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Robyn Lightner

Oct 08, 1960 - Nov 19, 2023

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Norfolk, VA

Robyn Dawnel Lightner was called to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 19th, 2023. She was surrounded by family. Robyn was born on October 8th 1960 in Manhattan, NY. She was the oldest of 3 children born to Walter and Maria Lightner Jr. Robyn grew up attending NYC public schools. She regularly attended church and gave her life to Jesus Christ at a young age. Over the years, Robyn has held several positions with various companies. She also completed one year of college and ...Read More

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Margie Louise Daniel

Dec 10, 1922 - Feb 18, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Margie Louise Daniel, 101, peacefully passed away on February 18, 2024. Ms. Daniel was a former member of Thalia Trinity Presbyterian Church where she was a founding member. She is predeceased by her husband, Joseph A. Daniel, Jr. Survivors include a daughter, Carol Ann Simpson and husband Douglas; a son, Barry Lee Daniel; 3 grandchildren, Jennifer Coley, Matthew Coley and wife Joanna and Jamie Daniel; and 3 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at www.smithandwilliamskempsville.com.

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Kenneth Wayne Hemmings

Jul 13, 1945 - Feb 17, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Portsmouth – Kenneth Wayne Hemmings, 78, passed away on February 17, 2024 in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Born in Buchanan County and raised in Portsmouth, he was a son of the late Estel Norman Hemmings and Ruby Lee Webb Hemmings. He was also predeceased by a sister, Gay Beamon, and a brother, Danny Hemmings. Kenneth was a 1963 graduate of Craddock High School and was a retired US Air Force Master Sergeant. After his retirement from the Air Force, he worked for Sprinkle Masonry Company. He loved fishing. Kenneth is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lou Ellen Lowe Hemmings; four daughters, Theresa Ann Farley (Greg) of Virginia Beach, Delana Michele Doyle (Charlie) of Smithfield, Patricia Anne Childress (Todd) of Marathon, FL, and Texie Leigh Malota (Jeffery) of Portsmouth; two brothers, Fred Hemmings (Susan) of Florida and Eddie Hemmings (Faye) of Portsmouth; and seven grandchildren, Kenneth Bess, Cal Bess, Sarah Wilcoxson (Nich), Sadie Malota, Carley Childress, Max Childress, and Sam Malota. Burial with Full Military Honors will be held at 2PM Thursday, February 29, 2024 in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 23, 2024 from 6 to 8PM in Wright Funeral Home in Franklin and suggests that memorial donations be made to The Disabled American Veterans at help.dav.org.www.wrightfuneralhome.org

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Hereminia Acquilla Smith-Jolley

Jan 05, 1948 - Feb 12, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Hereminia Acquilla Smith-Jolley, also known as Mina, passed away on February 12, 2024, at the age of 76 in Norfolk, Virginia. She was born on January 5, 1948, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Hereminia was an energetic, determined, and fun-loving individual. She was highly educated and had a passion for learning. Mina was caring and loving, always putting others before herself. She was a graduate of Virginia Union University, received a Master Degree from Indiana University, and a teaching degree from Norfolk State University. Hereminia had a successful career and worked for various organizations including Xerox, Girl Scouts of America, Virginia Beach School District, and Norfolk School District. Mina worshipped at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church. In her free time, Hereminia enjoyed volunteering, attending church, sewing, traveling, exercising, watching tennis, and spending time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren. In her personal and family relationships, Hereminia was preceded in death by her mother, Jean Johnson; her father, Cornelius Johnson; her brother, Cornelius Johnson, Jr.; her brother, Archie Johnson; and her brother, Washington Johnson. Hereminia is survived by her sons: Ashley Smith and William Smith; grandsons, Sawyer Smith and Paxton Smith; daughters-in-law, Sierra and Lora; sister, Bertha L. Harris; brother, Charles Johnson, along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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William Ellis Taylor

