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Lovone J. Wynn

Lovone was so much more than words can contain. He was a dedicated father, a loving husband to his new bride, and a force of nature. He was born February 1, 1992, in Norfolk, Virginia to Mildred Ricks Cherry and Norman Wynn. Exactly one year to the day, after his parents suffered the tragic loss of his twin siblings they knew the joy of their new son. Lovone graduated from Ryan Academy in 2009. While…...

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Walter Richard Winfrey, III

Walter Winfrey, III was born December 11, 1958. He worked as a painter for over forty years. He loved all sports but enjoyed football most of all. Walter loved watching westerns on tv. He was a homebody and enjoyed music and playing bid wiz.  He gave his life to God as his personal Savior. He also enjoyed talking on the phone.   “THAT’S WALTER”. Walter is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Winfrey; two daughters, Shamika…...

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CyQuria Green

CyQuria Green passed away on June 11, 2021....

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Sherby Jean Carpenter

Sherby Jean (Hicks) Carpenter January 7, 1952 – June 12, 2021 Sherby Jean (Hicks) Carpenter departed this life on June 12, 2021 in Virginia Beach, VA. She was born on January 7, 1952 in Lynchburg, VA to the late Eddie Thomas Hicks and Sallie Myers Hicks. Sherby was a happy and curious child who loved to ride her bike and read in addition to taking piano lessons. Sherby gave her life to Christ at a…...

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Taniya Kimore Basnight

Taniya Kimora Basnight aka Bloop aka Niy-Pie was born on July 29, 2003 to Whitney Basnight Coleman and Lorenzo “Bubba” Pierce. Taniya attended Bayside High School where she earned an advanced diploma at the age of 16. During her time at Bayside, she played junior varsity and varsity softball and she was a varsity cheerleader. After graduating, she attended Norfolk State University with the dream of becoming a nurse like her nana. Taniya will be…...

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Robin Askew Taylor

Robin Lee (Askew) Taylor affectionally known as “Robin Q or simply Mrs. Taylor” daughter of the late Robert Lee & Lena R. Askew was born December 6, 1953. On Wednesday afternoon, June 16, 2021, God sent His loving angels, one called Goodness and one called Mercy for Robin to come home to be with her heavenly Father. Robin, a native of Portsmouth, Virginia was educated in the Portsmouth Public Schools where she played the Clarinet…...

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Wendell L. Bryant

Wendell L. Bryant passed away on June 15, 2021....

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Sharon Annette Ricks

Sharon Annette Turner Ricks “Nette” Changed her life 6 years ago and became a very true woman of God. Sharon was a woman that was loved by everyone that knew her.  God saw how hard she was fighting, but God had a different plan for her. On June 11, 2021, God called her home, where the fight was over. “Nette” enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. She loved to laugh, try to sing…...

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Jesse James Walker

Jesse James Walker passed away on June 13, 2021....

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DeQiu Li

DeQiu Li passed away on June 13, 2021....

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Joseph Michael DiFernando

After a long battle with young-onset dementia, Joe DiFernando (60) passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born in Norfolk to Joseph and Dorothy DiFernando. He attended Norview High, and worked at a local McDonald’s as a young man, where his love story with Carol began! Joe’s faith stayed him through many of life’s ups and downs. He was passionate about serving others through his involvement in various churches over the…...

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Kenneth E. Miles

Kenneth E. Miles passed away on June 4, 2021....

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Deborah Eve Johnson

It is with great sadness that the family of Deborah Eve Johnson announce her sudden passing on Friday, June 11, 2021, at the age of 60 years. She left us sleeping peacefully at her home in Norfolk, Virginia. Debbie will be forever remembered by her husband, Robert H. Johnson, father John M. White (Paula), children Robert (Kim), Tom, stepchildren Bobby (Jodie), Amber (Chris), 5 Grandchildren, dear sister Deanna (Dave) and brother David (Shelly), many nieces…...

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Debra Virginia Midgette

Debra Virginia Midgette passed away on June 13, 2021....

