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Faye R. Simmons

Faye Rosalind Simmons peacefully transitioned into heaven on September 10, 2019 at the age of 72. She was born on May 15, 1947 to Vida Cuffee and the late Jerome Cuffee. She worked at Koni Kai Hotel as a supervisor for 6 years and then at Carebridge Assisted living where she retired from after 25 years. Faye is predeceased by her husband, Edward Lee Simmons. She leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Vida E.…...

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Bill Eugene Martin

Bill Eugene Martin was born September 1, 1961 to the late William Whitley Sr. and Shirlon Whitley in Norfolk, VA.  He was lovingly known by all as Geno.  Geno was united in marriage with Captoria Williams Martin, and to this union two children were born.  Geno also had two older children from his first marriage. At an early age Geno became an auto mechanic in Portsmouth, VA.  He then when on to work for FedEx…...

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Ramon Ayala

Ramon Ayala passed away on September 5, 2019....

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Timothy S. Sykes

On Wednesday, September 5, 2019. God in His divine wisdom and eminent power called our husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend into His eternal resting place. He was born September 14, 1959 to the late Leo Sykes, Sr. and Fannie Turney Sykes in Decatur, Alabama. At an early age, Timothy accepted Christ into his life at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church. There he was a faithful and dedicated member. Timothy aka “Short Sleeve Steve”…...

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Cynthia D. Graves

Cynthia Denise Graves was born on November 19, 1954, to the late James Hemingway and Alease Jones. On September 2, 2019, she departed peacefully into eternal rest; free from all pain and suffering. She was predeceased by her son Anthony Graves. Her memory will be forever cherished and honored by her devoted husband, Roderick Graves of 46 years, Norfolk, VA, Tonya Brownfield, (Charles), TN, Victoria Graves (Derik), Norfolk, VA, Patricia Graves, Norfolk, VA, Special Children,…...

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Bessie L. Morales

Bessie L. Morales passed away on September 5, 2019....

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Ethel B. Harrell

In the stillness of the evening time of Friday, September 6, 2019 in the presence of family, Ethel Beatrice Harrell transitioned from this earthly tabernacle to her heavenly home. Mrs. Harrell was educated in Norfolk Public School and attended Jacox and Booker T. Washington High School. She pursued a career with Azalea Inn for thirty-two years. Mrs. Harrell was a dedicated employee, exemplifying outstanding work ethics, loved to serve in the capacity of a skilled…...

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Wilbert Edney

Wilbert Edney passed away on August 31, 2019....

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Edwin R. Banks

Edwin R. Banks A.K.A Ricky was born on April 27, 1956 in Norfolk, VA to George H. Banks and Delores Banks. He went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the age of 63. He received his formal education in Norfolk School System where he graduated. Edwin was employed at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard until his time of illness. Ricky was a loyal supportive member of St. Mark UCC…...

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Marionetta Jernigan Land

On Saturday evening September 7, 2019 the Lord called his angel, Marionetta Jernigan-Land to her heavenly home. Marionetta was born June 9,1956 in Norfolk, VA. She was the daughter of Hermeen Jernigan and Jack McCoy. Marionetta received all her former education in Norfolk, VA. She also worked many years as a food service worker for Norfolk Public Schools. Marionetta was a member of New Galilee Missionary Baptist Church but often worshipped at First Church of…...

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John Harrison Mason, Sr.

John Harrison Mason, Sr. was born in Washington, D.C. on December 10, 1950 to Harrison and Mary Mason. They had three other children Alfred, Mildred, and Mary. From 1979 to 2002, John was married to his first wife, Commoneta Mason. He later remarried his second wife, Peggy Butler-Mason in 2015. In 1993, John Mason retired from the United States Navy as a Petty Officer with over 20 years of service at Naval Station Norfolk. John…...

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Marie Padilla Mitchell

Marie “Marijo” Padilla Mitchell, 63, passed away peacefully Friday, September 6, 2019 at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. She was born in the Philippines on March 11, 1956 to the late Constantina Padilla Jose and Laureano Jose. A devoted Catholic, Marie was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to many who adored her. Known for her passion for travel and culinary arts, she sailed the world as a United States Merchant Marine where she…...

