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Karen S. Young

Karen S. Young passed away on October 2, 2020....

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Leroy McCant, Sr.

Leroy McCant, Sr. passed away peacefully on October 1, 2020....

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Albert G. Avery

Albert G. Avery passed away on September 30, 2020....

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Evelyn A. Spellman

Evelyn A. Spellman, affectionately known as EL. P and little Evelyn, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Evelyn was born on Monday, July 7, 1947 in Norfolk, VA. She attended Booker T. Washington High School. Evelyn called Enoch Baptist Church her church home for over 30 years. She was a member of the Contemporary Choir where she sang lead on some of her favorite gospel songs. She is fondly…...

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Datron L. Porch

Datron Porch was born November 16, 1991 in Norfolk, VA to Stephanie Porch and William Barrett. He is the oldest of two kids and was raised in South Norfolk area of Grady Crescent in Southern Terrace. He completed 11 years of education at Oscar Smith High School and received his GED at a later time. He was working for Harrison’s moving company, where he started back in December 2019. Datron departed his life on October…...

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Terry J. Gilchrist, Sr.

Terry J. Gilchrist, Sr. was born August 11, 1950 to the late Al and Thelma Gilchrist in Virginia Beach, VA. He was the oldest child of eight children, Terry, a native of Virginia Beach, VA, attended Virginia Beach City Public Schools and was a 1969 graduate of Union Kempsville High School. Terry was employed at Norfolk Naval Base as an AC & Heating Mechanic and retired December 31, 2012. “Gilly” as he was affectionately called,…...

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Roger Willie Clarence Poteat, III

Roger Willie Clarence Poteat III, son of the late Willie and Virginia Poteat, was born February 12, 1957 in Campbell County Virginia. The Poteat family moved to Chesapeake, Virginia in the early 1960s where Roger would attend Indian River High School. Roger married the love of his life Effie Poteat on Valentine’s Day and built a solid foundation that carried them through the years. Roger went on to work many years for DePaul Hospital in…...

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Cora Lee Bookhart

Our beloved Cora Lee Franklin Bookhart gained her wings on Thursday, October 1, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was born on July 27, 1948 in Alcolu, South Carolina. Cora was predeceased by her husband Thomas Bookhart, her parents; Melvin and Elizabeth Franklin, her sister Vivian Franklin, as well as her beloved son Shawn Bookhart. Cora Bookhart attended school in Bridgeport, Connecticut and graduated from Bassick High School, Cora worked at Sikorsky Aircraft in Shelton,…...

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Thomas Bookhart, Sr.

Our beloved Thomas Bookhart gained his wings on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was born on June 6, 1945 in Elloree, South Carolina. Thomas was predeceased by his wife Cora Bookhart, his parents Christine Oliver and Frank Williams, his beloved son Shawn Bookhart, sister Lalann Way, and three brothers: Lucas Oliver, Ernest Keitt, and JC Sellers. Thomas Bookhart served as an executive chef at Bonanza, Family Affair, and American Steakhouse for…...

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Eva Mae Powell

Eva Mae Powell, more affectionately known as Dolly, was born on August 30, 1936 to the late Horace and Lucille Knighton Dawson in Beaufort County, South Carolina. On Thursday, October 1, 2020, she transitioned from this earthly tabernacle to God’s eternal habitation of rest. She graduated from Robert Smalls High School in Beaufort and later moved to New York with her friend Bonetta Dais. It was during that time, she was introduced to her husband,…...

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Vanessa Elaine Mack

Vanessa Elaine Mack, affectionately called “Bunnie”, 68, was called Home to the Lord on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. She was born July 24, 1952 in Portsmouth, VA to the late George N. and Mildred F. Mack. Vanessa attended Portsmouth schools and graduated as a proud Greyhound from I.C. Norcom High School’s class of 1971. She attended Norfolk State University and Tidewater Community College earning an Associate degree. Vanessa worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C.…...

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Justin Hardy

Justin Hardy passed away on September 28, 2020....

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Shaun Lee McDaniel

Shaun L. McDaniel 20 gained his wings on September 29, 2020. Shaun was born on June 25, 2000 to Stephanie Askew and Herman Whitaker in Chesapeake, VA. He attended Oscar Smith High School. He was recently employed by Mid Atlantic Petroleum Services and about to enter an apprenticeship program at the shipyard. He loved playing games and working. Shaun had a bright smile and he would always light up a room with laughter. He loved…...

