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Danell M. Lightfoot

Danell M. Lightfoot, also known as “Nell” departed suddenly at the young age of 31 on Saturday, June 20, 2020. He was born in Portsmouth, VA. Danell was a fun-loving, kindhearted person. Danell loved the Pittsburgh Steelers and was always the life of the party. Danell would say “OTF (only the family)”. He loved his family and enjoyed hanging with his friends. He leaves behind his mother and father, Juanita and Joseph Corbett; Stepfather, Ronald…...

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Ki’Yani Gatling-Hayes

Ki’Yani Gatling-Hayes passed away on June 23, 2020....

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Madora E. Brown

Madora E. Brown passed away on June 22, 2020....

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William Henry Saunders

William Henry Saunders of Portsmouth, VA departed this life on Monday, June 22, 2020. He was born on May 7, 1930 to the late Henry and Arletia Griffin Saunders. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Lillian Smith, Madeline Kornegay, Dorothy Brown, Virginia Riddick, and son, Eric Richardson and daughter Josephine Flood. William (affectionately known as Lil’ Bro) was educated in the Norfolk County public school system. He enlisted in the US Navy at…...

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Linda Jones

Linda Jones passed away on June 22, 2020....

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Joeanne Shorts

Joeanne “Doll” Shorts, 64, of Norfolk, VA was born in Princess Anne County to the late Louise Cornick on October 1, 1955. She was called home to be with the Lord Sunrise June 22, 2020. Joeanne Shorts was a woman of many personalities who was feisty, loved to dress and didn’t take no mess. During her earlier years she would gamble and hang with friends. She had a son later and met Donnie, Sr. whom…...

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Darlene Hill

Darlene “Big D” Hill was born March 18, 1964 to the late Calvin and Mattie Lee Hinton. She worked at Norfolk Health Care Center in the Nursing industry most of her life. Darlene was a life-long member of Philadelphia Church of Christ, where she was baptized. In her spare time, she loved taking pictures, spending time with family, cooking, gardening, and teaching. She took great pride in her plants and she also loved life savers,…...

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Ella D. Woosley

Ella Delores Perkerson was born on November 28, 1945 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. She gently passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Ella was educated in the Windsor,  VA public school system where she earned her high school diploma at George Tyler High School. Ella was predeceased by her parents, Willie and Allie Perkerson; four brothers, Wallace James, Louis and Joseph Perkerson; first husband, Walter Beale, Jr.; second husband, Terry Woosley, Sr. and…...

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Phillip Gregory Ellick

Phillip Ellick, 57 of Norfolk, VA passed June 19, 2020. Phillip graduated from Norview High School. He was very involved in his community, belonging to the NAMI Mental Health Association, Spartan Village Civic League, where he was the President for 5 years and a member of the Civic League Board. Phillip is predeceased by his parents, Otis Wright, Sr and Barbara Wright. Left to cherish his memories are his daughters, Ashley T. Ellick, Brittany Robinson…...

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Ruth Levonia Reed

Ruth Levonia Kinchen Reed was born to Victoria Blair Kinchen and Willie Kinchen on June 28,1933.in Brunswick County, Lawrenceville, Virginia. She attended Brooks Elementary School St. Paul High School and Norfolk State. She also attended Valise Beauty College where she became an instructor and beauty operator for thirty-seven years. Ruth was a member of Antioch Baptist Church for fifty plus years during this time she served on the Missionary Boar, Beautification Ministry, Visitor and Hostess…...

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Shonda Latrice Bates

Shonda Latrice Byrd Bates was born on November 29, 1973 to the proud parents of Jimmie and Brenda Byrd in Omaha, Nebraska. Shonda attended Omaha Northwest High School and was a proud graduate of the Class of 1992. Shonda was also a graduate from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She majored in Education. She was a proud graduate of the Class of 2001. Shonda was also a Third Grade Teacher with the Omaha Public Schools.…...

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Rev. Dr. Nathaniel Roberson

June 19, 2020, this is the day the Lord has made to bring one of his beloved sons, Nathaniel Roberson, to his great reward in heaven. Nathaniel was born in Wilson County, North Carolina to his parents, Celia Artis Robinson and James Clyde Robinson. After he finished high school, he went into the U. S. Army and fought in the Korean Conflict. He also served in the US Army Reserves for 19 years. He then…...

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Pernell Ratcliff, Sr.