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Ruth L. Walker

Ruth L. Walker, 87, of Norfolk, Virginia transitioned from her Christian journey to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday June 12, 2021. She was born on September 20, 1933 in Norfolk, VA to the late Alexander R. Caesar and Laura Joyner. Ruth was an alumnus of St. Joseph Catholic School. She worked at Norfolk Naval Air Station as an Electrician Mechanic for twenty-four years. Ruth joined First Calvary Baptist Church 1969,…...

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Janice Aileen Simmons

Janice was born to Maria Pugh and later adopted by Charlie and Marion Wynn. She received her formal education as a student of the Suffolk Public School system. She was employed in many fields throughout her life. She retired from a management role after working for Citi Trends for 10 years. As a resident of Petersburg, Virginia, Janice was loved by many. Everyone who came in contact with her, has their own special memory, or…...

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Randy Lee Hart

Randy Lee Hart passed away on June 13, 2021....

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Stella Louise Isaac

On Friday morning June 11, 2021, our dearly beloved Stella L. Isaac, slipped away peacefully at her home. She was born in Norfolk, Va, a daughter of the late William and Dorothy Langston. Stella (a.k.a. “Biddie”) was born and raised in Bolling Brook and was a member of First Baptist Church, Bolling Brook.  She worked various jobs including as a Private Duty Nurse, and cafeteria worker. Her main responsibility was raising 4 energetic boys and…...

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Thomas Alexander III

Thomas Alexander III passed away on June 11, 2021....

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Elinida Rose Mason

Elinida Rose Mason lived a spirited and family-oriented life. She enjoyed taking care of her children, beautifying her home, and sharing her God-given culinary and cosmetology skills. Her friendly and gentle disposition impacted the lives of many. Elinida Rose Mason was born September 22, 1971 at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia to Leroy Mason and Janice Campbell. She was the first child born to the young couple and was known as a devoted…...

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Jhenesis D’Mor Justin-Seward

Jhenesis D’Mor Justin-Seward passed away on June 5, 2021....

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Marvin Alonzo West, Jr.

Marvin Alonzo West, Jr. was born July 23, 1964 in Norfolk, Virginia, to the late Marvin A. West, Sr. and Ruby Battle West. He entered eternal rest on June 7, 2021, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk Virginia. Marvin was a native of Norfolk, Virginia and the oldest of three sons. He was educated in the Norfolk Public Schools and graduated from Granby High School in 1982.  He furthered his education at ECPI. He…...

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Benjamin Carwell Jones, Jr.

Benjamin Carwell Jones Jr., 66, of Suffolk, Virginia, gained his angel wings Monday, June 7, 2021. Mr. Jones was born in Norfolk, Virginia on August 7, 1954, to the late Benjamin C. Jones Sr. and Marie Jones. Mr. Jones was raised in Tidewater Gardens neighborhood in Norfolk. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School where he was one of the top performing wrestlers. Mr. Jones also attended Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr.…...

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Martini Staten Newsome

Martini S. Newsome, quietly answered God’s call to leave this earthly home to enter into eternal rest with the Lord early Wednesday morning, June 10, 2021 at 60 years of age. Martini was born May 14, 1961 in Norfolk, VA. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1980. He further his education at the Norfolk Skill Center for a trade in welding. He worked at Newport News Shipyard and BAE Systems. Martini was…...

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Regina M. Hardy-Waddell

Regina M. Hardy-Waddell passed away on June 3, 2021....

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Richard L. Ford, Jr.

Richard L. Ford, Jr. passed away on June 5, 2021....

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Thomas D. Hilliard

Thomas Daverne Hilliard went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. Thomas Hilliard was born to Bertha Mosely and William McKinnley Hilliard on January 28, 1943. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Mildred Hilliard, his brother, Maurice Hilliard (Earlene), children, Margie Godfrey, Angela Mattison (Booker), Laverne Lambers (Tracy), Deidre Byam (Jerome), Brian Brinkley (Ashanti), Maurisa Hilliard, and David Hilliard. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 2…...

