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Georgia L. Thompson

Georgia Lee (Sweet Thing) Thompson, 86, of Portsmouth, Virginia, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She was born to the late Edward A and Hazel Mae Coston on November 15, 1933 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Georgia’s sweet nature and always wearing a cheerful smile earned her the nickname ‘Sweet Thing.’ She was a graduate of I.C. Norcom High School where she enjoyed playing on the basketball team. During her…...

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Rosetta Louise Moore

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7 On Monday, February 24, 2020, the Lord prepared a special place for a phenomenal wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.  Angels escorted her to God’s Kingdom to be made whole. Rosetta (Rose) L. Moore was born November 12, 1956 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Susie Lee Overton and Morris Overton.  She was educated…...

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Melvin Osborne

It was on February 25, 2020 that an angel walked over the earth with a silent prayer and took our beloved Melvin Osborne. He leaves to mourn his wife, JoAnn Osborne, daughter, Nadene Chambers, his siblings, John Whitfield (Carolyn), Sylvia Carroll, Dorothy Carroll, Joyce Clark, his stepchildren, Wilette Gray, Elaine Byrd, Edward Byrd Jr. and Pauline B. (Allen) also a host of nieces and nephews. Melvin was a truck driver that moved military families. For…...

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Geraldine Wise Johnson

On June 29 ,1949, Geraldine Patience Wise entered this world to the late Mamie and Claude Wise, Sr. From then on her  enure here on earth was with many events. Her education was received in the County of Accomack through the public school system. She continued her education at Norfolk State University (NSU) where she studied business. It was at NSU that her friendships continued to grow to the long-lasting friendships with those who knew…...

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Valerie Jean Miles

God in his infinite wisdom, called Valerie Jean Miles from labor to reward on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, Valerie (affectionately called Jean) age 64 was the 3rd child of 9 children born to Meredith and Eva Miles on March 10, 1955 in Norfolk, VA. Valerie was a friendly person full of life with a keen knack for coordinating colors. She loved everything to match. She also loved her family and all she came in contact…...

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Vernessa Yvonne Eason-Tillery

Vernessa Yvonne Eason-Tilllery, 65, entered the loving arms of Jesus Christ on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Sentara Virginia Beach General. Born, December 20, 1954 in Norfolk, County, Vernessa was a long-time resident of Chesapeake, VA.  She was a loving, kind, generous woman whose charismatic personality touched all who encountered her. Vernessa was equally dedicated to her church family and her job for 45 years at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. She is predeceased by her…...

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Arthur Smith, Sr.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.   Revelations 21:4 Arthur Smith Sr., also known as Big Smitty and Bishop, departed this life February 24, 2020 in the comfort of his home of over 40 years on Mains Creek Rd in Chesapeake, VA.  He was born on February…...

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Mark Leary

Mark Anthony Leary was born, November 12, 1981 in the city of Norfolk. Mark loved playing basketball, his PlayStation with friends and spending as much time as he could with family. Mark was a loveable person and he did the best he could by making everyone smile. He left to be with God on February 18, 2020 and leaves behind his mother, Tracy Leary (Norfolk); three brothers, Jose Leary (Lindora) of Norfolk, Roosevelt Leary (Sherita)…...

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William Whitaker, Jr.

William Whitaker, Jr. passed away on February 22, 2020....

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Dennis Jay James

Dennis Jay James passed away on February 23, 2020....

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Tione T. Harris

On February 21, 2020 our Beloved Tione T. Harris, 40 unexpectedly left the earthly realm to ascend into our Lord’s loving arms. Tione leaves to cherish his memories mother, Elaine Harris Whitney; two sisters, Shawonna Harris and Majorie Taitano; three brothers, Shawn Taitano, Devin Taitano and Charles Scott. Tione leaves to forever remember and cherish their time together ~ six heartbeats on earth ~ five beautiful daughters, Tiona Richardson, Yolanda Richardson, Tiyonnie Turner, Kaleya Banks…...

