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Airye D. Sommerville

Airye D. Sommerville passed away on November 14, 2020....

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Phyllis Foster Gardner

Phyllis Christine Foster Gardner was born to Clarence and Celeste Foster on April 29, 1953. She is third of six children and the oldest daughter. She was a sickly and was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child. At age five, being inquisitive, she climbed into her mother’s mannequin box. The box was larger than her and when she tried to walk she knocked her feet out from under her. Never defeated, Phyllis tried…...

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Billy Leon Hill

Billy Leon Hill, Jr. aka Black Gangsta was born July 23, 1976 to Jennette Hill and Billy Thomas, raised by Mitchell Boyd in Portsmouth, VA. On Thursday November 12, 2020, Billy slipped away peacefully at Maryview Hospital. Billy attended Woodrow Wilson High School. He loved sports and was a diehard Redskins fan. His hobbies were swimming and music. Billy was an excellent carpet layer. To know him was to love him. He leaves many to cherish…...

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Edward Martin

Edward Martin passed away on November 12, 2020....

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Blanche Boone

Blanche Theodora Boone was born to the late Anderson and Elizabeth Boone on October 10, 1921. She departed this earthly life on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. She received Christ at an early age, and was a lifetime member of First Baptist of Campostella in Norfolk, Virginia. Blanche was an active member of the Sanctuary choir where she often played the piano. Blanche received her elementary and secondary education from Norfolk Public Schools, where she graduated…...

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Jamison Wylie Strobridge

And said the naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord…Job 1:21 We, the family of Jamison Wylie Strobridge, shall miss his presence. However, we are truly thankful to God Almighty for allowing us to have Jamison for a season. For we realize tha the belongs not to us, not even himself, but…...

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Jacqueline Akers-Baskerville

Jacqueline came into this world early in the morning.  On October 28th she earned her wings early in the morning.  Both times, her labor was easy, and she was surrounded by loved ones. Jacqueline, Jacci / Cookie, Yvette Akers- Baskerville, was born on Monday, September 9th, 1963 to Rosa Ives and William Akers Sr.  Jacci married Fred Baskerville Sr and from their union came one son, Fred Baskerville Jr. At an early age, Jacci found…...

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Michael A. Robertson

Michael Anthony Robertson passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2020, at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, in Richmond, Virginia. He was born September 30, 1956, at Norfolk Community Hospital to Eleanor Lorraine Robertson and the late James Griffin. He was  raised by Daniel Robertson,  Sr.   Michael was raised in Chesapeake Virginia and resided in Norfolk Virginia most his adult life. Michael did not have a church home, but attended many.  His faith was strong and he…...

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Rosemary B. Warnock

Rosemary Boyle Warnock died at home, surrounded by her family, on November 3, 2020. She is survived by her children, Kathleen Warnock (Donna Bungo), Gabrielle Gould (Aaron Gould), Barbara Warnock-Morgan (Chris Morgan), Patricia Warnock Safford (Stuart Safford), and Dorrance H. Warnock III; her grandchildren Benjamin W. Safford, Margaret Rose Safford and Lucy A. Morgan, and pets Gidget and Mary Avon. Her husband, Dorrance H. Warnock, Jr. died in 1999. Born in Philadelphia, PA on January 4,…...

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Alphonso Johnson

Alphonso “Big AL” Johnson   At the age of 55 in Norfolk, VA. was called to rest on Sunday, November 8, 2020. Alphonso was born January 21, 1965 to Juanita Rone and Robert James Johnson in Oxford, NC. Splitting his childhood days between Maryland and a small rural farming community on the outskirts of Charlottesville, VA. Where he later went on to graduate from Stanton, VA. Job Corps. Mastering in welding and HVAC Construction. Alphonso moved to Norfolk in the summer of 1984…...

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Virginia O. Simmons

Our beloved mother grandmother sister aunt cousin and friend, Virginia “Puddin” Simmons was swiftly called home on Monday morning, November 9, 2020 when God notice he needed a special rose in his garden. Our beloved rose was birth May 20, 1929 as the sixth child to the late Fred and Virtley Simmons in Norfolk County, Virginia. She was a woman who dedicated her life to the Lord and her family. A true vessel who was…...

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Joan B. Chatman

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to announce the untimely passing of Joan Burnett Chatman on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Sentara Leigh Hospital. Born on December 17, 1948 to the late Hazel Williams and John Davis, she was her parent’s only child. Born and raised in Manhattan, NY, she later moved to Virginia, where she met her husband, Leroy Chatman Jr. She was a phenomenally devoted mother to her two sons,…...

