyn Bond in Edenton North Carolina.  Native of Norfolk, Virginia he received his education in the public schools graduating Lake Taylor High School as a lettered varsity wrestler. Herman began employment as a welder for several years at the shipyards in Norfolk....

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Brenda D. Drewitt

Pastor Brenda Drewitt-Broadhurst, 61 passed away December 3, 2019.  She was married to the late Elder Albert Broadhurst and was the founder and pastor of True Vine Church of Deliverance in Norfolk, Virginia.  She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Pamela Pelham (Michael) and Brenda Bostic (Kendrick) as well as other relatives and friends....

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Beatrice Swindell

Beatrice Swindell was born May 3, 1934 in Prince George County, VA to parents Rusel and Gertie Stokes.  She was raised in the Norfolk area. She went on to marry Joseph Swindell (deceased) September 30, 1962. They were married for over 40 years before Joseph’s passing. They had one beautiful daughter Kimberly Allen-Brock (deceased). She is survived by four grandchildren, Lakisha Swindell-Glenn, Bobby Allen, Kiera Allen, and Xavier Allen, as well as many loving family…...

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Trueth Malia Woodson

Trueth Malia Woodson passed away December 4, 2019....

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Carine Beautreau

Carine Beautreau pased away on December 6, 2019....

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Shirley M. McDaniel

On Saturday, December 7, 2019, Shirley Mae McDaniel, loving wife and mother of six children, passed away at age 67 with her family by her side. Shirley was born to the late William Brown and Rosa Woodin, May 5, 1952 in Portsmouth, VA. She attended Portsmouth Public Schools and later received a CNA certificate from Key Business College in 1991. In 1988, she became a beloved wife to Melvin McDaniel of Portsmouth, VA, her childhood…...

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Olivia Parker

Olivia Parker passed away on December 8, 2019....

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Louise Elizabeth Smith

Louise Smith was born July 27, 1929 in Princess Anne County, V.A. to the late Louise Simmons and Harry Johnson Sr. She retired as a baker from Norfolk Public Schools after 35 years. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Thomas Smith and a brother Willis Johnson. Louise leaves to cherish her memory, her bother, Harry Johnson Jr., a sister in law, Prunella Johnson, thirteen nieces and nephews, twenty-two great nieces and nephews and…...

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Estin C. Taylor Sr.

Estin Cleopheus Taylor Sr. was born in Norfolk, Virginia on January 8,1937 to the late Thomas and Beatrice Taylor. Estin was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools and graduated from Booker T Washington High School. Estin joined  the United States Army after high school.  After serving in the U.S. Army, he became a forklift operator at the Naval Base and Norshipco. During his youth, he was known throughout Berkley for his athletic ability and beautiful…...

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Margaret M. Wilson

Margaret M. Wilson passed away on December 8, 2019....

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Willis Curtis Weatherspoon

The Life and Legacy of Willis Curtis Weatherspoon Willis Curtis Weatherspoon ( WC), at the age of 78 received his wings on Friday, December 6th, 2019 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Willis was the fourth child of his beloved parents, Bill Dooley and Lerene Crumble of Clinton, Kentucky. Willis was born in Clinton, Kentucky on June 30th, 1941. Willis worked thirty five years as a Forman for the United States Steel Mill. In his leisure, Willis enjoyed…...

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Jean F. Church

Jean Fredricka Church was the second child born to Joseph and Rachel McClendon in Elmsford, New York, on March 20, 1931. Her mother passed away when she was very young, and Jean and her two brothers, Joseph McClendon Jr. and Richard McClendon, were raised by their father in Harlem while he worked in the hotel and real estate business. During her childhood, Jean developed tuberculosis and had to stay in a solarium for two years.…...

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Barbara J. Pearce

Barbara Joann Warwick Pearce was born January 28, 1933 in Selma, North Carolina to the late Robert and Emma B. Warwick (Lewis). She was the second of three children in this close-knit loving family with an older sister, Vera, and younger brother Robert “Junior.” Her father was a well-known mechanic and her mother was a superior seamstress. Joann departed this life on Friday, December 6, 2019, at the Wellstar Tranquility Hospice in Kennesaw, GA. Raised…...

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Wesley Allen Johnson

Wesley Allen Johnson fondly called “Wes’ made his transition from earth to enter into eternal rest on December 4, 2019.  He was preceded in death by his loving father, William E. Johnson, Sr. Wesley was born on June 12, 1990 and was the youngest of three siblings.  He was a very proud graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA.  He loved Booker T. Washington as his father did during his school days. …...

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Barbara A. Campbell-Harrington

On December 7, 2019, the Lord called one of HIS angels, Barbara Ann Campbell to eternal rest.  Barbara was born on September 23, 1951 to the late Oakley and Tanzetta Byrd. She was a loving and caring person with a wonderful sense of humor.   Barbara always opened her heart and door to those in need with a place to eat or lay their heads.  She may have possessed the tendency to ‘fuss you out’ but…...

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Shanell Sturdivant

Shanell Nicole Sturdivant was born March 14,1984 to Purnell and Terry Ann Sturdivant in Norfolk, Virginia. Shanell was a former member of World Christian Center where the Pastor is Michael Sheppard, in Charleston, South Carolina, where she resided with her fiancé, Ricky Sheppard, Jr. Shanell was a graduate of Lake Taylor High School class of 2003. She then worked in management for many years. She had a beautiful smile and constantly showed it. Shanell had…...

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Pryor G. McDaniel

On Friday, December 6, 2019, our Heavenly Father, called our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend home to rest. Pryor McDaniel was born January 15, 1936 in Lynchburg, Virginia to Mary McDaniel Williams.  He began school in Lynchburg, Virginia, however, he migrated to Baltimore, Maryland. He was a United States Marines Corps Reserve Veteran and retired from the Federal Government as a Civil Service employee and the Virginian Pilot. Pryor was a…...

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Bertha M. Smith

Mrs. Bertha Mae Smith, 88, passed on to eternal rest on Dec. 7, 2019 at home in Norfolk, surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Mr. Willie “Danny Boy” Smith, who passed away July 25, 2019. Bertha was born in 1931 in Gum Neck, N.C., to Lyda Basnight Spencer and Lonnie Spencer. She was one of seven children Lonnie and Lyda raised in the rural, close-knit township where…...

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Ricky Lee Bailey

Ricky Lee Bailey, age 59, peacefully slipped into the waiting arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 3, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Ricky was born on June 18, 1960 in East Orange, New Jersey to Shirley and Velma Bailey. Along with his younger brother Mark, Ricky enjoyed a home filled with love and laughter. In 1978, Ricky graduated from his beloved St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey…...

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