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Richmond lawyer Jacqueline G. ‘Jackie’ Epps, former chair of the Virginia Retirement System, dies at 71

Jacqueline Guess “Jackie” Epps, a prominent Richmond attorney whose legal career spanned 45 years, including service as former chair of the Virginia Retirement System, has died.

M.A. Motley, longtime business and civic leader, dies at 96

M.A. Motley Sr. went from success as a plumber to become one of the most influential African-American business leaders in Richmond.

James ‘Jimmy Lee’ Bracey Jr., founder of West End Richmond Striders track club, dies at 80

James Lee “Jimmy Lee” Bracey Jr. developed a passion for running track while serving in the Air Force.

Friends, family say goodbye to Aretha Franklin in marathon funeral

The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin was remembered and celebrated in a star-studded marathon funeral service last Friday that drew laughter, tears and, as with any large family gathering, controversy.

Dr. George T. Walker, composer, music educator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dies at 96

George Theophilus Walker was long ranked among the top American composers of modern classical music.

Former President Obama to speak at Sen. McCain’s funeral

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush will deliver eulogies Saturday at the funeral of U.S. Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war during Vietnan and six-term Republican senator from Arizona whose reputation as a maverick is causing ...

Thousands pay final respects to Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s body lay in repose on Tuesday while her soaring voice poured from loudspeakers outside a Detroit museum, stirring fans to sway and sing along and others to weep as they lined up for a last glimpse of the ...

Nobel winner Kofi Annan, the first black African to lead the United Nations, dies at 80

Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, his foundation said, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Rev. Nathaniel Morris, gospel singer, playwright, minister, dies at 67

The Rev. Nathaniel “Nat” Morris went from singing in a Richmond church as a child to the Broadway stage as an adult. An ordained minister, playwright, actor and singer, Rev. Morris was 18 when he made his debut in 1968 ...

Dr. Katie G. Cannon, renowned scholar who elevated role of black women in theology, dies at 68

Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon made history in 1974 as the first African-American woman to be ordained a Presbyterian minister in the United States. Dr. Cannon would use that breakthrough to become a driving force in creating the womanist theology that ...

Joseph L. Hayes Sr., former director of VEC’s Administrative Law Division, dies at 85

Joseph Lewis Hayes Jr. initially set out to become a pharmacist. Along the way, he switched to legal studies and eventually became one of the leading experts on the laws regarding unemployment benefits.

Former Congressman Ron Dellums, who pushed U.S. sanctions against apartheid South Africa, dies at 82

Ronald Vernie “Ron” Dellums was a fiery anti-war activist who championed social justice in his community and in Congress. The first African-American Democratic congressman from Northern California and a former mayor of his native Oakland, Calif., died from cancer at ...

Bernetta M. Williams, longtime math, science teacher, dies at 72

Richmond educator Bernetta Marie Williams ... is being remembered following her death on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. She was 72.

Great-granddaughter of Maggie L. Walker succumbs in Calif.

A great-granddaughter of noted Richmond businesswoman and banking great Maggie L. Walker has died in California.

Roderyck I. Bullock, former high school coach, community worker and advocate for disabled, dies at 44

Roderyck Irone “Big Shot” Bullock lost both feet to diabetes and had to learn to slowly and painfully maneuver with a walker and prostheses. But that didn’t keep Mr. Bullock from coming to Richmond City Council meetings to speak out ...

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