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William Edward Cross

Our beloved, father, grandfather, brother, nephew,  William Edward Cross, affectionately call “Booshay” by the family, was called Home from labor to reward, Sunday, November 8, 2020, in Portsmouth Virginia after an extended illness. William E. Cross was born on March 8, 1952 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was the eighth of nine children born to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Linwood and Ida Cross. William accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at…...

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George Clayton Cowan, Jr.

George Clayton Cowan, Jr. passed away on November 7, 2020....

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Ernestine Yvonne Blowe

Nina Ernestine Blowe, the daughter of the late Edna Spivey and Ernest Blowe was born on October 2, 1963 in Maryland, Nina entered eternal rest on November 5, 2020. She was survived by her God sent parents, Jeanette Monte and Tom Perry. She moved to Virginia where she resided most of her life. Virginia was her heart and home, Nina has a passion for her community and how she could give back. Her vision was…...

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Arletha Speight

Mrs. Arletha Leake Speight, daughter of the late Octavious and the late Ora Leake in Montgomery County, North Carolina was born July 13, 1927. She attended the public school system in Wilson, NC. She had five siblings, sister Ruth McLaughlin of Washington, DC, sister, Pearlina Deshazo of Washington, DC, Brother, Daniel Leake (deceased), brother, James Leake (deceased and brother George Leake of Washington, DC. She was married to the late Deacon Joseph C. Speight and…...

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Andre’ William Clark

Andre’ William Clark was born in Essex County, New Jersey, on December 11, 1966 to Eva Clark. He was the oldest of all his siblings and loved them all very much. Andre’ was preceded in death by Josephus Williams, Sr. and brother, Antoin Williams. Andre’ leaves to cherish his memories; his mother, Eva Clark (Milton Spivey) and Clara Williams; his brothers Milton Clark of Rocky Mount, NC, Thomas Williams of Maplewood NJ, Josephus Williams, Hassan…...

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Joseph F. McNair

Joseph Foster McNair of Virginia Beach, affectionately known as “Joe” to his siblings, “Pop” to his family and “Joe Mack” to his friends, passed peacefully on November 7, 2020. Born January 22, 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia, he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. He was the fourth child of the late Joseph and Norma McNair. Joe worked many years for the New York Transit Authority. After retirement in 1989, he moved to Virginia Beach,…...

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Daphne E. Fraser

Daphne E. Fraser passed away on November 7, 2020....

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Austin Keith Ferguson

Austin Keith Ferguson was born on Thursday, October 5th, 1977 at 10:50 pm at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois to Valjean Ferguson (Jenkins) and Jerry Keith Ferguson. About two years later Austin was joined by his younger sister and only sibling, Kori Y. Ferguson. Austin attended Parkview High School in Little Rock, AR, and later attended Henderson State University and was a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Austin worked in the…...

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Kerry C. Dixon

Kerry Cornelius Dixon also known as Peanut or KD was born 11:35 a.m. on December 22,1969 and passed away November 7,2020. He was born to Rhonda Dixon-Douglass and Cornelius E Dawyer. Kerry was so full of life and love. He loved to dance and was always the life of the party. Kerry attended Norfolk Public Schools and also attended Job Corp in his early life. He was employed with the City of Norfolk and other…...

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Calvin Ronald Wilson

On Friday, November 6, 2020, God called Calvin Ronald Wilson to rest. Born in Norfolk County, now Portsmouth, Virginia on March 10, 1942, Calvin was the sixth of ten children born to Joseph C. and Lucy R. Wilson. As a child Calvin attended both the Portsmouth and Chesapeake school systems. He graduated from I. C. Norcom High school in 1961. After high school Calvin joined the United States Air Force before returning home and graduating…...

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Melvin Thomas Bugg, Jr.

Melvin “Mayne” Thomas Bugg Jr., was born on August 8, 1980, in South Hill, VA, and entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, in Atlanta, GA. He was the oldest of two children born to Melvin Bugg Sr., and Joyce Clary. Melvin was raised in Chesapeake, VA and attended Deep Creek High School, and later graduated from Old Dominion Job Corps. Inspired by his Uncle Ferald Clary and Aunt Lillian Honeywood, Melvin enlisted…...

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Council R. Webb

On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, our Mighty Lord and Savior called one of his beloved children home, Council Reginald Webb. He was born December 16,1934 to the late Lillie Spratley and William Webb, Sr. Preceding him in death was his loving wife of 66 years, Constance Estelle Webb: and three sisters; Thelma Carr, Virgie Rivers, and Clarice Cox; one brother, William Webb, Jr. Council completed his education in the Norfolk Public School System, and graduated…...

