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Willie Lee Lashley

Willie Lee Lashley, also known to many as “Red”, was born on November 5, 1939 to Lucille Lashley and Odell Ming In Drewryville, VA. At the age of 80, he made his transition to his heavenly home. Willie attended Southampton County Public Schools, later dropped out to help his mother. He began driving tractor trailers in his late twenties and fell in love with “over the road driving”. He worked for Bay Trucking for 25…...

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Janet Gardner

Janet Gardner was born on March 10, 1950 to the late Uther L. Gardner Sr. and Mary F. Gardner.  She was the second of nine children born to this union.  Janet was predeceased by her parents and one brother Philip.  She attended school in the Portsmouth Public School system. She graduated from I. C. Norcum High School after which she attended Tidewater Community College. She accepted Christ at Noble Street Baptist Church at an early…...

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Jenelle Garnett Patishall

Thee God fearing, poetic spirited,  benevolent hearted, Jenelle Williams-Pattishall, blessed the world with her presence October, 25 1977 , in Brooklyn New York, by mother, Gladys Williams, and father , Clifford Morgan. At a young age she migrated to Norfolk, Virginia and resided there for majority of her adulthood.  Jenelle , better known as “GIGi” married the man of her dreams, or as she loved to call him her “Soulmate”  Brian Pattishall in 2010, and relocated to Jacksonville,…...

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Lessie C. Shamblee

Lessie Celo Shamblee was born June 25, 1947 to Robert and Lessie Pender in Norfolk, VA. Lessie was married to Rayfield Shamblee, Jr.  Lessie was a childcare provider and seamstress. She was a member of Burning Bush Worship Center. She was in Excelsior Chapter No. 82 Order of the Eastern Star of Virginia Prince Hall Affiliation, John W. Barnes Assembly No. 9 Order of the Golden Circle VA/DC Prince Hall Affiliation, Mayflower Court 278 and National…...

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Gwenette C. Oldham

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Gwenette C. Oldham, a loving Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Cousin, Friend and Inspiration to us all, peacefully departed this life. Gwenette was born April 27, 1969 and was the daughter of Charles Boykins and Gwendolyn Boykins. She graduated from Bryant & Stratton College in 2015 and was employed by Huntington Inglalls. She was predeceased by her father, Charles Boykins; her son, Christopher Boykins and her nephew, Terance Boykins.…...

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James Evans

James was born October 30, 1981 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was called to be with the Lord on August 07, 2020 in Alexandropoulos, Greece. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Betty E. Tucker and paternal grandmother Alice M. Burrus. He was educated in Norfolk Public Schools and graduated from Maury High School. Jimmy accomplished swimming at the early age of 3yrs old and swam competitively at that age. He continued to swim…...

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Pauline B. Purdie

On August 20, 2020, God in his infinite wisdom called home to rest our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister, cousin and friend Mrs. Pauline Brown Purdie. Mrs. Purdie was born in Edgecombe County, NC to Allena Taylor Brown and Elijah Brown on November 1, 1928. She would have been 92 in 2 months. She graduated from Norfolk Public Schools and attended the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College. Mrs. Purdie was a…...

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Lois Wilson Broadnax

Lois Annamae Wilson Broadnax, age 96 of Chesapeake, entered eternal life on August 15, 2020, after a short illness. Lois was born to Herbert Sr. and Sadie (Shouse) Wilson in Portsmouth, VA, on September 22, 1923. Lois was raised in Brooklyn, NY. Lois was an active member for 50 years at the Church of the Holy Angels in Portsmouth. For the last six years, Lois was a faithful member of the Church of St. Therese,…...

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Broderick Moore

Broderick “Ricky” Moore took his eternal rest on August 25, 2020. Ricky was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on November 28, 1962 to the late George Moore Sr. and the late Ruth Moore as the 11th of 12 children. After his family relocated to Virginia, Ricky attended Norview High School and worked in construction as a painter. He always loved a good laugh and would often tell stories about being in the “war’ although…...

