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Carolyn Elizabeth Cowell

Carolyn E. Cowell gained her wings and walked with the angels after a short battle with cancer on August 23, 2022. She was loved and will be missed terribly. She was the daughter of the late Charles Brown and Mattie Brown and proceeded in death by her brother, Robert Smith. Carolyn’s legacy is succeeded by her everlasting love, and common law spouse of over 30-years, Reginald Joyner, her daughter, Carolyn Williams (Edwin), and her son,…...

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Melissa Jones

Melissa Jones of Portsmouth, VA peacefully fell asleep on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 60 years of age. She was born to the late AJ and Josie Ferguson on May 7, 1962. Melissa was preceded in death by her devoted son Torrey M. Jones, parents, AJ and Josie Ferguson, and her brother Anthony Ferguson. She leaves to cherish her memories, her three siblings Craig (Cheryl), Phyllis, and Anita (Linwood), along with a host of beloved nieces, nephews and loving…...

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Carlester Louise White

Carlester Louise White passed away August 25, 2022....

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Antonio Maurice Pope

Antonio “Tony” Maurice Pope, 67, of Norfolk, VA was born in 1954. Antonio transitioned to eternal life on August 25, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. Antonio was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. He attended Norfolk Public Schools where he was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. Antonio was an outstanding athlete. He excelled in boxing where he won several tournaments held at various venues including the Norfolk Arena. He was on his…...

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Elsie Mae Williams

Elsie Mae Williams passed away August 24, 2022....

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Mary Alice Harrell

In the afternoon on Friday, August 26, 2022 with her family by her side, Mary Alice Harrell peacefully transitioned from her life on earth to be with her heavenly father. Mary Alice Harrell, affectionately known as “Dottie,” was born in St. Johns, North Carolina  on July 23, 1930, to the late Joseph and Hazel Gatlin Wheeler. She was the second oldest of eight children. God quietly took her home after allowing her to live and…...

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Tezon Rashad Jones

Tezon Rashad Jones departed this life on Sunday, August 14, 2022. Our lives were changed and our hearts were hurt for our Son, father, grandson, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin & friend. Tezon known to many as “Zon” was born on January 30, 1990 in Norfolk, Va. He grew up in Roberts Park in Norfolk, where he was a kid that just couldn’t  kept in the house. Tezon attended the Boys & Girls Club every day…...

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Timothy B. Benson

Timothy B. Benson passed away August 23, 2022....

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Stanley Eugene Mason

Stanley Eugene Mason passed away August 16, 2022....

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Arkia Latoya Gaines

Arkia Latoya Gaines passed away August 25, 2022....

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Rasheen Everett

Rasheen Everett passed away August 22, 2022....

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Mother Shirley M. Brown

Early in the morning, on August 25, 2022, Shirley Marjorie Brown departed this life and claimed her eternal reward. Shirley, affectionately known as “Mother” by most was born January 26, 1934, in Williamston, NC, to the late Darius Respass and Sophia Graham Davis. Shirley Marjorie Brown personified the essence of beauty. She was the epitome of grace and a woman of elegance and excellence. She exemplified the characteristics of a godly woman. She was a…...

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Elizabeth Bland

Elizabeth departed this life on August 22, 2022, just five days prior to her 90th birthday. She was born on August 27, 1932 in Eden, NC. She was the youngest of four children, born to the late, Dan and Rosa Price. She graduated from Douglas High School in 1951 and from Virginia State College in May 1955, with a degree in Elementary Education.  She went on to teach elementary school in Sanford, NC, where she…...

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Calvin Lamont Wood

Calvin Lamont Wood passed away August 18, 2022....

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Frankie Marion Sims

Frankie Marion Sims passed away August 22, 2022....

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Coretta Ezell-Betts

Coretta Ezell-Betts passed away August 22, 2022....

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Geraldine Goode Wesby

On August 20, 2022 Geraldine Goode Wesby, affectionately known as “Granny”, transitioned from her life here on earth to her eternal life in Heaven with our Lord. Geraldine was born on December 10, 1931 in Franklin, VA. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Lucy Lawrence.   Geraldine was a product of Portsmouth Public Schools. She graduated from I C Norcom High School where she was inducted in the Hall of Fame for basketball…...

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Lloyd L. Bazemore

Lloyd Lindbergh Bazemore was born on December 24, 1956 in Bertie, North Carolina to the late Lloyd and Rosa Bazemore. Lloyd at age 65, peacefully departed this life on August 17, 2022 Lloyd attended Portsmouth Public Schools where his interest in music began at Water Junior High School. It continued through high school where he became a top trumpet player in the Mighty Manor Mustangs Band graduating in 1975. After high school, he attended Norfolk…...

