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Kamryn M. Hodges

Kamryn M. Hodges passed away on May 2, 2020....

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Lou Ethel McBride

I sought the Lord, and He heard me and delivered me from all my fears. Lou Ethel McBride was born to the late Cora and Charlie Felton on September 8, 1940 in Edenton, North Carolina. She loved the lord and served faithfully as the Mother of her church. She attended Restoration Family worship Center for over fifteen years and loved every minute of it. Tootsie was a solider for the Lord who did not mind…...

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Sylvia C. Diggs

Sylvia Cotton Diggs was born October 31, 1955.  She is the daughter of the late Ernest Cotton and Lillie Lee Cotton. Sylvia is predeceased by her brothers Melvin Cotton Sr, Donald Ray Cotton, and sister Florence Price.  She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband Moses Diggs, three daughters Shantel Anderson, Sophia (Roy) Hudgins, Katrina Anderson, and Katrina Anderson; five grandchildren Seth Anderson, Milton Anderson, Kayla Hudgins, Desmond Hudgins and Dorian Hudgins.  She was…...

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Alice Teresa Mundy-Robins

Alice Teresa Mundy-Robins was born February 15, 1941 to the late Chester Mundy and Anna Stevens Mundy. She attended Antioch Elementary School and Bryan High School in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She worked as an Emergency Nurse in Detroit, MI for over 15 years and eventually retired as an Elementary School Teacher Assistant for the Detroit Public School System before relocating to Chesapeake, VA with her son and daughter several years later. She had been a…...

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Derwin A. Holt, Sr.

On Friday, July 10, 2020, Derwin “Derby” Holt, Sr. was called home at the age of 63. Derwin was born in Brunswick, Georgia on July 02, 1957 to James Holt and Lillian D. Holt. His parents relocated to Portsmouth, VA where he attended school. After school began working at Norshipco, then married, and had two children: Derwin, Jr. and Mary. In his later years he enjoyed working as a General Contractor. He had a passion…...

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Terence Williams

Terence Williams passed away on July 9, 2020....

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Morris T. Parker

Morris Thomas Parker of Portsmouth, Virginia entered into eternal rest on July 6, 2020. He was born to the loving union of the late Gurney Parker and Rena Lucille Parker-Laws. Morris Parker received his early childhood education from Portsmouth Public Schools. He served in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge. Morris loved his family time. He would always accept others for who they were and would make everyone he knew feel the…...

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Doris Odell Miles

Doris was born April 8, 1929 in Pitt County, North Carolina. She was born to the late John and Hattie Spain. Doris received her education in the Pitt County Public School System. She received Christ and became a member of the Sycamore Baptist Church. The Spain family moved to Norfolk, VA. She joined Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, serving on the Usher Board and as a Visitor’s Hostess.  She also was a member of the Huntersville…...

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Bennie E. Askew, Sr.

Mr. Bennie Eugene Askew, AKA, Bennie Blue was born August 25, 1942 and raised in Norfolk Va. He graduated from Booker t. Washington High School, where he played sports and grew a passion for baseball. Bennie began a career at Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock. Upon successful completion of the on the job training, he was promoted to night shift supervisor. After many years of employment, he transitioned to Colonna Shipyard where he retired. During retirement,…...

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Myrtle McCloud

Myrtle O. McCloud was called home to be with the Lord on July 17,2020. She was at home with her daughter and two of her friends when she passed after a brief illness. She was a member of Church of God in Christ for decades and an active member of Fellowship Church of God in Christ, where the Elder George W. Cook is the Pastor. Myrtle was a participant at Sentara Pace for over seventeen…...

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Sammy C. Vaughan

Franklin Virginia – Rev. Dr. Sammy C. Vaughan, 89, of Scottswood Drive, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at the South Hampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, VA with loving family by his side. He was the husband of 63 years to the late Gwendolyn E. (Maynard) Vaughan. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, but moved to Franklin, VA at an early age.  He is the son of the late…...

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Norma L. Walker

Norma L. Walker passed away on July 8, 2020....

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Raymond Eugene Deal

Raymond Eugene Deal was born April 11, 1986 to Deloris Michelle Deal and the late Raymond Eugene Smith. He attended Norfolk Public Schools; he was an honor roll student of Norview Middle School. He graduated from Granby High School with honors. He was employed with Virginia Pilot, Pizza Hut, his last place of employment was Burger King. He loved and cherished his co-workers. He leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Deloris Michelle Deal, sister,…...