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Elton R. Williams

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, Elton passed away to his forever home to be with the Lord. Elton R. Williams was born on July 2, 1951 in the Hattonsville neighborhood of Portsmouth, VA which he joked about all the time. As a child he attended Southwestern Elementary located in Norfolk County, now Chesapeake, VA. He graduated in the class of 1969 from I. C. Norcom High School in the Portsmouth, VA. After graduation he took…...

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Ja'Liyah Amiyra Reap

Ja’Liyah A. Reap was born January 26, 2020. She is predeceased by her uncle, Malik Earle. She leaves to cherish her memory; parents, Shakeyia M. Bartell and J-Quan R. Reap; older sister, Harmony Lawrence – Reap (5 years old); aunt and uncles, Danielle Freeman, Joseph Earle, Javon Reap, Antonio Shaw, Corey Hill, Kareem Hill, Maleke Waters, Marquez Waters, Keyon Outlaw, Keona Outlaw and Jaquan  Davis; great-grandmothers, Louvenia and Shirley; grandparents, Gerris Freeman, TriDarrell Reap, Annie…...

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Ja’Liyah Amiyra Reap

Ja’Liyah A. Reap was born January 26, 2020. She is predeceased by her uncle, Malik Earle. She leaves to cherish her memory; parents, Shakeyia M. Bartell and J-Quan R. Reap; older sister, Harmony Lawrence – Reap (5 years old); aunt and uncles, Danielle Freeman, Joseph Earle, Javon Reap, Antonio Shaw, Corey Hill, Kareem Hill, Maleke Waters, Marquez Waters, Keyon Outlaw, Keona Outlaw and Jaquan  Davis; great-grandmothers, Louvenia and Shirley; grandparents, Gerris Freeman, TriDarrell Reap, Annie…...

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Carolyn T. Williams

Carolyn T. Williams passed away on May 14, 2020....

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Pamela Richard

Pamela Richard passed away on August 21, 2020....

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Kenneth Gore, Jr.

Kenneth Gore, Jr. affectionately known as “Lil Kenny” was born January 11, 1985 Portsmouth, VA and left us unexpectedly August 21, 2020 in Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania. He was the son of devoted father Kenneth Eugene Gore, Sr. of Suffolk and loving mother Betty Jean Faircloth of Portsmouth, VA. He received his education at the Virginia School of the Deaf and Blind in Hampton, VA and proudly graduated in June 2007. A dedicated worker he was to…...

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Beatrice Bernice Jones

Beatrice Bernice Jones passed away on August 24, 2020....

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Jessena Hawkins

I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness. Jessena Hawkins of Norfolk born to Henry and Victoria Hawkins passed on August 21,2020. Jessena was a homemaker who stayed at home to take care of her children and home. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. Jessena was predeceased by her daughters, Vernita Hawkins, Dewonder Burke;…...

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Julius Walter Easley

On August 21, 2020, the Lord called one of his angels, Walter Redman Easley to eternal rest. Walter was born April 9, 1938 to the late Victoria Easley Harvey. Redman was educated in South Hill School System. He moved to Norfolk, Virginia in his adult years. Redman was very strong-willed man, he was famous for his smarts, the best to do it and done it. Redman wanted nothing more but to make his family happy.…...

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Lanxcene Wiggins

On August 20, 2020 in the early morning hours at Obici Hospital, God sent his angels to bring our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother to his heavenly home. Lanxcene Wiggins (Hank) was born April 20, 1941 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Lee and Viola Wiggins. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Carolyn Veal-Wiggins; his devoted sidekick, Roscoe the dog; three sons, Michael L. Veal (Kisha), Ricky Veal (Jennifer) and Rodney…...

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Michael Gaffney

Michel Edward Gaffney, the son for the late Scott & Helen Gaffney Sr was born on December 11, 1952 in Key West, Florida. God allowed us to borrow one of his greatest inspirations for 67 years before calling his servant home. Mike received his early education from Oakwood Elementary and was a graduate of the class of 1971 from Norview High School, where he was on the NHS football and basketball teams. He was also…...

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Darrell L. Jones, Sr.