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Alexis Starr Hicks

Born September 25, 1996, Alexis Starr Hicks’ life did not come to an end with her death.  She passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 21, 2022 at age 25, but she is survived by loved ones who will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest.  Alexis has many family and friends that she has touched in her short, yet very memorable life. Alexis graduated from Western Branch High School in…...

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Jarred T. Davis

On Thursday August 18, 2022 God called Home our beloved son, brother, uncle, friend, and fiancé’ Jarred Trevor Davis. Jarred was born to Rita S. Davis and Wayne Arrington on September 14, 1986 in Chesapeake, Virginia and was raised by his second mother, Maggie Simmons. Jarred received his GED and extended it into landscaping and HVAC. To sum it up, he was just your around the way jack of all trades! Jarred left behind 10 siblings: David Davis, Varita Davis, Shaniel…...

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Althea Michelle Allison

Althea Michelle Allison, affectionately known as “Dee Dee”or “Theetee”, was born January 30, 1971, in Norfolk, Virginia to her parents Ronald A. McCoy and Shelia Baskins. After a long and well-fought battle against cancer, Althea gained her heavenly wings on August 21, 2022. She is survived by her husband of over 30 years, Kenneth Allison (Kenny) and three daughters Asia, Alyshia, and Kenya Allison, two sisters, Donzella Knight- Candelaria and Chantey Knight, one brother Antrone…...

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Sadie E. Claiborne

Sadie E. Claiborne transitioned into eternal rest and peace on August 22, 2022...

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Anita Ingram

In loving memory of our mother, Anita Ingram, who passed away on August 2, 2022. Anita was a loving mother of Kion’te and Alexis. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Our mother was a kind, caring and giving person who always put the needs of her family before her own. Anita was a strong woman who faced every challenge in her life with courage and dignity. Our mother was a source…...

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Thomas Walter Granberry

Thomas Walter Granberry passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022. He was born on December 21, 1957 in the city of Norfolk, VA to the late Hester and George Granberry. Thomas was also known as “Tuck”. He loved fishing, crabbing, working on cars, listening to his Oldies but Goodies and loved his football games. He was a Minnesota Vikings football fan and also loved to play dominoes and horseshoes. He was preceded in death by…...

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Joyce Nobles Rodwell

On Thursday, August 19, 2022, our Heavenly Father called our precious mother, grandmother, auntie, niece, cousin, godmother and friend, Joyce Ernestine Nobles Rodwell home to her eternal rest. Joyce was born on September 4, 1941, in Norfolk, Virginia to the late James E. Nobles, Luzetta Ashburne Nobles Stewart and Stepfather George Stewart Sr.  Joyce attended Norfolk Public Schools, where she graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1959.  After High School, she attended Norfolk…...

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George E. Branch, Jr.

George Edward Branch, Jr slipped into entered rest on August 19, 2022. George was born on July 2, 1937 in Richmond, VA. to the late George E. Branch, Sr and Bessie Fells Branch. George was affectionately known as “SKEETER”.  He was educated in the Richmond Public School System and a graduate of Armstrong High School class of 1956.  He joined the United Sates Navy upon graduating high school entering as a Navy Recruiter and retired…...

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Tawana R. Lee

Tawana R. Lee passed away August 18, 2022....

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Toriano Lamar Harvey

Toriano Lamar Harvey  “Tory” departed this earthly life and slipped into eternity to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 20, 2022. He was born on October 1, 1973, to the late Janice Harvey Sisson and Kim M. Harvey in Norfolk, Virginia. He was married to Sherri Nicole Harvey and from this union was the father of 5 children, Christian Jermaine Spicer Jr., I’Destiny Zion Harvey, Honesty Angel Harvey, Trinity Drew Harvey and Symphony Love Harvey…...

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Barbara Bowers

Barbara Rosa Bowers was a native of Suffolk, VA.  She was born on May 25, 1945 to the late Robert Roosevelt and Elizabeth Manson Bowers.  She departed this earthly life, August 11, 2022 in Brooklyn, New York where she lived for the last 57 years. She leaves to cherish her memories; three sisters, Audrey B. Thorpe, Edna B. Holliman and Roberta B. Matthews (Charles), all of Virginia....

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Shawn Vann Parker

Shawn Vann Parker passed away August 18, 2022....

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Eunice B. Johnson

~A Time to be Born~ Eunice Theresa Bly Johnson (affectionately known as Bobbie by friends and relatives) a beloved devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, entered eternal rest on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. Eunice was the middle child born March 19, 1935 to the late Percy E. and the late Alice R. Bell Bly in Norfolk County (now Chesapeake City), Virginia. ~A Time to Learn and Work~ As a teenager, Eunice’s fondest memories…...

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Michael Elroy Rountree

On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, Michael Elroy Rountree was called home to eternity. Born October 8, 1957, Michael lived a very productive life. He completed high school with the Norfolk Public School system and soon joined the U.S. Army, receiving an Honorable Discharge. Michael later worked as a Construction Worker and Foreman with Meredith Construction Company for many years. He also worked as a Landscaper, as well as a Cement and Asphalt Laborer/Finisher. Michael worked…...

