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John F. Banks

John Floyd Banks was called home to rest August 16,2019. He was born November 17, 1945 to William and Pearl Sr. in Hampton, VA. He attended Hampton and New Jersey (Wildwood) schools. As a young man John enjoyed fishing and crabbing. He was also a commercial fisherman as well. He loved being in the boat on the open sea. John loved cooking and adored church at Gateward Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was an ordained Deacon…...

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Earl Harvey Matthews

Earl Harvey Matthews known as “Skip” 53, of 4300 block of Armored Division Ave., Fort Knox, Kentucky, passed away on August 14, 2019. He was born on October 29, 1965 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Delma Matthews, Jr. and Jacqueline Matthews.  He is also predeceased by his sister, Mary White and his first spouse, Renee Matthews.  Earl retired from US Army with 27yrs and 1mo of service with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.…...

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Mattie Church Strong

Mattie Church Strong was born on June 17, 1941 in Cape Charles, VA to the late Mattie and Winston Church, Sr. Mattie attended Northampton County High School and later received her Associates of Secretarial Science Degree at Norfolk State University. On July 15, 1962, she was united in Holy matrimony to Harry L. Strong. She faithfully served Norfolk State University and its students as a financial aid administrator for over 35 years until she retired.…...

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Phyllis Marie Sulaiman

James Sr. and Mildred McMillan welcomed their first born child, Phyllis Marie McMillan on September 6, 1948. Phyllis went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Phyllis grew up in Norfolk Va and was educated in the Norfolk Public School system. She later graduated from Tidewater Tech receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Phyllis was then employed for the intellectually disabled community for 40 plus years. She was a faithful…...

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Marie Reese

Marie (Speller) Reese was born April 9, 1942 to Ned Wardrick and Rosa K. Speller.  Marie left a piece of herself everywhere she went, either with a smile, wave, kind word or in some cases a bop with her cane. Even then, you were hit with love. You could see her smile coming and going. She was fondly known by many names, Mom, Mumsie, Auntie, Grandma and more recently GiGi – she cherished each of her names and wore a…...

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Jerry Wynn, Sr.

To Everything there is a season and time to every purpose under Heaven, a time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck of that which is planted. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 Jerry Wynn, Sr. son of the late Jeremiah Wynn and Janie Wynn was born on October 29, 1944 om Bertie County, North Carolina. He departed his life from this earthly world on Thursday, August 15, 2019…...

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John W. Cox

John William Cox, 89, of Virginia Beach, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.  He was born on July 9, 1930 in Preston, Webster County, Georgia to the late Mr. Eugene Cox and Wilma Hawkins.  He is also preceded in death by his daughter, Ms. Katrina Fannin.  John is survived by his companion, Mrs. Helen Sellers; three daughters, Dr. Karanita Ojomo (Olatunde), Ms. Adrienne Cox and Mrs. Ava Lun (Robert); two sons, Mr. Karlton…...

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David L. Hughes

David L. Hughes passed away on August 15, 2019....

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Christine D. Upshur

Christine D. Upshur “Chris” 72, of the 3500 block of Tidewater Dr. was called home to be with the Lord on August 12, 2019. A native of Chesapeake, she retired from SNGH Heart Pavilion after 33 years of service. She was an active member in the Senior Choir and Usher Board at New Hope C.O.G.I.C. She is survived by her husband of  years 52 years, Bernard; 2 children, Donovan and Bernetta; 1 sister, Serena Eason;…...

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Evelyn C. McElrath

Evelyn was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. She was retired from Norfolk Public Schools Nutrition Center. She was a faithful, long serving member of St Mark RZUA Church where she served on the Deaconess Board, Bonner Ushers Board and the Sunday School Board. She loved children and have blessed so many along the way. She was loved by many. Evelyn Coleman McElrath 80, passed into eternal peace August 13, 2019. She entered…...

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Frances A. Williams

Frances A. Williams transitioned into eternal rest on Tuesday evening surrounded by her family. She will be greatly missed. Her gentle smile and encouraging words of wisdom will stay with us forever. Frances was educated through the Portsmouth Public School System and received her Associates Degree in Secretarial Science from Norfolk State College. Frances retired from the Portsmouth Public School System. She was a faithful member for over sixty-five years of New First Baptist Church…...

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Edgar Thomas Rawles, Jr.

