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Kelvin Fox

Kelvin Fox passed away July 14, 2022....

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Douglas Street, Sr.

Mr. Douglas Street (67) was the son of the (late) Lillie Mae Street Hardy. He was born on August 11, 1954 in Brooklyn, New York. Douglas departed the land of the living peacefully in his home on August 6, 2022. Mr. Street worked at Photos on Wheels, Virginia Beach, VA for 3 years and Brass Pawn Shop, Norfolk, VA for over 10 years. He was a member of Sanctuary of Hope Church, Portsmouth, VA for…...

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Thomas Bernard Hasty, Sr.

Thomas Bernard Hasty, Sr. passed away August 9, 2022....

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Elaine Bryant

On Sunday, August 7, 2022, a loving companion, sister, aunt, and friend was called home by our Heavenly Father. Elaine Bryant was born in Franklin, VA on July 27, 1952, to Dorothy Grimes and the late Oliver Cowan. Elaine attended public schools in Como, NC before moving to Portsmouth, VA.  After 30 years of service, Elaine retired from HRT as a bus driver. Elaine did not have any children of her own, but thought of…...

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Johnnie Bell Dandridge

“Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the…...

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Kendal Jermaine Goode

Kendal Jermaine Goode was born on June 16, 1972 to Janice Goode and Samuel Ricks. Kendal and his younger sister, Kimberly, were raised by their loving and supportive parents, Janice and Olanders Benjamin, in Chesapeake, VA.  Kendal started cutting his own hair when he was just 14, teaching his sister how to edge him up in the back before quickly mastering it on his own. By 16, he had established a clientele, regularly cutting hair…...

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Danielle T. Rivers

On Sunday, August 7, 2022, our beloved Danielle Theresa Rivers entered into the blessedness of external rest surrounded by her Family. She was born On January 13, 1935 in Portsmouth Virginia to her parents Georgianna Copeland and James Simpson.  She was married for 70 years to her sweetheart George M. Rivers Sr.  She is also preceded in death by her parents and her Son, George M, Rivers, Jr. And her brother Leonard D. Haywood. She attended Our Lady of Victory and Immaculate Conception…...

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Gloria Jean Craig

Gloria Jean Craig passed away August 6, 2022....

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Darrell Lee Daniels

On August 4, 2022, we were told that our beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend had departed this physical life for his heavenly home.   Darrell was a very loving, comical, strong man of God.  He had recently received the Lord as his savior.  He genuinely loved all of his family so much and will be deeply missed. Darrell Lee Daniels was born March 12, 1977 to his mother, Barbara Daniels in Norfolk,…...

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Halona Virginia Gorham-Collins

Halona was the daughter of Joseph Warren, Barrett Jr., (Army Vet, deceased) and Joann Gorham- Richardson (Raymond). She was predeceased by her grandparents, Virginia and Joseph Warren Barrett, Sr., Elnora and Lyman, Sr. She leaves to cherish a legacy of love and hope to her beloved son, Najah Joseph Collins; sisters, Tempest Hyman (Maurice), Asia I. Gorham and SherNita Barrett-McFarlin (Rodney); aunt, Ms. Linda Gorham; uncle, Marvin Gorham; four nephews, Travonta, Marquis, Terrell Andrews and…...

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Bertha W. Jackson

On Sunday, August 7, 2022, Bertha W. Jackson, 94, was called home to be with the Lord. She peacefully transitioned at her home in Chesapeake, Virginia with her daughter, Valerie, by her side. Bertha was the devoted daughter of the late Oscar and Lacey Woods.  Bertha was born on June 11, 1928. A native of Princess Anne County Virginia, Bertha attended grade school at Pleasant Ridge School for Black Children. She started her work career…...

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Willie James Harris

Willie James Harris, born January 7, 1966, in Norfolk, Virginia, attended Norfolk Public Schools. In everything he put his mind to, Willie was a hard worker. He was so proud that he earned his GED and he was a very gifted contracted painter. He prided himself in his work. He worked for many painting companies over the years, until he succumbed to his illnesses. To know Willie is to love Willie. “Junebug,” as he was…...

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Annie Mae Flythe

Annie Mae Flythe passed away August 1, 2022....

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Annie Louise Spruill

Annie Louise Spruill passed away August 6, 2022....

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Elder Fred Julious Long

Elder Fred Julious Long was born October 6, 1933 in North Carolina. He was the son of the late Rufus Long and Mary Howard. After being educated in North Carolina, he became a skilled carpenter and machine operator, working various jobs. Elder Fred accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age. As he learned of Him, his love for the Lord grew. It was evident in his service to the Body…...

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Vernell Skinner Augustus

On August 6, 2022 Vernell P. Augustus completed her walk in this world. Vernell P. Augustus was born Vernell Lupino Skinner on April 30, 1949 to the late William and Pauline Skinner of Norfolk, VA. Being the youngest of four children Vernell grew up in the old Liberty Park section of Norfolk. The family later moved to Campostella Heights when Vernell was a freshman at Maury High School. Vernell received her associates degree from Maryland…...