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John Dewayne Alston

John Dewayne Alston passed away on February 21, 2020....

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Gladys Joyner Holmes

In the early morning of Sunday, February 23, 2020 an angel of the Lord wrapped his loving arms around Gladys Joyner Holmes and carried her home. Born on December 23, 1936 in Princess Anne County (Virginia Beach), Virginia; Gladys was the daughter of the late Ananias Joyner and Georgia Whitmore Joyner. She was raised in the Bur-ton Station community and attended schools in Princess Anne County. She attended the United House of Prayer For All…...

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Marine S. Tatem

On February 22, 2020, Marine Smith Tatem, departed this life for eternal rest.  She was born on July 28, 1930 in Creswell, North Carolina to the late Ella Spencer Smith and John Smith.  She married Leonard Tatem in 1948 and, from this union, nine children were born.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her oldest daughter, Rosa L. Bond; her brothers, Henry and Thad Smith and two great grandsons, Jomon Quillar and Torian…...

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Sam Anthony, Jr.

Sam Anthony, Jr. passed away on February 1, 2020....

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Emily Teresa Holmes

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  Timothy 2:7 On Thursday, February 20, 2020, the Lord prepared a special space for a phenomenal mother, grandmother, wife, sister and friend.  Angels escorted her to God’s Kingdom to be made whole. Emily Teresa Holmes was born August 26, 1963 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Emily and Milton Parson.  She was educated in Norfolk Public Schools and graduated…...

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Lizzie Marie Reid

Lizzie Marie Reid passed away on February 21, 2020....

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Cynthia D. Sykes

On the evening of February 17,2020 at the age of 57, Cynthia Sykes was lying in her bed at Virginia Beach General Hospital looking in her daughter’s eyes while holding her hand as she was called home to be with the Lord. She was born on May 22,1962 in Portsmouth, VA to Arthur Teartt (deceased) and Sylvia Teartt. Cynthia was an amazing daughter who loved her parents dearly. She was preceded in death by her…...

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Christian Mykell Wallace

Christian Mykell Wallace passed away on February 16, 2020....

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Cameron Tremayne Jackson

Our beloved Cameron “Bubba” or “Gwalla” entered into eternal rest on Saturday, February 15, 2020. He attended Norfolk and Virginia Beach Public Schools and Tidewater Community College. Early in life, he developed an interest in the Hip Hop Culture and became an inspiring artist, expressing his own lyrics and persona. He will always be remembered for his charismatic personality, his desire and contributions to music by his family and friends. Cameron leaves to cherish his…...

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Roland Vann Bagby

Roland Vann Bagby, 87, of the 700 block of Malbon Ave. passed away on February 15, 2020 in Chesapeake, VA. He was born in Norfolk, VA on December 9, 1932 to the late Roland Eugene Bagby and Pinkie Ann Bagby. He was also predeceased by his sister, Delores James and brother Lloyd Bagby. Roland was a 1951 graduate of B.T. W. in Norfolk, VA. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA.…...

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Bridie Stokes

Bridie Rodgers Stokes, born on April 10, 1927, departed this earthly life surrounded by family into eternal rest on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. She was one of twelve children born to the late Robert Rodgers, Sr. and Armecia Boone Rodgers of Norfolk County, which is now known as the City of Norfolk. She was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and she also retired from Norfolk Public Schools after working for over 20 faithful…...

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Efrin Darnell Wheatt

Efrin Darnell Wheatt passed away February 14, 2020....

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Thomas Copeland

Thomas Copeland passed away on February 14, 2020....

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Lillian Tillery Wiggins

Lillian Tillery Wiggins passed away on February 17, 2020....

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Thomas E. Hill, Sr.

Thomas E. Hill was born in Whaleyville, VA. He went to Southwestern High School in Holland, and after school, he relocated to New Haven, CT. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and worked as a supervisor at a warehouse. He relocated back to Virginia and resided in Portsmouth, VA until his departure. He like to drag race, and play poker with his friends. He also liked sitting outside in his yard, which he…...

