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Iris Laverne Ellis-Odallo

Iris Laverne Ellis-Odallo passed away May 24, 2019....

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Laura A. Wiggins

Laura Ann Wiggins was born November 30, 1979 in Portsmouth Hospital of Portsmouth, VA to Ella Wiggins and Curtis Johnson. She attended Woodrow Wilson High School. After high school she furthered her education, and received a nursing certification, which allowed her to follow her passion-caring for others. She was employed at Beverly Manor Nursing Home for 16 years. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Evelyn Johnson; Aunt, Ida Barnes; uncle, Truman, and Uncle…...

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Stanley A. Breland, Jr.

Stanley A. Breland, Jr. passed away May 23, 2019....

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Paige B. Small, Sr.

Paige Bernard Small Sr, son of the late Idonia and Carter Paige Small was born on October 28, 1934.  He peacefully made his transition on May 24, 2019. Paige attended IC Norcom High School and was employed with Hall Bakery, The Colonial Store Bakery and The City of Norfolk retiring as a Traffic Engineer with over twenty years of service. “POP” as he was affectionately known loved his family unconditionally.  He was a father figure…...

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Anthony C. Bowers

In the evening hour on Thursday May 23 2019 @ 8:45p An angel descended from Heaven and received Into thy heavenly Kingdom, Our beloved Anthony Carl Bowers at Sentara Heart Hospital Norfolk Virginia. Anthony was born August 27 1967 to William Carl Bowers and Yvonne Annette Bowers. Anthony was the husband to Angela Holmes-Bowers. He was Predeceased in death by his Fraternal and Maternal  Grandparents William Carl Bowers Sr Sally Elizabeth Bowers Andrew Warren Robinson Sr…...

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Willie Mae Pope

Willie Mae Pope, 75, of Portsmouth, VA, passed peacefully May 24, 2019 in the comfort of her daughter’s home. She was born in Murfreesboro, NC to the late Wiley and Victoria B. Pope.  She leaves to cherish her memory a loving daughter, Demetrice (Dee) Wright, son-in-law Celester Wright, two grandchildren Celester (CJ) Wright, Jr., and Christopher Wright, a host of other relatives and friends....

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Johnnie Lee Baum, Sr.

Johnnie Lee Baum, Sr. was born December 29, 1942 at Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, VA to the late Charlie and Virginia Harrell. He entered eternal rest on May 23, 2019. After a short stay with his family in Ahoskie, NC, they relocated back to Norfolk, VA where he attended Booker T. Washington High School. Johnnie started his career at Gills Coffee and finished at Cargill, Inc as a Grain Elevator Operator. He enjoyed fishing,…...

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Jay-Don Samuel Lee Davis

On Sunday, May 19, 2019 an Angel was sent to bring our beloved “Thee Don” our Son, Brother, Grandson, Cousin and Friend to eternal rest. Jay-Don Samuel Lee Davis affectionately called “Thee Don” was born on September 26, 2005 to Latonya Davis and Emanuel Jackson in Norfolk, Virginia. Jay-Don is predeceased by his great grandmother, Alice Davis; other family members, Cornelius Davis, Alice Mapp, Mary Goings, Alvin Winston and his lovely aunt he loved dearly,…...

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Stephen Andrew Smith, Jr.

Stephen Andrew Smith, Jr., affectionately known as “Drew” was born on September 20, 1992, in Norfolk, Virginia to parents Stephen Smith Sr., of Columbus Ohio and Wanda Smith of Norfolk Virginia. Andrew was called home on May 21, 2019. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Estalene Smith of Columbus Ohio and; maternal grandfather James DeLoatch, Jr. of Norfolk, Virginia. Stephen graduated from Great Bridge High School in June of 2010. Soon after…...

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Anesha K. McLean

On Saturday, May 18, 2019 the Lord decided to gather one of his most precious gems. Anesha Kianna Mclean. Anesha “Nesha”, a resident of Norfolk, Virginia was born to Rosa Mclean and Darrel Leonard on March 13, 1990. She was the oldest of three children. Anesha received her early education in the Norfolk Public School System. Like many of us, she had dreams. Anesha completed her GED and wanted to fulfill her dream of becoming…...

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Thomas James Walker, Jr.

Thomas James Walker, Jr., 82, of Chesapeake, Virginia, passed away on May 21, 2019 after a long battle with kidney disease. He was born in Brunswick County, Virginia to the late Thomas Walker, Sr. and Annie Mae Handy Walker on June 11, 1936. He graduated from James Solomon Russell High School, and attended St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia to study brickmasonry. He married Shelvy (Smith) Walker , and from this 35 year union, two…...

