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Albert Ferguson

Sep 11, 1943 - Nov 15, 2023

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Norfolk, VA

Albert Franklin Ferguson passed peacefully on November 15, 2023, at his residence, at 80 years old. Albert was born September 11, 1943, in Norfolk, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Ernest N. and Mrs. Mary E. Ferguson, his wife Virginia Hardy "Ginger" Ferguson, and a son, Albert Cowell. Albert had a good heart and would help anyone in need of assistance. He was baptized at an early age at First Baptist Church (Lamberts Point) in, Norfolk, VA and sang in the choir. He attended...Read More

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Deacon Annie Lee Jones Hayes

May 23, 1938 - Feb 18, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

“To have known this Woman of God was a gift for a lifetime. Her life of love and service to others will never be forgotten.” Deacon Annie Lee Jones Hayes received her beautiful wings as she journeyed to her new home to reside with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, February 18, 2024. Born on May 23, 1938, at 508 Appomattox Street in Norfolk, Virginia, she was the youngest of the late Jerry Jones and Daisie Jones McClees. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Hayes Sr., her son, Rudolph Hayes Jr., her brother, Jerry Jones Sr. and sister, Daisie Jones Harrison. Annie Lee was educated in Norfolk Public Schools and proudly graduated a year early with the Class of 1955 from Booker T. Washington High School. She was presented as a debutante with the Class of 1955 and also a member of a social club that included all her closest girlfriends which lasted for several years. After high school her passion was to become an educator and she enrolled in Norfolk State University when it was known as “Little State” to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education. She went on to meet the love of her life, Rudolph Hayes Sr. and they married December 30, 1956, and from this union were two children, Rudolph Hayes Jr., affectionately called “ Nugget” and Angela Kay Hayes. Her early years of employment included The Norfolk Ford Plant and then several years as a paraprofessional (teacher’s aide) with Norfolk Public Schools where she assisted with educating children in elementary school and working with some of the most dedicated teachers including one of her “besties” and closest friends, Anne V. Bunch. This love for helping children continued for a lifetime. Annie Lee was a devoted and dedicated lifetime member of Mount Zion Baptist Church for 70 plus years where she accepted God’s calling to become the in 1977 and worked tirelessly until she retired in 2007. Although she officially retired, it did not stop her from continuing to give her to this church. She will be noted as having an impeccable record of service and did everything for her church but preach (smile). If you needed an answer day or night about Mt. Zion, all you had to do was ask Annie Lee (smile). Her many years of unwavering service includes serving as a until her illness in August 2022, Deaconess, President of the Moses Reid Usher Board and Hospitality Committee and chair/co-chair of Women’s Day and Unity Day. She was a member of or worked on committees with so many organizations including but not limited to the New Pastor Selection Committee, Centennial Church Celebration, Pastor’s Advocacy Committee, Adult Missionary Circle, Busy Bee Circle, Red Hat Organization, Food Bank Ministry, Culinary Committee and Voices of Mt Zion. The church will forever be grateful for the huge fundraiser program known as the annual “Sweetheart Banquet” held every February for decades where the children of Mt Zion would dress up in their red attire and display their many talents. We know the church and community will miss her keen sense of creativity and array of talents that she possessed. Annie Lee loved her friends and classmates and was a devoted and dedicated President of the BTW Class of 1955 Reunions with the first being their 10 in 1955 and the last being their 60 in 2015. Also, she organized and started their class Prayer Breakfast that was held for many years with the first being held at Mount Zion Baptist Church. The love she had for her entire family and friends will be with them for a lifetime. Her infectious smile, giving and nurturing spirit, intelligence and array of talents will be imbedded in our hearts forever. Left to cherish her beautiful memory and carry on her legacy are loving and devoted daughter, Angela Hayes Howard, loving and devoted son-in-law, Eugene N. Howard, her 2 heartbeats, the grandchildren, Shaquille O’neal Howard and Kayci Che’Lee Howard, Godchildren, Audra L. Bunch and Elder Kevin L. Blount, brother-in-law Clifton Hayes Sr. (Carolyn), sister-in-law, Margie Hayes Sneed (Norris). Also left behind are many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends, and last but not least, her fur babies, Tiki and Remy. Angie, Eugene, Shaquille and Kayci would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the following for their special acts of love, kindness and generosity displayed during our dear Annie Lee’s illness starting August 29, 2022. Her loving, devoted and dedicated nieces, Phyllis Blount, Pamela Spruill, nephew, Glen Harrison, godchildren, Audra Bunch & Kevin Blount, her in-laws, Clifton and Carolyn Hayes and her “sidekick/bestie”, Anne Bunch and her husband Leon Bunch, lifelong friend, Dorothy Norfleet and friend Leon Knight for all that you did to assist for the past 18 months. It made her burdens and struggles a little bit easier as well as ours. She was always happy to see all of you and her beautiful eyes would light up whenever a male was in her presence (smile). If we missed anyone, charge it to our minds and not our hearts because we truly thank you from the bottom of our hearts. To Dr. & Mrs. Carl Sherrill and the entire Mount Zion Baptist Church that she loved so much, thank you so much for your prayers, cards, flowers and gifts of love. We know that you loved her, and she was always happy to see her pastor and his wife! Perhaps you sang a lovely song or offered a silent prayer. Perhaps you sent a floral arrangement as your way of saying “We Care.” Perhaps you came and sat with us to console our aching hearts. Perhaps you sent text messages or heartfelt sympathy cards, deeds, kind words or get-well cards, we thank you so much, whatever the part.

