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Staff Sgt. Christian Williams, Sr.

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Esther Jones

Esther Jones was born January 4, 1922, in Princess Anne County, VA to the late Belford and Annie Jones Armstrong. She was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 18, 2023. Esther was raised in the New Light Community of Virginia Beach, and eventually moved to the West Munden section of Chesapeake, Virginia where she was a longtime resident and family matriarch. She worked for the Chesapeake Redevelopment & Housing Authority, where…...

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Simon Hodnett

Simon Hodnett passed away on November 10, 2023. He was surrounded by his loving son Jyshawn and cousin Vickie in his final moments. Simon’s legacy will be treasured forever by his son Jyshawn Boone, and his siblings: Angie, Diane, Neoma, Debra, Dot, and Larry. He also leaves behind nieces and nephews who loved him dearly, including Keisha, Shavonda, Mayflower, Shannon, Shanequa, Queen, Jenel, Avian, MeMe, Mesha, Ishai, Sinai, Eziya, Noire, India, Forever, LeiLani, Dani,Duan, Dink,…...

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Gervas Orlando Wynn

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Courtney A. Salley

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Lucy T. Hobbs

Lucy T. Hobbs, known as “Lucy,” was 87 years old when she went home to our Lord and Savior. She resided at Tucker House in Norfolk, Virginia. She left us to be with the Lord on November 17, 2023. Throughout her life she worked as a Home Health aide for an unknown amount of time. She was retired.  She was never married. She is predeceased by Eleanor Myrick (Mother), Johnny Hobbs (Father), Minnie Lee Whitfield…...

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LaVerne I. Davis Vinson

LaVerne I. Davis Vinson, 69, was called home to be with the Lord, Friday night, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She was born June 8, 1954. She was a native of Norfolk, Va. where she grew up in the Berkley section. She was the daughter of the late Imogene Delores Stancil and Lonnie Davis. She was educated through the Norfolk Public School System. She was a member of the New Rising Sun Baptist Church, where…...

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Dorothy W. Balmer

Dorothy Williams Balmer 95, a native of Plymouth, North Carolina peacefully transitioned from her earthly life on November 16, 2023, and joined God’s heavenly caravan. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles W. Balmer, son Stanley Jones Sr. and parents, Linwood, and Vera Pettiford Williams. She attended Plymouth High School and played guard for the girls’ basketball team. She met and married Warren H. Jones Sr. after relocating to Norfolk, VA from this…...

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Clara P. Exum

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Clifford Lyon Taylor

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Patrice C. Moore

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Monte’ DeAngelo Ferguson

On Monday, November 13, 2023 with his eldest daughter at his side, Monte’ De’Angelo Ferguson, 46, entered into eternal rest. Monte’ was born on June 13, 1977 in Norfolk, VA to Martin “Skeeter” Ferguson and the late Katrina Mae Sorrell. Monte’ knew the Lord and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior early in life.  Although he steered off course at times, he was a praying man and he always found his way back. …...

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Madeline Perreira

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Rhonda Anita Lyde

Celebrating the life of Rhonda Anita Lyde who was born to Dorothy Mae Lyde and Sylvester Styles on March 10, 1956.  Her parents as well, as her sister, Catherine Brown, brother-in-laws, William Brown and Galen Henderson, predeceased Rhonda. Rhonda was educated in the Philadelphia School System. Rhonda was a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Philadelphia. She also worked as security for Beulah Baptist Church from 2006 to 2011. Rhonda was also a part of…...

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Ida M. Darden

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Melreta E. DeCairish

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Josephine McInnis Thomas

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Izetta Alexis Terrell

On January 30, 1992, the Lord blessed the world with Izetta Alexis Terrell in Portsmouth, VA to Isaac Jackson Sr. and the late Vickie Jackson. At a young age, Izetta’s interests were ballet, karate, tap dancing and singing. She attended Shepherds Way Ministry, Chesapeake, VA and Virginia International Ministries, Chesapeake, VA. Izetta ended her education with home schooling. As a person, Izetta was outspoken, kindhearted, truthful and had a witty sense of humor.  Also a bit of a prankster.…...

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Debra Holland Cox

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Anthony Lorenzo Hines, Sr.

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Herman Stith

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James B. Gilmore

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, and neighbor James Bradley Gilmore, 92 years old, was born in Bearden Arkansas on May 25, 1931. James departed this life on November 09, 2023 at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth Virginia. He left Arkansas to join the Navy at an early age and retired after serving twenty honorable years. He spent a brief time working for the Ford Motor company and then Brown’s Carpet, before starting his own…...

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Margaret C. Colander

On Sunday morning, November 12, 2023, surrounded by loved ones, Margaret Christine Trent Colander gained her wings and joined her husband, the Reverend Archie Colander, Sr., and her son, Michael Ernest Colander, in heaven. She was 98 years old.  Margaret was the second child of eight children born to John Floyd Trent and Josephine Christine Lewis Trent on January 29, 1925, in Rustburg, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her brother Walter Calvin Trent,…...

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Viola M. Washington

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Effie L. Bowles

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Vanessa V. Onyirimba

Our dearest and beloved Vanessa “Nessa” Onyirimba peacefully entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Vanessa was born in Norfolk, VA on December 3, 1953, to the late Horace C. and Addie Marie Spiers. She was also preceded by one brother, Joseph Spiers, and one sister Theresa Mebane. Vanessa served as a member of Freedom C.O.G.I.C and later joined Bethlehem Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA where she served on the Usher Board Ministry. Vanessa was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High…...