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Jose H. Weston

Jose H. Weston passed away on September 7, 2019...

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David J. Best, Jr.

David Jerome Best, Jr. was born on September 22, 1957 in Kinston, NC. He was the son of David J. Best, Sr. and the late Leora Best. David dedicated his life to serving the Lord at a young age. He attended the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith.David was educated in the public schools of Deep Run County, NC. After graduating from high school, David went to Lenoir Community College in…...

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Elizabeth Cherry

It is with great sadness that the family of Elizabeth Cherry announces her passing on September 5, 2019. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents, Marilyn & Wesley Coor, her husband, Wilbert Lee Cherry Sr. Elizabeth will be lovingly remembered by her children, Naomi Wright, Cheryl Gadsden, Wilbert Cherry Jr., and Samuel Cherry; two sons-in-law  Randolph Wright, Sr. and Frank Gadsden. Elizabeth will forever be remembered by her seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a…...

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Jean Michelle Myers

Profile of Life “I have fought a good fight. I have kept my course. I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7 Best known as “Michelle”, Jean Michelle Myers was born on January 6, 1963 to Arthur (deceased) and Bernice Robinson in Staten Island, New York. The oldest sibling of three, Gary and Ava Robinson looked up to their sister. From the fun times spent on Caroline and Metcalfe Street to the hot summer days…...

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Arthur Lee Collins

Arthur Lee Collins “Boy” departed this early life on September 4, 2019. He was affectionately known by his family and close friends as “Boy” AKA “Shine”. He was born on October 1, 1948 to Julius and Celestine Collins in Philadelphia, PA. Arthur was a loving father, brother, uncle, friend. He was preceded in death by his father, Julius Collins Sr, mother, Celestine Collins, two brothers, Julius Collins Jr and Bobby Collins, and sister, Cora Louise…...

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Nita B. Wood

It is with great sadness that the family of Nita Elaine Burno Wood announces her passing on September 3, 2019. Nita, a.k.a. Bug, will be lovingly remembered by her children, Claudius, Ernest, DeMarcus and Keva.Nita will also be forever remembered by her grandchildren, Malachiyah, Allen, Ernest and Toshiba, by her sisters Patricia B. Raynor (Ralph), Nellie Doane (John), Della M. Burno, Franscine Smith (King), Freda Miller (Samuel), and Jamie Milner; by her brothers Burgess Wiggins,…...

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Willie E. Jones

Willie E. Jones passed away on September 2, 2019....

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Sharon Denise Williams

Sharon Denise Williams passed away on September 4, 2019....

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Eleanor T. Williams

I will lift up my eyes to the hills–From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.  He will not allow your foot to be moved. Psalm 121: 1-2 Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.  Praise ye the Lord.  Psalm 150:6   Eleanor (Mae) Townes Williams entered into her heavenly reward on the 4th day of September, in the year of our Lord, 2019. Eleanor Mae…...

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Darlene R. Sweet

Darlene R. Sweet passed away on August 31, 2019....

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Eduardo Leomo Collado

Eduardo Leomo Collado passed away on September 1, 2019....

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Frederick Lee Johnson

Frederick Lee Johnson passed away on August 31, 2019....

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Bertha Harris

Bertha Delois Harris, age 68, of Portsmouth Virginia passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 31, 2019, at her Portsmouth home. Bertha was born on August 14, 1951 in Emporia, VA to Mercury and Lois Morgan. She attended Portsmouth Public Schools. Bertha could accomplish anything she sets her mind to do.  Throughout her life she worked for various companies that required special skills.  She attended cosmetology school where she learned skills required to not only do…...

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Yolanda R. Lawrence

Yolanda R. Lawrence passed away on September 2, 2019....