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Lucille C. Brown

On the evening of July 1st, 2020, Katie Brown took up rest from this life to await the hope of the best life. Here to forever treasure her are her husband, Gene Brown Sr., son, Carlton Brown; Daughter, Francica Brown; eight grandchildren and a host of other family. Beyond the horizon somewhere where the Sunflowers & Lilies grow Katie Brown will be admiring God’s marvelous creation somewhere in a meadow Imaginative whelms of our mind’s…...

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Herbert A. Williams, Jr.

On Monday July 6, 2020 Herbert A. Williams was chosen to be part of God’s garden in heaven. Hebert was born November 11, 1930 to the late Herbert A. Williams and Doretha Williams in Portsmouth Virginia. He was with his sweetheart for 60 years Gladys Scott Williams. Dad fought in the Korean War from 1950 to 1951. He was a Bronze Star recipient and also received the Korean War Campaign Medal. He was a member…...

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Sheila Mae White

Mrs. Sheila “Ladybug”  Lucas White was born on November 22, 1954 in Norfolk County to the late Lemmon and Bertha Lucas.  Shelia was educated in Chesapeake Public School System.  In 1994, Shelia met Derrick White. It was love at first sight and they married on February 14, 1994.  They remained soulmate through twenty-six happy years of marriage. Having a love for people and a heart to serve, Shelia pursued a career as a Medical Assistant. …...

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Tysheek A. Spivey

Monday, July 6, 2020 at 1:24 AM the angel of mercy peacefully came into our midst To retrieve his own TySheek Antonio Spivey Into his eternal resting place. TySheek Was born on March 19, 1999 in Norfolk Sentara Inn Norfolk Virginia to Chaneka D. Spivey and Antonio E. Wolfe. He was the happiest child. He grew to be known as loving and strong hearted young man. As a youth, he played soccer, basketball and football…...

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Garry Bates, Jr.

Garry Linwood Bates, Jr., of Sherman Oaks, CA, passed away on the evening of Monday, June 22, 2020. The funeral service will be held at 2pm ET on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Metropolitan Funeral Home (Granby location). Reverend Floyd Bates of The Mount in Chesapeake, VA will be officiating. Visitation will be held at 11:00am ET on Saturday, July 18, 2020. The service will be live streamed the day of the funeral, on the Metropolitan Funeral…...

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Leslie Irene Stephenson

Leslie Stephenson, devoted mother, and beloved wife celebrated her journey to heaven on July 6, 2020. She was the only girl out of 5 siblings born on November 3, 1958. To the late Elizabeth Dease and William Adams in East Orange New Jersey where she graduated from East Orange High School. She then continued her career at Montclair Child Development Center as teacher for over 8 years. She later began a career as a bartender…...

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Elizabeth G. Abbott

Our Mom, Elizabeth G. Abbott, affectionately known as “LIZ” quietly and peacefully transitioned to eternal life on July 5, 2020. Mom was born on March 27,1933 to John and Bonnie Graddy in Washington, NC. She was married to Charlie L Abbott II. She was predeceased by one daughter; Geneva Edwards; two sisters and one brother. Liz worked for the City of Norfolk and Norfolk Circuit courts for more than thirty years. She was a member…...

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John L. Boone

John L. Boone, 86, departed Saturday, July 4, 2020. John L. was born to the late Steven Boone and Bessie Harris in Suffolk, Virginia. He was predeceased by his son, Thomas J. Boone and his grandson, Tyler H. Lee. John L. retired from the United States Air Force after serving his country for 20 years as a Staff Sergeant. He was also a Prince Hall Mason in the Rising Sun Lodge #2 for 44 years.…...

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O’Shia C. Young

O’Shia Chanta Young passed in the state of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, July 28, 2020 at the age of 25 years old. O’Shia is predeceased by her mother, Brenda Young, God sister, Stephanie Francis, grandfather, Shelt Rawls, uncle, Gerry Newsome. O’Shia leaves to cherish her memories, her father Renard Rawls; godparents, Ronald and Sharon Newsome; grandparents, Esther West and Dorothy Young; uncle, Rodney Newsome; aunt, NaTarsha Hasty; sister in-law, Dorothy Young; brothers, Alonzo Young, Dequan Young and…...