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Delores Clayter

Delores Clayter, age 62, went home to be with our Lord on Friday, February 14, 2020 in Chesapeake, Virginia. She was the loving wife of Michael Clayter for the last 40 years. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Michael Jerome Clayter (Laurel, Maryland) and Durrell Jarric Clayter (Hagerstown, Maryland) and one granddaughter, Kalayah Clayter. She was looking forward to the impending arrival of a grandson. She also leaves behind her…...

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Delvine J. Mack

Delvine J. Mack passed away February 16, 2020....

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Barbara Jones Ruffin

Barbara Ann 70, transitioned peacefully at Chesapeake General Hospital on Friday, February 14, 2020 after and extended illness. Affectionately known as “BJ” Barbara was born on January31, 1950 in Norfolk, Virginia to Vivian L. Cooper Morring and the late Henry C. Cooper. She was the oldest of seven girls and was preceded by death by two sons and a grandson, Derrick Thomas, Sr. and Thomas Jr. respectively. Barbara graduated from Booker T. Washington night school…...

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Beulah Virginia Kingsberry

Beulah Virginia Kingsberry passed away on February 14, 2020....

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Helen M. Hawkins

Helen M. Hawkins passed away on February 8, 2020....

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Ernestine Cambron

Heaven’s gates were opened to receive an angel, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Ernestine “Tine” Cambron 77, entered into eternal life. She was born in Emporia, Virginia on January 8, 1943. She was the daughter of the late Willie Mitchell and Pleasant V. Mitchell. She was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System where she graduated from I.C. Norcom High School in 1965 with the ambition of becoming a…...

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Vernedia Arrington

On Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Mother Vernedia Arrington was called home to be with the Lord. She was born November 7, 1945 to the late Viola White and John Lindsey. Mother Arrington attended Princess Anne County Public schools and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Afterward she attended Keys Business College. Mother Arrington worked at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital as a Radiology Receptionist for 38 years and retired in 2014. She was a sales…...

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Kaylyn Victoria Garrett

Kaylyn Victoria Garrett passed away on February 11, 2020....

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Ernesto Crespo, Jr.

Ernesto Crespo, Jr. was born in Hartford Connecticut on June 22, 1967. He is the son of Manuel R. Perry and Isabel M. Perry. Ernesto is predeceased by his son, Ernesto W.P. Crespo, his uncle, Daniel Varela and his grandparents Juan Varela and Flora Varela. Ernesto is survived by his wife, Yvonne Pabe; father, Manuel R. Perry; mother, Isabel M. Perry; daughter, Sybil Crespo; son, Lorenzo Crespo-Rossillon; sisters, Liz M. Crespo and Sayla Varela; daughter-in-law,…...

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Edward Leon McRae

Edward Leon McRae passed away on February 11, 2020....

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Valdemar E. Abraham

Valdemar E. Abraham passed away on February 6, 2020....

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Brandon Wendell Thatch

The Life’s Journey of Brandon Wendell Thatch Brandon Wendell Thatch, son of Brenda J. Thatch and John B. Kelly, was born on September 29, 1970, in Norfolk, Virginia. Our beloved Brandon, who was affectionately known as Putt-Putt, peacefully departed this life in the early morning hours of Monday, February 10, 2020, in his sleep. Putt-Putt is a graduate of Norview High School, Class of ‘89, where he played on the football team and developed a…...

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George Washington Warren

George “Buck” Warren, 85, passed away peacefully in Norfolk, VA. He was a member of The Garden of Prayer. George leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife, Margaret Warren; daughters, Brenda Oliver, Sandra Brown, Carolyn Clanton (Clarence), Shelia Murphy (Cassius) and Sharon Shelton (Wayne); sister, Laura Davis; brothers, Howard, Melvin and Nathaniel Warren; 7 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren....

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Willie E. Spencer, Jr.