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Macy O. Jones

Macy O’Neal Jones departed this life, Saturday, August 23, 2019 at the age of 38 years. He was born September 26, 1980. Macy “Music” as his friends affectionately called him was a longtime resident of Portsmouth, VA was educated in the Portsmouth Public Schools. Macy loved to create delicious aesthetically pleasing meals. After high school, he pursued his passion in culinary arts and was employed by the Twisted Pig Restaurant located in  ortsmouth, Virginia. Macy…...

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Mae H. Peele

Mae H. Peele entered into eternal rest on August 27, 2019, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She was a retired Norfolk public school teacher and a professional cosmetologist. A devout Episcopalian, Mae was a member of Saint Francis Episcopal Church in Virginia Beach.  She was also a licensed Eucharist Minister, a Christian Formation Director, and an Associate of the Sisters of the Holy Nativity (an Episcopal Monastic Community of Nuns). Mae was the daughter of the…...

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Willie K. Westry

Willie Knight Westry was born June 22, 1942 in Rocky Mount, NC. He departed this life peacefully at his home on August 31, 2019. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 51 years, Annie Ruth Cherry Westry; mother, Martha Ann Williams Westry; father, Sam Westry, Jr.; paternal grandmother, Mary Knight Gregory; sister, Mary Elizabeth Westry Stewart; daughter, Tina Westry Thomas and son, Jamaul (Samuel) Westry. Willie Westry our patriarch married the love of his…...

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Fred Ferguson, Jr.

Fred Ferguson, Jr. passed away on August 29, 2019....

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James H. Hucks, Sr.

James Henry Hucks, Sr. was born in Portsmouth, VA on November 13, 1938. He passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, August 29, 2019. James resided in Chicago, IL for many years, and met and married Mattie Thompson. James was predeceased by his first wife, Bessie Mae Hucks; mother: Catherine Hines; father-George Cherry; brother-Robert Hucks; and daughter-Avis Hucks. Left to cherish his memories are 4 sons, James Austin ( Anna), James H. Hucks, Jr.,…...

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Robert Lee Morgan

Robert Lee Morgan passed away August 29, 2019....

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Florence Willis

Florence Willis, 94, departed this life on August 29, 2019. She was born on September 4, 1924 in Virginia Beach, Virginia to the late Mary Sue Brickhouse and Robert Hill Sr. At a young age, she joined Morning Star Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. G.L. Parker in 1930. She was a member of the Senior Fellowship and the Senior Choir. After 31 years she retired from Holmes Convalescent Center as a nurse. She…...

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Kenny A. Williams

Kenny A. Williams passed away on August 27, 2019...

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Willo C. Styles

Willo C. Styles “Man” passed away on August 24, 2019....

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Anita Lynn Green

Anita Lynn Green, affectionately known as “Nita Skita” by many, was born on December 22nd, 1962 in Norfolk, Virginia to John and Marlvin Stringfield. Norfolk born and raised, Anita’s childhood was centered around the memories she made with beloved family and friends. As a child, Anita would trek across the wooden bridge in her neighborhood to Chesterfield Heights Elementary, where she proved to be so bright she skipped a grade. She continued her education at…...

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Edward Gordon, Jr.

On Tuesday evening, August 27,2019 Edward J. Gordan peacefully made his transition to be with God. Born and raised in Norfolk, VA, He was the son of the late Jerry Gordon and Maggie D Sneed (Joseph W Sneed). Edward was a retired employee for Norship Co for over 40 years. He was predeceased by his sister Pearle Mae Gordon, his brother James L Gordon, and a son James Cherry. Edward leaves behind to cherish his…...

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Geneva E. Small

On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, our loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Geneva (Eva) Small was called home into eternal rest. Geneva was born on December 02, 1926, the eldest child of the late James and Matilda Harrell in  dgecombe, NC. Geneva was raised and educated in Tarboro, NC and later moved to Portsmouth, VA. She married the late George W. Small in June 1950 at Third Baptist Church, Portsmouth. Through this union she…...

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Shirley Mae Bailey

Shirley Mae Bailey passed away on August 25, 2019....

