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William Julius Richardson, Sr.

William Julius Richardson, Sr., (Bud),  age 89, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 29, 2022 surrounded by his family.  He was born on February 14, 1933 to the late Bob Richardson and Laura Richardson, in Nash County, North Carolina.  He learned farming and spent many years working the land in North Carolina along side his father. At the age of 17, he relocated to Virginia, and was employed by Newport…...

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Esther Marie West

Esther Marie West was born on January 5, 1945 in Hickory, VA. She went home to be with Lord on April 28, 2022. Her mother, Esther Mae Rawls, father, James Brown, Sr.; her stepfather, Artemus Rawls, stepmother, Barbara Brown; daughter, Esther Mae Rawls; her son, Gary Newsome preceded her in death. Esther was educated in the Norfolk Public School system. She was pursing her General Education Diploma (GED). Esther earned her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)…...

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Julius Raymond Yancey

Julius Raymond Yancey, son of the late Raymond and Augusta D. Yancey, transitioned on Friday, April 29, 2022 at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Mr. Yancey was a Vietnam veteran, where he spent two terms in the United States Army. He joined the New Jonathan Creek Baptist Church in Oxford, North Carolina. Upon graduation from high school,  he attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Yancey also loved to sing. He had…...

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Edward Paris Wickley, Jr.

Edward Paris Wickley Jr. (E.P.), 88, departed this life into eternal rest Sunday, May 1, 2022. He was born March 23,1934 to the union of Rosa and Edward Wickley, Sr. and their union was blessed with two children In 1951.5, he graduated from Central Colored High School in Louisville, KY and completed one year of college. He served in the U.S. Navy from August 1952 – August 1956. Reserved for six years. EP noted his…...

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Roger Vondale Moss

Roger Vondale Moss passed away April 28, 2022....

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Rhonda Jean Sumner

Rhonda Jean Sumner 72, of Virginia Beach, VA departed this earth on April 22, 2022 surrounded by family and friends. Rhonda was born in Rural Hall, North Carolina to the late John S. and Margaret (Miller) Johnson. Rhonda graduated from Crestwood High School in 1969 and married the late Lonnie Benard Sumner, Sr. of which five children were born from this union: Dominique,  Steven, Lonnie Jr., Margaux and George. During her tenure as a military wife, Rhonda served as…...

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Doretha Staten

Doretha Staten (aka, Ms. Marie) daughter of Jack and Arnie Richardson Dales was born May 23, 1940, in Louisburg, North Carolina. Doretha was raised in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina, and lived there until the year of 1959, she then relocated to Norfolk, Virginia where she lived out her life. Doretha was preceded in death by her husband, William Mack Staten, and her son Charlie Dales. Doretha is survived by three beloved children, Michael Anthony Dales…...

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William Lessell Jennings

William Lessell Jennings passed away April 29, 2022....

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Delores S. Penn

Mrs. Delores Roberta Penn (76), known as “Lois,” was called home to be with the Lord on April 24, 2022. She was a loving mother and grandmother who dedicated her life to raising her family. Delores was predeceased by Lillian Wyatt (mother) and Frank Mercer, Jr. (father);  Antonio Steven (son); Shirley Wright (sister). She leaves to cherish her memories: Anthony Penn (husband), Felicia Nellum (daughter), Jay Nellum (son in law),  Vernita King (sister), Russell King…...

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Robert Lee Melton

Dear beloved, wise, and loving Father, Grandfather, Brother Lorenzo Melton and Friend, Robert “Bean”, “Pop Daddy” Melton, peacefully transitioned to be with our Lord on April 23, 2022. He was born on November 29, 1940 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Josephine Faulk and the late Robert Melton. He attended Portsmouth Public Schools in 1961. He joined the Army. He also was employed as a contractor until his retirement years. He leaves to cherish his…...

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Kristy Mayo Perrin

Kristy M. Perrin departed this earth to be welcomed by Heaven’s Angels on on April 27th, 2022.  She was born June 3, 1951 in Norfolk, Virginia.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Inez Mayo and Henry Bowser and her 4 brothers James Albert Mayo and Clarence Mayo, brothers Willie Mayo and John Henry “Fox” Mayo. She is survived by her only daughter Trenisha Mayo, 2 grandchildren, Raymond Mayo Murphy and KaMya Mayo, 2 great grand…...

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Vergia E. Gregory

Vergia E. Gregory passed away April 26, 2022....

