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Roland ‘Fatty’ Taylor, guard with the former Virginia Squires, dies at 71

Roland Morris “Fatty” Taylor, who starred for the Virginia Squires died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Denver following a lengthy illness.

William ‘Dill’ Dillon, former VUU football standout, dies at 59

Virginia Union University has lost one of its all-time athletic heroes. William Jerome “Dill” Dillon, 59, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at his home in Henrico County following a lengthy illness. Mr. Dillon was a three-time Associated Press Little All-American ...

Rev. Curtis W. Harris, civil rights activist, 1st black Hopewell mayor, dies at 93

The Rev. Curtis W. Harris Sr. devoted his life to battling the racism and bigotry that oppressed African-Americans in Hopewell and across Virginia.

Simeon Booker, ‘dean of black journalists,’ succumbs at 99

Simeon S. Booker Jr. never lived in Richmond during his nearly 100 years on Earth. Still, at the height of his career, it seemed he was always in town somewhere.

Dr. William R. ‘Randy’ Johnson Jr., retired research chemist and public servant, succumbs at 87

Dr. William Randolph “Randy” Johnson Jr. was a pioneering research chemist for Philip Morris who was better known outside the laboratory. He was involved in securing 10 patents for the cigarette manufacturing firm for filters and other related items and ...

Longtime educator Rebecca H.Taylor dies at 90

Rebecca Ham Taylor touched the lives of thousands of children during her 44-year career in education.

Della Reese, star of TV show ‘Touched by an Angel,’ dies at 86

Actress and singer Della Reese, best known for her role as Tess, the wise angel in the long-running television drama “Touched by an Angel,” has died at her California home.

Warren ‘Pete’ Moore, original vocalist, songwriter with The Miracles, dies at 79

Warren “Pete” Moore, a vocalist and songwriter with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, died Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Las Vegas on his 79th birthday.

‘Cosby Show’ actor dies at 91

Earle Hyman, a veteran actor of stage and screen who was widely known for playing the father of Bill Cosby’s character on “The Cosby Show,” has died.

Pioneering jazz singer Jon Hendricks succumbs at 96

Jon Hendricks, the pioneering jazz singer and lyricist who, with the trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, popularized the “vocalese” singing style in which words were added to instrumental songs, has died. He was 96.

Philip Griffin,18, dies; son of Dr. and Mrs. Barry Griffin

Philip Madison Griffin, son of Dr. and Mrs. Barry I. Griffin, has died. Philip succumbed Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, to complications from kidney disease.

Alvoston ‘Al’ Taylor, retired city educator, dies at 75

Alvoston L. “Al” Taylor Jr. was a dedicated teacher and principal who cared about his students during 35 years of service.

Elizabeth ‘Bette’ Mitchell, widow of ‘Tiger Tom’ Mitchell

The widow of the late Richmond radio personality and journalist John “Tiger Tom” Mitchell has died. Elizabeth “Bette” Spencer Mitchell, a retired Philip Morris employee, succumbed to complications from recent surgery, her family said.

Nellie H. McLeod, former Chesterfield civil rights activist, dies at 90

Nellie Jane Hinderman McLeod earned honors for leading the Civil Rights Movement in Chesterfield County that helped end segregation of public schools in the county and for her work for equal treatment for African-Americans. Through protests and lawsuits, she forced ...

Music legend Fats Domino dies at 89

Before the likes of Little Richard and Elvis Presley, Fats Domino helped usher in the era of rock ‘n’ roll with a pounding piano and an easy baritone that proved popular among all ages.

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