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Melvin Kenneth Cypress

Mr. Melvin Kenneth Cypress was born on May 11, 1950 in the union of the late Robert P. and Irene McMillan Cypress of Surry County, Virginia. Melvin peacefully entered eternal life on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Theodore Cypress. At an early age, Melvin accepted Jesus Christ and served as a faithful servant at Mount Moriah A.M.E. Church where he served as a faithful…...

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Hilda Ruth Moore

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 101 years of age, God called his servant, Hilda Ruth Hodnett-Moore home to glory for her eternal rest. Hilda was born to Jessie Richard Hodnett and Rosa Berger- Hodnett on April 4, 1919 in Chatham, Virginia and she attended Pennsylvania County Public Schools in Chatham. She gave her life to the Lord at a very young age where she attended Rosebud Baptist Church also located in Chatham, VA. Hilda…...

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James A. Brown, Jr.

James was born in Norfolk, Virginia to Essie Matilda Moore Brown and James A. Brown, Sr. He leaves behind his cherished wife of thirty one years, Cheryl; four daughters, Phonecia Thomas, Natalya Thomas-Griffin (Aaron), Jamille Thomas and Amiaya Brown; one son, Akeem Thomas; two sisters, Feion Robertson-Ross and Joycette Ward; five brothers; Malcolm L. Brown, Otis Brown, Donson Brown, Jerome Brown, Gary Freeman, Rev. Dr. Herbert Robertson, Jr. and Rev. William Robertson; one stepmother, Melody…...

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Lee Arthur Sidney Sherrod, III

Lee Arthur S. Sherrod, III departed this earthly life Sunday, September 27, 2020. Lee was a native of Norfolk, VA, born February 5, 1964. He resided in Norfolk for many years and was educated in Norfolk Public Schools System. After working for Levin’s Brass Bed for many years, Lee made a career with the Federal government as a sandblaster for 36 years. Once the Naval Air Station closed, Lee transitioned to Cherry Point, N.C. to…...

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Robert Langston, III

Robert Langston, III passed away on September 26, 2020....

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Diane Regina McCrary

Diane Regina McCrary was born August 18, 1965 and passed away on September 28, 2020. She was a loving daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin and friend. Diane was a very loving mother to her one and only son, Keon. She was also a caring and loving grandmother to her four grandchildren. Family was very important to her as she loved to be around family and she had a special place in her heart for taking…...

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Otis Bullock, Jr.

Otis was raised in Norfolk, VA, he was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School class of 1966. He loved talking about the mighty bookers, running into his classmates, and talking about the past. After Otis attended a North Carolina trade school, he joined the United States Airforce. He loved the Airforce and made Crew Chef. He traveled all over Europe during the Vietnam Era working on airplanes. After his Honorable Discharge from the…...

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Jaishon M. Battle

Jaishon M. Battle departed this life on September 23, 2020. Jaishon was born on September 8, 2003 to Tishawna Battle and James Morgan in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Booker T. Washington High School. He loved playing video games, working, and spending time with family and friends. Left to cherish his precious memories are his parents; Tishawna Battle and James Morgan, brothers; Shea Madison, Jamareion Battle, James Pitts, sisters; Shenequa Battle, Jamisha Pitt, grandparents; Helen Owens,…...

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Elnora Wright

On September 27, 2020, in Sentara Norfolk General, surrounded by family and friends, Elnora Wright, 76, was called by God to her heavenly home. Elnora was born July 2, 1944 to the late Cora Mae and Thomas Ernest Mullen of Norfolk, VA. Many lives were touched and inspired by her. Elnora loved her family and friends, she enjoyed cooking big family meals, fishing, playing cards, road trips and much more. Elnora is preceded in death…...

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Jean O. Cherry

Jean O. Cherry passed away on September 28, 2020....

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Quayshaun M. Wadley

Quayshaun Wadley Sr., 29 of Portsmouth VA, departed his life on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital of Norfolk, Virginia. Born in Trenton, NJ, Quayshaun was a resident of Portsmouth VA most of his life. He was a 2009 Graduate of Virginia Military Tech., and also received a HVAC Certification from Tidewater Community College. He was a 2017 graduate of Norfolk Sheriff’s Academy, Class of 59, in which he received a Honor…...

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Lois Stancil

Lois Stancil passed away on September 26, 2020....

