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Sean K. Westry

Our Beloved Brother, Nephew, Cousin, Uncle, Great-Uncle, and Friend, Sean Westry, 50, was peacefully called home on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, FL. Sean is predeceased by his parents: Willie Westry and Annie Westry; Sister, Tina Westry Thomas; brother, Jamaul (Samuel) Westry. Left to cherish his memory are: his siblings: Lisa Johnson, Patricia Westry, Willie Mae Rochelle (Johnnie) Brooks, Lynn Westry, Sherrie Westry and Paul Cherry; loving aunts and cousins; 10…...

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Charlene Ann Hall

Charlene Ann Hall passed away October 4, 2022....

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Ronald Smith

Ronald Smith passed away October 11, 2022....

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Bishop Willie Giles, Jr.

On Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at the age of 83, the Lord called home one of his soldiers, Bishop Willie Giles, Jr., to his eternal resting place while at Sentara Obici Hospital, Suffolk, VA.   Willie Giles, Jr. was born on May 3, 1939, to Willie, Sr. & Gladys Mizell Giles Suffolk, VA.  He received his education from Suffolk Public Schools.  He worked as a production worker at Planters Peanuts Co. and later retired after over 35 years of…...

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Leon Allen

Leon Allen, affectionately known as “8-Ball”, was born on June 29, 1950 to the late Thelma Louise Allen Lomax Winslow in Norfolk, Virginia. He is pre-deceased by his siblings: sister Veronica Winslow, brothers Raymond (Butch) Lomax, Theodore (Blackjack) Allen, Eugene (Blue) Allen, Napoleon (Ronnie) Allen.  Leon was a student of the Norfolk Public School System and graduated from Maury High School.  He held several jobs; including, working at Kempsville Building Material and the Virginian Pilot…...

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Felicia E. Jones

Felicia E. Jones passed away October 11, 2022....

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Mary Butts Patterson

Mary Butts Patterson passed away October 5, 2022....

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Antonio Moore

IN THE DAWNING OF A NEW DAY, OUR LOVE ONE ANTONIO GODFREY MOORE LEFT THIS WORLD BUT NOT OUR HEARTS. BORN ON JULY 7, 1961 TO JOHN T. MOORE AND SHIRLEY MITCHELL MOORE HALES OF NORFOLK VA. HE DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON OCTOBER 10, 2022. ANTONIO WAS THE OLDEST OF THREE CHILDREN. ANTONIO ( AFFECTIONALLY KNOWN AS TONY) WAS EDUCATED IN THE NORFOLK PUBLIC SCHOOLS. HE GRADUATED FROM GRANBY HIGH SCHOOL IN 1980. AFTER GRADUATION HE…...

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Mother Lena M. Christmas Pierce

Mother Lena M. Christmas Pierce departed this life quietly and peacefully on Sunday, October 9, 2022. She was in the comfort of her residence in Portsmouth, Virginia, surrounded by her children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Deacon James Pierce, Sr. and one grandson, Shawn  Pierce. She was the daughter of the late Irene Christmas and Robert Warren. She was born March 5, 1931 in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was raised by her aunt,…...

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Milton Lee Copeland

Milton Lee Copeland Sr., a retired Army Sgt. Major was called home by God to his eternal resting place on October 7, 2022, at the age of 82. Born to James and Mary Copeland, he was the 10th of 12 children. Milton was a deep-rooted member of Macedonia Holiness Church, under the leadership of Bishop Shaffer Copeland in Norfolk, Va. Milton joined the Army in 1957 and his first duty station was Ft. Douglas, in…...

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Charles Allen Harper

Our dear brother was taken home on the evening of October 9, 2022 only nine days away from his 72nd birthday.  Charles was a Military Veteran that Loved the Lord with all his heart, mind and soul.  He will be greatly missed but we know he’s in a better place....

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James Russell Day

Mr. James Russell Day was born on March 19, 1932 to the late Hezekieh and Rose Day in Courtland, Virginia where he received his early education. At the age of 20, he enlisted in the US Army where  he served honorably  for two years as a Military Police. Mr. Day met  and married Lillie Mae Hobbs and together they had three daughters Lavern, Vanessa and Edith. Mr. Day was humble and no non- sense individual.…...

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Roger William Smith

On Friday, October 7, 2022 Roger Smith affectionately known as “Sonnie” transitioned from his earthly life and gained his wings.  Roger was born Oct 16, 1933 to the late William and Margaret Smith. He was a native of Norfolk VA and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. He worked as a longshoreman and retired from ILA local 1624 in 2001 with over 35 years of service. After retirement, he was an active member of the…...

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Frances L. Revels

On Saturday, October 8, 2022, our beloved Frances L. Revels passed peacefully in her home, surrounded by loving family.  She was born in Portsmouth, VA on August 20, 1951 to the late Francis and Corrine Juniper.     She received her primary education in the Norfolk Public School System and retired as a Norfolk Public School Bus Driver, after 33 years of dedicated service. Due to her love for children, Frances later became a Norfolk…...