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Fannie Ruth Blocker

Fannie Ruth Blocker, a beloved mother, daughter, sister, educator, and friend, departed this life on November 9, 2023. Fannie Ruth Blocker (affectionately known as “Ruthie” to family) was born on November 16, 1948 in Newsoms, Virginia to the late John H. Russell and Fannie E. Kee. She was the fourth of six children, and grew up from humble beginnings on a farm in Southampton County, Virginia. Fannie Ruth began her academic career at Riverview High…...

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Berlene Mae Ruffin

Berlene Ruffin, 83, passed away on November 6, 2023. She was born in Norfolk, VA. to the late Alice Blackwell-Parker and Robert Parker. Berlene is predeceased by her sister, Beatrice Parker. Berlene is survived by her sisters, Marrianne Parker-Jordan (Murfreesboro NC), Muriel Parker (Florida) and Kathlyn Parker-Richardson of Chesapeake, VA. A special God-Son Eric Thompson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends....

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Andrea Foreman Glasper CoField

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Dia F. Johnson

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Donald Antonio Butts

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Jason ReSheen Wilson

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Melody LaFrances Davis Copeland

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of our beloved Melody LaFrances Davis Copeland “Frances.” Melody was called home to be with the Lord on November 6, 2023 at the age of 64. Melody was born Suffolk, VA and raised in Portsmouth, VA by her mother and father, Floyd and Ernestine Davis. She attended Cradock High School and went on to become a wife and mother. She was a fashionista Queen who loved her jewelry,…...

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Bettie Ann Jordan

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Ella Marlene Woodard

In the afternoon of November 6, 2023, the Lord called home one of his beloved children to her eternal rest.  Ella Marlene Woodard left her earthly body to receive her wings and joined our Father in Heaven. Ella Marlene Aekins was born on February 22, 1938, in Pittsburgh, PA, to Samuel A. and Clara M. Aekins.  After her mother’s sudden passing when Ella was only six years old, Samuel moved the family to Norfolk, VA…...

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Debra Baez

Beloved artist Debra Ann Baez not only created beautiful pieces of art but also crafted a beautiful life that was hard to leave behind. Debra passed away on November 6, 2023, at the age of 64, after a long battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her children and loved ones who will remember her wide smile and warm spirit, both crafted by God specifically for her.  Debra was many things to many people. She was…...

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Anthony Brecnel Calahan

Anthony Calahan was born on the 24th of April, 1957, to the union of Myrtle and James Calahan in New Orleans, Louisiana. They made a home in Folsom, Louisiana where he stayed as a young child to adult.  Anthony attended a Catholic school as a child, so he was no stranger to God’s love even at a young age. He lived a life full of fun while playing football at and receiving his high school…...

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Yvonne Wanda Edmonds Owens

Yvonne W. Edmonds Owens, 65, from Norfolk, VA was born on August 7, 1958. She was called home on November 4, 2023....

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Elton L. Roberson

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Quenae Williams

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Jennifer Sabrina Washington

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Margie Flore Kilgore

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Lorraine B. Woods

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Lorraine Beatrice Woods, 103, of Norfolk, Virginia began her eternal life with God on Thursday November 2, 2023 in her home on Lamp Post Drive in Chesapeake, Va. Born to William Jones and Wilhelmina (Stokes) Jones on December 18, 1919, the Jones family knew that a special being had entered their lives. The…...

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Stephen Andrew Wilson

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Keon Sharod Murray

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Ruby Lee Fentress

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1) Ruby Lee Fentress, Grandma as she was affectionately known by all,  quietly entered her eternal rest Sunday, November 5, at her residence, 628 Timon Ct. Virginia Beach, VA. Ruby Fentress was born on February 13, 1952 in Norfolk, VA. She was the eldest child of both her parents. Ruby was a remarkable mother, auntie, grandmother, sister and friend. She…...

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Joseph Thorpe Jr.

Joseph Thorpe, Jr. was called home peacefully to be with our Lord on Thursday morning, October 26, 2023. Joseph, affectionately known as “Joe”, was born on November 15, 1944 in Norfolk, Virginia to Joseph and Annie Thorpe. He was educated in Norfolk Public Schools and was an alumni of Booker T. Washington High School. He married the former Joyce Robinson, also of Norfolk, on May 7, 1978. Joseph was a diligent, hard-working man. He was…...

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Sylvia J. Pierce

Sylvia Jean Pierce was born on March 23, 1951, to Virginia Brown and James Lewis in Norfolk Virgina. Due to natural causes, Sylvia went to be with the Lord on November 5th, 2023. Sylvia was 72 years young. Sylvia attended Norfolk and Virginia Beach Public schools. She worked many odd jobs, including working at Naval Base Norfolk in housekeeping and guest services. Sylvia was predeceased by her parents, Virginia Brown and James Lewis; her brother, James…...

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Edith Wanda McKinney

Edith was a longtime member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 901 Thomas Circle, Portsmouth.  She was an alumni of IC Norcom class of 1970, Norfolk State University and University of Phoenix. During her 30 years of dedication to the department of defense, her leadership and coworkers will remember her as being an outstanding individual who provided outstanding customer service and support to all. She retired in 2022 in which she spent her time with her…...

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Edna Perry Taylor

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