Pernell Ratcliff, Sr. was born on September 15, 1956 to the late Annie Mae and James Ratcliff. Pernell quietly slipped away from us on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at his residence in Portsmouth, Virginia. Pernell attended Portsmouth Public Schools. He retired from Gwaltney Packing Company in Smithfield and Portsmouth, Virginia. He also worked for the YMCA in Portsmouth, Virginia for 30 years. He was a hard working man. Pernell gave his life to Christ and…...

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Richard C. Lake

Richard Charles Lake, 72, of Chesapeake, VA, passed away at home June 12, 2020.  The son of the late William Edmund and Caroline Gaffney Lake, Rick came into this world on October 5, 1947, in New Haven, CT, the same way that he lived his life, full of energy and spirit. Growing up in a small farm town in CT gave Rick the opportunity to expend his adventurous spirit in the outdoors, whether it be…...

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Prince Ace Wilson, Jr.

Prince Ace Wilson, Jr. was born February 19, 1942 in Evanston, Illinois and died on June 19, 2020 at the age of 78.  He was the son of Prince Ace Wilson, Sr. and Clarissa Isabelle Harris.  He was a graduate of St. Leo College.  He served in the United States Navy and Reserves combined for 30 years and retired as a Master Chief.  Post his military life, he worked for Chubbs Insurance Company for more than 15…...

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Rita Lucille Powell

Rita L. Powell of 440 E Brambleton Ave, Norfolk, VA 23504, passed on June 19, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Dock Powell. Rita was born July 7, 1962 in Norfolk, VA. She was predeceased by her son, Terrance M Powell and one sister. Rita leaves to cherish her loving memories, one daughter, Evelyn D. Powell of Norfolk, VA; six grandchildren, handell, Shayana, Shaniya, Teniya, Terrance, Jr. and Itayzia all of Norfolk, VA;…...

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Tracy O. Wilson-Mizzell

Tracy Wilson-Mizzell, born August 3,1963, a retired dietary aide of Norfolk, Va, passed June 17, 2020. Tracy is predeceased by her parents, Catherine Wilson and Linwood Lucas.  Tracy leaves to cherish her memories, her son, Travis Wilson; sisters Brenda Guy and Shaquitta Gilliam; brothers, Terry Wilson, Brian Wilson, George Washington, Thomas Wilson and Tyrone Drawing; grandchildren, Zaccheus Woddard, Amiya Harold, Au’Nesti Harold and Chynarose Wilson; uncle, Barry Carter and a host of nieces, nephews and…...

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Norris Eugene Booker

Ret. Air Force Sergeant, Norris Eugene Booker, 78 went to his eternal rest on Friday, June 19, 2020.  He was born in Norfolk, Virginia on September 09, 1942 to the late Theodore C. Booker, Sr. and Mary Nottingham Booker.  He was preceded in death by four siblings, Nancy Sawyer, Theodore C. Booker, Jr., Mary (Baby Sis.) Benns, and Leslie L. Booker, Sr. Norris graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1961, Norfolk, Virginia.  He…...

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Katherine E. Rogers

A Summary of Katherine’s Legacy On the morning of Thursday, June 18, 2020, Katherine received her wings. Katherine Elizabeth Rogers was born September 22, 1952 in Franklin, Virginia to the late James Phillips of Isle of Wight County, Virginia and Florence Palmer of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Katherine attended and graduated from the Norfolk Public School District. She continued her education at The School of Professional Nursing at DePaul Medical Center becoming registered nurse. Katherine was lovingly…...

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Marcus T. Cross

Marcus T. Cross was born on January 11, 1982 in Portsmouth, VA to Rosalyn Cross Sivels. He departed this life on June 15, 2020 at his residence. Marcus attended Norfolk Public Schools where he graduated from Norview High School. Marcus played on the basketball and baseball team. He was a member of the Norview Marching Band. Marcus favorite (NFL) team was the “Washington Redskins”. Marcus last place of employment was The Life Touch warehouse, where…...

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Walter T. Alexander, Sr.

Walter Thomas Alexander was born on June 2,1929 to Elihu Cursie Alexander and Ruth Missouri Armstrong- lexander in Beaufort, North Carolina. He was raised in Hertford County, North Carolina where he attended Bethel Baptist Church and school in Hertford County, North Carolina. At the age of fourteen he came to live in the Berkley section of Norfolk, VA. Walter was a truck driver for over forty years. He started at Amos and Brown and retired…...