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Ella Mae Archer

Ella Mae Archer transitioned from this life and entered into eternal rest and peace on October 6, 2022....

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Janet Marie Heard

Janet Marie Heard, a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia, departed this life on October 9, 2022.  Janet was born on April 27, 1965 in Norfolk, Virginia to Linda Gilchrist and Raymond Heard.  She attended Kellam High School and Tidewater Community College.  She was a member of Kingdom Building Worship Center. Janet leaves to cherish her memories, mother, Linda Gilchrist (Roger), father, Raymond Heard (Brenda); brother, Colby Heard, Sr. (Merry); sisters, Christie Heard-Branigan (Marlon), Deshana Linsely…...

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Dennis Eric Hammond

After a long and valiant battle against cancer, Dennis Eric Hammond, 58, of Chesapeake, VA was called home to be with his Creator.  He was surrounded by family and friends who loved him. It was evident Dennis’ purpose while here was to serve – his family, friends, and community.  Dennis enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, departing for boot camp after graduating Indian River High School in 1982.  He served in the Marine Corps…...

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Elivira U. Ferrell

Elivira U. Ferrell passed away September 30, 2022....

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Dolores Symmes

Dolores Symmes passed away October 5, 2022....

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Monteray “Princess” Gregory

Monteray “Princess” Gregory, 61, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2022. She graduated from Lake Taylor Sr. High School and attended Norfolk State University. She worked as a warehouse clerk at Costco Wholesale for 27 years before retiring. Monteray was preceded in death by her parents Maurice and Emma Gregory and her brother Melvin. She leaves to cherish her memory; children Marquie (Jason) Cooper, Jasmine King, Robert (Logan) Brooks and Billy Waiters; grandchildren Dedric, Carter,…...

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Melvin Butch Russell

Melvin Butch Russell passed away October 7, 2022....

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Willie Lee Pierce, Jr.

Willie Lee Pierce, Jr was born in Portsmouth, VA on May 15th, 1966 to Edith Eleanor Pierce and the late Willie Lee Pierce, Sr.  He departed this life on Monday, October 3rd, 2022 at his home. Willie was educated in the Portsmouth City public schools. He received additional work training at Job Corps.  Willie was a man of many trades; including working as a handyman and serving Portsmouth as a loyal public works employee. He…...

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Luther Vincent Moore

Luther Vincent Moore passed away October 4, 2022....

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Anfernee Claude Miranda

Anfernee “Ant” Claude Miranda was born June 20, 1996 in Dangriga, Belize to Loretta Antonio Miranda and Claude Miranda. Ant was educated at James Hurst and Victory Elementary Schools, Cradock Middle School, and I. C. Norcom High School. He worked in the government sector as a U. S. Postal Service worker for over 5 years. Ant  loved working with those he’d grown to call friends. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved reading…...

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Sheila Delores Snipes

On Sunday, October 2, 2022, Sheila Delores Snipes, 72, beloved Mama, mother-in-law, aunt, sister-in-law, cousin, and friend, departed this life and went home to eternal life with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Sheila was born on January 11, 1950, to the late Alberta G. Carter, and Elige Craig, Jr., in Fayetteville, NC.  She was educated in the Fayetteville City School System where she graduated from E. E. Smith Senior High School in 1969.  Sheila…...

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Rueben Odell Sample, III

On Sunday, October 2, 2022, God called his son, Rueben Odell Sample, III home suddenly. He was born on September 27, 1980, in Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth Virginia. He was the son of Rueben Odell Sample, Jr. and Audrey Elaine Kellam Sample of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Rueben was educated through the Virginia Beach School System. He attended the following: Tallwood Elementary School, Brandon Middle School, and graduated from Tallwood High School, receiving his high school…...

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Linda S. Britt

Linda S. Britt passed away October 2, 2022....

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Norma W. Spruill

Norma W. Spruill passed away October 2, 2022....

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Albert Brown, Jr.

Albert “Billy” Brown, Jr peacefully slipped into heavenly slumber on September 30, 2022 at the Thalia Gardens Rehabilitation and Nursing Home.  He was born January 17, 1942 in Deleon Springs, FL to his late parents Albert Brown, Sr. and Roxie Ann Witherspoon. He was predeceased by his wife Erma Jean Brown and his paternal grandmother Idora Johnson who raised him and his maternal grandmother, Phaybell Jackson. Billy began his early education in Suffolk Public School…...

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Shelton Hooker

Shelton Hooker passed away September 30, 2022....

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Robert Anderson Branch, Sr.

Robert Anderson Branch, Sr. passed away October 1, 2022....

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Curtis E. Hill, Sr.

Curtis E. Hill, Sr. passed away October 2, 2022....

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Miles Elliott, II

On September 30, 2022 at his home, God in His infinite wisdom very peacefully brought to a close the earthly life of Deacon Miles Elliott, II.  Deacon Miles Elliott, II was born November 09, 1948 in Portsmouth, VA to Miles and Margaret Elliott. He is one of five children born to the Elliott’s which included his brother, Joseph and sisters, Margaret, Barbara and Carolyn.  Deacon Elliott, II is a product of the Portsmouth Public School…...