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Alice Estelle Rudd

On August 17, 2022, Alice Estelle Rudd, aged 95, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter Sylvia Turner after a brief illness. She was surrounded by family and loved ones. Alice was born July 30,1927 in Chesapeake, Virginia in the area formerly known as Money Point. She was the youngest of three children born to William Edward and Meredith Russell-Fields. Her two older siblings were Mrs. Ethel Lee Sawyer and Isaiah Russell. Alice…...

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Abdul Kinta Lee

On August 13, 2022, our Heavenly Father called home His faithful servant Abdul Lee. Abdul Kinta Lee (Duby, Doobie, L.I.F.E) was born on September 1, 1978 to Ted and Eleanor Lee in Portsmouth, VA. He graduated from I.C. Norcom High School in 1996. He later enlisted in the Army Reserve. In 1999, Abdul was incarcerated. During this time, our precious, amazing God performed a work in his life. Abdul surrendered his life to God and…...

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George Edward Fuller, Sr.

George Edward Fuller, Sr. passed away August 16, 2022....

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Harold Leon Daniels

Harold Leon Daniels passed August 15, 2022....

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Roslyn Michelle Washington

Roslyn Michelle Washington passed away August 13, 2022....

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Lucy Mae Griffin

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7 Early Sunday morning on August 14, 2022, the Lord sent His angel to bring Lucy Mae Vaughan Griffin home to join His heavenly family. He said, “Your work is done and it is time to take your rest.” Lucy was born to the late Agnes Vaughan Walker and Richard Lucas on September 24, 1930 in Sussex County,…...

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Alexander Joyner

Alexander Joyner “Ankee” Norfolk – On Sunday August 14th 2022, Alexander Joyner passed away at his residence. Alexander was born March 21st 1933 in Burton Station Virginia Beach Va. He is one of 9 children to the late Clarence and Novella Joyner. Alexander was married to the late Sylvia L. Joyner and this union blessed them with six remarkable children. He was also predeceased by his brothers Robert and Edward Joyner; sisters Thelma Walton, Novella…...

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Leober Darden

Leobar Darden passed away August 14, 2022....

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Robert Lee Thorne

Robert Lee Thorne passed away August 10, 2022....

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Marva Pierce

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. –II Timothy 4:7-8. Saturday, August 13, 2022, God dispatched an angel to the home of Brother John Pierce and removed one of…...

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Robin Donnell Roberts

Robin Donnell Roberts affectionately known as “Robin Ed” 62, entered his eternal rest on Friday, August 12th, 2022. Robin was born June 10, 1960, in Norfolk, Virginia to the union of James Lee Roberts Sr. (deceased) and Jester Peebles Smithwrick. Robin graduated from Manor High School in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1979. He soon after began his career at Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a painter and sand blaster. He then went to Curtis Key Plumbing Apprentice…...

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Judy Ann Shelton

Late evening on Monday August 8, 2022, Judy Ann Shelton received her one-way ticket to get on board that evening train to glory. Judy was born to the late James Tilton Alexander and Kay Francis Burrus Alexander on May 27, 1954, in Norfolk VA. Judy Ann resided in North Carolina for many years where she met her late husband Irving Shelton Jr. Together with her 2 children she and her husband embarked on their new…...

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Queen Esther Benson

Queen Esther Benson passed away August 12, 2022....

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Lawrence Mtetwa

Lawrence Mtetwa passed away August 5, 2022....

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Treava Allassandra Baynes

Treava Allassandra Baynes passed away August 11, 2022....

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Brenda A. Whitehurst

Our beloved Brenda Adamson Whitehurst was born on November 23, 1947, to the late Percival Adamson, Sr., and Kathryn Adamson. Brenda was predeceased by her siblings Percival Adamson, Jr., and Jane Mabry.  Brenda was a graduate of the 1966 class of Crestwood High School. She went on to further her education at Saint Paul College receiving a BA and Troy University receiving a master’s degree in Human Resource Management. Brenda retired from Old Dominion University…...

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Marvin Hoover Warren, Sr.

Marvin Hoover Warren, Sr., caring husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, transitioned into eternity on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at the glorious age of 90. A native of Southampton County, VA, he was born on October 27, 1931 to the late David Warren and Rosa Powell Warren. Growing up the youngest boy of the family, he spent his time outdoors and at church, and had the special privilege of being his father’s chauffeur. Marvin…...

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Levern Edward Cotton

Revelation 21:4 (KJV) “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.” Our beloved Levern Edward Cotton Jr. transitioned from this world on August 6, 2022. Born on December 18, 1966, he matriculated thru the Chesapeake Public School system, graduating from Deep Creek High School in 1985. Affectionately known…...

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