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Obituaries

Rodney L. Lofton, LGBTQ advocate, community leader, author, succumbs at 53

Rodney Lamont Lofton was a force in changing Richmond’s attitudes toward gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and queer people.

Singer Traci Braxton of ‘Braxton Family Values’ dies at 50

Singer Traci Braxton, who was featured with her family in the reality television series “Braxton Family Values,” died at age 50 on Saturday, March 12, 2022.

Actor-comedian Johnny Brown dies at 84

Actor and comedian Johnny Brown, who was perhaps best known for his role as apartment building superintendent Nathan Bookman on the television sitcom “Good Times,” died Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Los Angeles, his longtime home. He was 84. “Our ...

Askia Muhammad, dean of The Final Call editorial staff, dies at 76

Askia Muhammad, a renowned journalist, photographer, poet and columnist who served as an editor of The Final Call, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at his home in Washington, D.C. He was 76.

Dr. Paul Farmer, global humanitarian leader, dies at 62

Dr. Paul Farmer, a U.S. physician, humanitarian and author renowned for providing health care to millions of impoverished people worldwide and who co-founded the global nonprofit Partners in Health, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. He was 62.

Carol Swann-Daniels, a trailblazer integrating Richmond schools in 1960, dies at 73

Sixty-one years have passed since Carol Irene Swann, 12, and her friend, Gloria Jean Mead, 13, blasted an opening in the racially segregated schools of Richmond.

Ezell Royal Lee, ‘Fashion King of Hull Sreet, dies at 66

Hull Street became the runway where Ezell Royal Lee would display his personal clothing creations while walking his dog, Miss Cleo.

James L. ‘Skippy’ Moss Jr., a member of Richmond Fire Department’s elite ‘Flying Squadron,’ dies at 74

James Lorenzo “Skippy” Moss Jr. helped break down racial barriers in the Richmond Fire Department during his 30-year career.

The Rev. Charles Williams Jr., director of the Office for Black Catholics, dies at 70

The Rev. Charles Williams Jr., who led the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s Office for Black Catholics for three years, has died.

Richmond attorney Rhonda K. Harmon, who challenged Nationwide's redlining policies, has died

Rhonda Michelle King Harmon, a former attorney who helped overturn racist insurance policies that prevented Black homeowners in Richmond and elsewhere from gaining standard coverage for their property, has died.

Suicide takes Miss USA 2019

Cheslie Kryst, who won the 2019 Miss USA pageant and worked as a correspondent for the entertainment news television show “Extra,” reportedly committed suicide Jan. 30.

National president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority dies after recent illness

Cheryl A. Hickmon, national president of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and chair of its National Board of Directors, passed away peacefully last Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at the age of 60, following a battle with a “recent illness,” ...

Eunice M. Wilder, former city treasurer, dies at age 83

Eunice Montgomery Wilder, the former Richmond city treasurer who held the post for 25 years, has died after a brief illness, her family reported.

Milton A. Marriott, former choir leader and musician for local churches and VUU, dies at age 62

Jamaican-born church key- board artist and singer Milton Anthony Marriott, who led the music ministry and directed choirs at First Baptist Church of South Richmond for 32 years, has died.

Lusia Harris, the first woman drafted by NBA, dies at age 66

Lusia Harris, the only woman ever drafted by an NBA team, has died. Mrs. Harris was 66 and residing in Greenwood, Miss.