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Warner M. Boone

Warner Maker Boone, 56 of the 7200 block of Chesapeake Ave., Norfolk, passed away November 3, 2020 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He was born October 3, 1964 to Catherine Boone and the late Wilson Boone, Jr. in Chesapeake, Virginia. He is also predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Mamie and Floyd Johnson, Sr., Also his paternal grandparents Rosa Evans and Wilson Boone, Sr. Warner leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Catherine Boone; Asons, Christopher…...

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Velma Lee Winfield

Velma Winfield transitioned into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at her home in Portsmouth, VA.  Velma was born in Portsmouth, VA to the late Richard Winfield, Sr. and Marion Winfield (Elliott).  She was a graduate of Crestwood High School, Class of 1967.  She retired after over 25 years of retail service at Bradlees and Stein Mart department stores. Velma was an active member of Olive Branch Baptist Church where she served in many…...

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Martha Evans Almond

Martha E. Almond, a native of Norfolk, VA, transitioned peacefully from this earth to take up residence in her heavenly estate on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. She was a graduate of the January 1943 class of Booker T. Washington High School. She participated in the historic World War II ‘Naval Women Involvement Initiative,’ contributing to building warships as a welder. A faithful member of the Historic First Baptist Church of Bute Street, she attended Sunday…...

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Ken Carlos Kates

On October 1, 1963, the world was forever changed by the birth of Ken Carlos Kates in Danville, VA, to James and Carolyn Kates. The oldest of three siblings, Ken was an awesome son and big brother. He was affectionately called “Brah Brah” by his sisters. In the hopes of a bright future, Ken’s parents moved with him to Bronx, New York.  He attended Bronx Public Schools from Elementary to Junior High. At the age…...

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Zirdarn Jeanette Savage

On October 30, 2020, Zirdarn Savage departed this life to go to her eternal life. She was born January 10, 1953 to Essie and Otis Bennett in Greenville, North Carolina. She last worked for General Electric before becoming disabled. Even while struggling with her illness she kept a smile on her face. She was a kind hearted and loving person always focused on the Lord and his goodness. Zirdarn was a loving mother, sister, aunt,…...

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Johnathan Deshawn Hill

Johnathan Deshawn Hill passed away on October 21, 2020....

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Freda S. Cowell

Freda Suzette Phelps Cowell was born on February 4, 1963. She departed her earthly life on October 28, 2020, at Norfolk General Hospital after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine L. Gaston, father, Leon B. Ferebee, her oldest sister Catherine “Angel” Wilson; her beloved brothers Donnell and Sonni Gaston and sister in law, Jeanmaria Cowell. Freda’s Christian journey started as a child being a member of St. Andrews Church…...

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Kennedy Sanae Austin

Kennedy Sanae Austin was born on June 6, 2018. She is the daughter of Tyrone and Natavia. Sadly, she departed us on October 31, 2020. She brought joy and laughter to everyone that knew her and she will be greatly missed....

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Linwood Britton

Linwood A. Britton Sr. passed on October 22, 2020. He was born to the late Shirley Britton Smith. He attended Norfolk public schools at a young age and later attended Chesapeake Schools where he was on the football team and graduated from Oscar Smith High School. After graduating he joined the US Army, was a member of the 82nd Airborne and involved in the D.E.A. Linwood loved fishing, attending church, and going to family reunions,…...

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Linwood Britton

Linwood Britton passed away on October 22, 2020....

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Juanita Sanderson

Our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Juanita Poole-Sanderson “Neat” went home with the Lord on October 30, 2020. She was born November 13, 1935 in Princess Anne County (VA). Juanita was born to the late Elder  Clarence Lee Poole, Sr. and Ella Goodman Poole. Juanita was employed by the City of Virginia Beach Public Schools for 36 years before she decided to retire. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She…...

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Dorothy S. Rawles

Dorothy S. Rawles of Suffolk peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Dorothy was born on December 26, 1932 to the late James and Inez Simmons. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Rawles, sister Olivia Madison Proctor, and brother James Rudolph Simmons. Dorothy lived a life of high achievement beginning with her education in the Suffolk Public School System. In 1950,…...

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Ernest Skinner, Jr.

Ernest Skinner, Jr. passed away on October 31, 2020....

