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Longtime political cartoonist Ron Rogers dies at 65

Ron Rogers, a longtime political cartoonist whose start began in 1980 for the former Richmond Afro-American and Planet, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, after a sudden illness.

Mary F. Conyers, former RPS teacher, dies at 87

Mary Foster Conyers never forgot a promise she made to her father when she got married — that she would complete her college degree.

Byron E. Howlett Sr., former head of Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union, dies at 73

Byron E. Howlett Sr. led the modernization of the Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union during his 19 years as the second president and chief execu- tive officer of the oldest African-American financial institution still in operation in Richmond.

Former Richmonder Beatrice O. Scott dies at 77

Former Richmonder Beatrice Odom Scott went off to Baltimore where she earned recognition for her roles in education, political and neighborhood affairs.

Longtime educator, Girl Scout leader Gloria W. Hawkins dies at 92

Gloria Wheeler Hawkins was an unforgettable instructor for many of the students during her 40-year career as a schoolteacher in Richmond and other communities.

High school coach portrayed in ‘Remember the Titans’ dies

With his health declining, Herman Boone was still mapping out football strategy as if he were about to walk the sidelines one more time.

Longtime educator and community volunteer Dr. Vasti DeLoatch dies at 87

Dr. Vasti DeLoatch touched the lives of thousands of children and adults through her work as an educator and in her various roles in the community.

Lt. Ashley N. Berry remembered during service at Second Baptist in South Richmond

“She was the best of the best,” Richmond Fire Chief Melvin Carter said.

Funeral Dec. 7 for Richmond Fire Lt. Ashley N. Berry, 33

Final tributes will be paid to Richmond Fire Department Lt. Nicole Ashley Berry at noon Saturday, Dec. 7, at Second Baptist Church of South Richmond, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd.

Priest who brought Black Power into the Catholic Church dies at 87

Thanksgiving week began in mourning for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and many black Catholics as news came that the Rev. George H. Clements died on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Only the second black priest ordained by the Chicago archdiocese, ...

Pastor Dimitri Bradley, co-founder of City Church, dies at 51

Beginning with just 12 members, Pastor Dimitri R. Bradley and his co-pastor and wife, Nicole, built one of the largest congregations in the Richmond area. Now the estimated 4,000 members of Henrico County-based City Church are mourning the loss of ...

Dr. Wesley B. Carter, child and adolescent psychiatrist, dies at 77

For more than 50 years, Dr. Wesley Byrd Carter specialized in helping children and teens deal with mental health challenges.

Rubye M. DeWitt, retired speech therapy supervisor with Richmond Public Schools, dies at 101

Rubye M. DeWitt, a retired supervisor of speech therapists with Richmond Public Schools and a champion for children and equity, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, in Williamsburg.

Longtime Delegate Mary T. Christian of Hampton dies at 95

Dr. Mary T. Christian, a retired educator who represented Hampton in the Virginia House of Delegates for many years, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

'Friday' actor-comedian John Witherspoon dies

Actor-comedian John Witherspoon, who memorably played Ice Cube’s father in the “Friday” films, has died. He was 77.

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