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Obituaries

Community booster Linda D. Myrick dies

Linda Diane Myrick was a vibrant, determined woman who found joy in helping her family and others get the most out of life.

Lucia Ferray-Robinson, co-founder of Africa Awareness Association, dies at 54

A 23-year link between Cuba and Richmond has been broken with the death of Lucia Arocha Ferray-Robinson, 54, at her residence in Havana on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Stephen Silva, former VCU-VUU point guard, dies

Former Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University basketball point guard Stephen Silva died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Beverly Crawford, who ran law firm with husband, Sa’ad El-Amin, remembered for her passions

Family and friends gathered Saturday, June 30, to celebrate the life of Beverly Diane Crawford, a former attorney and wife of former City Councilman Sa’ad El-Amin.

Joe Jackson was admired by some, detested by others

When Joe Jackson, the patriarch and architect behind the musical Jackson family dynasty died on June 27, some media organizations focused on the negative stories. However, at least one Richmonder who found his own success in show business, remembers the ...

Jackson family patriarch dies

Joseph “Joe” Jackson, the patriarch who launched the musical Jackson family dynasty, died Wednesday morning, June 27, 2018, in a Las Vegas hospital.

Lydia M. Jiggetts, prayer warrior and activist, dies at 70

Dr. Lydia Mercedes Jiggetts sought to help people in multiple ways. In the 1970s, she was part of a team of activists that helped force Richmond area radio and television stations to end their whites-only employment policies and open their ...

One of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers dies

Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died in Southern Utah on Monday, June 11, 2018, surrounded by family members who raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to be by his side.

Louis Farrakhan Jr., 60, oldest son of Nation of Islam leader, dies

A Janazah service, a Muslim burial service, was held Friday, June 8, at Mosque Maryam in Chicago for Louis Farrakhan Jr., the eldest son of Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, and Mother Khadijah Farrakhan. Mr. Farrakhan ...

William A. Thornton, longtime historian for Richmond Crusade for Voters, dies at 93

William Armstead Thornton always was considered the indispensable dependable man at the Richmond Crusade for Voters, his church and other organizations in which he participated.

Helen Peyton Wallace, among first teachers to integrate Westhampton Elementary, dies at 90

Helen Winfree Peyton Wallace had a passion for helping Richmond children master reading. An avid reader, Mrs. Wallace was best known for her work as a Title I remedial teacher who helped untold numbers of city elementary students overcome reading ...

Maxine L. Black, longtime school counselor and civic leader, succumbs at 77

Maxine Lewis Black wore multiple hats as an educator and in leadership roles with women’s organizations. Mrs. Black was a foreign language teacher and late served as a guidance counselor with Richmond Public Schools in a career that spanned nearly ...

Jean L. Fountain, longtime educator, civic leader, dies at 75

Jean Lankford Fountain wore different hats as an educator, but always under the banner of Richmond Public Schools.

Lillie L. Taylor, longtime RPS administrator, succumbs at 88

The life and faith of Lillie Lipscomb Taylor, a former teacher and longtime supervisor of business and economic education programs for Richmond Public Schools, was celebrated during a funeral service Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Great Hope Baptist Church.

Blanche A.B. Washington, retired teacher, musician dies at 86

Blanche Amanda Barcroft Washington spent 36 years teaching elementary students reading, writing and the rudiments of science.

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