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Paul Lawrence Howard, Jr.

Paul Lawrence Howard was born October 21, 1930 in Portsmouth, Virginia from the union of the late Bishop Paul Howard and Cornelia Newby. Paul gave his devoted soul to Christ at an early age, and spent his formative years in his father’s church, fostering a profound love for spirituality. He met the love of her life, Lillie, who he called his “Sugar Baby” and “Sugar Baby” affectionately called him “Peter Paul.” Their passion became a union on April 10, 1953. From this union, there…...

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Rudolph Crowell, Jr.

Rudolph (Rudy) Crowell, Jr., Son of the late Rudolph Crowell Sr. and Nellie C. Mason, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on October 31, 1955. On December 5, 2023, Rudy was called home to be with the Lord. He was called Pookey, Uncle Poo-bear or just Rudy by friends and loved ones and received his education in the Portsmouth public schools. He later enlisted into the United States Army where he would receive an Honorable discharge.…...

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Robert Lee Johnson

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Richard Langley

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Geno D. Ward

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Carolyn Lee Beale

On December 5, 2023, our dear Mother, Carolyn Lee Beale, transitioned from death to eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Carolyn was an active Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church member, serving in the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, Vacation Bible School, and Sunday School and assisting in the New Members Ministry. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her husband, Amos Lee Beale; her children, Cassandra Lee Bowser, Gerri R.…...

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Donna L. Christian-Willis

Donna Laverne Christian–Willis passed away December 2, 2023. She was born on March 18, 1956, in New York City, to the late Lloyd and Pearl Christian. Donna is survived by her loving children, Christian and Jaclyn (Rick); grandchildren, Justin, Jaelynn, Brooklyn, Madelyn, and Jackson; brothers, Peter (Theresa) and Lawrence; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Willis, her parents, Lloyd and Pearl Christian, and her sister, Zoranna Christian Glover. As a dedicated member of the Christian Congregation of…...

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Thelma Mae Brown

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Raymond Diggs

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Peggy Sledge-Clark

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Tejahn Dupree Christian Hargrove

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Audrey E. Daniel

On the early morning of December 3, 2023, Audrey Ernestine Turner Daniel peacefully transitioned, surrounded by her family. Audrey Daniel was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on October 29, 1932. Audrey was of Jamaican and Indian descent. She was the daughter of the late Pearl Turner and James Henry Harris. She attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1951, she met and married Willie Frank Daniel. They had five children from that union:…...

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Howard M. Williams, Sr.

Virginia Beach, Virginia – COL (Ret) Howard Mordecia Williams Sr., age 92, passed away on December 3, 2023, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was born on September 14, 1931, in Elloree, South Carolina to the late Marion Robert Williams and Ethel Blondell (Waymer) Williams. Howard was a deeply religious man of faith and lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. He served his country with honor and distinction as a 30-year career Army…...

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Veralese Rose Thompson

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Michael Carlton Hughes

On Sunday, December 3, 2023, our Lord and Savior called our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend MICHAEL CARLTON HUGHES home from his labor to eternal rest. Michael was born the eldest child of three on August 17, 1951, to the late James and Evelyn Hughes in Portsmouth, Virginia. He graduated from I. C. Norcom High School class of 1969. He went on to further his education and obtaining his B.S. degree in…...

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Charles Allen Shobe

Charles Allen Shobe affectionately known by his family and friends as “Allen”, born July 24, 1951 in Elkins, West Virginia, to the late Charles Alexander Shobe and Nellie Ruth Weaver. Allen passed away peacefully on November 25, 2023 in Portsmouth, VA. Allen graduated from Elkins High School in Elkins, West Virginia in 1970. He worked for Elkins Industrial as a carpenter.  He, later moved to Virginia and worked for Kempsville Builders. Allen is predeceased by…...

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Rodney L. Craig, Sr.

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Mildred R. Beale

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Darwin M. Hodges

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Carl Leon Davis

Carl Leon Davis was born on March 9, 1963, in Mobile, Alabama to the parents of Emma Hosey and Joseph C. Davis.  Carl suddenly passed away the evening of November 30, 2023.  Carl had seven siblings: Mattie Hunter (preceded in death), Rosa Hayes (preceded in death), William Davis, Walter Davis (preceded in death), Theresa Davis- Fleeton, Erma Moore, and Rhunda Davis. Carl was married to his wife Alfredia Davis for over 27 years. Carl and…...

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Mark J. Cahill

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Carrie Louise Odom Vincent

Carrie Louise Odom Vincent was born to the late Hurley Jackson Odom, Sr. and Mary Virginia Cross Odom on January 9, 1949 in Holland, Virginia. She passed away on Friday, December 1, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the fifth child of thirteen and graduated from Central High School (North Carolina) in 1968. After high school, she attended Portsmouth Community College for a year and worked at Union Camps for year prior to moving to Philadelphia.…...

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April L. Dempsey Guyton

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Tiffany Cassandra Henry

Tiffany Cassandra Henry, born October 31, 1981 was called home to rest November 27, 2023. She is predeceased by her mother, Rosemary Horton; her father, Colonel Hilliard Henry, Jr. and her grandmothers, Shirley Robinson, Lillian Bowen; and grandfathers, Dandgure Robinson, Sr., and Colonel Hilliard Henry, Sr. She is survived by her beautiful children, Avontae Henry, Alexis Henry and Jahmel Elliott; grandchildren, Avelyn Henry, Ainsley Henry and Olivia Logan; stepfather, Cleveland Horton; siblings, Dethaniel Savone Henry,Sr. (wife-LaDonna), David Henry, Jermaine Turner, Jahmal Henry and Roberta Henry; granddaughter…...

