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Obituaries

Rev. Delores R. Seay, associate minister at Triumphant Baptist Church, dies at 86

The Rev. Delores McFadden Robinson Seay, an associate minister at Triumphant Baptist Church who devoted herself to volunteer service at the church and in the community for decades, has died.

MLB Hall of Famer Joe Morgan dies at 77

Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, a key component of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine in the 1970s, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020.

Walter E. Baker Sr., partner in the former Baker & Dyson painting and contracting company, dies at 92

For more than 40 years, Walter Edward Baker Sr. partnered with his friend Lynwood M. Dyson Sr. on home improvement projects in Richmond.

‘Sweet Lou’ Johnson, who played 14 years with the L.A. Dodgers, dies at 86

Louis Brown “Sweet Lou” Johnson, so nicknamed because of his infectious smile and friendly habit of clapping his hands, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.

GRTC driver John Thrower dies of COVID-19

GRTC is mourning its first death from COVID- 19.

Adoption advocate and political campaign volunteer Annette ‘Nettie’ Gordon dies at 82

Annette White “Nettie” Gordon, who helped build an adoption program focused on Black children and volunteered in campaigns of Democratic candidates, has died.

NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers dies at 77

Gale Sayers, remembered for his spectacular athleticism and inspiring friendship with an ailing teammate, died Sept. 23, 2020. He was 77.

James Cooper Jr., RPS computer pro, dies at 85

James Cooper Jr., who trained Richmond Public Schools teachers and staff to use computers as they came into common use in the 1980s, has died.

Georgia Bulldogs racial barrier breaker Ronnie Hogue dies at 69

Ronnie Hogue, the University of Georgia’s first Black scholarship basketball player, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. He was 69.

Photographer Richard L. Swann dies at 85

Richard Leon Swann turned his youthful passion for taking photos into a photography career that spanned nearly 60 years and provided lasting memories for untold numbers of Richmond residents.

Kool & the Gang co-founder Ronald ‘Khalis’ Bell dies at 68

Ronald “Khalis” Bell, a co-founder, singer and producer of the group Kool & the Gang, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. He was 68.

Dr. Diane Harris Marsh, trailblazing dentist and wife of former state Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, dies at 84

Dr. Diane Elaine Harris Marsh was a “super mom” before the term was coined, according to her family.

Lou Brock, MLB’s former stolen base king, dies at 81

Lou Brock, among the greatest MLB leadoff hitters and known for stealing bases, died on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. He was 81 and living in St. Louis.

Charles L. Conyers, consummate educator and retired state education administrator, dies at 92

Charles Lee Conyers believed that a good education was the ticket out of poverty.

Legendary basketball coach John Thompson succumbs at 78

Coach John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown University into a “Hoya Paranoia” powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, has died. He was 78.

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