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Obituaries

Legendary baseball slugger Willie McCovey dies

Willie McCovey, who was among the most respected and feared sluggers in baseball history, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif. Mr. McCovey was 80.

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Brazil, former RPS principal, dies at 76

Margaret Williams “Peggy” Brazil spent 31 years as a Richmond Public Schools educator, capping her service as principal of Overby-Sheppard Elementary School in North Side. Her work helping Richmond schoolchildren build a foundation of knowledge is being remembered following her ...

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove dies at 49

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, a prolific player who provided his jazz sound to records across a vast range of styles and won two Grammys, has died at age 49.

Poet and playwright Ntozake Shange dies at 70

Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, according to her daughter.

Retired dentist Dr. Edwin D. Cooke Jr. dies at 85

Dr. Edwin Donald Cooke Jr. is being remembered as a caring dentist. The Air Force veteran practiced in the Richmond area for more than 35 years before retiring. Dr. Cooke, a resident of Prince George County, died Monday, Oct. 8, ...

Charles ‘Jabo’ Wilkins, trailblazing player for the VCU Rams, dies at 70

In Virginia Commonwealth University’s storied basketball history, few players shined brighter than Richmond native Charles “Jabo” Wilkins. A trailblazing hero for the Rams from 1968 to 1971, Mr. Wilkins died of brain cancer Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, in Greenville, N.C., ...

Kenneth L. Prince Sr., businessman, dies at 78

“Work, work and more work. Man don’t work, man don’t eat. “ That was the mantra Kenneth Lee Prince Sr. lived by, said his family. Seeking to emulate his hard-working parents, the longtime Henrico County resident never seemed to rest.

Arthur Mitchell, creator of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, dies at 84

Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has ...

Venisha Brown, daughter of legendary singer James Brown, dies at 53

A daughter of the late “Godfather of Soul” James Brown has died.

Memorial service Oct. 6 for Jacqueline G. Epps

A memorial service for Jacqueline G. “Jackie” Epps, a Richmond attorney and former chair of the Virginia Retirement System, will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church, 830 25th St., in Newport News.

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.

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