Brother Darrell Lee Jones, Sr. was born on June 13, 1952 and departed this life on August 21, 2020. He was born to Miller R. Jones and Bertha V. Jones and was the second of 5 children. He attended Granby High School, Norfolk, Virginia and later obtained his General Equivalency Diploma. Brother Darrell Jones worked as a City Bus Driver, Car Salesman, Railroad Employee and a Hampton Roads Transit Driver. Brother Darrell Jones was baptized…...

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Elbert Person, Sr.

Elbert Person, Sr. was born on August 2, 1922 in Nash County Rocky Mt., NC to the union of Thomas Person, Sr. and Mattie Beasley Person. He passed away peacefully, on August 20, 2020, surrounded by his loved ones. Elbert had many different occupations; General Motors in Detroit MI, USPS in NY and lastly with over 40 years of service he retired from Norfolk Southern as a Tower Operator in Norfolk, VA. Between two beautiful…...

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Letrelle A. Rainey

LeTrelle “Antwana” Rainey was born April 4, 1976 to Sheryl Rainey- Walker and Samuel Graves in Norfolk, Virginia. Letrelle attended Booker T. Washington High School where he graduated with the class of 1995. Letrelle attended A.T.I. Trucking School where he obtained his commercial drivers license. In the year of 2012, Letrelle launched his very own Trucking transport company called Rainey Trucking, LLC. Throughout the years, Letrelle has solidified his foundation as a successful entrepreneur and…...

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Barry Toney Wells

Barry T. Wells was born on August 2, 1955 to James and Mae Wells in Harlem, NY. Although he was born and raise in NY, he spent a large portion of his youth in Pittsburgh where both of his parent was born and raised. Barry is a United States Navy veteran, having served his country from 1974 to 1977. He then landed a career as a copier technician at Kodak where he worked for over…...

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Senora Mae Knockum

Senora Mae Knockum passed away on August 22, 2020....

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Dorothy M. O'Neal

On the 29th day of December 1939, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Edward Williams were Blessed with a daughter in Durham County, North Carolina. Dorothy Mae, which they named their brown sugar baby girl, was the eldest and only girl of their union. “Dot,” as she fervently preferred, spent most of her grade school years in the county of her birth, but relocated with her parents to Norfolk and later attended Booker T. Washington High School.…...

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Dorothy M. O’Neal

On the 29th day of December 1939, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Edward Williams were Blessed with a daughter in Durham County, North Carolina. Dorothy Mae, which they named their brown sugar baby girl, was the eldest and only girl of their union. “Dot,” as she fervently preferred, spent most of her grade school years in the county of her birth, but relocated with her parents to Norfolk and later attended Booker T. Washington High School.…...

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Goldie M. Mock

Goldie Marie Smith Mock was born on April 23,1941 in Southampton County, VA to Walter and Carrie Seaborn Smith. Goldie was the youngest of a family of 9 children, Thomas, Mary, Johnnie, Earline, Nick, Walter, Samuel, and Mildred. She was predeceased by all 8 siblings and a son Kevin Smith who faithfully cared for her until his death. At a young age, Goldie and her parents moved to South Hill, a community in Norfolk County,…...

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Lonnie M. Thomas

Lonnie M. Thomas passed away on August 22, 2020....

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Roosevelt Nelson

Mr. Roosevelt “Jill” Nelson, son of the late Mr. Johnnie C. and Mrs. Millie Nelson, was born January 3, 1934 in Craven County, North Carolina. He had made his home in Portsmouth, Virginia for the past sixty-one years. Mr. Nelson was joined in holy matrimony to Mrs. Ruby Mae Forbes Nelson on April 25, 1953 and to this union four children were born. They had been united in marriage for sixty-seven years. Mr. Nelson departed…...

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Joseph F. Waddler, Sr.

Joseph Frank Waddler, Sr. entered enteral rest on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 in Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center.  He was born on April, 10, 1945 to the late Waverly and Helen Waddler, Sr. He was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System and attended St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church and sang in the choir.  He was employed at Portsmouth Incinerator until he moved to New York and became employed with Garrison Protective Services, INC.   Joe…...