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Larry D. Williams

Larry D. Williams, 57, beloved father, grandfather, father-in-law and friend to others was called home on Sunday, October  25, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on December 16, 1962 I North Carolina. Larry was a hard worker. He worked for Shaddeau Roofing and Construction Corporation for over 20 years, which became his second home and family that he loved as well. He was a laid back, quiet easy-going person. He had…...

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Constance E. Webb

On Friday, October 30, 2020, our Mighty Lord and Savior called one of his beloved angels home, Constance (Connie) Estelle Webb. She was born July 4, 1936 to the late Julia Rivers and John C. Winfield. Preceding her in death are two sisters: Hannah Cook and Hermione Robinson; four brothers: Jessie, John Jr, Fred, and Bert Winfield, and one grandchild, Chrystyna Webb. Connie was a woman of unwavering faith and with a passion for serving…...

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Paul Barnett

Paul Stephen Barnett was born on December 23, 1956 to Linda and George Barnett in Springfield Massachusetts. He was one out of six children. Paul was a U.S Navy Veteran as an Equipment Operator. With a host of Military Awards. He worked hard and provided for his family. He was united in marriage to Linda Barnett on May 15, 1978, In Staten Island, New York, where they lived and started a family together. Paul loved family gatherings, he was skilled at grilling, and loved making others laugh. He had stories…...

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Robin Staton-Benjamin

Robin Staton-Benjamin passed away on October 26, 2020....

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Esther C. Corinaldi

Esther Cecil Corinaldi passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Born on March 31, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, she graduated from Girls High School in Brooklyn. Esther was a teacher’s assistant at Polly Miller Daycare Center in the Bronx and later earned her bachelor’s degree from Pace University. She went to work on Wall Street at Depository Trust Company as a benefits specialist. She retired in 1988 and with her husband Kenneth, relocated to…...

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Loretta Cowell

Loretta “LaLa” Cowell, age 49, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. She was born July 25, 1971 to Rosena (Rose) Cowell and the late James Roscoe. Loretta received her education through Norfolk Public Schools and Tidewater Community College.  She pursued her dream of becoming a business owner. Lala had many talents, but she had a passion for cooking and interior designing. Loretta was known for her strength and faith in God. …...

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William L. Sanderlin, Jr.

William L. Sanderlin, Jr. passed away on October 29, 2020....

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Euradine W. Williams

Euradine W. Williams passed away on October 27, 2020....

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Donta A. Jackson

On Tuesday Oct 27, 2020 God needed Donta more than we did here on earth and called him home to eternal rest. Donta Antonio Jackson AKA “Tootie “ or “ Rudeboy” was born on March 1, 1989 in Norfolk, VA. He grew up in the Huntersville Neighborhood where he was well known for his vibrant personality and helping spirit. He was well respected for his humanitarian acts in the community, always wanting to give back…...

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Carroll R. Evans

Carroll ‘DeeDee Slim’ Evans, 67 of Norfolk, VA was granted his angel wings on October 28, 2020. He was born December 31, 1952 to the late Carroll H. Evans and Erma M. Evans. After relocating to Quantico, he continued employment as a skilled shipyard worker of many trades. He retired after 35 years of faithful service to the federal government in 2017. He worked at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Norfolk Naval Shipyard as well as Portsmouth Naval Base. As a family,…...

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Freddie Helm, Jr.

On October 25, 2020, the Lord called Freddie L. Helm, Jr., a loving father, son, brother, and uncle home to his eternal resting place.  “Boo” as his family affectionately called him was 55 years old.  He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 9, 1965 to Fred Helm, Sr. and the late Althea Helm. Freddie was a 1983 graduate of Deep Creek High School.  He was employed with International Marine Applicators and was…...

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Tanya Marie Keyes-Battle

Tanya Marie Keyes-Battle, 59 was born in Norfolk, VA on May 22, 1961. Tanya was member of St. Mark, RZUA Church of Norfolk, VA where she was a member of the choir and the usher board. She was a Home Health care Provider. Tanya leaves to cherish her precious memories her husband, Frederick Martin Battle; her parents, Alma H. Keyes, and Claude B. Keyes; sons, Terry Keyes and Kaisem Keyes; one grandson and a host…...

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Morris Bland

Morris Daniel Bland departed this life on October 26, 2020. He was born October 27, 1952 the first son of Horace and Shirley Bland. He grew up in Douglas Park section of Portsmouth with plenty of friends and family. He also played football and baseball with the recreational league. Moby graduated from I.C Norcom in 1971 and attended Norfolk State for 1 ½ years before joining the army. After leaving the army, he worked for…...

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