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Bernice Payne

Bernice Payne, 84, passed peacefully into the Lord’s eternal rest on August 14, 2018.  Born on April 29, 1934 in Conway, North Carolina, Bernice was one of two children born to Jessie Sue Robinson.  Bernice’s brother, Frank, died in Harlem, New York, as a young man. Bernice left North Carolina to attend nursing school and was a 1958 graduate of the Booker T. Washington School of Practical Nursing.    After 33 years in the nursing services…...

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Hayward Johnson

Hayward Johnson passed away August 12, 2018....

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McKenzee Noel Cherry

McKenzee Noel Cherry passed away August 13, 2018....

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Delois B. Bryant

Delois B. Bryant passed away August 13, 2018....

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Corey C. Collins, Sr.

Corey Christopher Collins Sr. departed this life on August 12, 2018. He was born March 1, 1979 in Norfolk, Virginia to Cornelia P. Collins and Joe B. Waddell. Corey was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and graduated in 1997. He was employed with Military Sealift Command (MSC) for 18 years and took great pride in his work. He always looked forward to learning new and different aspects of his job. Corey also enjoyed…...

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Kelvin Watford

Kelvin Javon Watford entered this world January 30, 1980. He attended Norfolk Public Schools. He played football as a youth and was family orienated. Kelvin was misunderstood but kept a smile on his face. He went out of his way to make sure everyone around him was happy. Kelvin had a great sense of humor and an amazing spirit. He was the life of the party and loved getting together for card games. He had a very competitive spirit. Kelvin loved his…...

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Delma Ben Batson, Jr.

Delma ‘Ben’ Batson was born June 06, 1945, in Wichita Kansas. Ben Batson departed this life August 09, 2018 in Portsmouth Virginia. Anything that got the adrenalin flowing were Bens favorite pastimes including flying lessons in a Cessna plane, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and shooting his crossbow. But sailing was his true passion. “When I’m on the water watching the wind catch in the sails of my boat I feel free,” Ben said. In the summer time he sailed his boat Prometheus, to…...

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Levar K. Revils, Jr.

LeVar K. Revils, Jr. 22, affectionately called “Var Var” and “J.R.” was born September 28, 1995 to Chandris Gibbs-Smallwood. He attended Norfolk Public Schools. LeVar loved computers, games and spending time with family. He leaves to cherish his memory of his mother, Chandris Gibbs-Smallwood; great grandmother whom raised him, Jean N. Spruill; stepmother, Eureka Smallwood, two siblings, Avonte Gibbs and Cierra Carmon; grandparents, Brenda Revils, Montez (Curtis) Bradby and Debra Duke; aunts, Betty Dean and Evonne Bryant; a very supportive cousin that…...

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Susan H. Eidenberger

Susan Houston Eidenberger, daughter of the late Thomas and Frances Mooney was born on September 13, 1956 in  Greenock, Scotland. She was the 6th of 8 children including: Yvonne, Thomas, Catherine, Eileen, Rosie, John, and Robert. Susan received her education while in Greenock, Scotland. Eventually, Susan met and married Michael G. Eidenberger and the two of them came to America in 1977 in order to start a family of their own. Their union was blessed with two loving and devoted children:…...

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Mamie A. Seward

Mamie A. Seward passed away August 8, 2018....

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Levertis Wiggins

Levertis Wiggins passed away August 9, 2018....

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Betty Spencer

Betty Spencer passed away August 9, 2018....

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Deloris A. Bedford

Deloris Ann Bedford was born on January 26, 1945 to Garfield and Elizabeth Jones in Norfolk, Virginia. After the passing of her mother, she spent time in New York and North Carolina with family, until she returned to Virginia at the age of 18. She completed her high school education in Norfolk, Virginia. In the early 80’s, she attended nursing school while raising three children and her grandson. In 1982, she met her husband and…...

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Richard A. Kimp

Richard A. Kimp passed away August 9, 2018....

