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Memorial service Aug.19 for ‘Tiger Tom’ Mitchell

A memorial service for Richmond broadcast legend “Tiger Tom” Mitchell will be noon Saturday, Aug. 19, at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road in Henrico County, the family announced Monday.

Broadcast legend ‘Tiger Tom’ Mitchell dies

“Tiger Tom” Mitchell built his life on the spoken and written word. For more than 30 years, the celebrated broadcaster entertained untold thousands of listeners with his radio show on long-gone WANT AM 990.

Dr. William C. Jones, 83, noted obstetrician, dies

Expectant mothers often filled the waiting room in Dr. William Collins Jones’ busy North Side office. They could be there for hours while Dr. Jones handled a delivery at a nearby hospital. But none of the women left because each ...

Margaret P. Howlette, 55-year city educator, dies

Margaret Poindexter Howlette mothered thousands of Richmond children, although she never had any of her own. For 55 years, Mrs. Howlette dedicated herself to the elementary students she came in contact with, first as a teacher for 29 years and ...

Shirley Clarke, former civic leader and community activist, dies at 86

Shirley Hagins Johnson Clarke enjoyed trying new career directions.

Rev. Joseph R. Young, pastor of Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Amelia, succumbs at 81

For The Rev. Joseph Roger Young, the call to ministry came late in life. The retired insurance claims adjuster was 65 when he entered Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond to begin his new career.

Claudette C. Harris, retired elementary schoolteacher, dies at 72

Claudette Chavis Harris touched the lives of hundreds of Richmond children during her 30-year career as an elementary schoolteacher.

Former Prince Hall Shriners top official dies at 88

Earl Haddon Gray, a former national leader of the Prince Hall Shriners, has died. Family and friends paid their final tributes to Mr. Gray on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Scott’s Funeral Home Chapel in North Side.

College star who broke color barrier dies at 85

Solly Walker was front and center in the desegregation of NCAA college basketball. The South Carolina native, who broke the color barrier on the team at St. John’s University in 1950, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in New York at ...

Cuba Gooding Sr., former lead singer of The Main Ingredient, dies at 72

Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” has died.

Former MCV researcher Anna Carr dies at 86

Her attractiveness made her a JET Beauty of the Week. Her intellect enabled her to become a pioneering scientist.

Dan Rooney, who opened doors in NFL for African-Americans in top jobs, dies at 84

As a driving force behind the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers for many decades, Dan Rooney won endless battles on the field — most notably a record six Super Bowl titles.

Retired teacher Joyce Johnson dies at 73

Teaching children was Joyce Cole Johnson’s mission in life, according to her family. For 33 years, Ms. Johnson helped Richmond first- and second-graders learn to read, write and do arithmetic, first at Woodville Elementary and then at John B. Cary ...

Former JFK football standout dies

Richmond has lost one of its former football heroes. Randy L. Crawley, a member of the 1972 Central Region championship team for the John F. Kennedy High School Kougars, died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at age 62.

Comedian Charlie Murphy dead at 57

Charlie Murphy, stand-up comedian, actor and older brother of comedian Eddie Murphy, died at a New York hospital on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at age 57.