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Shaunte P. Ward

On March 6, 2021, Shaunte Patrice Ward, 39, was called on to Glory by our Lord and Savior. She was born to Patricia Ward and Marvin Wright on December 15, 1981 in Portsmouth, VA. Shaunte was raised in Portsmouth, VA; she graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and worked as a Home Health Care Aide in Portsmouth, VA. Shaunte was very outgoing, loved everyone and did not mind helping anyone. She loved life to the…...

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David Hyman, Jr.

David Hyman Jr., 68, passed away March 6th, 2021. He was born November 11, 1952 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late David and Deloris Hyman.  He worked most of his career in the grocery business as a Store Manager at various supermarkets until he decided to transition into route sales. His work ethic, drive and dedication allowed him to become self-employed by purchasing his own route. He applied this same drive in everything he did.…...

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Beatrice Croom

Beatrice Croom, 92, of Portsmouth, VA was gently ushered into the arms of her Heavenly Father on Saturday, March 6, 2021. Beatrice was born to the late Elijah and Rebecca Hughes on February 5, 1929. She was one of ten children. Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James Croom; sisters, Alverta Hunter, and Gladys Northan; brothers, Willie, John, James, Cleveland, Harrell, and Charlie Hughes. Beatrice married her husband, James Croom, a…...

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Joseph Lee Butler

Joseph Lee Butler passed away on March 4, 2021....

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Gail Victoria Dixon

GAIL VICTORIA DIXON was born October 22, 1947 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Thelma W. Dixon and William Lee Dixon.  Gail was a resident of Norfolk and Chesapeake Virginia.  Gail attended Southeastern elementary school. She worked over 25 years and retired from the Louise Eggleston Center where she prepared and assorted items for various businesses for the local areas. Gail loved Michael Jackson, dancing, dolls, wearing beautiful jewelry especially bracelets, and rings.   Coloring was…...

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Deloris M. Deal

Deloris M. Deal passed away on March 5, 2021....

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Laura Marie Mitchell

Laura Marie Mitchell passed away on March 6, 2021....

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Roland Ridley, Jr,

Roland Ridley, Jr. passed away on March 6, 2021....

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Andrea Southall Bremby

On Sunday, March 07, 2021 Andrea “Pat” Southall Bremby passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family In Portsmouth Virginia. Pat was born on June 29, 1944 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Leroy Southall and Mary Elizabeth Boone.  She was the youngest of four children, Vashti Josie and Barbara Jean Leach, (predeceased) and Gilbert (Dr. Crystal) (Gloria predeceased) Southall. Pat attended Portsmouth Public School System, I. C. Norcom High School.   She worked as a…...

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Carl Lewis Barnes

Carl L. Barnes, known as Jackie to family and friends, was born on June 25, 1935, in Key West, Florida, to the late Thomas and Vera Barnes.  He was the youngest of seven children. Deacon Barness served in the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge.  After his discharge, Carl resided in Norfolk, VA where he met and married the love of his life Catherine in 1959. received Christ as his Lord and Savior…...

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Jacqueline V. Edwards

God reached down with His fingertips of love and touched Jackye early Wednesday morning, March 3, 2021.  He whispered “ Well done my good and faithful servant, it’s time to come home. “  She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on April 23, 1953 to the late James and Josephine Vaughan. She was educated in the Portsmouth Public School system and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School.  She went on to obtain her Bachelor’s degree from…...

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Brenda Louise Simon

Mrs. Brenda Louise Charlton Simon gained her heavenly wings in Suffolk, VA on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Mrs. Simon was born November 19,1957 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Eva Mae Charlton and Freddie Lee Charlton. Mrs. Simon (Bones, Boelegs) attended I.C Norcom High School earning her high school diploma and later attended Virginia Institute of Technology earning her degree in nursing. She spent 19 years of her life caring for the elderly which she loved dearly. Shen was the true substance of…...

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Dionce K. Bright

Dionce K. Bright passed away on March 3, 2021....