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Audrey S. Gardner

Audrey Gardner passed away on April 26, 2022 at 10:15am. Born on December 23, 1926. She was the daughter of the late William and Jessie Mae Baker of Norfolk, VA, the third of 9 children, 5 preceded her in death. Audrey married Charles Gardner who preceded her in 1998. From this, union seven children were born, one preceded her in death. Audrey was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Berkley where she was…...

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Geneva Carter

Geneva Carter, age 67 answered her call to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 with her beloved family by her side.  She was born on September 22, 1954 in Aliceville, Alabama to the late Jessie Cousette and Azeila Cameron-Hood. She was predeceased by 6 brothers and 4 sisters. Geneva grew up with strong family values. She graduated from Aliceville High School in Aliceville, Alabama in June of 1972. After graduating high school…...

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Richard Oscar Stewart

The gates of heaven opened wide on April 25, 2022, with a royal welcome for a “King’s Journey Home.” God knew His son was tired and decided it was time to bring him home to rest. Richard Oscar Stewart Jr. was born to the late Richard O. Stewart Sr. and Beulah Stewart, in Sarasota, FL, on January 20, 1944. The family often referred to him as Bubba or Stu, sometimes Bubba Stu. He attended Bethune…...

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Elmo Levon Perkins

Elmo Levon Perkins was called home to eternal rest on April 24, 2022. He was born January 23, 1939 in South Norfolk, VA to the late Frank and Dora Perkins. Elmo graduated from Carver High School and later attended Norfolk State University. He worked as a supply chain supervisor on the Naval Base, which he later retired. He also served in the United States Army. Elmo is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Dora Perkins;…...

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Charles H. Grier

Charles Henry Grier, Jr. was born on November 7, 1945 in New York. He was predeceased by his father Charles H. Grier, Sr. and his mother Evelyn F. Wilson, his two brothers: James Grier and Cassanova Grier; and two sisters: Juanita Grier Greene, and Iris Jean Grier Thomas. Charles was drafted into the Army in December 1965, and served his term and separated on Dec 1967. In 1966, he was station in Vietnam and was…...

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Sonia Felicia Ingram

Sonia Felicia Ingram passed away April 24, 2022....

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LaTrinya Vee Nelson

Latrinya Vee Nelson was born in Norfolk, VA at Norfolk General Hospital on November 22nd 1980. She was raised in Portsmouth, VA Queen St, Academy Park & Ida Barbour areas. She attended her home church Miracle Tabernacle founded by her late grandparents Evan and Thelma Brown in those early years she was on the youth choir. She later moved to.Orlando, FL with her mom and attended Dr. Phillips High School. She also attended Christian Life ministries…...

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Amy Sharon Moon Creekmore

Amy Sharon Moon Creekmore entered into eternal rest on April 24, 2022.  She was born November 7, 1945 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Ernestine Finner Barnes and Charles Preston Moon.  With her father being in the War, she was adopted by the late Willie and Eugurtha Johnson, the brother-in-law and sister of Charles Preston Moon.  She was predeceased in death by her brothers, Charles Smith and Myron A. Johnson. Amy, affectionately known to everyone…...

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Ronald Demorris Anderson

His Life and Legacy On Friday, April 22, 2022 our beloved son, father, grandson, brother, fiancé Ronald “Fatboy” DeMorris Anderson departed this life. He was a native of Norfolk, VA born July 3, 1977 to the late Ronald “Rico” Anderson. Ronald was predeceased by his brother Antwaine Anderson and grandparents, Robert Anderson, Mary Anderson, and Naomi Epps. Ronald attended Norfolk Public Schools where he received his GED. Ronald was a man that could always brighten…...

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James Timothy Toppings

James Timothy Toppings the son of the late Alvin Kiah Jones, Sr. and Millie Lee Borders-Jones was born on September 13, 1957, in Norfolk, Virginia.  He departed this life, Saturday April 23, 2022, at the age of 64, in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was a graduate of Oscar Smith High School in 1976. He held various positions throughout his work life and retired from Smithfield Packing Company, Inc.  He was a faithful member of The New…...

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Robert Sutton

Robert Sutton passed away April 23, 2022....

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Brenda L. Morris

On Monday April 25 while it was peaceful and quiet, God whispered into Brenda L. Morris ear, it is time to come home, my daughter.  Therefore, He put a smile on her face, kissed her cheek, gently wrapped her in His arms, and carried her to her heavenly home. Brenda was educated in Norfolk Public Schools, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School Class of 1971, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Norfolk…...

