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Joyce L. Hinton

Joyce L. Hinton passed away on February 3, 2021....

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Wendell Osborne

Wendell Leonard Osborne, 79, passed away on February 8, 2021, at home in Portsmouth, Virginia. Born July 25, 1941, in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, he was one of eleven children of the late Alfred and Hazel Osborne. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Lisa Osborne; three brothers, Alfred Osborne, Clifford Osborne, and Daniel Osborne. Left to cherish his memory is his wife Brenda, daughter Patrice Osborne, of Chesapeake, VA,…...

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Angela L. Nelson

Angela L. Nelson passed away on February 3, 2021....

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Belinda K. Smith

Belinda K. Smith passed away on February 5, 2021....

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Parthenia Brown

Parthenia Brown, 90, went to be with the Lord on February 6, 2021. She was  a member and beloved church mother of Kingdom Reign Church VB. She professed her faith in God early on and steered others to God throughout her life.  It wasn’t unusual for her to make the time to offer a “Let me pray for you” and share Godly words of wisdom.  The  missionary and evangelistic call on her life was certainly reflected…...

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Debra C. Wilson

On Tuesday, January 19, 2021 our beloved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, mother in law, and friend listened as God said, “My daughter suffer no more.” She quietly went to sleep.  She is now resting peacefully in the arms of our savior.” Debra Cecila Wilson was born February 21, 1955 to Henry and Bertha Mills.  Both parents have predeceased her in death, grandson Shermond “Cheeks” Wilson and her eldest daughter, Shelia Wilson Spruill. Debra received her…...

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Tracy Bellamy, Jr.

Tracy Bellamy, Jr. passed away on February 2, 2021....

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Correthia L. McCauley

Correthia L. McCauley passed away on February 4, 2021....

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Antonio Lockett

Antonio Dominic Lockett, aged 49, died peacefully at home with his family on January 29, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. Antonio fought strong and hard for two and a half years and never let his diagnosis get the best of him.  Through it all, Antonio never showed his pain, but his strong will to live would constantly shine through. Antonio was born in Norfolk, Virginia on May 11, 1971 to parents Allen T.…...

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Joe Clyde Butler

Joe Clyde Butler affectionately known as “Joe or Clyde” slipped into eternal rest on the morning of February 4, 2021. He was born in Isle of Wight County of Smithfield, Virginia on May 24, 1947 to the late Holland and Margaret Butler. He was predeceased in death by his siblings Melvin Butler, Holland Butler Jr., Herbert Butler, and Rosa Taylor. Joe received his elementary education from Isle of Wight County Schools and his secondary education…...

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Nehemiah M. Brown, Jr.

Nehemiah Maceo Brown, Jr., was born to Nehemiah Sr., and Nanny Brown on March 4, 1925 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.  Nehemiah and his siblings were taught to work hard and earn their way.  A family man, self-made businessman, union leader and a devout Christian, Nehemiah laid a strong foundation for his children’s children.  On February 4, 2021, Nehemiah Maceo Brown, Jr., answered God’s call and transitioned from this earthly life to his heavenly…...

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Sherman E. McCall

Sherman E McCall was born June 3, 1950 to the late Clifton McCall Sr. and Earlene McCall. On February 4, 2021 God wrapped his arms around Sherman and lifted him into Heaven where he will have no more pain and suffering. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his wife Sandra Jean; Sister, Irene Veale; Special niece, Tracey Fleming; brothers; Linwood McCall, Clifton McCall Jr. Eddie McCall. Sherman attended Booker T. Washington High School and Norfolk Technical Center and afterwards followed his father’s footsteps by perusing…...

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Nathaniel N. Mayo

Nathaniel Nicholas Mayo was born February 11, 1985 in Norfolk, Virginia to his loving parents Sharon Annette Mayo and Nathaniel Woodhouse. Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior called him home on February 05, 2021 at the Hospice House in Virginia Beach, VA. He was a loving father to Mahogany. Nathaniel was very intelligent. He loved to write poem and rap. Family time was everything to him, he always kept the family smiling and laughing. All…...