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Tonya Levette Grandy

Tonya Levette Grandy passed away on Tuesday June 8th ,2021 at Sentara Leigh Hospital.  She was born in Norfolk Virginia on October 28th, 1968 to Anthony Lee Brown SR. and Gwendolyn Grandy She grew up in Park Place She was educated in the Norfolk Public School system. Tonya work many years at South Eastern Training Center but later on she began working with Public Partnership. she was the oldest daughter of her mother. Tonya She…...

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Tina Maria Stephenson

On Tuesday , June 8, 2021, Tina M. Stephenson was called home to be with her heavenly father. Although her work on earth is done, Tina’s life in heaven has just begun. Tina may be gone from our presence, but forever in our hearts. Tina was born in Portsmouth, VA on January 20, 1960, the second child born to Brogie Stephenson and Norma Jean Wilkins. She lived in Portsmouth, VA the first ten years of…...

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Starr L. Barnes

Olympia Starr Leontyne (Guichard)  Barnes was born on September 25th, 1981 in Brooklyn, New York to Mersuda (Guichard)Donald and Leon Vernon Partrick Guichard (Giovanni). She attended P.S. 189 and Wingate High School. After high school, she attended Florida State University where she earned her associates degree in General Education. Starr was born to Caribbean parents from Trinidad, and loved everything about her culture. On September 25th, 2003 she met the love of her life who…...

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Lois B. Hale

Lois  B. Hale passed away on June 7, 2021....

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Neno B. Smith

On Monday June 7, 2021, Neno B. Smith peacefully made his transition from labor to reward. Bonn on March 20, 1956, Neno was the third child of five siblings born to the late Geneva and Douglas Smith Jr. from Norfolk, VA Neno was educated in the Norfolk Public School System, and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, after becoming an adult, Neno joined the Military branch of the Marines in 1976. Also employed &…...

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Gina McClain

Gina Maria McClain passed away on Saturday June 5th, 2021 at the University of Maryland Hospital.  She was born in the Bronx, New York on July 23rd, 1959 to the late Peter and Thelma Martinez. She grew up in Classen Point.  In her teens, she relocated with family to Los Angeles, California. Shortly after graduation she had started her beautiful family. Gina is survived by her 3 children, Shameeka, Phillip, and Dominique; Six grandchildren,  Jaliha,…...

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Tecora Jones Arnold

Tecora Jones Arnold passed away on June 8, 2021....

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Minnie Lee Bethea

Minnie Lee Bethea passed away on June 6, 2021....

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Catherine T. Turner

Born and educated in Southampton County, daughter of the late Eddie Randolph and Annie Darden Turner, and the oldest of seven children, Catherine Turner was called to eternal rest early Monday, June 7, 2021. She was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters: Houston, Frank and Horace Turner, Annie Cox and Eula Carter. As a young woman, she was united in matrimony to her now deceased spouse, Jessie L. Turner. From the union that lasted…...

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Wilbert Whitaker

Praise be to God for all the great things he has done. Wilbert “Buster” Whitaker was born August 19, 1923, to Thomas & Mary Whitaker in Norfolk Virginia. Buster was educated in Norfolk Public Schools, following which he enlisted in the United States Army, January 1942, where he served with distinction. during his time in the military, he was able to travel and see many parts of the world.  When asked what his favorite place…...

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Cheryl C. Owens

Cheryl Monique Saunders Clay Owens was born on March 10, 1960 to Clyde H. Saunders, Jr. and Juanita Saunders. She was educated in the Portsmouth Public School system. Cheryl had a heart for people, especially children. Her love for children led her to have a successful career as a school bus driver with Chesapeake Public Schools for 25 years. In July 1982, Cheryl met the love of her life, Darryl E. Owens. Their beautiful courtship…...

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Vivian L. Morring

Vivian L. Morring passed away on June 5, 2021....