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Aline Sebrell Langston

Apr 14, 1926 - Feb 25, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Aline Sebrell Langston, 97, passed away on February 25, 2024. She was a native of Norfolk, VA, and was the daughter of the late Robert Ashby Sebrell, and Ione Young Sebrell. She is also preceded in death by a son, John Ashby Langston. She was a graduate of Randolph-Macon College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mrs. Langston taught Piano at 3 different schools, Bristow-Hardin, West Ghent School, and at the pre-school in First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. She was the Personnel Director at Norfolk General Hospital over 70 years ago.Mrs. Langston is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Wesley Langston, her daughter, Aline “Nenie” Prichard Langston of Virginia Beach, 5 grandchildren, David Ian Waller of Virginia Beach, Carter Langston Waller of Reseda, CA, Victoria Wales Schara of Arlington, VA, Brigitte Aline Schara of Arlington, VA, and Laura Waller Coyner of Upperville, VA.A private family service will be held at a later date.

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John E. Springett, Sr.

Feb 01, 1934 - Feb 25, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

EMCS (SS) John E. Springett, Sr. (USN, Ret.) departed this 25 February 2024 to join his wife, Joyce, on their eternal patrol. John was born 1 February 1934 in Quincy, Illinois. He was raised on a farm for his first twelve years and then moved to LaGrange, Missouri where he graduated from high school in 1951. He then went to college for a year and then joined Navy in 1952. He finished his twenty years, and joined QED for one year. He then went to work for the Naval Shipyard Norfolk. He retired from the shipyard in 1993 after twenty years. He worked part time for six years at Greenbrier Country Club.He was preceded in death by son, John, Jr. and daughter, Julie.Left to mourn his passing are his grandchildren, Johnathan, Dylan, and Lauren; his sister, Ann; and brother, Jerry.The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Princess Anne Chapel, on Monday, March 11, 2024, at 10:00 AM with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 AM. Burial will be private.

