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Obituaries

Critically acclaimed filmmaker John Singleton dies at 51

Director John Singleton, who made one of Hollywood’s most memorable debuts with the Oscar-nominated “Boyz N the Hood” and continued over the following decades to probe the lives of African-American communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, died Monday, ...

Ora Lomax, longtime NAACP leader, civil rights advocate, dies at 86

For decades, black women could only work behind the scenes at white-owned retail stores in Richmond during the harsh era of segregation. Ora Mae Perry Lomax helped change all that.

Barbara McDaniel Wolfe-Harris, longtime educator, dies at 90

L. Barbara McDaniel Wolfe-Harris was a creative force in the classroom during her 29 years as a Richmond elementary schoolteacher. Her son, Troy G. Wolfe, said his mother used photography, art, dance and visual aids to boost learning among the ...

Clem Daniels, AFL’s leading rusher, dies at 83

Clem C. Daniels Jr., the leading rusher in American Football League history, died Saturday, March 23, in Oakland, Calif. He was 83. Mr. Daniels rushed for 5,138 yards — the most ever by an AFL back — while also catching ...

Retired educator, florist Sylvia Richardson dies at 76

Sylvia D. Richardson loved the color purple. And the bubbly woman who brimmed with enthusiasm infused that color into her dual roles as an educator and a florist.

Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle remembered for his music, community efforts

Tributes continue to pour in for Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was fatally shot outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles on Sunday, March 31.

First African-American player with Cincinnati Reds dies at 94

Chuck Harmon, a trailblazing African-American athlete in both baseball and basketball, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at age 94. Mr. Harmon became the first African-American to play for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team in 1954, and remained a familiar figure ...

Longtime educator Joyce Clay Dennis dies at 85

Joyce Clay Dennis laid the academic foundation for hundreds of Richmond children who came through her elementary classrooms in Richmond.

City’s first African-American fire chief Ronald C. Lewis dies at 84

Ronald Charles “Ron” Lewis led the modernization of Richmond’s Fire Department after being installed as the city’s first African-American fire chief in 1978.

Pitching legend Don Newcombe dies at 92

In the late 1940s, the Brooklyn Dodgers rattled baseball’s foundation by boldly breaking the color line. It was to be a major turning point in all professional sports.

Clifton D. Townes, retired city recreation district superintendent, dies at 79

Clifton David Townes helped create vibrant sports and educational programs for city youths during a storied career with the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities.

Rev. Franklin, 47, dies after preaching sermon

The Rev. Charles M. Franklin Jr. preached a sermon, finished serving communion and had gone into his office at Ray of Hope Baptist Church in Northeast Baltimore on Sunday, Feb. 10, when he lapsed into a seizure.

Community organizer and strategist Lillie A. Estes succumbs at 59

Lillie Ann Estes set the standard for community organizing in Richmond.

Grammy winner James Ingram dies at 66

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter James Ingram, who launched multiple hits on the R&B and pop charts and earned two Oscar nominations for his songwriting, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2018, at his Los Angeles home from brain cancer. He was 66.

‘Y&R’ actor Kristoff St. John dies at 52

Kristoff St. John, who played the struggling alcoholic and ladies’ man Neil Winters for 27 years on “The Young and the Restless,” has died. He was 52.