Pastor Edgar Thomas Rawles, Jr., 59, of Richmond, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 12, 2019.  Edgar was born in Suffolk, Virginia to the late Edgar Thomas Rawles, Sr., and the late Hortense Dolores Boone Rawles. He was the Senior Pastor of Zion Baptist Church in King and Queen County, Virginia and a math teacher and girls’ basketball coach at Monacan High School in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  Edgar was a graduate of…...

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Daniel H. Gardner, Jr.

 On Monday, Daniel Herman Gardner Jr., born July 29, 1964, departed this life August 12, 2019. He left this life a wonderful father, devoted husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Daniel was a dedicated member, aspiring deacon, drummer and head of musicians at the church of Christ of Apostolic Faith in Norfolk Virginia, while also being employed for the United States Postal Service in Norfolk Virginia. He was driven by his passion for Christ…...

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James Albert Harris, Jr.

James Albert Harris, Jr. Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15) James Albert Harris Jr. transitioned from earth to eternal rest on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. James entered this world on November 17, 1928 to the late Sgt. James Harris, Sr. and Mary Payton in Norfolk, VA.  The first grandchild, he was reared by his maternal grandparents, Joseph Payton Sr. and Ella Payton in the Titustown Section of Norfolk, VA.  He…...

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Terri Belshe

Terri Clemons Belshe, age 58, passed peacefully into eternal rest at her home in Alpharetta, GA, surrounded by her family on August 10, 2019. She was born on December 29, 1960 in Portsmouth, VA to Mrs. Magalene Smith Clemons and the late Toney A. Clemons, Sr. as the middle child of five siblings. She attended schools in Suffolk, VA where she was a 1980 graduate of John Yeates High School. Terri was last employed as…...

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Larry Brock Locust

Larry Brock Locust affectionately known as “Bobo”, was called home to eternal rest August 8, 2019. Born in Bronx New York July 17, 1966 to China and Robert Locust. Larry grew up in Norfolk Virginia and attended Norfolk city schools. In 1987 he joined the Merchant Marines and traveled the world having had many stories to tell of his travels. In the late 1990’s Larry moved to Washington D.C. following his beloved sister Robin. Larry…...

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Lydia Patricia Brown

Lydia Patricia Brown was born April 21, 1956, in Norfolk, Virginia, to James Luther Brown, Sr. and Senner Mae Brown. She passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 due to a long illness. Affectionately known as Penny, she was raised in Carney Park in Norfolk, which is where she formed life long friends. Penny attended Granby High School and Norview High School, where she graduated. Penny worked off and on at an antique shop called Country…...

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Nathaniel Jackson, Jr.

Nathaniel Jackson, Jr. passed away on August 7, 2019....

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Elizabeth Brodnax

Elizabeth S. Brodnax “Liz”, 88, of the 1000 block of Meads Rd. passed away on August 11, 2019. She was born on September 5, 1930 in Sardis, Mississippi. Elizabeth retired after 27 years of service from Depaul Medical Center. She received her education from Norfolk Public Schools. Elizabeth was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church where she served on the Usher Ministry, Loving Care Ministry and Pastor’s Aide. She was also a member  of…...

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Ronald Lee Smith

Ronald Lee Smith, “Ron”, was born on September 17, 1952 to the late Cleotha Smith and Mary Jackson in Norfolk, Virginia. He was a graduate of Matthew Fontaine Maury High School. He was also a retired veteran from the United States Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force, Ronald drove trucks from coast to coast, then locally. He later obtained employment through the Navy Exchange. He was a previous employee for Chesapeake Square Mall.…...

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Sharon Lynn Easter Holley

Sharon L. Easter- Holley Sunrise March 7, 1956 – Sunset August 10, 2019 Sharon L. Easter-Holley was surrounded by her loved ones on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Norfolk Sentara Heart Hospital as she transitioned into eternal rest. Sharon was the eldest daughter, born to Roman and Barbara Easter on March 7, 1956 in Norfolk, Virginia.  She is predeceased by her father Roman Easter Sr. Sharon graduated from Granby High School (Class of 1974). She…...

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Leronia Abrams

Leronia H. Abrams (Dolly) was born March 3, 1932 to the late Wade and Anne Lee Harvin in South Carolina. She passed away on August 7, 2019 at home peacefully. She was the wife of Clarence E. Abrams. They shared over 25 years together and loved one another unconditionally. Upon her confession of faith in Christ, she was a devoted member of New Mount Olive AME Church. Mrs. Abrams loved the Lord. In her spare…...

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Kenyatta O. Walker

Kenyatta O. Walker passed away on July 27, 2019....

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Latorya M. Bradley

Latorya M. Bradley passed away July 31, 2019....

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Willie O. Wilkins, Sr.