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Clarice Arlene Gregory

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Phyllis Levern Wilkerson

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David Leroy Harvey

When reflecting on the life of our beloved David L. Harvey, Sr., words are priceless, love is unlimited and memories are timeless! Born January 31, 1955 born to Evelyn Virginia Harvey. He attended First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Affectionately called, “Heavy D”, David was married to the love of his life, Vanessa Dale Harrison Myers for over 42 years and was the father of four children, Davina Hubbard (Taron, Tierra, Tevin, Thailyn,…...

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Floyd Mae Holley

Floyd Mae Holley 80, of Portsmouth, VA, made her transition peacefully from earth to glory on November 27th, 2023. Born December 29, 1942 in Southampton County, VA to the late Rev. Peter Boykins Jr and Lillie Whitehead. She was the youngest of 5 children.  Floyd Mae attended Southampton County Public Schools and worked at Autumn Care Nursing Facility for a number of years. In addition to her mother and father, she was predeceased by her…...

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Francine Sears

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Da’Ziyah Christina Wilson

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Paulette Bridgette Lee

Paulette Bridgette Lee, age 59, of Portsmouth, VA, gracefully departed this world on Sunday, November 26th, surrounded by the unwavering love of her devoted husband, Ron. Born on July 17, 1964 in Princess Margaret Hospital, Nassau, Bahamas, Paulette graced the world with her presence as the cherished daughter of Jethro and Minerva Finley. From early in her childhood, her special spirit and compassionate nature shone brightly. Her deep affection for her grandmother, fondly known as…...

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Antonio Ray Evans

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Catherine Gibbs

Catherine Gibbs, 95, was born February 5, 1928 in Norfolk, Virginia. She was a product of the Norfolk Public School system. During that time she met her lifelong spouse, Mr. William Riley Gibbs. They were married for 66 years and raised five children. She was a former member of Antioch Baptist Church. She retired from the Norfolk Public School system after 30 years of service. Catherine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, auntie and a loyal…...

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Johnathan A. Johnson

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Kenneth Neal

Kenneth “Kenny” Neal gained his wings quietly at home in Adelphi, MD on November 17, 2023. He was born on August 8, 1964, to Louise O. Neal and Charlie W. Neal in Portsmouth, VA. He was a proud Cradock High School alumnus. Much like many teenagers at the time, he bounced around from job to job. His first job was with PET Milk Company and then he transferred to Food Lion as a Butcher Trainee.…...

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Bishop Moses Lee Davis, Sr.

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Linwood Revels

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Stevie A. Burgess

In Loving Memory of Stevie Antoine Burgess October 6,1958 – November 21, 2023 Stevie Antoine Burgess, aged 65, of Chesapeake, Va., was the son of the late Timothy and Florine Burgess.  He is preceded in death by three brothers, Timothy, Raymond, and David Burgess, and three sisters, Jessie Russell, Dorothy Johnson, and Barbara Burgess.  Stevie was a devoted brother, uncle, and friend.  Stevie graduated from Deep Creek High School in 1977. Growing up and until…...

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Marie Etta Smith

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Eugene Antonio Webb

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Haywood Richard Hopson, Sr.

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Malka Bracey

On the sunny spring day of April 14, 1952, the free and gentle flower, Malka Bracey was born to Ethel (Momma E) Bracey and James (Lovey) Kemp, in Harlem New York. As a young curious, loving spirit, Malka was baptized and attended St. Aloysius Church. She was educated in the NYC Public School System and attended P.S 68, James Finmoore Cooper JHS and Seward Park High School. Malka always had a deep appreciation for the…...

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Clarice Arlene Gregory

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Otis Lee Massey, Sr.

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Vonnie Lisa Lawrence Morrison

“Oh happy day” on Friday, November 24, 2023, our Sovereign Lord and Savior dispatched the morning train from glory to receive our precious Vonnie Lisa Lawrence Morrison. Lisa, as she was fondly and affectionately called by family and friends was born to the late Raymond and Gladys Hunt Lawrence. Her sister and precious sibling, Rev. Andrea Lawrence also preceded her in death. She was educated through Suffolk School System. Lisa was a graduate from Forrest…...

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Joan Sutton

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Latecia Yvonne Smith

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Ann J. McCoy

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Eunicseia Laconstance Holder

Eunicseia Holder, age 71 of 25 Swanson Parkway, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 21, 2023. She was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, where she went to grade school, and onward to Tidewater Community College.  She worked several years at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Eunicseia loved books, cooking, movies, music, and board games. One of her favorite sayings was “I’ll never grow up, I’m a Toys “R” Us kid” and that is how she lived her…...

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Ueston Lewis, Jr.

Ueston “Brother” Lewis, Jr., 65, of Portsmouth VA, passed away on November 22, 2023. Born on December 10, 1957, to Ueston and Audrey Lewis, he was a proud Portsmouth native, member of New St. Thomas Baptist Church and alumnus of IC Norcom High School. Ueston lived a vibrant life filled with passion for hunting, fishing, and classic cars. He embraced entrepreneurship through various ventures including a pallet, transporting, and lawn service business, along with a…...

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