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Dennis Archer Mabry

Mr. Dennis A. Mabry, 95, passed away at his residence in Norfolk, VA on May 22, 2019  He was born on July 8, 1923 in Norfolk, VA to the late Walter Mabry, Sr.  and Irene Smith he is also predeceased by two sisters Norma and Charlotte; three brothers Bernard, James and Walter, Jr. Dennis retired 29years of service from the City of Norfolk as Superintendent of the Waste Management Department. Dennis was a Lifelong Member…...

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John H. Wright, Jr.

John Henry Wright, Jr. was born August 10, 1937 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He peacefully entered eternal rest at his home on Sunday evening, May 19, 2019. John worked for several years as a maintenance employee at the Brighton Cemetery, and later at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth. In his pastime he had a passion for detailing cars . He was also a Redskins fan. John was preceded in death by his father and mother,…...

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Tracy Elizabeth Wells

Tracy Elizabeth Wells, 51, of Norfolk, Virginia gained her wings on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 11:41 AM. Tracy was born April 26, 1968 to Albert Davis in the late Mary Wilson. Tracy received her education from Norfolk Public Schools and she graduated from Norview High School. Tracy was employed at Kindred Health and Rehab where she received joy in caring for others. Tracy was feisty and out-spoken but she had a heart of pure…...

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Dorothy C. Copeland

On the evening of Saturday, May 18, 2019, Dorothy C. Copeland was called home to rest in the arms of the Lord. Dorothy was born on February 15, 1941 to Roy and Viola Cobb. She graduated from Crestwood High School in 1959. She furthered her education by getting a degree in Business in 1961. She worked as a paralegal for 15 years, and later became a joint business owner of Copeland Trucking Company from 1977…...

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Wellington Dean Bond, Jr.

Wellington D. Bond, Jr. was born December 18, 1951 in Gary Indiana to Wellington Bond, Sr. and Lohamo Knox. He grew up in Flint, Michigan and graduated from Central High School. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1973, serving in the Vietnam War. He served his country honorably for 16 years. He later continued his service as a Civil Servant 16 years. He later continued his service as a Civil Servant until his retirement in…...

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Levell Wilson

Levell Wilson wasborn January 29, 1958 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Catherine and Jewel Wilson. He attended Harry S. Hunt High School and I.C. Norcom High School. He later joined the U.S. Navy and received an honorable discharge. He held positions at Maryview Hospital, Gwaltney Company, a driver for Louise Lucas, as well as Safeway Cabs, and for a limousine company. He is preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Wilson and sister Sandra Thorne. He…...

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Tavon L. Pauley

Tavon Lemar Pauley, the son of Troy Levern Pauley and Cheryl Lewis Pauley was born October 7, 1987 in East Orange, New Jersey. He entered into eternal rest on May 5, 2019. Von as he was called was a statuesque young man who was very sensitive and caring and always stood out in a crowd. He attended school systems of East Orange, N.J. and Brooklyn, N.Y., all of his teachers loved him. He had a…...

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Etta Inez Hatcher

Etta Inez Hatcher, age 46, passed away peacefully surrounded by love ones on Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Maryview Hospital. She was born December 6, 1972, in Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey at Burdett Hospital, to Benjamin (Brownie) & Ruth Ann (Puddin) Mitchell (Deceased). Etta was a graduate of Middle Township High School and ECPI where she earned her Associates of Science Degree in Accounting. Etta then married Navy Sailor Albert (Poochie) W. Hatcher Jr.…...

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Felicia Ann Miller

Felicia Ann Miller, devoted wife and beloved mother was a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Willie J. and Pleasant V. Mitchell. Felicia, affectionately known by her family members and friends as “Lisa” transitioned to her eternal rest with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Lisa worked as a supervisor at Virga’s Pizza, located in the City of Portsmouth until their closing, then she became…...

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Catherine D. Moore

On Friday evening, May 17, 2019, Catherine “Cat” Moore, born to the late John and Sally Dillard earned her Eternal wings, and took her flight to her Eternal home. Born September 26, 1925 in Southampton County, Virginia. Catherine was a lifelong resident of Norfolk, Virginia. Besides her parents, “Cat” was preceded in death by her husband James Moore and her son Johnny Moore; her brothers Stanley, Roosevelt, Oladon, and Thomas Dillard; her sister Margaret Brown…...

