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Jamel Jones

Jamel Jones passed away on December 1, 2019....

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Anthony W. Latham

Anthony W. Latham, 55, passed away peacefully on Monday December 2, 2019, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk. He was born August 25, 1964, in Norfolk, to Anthony W. Whitehurst and Annie M. Latham. He was a graduate from Lake Taylor High School. He worked on the maintenance crew at Gumenick Properties. Anthony truly lived a life surrounded with his friends and family in whom he loved. He enjoyed great food, music, football (Steelers),…...

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Edward C. Curry

Edward “Ed” Curry entered the world with a clear purpose – to inspire, uplift, and mentor others. His fun and infectious personality was always on display, and it left people feeling encouraged. Edward had an undeniable gift of exuding positivity, which remained with him throughout his entire lifetime. With his life experiences, stern hand, and soft heart, he naturally assumed the role of father-figure to young men, co-workers, and friends alike. Affectionately known as “Big…...

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Valerie Taylor-McDaniel

Down a road that’s calm and peaceful, guided by God’s loving hand, she has gone on a journey, to a distant brighter land, sincere and kind in heart and mind, what a beautiful memory she left behind. On Sunday, December 1, 2019, our Lord and Savior, decided that it was time to call Valerie Denise Taylor-McDaniel home from all the work and pain of this life.  Val retired from the Norfolk Naval Base in June…...

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Tamika Nicole Wood

Tamika Nicole Wood passed away on November 28 2019....

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Ivie Venson Parker

Ivie Venson Parker passed away November 3, 2019....

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Romel B. Bynum

Our Joy – January 27, 1988   Romel Blount Bynum   His Victory – November 28, 2019 On Thursday, November 28, 2019, Romel Bynum departed this life. He leaves to cherish his father, Harry Blount Green, Jr. (Lisa) and mother Linda Bynum. Romel attended Booker T. Washington High School. He was a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Norfolk, Virginia where he transitioned to Total Life Church in Chesapeake, Virginia. He was pre-employed with the Norfolk…...

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Barbara J. Shields

Barbara Jean Shields, 79, of Greenville, South Carolina, passed on Tuesday, November 25, 2019 at Prisma Health Upstate. She was surrounded by her daughter and grandkids. Barbara was born in Norfolk, Virginia and was the daughter to the late Jessie Edwards and Lois Gordan. Barbara graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, the class of 1958. There she met John Shields, Jr., fell in love and married. To this union six children were born; Angela,…...

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James Otis Ruffin

James Otis Ruffin, better known as “Lil James” was born in Lewiston, North Carolina on February 4, 1934. He was born to the late Lonnie and Queen Ruffin. He departed this life November 30, 2019 at the Portsmouth Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Ruffin joined New First Baptist Church Taylorsville at an early age under the leadership of Pastor T. Melvin Steele. James served in the New First Baptist Taylorsville Men’s Choir and the Male…...

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Derrick Jefferson

Derrick Jefferson passed away on November 24, 2019....

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Nancy Lee Lawrence

Nancy Lee Lawrence passed away on December 1, 2019....

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William H. Jones, Jr.

William H. Jones, Jr. passed away on November 28, 2019....

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Lydell Blair

Lydell  Blair was born on December 13, 1987 in Norfolk, Virginia to Delores Blair and the late Jeffery Blair. He passed away on November 30, 2019 at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, VA. He leaves to cherish his memories; his mother, Delores Blair; life partner, soulmate, “Wife in Fact”, Kierra Hines; three children, Tyrell Hines, Lydell Blair Jr & Kyndell Blair; three siblings, Osie Blair, Ebony Lane, and Devonte Spellman; a god-mother, Beulah Brown; three…...

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Rylyn Eugene Rountree

Rylyn Eugene Rountree, age 36, was reunited with his mother November 21, 2019, in Marion, VA. Rylyn was born on November 8, 1983 in Norfolk, VA, to parents Timothy Carroll and Robin Rountree. He graduated from Old Dominion Job Corps in 2005 with a completion of Automotive Mechanics. Rylyn worked as a Companion Aide for Good Neighbor in Wytheville, VA. Rylyn was a social, active man. He enjoyed spending time with his children, playing video games,…...