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Eugenia Daughtry Reed

On Sunday, April 24, 2022, Eugenia Daughtry Reed departed this life for her heavenly home.   Eugenia  was born in Portsmouth, Virginia.  She was the daughter of the late Phebe and Daniel Daughtry.  Eugenia was preceded by her husband, Ervin Reed, Sr.  They were married for 45 years and from this union they were blessed with two wonderful children.   Eugenia was affectionately known as “Jean”. She was a graduate from I.C. Norcom High School Class…...

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Melvia Odessa Rushing “Mickey”

Melvia Odessa “Mickey” Rushing, 88, was born to Carrie Wray and Melvin Hall in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 23, 1933. Odessa spent her formative years in the Tidewater area and attended and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School.   After graduation, she completed a nursing program and worked as a nurse for many years. Odessa applied and was selected as the first African American woman to be trained as a packer for confidential/sensitive materials…...

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Emma C. Riddick

Emma Catherine Riddick was born May 31, 1944, to the late Abe and Catherine Ricks in Norfolk, VA. She was one of eight children: Two boys and six girls. On Wednesday, April 202, 2022, God called her home. Emma retired from Norfolk Naval Air Station where she worked for several years. She attended Mount Zion Baptist Church. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She touched many lives and will be missed…...

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Charles M. Williams

Charles Murray Williams was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He departed this earthly life and entered into eternal life on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. He was born January 30, 1948, in Sumter, South Carolina to the late Willie and Rosa Mae Lowery Williams. He graduated from Dennis High School in Bishopville, South Carolina. His parents started his spiritual foundation at an early age at Bishopville Baptist Church. In 1968, he rededicated…...

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Florine E. Bowen

Florine E. Bowen passed away April 21, 2022....

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Gwendolyn Sharp

On Friday, April 22, 2022, our all-wise God, called home our precious mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, cousin and friend, Gwendolyn Marie Armstrong Sharp to rest from her labor and to receive her heavenly wings.   Gwendolyn was born on February 7, 1941 to the late Lillian Bernice “Nanny” Ballard in Elm City, North Carolina. She was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System and graduated from I. C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA. It…...

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Mary L. Artis

Mary L. Artis of Chesapeake, Virginia retired Norfolk School teacher and mentor, transition to the Kingdom of Heaven on Wednesday April 20th, 2022.   Mary was the last born of 8 children, the daughter of Gary and Mary Lambert. She leaves 3 Sons, Timothy, Elton and Gury and 3 grandchildren Galvin  Gabrielle and Olivia. Funeral services will be held at Metropolitan Funeral Service at 120 West Berkley Avenue, in Norfolk, Virginia 23523....

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Kim Leslie Campbell

On March 6, 1964, God blessed Peggy and Kenneth Williams with a beautiful baby girl they named Kim Leslie. Kim’s parents were talented, God fearing people, and as their one and only child, they wanted nothing but the best for her. They believed there were two things that were most important for their beloved Kim, a good education and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Kim’s academic foundation began in faith-based schools such as Queens…...

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Johnnie Ray Speight, Sr.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED BROTHER, FATHER, GRANDFATHER, GREAT GRANDFATHER AND UNCLE Psalms 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and He delights in his way. (NKJV) Johnnie Ray Speight Sr. was born the son of the late Deacon Joseph C. Speight, and Arletha Leake Speight on May 30, 1949, in Wilson, NC. He was raised in Wilson, NC until the family moved to Norfolk VA in 1955. He attended…...

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Faith Johnson McCloud

Faith Johnson McCloud was called by the Triune God on April 15, 2022 and peacefully passed away from her earthly home in Norfolk, VA to her eternal home in glory with God. She was born and grew up with her siblings and parents, the late William Matthews and Reva Gordon Matthews, in New Orleans, LA.  Faith attended the public schools, and then completed her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Loyola University and Master…...

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Virginia Porter Grandy

Virginia Porter Grandy passed away April 16, 2022....

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Lacy Glenn Hall

Lacy Glenn Hall, age 56, of Norfolk, Virginia, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2022 while on a fishing trip in North Carolina. He peacefully passed in his sleep. Lacy was self-employed as a painter and employed at Top Guard Security. Lacy had a gift of connecting with people, he never met a stranger. His favorite past time was fishing (yes, he knew all the secret fishing spots). He was born on August 26, 1965 to…...

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Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams passed away April 19, 2022....

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Rosa Lee Blunt

On Saturday, April 16, 2022, on a warm sunny day just before Easter the Lord’s plans were put in place to call Rosa Lee Blunt home. After 94 years here on earth, Rosa finalized her wonderful life’s journey to answer his call and accept her wings. Rosa Lee Blunt is sometimes referred to by family and friends as Rose, Rosa, Rosie, “RO”, Miss. Rose, Ma, Momma, Ro Blunt, and Grandma. Regardless of the name choice,…...