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Teresa Elizabeth McCord

Teresa was born in New Bern, NC on October 14, 1964 and was preceded in death by Lewis Cogdell, father, and Eva May Cogdell , mother, and brother Billy Cogdell. Tee was a graduate of New Bern High, and earned a Masters of Science in Computer Science graduating Cum Laude in 2006 . She retired from the United States Navy in 2001. Tee is survived by her 3 sons, Kadeem McCord, Malcolm McCord(Amanda), and Cydel…...

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Doris Y. Searcy

Doris Y. Searcy, 77, of Virginia Beach, VA, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2019. She was born to the late Ralph Searcy Sr. and Christine Gray Searcy on March 10, 1942. Doris graduated from Tidewater Community College. She was an active member in her community and had a career as a real estate broker for Omi Realty of Virginia. Despite her hectic schedule, family and friends were Doris’s passion and delight. She and her…...

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Dallas NiJee Blowe, Jr.

Dallas NiJee Blowe, Jr. passed away May 3, 2019....

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Kelly Roy Graddy

Kelly Roy Graddy, 86, born on November 24, 1932, peacefully passed away on the morning of May 13, 2019 at Hampton Veterans Medical Center Hospital. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:6-7. A native of “Little” Washington, North Carolina, he was the son of late Samuel Graddy Sr and Charlotte White Graddy. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Willie “Ossie”…...

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Donna Verniece Barrow

Mrs. Donna Verniece Yates Barrow, age 59, went to her Heavenly Home  on Thursday, May 16, 2019. She was the oldest child born to Mrs. Kay Jean Jones Mack and Frederick Lee Yates Sr. on August 22, 1959 in Portsmouth, Va. On November 5, 1979, she was joined in marriage to Aubrey Barrow and to this union four children were born; Timothy (Predeceased), Angel, Kenneth, and Aubrey.  Also, she reared Aaron Creekmore. Mrs. Donna Verniece Yates…...

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Annie Marie Vaughan

Annie Marie Vaughan passed away May 15, 2019....

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Ella Mae Williams

On May 15, 2019, God granted our mother grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend Ella Mae Williams her eternal rest. Ella was born September 9, 1946 in Princess Anne County to the late Lucille Williams and Rufus Thorpe, Sr. Ella began her career in hospitality in March 1962. She was promoted to executive housekeepers in 2005. Ella took great pride in her work. Anyone who ever met Ella would tell you she was a fashionista…...

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Mary Denise Cross

On Tuesday , May 14, 2019, God called one of his beautiful angels home. Mary Denise Cross was born January 1, 1967 to the late Robert M. Anderson, Sr. and Mary Anderson. As a young girl , Mary attended Portsmouth Public Schools and went on to graduate from Tidewater Community College with an Associate degree in Finance. She was employed with Norfolk Naval Shipyard for 20 years as a processing Manager , and was an…...

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Ora Bell Williams

Ora Bell Williams passed away May 13, 2019....

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Geneva Jones

Geneva Jones passed away, May 15, 2019 at her home. She was born July 5, 1931 in Edgecombe County, NC, the sixth of seven children to the late Frank and Annie (Tucker) Walston. She enjoyed sitting on her sofa watching Judge Judy on TV, drinking her ginger ale and eating baked sweet potatoes. Many will acknowledge that she was hard to beat at her favorite two games, checkers and bingo. She also enjoyed the company…...

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Kyvon Maurice Debrough

Kyvon Maurice Debrough passed away May 9, 2019....

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Clyde Mills

Clyde Mills passed away May 14, 2019....

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Curtiss N. James

Curtis N. James passed away May 14, 2019....

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Ethel Elizabeth Thomas

Ethel Elizabeth Thomas was called to heaven on May 10, 2019 surrounded by her family. Ethel who was affectionately known by her family and dear friends as “Peaches” was born in Portsmouth, VA on March 30, 1954. Her father was the late George Harvey Knight, Sr. and mother was the late Alma Eugene Knight. Ethel was a graduate of Craddock High School. For many years Ethel was a devoted worker at Maplewood Associates. During her…...

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Hattie M. Harrison-Clinkscales

On May 11, 2019 9:10pm God called to rest our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, Hattie M. Harrison Clinkscales. She was born on March 9, 1934 to very proud parents Robert Harrison and Nellie M. Harrison in the area of Jacksonville, North Carolina. She worked cleaning banks in downtown Norfolk, CNA, also she worked at Norfolk General Hospital for 42 years as a dietitian. My mother was a fun loving person and loved by everyone who…...