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Reginald G. Hill

Reginald “Big Red” Glenn Hill was born on October 7, 1956 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Dorothy M. Hill and Michael Dudley. The Lord called him home on February 4, 2021. Big Red was educated in the Norfolk public school system. He attended a Dental Assistance school in Washington, DC to become a Dental Hygienist. Big Red held several types of jobs, but he worked mainly with his best friend James Carter at Merrimac…...

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Thomas Atkins Watkins

Thomas Atkins Watkins, son of the late Ulysses Grant and Margaret Henderson Watkins, transitioned to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 3, 2021 after a brief illness. Thomas was also preceded in death by one brother, Ernest Watkins and four  sisters, Emma Watkins, Clare Watkins, Margaret “Peggy” Francis and Juanita Watkins. Thomas was born on May 16, 1937 in Hampton, Virginia. He attended both Hampton and Norfolk Public Schools, graduating from…...

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Edith Brothers

Edith Brothers passed away on February 3, 2021....

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Melvin P. Brown, Jr.

Melvin P. Brown, Jr. passed awy on February 3, 2021....

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Howard Leon Saunders

Howard Leon Saunders was born February 3, 1935 in Nansemond County Suffolk, VA to the late Howard and Goldie Saunders.  He transitioned February 1, 2021. Howard was well known as “Donkey”. He was an Entrepreneur in his own way, as he was one of the greatest Loggers in Suffolk, VA, Gates County and Sunbury, NC.  Howard was a hard working and honest man who seemed to love everyone he met.  He worked with Perry Lumber…...

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Sherri Rene Turner

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, foreasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”  I Corinthians 15:58 Sometime late in the evening on Wednesday, February 3rd, God granted his mercy and grace by calling into eternal rest our sweet, loving and kind Sherri Rene Turner, transitioning her from labor to reward and earned her heavenly wings. Sherri 59, was…...

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Keesha L. Woodson

Keesha L. Woodson passed away on February 3, 2021....

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Cowillie H. Young

Cowille was born July 22, 1930 in Halifax County, North Carolina to the late Major and Pearlie Hawkins. She was educated in the Halifax County School System in North Carolina. In her early teens, Cowillie was baptized and became a member of Galilee Baptist Church in Tillery, North Carolina. She later joined First Baptist Church Crestwood where she joined the Sr. Female Ushers, the Silent Workers and the Pastor’s Aides. Cowillie was united in holy…...

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Geraldine Sneed

Our beloved Senior-Matriarch, Geraldine Sneed, 99, born April 23, 1922, transitioned to her Eternal Estate, on January 31, 2021. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter: Geraldine Arps; son: Wesley Lee, Jr., granddaughters: Linda McCloud and Wesley “Sonny” Lee, II.; great-grandsons: Fred Lee and Myquan McCloud. GERALDINE “MS.GERALD”SNEED was a loving matriarch of five generations. She was the epitome of grace & charitableness. Whether family, friends,  or strangers, she imparted wisdom, time, provided meals,  material…...

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Paige Gunther Hawkins, Jr.

Paige G. Hawkins “Junie Bug” passed away quietly at home into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. He was born on November 21, 1954 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Jeanette H. Hawkins and Gunther Paige. Paige was also predeceased by his brothers Wilbert (Fellow) and Alphonso (Lou) Hawkins. Paige was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools System and served in the United States Army. He retired as a civilian construction mechanic. Paige loved…...

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Rufus Smith

Rufus Smith passed away on January 30, 2021....

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Shelia Wilson Spruill

Shelia Wilson Spruill 47, of Norfolk, VA went home to rest with her personal Lord and Savior on January 31, 2021. She is survived by her husband, Larry Spruill; daughter, Diamond Spruill; granddaughter, Skyler Williams; sister, Lakeisha Wilson; father, Daniel Spratley (Evelyn); brother, Don Brown (Keisha); Dante Hawkins; special aunt, Mildred Wilson; special cousin, Diane Wilson; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Sheila was predeceased by her son, Shermond Wilson and…...

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Gloria Perry Artis

On a snowy, Wednesday morning January 24, 1940  in Norfolk, Virginia,  Gloria Elizabeth Perry was born to the late Bishop Clarence H. (Sr.) & Elder Elizabeth Eley Perry.  It was  on a snowy/rainy  Sunday morning, January 31, 2021 that Gloria Elizabeth Perry Artis (81) gained her heavenly wings surrounded by her loving children at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, North Carolina. As a devoted Christian, Gloria loved the Lord and loved spreading His gospel…...