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X’Zavier Jhi’Shawn Roberts

X’Zavier JhiShawn Roberts was born on Saturday February 3, 2001 to Tiffany M. Roberts and James N. White at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth, Va. at 4:18 p.m.  ‘Zavier, as most called him, or ‘Zay for short, came out fist first, ready to conquer the world. As a child his energy was hard to contain. He was an adventurous soul, a daredevil and not afraid of anything, or anyone for that matter! If you were ever a client of his mother,…...

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Mason Romel Andrews

Mason Romel Andrews passed away on June 30, 2020....

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Loyce G. Jones

Mrs. Loyce Mae Gibbs Jones, daughter of the late John Edward Hope and Willie Mae Gibbs was born July 8, 1946 in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended Norfolk Public Schools and was a graduate of Norfolk State College. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Jones. Mrs. Gibbs was a teacher for Virginia Public School System for over 30 years. As a result of her generous spirit and pleasant personality, she was loved by…...

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Denerold Jebree Boone

Denerold Jee’Bree Boone, affectionately known as “Duke” or “Boobadoo”, was the son of Robin Boone Cromwell and Alton Generold Boone. Denerold was born on March 6, 1998 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. On Sunday, July 5, 2020 our son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin and friend made a peaceful transition into eternal life. Denerold completed most of his education in Portsmouth Public Schools. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School where he loved his drafting design and…...

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George Theodore Granberry, Jr.

George Theodore Granberry, Jr. passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020. He was born in Norfolk, VA to the late Elsie W. Speaks and George Theodore Granberry, Sr on August 30, 1947. George loved and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an Oakland Raiders fan, New York Yankees fan, and Boston Celtics. He loved watch sports and watching Sanford and Son. He was preceded in death by his brother, Anthony Granberry. Left to cherish…...

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Cheryl L. Ascencio

Cheryl Lynette Ascencio, known to many as Lynette, was born on August 10th 1959 in Suffolk, Virginia to Bertha (Brown) Artis and Sylvester Thorpe, Jr. She traveled between Virginia and New York during her upbringing. She graduated from Norman Thomas High School in New York, New York in 1977. She went on to start a career in accounting that would take her to multiple places throughout her lifetime. Lynette was a woman of faith and…...

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Melvin Clifton Vaughan

Melvin C. Vaughan went home to be with God on July 2, 2020. Melvin died peacefully in his home. Melvin graduated from Wilson High School. Melvin was a Security Officer for 15 years. He enjoyed working with people. Melvin always had a smile on his face and was a fun loving person. He was a member of the Mt. Nebo R.Z.U.A. Church for over 20 years. He served God with gladness. He was president of…...

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Portia Winborne

Portia Ann Winborne, known to her family and friends as “Po-Po” and “Turkey Chops” was the third child of Essie Johnson – Gibbs and the late MacArther Winborne Sr. She was born in Portsmouth, VA on November 16, 1969. She was called home to be with her heavenly father on June 28, 2020. Portia received Christ as her personal savior at an early age. She was a member of Macedonia Church in Woodbury, NJ. She…...

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Anthony K. Harrell

Anthony was born on April 6,1979 to Deacon George Clifford and Catherine Harrell. Anthony excepted Christ at an early age and would be seen with his father Deacon George Harrell in church. He often rode the church van driven by his father Deacon Harrell transporting any and everyone who wanted to attend services. Anthony attended the Norfolk Public Schools graduating from Booker T. Washington High School. Anthony was offered a full football scholarship to attend…...

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Willie Patrick Dixon

In the quietness of the early morning of July 5, 2020, Willie Patrick Dixon went to meet his Lord and Savior. There comes a time in this life when we all must say “Goodbye” but faith, love, hope and trust will never die. Willie was a native of Norfolk, Virginia for 63 years, he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1975. He was born to the late Rev. Herbert Perry Dixon, Sr. and…...

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Antonia S. Everett

Antonia “Tony” Sharome Everett passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the age of 34 years. Tony was a skilled subcontractor, tradesman, furniture designer and builder; and animal lover with a huge heart and smile to match. He had a distinctive laugh, infectious charm, and an adventurous spirit. He is preceded in death by his father, Preston Everett, his grandfather, Cecil Perry and his great- grandmother, Bessie Gordon. Tony will be forever remembered…...

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Julius C. Darden, Jr.

Julius C. Darden, Jr, affectionately known as Butch, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 27, 2020. He was born on April 18, 1951 to the late Julius C. Darden, Sr and Odessa Hamlin Darden, at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Veronica “Ronnie” Freeman. He was a 1968 graduate of George Washington Carver High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. He enlisted into the United States…...