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Agnes M. Benn

Agnes May Benn also known as “Haggie”, 58, of Chesapeake, VA, went on to her heavenly home on Tuesday, August 7, 2018. She was born December 16, 1959 to the late Dorothy A. McBride and Richard McCoy in Chesapeake, VA. She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Benn and sister Doretha Benn Corprew. Agnes was a graduate of Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, VA. She was a homemaker but often provided childcare for her great nieces and nephews. Agnes loved the lord…...

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Kennadi Salina Cline

Our sweet KENNADI Salina Cline was born on May 27, 2007 in Manahawkin, New Jersey and left to become an angel on August 6, 2018.  Kennadi had the brightest eyes that lit up every room she entered.  At 3 months old she was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder.   This did not prevent our Ken Ken from flourishing in her own way. She had a captivating personality, was always full of life and loved people. …...

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Danny Jones

Danny Jones was born March 7, 1950. He went to be with the Lord on August 7, 2018. Danny Jones is predeceased by his father, John Williams Jones, Sr.; wife, Delphine Jones; son, Dekar Jones; two sisters, Eva Mae Jones and JoAnn Elliott and two brothers, Thomas Lee Jones (Lil Bay) and Jerry Lewis Jones (Buddy). He leaves to cherish his memories; his mother, Addie Mae Walston; two sisters, Mary Sessoms and Linda Bray; three brothers, Annaise Jones, John Jones and…...

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Jarvis Marshall

Jarvis Marshall passed away August 6, 2018....

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Elder Cetha E. Boone, Sr.

Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 3:15 am in Maryview Medical Center our beloved Father, Elder Cetha E. Boone was called home to be with God. Elder Boone was born on February 28, 1930 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Alfred Boone and Irene Boone. He was 88 years old of his sixteen siblings, he is survived by one sister Mrs. Yvonne Stanley. He married AliceStein Stanley and from that union three daughters and one son…...

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Benjamin M. Clements

Benjamin Monroe Clements entered into eternal rest on August 9, 2018. He was born to the late Arthur and Gertrude Clements on June 7, 1937 in Brunswick County, VA. At an early age, he joined and was baptized at Good Hope Baptist Church in hometown. Ben was an outdoors man and his favorite pastimes were gardening, fishing, and hunting game. He taught his children the value of education and hard work. He leaves to cherish…...

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Franchot Tony Spellman

Franchot Tony Spellman went home on August 3, 2018. He was born on February 14, 1939 to the late Ralston and Margaret Wesley Spellman in Hammonton, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Louise Spellman and Twanda Lewis; brother, Ralston Spellman Jr.; son-in-law, Eduardo Lowery and adopted stepson, Nathaniel Huggins Jr. He moved to Moyock, North Carolina as a child and was raised by Ella Cox Spellman, and completed his education in the Currituck County School System. His…...

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Rodney J. Anderson

On Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 3:56 am the angel of mercy peacefully came into our midst to retrieve his own; Rodney Jovan Anderson entered into his eternal resting place. Rodney was born August 28, 1984 at 11:03 pm to Helena M. Anderson and Byron T. Anderson, Sr. He was the happiest of their children. He grew to be known as a jokester, and a loving and strong hearted person. As a youth, he played baseball and football for…...

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Joe A. Houston

Joe A. Houston passed away August 6, 2018....

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Shirley L. Cousins

Mrs. Shirley L. Cousin, age 79, passed away peacefully on Monday August 6, 2018 at Leigh Memorial Hospital in Norfolk, Va.   She was born to the late Fred Everette and Mary Overton Everette on August 16, 1938, in Norfolk, Va. Shirley Cousin was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and worked in the Norfolk Public School System for several years.  She was an active member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church and participated on…...

