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Obituaries

George Wythe Principal Riddick T. Parker Jr. dies at 49

George Wythe High School in South Side will start a new school year Monday, Aug. 29, without the principal who was looking forward to starting his second year of helping students achieve success in school and in their future careers.

Church of Christ Pastor Joseph H. Brown dies at age 85

One of Richmond’s longest serving ministers, Pastor Joseph Hugh Brown, has died. Pastor Brown, who served the Church of Christ for more than 50 years, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2022. He was 85.

Glennys E. Fleming, Girl Scout leader, community servant, dies at 68

When Glennys Elaine Fleming joined an organization, others quickly took note of her energy, dedication and passion.

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.