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Trannie Junior Watford, III

Trannie Junior Watford, III passed away August 26, 2019....

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Charlie B. Bazemore

On the afternoon of 23 August 2019, Charlie B Bazemore, also known as Chuck, very quietly and peacefully closed his eyes. Charlie was 44 years young, born 4 April 1975 at Portsmouth Naval Hospital to Charlie and Mercedes Bazemore. He was the father of a young Navy Sailor Charlie B. Bazemore, Jr. Charlie was an outstanding athlete starring in soccer, baseball, basketball and especially football. In football, he was awarded the offensive player of the…...

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Darren A. Graves

Darren Antonio Graves MARCH 19, 1970 – AUGUST 26, 2019 On August 26, 2019 Darren was called home he entered the eternal presence of God. Darren was born March 19,1970 to Helen Graves and Kenneth Reid of Norfolk, Virginia. He was later a student at Lake Taylor High School. He was employed as a painter at the local shipyards. Darren (Pokey) as we all called him could make you laugh. He was preceded in death…...

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Elsie B. Copeland

Elsie B. Copeland passed away on August 25, 2019....

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Samuel Andrew Reid

Samuel Andrew Reid was the firstborn to the late Andrew and Lois Reid. He was born on August 7, 1931 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was educated in the Portsmouth Public Schools. Samuel was in the United Marine Corp and the United States Air Force. He worked for the Pennsylvania Steel Mill for seventeen years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge while living in the Trenton, New Jersey. After returning to Portsmouth, Samuel became…...

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Jaylen Gregory McEachin

During the early hours of Saturday, August 24, 2019, God called our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend home. Jaylen Gregory McEachin, also known by Jay and Pooch was born on May 26, 1998 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida to parents Jack McEachin and Daniella Bryant. Jaylen was a 2016 graduate of Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia. He was newly enrolled in school for welding, but his real love was…...

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Dr. James Henry Robinson, Jr.

A Heavenly Celebration took place during the early morning of August 22, 2019, when God called His son, Dr. James Henry Robinson Jr. (85 years old) home. Born February 13, 1934, in Norfolk, Virginia, he was the third of five children born to the late James H. Robinson Sr. and Lavene Robinson Holley.  Left to cherish his memory, are his loving wife, Sandra Howe Robinson; daughter, Dr. Katherine Robinson Everett and husband, Marshall Everett Jr;…...

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Barbara Ann Anderson

Barbara Ann Anderson, 70, of Norfolk, VA, was called home to be with the Lord on August 22, 2019. She was born to the late Alexander Sr. and Mary Wright on November 10, 1948. Barbara was a nurse at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for 40 years. She was predeceased by her brother, Alexander Wright, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories, her son, Larry (Michele) Heath and granddaughter, Jordan Heath, of Chesapeake, VA; sister, Betty Jean…...

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Henry Lee Taylor

On Thursday August 22, 2019 at 8:38 AM our beloved brother, Henry Lee Taylor departed from this life at the Bobbitt Apartments, 5920 Poplar Hall Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23502. Henry was born on April 18, 1948 to the late George and Lillian Taylor. He was preceding death by: Brothers Mr. Herman Taylor, Mr. Linwood Johnnie Taylor: Sisters Mrs. Bertha Moore Williams, Mrs. Terry Ann Steward. Henry leaves to mourn: Mrs. MarRosa Flechter Of MD, Mrs. Vivian Reilly Young Of AZ, Mrs. Elaine Johnson Of…...

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Shirley A. Robinson

Shirley A. Robinson passed away on August 22, 2019....

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Ruth E. Linstedt

Ruth Elaine Linstedt, 74, of Chesapeake, VA, peacefully passed away August 21, 2019 at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, VA. Born in Marion, Ohio, she graduated from Cardington High School in Ohio and worked for General Telephone and Electronics Corporation (GTE) which eventually merged with Verizon.  She retired from Verizon after working there for over 30 years.  After retirement, she moved to Chesapeake, VA in 2004 to be closer to her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. …...

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