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Deborah N. Dixon

Deborah N. Dixon, 60, passed peacefully on August 15, 2020. She was born March 6, 1960 to late Rosa Lee Luckett and Solomon Luckett, Sr. She had a strong love for the Lord and career in res restaurant management for several years. Deborah was predeceased by her siblings, Geraldine Bell, Linwood Selby, Joseph Selby and Milcolm Luckett. She leaves to cherish her memories; daughters, Alisha Maria Dixon and Melina Joy Dixon; sons, Keith Dixon, Jr.…...

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Beverly Ingram

Beverly was born on July 6, 1950 in Manhattan, NY.  She was affectionately known by her family as Bee, BeeBum and Aunt Bee. She grew up in the Farragut Houses in Brooklyn, NY, and later Wallabout Houses (The Navy Buildings) also in Brooklyn.  She attended P.S. 287, Montauk Junior High School and F.D.R. High School. After marrying, she and her husband, C.J. moved to Staten Island in 1970, where they raised their children. From a young…...

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Earnestine J. Harris

Earnestine Jennings Harris, 65, was born on April 13, 1955 in Chesapeake, Virginia to Alexander Jennings and Pecolia Jennings, and lived in Norfolk for most of her life. She transitioned from a life of labor to reward on August 13, 2020. She was a Granby High School graduate in the class of 1973. Earnestine went on to pursue a career as a hairstylist and cosmetology instructor. She was able to make a comfortable life for…...

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Charles Sparks

On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, Charles Anthony Sparks was called home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Charles was born December 15, 1986 and was raised in a loving home by his father, Mr. Sheddrick and Mrs. Gina Augson. He received his primary education in Norfolk, Virginia at Chesterfield Academy. After entering Ruffner Academy, he began to shape himself into a well-rounded young man. Shortly after developing who he was he began…...

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Reginald A. Smallwood

Reginald Alan Smallwood known as Bae Bae or Uncle Fats by family and friends was born February 8, 1962 in Norfolk County VA (now known as Chesapeake VA) to Mary Elizabeth Mourning and Glen Smallwood which both preceded in death.  He was the youngest of five children and raised in Crestwood area on 201 Grant Street. Reginald departed this life on August 21, 2020. Reginald graduated from Indian River High School Chesapeake VA in 1980. …...

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Lavern K. Abernathy-Theus

LaVern Kenobia Abernathy-Theus, 65 of Portsmouth, Virginia peacefully entered into eternal life on Friday, August 21, 2020. Born in Portsmouth, VA to the late Thomas William and Thressa Viola Abernathy on December 21, 1954. She attended Portsmouth Public Schools and was recently a recipient of her High School Diploma from I.C. Norcom High School because she was a graduate of the “class that never was”. Following hIgh school, LaVern was gainfully employed with the Norfolk…...

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Thaddeus J. Collins

PHCS Thaddeus Collins, 91 passed away on August 19, 2020. He was the son of the late Thaddeus Frederick and Daisy Belle Collins. Thaddeus was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and a resident of Mobile, Alabama. Ted as he was known by his family and friends, retired from the Navy after thirty years as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. He was also a retired Postal Carrier. He was a member of the Lords of Tidewater and…...

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Aaron W. Forbes

Aaron William Forbes, 27, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020 in Norfolk, VA. Aaron was born on February 8, 1993 in Virginia Beach, VA. He was raised in Norfolk, VA where he attended and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 2011. He attended Norfolk Fire-Rescue Training Center where he trained to be a fire fighter. During and after training, he was employed with various companies but was most excited about preparing to…...

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Mavis L. Russell

Mavis Lee Russell quietly transitioned into eternal life on August 18, 2020.  She was born on November 17, 1932 in Scranton, NC.  Mavis was the daughter of the late Lucy Barfield and Roland Swinson.  She was raised by John H. Barfield, who she affectionately called ‘daddy’. Mother accepted Christ at an early age.  She was a lifetime member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church where she served on the No.2 Usher Board and sang in the…...