Jan 11, 1930 - Feb 14, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

William Ellis “Bill” Taylor, 94, a longtime resident of Martinsburg, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, while under hospice care at the Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital in Norfolk, VA. The only child of the late Charles William Ellis and Margaret Frances Ambrose Taylor, Bill was born on January 11, 1930, in Martinsburg. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Bill was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife of over 60 years, Betty Lee Taylor. He is survived by his daughter, Cathy L. Miller (Scott) of Virginia Beach, VA, granddaughters Catherine S. Stern (David) of Atlanta, GA, Cristin L. McAllister (Levi) of Vienna, VA, and Elisabeth M. Goodson (Neil) of Knoxville, TN, and great-grandchildren William, Lillie, Ella, Aidan, Amelia, Caroline, Taylor, and Nora. Following graduation from Martinsburg High School in 1947, Bill dedicated his career of over 40 years to the B & O Railroad. Even after his retirement in 1990, he loved to tell stories about his railroad career. A lifelong avid hunter, he was a founding member of the Equal Rod and Gun Club and a longtime member of the Creek Hill Hunting Club. He always looked forward to turkey and deer seasons and had numerous stories to tell to any willing listener. Bill was a member of Christ Reformed United Church of Christ for over 75 years. His other memberships included the Osiris Shriners, The Scottish Rite, The Equality Lodge #44, and The Shenandoah Forest #150. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the excellent staff at First Colonial Inn in Virginia Beach, VA, where he felt truly at home for almost four years. Likewise, the family wishes to thank the staff at the Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital where he was compassionately cared for during his final days. The family will receive friends at the Brown Funeral Home, 327 W. King St. in Martinsburg on Friday, February 23rd from 6 to 8 pm. A funeral service honoring Bill’s life will be held at 1 pm on February 24th at the Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, 117 E. Burke Street in Martinsburg. Interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery. Reception will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Reformed United Church of Christ. Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home. Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com

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Travell Giles

May 06, 1994 - Feb 14, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Unite with us in prayer as we reflect on the life of Travell Giles, 29, of Norfolk, VA, died Wednesday, February 14, 2024, in Norfolk, VA The service honoring his life will be held 5:00 PM Monday, February 23, 2024, in the Memorial Chapel of Trinity Funeral Service. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are by Trinity Funeral Service of Kinston.

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Billy Williams

Nov 08, 1953 - Feb 01, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Billy Williams, 70, of Norfolk, VA died February 1, 2024. Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA is in charge of arrangements. (AltmeyerFH.com)

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Duane James Knecht

Died : Feb 17, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Duane James Knecht, 66, passed away on February 17, 2024. He was born in Baltimore, MD to the late Duane and Edna Knecht.Duane proudly served and retired from the United States Navy and worked for Arc 3 Gases following his service. He was a member of the Norview Masonic Lodge 113.Duane is survived by his wife Susan; his children, James Robert Knecht and Sarah McDaniel & her husband Parker; a brother, Claude Thomas Knecht; 4 grandchildren, Kali, Carley, Zoe and Isabella; a great-grandson, Daniel; along with extended family and friends.A visitation will be held at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel from 6:30-8pm on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. The funeral will be in the funeral home chapel with Masonic rites on Thursday, February 22  with a burial to immediately follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. A reception will follow the service at 524 Austin St., Norfolk, VA 23503.

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Willie Joseph Lanier

Jul 23, 1954 - Feb 12, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Willie Joseph Lanier, age 69, of Norfolk, Virginia, passed away on Monday February 12, 2024. Altmeyer Funeral Home and Cremations, Southside Chapel is honored to serve the Lanier family during this time.

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Lawrence F. Chapman, Sr.

