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Thursday April 19th, 2018
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Shalaby "Chico" Sundiata

Shalaby Sundiata, born Rufus Richard Batts Jr., 75, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 and peacefully transitioned to his eternal resting place.  He was born February 16, 1943 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Dorothy Ernestine (Fisher) Batts and Rufus Batts Sr.   Shalaby was educated through the Norfolk Public School System.   Throughout his Life he worked a myriad of jobs to include Long Shoreman and janitorial services and was widely known for his active role throughout his community. 

At an early age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, rededicated himself several times during his journey, before later converting to Islam. 
Shalaby was a very passionate soft spoken man truly enjoyed sharing his life’s experiences with those his junior.

Left to cherish his memory are ten children;Tracey Elliott of  Virginia Beach, Levell Batts  of Virginia Beach, Tanyia Moore  of Charlottesville, Demetric Jackson of Georgia, Tarius Pray of Norfolk, Carnet Horton of Chesapeake, Tara Moses of Norfolk, Yazmine Bracey of Norfolk, Jarshatrah Statton of Petersburg, and Chase Sundiata of Chesapeake;28 loving grandchildren, and 48 precious great grandchildren.one brother Clifford Lee Batts of New York. Two Uncles James Fisher of Maryland and George Fisher of Florida, and one Aunt Addie Whitaker of Norfolk, Virginia.

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So sorry for the loss of Mr. Sundiata. Even though those in the memorial tombs have fallen asleep in death, Jesus said, The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life. (John 11:11,25) May this beautiful hope held out for the future bring comfort.

TBC Apr 30 2018 12:00 AM

Rest in Peace Cousin.

Gwendolyn Batts Shine Apr 19 2018 12:00 AM

Jazz and family sorry for your loss praying for you always god bless you all special candle shining for Chico rest in peace paradise forever from Taylor family

Lorraine Taylor Apr 18 2018 12:00 AM

Rest in peace Gpa

Timerra Pray Apr 17 2018 12:00 AM

We will truly miss Chico. He was part of our family here at SHC of Norfolk. We will miss his smile and his laughter. My he RIP.

Lorraine Evans ,LPN,Signature Healthcare of Norfolk Apr 17 2018 12:00 AM

I LOVE YOU DADDY..I MISS..The last months spent with you was good-I DON'T regret not 1 bit of those days an nites-sleeping on the floor beide you yo-im gone miss yo soft stern tone voice. Im gone miss your cooking- an our evening's watch karate flicks-Im glad you was my daddy..I know you loved me..ya monk-jazz-

Yazmine Bracey Sundiata Apr 17 2018 12:00 AM

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