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Obituaries

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.

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 ...