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Raymond D. Patterson, former state official and manager of community affairs for Sports Backers, dies at 69

Raymond D. Patterson received a second chance and made the most of it. After pleading guilty to felony misuse of public funds as a state official in the early 1990s, Mr. Patterson rebounded to become a key figure in staging ...

Crusading journalist George E. Curry dies at 69

George E. Curry, a pioneering journalist and publisher whose civil rights advocacy helped free a Henrico County woman from federal prison while calling national attention to the disparity in federal drug sentences for African-Americans, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at ...

Ryland Roane, 58, AIDS educator and HIV hotline supervisor dies

Ryland Restee Roane Jr. was a pioneer in HIV/AIDS education in Central Virginia. After being diagnosed with HIV in 1987, the Richmond native devoted his life to providing information and assisting others through his work for the Richmond and state ...

Vashti Forbes-Kelly, 74, retired Richmond schools secretary dies

Vashti Patricia Forbes-Kelly helped get things done with little recognition. Before she retired in 2000 after 31 years, principals at Armstrong High School and Franklin Military Academy counted on her as a school secretary to keep things humming. Students knew ...

Larry M. Walker Sr., retired teacher, coach succumbs at 66

Larry Maurice Walker Sr. combined two passions — history and sports — as a teacher and coach for Richmond Public Schools.

Nate Thurmond, record-setting NBA player, dies at 74

In October 1974, Nate Thurmond did something no NBA player had ever done. It was Mr. Thurmond’s debut with the Chicago Bulls, and he recorded the first NBA quadruple-double: 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots in ...

Rev. Canon Allan R. Wentt, 84, retired rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal, dies

Richmond has lost an acclaimed Episcopal church leader and a renowned vocal artist. The Rev. Canon Allan R. Wentt, 84, who served for 17 years as rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church before retiring in 1996 after a nearly 50-year ...

Frank Tennyson Jr., businessman, sports coach, succumbs at 51

“Be great!” was a favorite expression of Franklin “Frank” Delano Roosevelt Tennyson Jr., who strived to live up to his mantra through his dedication to sports and his family.

Rev. Marshall H. Garrett, 73, Christian education minister at Moore Street Missionary Baptist Church

The Rev. Marshall Henderson Garrett, minister of Christian education at Moore Street Missionary Baptist Church, was widely known for his loving and caring spirit.

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, ‘conscience of the world,’ dies at 87

Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner whose memories of persecution and teachings on tolerance made him one of the world’s most revered moral voices, has died at 87. “My husband was a fighter,” Marion Wiesel said ...

Rose Brown Adams, entrepreneur, dies at 68

Rose Brown Adams embraced and lived life to the fullest. Friends and loved ones remember her as being energetic, entrepreneurial and always willing to help others. Still shaken by her recent death, her husband, Dr. Randy Adams, a Richmond pediatric ...

AFL All-Star Earl Faison, Virginia native, dies at 77

Native Virginian Earl Faison, a five-time American Football League All-Star with the San Diego Chargers, died Sunday, June 12, 2016, at his home in Prescott, Ariz. He was 77.

Mamie Rallins, former Olympic hurdler, Hampton University coach dies at 74

Two-time Olympian and former Ohio State University and Hampton University women’s track coach Mamie Rallins died Monday, May 16, 2016, in a car wreck near Port Clinton, Ohio.

Jim McMillian, member of L.A.Lakers 1972 championship team, dies at 68

Jim McMillian, a key component of the longest winning streak in NBA history, died Monday, May 16, 2016, at his home in Winston-Salem, N.C.

World’s oldest person dies at 116 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Susannah Mushatt Jones, the world’s oldest person, has died in New York at age 116. Ms. Jones, who was affectionately known by family and neighbors as Miss Susie, died Thursday, May 12, 2016, at a public housing facility for seniors ...