Alphonso H. ‘Al’ Bowers Jr., who fought for construction diversity, dies

Alphonso Hugo “Al” Bowers Jr., a veteran Richmond contractor who was outspoken in promoting Black inclusion in government building projects and promoted construction trades training program for unemployed adults, has died.

Pastor Marshall D. Burgess Sr. memorialized

A memorial service for Rev. Marshall D. Burgess Sr. was held on Dec. 2, 2022, at Metropolitan African American Baptist Church in Richmond. He died on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, at the age of 90.

Lawrence Hugh ‘Larry’ Everette, social worker and popular singer, dies at 74

Lawrence Hugh “Larry” Everette was passionate about helping people and singing.

Clarence Gilyard, ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ and ‘Die Hard’ actor, dies at 66

Clarence Gilyard Jr., a popular supporting actor whose credits include the blockbuster films “Die Hard” and “Top Gun” and the hit television series “Matlock” and “Walker, Texas Ranger,” has died at age 66.

Educator Evangeline C. Brooks’ ‘unselfish life’ celebrated

Dedicated educator. Lifelong faith leader. Strong, caring mother.

Juliette Stephens Hamilton, retired nurse, dies at age 104

“Live one day at a time and enjoy that one.” Juliette Stephens Hamilton, one of Richmond’s oldest residents, called that the secret to a long and healthy life.

Sheila D.H. Scott, former RPS school principal, dies at age 69

Shelia Diane Harris Scott, a career educator who touched the lives of thousands of schoolchildren, has died. Best known for her 12 years as principal of Miles Jerome Jones Elementary School in South Side, Mrs. Scott died Monday, Nov. 7, ...


Bettie Elizabeth Boyers Cooper, who helped end Richmond and Virginia’s determined efforts in the 1950s to maintain racially segregated public schools, has died.

Rev. Calvin Butts, influential pillar of Harlem, dies at 73

The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, who fought poverty and racism and skillfully navigated New York’s power structure as pastor of Harlem’s historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, died Oct. 28 at age 73, the church announced.

Mabel Lighty, gifted math teacher, dies at 83

Mabel Eunice Caster Lighty taught math to two generations of Richmond high school students and then went on to teach math for another 14 years at Reynolds Community College.

Businessman and civic activist Anson L. Bell, 69, dies

Anson Lloyd Bell, a Richmond contractor and businessman who was active in community affairs, has died. Mr. Bell, who crusaded for Black inclusion in city contracts and on other issues, died Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. He was 69.

Educator Charles L. Walker, 71, dies

Charles Len “Herm” Walker spent more than 35 years involved with the education of Richmond children.

Anthony J. ‘Tony’ Binga Jr., 60, dies

Anthony J. “Tony” Binga Jr., a friendly, outgoing man who played a key role in naming and expanding Virginia Premier, a Richmond-based managed health insurance operation, has died.

John V. Moeser, an advocate of racial equity and justice, dies at 79

Educator and equity advocate John V. Moeser, who spent decades researching and inter- rogating Virginia and the South’s relationship with race, poverty and equality, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, following a lengthy illness. He was 79.

Early childhood educator Joyce R. Cosby dies at 83

For decades, Joyce Randolph Cosby played a key role in helping 3- and 4-year-olds in Richmond prepare for kindergarten.