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Mable B. Hines

Mable (Mae) Luvenia Brown Hines, 88, departed this life on September 27, 2020. She was born in Hickory (Chesapeake) Virginia on May9, 1932 to Elijah and Margaret Brown. She attended public school in Chesapeake, VA and later attended Norfolk Vocational School where she completed her Licensed Practical Nursing education. She was employed by Sentara Healthcare System and worked at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital until her retirement in 1998. Mable is survived by her children, Phyllis,…...

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John L. Atkins

On Friday, September 25, 2020, God took one of his angels. John was tired and ready to meet his Creator. John was born on April 26, 1955 to Mellisia M. Atkins and Waverly Atkins in the city of Portsmouth and raised in Newtown. John was also blessed to have a loving step-father, Robert Brown, who helped raise him. John attended school in Portsmouth Public Portsmouth System. John held jobs at Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Naval…...

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Katie L. Jones

Katie L. Jones passed away on September 28, 2020....

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Harlym Dior Jones

Harlym Dior Jones passed away on September 23, 2020....

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Jaziyah Amari Carmon-Washington

JaZiyah Amari Carmon Washington (Sugar Momma) went home to be with the Lord on September 24, 2020. JaZiyah was born August 23, 2020 to Sha’Qualia Nowell and Jeremy Carmon Washington in Norfolk, Virginia. Despite her short time here, her oldest brother JerSiah made sure he filled the big brother role. He tried to feed her, as well as kissed and loved on her. JaZiyah was their songbird, she loved to “SING/HUMM!” She brought so much…...

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Joan M. King

Joan M. King, 55, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. She was born December 30, 1964 in Portsmouth, VA to Daisy and Russell King. She attended Norfolk Public Schools. Joan truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, chatting with family and friends and spending time with her nieces and nephews. She touched many lives with her generosity and passion for life. Rhonda, her only daughter was…...

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Frances E. Eaton

Early Saturday morning, September 26, 2020, a loving, beautiful, caring child of God fought her last battle. On this day, Reverend Frances Elaine Eaton answered the call for eternal rest and peacefully entered into God’s kingdom. Rev. Eaton was born on September 28, 1934 to the late Ernest Banks and Rosa Lee Taylor. She was born in Norfolk, VA and attended its public-school system before moving to Brooklyn, NY where she met her husband Robert…...

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Daniel William Brooks, Sr.

Daniel William Brooks, Sr. was born December 28, 1945 to the late George P. Brooks and Sarah Brooks Cason. He is preceded in death by his late wife, Sandra Jean Brooks; two brothers, George Pete, Jr. and Leroy Brooks. He received his early education at Seatach Elementary School and then Princess Anne County. He worked over 50 years doing construction work. He always smiled when he came around and had something to joke about. He…...

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Veeta M. Barnes

Veeta M. Barnes, affectionately known as “V” by Michael, her husband of 34 years, was called home to be with the Lord on September 23, 2020. Veeta was the eldest child of Marjorie Woods and Emanuel Mullen, Sr. Veeta was a lover of the Lord, children, education, and fashion. Veeta knew and loved the Lord and she made it a point to serve Him. Veeta’s Christian acts of service were carried out at First Baptist…...

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Julia A. Robinson

In loving memory of a great woman, the late Julia Ann Robinson, better known as Bootsie to many. Grandma by a host and Ms. Boots to a multitude. Born in Rich Square, North Carolina to the late Zero Robinson and Lucy Anne Tillery. From this union seven children were born, and Julia was the oldest. Bootsie is predeceased by her three brothers, Zero Robinson, Theordore Robinson and Abraham Lincoln Robinson; one sister, Irene Jones and…...

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James L. Mills

With deepest sorrow, we announce that James (Sugar Lump) Mills, age 60, beloved son, brother, father, family member and friend passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 after a long illness. Those who knew James, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives.  James was born November 1, 1959 in Portsmouth, VA to Herman and Lucille Mills. He was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System. He was an employee of the…...

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Dolores Christine Grant

Dolores Christine Grant passed away on September 14, 2020....

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Gary Pendleton

Gary Pendleton passed away on September 24, 2020. He was born on April 4, 1956 to the late Dorothy and George Pendleton. Gary worked at Cooks and May’s Moving over for over thirty years. He was a good worker very dependable always there when you needed him, he may be late sometimes, but he was there. He had a big heart, if he could do anything for you, he would. He was very patience, never…...