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Gloria A. Palmer

Gloria A. Palmer passed away August 5, 2022....

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Joyce Ann Cross

Joyce Ann Cross was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend. She transitioned to be with our Lord and Savior on August 2, 2022 at the tender age of 75. Joyce Ann was born on March 7, 1947 to her beloved parents Odell and Moses Haskins in Norfolk, Virginia. As a teenager, Joyce attended Booker T. Washington high school. She worked in the food industry before becoming a childcare provider. Joyce…...

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Malkym T. Watkins

Malkym Tyreke Watkins transitioned from this life on August 2nd, 2022. Malkym, or “Mal Mal”, as he was affectionately called by his family, was born June 12, 2000, to Shawnetta Dennis, in Nassawadox, Virginia. As a young child, Malkym took interest in sports; particularly football and wrestling, being a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the WWE. Even at a young age, you could find Malkym being a friend to the friendless. He loved…...

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Dominic Antoine Rouse

Dominic A. Rouse was called by his heavenly Father to eternal life on Wednesday, August 3, 2022. He was born June 29, 1988 in Norfolk, VA to John Pamp (deceased) and Joan Scoggins. He was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and special friend. When Dominic stepped into the room it was ignited with love, joy & happiness. His heart was pure and filled with gratitude. He left such precious memories with…...

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David Sims

David Sims, son of the late Willie Sims and Lela Houston was born July 4, 1940, in Jackson, South Carolina. At the age of 2 years old he moved to Augusta, Georgia where he attended the public schools of Richmond County and was a graduate of Lucy C. Laney High School. Where he was an outstanding student and basketball player. Upon graduation, David moved to Syracuse, New York where he met and fell in love…...

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Louis Darnell Barnes

Louis D. Barnes was a very nice guy. He loved to have a good time with his family and lending a helping hand to his neighbors. At an early age he was taught the meaning of love and having a relationship with God.  Louis attended Norfolk public schools and was a graduate of Granby High School. He attended Old Dominion University and later enlisted into the United States Army. Louis worked for several companies that…...

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Joseph Burke Smith, Sr.

Joseph Burke Smith, an Army and Coast Guard Reserve Veteran and life-long resident of Norfolk, Virginia passed away on August 3, 2022, at the age of 69 after an on-going battle with cancer. Joseph is survived by his six children, 5 daughters:Tusenia Bland, Latana Rogers, Melethia Pittman, Josette Smith and Retina Smith and 1 son Joseph Smith Jr.  He also leaves behind 9 sisters and 4 brothers: Teresa Smith, Yvonne Smith, Denise Smith, Michelle Smith,…...

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Roberta Lyles

Roberta Lyles-Hankins, our beloved mother, wife, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, departed this life on Tuesday, August 2nd at 10:30 am. Roberta was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. She retired from Navy Lodge NEX where she worked for over 20 years. She also worked for Chow Hall on the Norfolk Base for many years. She enjoyed spending time with family, laughing, listening to music, dancing, and watching CNN. She was a joy to have…...

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Tiaria Nykesha Williams

Tiaria Nykesha Williams passed away July 31, 2022....

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Dora Marie Kearney

Dora Marie Kearney departed this life peacefully on July 30, 2022. Our almighty God wrapped his arms around our beloved Dora and carried her into eternal rest. Dora was born to Geraldine Kearney and Glenn Baker on February 27, 1989. Dora was educated in the Norfolk and Hampton Public School Systems. Dora had a love for children, and a passion for music. She loved to show off her singing skills to her family, and anyone…...

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D’Vurille Donyelle Bailey

D’Vurille Donyelle Bailey passed away July 31, 2022....

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Melissa D. Sims

Melissa Sims left us on August 1, 2022 at the age of 56 with her family by her side. Melissa was born September 10, 1965, in Norfolk, VA to Dorothy and Clifton Fentress.  Melissa worked many years as a City of Norfolk Sheriff and retired as a Corporal at the age of 50. Her hobbies and interests included spending time with family and friends, traveling, football,(Dallas Cowboys) card playing, and being the life of the party.…...

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Norvis Lamarr Dabney

“Don’t think of her as gone away, her journey’s just begun. Life holds so many facets, this earth is only one. Just think of her as resting from the sorrows and the tears. In a place of warmth and comfort where there is no more days and years. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today, how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. Think of her as living in the…...

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Ellen Maronica Porter

Ellen Maronica “Pache” Porter went home to the Lord on August 2, 2022. She was born in the Hattonsville section of Portsmouth to Evelyn Boone Porter and James H. Porter, Sr. on October 11, 1962. She was the youngest of 12 siblings. Her mother passed away in 1964 when she was only 18 months old, and so her upbringing was mostly shaped by her older sisters. This positioned her to not only be the “fun aunt” but…...

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Demetriz Deshon Chatman

Demetriz Deshon Chatman, Sr, affectionately known as “Meatman”, 35, passed away in the early hours of July 30th, 2022 in Norfolk, VA. Demetriz was born January 17, 1987 at DePaul Hospital to Lawrence Edward Chatman, Sr and Elsie Elizabeth White who have gone before him to make room in Heaven. The tenth of 13 children, Demetriz grew up surrounded by a very large family. However, any cousin or friend that spent a day in the…...