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Arthella Gardner DeBerry

Nov 29, 1929 - Feb 17, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Arthella Gardner DeBerry, 94, lovingly known by many as “Gran”/ “Gan”, left for her eternal home on Saturday, February 17, 2024. She was born on November 29, 1929, in Princess Anne County to the late Charlie Gardner, Sr. and the late Clara Gatlin Gardner. She had three brothers and four sisters. She was educated in the public schools of Princess Anne County where she was graduated from Princess Anne County Training School in 1949. She trained and was certified as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Arthella’s entire career was centered around caring for others. She worked as a CNA for many years in maternity at DePaul Hospital, Norfolk, VA, and retired from the former Norfolk Community Hospital, Norfolk, VA. After retirement, she worked for the Chesapeake School system, where she enjoyed interacting with the children and met her dear friend, Aretha Cherry. On August 22, 1949, Arthella married Clarence DeBerry. Five daughters were born from this union. Arthella accepted Christ as a young woman and was a longtime, active member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA until her health failed. She loved her Pastor and her church. For years, she served in the Gayner-Forman Nurses’ Unit and choir ministries, and was a devoted Sunday School member. Loved by so many because she cared for so many, Arthella was sweet, kind, mild mannered and welcoming. She didn’t have much to give monetarily, but she did give a lifetime of lessons, love, and memories. Her passion for spending time with her girls and grands gave her an excuse for travel, which was a favorite pastime. Arthella enjoyed entertaining and socializing. She loved dancing so much that she eagerly participated in dance contests during high school and, at times, even won. She enjoyed singing, whether in the church choir or for fun with her girls. She was the neighborhood horticulturist. Her beautiful flowers were admired by neighbors as well as passers-by. Good food was a big thing for her, and she was a great cook. Her specialties included sweet potato pies, yeast rolls, and tomato pudding. But “Queen City” food was what she enjoyed most of all. She loved all things Queen City, all family, and friends. She was a Queen City Girl. It was her favorite place to hang out. Like her sisters, she loved clothes and dressing for a themed event. Her greatest adventures and biggest laughs happened when she was hanging out with her sisters. She truly missed those times. Arthella was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clarence DeBerry; a daughter, Toni Denise DeBerry; three brothers, Charlie Gardner, Jr., Anderson Gardner, and George “Buddy” Gardner. Three sisters, Ardell Gardner Smith, Vassie Gardner Foreman, and Sarah Gardner Nichols also preceded her in death. She leaves behind to cherish her memories, four loving and supportive daughters including Cassandra DeBerry Jubilee (Charlie) of Chesapeake, VA, Gail DeBerry Rhedrick (Herbert, Jr.), of Charlotte, NC, Robin DeBerry Woodard of Virginia Beach, VA, and Clarencine Maria DeBerry of Chesapeake, VA; two bonus daughters, Claudia DeBerry Stith, and Rosemary Perkins Smith; son-in-law, Dion Woodard; grandchildren: Wynter Jubilee Blanks, Kory Jubilee, Kary Jubilee, Mya Hart Kelley (Derek), Kristin R. Williams (Tommy), Herbert (Trey) Rhedrick, III, Tiehra Woodard Springer (Johnathan), Kaylah Woodard, Justin Woodard, Kolbey Woodard, Kia Jubilee, Lucy Jubilee, and Rebecca Stith Elam; great-grandchildren: Ayana Blanks, William Blanks, Jr, Kanai Blanks, Jaden Kelley, McKenna Kelley, Korynn Jubilee, Kyla Jubilee, Zina Belbel, Kellen Jubilee, Kiera Jubilee, Jacob Williams, Nicholas Williams, Jailah Springer, Jade Springer, and Tiegan Springer; one sister, Elsie Gardner Wright; dear friends: Aretha Cherry and Emma Moses; and a host of loving and supportive nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Audrey M. Esposito

Died : Feb 25, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Wife, mother, grandmother, educator, community partner, and friend Audrey M. Esposito has died of natural causes. Her Earthly transition happened peacefully in Norfolk, VA February 25, 2024. Audrey would have been 83 in March and was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Sal. She leaves behind a huge legacy of love and learning that will celebrated by her three daughters and their families as well as a host of other relatives, friends, former students, neighbors, and colleagues. Plans for Audrey’s memorial at All Saints Church are pending at this time – as is the full obituary. Please visit for updated information and to leave a condolences to be shared with the family.