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Mary Jane Askew

Mary J. Askew departed this life June 17, 2020. She leaves to cherish her memories her devoted husband and life partner Lawrence E. Winfield, faithful and beloved sisters, Carolyn L. Whittaker (Oscar Depriest), Thirkell Wright, and Doretha Askew; brothers Thomas Askew (Christine) and William Askew; faithful and dedicated nieces-sisters Myrna D. Whittaker and Dr. Lydia Whittaker Simmons (James); committed nieces Margaret Evans and Jacqueline Boone; and special nephews, Adam Askew and James Simmons  ...

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Dorothy Mae Cuffee

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Cuffee, age 90, of Norfolk, VA, earned her wings on June 17, 2020 with her family by her side. She was born to Robert and Mary Wilks, on July 16, 1929. Mrs. Cuffee was a long-time employee of Norfolk Public Schools and retired after 35 years of service at Norview High School.   Mrs. Cuffee married Eddie Cuffee, Jr. in May 1951. Together, they resided in the Oakwood neighborhood in Norfolk, VA, where…...

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Roshawn Denise Taylor

On Wednesday, June 17th at 12:20 am, Roshawn Denise Taylor, a loving mother, daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend was called home to be with the Lord. Born April 15th 1969 to the late Patricia Ann Taylor and Curtis Phelps Taylor in Norfolk, Virginia. Roshawn was educated at Maury High School and attended the Chesapeake Job Corps Center in Harbors Ferry, Maryland. Even though she was an only child, Roshawn loved to hang with all…...

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Mildred D. Jackson

Mildred Dyson Jackson, affectionally known as “Muddear” received her wings June 15, 2020. Born on March 5, 1923 in Norfolk, VA, she was the daughter of the late Taylor and Isabelle Dyson. Mildred was educated in the Norfolk Public School system and retired from General Electric after 17 years of dedicated service. She was predeceased in death by her husband of 59 years, Fred A. Jackson, Sr., a daughter, Gwendolyn Y. Williams, brothers Carl Dyson,…...

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William E. Brown

William E. Brown (Bill) entered this world on September 19, 1926 in New Haven, Connecticut and passed away peacefully on June 6, 2020.  Bill was the last of 7 children born to the late Joseph and Miriam Brown both of Nevis British West Indies. Bill graduated from Hillhouse High School.  Following graduation, he was the last of 4 brothers to serve in the United States Army. He was a veteran of WWII. Upon returning home…...

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Arenia Monice Allen

Miss Allen was born January 25, 1982, in New Brunswick, New Jersey., to Daymond C Spencer Sr. and Patricia Allen (Deceased). Miss Allen is survived by her life partner Maurice Brown, sister Kecha Riddick and spouse; brothers Taheem J. Allen, Raheem A. Allen and spouses, and Daymond C. Spencer Jr. (Deceased) and her nieces are Keyasia, Tasyanna, and nephews Keeshaun, Karaun, Kristian, Jeremiah and Amari; and her Godmother Phyllis Johnson of Hutchinson of Plainfield, NJ…...

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Cressie Ann Boone

Cressie Ann Boone, 76, of Franklin, VA entered into eternal rest on June 12, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, David Stewart, Sr. and Jessie Mae Lewis Stewart and three brothers, James Stewart, Willie Lee Stewart and Tim Stewart. She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Vickie M. Bynum, one granddaughter, Shakebra Eley, one grandson, Tywann Eley, and three grandchildren, Na’Karion, Zion and Levi Eley of Portsmouth, VA; three brothers, Ralph…...

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William Edward Tyree

William (Bill) Edward Tyree departed this life on June 11, 2020.  Born May 21, 1949 in Norfolk, Virginia to Emma B. and the late William A. Tyree III.  He was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and attended Norfolk State University. Honorable William E Tyree 33° was a member of Fletcher Lodge #26 and served as Worshipful Master for 12 years.  He became Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Consolidated Hiram Grand Lodge,…...

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Alvin William Hoggard

Alvin William Hoggard was born April 9, 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia.  He was the son of Alvin Hoggard, Sr. and Mildred Felton Hoggard.  God sent his Angel for him on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 to take him home. He was a member of  Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  He was caring, giving, sharing, faithful and dedicated.  He always wore a smile when you were in his presence. Alvin lived in Chesapeake, Virginia at 566 Rivercreek Road near…...

