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Rev. Kenneth E. Dennis Sr., pastor of Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, dies at 65

The Rev. Kenneth Eugene Dennis Sr., who led Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Jackson Ward for three decades, has died.

Hip-hop artist Prince Markie Dee of Fat Boys dies at 52

Prince Markie Dee, a member of The Fat Boys hip-hop trio who later formed his own band and became a well-known radio host, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, the day before his 53rd birthday.

Dr. Ralph Reavis Sr., pastor, author and former president of Virginia University of Lynchburg, dies at 80

The private Virginia University of Lynchburg was teetering on collapse when Dr. Ralph Reavis Sr. left the pulpit at Riverview Baptist Church in Richmond to respond to a call to save his undergraduate alma mater.

Hundreds pay final respects to legendary actress Cicely Tyson

People traveled across the country and stood in a block-long line to pay last respects to the late legendary actress Cicely Tyson at a public viewing Monday.

Televangelist Rev. Frederick K.C. ‘Fred’ Price, who built the ‘FaithDome’ in L.A. dies at 89

The Rev. Frederick K.C. “Fred” Price, the televangelist who built his Los Angeles ministry into one of the nation’s first Black megachurches, has died. He was 89.

Melvin E. Banks, whose publishing company revolutionized Bible study by incorporating positive images of Black people, dies at 86

Melvin E. Banks, whose company portraying positive images of African-Americans in the biblical experience has grown from its start in the basement of his Chicago home into the largest independent Black Christian publishing house in the United States, died Saturday, ...

Mary Wilson, the longest reigning original Supreme, dies at 76

Mary Wilson, an original member of The Supremes who is considered the force that kept the hugely popular trio together through the internal strife that mounted with their success, has died. She was 76.

Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks dies

Leon Spinks, who won Olympic gold and then shocked the boxing world by beating Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight title in only his eighth pro fight, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. He was 67.

Roxie Raines Kornegay Allison, whose activism led to diversity on state boards and commissions, dies at 83

Roxie Raines Kornegay Allison championed Black inclusion in government and public contracting while also opening her heart and her home to children and adults who needed a helping hand.

Sheila K. Mandt, fundraising consultant and wife of former Councilman Chris A. Hilbert, succumbs at 55

Sheila Kavanagh Mandt, wife and political adviser to former 3rd District City Councilman Chris A. Hilbert and a fundraising guru for nonprofits, has died.

Legendary Coach John Chaney dies at 89

Retired Temple University basketball Coach John Chaney, who was among the most successful Black coaches in basket- ball history, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, following a short illness. He was 89.

Algenon L. Brown, longtime educator and member of the Capital Region Airport Commission, dies at 95

Algenon L. Brown, a career educator in Richmond for 36 years who also fought for Black business inclusion in the operation and development of the Richmond International Airport, has died.

Former Virginia Squires and NBA player George Carter succumbs at 76

George Carter, a former ABA All-Star with the Virginia Squires, died Nov. 18, 2020.

Thomas H. Francis, whose political skills aided candidates in Chesterfield and elsewhere, dies at 77

For decades, Thomas Henry Francis pushed to make inroads for Democrats in Republican-controlled Chesterfield County where he lived most of his life.

Doris E. Day, a longtime educator and librarian, dies at 71

Doris Day influenced the lives of thousands of children as a teacher and school librar- ian for more than 40 years in Richmond and Chesterfield County.

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