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Esther Shaw Payton

Esther Shaw Payton, 80, of Chesapeake, Virginia, entered the gates of heaven in her sleep on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at her home. She was born April 15, 1938, in South Carolina to the late Corine Mack Clark and Samuel Peterson. Early in her lift she met and married the late Wilbert E. Payton, Sr. She is survived by her brother, Moses Simpkins of Chesapeake, Virginia; five children, Michelle Payton-Kenner, Severn of Maryland, Sheena Payton of Chesapeake, Virginia, Wilbert E.…...

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Rev. George Gill, Jr.

Rev. George Gill, Jr. passed away August 2, 2018....

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Rose Mary Keen

Rose Mary Keen passed away August 3, 2018....

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Freddie C. Barr, Sr.

Freddie C. Barr, Sr. passed away July 31, 2018....

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William D. Drew, Jr.

William D. Drew, Jr. passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Born in Portsmouth, VA, he was the oldest son of the late William D. Drew, Sr. & Maime Drew. William graduated from I.C. Norcom High School. He served seven year in the U.S. Air Force earning the rank of sergeant. While on active duty, he received the Bronze Star for meritorious service as a personnel records processing clerk at Nha Trang Air Base in…...

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Jean A. Long

Mrs. Jean Arlene Long, daughter of the late Maggie Baxter and Isaac Morris, was born on September 16, 1936 in Portsmouth, Virginia. She attended the public schools of Pocomoke, Maryland. At an early age, she professed her faith in God and His son, Jesus Christ. She served the Lord faithfully throughout her life until her death. She was united to Robert Long in May of 1983. He preceded her in death on January 10, 2010. She was also preceded in death…...

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Karlton C. Pruden Jr.

Karlton C. Pruden, Jr., 34, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 4th at the Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center. Karlton was born on March 13, 1984, at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, to Karlton Pruden and Antoinette Pruden. Karlton was a 2002 graduate of Tallwood High School. Upon graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. Karlton  later obtained an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science. He was later employed as…...

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Keith C. Leacraft

Keith C. Leacraft passed away August 3, 2018....

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Aaron Devon Perry

Aaron Devon Perry was the son of Brian Sr. and Sonja Armstrong. He was born on December 5, 1984. On the morning of August 1, 2018, he was lifted up into heaven. Aaron grew up in Norfolk, VA where he attended public school but later earned his GED. Aaron was very artistic as he could write and draw really well. Aaron always had aspirations of being an entertainer (rapper) but later found a new interest…...

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Sandra Murphy

Sandra Murphy passed away August 1, 2018....

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Harry L. McNeil

Harry Lee McNeil was born in Norfolk, Virginia on July 1, 1949 to the late Jessie McNeal & Mary Williams-Mercer and was raised by Charles Mercer. In his youth Harry moved to Camden, North Carolina and was educated in the Camden public school system. Harry graduated from Marion Anderson High School in 1969 and attended trade school to be an automobile mechanic in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Harry had many interest and hobbies, but his favorites were drag racing and driving his Honda motorcycle. Harry…...

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Jimmy Broadwater

7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.  Romans 14:7-9 Jimmy Broadwater…...

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James Bagley, Jr.

On Tuesday, July 31, 2018, James C. “Moe” Bagley, Jr. peacefully transitioned into heavenly paradise. Born September 30, 1952 in Portsmouth, VA, he was the eldest son of 4 children to James C. Bagley, Sr. and Mamie L. Bagley. Growing up, Moe enjoyed playing basketball and picking fights with his younger brother, Phillip. Later, he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS John Kennedy before being honorably discharged in April 1978. Moe most…...

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Melvin D. Clifton

Melvin D. Clifton was born June 6, 1946 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Lonnie Clifton and the late Eva Clifton. He went home to be with the Lord while sleeping on Tuesday morning, July 31, 2018. Melvin attended George Peabody Elementary, Riddick Weaver Jr. High and graduated from I.C. Norcom High, he served in the U.S Army for six years and worked at Norfolk Naval Base until he retired as a Supply Technician. His favorite hobby was playing hard ball…...

