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Obituaries

Longtime educator Rebecca H.Taylor dies at 90

Rebecca Ham Taylor touched the lives of thousands of children during her 44-year career in education.

Della Reese, star of TV show ‘Touched by an Angel,’ dies at 86

Actress and singer Della Reese, best known for her role as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama “Touched by an Angel,” has died at her California home.

Warren ‘Pete’ Moore, original vocalist, songwriter with The Miracles, dies at 79

Warren “Pete” Moore, a vocalist and songwriter with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Las Vegas on his 79th birthday.

‘Cosby Show’ actor dies at 91

Earle Hyman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who was widely known for playing the father of Bill Cosby’s character on “The Cosby Show,” has died.

Pioneering jazz singer Jon Hendricks succumbs at 96

Jon Hendricks, the pioneering jazz singer and lyricist who, with the trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, popularized the “vocalese” singing style in which words were added to instrumental songs, has died. He was 96.

Philip Griffin,18, dies; son of Dr. and Mrs. Barry Griffin

Philip Madison Griffin, son of Dr. and Mrs. Barry I. Griffin, has died. Philip succumbed Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, to complications from kidney disease.

Alvoston ‘Al’ Taylor, retired city educator, dies at 75

Alvoston L. “Al” Taylor Jr. was a dedicated teacher and principal who cared about his students during 35 years of service.

Elizabeth ‘Bette’ Mitchell, widow of ‘Tiger Tom’ Mitchell

The widow of the late Richmond radio personality and journalist John “Tiger Tom” Mitchell has died. Elizabeth “Bette” Spencer Mitchell, a retired Philip Morris employee, succumbed to complications from recent surgery, her family said.

Nellie H. McLeod, former Chesterfield civil rights activist, dies at 90

Nellie Jane Hinderman McLeod earned honors for leading the Civil Rights Movement in Chesterfield County that helped end segregation of public schools in the county and for her work for equal treatment for African-Americans. Through protests and lawsuits, she forced ...

Music legend Fats Domino dies at 89

Before the likes of Little Richard and Elvis Presley, Fats Domino helped usher in the era of rock ‘n’ roll with a pounding piano and an easy baritone that proved popular among all ages.

Robert Guillaume, stage, screen, Emmy TV star, dies at 89

Robert Guillaume rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms “Soap” and “Benson.”

Arts activist Lorna Pinckney is mourned at 43

Lorna Pinckney was a driving force in creating Richmond’s vibrant cultural scene. For 15 years, she brought poets, musicians and others together for lively performances of spoken word and new music in programs she dubbed Tuesday Verses and held in ...

Basketball’s Connie Hawkins was ahead of his time

Connie Hawkins took a long and winding road to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame — but somehow he made it. The extraordinarily talented Mr. Hawkins died Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at his home in Phoenix following a long illness ...

James Hickman, retired city homicide detective, dies at 68

James E. Hickman Sr., a retired Richmond Police detective who later worked with the Richmond Public Schools Department of Safety and Security, was remembered as a kindhearted man who cared about the students and crime victims whose lives he touched.

Clarence L. Jackson Jr., former chair of the Va. Parole Board and executive director of Rubicon, dies at 76

Clarence Leo Jackson Jr. spent six years helping to decide whether Virginia inmates should be released early from prison and later was key in efforts to save the largest nonprofit addiction center in Richmond. The former chairman of the Virginia ...