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Patricia Ann Carter

Patricia Ann Carter passed away on September 21, 2020....

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Audrey Curtis Bailey

Audrey Curtis Bailey better known as (Curtis or “AC”) was born September 17,1935, in Nansemond County, Virginia to the late Thaddeus McKinley Bailey and Inez Prescott Bailey. He grew up in Newport News, Virginia along with his brothers and sisters. Following High School, Curtis served his country by entering the United StatesArmy. He then attended Norfolk State University (NSU), earning a degree in Industrial Education. This is where he met his wife Vivian, the love…...

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Milton R. Spence

On Sunday, September 20, 2020, Milton Russell Spence, loving husband, and father of four children, died at the age of 64. Milton was born on March 07, 1956, in Norfolk County to Thelma Foreman and Russell Spence. He worked for the City of Chesapeake for 31 years, receiving 5 awards for excellence throughout his career. Milton will most be remembered for his passion for friendship, we can honestly say he never met a stranger. He…...

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Rosa Ree Pressley

On September 16,2020 Rosa R Brown Pressley was called home to be with the Lord. She was born to the late Percy Brown, Sr., and Rosa Lawrence Brown, on March 22,1935 in Old Norfolk County (currently Chesapeake, Virginia) Rosa later moved to Norfolk, Virginia where she was educated in the Public-School system. She was employed with the State of Virginia. Department of Health where she later retired after many years of service. She was a…...

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Rosa Lee Long

Monday, September 21st at 9:36 am, the Lord whispered Rosa name and ushered her into eternal rest.  Rosa Lee Long, was born on June 9, 1930 in Kershaw, South Carolina to the late Mary Stover and Harry Kelly. She was predeceased by her husband James K. Long, Sr She attended Kershaw Public Schools and later was a supervisor in the Housekeeping Department at Manning Convalescent Home for over 30 years until she retired.   Rosa was a loving, kind, generous and caring…...

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Madeline E. Sawyer

Madeline E. Sawyer passed away on September 20, 2020....

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Andra M. Williams

On Tuesday, September 22, 2020,  Andra Maurine Williams  entered into eternal rest.  Andra was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and obtained her BS degree from Norfolk State College. She worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth for 17 years, where she met her “her darling” (as she often spoke of him). and the love of her life, husband Curlee.   Their union of 37 years brought forth 3 children, Corey, Shannon, and Crystal Williams, whom…...

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Casey D. Newsome

Casey D. Newsome was born on June 19, 1966 in Portsmouth, VA, to Mary Newsome and Dwight Marshall. After battling with severe illness, he was called home to be with the Lord on September 21, 2020. He enjoyed fishing, listening to music, and spending time with his family. He was a hard worker and willing to help anyone in need. Casey is predeceased by his mother Mary Newsome, sister Alma Newsome-Saunders, and brother Dwight Newsome.…...

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Bessie P. Craig

Bessie “Pat” Craig, daughter of the late George E. Williams, Sr. and Florence E. Williams, was called home to glory on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in the comfort of her own home surrounded by her loved ones. Pat was born on January 21, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland. Pat graduated from Frederick Douglas High School in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, where she met her high school sweetheart, James W. Craig, whom she later married on June…...

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Robert Lee Brooks, Sr.

Robert Lee Brooks Sr, born July 26,1943 in Norfolk, VA County by way of delivery of a midwife. He was called to rest early Sunday morning on September 20,2020. He was employed at E.V.Williams Construction Company as a truck driver. He was a gifted artist, he loved to play the drums and cut hair. He enjoyed dancing and telling jokes. Robert was most often called by his nickname “CAT.” He was a generous person and…...

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Warrenton James Griffin

Warrenton Griffin, 72, was born April 6, 1948. He departed this life on September 5, 2020. Warrenton James Griffin also known as “Peaches” was a native of Norfolk, VA and made a legacy form himself by serving in the United States Army where he served in the Vietnam War and received many honors such as the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 bronze service stars, Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal with device weapons, crewman…...

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Rufus Collins

Rufus Collins was born July 10, 1930 in Hyde County, North Carolina to the late Otis Collins, Sr.  & Lula King Collins. He was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. He worked at Norfolk State University, Facilities Department until he was unable to do so. He was a faithful & dedicated member of New Hope Church of God in Christ where the Honorable Calvin A. Durham is Pastor. Rufus cherished his church family.…...

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