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Marian Minton

Mrs. Marian Morrison Minton “Pie” departed this life early morning on her birthday Thursday, August 20, 2020 at DePaul Hospital in Norfolk, VA. She was born in Fairfield, NC. She was the daughter of the late Kermit Morris and Mildred Mackey. She attended school in Elizabeth City, NC. Marian was the loving mother of all her children, she could see know wrong in them. She touched the hearts of everyone she knew she would open…...

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Lillian D. Holt

Lillian “Ma” D. Holt was born on February 15, 1928 to Hester Daise Washington and Walter “Sonny” Daise on St. Helena Island, South Carolina. A woman of never-ending faith and sharp wit, Lillian was the middle child of eleven children and attended Penn School. She moved to Philadelphia where she met and married, James L. Holt. Their union produced five loving children and they settled in Portsmouth, Virginia where she lived until her passing. Lillian…...

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Brandon L. Burgess

Brandon L. Burgess passed away on August 17, 2020....

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Nakia M. Clark

Nakia entered eternal rest on August 12, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Katherine Clark and Ernest Taylor. She was born on January 21, 1980 in Norfolk, Virginia. Nakia attended Granby High School and went to further her education at Tidewater Community College and University of Phoenix. She had been employed throughout the years with various companies such as Xerox, Panasonic, Amazon, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and to be closer to her daughter,…...

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Clifford Vick

Clifford Vick departed this life on August 15, 2020. He surrendered to the call from the Master’s Voice. Clifford affectionately known as “Lil-Cliff” and “2Dollar Vick” was born November 6, 1961 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was educated in the Norfolk Public School System.Clifford worked many odd jobs and a cooked at the Longshoreman Organization, LLC, he did what he was happy doing. Cliff was loved by many and today we can say he will be…...

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Jeanette Miles

Jeanette K. Miles was born to John Arthur O’neil, Sr. and Hattie Elizabeth O’neil on October 26, 1946 and entered into eternal rest on August 19, 2020. Jeanette was born in Charleston, South Carolina and moved to Norfolk, Virginia when she was two years old. She attended Booker T. Washington High School before graduating from the Norfolk Technical Center School of Nursing. She had a long career in nursing, spending more than nineteen years at…...

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Gino Smith

On August 17th 2020 there was a blaring rubble in the earth as the spirit of a giant began to transition this realm and penetrate the layers of the atmosphere. Heaven had to look out the peep hole in the pearly gates for this one but we know the Creator, archangels, and ancestors celebrated the Homecoming of thee one and only Gino “The G-Man” Smith. He made his peace with God. Born on August 09, 1959 to the…...

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Leroy Outland

Leroy Outland 79, of Portsmouth, Virginia was called home to be with the Lord on July 18, 2020 at Bon Secours Maryview Hospital.  He was born on August 1, 1941 in Suffolk, Virginia to the late Lynwood and Blanche Outland.  Leroy attended First Baptist Church-Elm Avenue in Portsmouth, Virginia.  He enjoyed watching “CNN” and loved football and his favorite team, the Washington Redskins.   Leroy had to drink his coffee all day while talking to anyone…...

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Ted Thomas, Jr.

Brother Ted Thomas, Jr. took his eternal rest on August 15, 2020 at the Sentara OBICI Hospital, Suffolk, VA.  Ted was born December 26, 1957 to the late Bishop Ted G. Thomas, Sr. and late Mother Charletta Virginia Clifton Thomas in Portsmouth, Virginia. Ted Jr., as he was affectionately called, was a member of a large family of noted gospel musicians and vocal singers. Ted could sing and lead songs like “I Hear Music in the Air.”  His passion was playing the drums which begun under his…...

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Joseph J. Glover-Cook

Joseph Jarl Glover was born in Brooklyn New York on August 18, 1969 to Renee Cherly Glover and the late Joseph Key Cook. To honor the passing of his father; Joseph changed his name in 2005 to Joseph Jarl Glover- Cook. From the moment Joseph was born, he captivated his family and everyone he would come to know thereafter. At an early age and many times throughout his life; Joseph accepted The Lord Jesus Christ…...

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