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Obituaries

Clarence ‘Ollie’ Oliver of Supreme Hairstyling, dies at 53

Clarence Edgar “Ollie” Oliver, a professional barber who worked in the family business with his father, died on Monday, July 25, 2022, a little more than a week shy of his 54th birthday.

Dr. Taleshia L. Chandler, educator and first lady of Cedar Street Baptist Church, dies

Cedar Street Baptist Church of God is mourning the loss of its first lady, educator, author and inspiring church singer, Taleshia Lenshell “Lady C” Chandler.

James William Cheagle, who fought discrimination in law enforcement, dies at 79

Retired Richmond Police Capt. James William Cheagle, who was a leader in fighting racial bigotry within the department, has died.

Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 89

Nichelle Nichols, who broke barriers for Black women in Hollywood as communications officer Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” television series, has died at the age of 89.

Construction leader Langston R. Davis Sr. dies

Langston Randolph Davis Sr., president and chief executive officer of Richmond-based Davis Brothers Construction Co. Inc., has died.

The Rev. Robert W. Oliver Sr. remembered as a ‘force for good’

Faith, family and hard work shaped the Rev. Robert Wade “Bobby” Oliver Sr.’s life.

Vernon Winfrey, Oprah’s father, dies at 89

Oprah Winfrey confirmed in an instagram post that her father died in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday, July 8, 2022.

Hugh Evans, first HBCU graduate to referee in the NBA, dies

Longtime NBA official and former Richmonder Hubert “Hugh” Evans died Friday, July 8, 2022. He was 81.

NFL’s first black quarterback dies at age 76

Marlin Briscoe, the NFL’s first Black starting quarterback, died of pneumonia June 27 at his home in Norwalk, Calif. He was 76.

Pastor Dorothy L. Hughes, a business owner and gospel musician, dies

Pastor Dorothy Lee Lynch Hughes, founder and leader of Victory Christian Center RVA in Richmond and owner of two residential homes for the disabled, has died. Pastor Hughes, who, according to her family, also won acclaim for her gospel musical ...

Former RRHA manager James W. ‘Dick’ Harris Sr. dies

For more than three decades, James Willard “Dick” Harris Sr. was a familiar face to public housing residents in Richmond.

Mississippi civil rights activist ‘Bud’ McGee dies at 81

William “Bud” McGee, a Mississippi civil rights activist who worked to register Black voters in the 1960s, has died.

Dallas’ legendary running back Don Perkins dies

Don Perkins, the running back that helped the Dallas Cowboys earn the label “America’s Team,” died on Thursday, June 9, 2022. He was 84.

Longtime VCU executive assistant dies

For three decades, Antoinette Louise Best Dickerson worked behind the scenes to help keep Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts humming.

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 ...

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