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James Elvin Edwards, Sr.

James Elvin Edwards, Sr. “Casey” 74, of the 4000 block of Margaret Circle passed away on November 28, 2019 at his residence. He was born on July 11, 1945 in Pamplin, VA. He was a graduate of Norfolk State University and a member of First Baptist Church, Bute St. where he served on the Transportation Committee, Supervisor of the Buildings and Grounds, Tutorial Volunteer, Ready Academy Volunteer, Church Anniversary Committee, Toy Giveaway Committee and Fundraising…...

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Johnnie Phillips

Johnnie Phillips (Bubba, Shorty, Pooloo, Papa) passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on November 28, 2019. Johnnie Phillips, Sr. was born on August 6, 1927 in Lee County, Alabama.  He went on to marry the late Lillie Echols. From this union his children Lou Vonia (Elliott) Gould and Johnny Phillips were born. At the age of 25 Johnnie relocated to Syracuse, New York after a brief stay in Knoxville, Tennessee, and began…...

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Vadalle L. Adams

Vadalle L. Adams passed away on November 22, 2019....

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Gloria Lee Harvey

On November 27, 2019, the Lord called one of His angels, Gloria Lee Harvey to eternal rest. Gloria was born on February 4, 1945 in Manhattan, New York to the late David and Victoria Easley Harvey. Gloria attended G.W. Carver High School in Chesapeake. At 16, she became employed with Lawrence Grill. Gloria also worked at Norshipco as a Fire Watch for three years and was a cook for multiple years. Gloria was a loving,…...

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Millicent Wilson Boone

Millicent “Mill” Boone was called to eternal life on Sunday, November 24, 2019 in Portsmouth, VA . She was born on October 4, 1957, to the late Melvin C. Wilson, Sr. and Annie Bell Wilson. She was native of Chesapeake, VA where she graduated from Great Bridge High School. She was employed many years in the environmental service field at Sentara Healthcare, CHKD, and Chesapeake Public Schools. She was a selfless individual and would help…...

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Janice L. Ferebee

Janice L. Ferebee passed awya on November 22, 2019....

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Linda L. Gatewood

On Tuesday November 26 2019 , God called home another one of his children, Linda L. Gatewood. Linda was born February 5, 1949 to the late Otis Williams and Lue Bertha James. She was predeceased by her brother Lewis Copel Freeman, and her sisters Jean Williams and Shirley Jones. Linda dedicated 36 years of service as a Security Interviewer for Virginia Employment Commission. Linda leaves behind her ex-husband and caregiver, Paul Gatewood. Her memories will…...

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George Patterson Moody

George Patterson Moody peacefully transitioned on November 24, 2019. He was born April 8, 1931 in Emporia, VA to the late Daisy Young and George Edward Moody. George grew up in Douglas Park. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and served as a Tank Sergeant. After completion of his service, he attended and graduated from Virginia State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education. George taught Building Trades in Portsmouth…...

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Rudolph Lee Davis

Rudolph Lee Davis passed away November 8, 2019....

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Patricia Ann Sheppard

Patricia Ann Sheppard known as Boosie Girl by family was born on June 13, 1949 in Windsor NC. She was the oldest of five children. She is preceded in death by both parents Mary Elizabeth Mourning and Glen Smallwood. She traded this mortal world for eternal life on November 23, 2019. Patricia graduated from Crestwood High School, Chesapeake VA. In 1968, she joined the United States Army (Women’s Auxiliary Corps). After completing Basic Training at…...

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Vhelma Gloria Felton

On November 22, 2019 our Lord and Savior decided it was time for Min. Vhelma G. Felton, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, to receive her wings. Vhelma was born on October 27, 1951 to the late Frank and Thelma Walker in Portsmouth, Virginia. Vhelma worked at the Virginia ABC store for 27 years where she retired. Vhelma was a faithful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and devoted friend. She affectionately loved her…...

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James E. Campbell, Sr.

