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Obituaries

Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dies

nd lyricists, creating raucous anthems that defined the genre’s sound and heartbeat, died Saturday, March 18, at his Missouri home. He was 90.

Joni Sledge of hit musical group Sister Sledge remembered at 60

Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem “We Are Family,” has died, the band’s representative said last Saturday.

Thomas W. Kenney, 93, dies; former owner of Spring Lake course

Thomas Waymond Kenney worked as a meat cutter and janitor most of his life, but ended up a millionaire through his love of golf.

Pentecostal Bishop Robert L. Tapper, 96, dies

Pentecostal Bishop Robert Lancelot Tapper developed churches in Richmond and six other Virginia communities during a ministry career that spanned 65 years.

James Brown’s ‘Funky Drummer’ Clyde Stubblefield dies at 73

Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

Woman at center of landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights case dies at 69

Norma McCorvey, whose legal challenge under the pseudonym “Jane Roe” led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that legalized abortion but who later became an outspoken opponent of the procedure, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. She was 69.

Grammy Award-winning singer Al Jarreau dies

LOS ANGELES Alwin Lopez “Al” Jarreau delighted music fans for nearly 50 years with his eclectic soulful, genre-blending style.

LaVerne Byrd Smith, 89, longtime educator, church historian, dies

Dr. LaVerne Charmayne Byrd Smith had a passion for education and writing. On the education front, she touched thousands of students and educators as a schoolteacher, university professor and reading specialist for the state Department of Education in a career ...

Marie Moore, former city schoolteacher, dies at 72

She was an educator, wife, mother, socialite, golfer, businesswoman and active church member. Marie Gwendolyn McNair Moore wore multiple hats in a busy life.

Clarence L. Townes Jr., longtime business, civic leader, dies at 88

Clarence Lee Townes Jr. left his fingerprints on Richmond over the course of six decades of involvement in civic affairs. A bulldog of a man, with a gruff voice and a penchant for straight talk, he was a key player ...

Owner of Crump’s Auto Service dies

Generations of Virginia Union University students turned to kindly service station owner William McKinley Crump for affordable help to keep their cars on the road.

Gwen Ifill, Washington journalist, was also a historymaker

Gwen Ifill, a preacher’s kid who grew up in New York public housing to embark on a nearly four-decade journalism career and became the gold standard of Washington political reporting, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, after a yearlong battle with ...

Lt. Col. Linda M. Washington, former chief of medical services for the 113th Air Wing, dies

Lt. Col. Linda Marlene Washington left Richmond to make history as a military doctor. In 1988, the intrepid physician became the first female flight surgeon in the District of Columbia Air National Guard, also known as the 113th Wing.

Winningest HU coach dies at 70

A memorial service for Henry “Hank” Ford, the most successful basketball coach in Hampton University history, will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at Dickerson A.M.E. Church in Georgetown, S.C. Burial will follow in Santee, S.C.

William ‘Bill’ Anderson, 68, retired U.Va. clinical psychologist dies

For more than three decades, Dr. William Henry “Bill” Anderson played a key role in providing mental health services for students at the University of Virginia.