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DeJuan Javier Whatley “DJ”

Dejuan Javier Whatley known as (DJ) was born on October 23, 2003 to Tiffany D. Roberts of Norfolk, VA and Christopher Lawrence of Norfolk, Virginia. He departed his life on March 2, 2021. He was involved in recreational basketball in the community, as well as playing football in the neighborhood.  Dejuan also loved to read Anime’ books and hang out with his friends in his spare time. DJ loved sports, drawing, and music and wanted…...

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Bobby Lee Waldo

Bobby Lee Waldo transitioned Monday, March 1, 2021 with his angel wings intact. He was preceded in death by his parents RC and Alice Waldo as well as his brother Marvin C Waldo. Bobby first became acquainted with Christ in a personal way with his mother as his teacher. He learned the importance of having a relationship with Christ, servitude, and tithing. At his passing, Bobby was a long-time member of Olive Grove Baptist Church…...

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Jordan Gregory Royster

Jordan Royster passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 14 years old. Jordan was born on December 5, 2006 in Norfolk, Virginia. From an early age Jordan loved music. Each week, he would accompany his mother to work at Norfolk State University and make sure they were in place to watch the Spartan Legion enter the stadium and perform during halftime. Close friends even let him “march”…...

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Emma Laura Bond Tyree

Emma Laura Bond Tyree departed this life on March 4, 2021 at the age of 98.   She was born on September 8, 1922 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Emma L. and George W. Bond. Emma was a graduate of W. S. Etheredge High School in Windsor, NC.  She attended Norfolk Technical Vocational Center where she received her certification as a personal caregiver. She also worked as a Teacher’s Aide at Lindenwood Elementary School in…...

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Preston L. Jones

Preston L. Jones passed away on March 3, 2021....

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Deotis Coleman, Jr.

Deotis Coleman Jr. Was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on August 9, 1966 to Deotis and Shirley Coleman. He was raised in Des Moines, Iowa. Deotis left this world on March 2, 2021 after beating his fight with cancer. Deotis dedicated 24 years to the United States Navy. He retired in 2009 as a Chief. After retirement he dedicated his time to working with children with special needs. He was a loving husband, father, brother, mentor,…...

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James O. Holley

On March 2, 2021, God called home our beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend, James Oscar Holley. James was born in Norfolk, VA on October 22, 1930 to Robert and Lillie Holley.  He attended Booker T. Washington High School.  He met his wife in 1960, and they married in 1966.  In the early years, he worked as a brick mason.  Later on he started working at Norfolk Naval Shipyard where he…...

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Judy V. Sparrow

On Sunday, February 28, 2021, an angel gently took Judy to her Heavenly Home. Judy Violet Sparrow was born November 2, 1940 in Churchland (now Portsmouth), Virginia to the late Edward Sparrow and Dorothy Nicholson Sparrow whom they preceded her in death. Judy accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and joined Grove Baptist Church along with her parents.  She was very active in the youth choir and Church School ministries. She was a proud…...

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Machavaillia Mutulu Shakur

Machavailia Mutulu Shakur passed away on March 2, 2021....

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Leandius Jones

Leandius “Buck” Jones, went to be with the Lord, Monday, March 1, 2021 at his home. He was born to the late Hattie and Willie Jones. Leandius was educated in the Chesapeake Public Schools. He was a Contractor Truck Diver and had many other jobs as well. Leandius was a family man, he loved his family and friends. He had a special relationship with his sister, Louise Charles and his grandsons, Leshawn and Leon. Buck…...

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Alice Walke Somerville

Alice Walke Somerville of the 1000 block of Owl’s Creek Lane Va Beach, Va departed this life on February 23, 2021 after residing in long term care at Beth Sholom Village. She was born in Princess Anne County, Va to the late Clarence O. and Ivia Woodhouse Walke. She was the second of nine children. She grew up in the Mt Zion A.M.E. church family and in 1975 became a member of Basilica of St…...

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Stanley Leon Coleman, Sr.

Stanley L. Coleman, Sr. On Monday, March 1, 2021, God called Elder Stanley Leon Coleman, Sr. to his heavenly home. Stanley was born on December 13, 1950 to the late Herman Coleman, Sr. and Louise Spellman. Stanley was reared in Norfolk, VA and educated in the Norfolk Public School System. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA. After graduation, Stanley attended Norfolk State University. In 1977, Stanley gave his life to…...