James entered into eternal peace on November 18, 2019.  He was born on March 4, 1949, to the late Mr. Joe and Mrs. Mary Campbell, in Laurinburg, NC.  James was preceded in death by nine siblings. James was a member of the Freemason Baptist Church of Norfolk, VA.   Although it is customary for many to actively serve the Lord in church, most of James’ service was not in that environment but his faithful and loving…...

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Michael A. Edmond

Michael A. Edmond was the oldest son to Carrie L. Streeter Edmond and George A. Edmond. He was raised in the Bronx, New York. A fact that he was very proud of. Michael loved music and he was always excited to attend concerts anywhere on the east coast.  He attended Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. He also studied Business Administration at Strayer University. Once he moved to Virginia Beach, he worked at the…...

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Larry Alan Ambrous

Larry A. Ambrous passed away on November 20, 2019, at the age of 71. He was born in Huntingburg, Indiana on May 18, 1948. Larry was a member of the United States Army from 1969 until 1972 when he was honorably discharged. Upon his discharge he began his career as a member of the United States Merchant Marines until he retired in 2010. Larry was preceded in death by his father James F. and his…...

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Keshia Sykes

Keshia D. Sykes was known to all as Keshia Sykes. She went to be with her Lord on November 21, 2019. She was born on July 5, 1973 in Norfolk, VA to Retha Sykes and the late Walter Sykes. Keshia was a Norfolk resident. She held various jobs throughout her lifetime. She was preceded in by her grandparents, Dortha Burrus & James Burrus both of Fairfield, N.C. and Burtus Sykes and Annie Sykes of Chesapeake,…...

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Maria Ruth Bowden Tillery

Fondly known as Ria or Ree to those closest to her, Maria entered this earthly realm on September 27, 1954. She was the youngest child born to her proud parents, the late Thomas Edmond and Joanna DeLoatche Bowden of Norfolk.   The effervescent Maria proceeded through life touching the souls of everyone she met.  On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, this strong, woman of faith peacefully transcended beyond this earthly home. She was predeceased by her parents,…...

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Robin Porter

Robin Denise Porter was born February 2, 1960 to the late Thomas Luther Mills, Sr. and Mary Rebecca Mills. She is predeceased by her grandson Carlton Reginald Leary, Jr.; and her siblings Thomas Luther Mills, Jr., Dave Mills, Jasper Mills, Janet Hicks, and Theresa Mills. Robin was a dedicated customer service representative for Loan Care and was previously a long-time employee of Bank of America for over 15 years. She always made an everlasting impression…...

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Apostle George Cooke, III

Apostle George Cooke, III 64, went home to be with the Lord on November 19, 2019 at Sentara Hospice House. George was born on January 26, 1955 to the late George Cooke, Jr. and Barbara Pitt-Cooke. He was the Apostle and Founder of New Joy Ministries Inc. He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Pastor Jeanette L. Cooke; two children that he adored, George IV (Michelle Gayles-Cooke) and Yolanda Reese (Phillip Reese); eight…...

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Eula P. Carter

Eula P. Carter passed away on November 19, 2019....

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Dedra Annette Morris

God gave us Dedra Annette Morris for 62 years. She was born in Norfolk, VA to Doris S. Anthony and the late James Morris. Dedra transitioned peacefully and without pain at Sentara Leigh Hospital on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Through every adversity and circumstance, victory prevailed. Through every health ailment her resiliency shined. She witnessed God’s blessings and faithfulness all the days of her life. Dedra was educated in Norfolk Public Schools and graduated from Booker…...

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Harry Lee Holloway

Harry Lee Holloway was born in Swan Quarter, North Carolina on December 21, 1946 to the late Willis Harry (father) and the late Julia Lee Cook (mother) and had two siblings Melvin Holloway and Dorothy Riddick who preceded him in the afterlife. Harry Lee shared many years and lots of memories of his immediate family with his wife Betty Holloway. Harry Lee began his own family and started a life in Norfolk Virginia. He fathered…...