Nov 25, 1933 - Feb 12, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Lawrence F. Chapman, Sr., 90, devoted husband, father, grandfather, educator, golfer, and friend departed this life on February 12, 2024, surrounded by his wife and children. He was the son of the late Sarah MaGee and Louie Chapman, Sr. A native of Suffolk, VA, Lawrence was educated in the Norfolk Public School System and a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School Class of 1952. He continued his studies at the Norfolk Division of Virginia State College which is now known as Norfolk State University. Lawrence furthered his education at the Army’s Nike Guided Missile Maintenance Detachment where he was an honor graduate. He began his civilian life as an honor graduate in the Electronic Apprentice School at the Naval Air Rework Facility. In 1993, after 39 years of service, he retired from the Naval Air Rework Facility as an Aircraft Production Superintendent, Avionics Division Director. Lawrence was one who understood the importance of knowledge. His willingness to share his knowledge and skills as a former electronics instructor at Norfolk State University empowered students to take their knowledge and skills from the classroom to a career. Lawrence was raised in First Baptist Church Bute Street and in his adult years was an active member at Mount Olive Baptist Church. At Mount Olive, he served as the Chairman of the Trustee Ministry, member of E.T. Myers Missionary Ministry, the Golden Years Ministry, and Food Pantry Ministry. Lawrence had the unique ability to connect with a wide range of individuals. He loved to laugh and had an uncanny sense of humor. In his passing, a fond memory was shared by a niece stating, “…his sense of humor, his “LOGICAL” way of putting everything in perspective, his smile, his laughter, the way he ALWAYS spoke so LOVINGLY about Aunt Alvah and their LIFELONG LOVE AFFAIR. He was a GIANT of a man with just the right amount of GENUINE GENTLENESS.” Perhaps to the world, Lawrence was an unknown gourmet cook. But to his family and friends, he was known as a world-renowned chef and his skillet lasagna was a family favorite. He was also fondly known as the “TV Repairman” because of his ability to revive TVs, stereos, and many other electronic devices for families throughout Hampton Roads. Lawrence was an avid golfer and took advantage of any day the temperature was above 60 degrees. He held bragging rights with two “Hole-in-one” but despite attempts, he never was able to add a THIRD to his collection. Most of all, he enjoyed fun-filled activities with his wife of 68 years and family. Left to cherish his memory: his beloved wife, Alvah F. Chapman of Norfolk; two sons, Lawrence F. Chapman, Jr. (Vanessa) and A. Keith Chapman, Sr. (Davida) both of Chesapeake, VA; one daughter, Julie C. Holmes (Jerry) of Suffolk , VA; seven grandchildren, J. Shajuan Ford, Larry Jovan Chapman, Kelsey Holmes, A. Keith Chapman, Jr., Jordan Holmes, Corey Chapman, and Kennedy Chapman; three great-grandchildren, Kevin Deon Chapman, Jr., Trenton Pittman and Avery K. Chapman. He was predeceased by Sarah L. MaGee (mother); Louie Chapman, Sr. (father); Alfred B. MaGee (stepfather); Louie Chapman (brother); Joyce Riley (sister); and Kevin Deon Chapman, Sr. (grandson).

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Dr. Thomas J. Cronin

Died : Feb 12, 2024

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Norfolk, VA

Dr. Thomas J. Cronin,90, of Norfolk, VA, passed away in his home surrounded by his family on February 12, 2024. Tom, as he was known to his family and friends, graduated from The University of Maryland Dental school in 1960. While he began his career in private practice, he soon joined the Navy where he started the Navy’s first orthodontist program. Tom spent the next 25 years serving his country in this capacity. When he retired as a commander he continued as a contract dentist for the next several decades until he retired. Tom was also a faithful servant in the Catholic Church where he was a volunteer as an ecumenical minister.Tom was a devoted husband and father. He had a generous nature, a quick wit and an impish grin. He was a hard worker with an impeccable work ethic. He will always be remembered and will be greatly missed.Tom is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Stephanie, and his son in law Henry.A memorial mass will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 11:00 AM. Inurnment to follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Norfolk, VA.

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