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Leroy Hood, Jr.

Leroy Hood, Jr. was born on March 4, 1946, in Norfolk, Virginia, to Leroy Hood, Sr. and Alice Tanner Hood. He was the second oldest of six (6) children.  In 1971, Leroy married Sandra, and they were blessed by two bundles of joy, Kwanza and Konya. Leroy was a product of Norfolk Public Schools, where he attended Smallwood Elementary School, Jacox Junior High School, and Booker T. Washington High School. He graduated from Norfolk State…...

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Brenda Deloris Deans

Brenda Delores Deans, 61 went home to be with the Lord March 2, 2021. She was born in Portsmouth, VA to the late Ruben and Clara Lee Deans.  In addition to her mother and farther, Brenda was preceded in death by her brothers Percy Lee Deans and Ruben Deans.  Brenda is survived by her brother, Jerome Deans; sisters, Diane Deans and Shirley May Deans; children Deloris Deans Blow (Eric), Timothy Deans, Jermaine Deans and Dormaine…...

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Tro’Quan S. Martin

Tro’Quan S. Martin passed away on February 27, 2021....

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Nettie B. Claud

Nettie B. Claud entered into the gates of eternal rest and peacefully closed the last chapter of her life on Monday, March 1, 2021. She was born to the late Curnel Owens and Rose Lean Turner of Drewryville, Virginia. Nettie was one of eleven siblings; four brothers, Curnel Turner Jr. (Short), James Owens Turner, Henry Wilbert Turner, Rosevelt Turner and six sisters, Maebell Turner, Anna Rose Claude, Mamie (Catherine) Joyner, Lula Bishop, Essie Mae Turner…...

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John Junius Evans, Jr.

John Junius Evans, Jr. passed away on February 27, 2021....

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Annie Wynn Murphy

Annie Wynn Murphy passed away on passed away on February 27, 2021....

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Virginia M. Amos

Missonary Virginia M. Amos passed away on March 1, 2021....

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Texie Jefferson McDougal, Sr.

On the morning of February 28, 2021, the Lord allowed the peaceful transition of Pastor Texie J. McDougal, Sr. affectionately called “Elder Mac, GPop, Grandpa, Tex, Uncle and Dad to his heavenly home as God had the final say. Texie was born on March 5, 1931 in Broadway, North Carolina to the late Mr. John Gilmore and Mrs. Leanna Douglas. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Elizabeth, and brother, Carlton McDougald. Additional…...

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John Barry Johnson

John Barry Johnson, Sr. “Trigger”, 50, was unexpectedly called back to his Lord on February 27, 2021. John was born to Jonny Moran Boone and Josephine Johnson in Brooklyn, NY. John graduated High School in Brooklyn and attended Automotive and Business College classes in the Bronx. His love for fast cars landed him in Norfolk, VA. Where he eventually made his dream a reality. He founded and owned Alphine Motor Sports, LLC for over thirty…...

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Hazel L. Lindsey

Hazel L. “Momma Sis” Lindsey passed away on February 28, 2021....

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Michael T. Turner

Michael Tyrone Turner was born on November 17th, 1957 in Pineville Louisiana to the late James Edward Turner and Ethel Mae Williams. He accepted Christ at a young age and grew up in the country with his grandparents. One of his favorite sayings was “God Loves Him some Mike”. On Saturday, February 27th, 2021 at approximately 5:37 pm the Lord called Michael home to rest.   Michael leaves a legacy of love. He was a…...

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Aniya Devonne Simmons

Aniya Devonne Simmons, 20, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 28, 2021. Aniya was born April 28, 2000 in Norfolk, VA. She was employed by Tucanos Brazilian Grill in Newport News, VA as a Meat Server. She was also a Disc Jockey in her own right, known as “DJ Skittlez.” She was compassionate, vibrant, loving, fun, family-oriented, and always willing to lend a helping hand. She was the life of the party; always wearing…...