Willie E. Spencer Jr., 72, was called home by his Heavenly Father Sunday February 9, 2020 at the Hampton, VA Veterans Hospital. Willie was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He served a great deal of his life and experiences in the US Navy. He loved to travel, wear jazzy suits, go to church, listen to music and eat exotic foods but his favorite was “Fried Chicken!” Willie was predeceased by his formal wife (Annie) and his…...

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Catherine Odessa Harper

Catherine Odessa Harper passed away on February 7, 2020....

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Price T. Leach, Jr.

On Saturday, Feb 8, 2020, Price Tucker Leach Jr. 65 transitioned from labor to reward. He was the only son born (December 9, 1954) to the late Price Tucker Leach Sr. and Frances Leach. Price was formally educated in Portsmouth Public School System where he graduated from I.C. Norcom High School. He attended Norfolk State University and later pursued a career and retired from US Army as well as the Naval Air Station after 41…...

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Rosa Benton

Rosa E. Benton, Better known as Ms. Rosa was born in New Jersey on April 9, 1954. She was a resident of the Hampton Roads area. She attended Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk. She settled in Portsmouth to raise her family. Rosa is survived by her children; Shaccora Benton, Michael Benton (Denica Benton), Umika Benton, Latonya Benton, Jermaine Benton and her grandchildren; Cardijah Benton, Tykera Benton, Makayla Trusty, Jashon Miller, Alisha Trusty, Miasya Williams,…...

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Theodore Roosevelt Ruffin

Theodore Roosevelt Ruffin, 100 years old a World War II Veteran, passed away suddenly on February 7, 2020. He was born on January 28, 1920 in Lewiston, N.C. to the Late Ed Ruffin and Daisy Smallwood. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Ruffin. He leaves to cherish his memory; six children, thirty-three grandchildren, sixty-nine great- grandchildren and thirteen great-great grandchildren....

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Bertha Arlene Turner

Bertha A. Turner was called to rest on February 6, 2020 at her home of 48 years, 1505 Selden Ave. Norfolk, VA. She was born May 2, 1950, in Chesapeake, VA (Crestwood). Arlene attended public school in Chesapeake, VA. She worked at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for 43 years and was retired for 5 years. She is predeceased by her parents, Willie Blow, Sr. and Nina lee Blow. Her memory will be cherished by her…...

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Mary Emma Wood

Our beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, Mary Emma Williams-Wood, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 3, 2020. She was born in Snow Hill, North Carolina. She was the daughter of the late John Williams and Emma Braswell-Williams. She relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, and married her late husband Charlie Wood.Mary Wood was a devoted mother and grandmother. She was the rock of her family. Mary worked diligently to provide for her family. She…...

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Liane Coppola

Liane Coppola passed away February 5, 2020.  ...

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Emily Simmons Hendrick

Emily Simmons Hendrick 92, passed peacefully, February 5, 2020 in Norfolk, VA.  Emily was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she was a church school teacher, church school superintendent, member of the hospitality and adult mission.  Emily is predeceased by her parents, Walter and Cora Simmons; sisters, Walterlee Lee and Havannah Morton. Emily leaves to cherish her memories, a daughter, Carolyn Hendrick Elliott; son, Plummer Hendrick, Jr. (Eva); sister, Cora Sutton; grandchildren,…...

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Ray Hamilton Dozier

Peacefully on Tuesday evening February 4, 2020, Ray H. Dozier eased into eternal rest. He was born March 12, 1952 to the late Deacon Columbus Dozier Sr. and Beatrice Dozier in Norfolk, VA. Ray joined Weeping Mary Baptist Church at a very young age through Baptism. He would often sit with the Senior Choir and sing along with his father. After getting back to the house on some Sundays you would find him mocking the…...

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Brenda Gail Burke

I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 Brenda G. Burke entered eternal rest on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. She was born on April 22, 1953 to the late Earl A. Spellman Sr. and Ida Alberta Spellman Gallop. She attended and graduated from Great Bridge High School, Chesapeake, Virginia. She was on the track team. She loved to play softball, and she played on…...

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