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Calvin Leon Sanders, Jr.

Calvin Leon Sanders, Jr. passed away on July 2, 2020....

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Malia A. Simon

Malia Alanda Simon Sunrise: June 9, 2020 Sunset: June 28, 2020   Malia Alanda Simon was granted her angel wings on June 28, 2020. Her final days were spent surrounded by family that Malia had touched in some way throughout her short, yet very memorable life. Malia’s life would seem too short to many. But those who were touched by her understood that the quality of her existence would be challenging but her time with…...

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Meta Thomas

Meta Etta Thomas, affectionetely called “Me-et”, wwas born to the late General and Rosa Parker on June 20,1921 in Windsor, NC. She was raised and educated in Bertie County. Meta worked for many years as a domestic worker and care giver for numerous children , all have remained in touch until her passing. In her youth she was an active member of Sandy Point Baptist Church until she moved to Virginia. In 1951 she moved…...

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Frank A. Elms

Frank Anthony Elms heard the Master’s call and followed him to glory on July 1, 2020 after a short illness. He was born in Norfolk County to the late Elenora and Frank E. Elms. After completing high school, he was a master welder and CDL truck driver for many years. At an early age, he received Christ and attended Third Baptist Church. He became a member of Calvary Revival and served faithfully until his health…...

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Alvin Kiah Jones

On June 29, 2020, Alvin Kiah Jones was called to be with the Lord. He was a native of Norfolk, Va. He was the son of the late Patrick and Blanche Jones. Alvin Jones Attended Booker T. Washington High School. He was employed for 47 years at Norshipco, now BAE Systems. Alvin was the supervisor of the Labor Department. He was preceded by his sister, Blanche Jones and son, Alvin Jones, Jr. He leaves to…...

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Charles L. Wilson, Jr.

Charles Leroy Wilson, Jr (Chuck or Charlie) was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 7, 1957 to Henrietta Vaughn Haywood and the late Charles Leroy Wilson, Sr. He transitioned this life on June 27, 2020 at Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital. On October 7, 1989, Chuck married the love of his life, Debra Gore, in Reidsville, North Carolina. Chuck and Deb were married for over 30 years. To this union, God blessed them with two wonderful…...

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Jean T. Jones

On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, our beloved Mom, Jean Teresa Parker Jones entered eternal rest. She was born in Norfolk, VA, May 6, 1948 to the late Mary Parker Jones and Randolph Fitchett. She was educated in Norfolk Public Schools. She was employed with Peter Decker Law Firm for 30 years. She retired from the government after 10 years of employment. She leaves to cherish her memory 4 children, Jonita Wiggins (Henry Wiggins), Kenneth Parker…...

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Victor Eugene Edwards

Victor Eugene Edwards passed away on March 27, 2020....

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Clara Lee Berry

Clara Lee Berry passed away on July 1, 2020....

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Jacqueline P. Norris

Jacqueline P. “Jackie” Norris was called home June 29, 2020 at her home in Chesapeake,Va.. While her passing was a shock to her family and friends, the Lord’s plan was already set. Jackie was born April 15,1958 in New York, NY to the late Johnny Williams and Madie Williams Oxendine. Raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and Charlotte Court House, Virginia. Jackie attended the North Carolina and Virginia public school systems. She continued her education…...

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Villa E. Quiteles

Villa E. Quiteles passed away June 28, 2020....

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Michael Cherry

Michael Cherry passed away on June 25, 2020....

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Elizabeth M. Blunt

Elizabeth M. Blunt passed away on June 26, 2020....

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Michael Eugene Elliott

Michael Eugene Elliott, 61, affectionally known as “Big Mike”, transitioned from earth to eternal life on June 25, 2020. Michael was the fourth child born to the late Robert and Mildred Elliott on August 22, 1958 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was educated in the Portsmouth Public School system and played football for I.C. Norcom High School, before graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1979. Michael was a member of First Baptist Elm Ave under the…...

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Antonio Lee Harbison

Antonio Lee Harbison passed away on June 25, 2020....

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Lynessia Yvette Gaddy

Lynessia Yvette Gaddy or “Sweetie” as she was affectionately known by family & friends was born on February 20,1965. She held a management position at Sam’s Club & attended Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Virginia. As a child she earned the nickname “Sweetie” from her uncle because she would often crawl around in her oversized pajamas resembling the Sweetpea character in Popeye cartoons. Sweetie definitely lived up to her name, never hesitating to lend a…...

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