Joshua Orion Hardy, also known as, Dennis Angelo Hoskins, 52, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 31, 2019. He changed his name to honor his grandfather, who was like a father to him.
He was a Norfolk native and a Virginia Beach resident. Joshua was born Nov. 2, 1966, to Linda V. Hardy Hoskins and Willie E. Hoskins Sr.
Joshua worked for the City of Virginia Beach Public Utilities Department for 4.5 years as an engineering technician. He worked for the City of Norfolk 12 years prior. He was devout in his Christian faith, an avid Bible reader and enjoyed weekly Bible study. He also fellowshipped with anyone he encountered; if you knew Joshua, you knew the Lord.
Joshua is survived by his twin sister, Denise A. Smallwood (Lamont); brother and sisters, Willie E. Hoskins Jr. (Shirley), Cassandra “D.D.” Hardy; Linda E. Hardy; Linden E. “Lance” Hoskins (Regina); and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He had the BEST sense of humor and always made us laugh; he also enjoyed playing the guitar. Joshua authored and illustrated a children’s book titled, The ABC Book On Protecting Yourself From Strangers.
We will miss his smile, attentiveness and guidance; he will be sorely missed and forever in our hearts. A wake service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, June 8, at Metropolitan Funeral Service, 120 W. Berkley Ave., Norfolk. A funeral service will be held at noon, Sunday, June 9, at the funeral home. Interment will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Norfolk.
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