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Carolyn Lavern Sessoms Jenkins

The earthly sojourn of CAROLYN LAVERN SESSOMS JENKINS began on February 16, 1973 in Norfolk, Virginia and it was made complete on April 6, 2019, as she transitioned from time into eternity.  A devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and friend she was dedicated to her family and she cherished and embraced every moment with them.  Carolyn especially loved her role as granny.  She received the Lord at an early age and enjoyed singing in the…...

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Ruth Louise Haskins

“If I can help somebody / As I travel along. / If I can help somebody with a word or song,” then “My living shall not be in vain.”  These words, sang by Mahalia Jackson, the Queen of Gospel, exemplify the legacy of Ruth Haskins.  Known to many as either “Aunt Ruth” or “Miss Ruth,” Ruth lived a life of service, providing laughter, joy, and support—emotional, financial, and physical–to all who knew her. Ruth Louise…...

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Larry Teasley

Larry Edward Teasley, Sr. of Norfolk, Virginia transitioned from his earthly home to his eternal home on Monday, May 13, 2019. Larry was the fourth of seven children born to his parents, Harry and Lillie Elizabeth Teasley. His parents reared him in the Titustown Community in Norfolk, Virginia. He worked for many years as a landscaper, for public institutions and private businesses. In addition, he worked in the food service industry in many hotels in…...

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Cynthia Juanita Hicks

Cynthia Juanita Hicks passed away May 12, 2019....

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Malachi Ny’Re Rigsby

Malachi Ny’Re Rigsby was born on November 21, 2007 in Rockford, IL to Sherise Rigsby Johnson and Randy Bell. Malachi was a member of Pilgrim Baptist church in Rockford,IL and Faith Deliverance COGIC in Virginia, where he resides. Malachi had a passion for cooking. He attended a weekly cooking class at Now You’re Cooking, where he was given a scholarship. He loved to cook for him and his sister Sariyah. He made sure since the day that she was born that he would always…...

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Ada Chisholm Young

Ada Chisholm Young passed away May 12, 2019....

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Bessie Lee Battle

Battle Lee Battle passed away May 13, 2019....

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Jessie Mae Funderburk

Jessie Mae Funderburk passed away May 11, 2019....

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Melvin Lee Mabry, Jr.

Melvin Lee Mabry Jr. was born January 24, 1951 to Naomi Stevens and the late Melvin Mabry Sr. He served honorably in the marines as a proof director of small arms and a machine gunner. During his time in the marines he served in Vietnam. Melvin was raised in Shoulders Hill and grew up in Union Baptist Missionary Church of Suffolk. Melvin was preceded in death by his son, Melvin Mabry III. He leaves to…...

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Bernice Viola Banks-Huskey

Bernice Viola Banks Huskey transitioned to eternal rest peacefully on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. Bernice was born on December 12, 1928 to the late Richard Sylvester Banks and Bertha Allen Banks. Bernice was predeceased by her husband, William Huskey, II; sons, William Huskey, III and Reynol Huskey; and siblings, Melvin Sylvester, James Albert, and Milton Lee Banks, and Marjorie Mae Epps. Bernice was the oldest of five…...

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Richmond Baker

Richmond “Rich” Baker, 71, passed away May 11, 2019 in Hampton, Virginia¸ surrounded by his loving wife and family. A native of Florida, he was the son of the late Oscar Baker of Marianna, Florida and Eugene Bell Baker of Orlando, Florida. He was preceded in death by his brother Arthur Lee Baker and his sister Izola McElroy. Richmond graduated with honors from Jones High School in Orlando, Florida. He joined the Marine Corps after…...

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James Lewis Clements

James Lewis Clements passed away May 7, 2019....

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Jarmel M. Perkins

On May 11, 2019 our beloved son, brother, dad, uncle and friend Jarmel Perkins transitioned to his Heavenly Home. Jarmel affectionately know as “Brasko” was the youngest of four siblings. Jarmel was born in Norfolk, Virginia and attended Norfolk Public School before moving to Chesapeake, Virginia where he attended Oscar Smith High School. Jarmel had a passion for music and loved crabbing. He started his own lawn care business. “Brasko” had a heart of a…...

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Nellie Epps

Nellie Epps slipped quietly and peacefully into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father early Saturday morning, May 11, 2019 at Norfolk Healthcare in Norfolk, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband of over 57 years, James Epps; mother and father,  Henry B. Alford and Mozell Alford; brother, James W. Alford (Catherine Alford) two sisters, Fannie Mae Smith and Annie Beulah McCormick. Nellie was a longtime member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in…...

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