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Obituaries

Andrea Peyton Sharpe, bookkeeper, dies at 73

Brothers Jerry F. “Jay” Sharpe Jr. and Devron N. Sharpe run very different businesses in the Richmond area. But the one person each trusted to keep their books was their mother, Andrea Peyton Sharpe.

DeAndrea Neal, VSU Hall of Famer and former offensive line coach, dies at 53

DeAndrea Neal, a member of the Virginia State University Sports Hall of Fame, died Friday, April 9, 2021.

Thomas F. “Tom” Farrell II, Dominion Energy CEO, dies day after he retires

Thomas F. “Tom” Farrell II, who led Dominion Energy for more than a decade and was a powerful force in Virginia business and politics, died Friday, April 2, 2021, one day after stepping down from his post as the company’s ...

Rufus A. Cosby, former head of transit union local, dies at 78

Rufus Alexander Cosby, former president of GRTC’s union, has died.

Lela Saberna Morris, longtime RPS personnel specialist, succumbs at 97

Lela Saberna Morris spent more than 40 years as a teacher and personnel specialist with Richmond Public Schools, but her road to a career in education was harder than most.

Environmentalist Dr. Charles K. Price dies at 82

Dr. Charles Kemper Price, who led the effort to transform an ignored North Side area long used as a dumping ground into a walking and biking trail and spearheaded efforts to preserve natural areas in Richmond, has died.

NBA legend Elgin Baylor dies

Elgin Baylor, among the greatest and most exciting basketball players of all time, has died.

3 time NFL Pro-Bowl guard Doug Wilkerson dies at 73

The San Diego Chargers had one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses in the 1970s, and Doug Wilkerson was a key cog in the attack.

Retired RPS educator Juanita T. Bates dies at 88

Juanita Threadgill Bates was known for her devotion to the Richmond students she taught in an education career that spanned 53 years.

Boxing great Marvelous Marvin Hagler dies at 66

Marvelous Marvin Hagler stopped Thomas Hearns in a fight that lasted less than eight minutes yet was so epic that it still lives in boxing lore. Two years later, he was so disgusted after losing a decision to Sugar Ray ...

Irv Cross, star of football and sports broadcasting, dies at 81

Irv Cross, the NFL All-Pro cornerback who became a trailblazing broadcaster, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in North Oaks, Minn. Mr. Cross was 81.

Civil rights activist Vernon Jordan dies at 85

Vernon Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself as a Washington insider and corporate influencer, has died at the age of 85.

Rev. Kenneth E. Dennis Sr., pastor of Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, dies at 65

The Rev. Kenneth Eugene Dennis Sr., who led Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Jackson Ward for three decades, has died.

Hip-hop artist Prince Markie Dee of Fat Boys dies at 52

Prince Markie Dee, a member of The Fat Boys hip-hop trio who later formed his own band and became a well-known radio host, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, the day before his 53rd birthday.

Dr. Ralph Reavis Sr., pastor, author and former president of Virginia University of Lynchburg, dies at 80

The private Virginia University of Lynchburg was teetering on collapse when Dr. Ralph Reavis Sr. left the pulpit at Riverview Baptist Church in Richmond to respond to a call to save his undergraduate alma mater.

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