Willie Oscar Wilkins, Sr. went to eternal glory on August 7, 2019. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 14, 1925 to the late Mattie Wilkins Crawford and the late Archie Crawford. Being raised mostly by Christian aunts and uncles, he was brought up in church at an early age, and he knew the LORD. He served in the U. S. Army, doing two tours of duty, World War II and the Korean War.…...

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Lelia Mae Weaver

Lelia Mae Weaver, beloved Mother, Grandmother and Greatmother, passed away August 7, 2019, in Norfolk, VA at the age of 73. Lelia Mae was born in Tarboro, NC, where she was adopted by Scott Weaver. She later relocated to Norfolk, VA, residing in Oakleaf Forest and Tidewater Gardens. Affectionately known as “Mae” Lelia was the mother of eight children. She was preceded in death by Charles, Ricky and Linda and is survived by Jacqueline (Gerald),…...

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Ruth Ellen Freeman

Mrs. Ruth Ellen Turner Freeman took her last steps on the Kings Highway, August 6, 2019. She was born in North Hampton County, Virginia to the late Mrs. Stachia Turner and Mr. Edward Turner on July 6, 1925. She worked for Norfolk City School Board as a cafeteria manager for 32 years. She was a member of many organizations- Red Hatters and Silver Strands and loved traveling. She was an usher at 1st Baptist Church…...

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Linda Wiggins

Linda Wiggins passed away August 5, 2019....

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Allen White

Allen White passed away on July 27, 2019....

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Joseph Lee Wright, Sr.

Joseph L. Wright, Sr. (84) passed from this life to the next on Friday, August 2, 2019 at his home in Portsmouth, VA after a sustained illness.  Though Joe was born November 13, 1934 in Norfolk, VA  to Rufus Sylvester and Sarah (Johnson) Wright;  the nurse arrived to officially document his birth on November 21, 1934.  He was the third oldest of six children.  Four siblings preceded him in death:  Richard Wright, Clarence Wright, Junius…...

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Alvin Lawrence Stephens

Alvin Lawrence Stephens passed away August 5, 2019....

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Kevin Collins

Kevin Kyle “KC” Collins, 62 departed his life to enter into enteral rest on July 30, 2019.  Kevin was often referred to as KC by his friends and family.  He was born on July 28, 1957 in Norfolk, VA to the late Clarence and Dorothy Collins. Kevin graduated from Granby High School and attended Norfolk State University.  He worked for Nexcom and USAA. Kevin was a great father and was loved by his friends.  He…...

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Sorota G. Johnson

Sorota Griffin Johnson of Chesapeake, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 3, 2019. She was born January 9, 1948, to the late William S. and Emily L. Griffin Sr. of Norfolk, Va. Rota graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Immediately after graduation she was afforded the opportunity to work at General Electric (GE) in Portsmouth Va. While working she enrolled in nursing classes at Tidewater Community College. Rota continued…...

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Mercedees O. Goodman

Mercedees “Lil Merk” Myers Goodman died peacefully in her home on Sunday, August 4, 2019 in Norfolk, VA at the age of 71. Mercedees was preceded in death by her parents, Mercedes Murray Myers Uzzell and George Myers Jr., brothers, Francis Myers and Gregory Myers. Mercedees is survived by her loving children, Gregory Goodman (Lisa) and Georgette Houchins (Nikita); a brother, George Myers (Danielle); one aunt, Leola Mason and one sister-in-law Zelma Hall; five grandchildren, Melonie, Tony, Malachi, Morgan…...

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Vinston Leroy Porter, Sr.

Deacon Vinston Leroy Porter, Sr. was born September 21, 1935 in Portsmouth, Virginia to Mrs. Dorothy Mae Stancil Porter and Mr. Otis Porter.  He was an only child. He graduated from I.C. Norcom High School (Portsmouth) in 1953.  As a Thespian, he participated in the Drama Club and acted in several plays in high school and he was also a member of the Student Council Organization. After high school, he enrolled in Norfolk State University,…...

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Thomas Allen Richardson

Thomas Allen Richardson departed this life on Thursday, August 1,2019 at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. God reached down and carried his son home. There will be no more pain and suffering. Thomas Allen Richardson was born October 14,1949 to Joseph and Madeline Richardson they resided in Portsmouth, VA, where he received his education. He worked as a Master Mason and he loved to cook and to listen to gospel music. Tommy is predeceased by his…...