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Nancy Amanda Meiggs Loessin

Mar 13, 1936 - Jan 20, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Nancy Amanda Meiggs Loessin died on January 20, 2024. She was born on March 13, 1936, in her grandmother’s home in Cradock, VA. Everyone brought jonquils and she was forever known as The Jonquil Babe. Amanda grew up in Moyock, NC, and Cradock, VA, where she graduated in 1954 in the last class in the original high school building. During her high school years, she began her theatrical life as she performed on stage and radio in school. She began her college career as a theater major at Woman’s College UNC Greensboro and later transferred to UNC Chapel Hill where she continued her work on stage and university television productions. Upon graduation in 1958, she was hired by the Durham Star Theater and played several roles before moving to New York City. After a serious illness, she returned to UNC Chapel Hill where she taught, performed, and received a master’s degree. In 1967, she was hired by East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, as an artist-in-residence for the theater department and there met her husband, Edgar Ray Loessin. Edgar and Amanda worked, loved, laughed, and danced together during their 43 years of marriage. She continued to perform and teach as needed over the next 23 years. While in Greenville, she cared for her parents, volunteered as an observer for the League of Women Voters, and served on the first city commission for recycling. In 1992, Amanda and Edgar moved to Norfolk, VA, where they continued to support the arts, travel, and enjoy their cottage in Kitty Hawk, NC. They moved to Harbor’s Edge Retirement Community in 2007. Amanda is preceded in death by her parents George and Nancy Meiggs, her brother George R. Meiggs, and her husband Edgar Ray Loessin. She is survived by her sister Catherine Elizabeth Rose of Gettysburg, PA, brother-in-law Larry Loessin and wife Henri Jean of Pearland, TX, numerous nephews and nieces, friends, and beloved students.

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Daniel Painter

Aug 31, 1961 - Feb 23, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

NorfolkDaniel Painter was born in Norfolk VA on August 31st, 1961 the youngest of six children. He passed peacefully at the age of 62 on Friday February 23rd surrounded by his children, siblings, and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents Billy and Martha Painter and his brother Page.Daniel is survived by his daughters Brooke Stephenson (husband Matt) and Natalie Painter, his son Daniel Painter Jr. (wife Chelsea), three grandchildren Brodey, Chase, and Emberlyn, his siblings Patsy, Dixie, James, and Randy, ten nieces and nephews and his fur baby Charles the Lion Dog.Daniel worked for Norfolk Southern Railroad for many years out of high school. After leaving Norfolk Southern he opened Daniels Garden Center on Colley Avenue. He was an avid ODU fan and a larger than life personality that touched many lives and left many stories.Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 1:00pm in the Norfolk Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.. A reception to continue to celebrate his life will follow the memorial service at The Norfolk Yacht and Country Club from 2-5.“My wild spirit is my deepest truth, my greatest expression, and my highest love. It cannot be contained. It defies rules and explanations and logic. I embrace my untamed spirit and unleash him into a world that is meant to be filled with joy and love and laughter.”In the words of Danny Ray “Happiest man in America you big dummy!”In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Norfolk SPCA. Online condolences may be offered to the family at hdoliver.com

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Stephen H. Lambert

Aug 09, 1957 - Feb 20, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Stephen H. Lambert, 66, of Norfolk, VA, peacefully transitioned to his heavenly home on February 20, 2024, to be reunited with his father, Howard A. Lambert, mother, Betty A. Lambert, and sister, Debra L. Grudzinski.Steve worked in the soft drink and beverage industry for over 35 years and was a man of many talents. He was a kind and loving soul who never met a stranger and knew someone everywhere he went. Those closest to him were well aware of his love of John Wayne, woodworking, and especially, cooking. Steve showed his love for his family and friends through his warm, fun-loving personality and his cooking. He could always be found firing up the grill in his “Outback,” watching sports, enjoying one of his favorite movies, or jamming to music such as Elvis Presley, the Gap Band, and Dire Straits.Left to cherish Steve’s memory are his wife, Ann; daughter, Melissa (Angie) Potter; nephew, Dennis Grudzinski; nieces, Christina Byrd and Heather Davenport; and his beloved dog, Brody.A memorial service will take place at 11 am on March 16, 2024, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory, 3445 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA. Attire for service is casual.