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Ellis Jackson

Ellis Jackson passed away April 18, 2022....

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Roy Griffin, Jr.

Roy Griffin Jr. was born to the late William Ray and Mamie Griffin in Camden County, NC on 11/10/1923. After graduating high school, he served 3 1/2 years in the United States army. During his time of service he earned multiple medals: An American theater Service medal, Asiatic Pacific medal with (1) ( Bronze service star, good conduct medal , and World War ll victor medal. Roy finished his military career as a Sergeant. In…...

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Lanier T. Dudley

On Saturday, April 16, 2022, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ called our beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, nephew, cousin and brother-in-law, Lanier Tyrice Dudley to Heaven. Lanier was born on July 2, 1971. He was educated in the Chesapeake Public School System and was a graduate of Western Branch High School class of 1989. Lanier had a passion for cooking and you would always find him dressed in the finest clothes. He loved his…...

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Lisette Editha Orton

Lisette Editha Orton was born on the island of St. Thomas, USVI, to the late Phillip Conrad Brooks and the late Frances Ann Brooks on October 15, 1967.  Lisette is the identical twin of Lisa Editha Brooks-Josiah.  Lisette’s early education began at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School on the island of St. Thomas. During her middle school years, she attended Wayne Aspinall Junior High School. Lisette relocated to Norfolk, Virginia where she enrolled in Booker T. Washington High School.  She graduated from Booker…...

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Monique Devona Bell

Monique D. Bell departed this life April 11, 2022.  She suffered with a chronic illness for many years.  She loved God, her family and football “Baltimore Ravens.” Survivors include her Mother Gwendolyn Elliott; her children Kenya, DeMonte’, Tiara and Ciara Bell; seven grandchildren: Markiya Bell-Potts, Marcus Potts, Jr., Marzah Potts, Royal Teel, Zamir Bell, Za’Aire Sutton and Jahrion Williams; two sisters: Kenya and  Deidre’ Elliott and a host of family and friends. She was full…...

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Irene E. Wilson

Our loving God called Irene “Frankie” Eppes Wilson to her eternal rest with our Lord Jesus Christ. She received her wings on Saturday, April 16, 2022. She was born on March 27, 1946, in Morganton, NC to Waverly Eppes and Eugenia Collette Eppes. She was a native of Portsmouth.  Irene attended I. C. Norcom High School. She was a member of St Mark Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Relief Usher Board, Tribe…...

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Pamela Yolanda Askew

On Wednesday, April 13, 2022, Pamela Y. Askew peacefully transitioned this earthly life at Chesapeake Regional Hospital. Pam was born on August 7, 1953 in Norfolk, VA to the late Bishop William J. and Mother Mildred L. Faison. Pam was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and was a 1972 graduate of Maury High School, Norfolk, VA. She was always independent and a hard worker. Pam began pursuing and securing jobs while she was…...

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Gilbert Walker

Gilbert Walker passed away April 14, 2022....

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Richard Daniel Parker

Richard Daniel Parker was born on March 18, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois to Zadie and Walter Parker Sr. Both of his parents proceeded him in death along with one brother (Michael) and one sister (Denise). Richard departed this earthly life on April 9, 2022. Richard attended and graduated from George Gershwin Elementary School and Paul Robeson High School in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating high school, Richard served in the United States Navy for almost 27…...

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Ebenezer Hesse-Owusu

Ebenezer Hesse-Owusu passed away April 13, 2022....

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Ezekeil Smith

Ezekeil Smith, 92, was born to the late Warren and Daisy Smith in Lenior County, LaGrange North Carolina on March 13, 1930. God in his infinite wisdom saw fit to call his servant home on April 15, 2022. In the early 1950’s, he moved to Norfolk, Virginia where he met and married Ethel (Chesson) Jordan. Together they lived in Berkley for 25 years prior to residing in Chesapeake, Virginia. Together they were the family’s source…...

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Thurmese LaWanda Dandridge

Thurmese LaWanda Dandridge of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was born August 10, 1976 in Memphis, TN, to Thurman and Shirley Ann Dandridge. She was employed at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth,Virginia as Shop 11 Work Leader. She graduated from Central High School, Memphis, Tennessee in 1994 and attended Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi. She graduated from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Apprentice class in 2017. Thurmese spiritual life began at an early age, baptized at Mallory Height Baptist…...

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