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Charlotte Elizabeth Mann-Brown

May GOD Bless A Brand New Angel On Friday, February 26, 2021 our Father called home his beautiful creation to enter into eternal peaceful rest. Our beloved Charlotte Elizabeth Mann-Brown was born on May 16, 1964 to our dearest predeceased Charles Anthony Johnson Sr., and Alta Vivian Johnson. Charlotte was raised in Lambert’s Point later moving to Poplar Halls neighborhood. She attended Norfolk Public Schools graduating from Lake Taylor High School class of 1981.  Charlotte…...

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Karen Delisa Abbott Bethea

Karen Delisa Abbott Bethea (Cookie) was born May 24, 1952 to the late Francell and Ola Anderson Abbott.  On February 20, 2021 while surrounded by her loving sons, Karen left us to go home to be with the Lord and have eternal peace.  She was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and attended Norfolk State University.  Karen found her niche working at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) and retired after 29 years of dedicated service.…...

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Shirley Deloris Smith

Shirley Deloris Smith passed away on February 27, 2021....

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Dennis Eugene Wilkins

Dennis Eugene Wilkins Sr. departed this earthly life on February 28, 2021. Dennis was born May 27, 1961, to Melvin and Beulah Wilkins of Portsmouth, VA. Dennis was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. He bravely served in the United States Army as a combat engineer. Dennis was a dedicated and beloved employee of Hampton Roads Sanitation District until he retired after thirty years in 2017. Dennis was a lifelong resident of the city…...

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Wilhemina E. Rascoe

Wilhemina Evette Rascoe Wilhemina, known as Mina, slipped into eternal rest on February 26, 2021 at the age of sixty.  She was born at Roanoke Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie, North Carolina on September 28, 1960; the eldest daughter born of the union between Willie Rascoe, Jr (deceased) and Lillie Rascoe.  She attended Norfolk Public Schools graduating from Norview High School (Class of 1979). She was actively involved in high school activities and was well liked by her classmates. After…...

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Carolyn Nixon Marshall

Carolyn Nixon Marshall departed this life on February 13, 2021 following a brief illness. She is survived by her son, David Marshall; her sibling, James Nixon; and nieces, Adrienne Butler Brown, Jean Oliver and Lisa Butler McDougal; nephew, Keith Pearl Butler; stepson, Louis Marshall along with a host of great nieces and nephews....

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Clayton O. Drake

Clayton Othieus Drake   Clayton O. Drake was born on September 1, 1922 in Wilson, North Carolina to Clayton O. and Catherine Drake.  His family moved to Durham, NC for some time and then to Miami, Florida where he started school at four years old (in Florida children could start school at four).   In December 1927, just after the birth of his sister Esther, the family moved to Cuba where his father worked for a…...

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George T. Winslow, Jr.

George T. Winslow, Jr. passed away on February 26, 2021....

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Ethel M. Smith

Ethel Miriam Smith peacefully passed away on February 27, 2021 after a short illness. Born in White Plains, New York, Ethel was the fifth of six children born to Thyrul and Gertie Howcott. Early during her childhood, the family moved to Norfolk, Virginia where she was educated in the Norfolk Public School System. Ethel graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1958. Soon after graduating, Ethel was introduced to Melvin D. Smith. They married…...

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Pamela Jean Blount

Pamela Jean Blount passed away on February 24, 2021....

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Gary Lee Hyman

Gary Lee Hyman passed away on February 25, 2021....

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Stephanie Renee Watson

Stephanie Renee Watson, 65, passed away on Saturday, 27th February, 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia. Stephanie was born in Bronx, New York on October 29th, 1955 to her loving mother, the late Joan Hunt. She was preceded in death by her brother Corrie Hunt. Her upbringing in the Brooklyn section of New York prepared her to mature into a wonderful productive beautiful lady in Manhattan; Stephanie started work for Sotheby’s, then British Airways (New York) & after moving abroad for 12 years (Germany) with…...

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Thomas R. Petterson

Thomas Reinaldo Petterson was born on May 17, 1942 in Almirante, Bocas Del Toro, Panama. He went home to be with the LORD on February 25, 2021 after succumbing to complication brought about by COVID 19. Thomas was known as “Nandy” to his birth place friends, “Pete” to his beloved wife Gail and those who were blessed to have known him. However, the name or title that resonated most with all his children, Grandchildren and…...

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