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Magdelene Jones

Magdelene Drewery Jones, 90, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2020 in Pikesville, Maryland after a long battle with cancer. She was a native of Portsmouth, VA. She was born March 1930 to the late Viola (Bailey) and Frank Drewery, Sr. She attended Tidewater Community College and Norfolk State University. Maggie was employed many years at Virginia Mutual Life Insurance Company; the Virginia Employment Commission and later at Goodwill Industries Transportation Dept. in Norfolk, VA.…...

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Leon William Morris

Leon Morris “Lenny” 58, of Norfolk, VA passed away peacefully at his residence. Leon was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 16, 1962. He is preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn Morris and Arthur Morris. He is also preceded in death by his brother, Roy Davis and sister, Jenaline Morris. Leon gave his life over to Christ and joined New Bethel Glorious Pentecostal Church in Brooklyn, NY under the leadership of Overseer Roberta Thompson…...

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Elson Eugene Mann

Elson Eugene Mann, 58, of Chesapeake, VA died on June 10,2020. He was born in Chester, Pennsylvania. Elson had a kind soul and always wanted to help others. There is nothing he would not do for anyone. He would always look out for others and put them before himself. Despite being diagnosed with a disability at an early age, Elson was able to over come the challenges and always had a smile on his face.…...

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Vivian Olivia Southall

Vivian Olivia Southall passed away on June 8, 2020....

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Edith C. Quiero

Edith C. Quiero, in the quiet hours of June 9, 2020, entered into her eternal rest.  Born on December 23, 1934, she is preceded in death by Arcino Quiero Sr., her husband of 48 years, and their son, Baby Quiero.  She is survived by her children; Avon Quiero, Sr. (Annie), Denise Freeman, Michelle Hines (Donald), Arcino Quiero Jr., and Melvyn Quiero (Renée).  She would respond to many different names over her 85 years; Mama, Sister,…...

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Charlie Lee Brinkley

Charlie Lee Brinkley born Sept 8, 1936 gained his wings to be with Christ on June 9, 2020 surrounded by his family. Charlie leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife of thirty-two years; six children; 21 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 2 brothers; 4 sisters; 1 aunt and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Charlie retired from the City of Norfolk after thirty years of service and Venice Italian Restaurant after 37 years.…...

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Mary Elizabeth Hodges

It is with great joy and great sadness that we celebrate the life of our mother, grandmother, auntie and friend, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hodges. Mary Elizabeth, known to many as Elizabeth, transitioned on June 6, 2020 in Chesapeake VA. She was born in Norfolk VA to James and Ella Thornton. She leaves us with these words “Just between you and me, the work of my hands was my pleasure, because it was how I Loved…...

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Kathleen Ann Sharples

Kathleen Ann Sharples passed away on June 9, 2020....

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Sheila Smith

Sheila R. Smith 6/30/1951-6/4/2020 Sheila Rhoda Smith fell asleep in death on Thursday June 4, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born in Paterson N.J. on June 30, 1951 to Mrs. Hildred Young (Veal) and Palmer C. Young Sr. She was the oldest of six children in a tight family structure with her 3 sister Olive McCorkle (deceased), Ella Chambers, Jewel Thomas and 2 brothers Palmer C. Young Jr. and Sidney Young. Sheila graduated…...

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Angela Denise Walters

Angela Denise Walters, affectionately known as “Necie” by her family and friends, was born on May 2, 1955, in Chesapeake, VA to the late Milton and Elizabeth Walters. On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, God sent two loving angels to escort the soul of Angela Denise Walters to her heavenly home. She answered the Lord’s Summons by peacefully crossing over. Necie accepted Christ as her personal savior and in her earlier years she fellowshipped faithfully at Calvary Revival Church. Necie…...

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Irene Blow Cuffee

We are here today in loving memory of Minister Irene Cuffee. Early Tuesday morning June 9, 2020, the Lord came to claim his loving daughter of whom he let us borrow for eighty-five beautiful years. She was born in Norfolk County to the late Elizabeth Coleman and Ivy Augustus Blow. She was a resident of Chesapeake for about fifty years. She was a foster parent for over thirty years. She loved helping any and everyone…...