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John H. Newby Jr., PhD

John H. Newby Jr.,PhD John H. Newby Jr. was born on November 23, 1938, to John and Elzena Newby in Norfolk, Virginia.  John was always, affectionately called “Boo Boo” by his family. He was called to his heavenly home on January 26, 2021, while surrounded by his two loving daughters-Kimberly Wells and Amy Collier. Growing up in Norfolk, he was the fifth of seven children. His father ran a successful fruit and vegetable stand, and…...

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Phyllis E. Rodgers

Phyllis Ellissa Rodgers, 69, of the 2500 block of Carona Avenue passed away February 3, 2021. Born, December 31, 1951 in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Esther Rodgers.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Arva, Harolyn and Ray Rodgers, and brother, Harold Rodgers, Jr. Phyllis graduated from Norfolk State University with an Art Degree and retired as a Special Needs Bus Driver for Norfolk Public…...

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Donald Bryant

Donald Bryant went into eternal rest on Sunday, January 31, 2021, and was affectionately known as “Duck”. Born on July 28, 1953 in Norfolk, Virginia to Alfred and Beatrice Byrant. At a very young age he joined the United States Army, where he proudly served his country for 20 years. Prior to receiving an honorable discharge, he received many achievements and accommodations including the Army Medal of Accommodation and Army Achievement Medal. There wasn’t a…...

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Tillie Mae Norman

Tillie Mae Norman drifted away in her sleep to be with the lord on the morning of January 31, 2021. Tillie was born on April 29, 1932 at St. Luke Hospital in New Bern, N.C., to the late James and Ollie Mae Boomer. She was one of 7 children. She attended Pamlico County Trainer school in Stonewall, North Carolina.  Tillie loved serving the Lord so much that she gave her life to him during a prayer meeting. She had a…...

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Desi Rae Laing

Desi Rae Simmons Laing, daughter of the late Pearlie Simmons and Manerva Williams Simmons, was born on October 22, 1963, in Portsmouth Virginia. Surround  by the love and prayers of family and friends , she departed this life on February 01, 2021 in the comfort of her home. She was  baptized early on, at First Baptist of Taylorsville, under Pastor Stelle. Desi graduated from Cradock High School. She had a passion for hair, but found…...

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Jose H. Hernandez

Jose Hiram Hernandez was born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico. He attended Gabriela high where he received his high school diploma. In the 70’s, He then served in the army for four years. When he retired as a army veteran he went to pursue his career in Virginia and enrolled into the automotive industry into Commercial Truck driving to become what he loved to do. He became a truck driver for steel services…...

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Mary M. Taylor-Anderson

OUR LOVE FOR OUR MOTHER Celebration of Life for the Matriarch, The Queen Ms. Mary M. Anderson A precious one from us is gone, a voice we love is stilled. A place is vacant in our hearts, which can never be filled. There is a bridge of memories from the earth to the heavens above, it keeps our dear ones near us, it is a bridge we call love. It takes us back to brighter…...

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Barbara L. Easter

Barbara L. Easter passed away on January 27, 2021....

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Barbara Ann Munden

Barbara Ann Munden was born November 28, 1945 in Wilmington, North Carolina to the late Lorenzo and Jessie Bell Goganious. After the death of her parents at an early age, Barbara moved to Norfolk, VA, to be raised by her late stepmom, Beulah Keaton and late aunt and uncle, Hattie and Asbury Kindred. Early Saturday morning, January 30, 2021, God wrapped his arms around Barbara and lifted her into Heaven where she will have no…...

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Eddie Thompson, Jr.

Eddie Thompson, Jr. was born November 20, 1942 was called home January 30th, 2021. He was born in Grand Bay Mobile AL, the second born of Eddie Thompson Sr. and Delphine Thompson. Eddie was married to Charlene Thompson for 40 years and to that union one child was born Christina L Thompson. Eddie loved the Lord, his family, also his church and community. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He served as secretary…...