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Anthony Darnell Sparrow

Anthony Darnell Sparrow, later known as Askia, the son of Robena Holley-Mangum and Elijah Holloman Jr., was born on July 5, 1965, in the city of Norfolk, Virginia. Throughout his childhood, Anthony spent most of his time playing basketball, football, and track for local youth sports teams and was one of the few Black children in his area to also play baseball. He was known for using his wit to outsmart the competition. His love,…...

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Emma M. Elliott

On the morning of Tuesday, July 26, 2022 our mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Emma Mae Elliott (Peaches) was peacefully called to eternal rest. She was born in Norfolk (Virginia) on September 1, 1949, to the late Herbert Osborne and Emma Spratley of Surry County (Virginia). Emma graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and then worked for J.H. Miles & Company for 35 years from which she retired. She married the love of…...

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Richard Lee Hardy

Richard Lee Hardy passed away July 28, 2022....

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Arthur L. Whitfield

Arthur L. Whitfield passed away July 28, 2022....

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Doris L. Spencer

Doris L. Spencer (Patterson) departed this life on July 29, 2022, at her daughter’s home, surrounded by loved ones.  She was predeceased by her husband, James W. Spencer, parents, Benjamin and Esther Patterson, sons, Prentice Spencer and Robert Brown, siblings, Lilia & Earl Patterson, son in laws, Cleodis Johnson and Darnell Spencer, granddaughters, Danesha Spencer and Bethany Clemons and grandson, Willie F. Clemons Jr. (Frankie).  Doris was born on October 1, 1931, in Norfolk, VA…...

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Marilyn L. Moss

Marilyn L. Moss passed away July 29, 2022....

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Marvin Butts

Marvin “Balley” Butts was born in Norfolk, VA on June 17, 1952. He was raised in the Berkley area of Norfolk. In his early 20’s, he moved to Portsmouth VA, and lived there for over 22 years before returning to Norfolk. Marvin had a good life, loved people, loved his family and they loved him. He enjoyed listening to old R &B music, watching TV westerns and game shows. Marvin also spent time enjoying activities…...

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Ervin Leon Williams

Ervin Leon Williams passed away August 1, 2022....

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Pamela L. Reynolds

Pamela was born Pamela Lenett Reynolds, August 30, 1970 to the parents of Mary Wesley Johnson and the late Charles Edward Reynolds, in East Meadow, New York.   Pamela attended Hempstead High School in Hempstead, New York.  She moved to Talladega, Alabama and worked for Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga, Alabama.  She moved to Virginia in 2010 where she resided until her death.   She leaves to mourn her memory, her mother, Mary and…...

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Addie Lee Felton

Addie Lee Felton passed away July 26, 2022....

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Wadell Scott

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30 Wadell Scott was called home to be with the Lord, our Savior on July 27, 2022. He was born June 10, 1954…...

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John Everett Smith

John Everett Smith was born January 11, 1935, to Reverend Richard Warner Smith and Martha Alberta Gayle Smith in Gloucester County, VA.  John graduated from high school at Gloucester Training School in 1952.  After graduation, he attended Norfolk State College (Little State). In 1955 John joined the United States Air Force and served until 1959. Following his military duty, he married the love of his life, Maryland Isabell Ellis on the 23rd of January,1960. From…...

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Carrie B. Hardy

Carrie B. Hardy passed away July 27, 2022....

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James Campbell, Jr.

James Campbell, Jr. passed away July 26, 2022....

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James A. Parker

On Wednesday, July 27, 2022, God called James A. Parker of Chesapeake, VA home to rest. James, affectionately known as Jimmy, was born on August 25, 1954, to the late Beulah Parker Terry and Charles Myers. Jimmy was educated in the Chesapeake Public School System. He later went on to serve in the Army from 1973 to 1977.  After serving in the Army, he started his career at Norfolk Naval Shipyard as an Insulator in…...

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Ada Olivia Boyette

Life Reflections Ada O. Boyette transitioned life on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 surrounded by loved ones. She was the youngest child born to Preston Dupree and Ada Diggins Dupree.   She was born in Pitt County, Fountain Township, N.C. where she was educated in the Pit County public school system.  She relocated to Norfolk Virginia in 1943; caught the eye of a wonderful gentleman caller Daniel Winfred and was married in the year of 1945. …...

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Anthony Lee Thomas

Anthony Lee Thomas passed away July 27, 2022....

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Larry Debreaux, Sr.

Larry Debreaux, Sr. passed away July 26, 2022....

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Johnnie M. Smith

On Saturday, July 23, 2022, the Lord called home the soul of His child, our dear mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, aunt and friend Johnnie Mae Smith. Johnnie Mae was born February 9, 1929 to the late Patty and Johnny Green in Margarettsville, NC. She was an avid caterer and operated a catering service with her partner, Ethel Morgan, for 25+ years. She was also one of the proprietors of Tic Tock Kindergarten.…...

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