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Julia M. Anderson

Julia Mae Anderson born November 5, 1954 in Norfolk, VA went to heaven to be with her beloved husband Leon Anderson on November 13, 2019. Julia’s greatest joy in life was her children and grandchildren; son Carlos Kearney, daughter Canddice Anderson, step-daughter Tonya Anderson McClease, granddaughters Carleigh Kearney and Carlotta Kearney and grandson Clouse Anderson. Julia also leaves to honor her memories three sister in-laws, two brother in-laws and many nieces, nephews and family....

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Elexis EDiana Mitchell

Elexis EDiana Mitchell passed away on November 9, 2019....

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Blanche H. Dixon

Blanche H. Dixon was born on April 30, 1936 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Andrew and Matilda Harrell. She was raised on Percy Street along with her other siblings. Blanche attended the Norfolk Public Schools before joining the workforce. Blanche started working at Be-Lo Food Stores where she worked for over 20 plus years. Before retiring from Be-Lo she received several recognitions and rewards for her service and work ethic; and was beloved by her colleagues. Years after…...

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Norman G. Dozier

Norman G. Dozier passed away on November 17, 2019....

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Marvin C. Coley

Marvin C. Coley passed away on November 8, 2019....

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Malvin Lampley, Jr.

Malvin Lampley Jr. was born September 13, 1948 in Coffee County, Alabama to Leona Sconiers and the late Malvin Lampley Sr. He was called to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Malvin attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA. He also attended Tidewater Community College where he received his associate degree in Culinary Arts. He worked as a Longshore man for Local 1248 and was a prep – cook at…...

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Roman McMullen

Roman McMullen passed away November 14, 2019....

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Dashay Monique Whack

Dashay Monique Whack passed away on November 15, 2019....

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Corey L. Blanks

Corey L. Blanks passed away on November 13, 2019....

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Juanita Alston

Juanita Alston “Nita/Neet” went to be with the lord on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. She was born in South Norfolk on June 30, 1939 to the late Sarah and Calvin J. Robertson Sr. She was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School after high school she attended a Practical Nursing School in New York in which she received her degree in Nursing. Juanita Alston is predeceased by son Karl A stc- two brothers: Shelton…...

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Addie Mae Walston

Addie Mae Walston was born April 12, 1932 in High Point, NC to the late Elveree Moore. She grew up in Norfolk, VA where she worked in a Mattress Factory. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Walston, Jr.; two daughters, Eva Jones, Joann Elliott; three sons, Danny Jones, Thomas Jones and Jerry Jones; four grandsons, Jerry Olds, Jermaine Wesby, Santonio Wesby, and Dekur Jones. She leaves to cherish her memory, three sons,…...

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Joan Davis Wilson

Joan Davis Wilson, known to many as Madea, was born on January 21, 1946 to the late Rev. Elisha Wilson of Norfolk, Virginia and Mother Leffie Harris Wilson of Nash County.  On November 14, 2019, the Lord placed His gentle and loving hands on the shoulders of our beloved sister and said, “well done my good and faithful servant, well done.” And carried her home. Joan was a member of St. Mark RZUA church, where…...

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Karen Louise Eason

Karen Louise Eason was a beloved mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was called to internal glory and peace on November 11th, 2019. Karen was born May 29, 1971 in Norfolk, Virginia to Walter Lewis Burgess and the late Harriet Louise Burgess. She was educated in Portsmouth, Virginia. She was employed at Target, Incorporated. Karen was a very strong woman and she fought hard till the end never giving up hope. She loved fishing with…...

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Dmitri L. Watson

Early Saturday morning on November 9, 2019, our loved one Dmitri Watson was called home to rest. He was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. Dmitri is the son of Leary Wilkins, Doris Watson and his stepfather Raymond Forbes and a loving father to his daughter, Gianna Watson. Dmitri grew up in Virginia Beach, he was a kind hearted person with a down to earth personality and a infectious sense of humor, that made everyone he came…...

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Annette Marie Peebles

Annette Marie Peebles departed this life on the evening of November 7, 2019 in the city of Richmond, VA. She was born on May 20, 1938 in Murfreesboro, N.C. to the late Reuben Peebles and Bannie Porter Peebles. She grew up in the city of Murfreesboro and attended Calvin Scott Brown High School where she graduated and later attended Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, VA. There she earned a degree in Secretarial Science. Annette was…...

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