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Johnnie McNair, III

Johnnie McNair III, received his heavenly wings on January 14, 2021 in Charlotte, NC. He was born to  Johnnie McNair, Jr. and Beatrice McNair Griffin on March 15, 1953 in Norfolk, VA.   Johnnie graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, Norfolk, VA in 1971. He was a faithful  member of St. Paul CME Church, Norfolk, VA. for over 50 years, where he supervised the Youth Ministry,  served on the Usher Board and Kitchen Ministry, and…...

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Tiffany L. Ravenell

Tiffany L. Ravenell passed away on January 25, 2021....

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Delores Elmira Cox

Delores Elmira Cox passed away on January 29, 2021....

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Louise Seaborne Boone

Louise Seaborne Boone transitioned at her home on January 30, 2021 at the age of 88. She was born in Southampton County, Virginia on March 4, 1932 to Ruben Thomas Seaborne and Fleater Mae Parker Seaborne. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Joseph Langom Boone who were married for 62 years. From this union came seven children, Bruce (Darmailya), Faye (Jerome), Denise, Rhonda, Barry, Keith and Daryl (Ladonna). She leaves to…...

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Willis E. Lister

Willis E. Lister passed away January 29, 2021....

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Leroy Daniel Wood

Leroy Daniel Wood, 88, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, January 28, 2021. Leroy was born June 23, 1932 in the city of Norfolk. He was retired after serving 20 years at Hampton Road Transit (HRT).  He is preceded by the death of his parents, Welton and Harriett Wood. He leaves to cherish his memory, two sons: Timothy Wood and Thomas Moore; One daughter, Renee Hawkins, all from Norfolk;  Seven Sisters: Patty walker…...

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Barthenia B. Askew

Barthenia Barbara Askew, affectionately known as Bart, passed away peacefully on January 29th. She spent her final days at home with her family. Born in Weldon, North Carolina, Barthenia was the only child of Frank and Queen Esther Gatlin (née Hunt). She was the mother of Karen McKinney, the late Christopher Reddick, and Stephanie (Johnnie) Middleton. A lover of the Lord, Barthenia was baptized at Union Baptist Church and served as a faithful member of…...

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Walter Eugene White, Sr.

Walter Eugene White Sr., age 77, passed away on January 15, 2021 in Suffolk, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph James White, Jr, and Annie Belle Reid White; and brother, William A. “Dot” White. He is survived by his loving wife Bertha Liverman White of Suffolk, VA and son Walter E. White, Jr. of Chesapeake, VA. Walter has three granddaughters, Lauren White of Norfolk, VA, and Mya White and Olivia White,…...

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Jerome Pass

Jerome Pass, passed away on January 26, 2021....

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Annie Lamb Gore

Annie (Mae ) Lamb-Gore Knowing, Believing and Living   For 90 years, 1 month, and 1 day Annie lived a life of being lovely and being loved. And we all know she was so lovely because of that love. Through the years it was  abundantly clear that she knew, she believed, and she lived, as a child of God. She knew She knew she was loved as a daughter of the king, with her head held…...

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William Hooker

William Hooker “Bill”, the oldest of 13 siblings, was born July 4, 1925 in Maxton, North Carolina to Jack Malloy and Almener Patterson, but raised by his grandmother Ms. Lily Mae Hooker. On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, surrounded by his loving family, he departed for his divine home from Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk VA. He later went into the United States Navy and served in WWII. When he returned, he married the love of…...

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Duane Phillip Drew

Duane Phillip Drew passed away on December 19, 2020....

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Ellen Gertrude Freeman

On Tuesday January 26, 2021 just before the breaking of dawn, as the earth and all therein prepared to receive the light of a brand-new day.  The rolls were counted, and it was found that our beloved Ellen Freeman’s name was not found thereon.  For the Lord had appointed and sent His provision that she might be loosed from the bonds of this world, to ascend on high and be carried into His loving hands.…...

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Tiny Elizabeth Higgs

On Monday, January 18, 2021, Tiny Higgs transitioned peacefully to her heavenly home. She was born on April 21, 1924 in Williamsburg (York County), Virginia to the late Elmore and Susie Willis Schofield.  Tiny grew up in both Williamsburg and Newport News, Virginia. She attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Newport News, James City Training School in Williamsburg, and Huntington High School in Newport News. While at Huntington, she played violin in the school…...

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