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Thaddeus R. Fleetwood

Thaddeus Rudolph Fleetwood, affectionately known as “Rudy” was born July 15, 1949 in North Carolina. He transitioned to his new life on June 5, 2021. Rudy attended Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from IC Norcom High School. He served in the US Army from 1975 – 1978. He was employed with the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office for fourteen years, and worked various jobs. He retired from Norfolk State University. Rudy had a special love for children…...

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Lillie Marie Baysmore

Lillie Marie Copeland Baysmore, transitioned to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Sentara Hospice House, Virginia Beach, Virginia, with family by her bedside. She was born on October 17, 1929 in Portsmouth, Virginia by a Mid-wife, to the late Rev. Joseph H. Copeland and Ethel Cheeks Copeland. Lillie was called “Lillie Marie” by many of her family members and friends. As a child her father, Rev. Copeland gave her the nick-name…...

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Sequoya F. Robertson

Sequoya was born May 3,2021 and departed this life May 4,2021.Mother was Soncearay Cooper and father Cody Robertson;siblings are Antonio cooper,Ahmad Cooper and Simeon Cooper;grandparents are Michelle Carter, Rhonnda (Faye) Robertson,Bernice Cooper ad Roy Robertson. Sequoya Faye Robertson will be forever missed until we meet again....

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Jasmine Oni McCray

Jasmine Oni “Poonie” McCray entered into eternal rest on June 2, 2021 at Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia. Jasmine was born in Norfolk, Virginia on November 22, 1990. She was a graduate of Maury High School class of 2011 and Centura College class of 2019 with a Medical Billing Coder diploma. She had a very nurturing and caring spirit.  Jasmine was outgoing, loyal to her friends, and family. Jasmine spread joy to everyone she…...

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Cynthia Jean Taylor

Cynthia Jean Taylor passed away June 2, 2021....

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Lindwood Harper

Lindwood Harper passed away on May 31, 2021....

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Rosalind Morris

A time to be born… God chose November 2, 1937, as the day that Rosalind Morris would make her entry into the world. She was the fourth of six children born to Audrey Samuels and she was the feisty one. Rosalind was born and raised in the city of Harlem and was educated in the public school system. She received her college degree from City College and obtained her master’s degree as well. From a…...

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Nevin Lamer Drewry

Nevin Lamer Drewry was born July 17, 2004 in Chesapeake Virginia, to Sabrena Milligan and Quinton Drewry. Nevin was a rising 10th grade student at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was well known in the Churchland and Downtown area of Portsmouth. Nevin spent his time with family, friends and classmates. He showed courage, strength, and empathy to all that entered into his life. He was the laughter, and a joy to us!…...

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James Earl McCloud

James Earl McCloud Sr. 71, of Norfolk, VA, peacefully passed away, surrounded by loved ones on May 28, 2021. James was born on March 9, 1950 in Buford County, North Carolina to parents Lula Spencer and Charles McCloud.  After he graduated, James went on to serve in the United States Army as an Army Ranger in the Airborne Division during Vietnam. Following his service in the Army he went on to study Computer Science and…...

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Marie C. Nichols

God in his infinite wisdom called Marie Celestine Nichols to ascend into heaven at 91 years old on June 2, 2021. She was our matriarch and a physical representation of home and comfort. Marie was born April 8, 1930 in Chesapeake, Va to the late Mattie and Dixie Jones. She is reunited with her brothers, James and Joe and sister Mary. She leaves behind a legacy in her children Nathaniel Jones (Marjorie), Phyllis Simmons (Fred),…...

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Rynita Wheatley

Rynita Wheatley aka Nita or Buffy was born on February 20, 1991, to Moses Wheatley Sr. (predeceased) and Cynthia Witherspoon of Norfolk, VA. She finished her earthly course of life to enter eternal life with our Lord and Savior on June 1, 2021. Rynita attend Booker T. High school class of 2010 in Norfolk, VA. She has worked in the Portsmouth shipyard and even as a PCA years later. She briefly attended Shaw University. Rynita…...

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