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Cary L. Cuffee

Cary Lee Cuffee was born on December 15, 1952 to Willie Cuffee, Sr. and Leatrice Cuffee in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He passed peacefully on July 29, 2018.. Cary Lee twas surrounded by his loving family during his last days. Cary Lee Cuffee was self-employed and a “ Jack of All Trades”. He was known for his ;many nicknames ; “ Blow”, “Curtis Blow”, “Curd Lee”, and “Flow”. He was very intelligent, cheerful, and humorous. Cary enjoyed laughing and joking with his family,…...

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Cornelius M. Perry

Cornelius M. Perry passed away July 28, 2018....

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Larry Edward Smith

Larry Edward Smith was born on September 18, 1961 to the late Louis Calvin and Rosa Lee Smith in Norfolk County. Larry was educated in the Virginia Beach Public School system. His final place of employment was with Quik Crete Chesapeake, where he worked as a machine operator. Larry was a very compassionate and loving man, who always put his family first. Those who knew him appreciated his quick wit, honest feedback and warm smile. Larry loved to listen and play…...

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Jesse Bost

Jesse “Fatts” Bost, Jr., 48, a 24 year Norfolk, Virginia resident born to the late Yvonne and Jesse Bost, Sr. on April 7, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York. He was called home to be with the Lord after a lengthy illness on July 29, 2018. He had a beloved childhood. He attended New York Public Schools. In 1994, Jesse decided to leave Brooklyn and migrated to Norfolk, VA where he met the love of his life Jamie Green who mothered six…...

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Clarence D. McNeal, Sr.

Clarence D. McNeal, Sr. passed away July 28, 2018....

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Kenneth D. James

Kenneth D. James July 25, 2018....

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De’Jana Mone’ Leary

Jose` and Deidre were so proud when they welcomed their baby girl, De`Jana Mone` Leary on August 20, 2002. She departed this life on July 22, 2018. She was loved by everyone that knew her. Especially her mother, father, and family. De`Jana was a very happy person, always smiling about something. She was kind, loving, and an energetic person. De’Jana attended Maury High School where she was rising 11th grader. She took school seriously. Always doing her homework as soon as she got out of…...

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Nellie M. Babb

Mrs. Nellie M. Babb was born in Norfolk, VA on February 14, 1935. After battling several illnesses, she gained her heavenly wings and went to join our Lord and Savior on July 23, 2018. Nellie attended Booker T. Washington High School in 1951 where she excelled in track and field. She was a homemaker and devoted mother of 13 children. Mrs. Babb was predeceased by her husband, William H. Babb and three sons, Maurice S. Thomas, Alonzo L. Thomas and Anthony…...

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Jonathan J. Pope

On Thursday, July 26, 2018, we lost Johnathan J. Pope, a kind and wonderful gentleman, who was loved by all who knew him. Jonathan was simply an amazing young adult who enjoyed meeting people.  As a volunteer at the Endependence Center, he had a great desire to serve his community. He was a Board Member, he spoke to the Virginia Beach City Council, and he attended several meetings with our Legislative law makers in Richmond on behalf…...

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James R. McCleese

James Ronald “Tony” McCleese, Sr. was born on January 19, 1947 to the late Cora McCLeese Barnes in Norfolk, Virginia. James attended Norfolk Public Schools and later joined the US Army where he served in the Vietnam War. James was later stationed in Oakland, California where he decided to make it his home once he completed his term in the US Army. James became a full-time employee as a bus driver for AC Transit where he later retired. James Ronald “Tony”…...

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Betty R. Fuller

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and 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.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8 KJV Betty Ruth Fuller transitioned from this life into the eternal presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus…...

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Randolph D. Branch

Randolph D. Branch was born in Norfolk, VA on May 25, 1950 to the late Frank Sr. and Elnora Branch. He attended and graduated from Central Texas College with an associate degree in legal studies in the 1990s. In 1968, he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and has been an active member of the alumni chapter since. He was an employee at the US Attorney’s Office for over 20 years and retired from the US Army after 20 years…...

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