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Frances Virginia Montgomery

A Time to Live Frances Virginia Montgomery was born on August 29, 1930 in Warrenton, “Warren County” North Carolina to the late George and Minnie (Boyd) Wooden. She received her early education in the North Carolina School System and the New York City School System. A Time to Labor Frances initially worked as a switchboard operator, then later as a teacher’s aide the job she loved most was working with children as a day care…...

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Elsie Wright

On Wednesday, 31 July 2019, Elsie Wright, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away in Norfolk, VA at the age of 77. She is survived by her two sons, Derrick and Ernest and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, aunts and cousins....

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Selesta Ferrell

Selesta Peterson Ferrell, daughter of the late Arthur and Vandora Peterson was born April 16, 1936 in Lewiston, North Carolina.  She lived a very full life.  She departed this life July 30, 2019 at Parsons Residential Care Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. Selesta was the third of five children born to her parents.  In addition to her parents, her siblings Johnnie Peterson and Sellioes Tatum preceded her in death. At an early age, she joined Beautiful…...

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Jacquelyn D. Wilkins

Jacquelyn D. Wilkins passed away on July 30, 2019....

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Willie Lee Nicholson

Willie Lee Nicholson was born January 26, 1945 to Charles and Marie Nicholson in Portsmouth Virginia. Willie grew up in Portsmouth, VA; he received his early education in the Portsmouth Public Schools System and attended I. C. Norcum High School. At the age of eighteen Willie joined the United States Navy where he served twelve years. He then for the next 10 years went to work for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Later Willie went to…...

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Sheila M. Whitehead

Sheila M. Whitehead passed peacefully into eternal rest on July 31, 2019. Sheila was born on January 4, 1955 to the late Clara Towe James White and Mack White. Sheila a lifelong resident of Tidewater, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA and attended Ann’s Beauty College in Norfolk as well. She spent more than 32 years in varying capacities with Norfolk Public Schools before retiring in 2006. After retirement Sheila spent…...

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Edward L. Owens

Edward L. Owens passed away July 19, 2019....

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April Medley-Rozelle

April Nicole Medley-Rozzelle a loving and caring woman went home to be with the Lord on July 30, 2019. April was born on April 16,1977. She was the daughter to the Late Frank Louis Medley and Evangeline Cunningham Medley. She leaves behind her husband, James  Rozzelle two daughters Capria Medley, Courtney Medley five brothers Steven Eugene Medley (Lisa Medley), Francois Louis Medley (Sharkeya Hicks Medley) Dontay Thomas (Lynn Thomas) Tory Allen,William Allen, three sisters Feraraise…...

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Virgie Lee Harvey

Virgie Lee Harvey, age 84, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. She was born October 12, 1934, in Chesapeake, Virginia to Plumber and Martha Harvey. She worked as a home healthcare provider in the Hampton Roads area for over 30 years. She was an active member of the Salvation Army Church and participated in the home league ministry. Virgie’s passion was to provide care to those who had disabilities and…...

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Ernestine W. Brooms

Ernestine Brooms, 86, passed away on July 29, 2019 in Virginia Beach, VA. She was the co-owner and operator of Acey Ducey Restaurant and retired in 1998 after 30 years of service....

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Horace M. Turner, Jr.

Our beloved and devoted father, Horace M. Turner, Jr. died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, on Monday, July 29, 2019. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia and lived happily there until he went home to see the Lord. He was educated in the Norfolk Public School System. Friends and family gave him the nickname “Feboy”. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served his country proudly. Horace worked as…...

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Shelia Linette Walker-Carr

Shelia “Lady in Red” Walker-Carr was the best Mom, Sister, Daughter, Aunt and Beautiful Woman inside and out. She leaves behind two gorgeous daughters, Atisha Davis and Lateeka Walker; five grandchildren, Max Spruill, Jr., Ceiara Spruill, Keyamiah Walker, Kristina and Emmanuel Davis; a beautiful sister, Felicia Moore and her best friend in the whole world, Diana Burton (Herd). This beautiful life we celebrate today, Shelia worked for Sentara Norfolk General for almost 17 years, everyone…...

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Carolyn Jackson

Carolyn was born in Annapolis, Maryland on March 6, 1954 to Charles Edward Chew, Sr. and Mary Alice Williams.  She passed away at home on Saturday, July 27, 2019.  Carolyn was the sixth of 10 brothers and sisters.  At a young age, Carolyn and her family moved from Maryland to Virginia. Carolyn was always kind, considerate and helpful to everyone she came into contact with. She was full of support and encouragement for all. If…...

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Addie Stone

Addie Stone passed away on July 30, 2019....

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