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Arthella Gardner DeBerry

Nov 29, 1929 - Feb 17, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Arthella Gardner DeBerry, 94, lovingly known by many as “Gran”/ “Gan”, left for her eternal home on Saturday, February 17, 2024. She was born on November 29, 1929, in Princess Anne County to the late Charlie Gardner, Sr. and the late Clara Gatlin Gardner. She had three brothers and four sisters. She was educated in the public schools of Princess Anne County where she was graduated from Princess Anne County Training School in 1949. She trained and was certified as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Arthella’s entire career was centered around caring for others. She worked as a CNA for many years in maternity at DePaul Hospital, Norfolk, VA, and retired from the former Norfolk Community Hospital, Norfolk, VA. After retirement, she worked for the Chesapeake School system, where she enjoyed interacting with the children and met her dear friend, Aretha Cherry. On August 22, 1949, Arthella married Clarence DeBerry. Five daughters were born from this union. Arthella accepted Christ as a young woman and was a longtime, active member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, VA until her health failed. She loved her Pastor and her church. For years, she served in the Gayner-Forman Nurses’ Unit and choir ministries, and was a devoted Sunday School member. Loved by so many because she cared for so many, Arthella was sweet, kind, mild mannered and welcoming. She didn’t have much to give monetarily, but she did give a lifetime of lessons, love, and memories. Her passion for spending time with her girls and grands gave her an excuse for travel, which was a favorite pastime. Arthella enjoyed entertaining and socializing. She loved dancing so much that she eagerly participated in dance contests during high school and, at times, even won. She enjoyed singing, whether in the church choir or for fun with her girls. She was the neighborhood horticulturist. Her beautiful flowers were admired by neighbors as well as passers-by. Good food was a big thing for her, and she was a great cook. Her specialties included sweet potato pies, yeast rolls, and tomato pudding. But “Queen City” food was what she enjoyed most of all. She loved all things Queen City, all family, and friends. She was a Queen City Girl. It was her favorite place to hang out. Like her sisters, she loved clothes and dressing for a themed event. Her greatest adventures and biggest laughs happened when she was hanging out with her sisters. She truly missed those times. Arthella was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clarence DeBerry; a daughter, Toni Denise DeBerry; three brothers, Charlie Gardner, Jr., Anderson Gardner, and George “Buddy” Gardner. Three sisters, Ardell Gardner Smith, Vassie Gardner Foreman, and Sarah Gardner Nichols also preceded her in death. She leaves behind to cherish her memories, four loving and supportive daughters including Cassandra DeBerry Jubilee (Charlie) of Chesapeake, VA, Gail DeBerry Rhedrick (Herbert, Jr.), of Charlotte, NC, Robin DeBerry Woodard of Virginia Beach, VA, and Clarencine Maria DeBerry of Chesapeake, VA; two bonus daughters, Claudia DeBerry Stith, and Rosemary Perkins Smith; son-in-law, Dion Woodard; grandchildren: Wynter Jubilee Blanks, Kory Jubilee, Kary Jubilee, Mya Hart Kelley (Derek), Kristin R. Williams (Tommy), Herbert (Trey) Rhedrick, III, Tiehra Woodard Springer (Johnathan), Kaylah Woodard, Justin Woodard, Kolbey Woodard, Kia Jubilee, Lucy Jubilee, and Rebecca Stith Elam; great-grandchildren: Ayana Blanks, William Blanks, Jr, Kanai Blanks, Jaden Kelley, McKenna Kelley, Korynn Jubilee, Kyla Jubilee, Zina Belbel, Kellen Jubilee, Kiera Jubilee, Jacob Williams, Nicholas Williams, Jailah Springer, Jade Springer, and Tiegan Springer; one sister, Elsie Gardner Wright; dear friends: Aretha Cherry and Emma Moses; and a host of loving and supportive nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Vernon L. Riddick

Apr 14, 1952 - Feb 25, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1 Mr. Vernon L. Riddick transitioned from this earthly dwelling to his heavenly home on Sunday, February 25, 2024.Service is pending. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Vernon Riddick, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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