November 14, 2005

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 14, 2005

Paul Chester Armstrong

Paul Chester Armstrong, 60, of the 900 block of East Princess Anne Road in Norfolk, died Nov. 10, 2005 at Norfolk Health Care Center. He was a native of Suffolk and son of the late Bishop Paul and Mother Maude Ellen Coats Armstrong.

He was a carpenter, a member of Save Thyself Inspirational Ministries and a lifetime attendee of Paul’s Temple Holiness Church.


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He is survived by his sisters, Mary Coats Bryant and husband Isaiah of Chesapeake, Ellen Armstrong Demary and husband McCoy of Suffolk, Annie Armstrong of New York, Elder Gertrude Armstrong Golden and husband Elder William, Sandra Williams and husband Michael, both of Virginia Beach, and Cassie Key of Whitehall, Penn.; his brothers, Melvin Armstrong of Lawrenceville and Minister Toshan Armstrong and wife Christine of Suffolk; his stepsisters, Marlene Porter of Suffolk and Clara Porter of Newport News; his stepbrothers, Leon Porter of Suffolk, Calvin Porter (Cheryl) of Norfolk, and Aaron Porter (Gladys) of Suffolk; one aunt, Ethel Wells of Norfolk; one uncle, Charlie Armstrong (Doris) of Suffolk; 17 nieces and nephews, 31 great-nieces and nephews, eight great-great-nieces and nephews, and many cousins, and friends.

The funeral service will be held at noon Nov. 15, 2005 at New Paul’s Temple Holiness church at 720 Hosier Road by Elders Gertrude and William Golden, pastors of Save Thyself Inspirational Ministry, Elder C. B. Skinner, Pastor and Elder William E. Golden, Assistant Pastor of New Paul’s Temple Holiness Church. Interment will be in Carver Memorial Cemetery.

The family will be at 309 l/2 York Street. The body will be taken to the church at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Crocker Funeral Home, Suffolk, is handling arrangements. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.

Marilyn Todd Bateman

Marilyn Todd Bateman, 54, of 278 5th Street, died Nov. 13 2005. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Nov, 16,2005 at Peoples Baptist Church in Greenville, N.C. with Pastor Max Barton and Pastor David Baker officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service Nov. 16 at Peoples Baptist Church in Greenville. Walker Funeral Home of Windsor is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Burden

Frances Matthews &uot;Suly&uot; Burden, 76 of the 1400 block of Wilroy Road died Nov. 12, 2005 in Obici Hospital.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today on by the Rev. George Terry, in the Sidney F. Harrell Chapel of Harrell & Hill Funeral Home. Burial will be private. Friends may join the family at the residence of the son Rex Burden at 3572 Indian Trail.

Mary Dickens

Mary Dickens, 70, died Nov. 12, 2005. She was a native of Suffolk.

Her survivors are one son, Richard T. Colbert; two sisters, Bernice Dixon (Earnest) and Paulette Scott; two brothers, Thomas and Larry Massenberg; one sister-in-law, Juanita Massenberg; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 16, 2005 at Pleasant Union Baptist Church on Webb Street. Viewing will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at T.E. Cooke-Overton Funeral Home. Interment will be at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Cathy Darden Jackson

Cathy Darden Jackson &uot;Kitty&uot;, 47, of 301 Oak Street, Suffolk, entered into eternal rest and peace on November 10, 2005. She was preceded in death by her son, Sheron Demiel and her brother, Mr. William Larry Darden, Sr. She was a graduate of Fayettesville High School, Fayettesville, NC and Portsmouth Beauty Academy and served in the United states Army. She was a custodian at Southwestern Elementary School. She was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church and the Senior Usher Board.

She leaves to cherish fond memories her husband, Mr. Roy Lee Jackson; a son, Melvin Larry Demiel and friend, Jamie Porter of Suffolk; her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Edward Lundia of Suffolk; father, Mr. John Henry Steverson and Annie of Churchland; two stepsons, Tony Jackson and Roy Jackson, Jr., both of Laurinburg, NC; stepdaughters, Annette Clark (Donald) of Laurinburg, NC and Lilly Jackson of High Point, NC; sisters, Mary Darden-Rodgers and the Rob Rodgers, Ms. Diane Darden, Detria Hill and the Donald Hill, all of Suffolk, Christine D. Bemberry of New Jersey, Barbara J. Boone, of Suffolk; brothers, Albert Weaver, Jonathan Diggs, Johnnie Ward, and Denzil Steverson of Suffolk; three aunts, Mrs. Lottie Bazemore, Josephine Daughtrey (Isaac), and Rosa B. Smith; two uncles, Wilbur Lee Steverson (Sadie) and Lewis Steverson (Mary); goddaughter, Annissa B. Strothers; godson, Demonta Jackson; ten grandchildren; sister-in-law, Barbara J. Darden of Suffolk; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The funeral service will be held at noon Nov. 15, 2005 in Metropolitan Baptist church by the Rev. Dr. Robert Hobbs. Interment will be in the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery. The family will be at 923 Truman Road. Crocker Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Vivian Irene Midgette

Vivian Irene Midgette, 56, of the 1400 block of River Creek Crescent died Nov. 9, 2005 in Obici Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Eure, N.C.

She was a 1968 graduate of Central High School in Gatesville and received certificates from Brooklyn College and The New School, Manhattan and Tidewater Community college in Portsmouth. She was employed for nine years as an accounting technician at the U.S. Coast Guard Finance Center in Chesapeake, where she received numerous commendations. She was a member of New Mt. Joy Food For Living Ministry, Inc. of Suffolk.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Anthony Lee Midgette; one daughter, Shene Ebony Midgette of Suffolk; one son, Omar Akil Midgette of Suffolk; her parents, Vernon and Edna Williams Norfleet of Eure, N.C.; one brother, Robert E. Norfleet (Ann) of Chesapeake; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 16,2005 in New Mt. Joy Food for Living Ministry, Inc. by Bishop William P. Wiggins, D.D. Interment will be in Ballards Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Eure, N.C. and a Wake Service will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today in Crocker Funeral Home. The body will be taken to the church at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The family will be at 1409 River Creek Crescent. Condolences may be extended to the family at

Clara Winslow

Clara C. Winslow, 88, of 3629 Nansemond Parkway, died Nov. 11, 2005 in Autumn Care of Suffolk. A native of Nansemond County, she was the widow of Jacob Winslow, and had retired from Planters Peanuts Inc. after 47 years of service. She was a member and usher of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Sarah Bailey of Chesapeake; a brother, James Cherry (Florine) of Baltimore, Md.; a sister-in-law, Lillie Pope a brother-in-law, John Winslow (Emma); several nieces and nephews, including Sean Cherry, Michelle Harvey, Savoye Cherry and other relatives, cousins, in-laws and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 16, 2005 at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Burial will be at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Nathaniel Scates. Viewing at Coprew Funeral Home will begin at noon today. The body will be taken to the church at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Condolences may be sent to