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Elizabeth ‘Bette’ Mitchell, widow of ‘Tiger Tom’ Mitchell

The widow of the late Richmond radio personality and journalist John “Tiger Tom” Mitchell has died. Elizabeth “Bette” Spencer Mitchell, a retired Philip Morris employee, succumbed to complications from recent surgery, her family said.

Nellie H. McLeod, former Chesterfield civil rights activist, dies at 90

Nellie Jane Hinderman McLeod earned honors for leading the Civil Rights Movement in Chesterfield County that helped end segregation of public schools in the county and for her work for equal treatment for African-Americans. Through protests and lawsuits, she forced ...

Music legend Fats Domino dies at 89

Before the likes of Little Richard and Elvis Presley, Fats Domino helped usher in the era of rock ‘n’ roll with a pounding piano and an easy baritone that proved popular among all ages.

Robert Guillaume, stage, screen, Emmy TV star, dies at 89

Robert Guillaume rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms “Soap” and “Benson.”

Arts activist Lorna Pinckney is mourned at 43

Lorna Pinckney was a driving force in creating Richmond’s vibrant cultural scene. For 15 years, she brought poets, musicians and others together for lively performances of spoken word and new music in programs she dubbed Tuesday Verses and held in ...

Basketball’s Connie Hawkins was ahead of his time

Connie Hawkins took a long and winding road to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame — but somehow he made it. The extraordinarily talented Mr. Hawkins died Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at his home in Phoenix following a long illness ...

James Hickman, retired city homicide detective, dies at 68

James E. Hickman Sr., a retired Richmond Police detective who later worked with the Richmond Public Schools Department of Safety and Security, was remembered as a kindhearted man who cared about the students and crime victims whose lives he touched.

Clarence L. Jackson Jr., former chair of the Va. Parole Board and executive director of Rubicon, dies at 76

Clarence Leo Jackson Jr. spent six years helping to decide whether Virginia inmates should be released early from prison and later was key in efforts to save the largest nonprofit addiction center in Richmond. The former chairman of the Virginia ...

The Rev. Eddie Perry, former state official and pastor of Charles City church, dies at 79

The Rev. Eddie Lee Perry went from the military to the ministry while also playing a key role in recruiting social workers and other staff for the state Department of Social Services. For 13 years, he served as director of ...

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, head of Catholic Diocese of Richmond, dies at 75

A funeral Mass for Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, who served for the last 13 years as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond, was said Friday, Aug. 25, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. Bishop DiLorenzo, ...

‘Tiger Tom’ Mitchell remembered at memorial service

“Tiger Tom” Mitchell was not only a Richmond broadcast legend, but he was an easygoing, deep-thinking family man who taught his children the importance of education, being open to different perspectives and respecting the viewpoints of others.

Memorial service Saturday for ‘Tiger Tom’ Mitchell

A memorial service for Richmond broadcast legend “Tiger Tom” Mitchell will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 19, at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road in Henrico County.

David S. Carter Jr., husband of School Board member Nadine Marsh-Carter, dies at 59

David Samuel “Big Dave” Carter Jr., the husband of 7th District Richmond School Board member Nadine Marsh-Carter, died Sunday, July 30, 2017.

Rev. Alexander ‘JJ’ James III, associate pastor of Trinity Baptist, dies at 42

Just a few hours after welcoming the Rev. Jesse Jackson to his church last Sunday, Trinity Baptist Church’s pastor, the Rev. A. Lincoln James Jr., and his wife, Mary P. James, suffered a shattering loss.

Sandra L. Wright-Bonner, former member of Wright Family Singers, dies at 73

Sandra L. Wright-Bonner touched the lives of untold numbers of people with her voice, her work and her leadership in her church.

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