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Obituaries

Buffalo supermarket victim Kat Massey, 72, laid to rest

In the late 1980s, Katherine “Kat” Massey was tired of the perpetually overgrown lot on state property on her street, so she sent a letter on “Cherry Street Block Club” letterhead to the governor, which led to it being cleaned ...

Plurax’s COO Denise Fields has died

Denise I. Fields of Williamsburg, and formerly of Richmond and Norfolk, died Wednesday, May 18, 2022.

Ellalee Fountain Flowers dies at age 98

Ellalee Fountain Flowers, a former Virginia Union University and Richmond Public Schools educator, died on Sunday, May 15, 2022. Mrs. Flowers, who lived in Richmond, was 98.

Basketball legend Bob Lanier dies after cancer battle

Bob Lanier, who went to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame twice — once for his talents; once for his hard-to-believe sneakers — died Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

Memorial service announced for fashion designer Cary Mitchell

A celebration of the life of the late Cary “Cup” Mitchell, a top clothing designer for Tiger Woods, Charles Barkley and other sports stars, will be held this weekend in Richmond, the family has announced.

Arthur D. ‘Art’ Toth Jr., owner of the former La Grande Dame, dies at 65

For nearly 30 years, Arthur David “Art” Toth Jr. was the go-to person in Richmond for full-figured women who wanted to dress well.

Artist William R. ‘Junie Red’ Johnson Jr. succumbs at 70

“Junie Red” cut steel for a living. But in his free time, the Richmond native let his creative juices flow in transforming metal pieces into abstract sculptures and painting a variety of subjects, most notably imagined landscapes of other worlds.

Dr. Delores R. Greene, longtime educator and former VUU and VSU dean, dies at 86

Dr. Delores Ann Richburg Greene felt the call to be a teacher when she was just 4 years old and in pre-school. She would play school in the backyard of her Petersburg home, where she would provide instruction on reading ...

Charles ‘Baby Charles’ Jones Jr., promoter, manager and producer for entertainers, dies at 47

Charles “Baby Charles” Jones Jr. managed, promoted and produced recordings for new and up-and-coming singers and hip-hop artists during his 30 years in the entertainment field. But the Richmond native was proudest of his work guiding and mentoring the music ...

William Hugo Van Jackson Jr., musician and music educator, dies at 86

William Hugo Van Jackson Jr., a jazz performer who spread his love of music to thousands of Richmond students through his music teaching and directing of high school bands, has died. Mr. Jackson, who was living in Ellicott City, Md., ...

Cary C. Mitchell, clothing designer to athletes and a Richmond legacy sports backer, dies at 62

Top Black athletes found their way to Richmond native Cary C. Mitchell when they wanted to look their best.

Evelyn H. Price, retired teacher and church leader, dies at 85

Evelyn Louise Harris Price, a retired Richmond educator and active churchwoman, has died.

Brenda Howlett Melvin, retired educator, dies at 76

Brenda Eulalia Howlett Melvin, a retired educator described by her family as “a ray of sunshine” and a person “who loved to celebrate everything and everyone,” died Monday, March 21, 2022, in a local hospital.

Gurtha ‘Gil’ Gilchrist Jr., longtime Armstrong phys ed teacher, dies at 83

Gurtha “Gil” Gilchrist Jr., who taught physical education and health at Armstrong High School for 30 years, has died.

Longtime NSU coach and AD William ‘Bill’ Archie dies at 92

William “Bill” Archie, a legendary coach and athletic director at Norfolk State University, died Saturday, March 19, 2022. He was 92.

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