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Gwendolyn Sylvia Clark

Celebration of Life “Well done thy good and faithful servant” On Monday, June 8, 2020, our beloved mother, auntie, sister and friend, Gwendolyn Sylvia Clark was called from labor to reward. She was born the late Odell and Zaph Jones. She received her education through Norfolk Public Schools going on to graduate from Booker T. Washington High School. She later went on to earn her associate degree in Business Management from Keys Business College. Our…...

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Stanley Jones, Sr.

Stanley Jones Sr, (Slim aka “Stan the Man”) departed his earthly life on Friday, June 5th, 2020. He leaves to cherish his memories life wife  Mary Ridley Jones Virginia Beach, VA, mother Ms. Dorothy Balmer Norfolk, VA, daughter Tara Davis (Tyrone), Norfolk, VA, son Stanley Jones Jr, Virginia Beach, VA, brothers Warren Jones Jr. Norfolk, VA, Raynell Jones (Averill) Virginia Beach VA, Bernard Jones (Jean) Chesapeake, VA,  sisters Vermell Sessoms (Desmond) Chesapeake, VA, Gloria McGruder,…...

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India Annette Settles

On Friday, June 5, 2020 God called his precious child, India Settles “Annette” to come home. Born December 25, 1961 to the late Glossie Powell and Johnnie Powell. She is survived by her husband, Clarence L. Settles and very special friend, Richard Spencer; daughter, India Skinner; son-in-law, Shelton Skinner; grandchildren, Sparkle Settles and Makai Skinner; sisters, Linda Miller and Debra Tyndall; brothers, Johnnie Powell, Jr., Darryl Powell, Kenneth Powell and Curtis Powell; three sisters-in-law and…...

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Brenda L. Jones

Brenda Laverne Jones, 60, of the 6200 block of Hereford Drive in Fort Worth, Texas passed away May 29, 2020. Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, she resided in Chesapeake for the majority of her life before relocating to Fort Worth in 2015. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Lee Hunt, Sr.; mother, Frances Alston-Hunt and brother, Edward Lee Hunt, Jr.  Left to cherish her memories are her son, Anthony Lamont Jones; daughter, Ashunta…...

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Lillie Mae Coleman

Lillie Jacobs Coleman passed peacefully at her home in Portsmouth, VA on June 6, 2020. She was born in Burgaw, North Carolina on September 18, 1921 to Anguish Jacobs and Hattie Merritt. She was predeceased by her husband George Coleman. She leaves to cherish her memories three daughters: Joyce Dudley (Monroe), Diana Coleman, and Sharon Coleman. She will be dearly missed by her 6 grandchildren: Dennis Dudley, JoAnn Wilson (Darren), Donna Everett (Reginald), Dianne Dudley…...

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Velma E. Bonney-Mayes

Velma E. Bonney-Mayes, 80, passed peacefully in the comfort of her home, June the 5th 2020. Velma was the daughter of the late Clifton Thorne and Gladys Batten-Thorne. She’s predeceased by her husband, James Mayes Sr. and son, Larry Thorne. She leaves four children to cherish her memories: Sharon Brockman, Glinda Villaverde, Amos Bonney, and Min. Stephanie Bonney-Williams (Min.Boise)....

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Melvin Lee Phillips

Melvin Lee Phillips was born on February 26, 1937 to Willie Phillips and Maime Lamb Phillips in Norfolk County, Va. (now Chesapeake, Va.).  He spent his early years being a part of the Great Road (now Whittamore Road) community where he made lifelong friends and gained a passion for music and uplifting the name of Jesus in song.  Melvin was affectionately called “Bailey” as his nickname by his siblings.  He would later earn the nicknames…...

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Antwine Britton

I sit here and ponder how very much I’d like to talk with you today, there are so many things that we didn’t get to say. I know how much you care for me and how much I care for you. And each time that I think of you, I know you’ll miss me to. An angel came and took you by the hand, and said your place was ready in heaven, far above and…...

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Khaliq Calvin Holley

Khaliq Calvin Holley, 2 months, ascended from his earthly form to be with his Heavenly Father on May 28, 2020. In his short time on Earth, he bought love and light to all of those he touched. He is predeceased by his paternal grandfather Calvin V. Whitten, Jr. He is lovingly survived by his parents, Cheyenne S. Askew and Kirey L. Holley, siblings, a host of cousins, great grandmother Pauline White, grandmothers Sharon Askew Whitten and Tyvonna Holley and aunts…...

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