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Otinka DeShawn Bray

Otinka DeShawn Bray passed away September 28, 2022....

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Tyshawn Steven McNeil

Tyshawn Steven McNeil passed away September 27, 2022....

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Everlette Glenola McMurren

Everlette Glenola McMurren passed away September 29, 2022....

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Ray McKinley Washington

Ray McKinley Washington was born on June 5, 1963 in Franklin County, North Carolina. He entered eternal rest on September 29, 2022 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was the son of the late Mattie Bell and Milton Washington Sr., and was raised in North Carolina and attended Vance County Schools. He later joined the Job Corps where he continued his studies. He then moved to Virginia, where he resided until his passing. He was preceded in…...

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Audrey M. Shands

Audrey Elizabeth Mitchell Shands was born September 22, 1941, to the late David Mitchell Sr. & Rona V. Collins. She was predeceased by her husband Carl Sands Sr her two sons Carl Jr & Wesley Sands and her grandson Carl Gary.  Audrey affectionately known by several names; sister, mom, Papoo and Aunt Audrey attended Booker T Washington High School class of 58 where she was a majorette. In her professional life she was a dedicated…...

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Nathaniel Dawson

Nathaniel Dawson, or “Nate” as he was known by loved ones and friends, was born on August 26, 1963, in Norfolk, Virginia, to the late Rosa Lee and Willie James Dawson Sr. He departed this beautiful life on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at home.  After graduating from Lake Taylor High School, he continued higher education in California.  He served in the United States Marines Corps and United States Army for an accumulative of over 23…...

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Khalib Daniel Isaiah Sutton

Khalib Daniel Isaiah Sutton passed away September 13, 2022....

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Jeremiah Amos Coker, Jr.

Jeremiah Amos Coker, Jr. passed away September 27, 2022....

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Carl E. Spady

Carl was one of four children born on November 30, 1948 to the late Elbert C and Rosa Spady in Norfolk, Virginia. He is preceded in death by his son Eric Ventell Spady of Norfolk, Virginia and his siblings Barbara Redman, Rosa C Haynes & brother Elbert “Lee” Spady all of Philadelphia, PA. Carl departed this life on September 27th, 2022. He attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he later went on to join…...

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Martha Tucker

Martha Tucker was born to David and Elma Benyard on April 10,1936 in Smithville, Georgia. She received her wings and departed this life peacefully in her sleep September 28,2022. Although Martha loved and adored her siblings, as the slightly younger half of twin girls, she shared a divine love with her twin sister Mary. As toddlers the twins went to live with their maternal Uncle and Aunt, Frank and Maggie McCalister of Birmingham, Alabama.  At…...

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Chauncey Lee Jackson

Chauncey Lee Jackson, transitioned from this earthly life to eternal rest on September 27, 2022, with his wife and children by his side.  He was born on June 14, 1938, in Kansas City, Kansas to the late Alonzo Jackson and Sophronia Lewis.  He is predeceased in death by four brothers and one sister. Chauncey graduated from Argentine High School in Kansas City, Kansas and Jones University in Norfolk, Virginia.  He married the love of his…...

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Ronald Eugene Diggs

Ronald Eugene Diggs was born on February 24, 1967 to James and Hattie Diggs.  He was called to rest on September 26, 2022. He has 2 siblings, him being the middle child. The earlier years were spent living life with siblings and cousins who all were extremely close.  There was rarely a time when the Diggs and Watson clans were not together.  That include his graduation from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach.  He…...

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Roger Deion Hall

Roger Deion Hall passed away September 25, 2022....

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Marvin Nathaniel Parsons, Sr.

Marvin Nathaniel Parsons, Sr. passed away September 23, 2022....

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Raymond Lee Vaughan

Raymond Lee Vaughan, 90, born in Murfreesboro, NC, passed September 22, 2022 in Portsmouth, VA. After over 30 years of service, Raymond retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a Rigger from shop 72. Raymond is predeceased by his parents, Lillie B. Vaughan and Lonnie Porter. He leaves to cherish his memory, his daughter, Fosterlettia “Stuff” Ward-Crawford, cousins, extended family, neighbors and friends....

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Jerldean Brown

On Monday, September 26, 2022, Mother Jerldean Brown, surrounded by her family, gained her wings and the angels carried her to the Father’s eternal home, No more pain and No more suffering. Mother Brown was born in Newport Arkansas on March 25, 1927. She worked as a Food Service Assistant at the Naval Dining Facility where she retired after 20 years of dedicated service.    Mother Brown loved the Lord and was a faithful member…...

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Mary L. Moore

On Sunday, September 25, 2022, God sent an angel to call Mary home to be with her Heavenly Father. Mary Lillian Moore was born on March 20th, 1954. She was the daughter of the late Esau and Hattie Bethea. Mary gave her life to Christ at a young age where she was a member of First Baptist West Munden. Mary attended Norfolk Public Schools. There was nothing Mary wouldn’t do for her loved ones. She…...

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