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Obituaries

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.

Former Rep. John Conyers, the longest-serving black lawmaker in U.S. House of Representatives, dies at 90

Former Rep. John Conyers, a liberal Democrat who was the longest-serving African- American member of the U.S. House of Representatives at more than half a century, died on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, at the age of 90.

Rep. Cummings remembered as ‘fierce champion’

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings was eulogized as a leader with the fiery moral conviction of an Old Testament prophet at a funeral last Friday that brought former presidents and ordinary people alike to the Baltimore church where the congressman worshipped ...

Funeral service Friday for Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland

Tributes continue to pour in for Congressman Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, a moral voice of conscience who fought for civil rights and took on the White House as a prominent figure in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump as ...

Margaret Rodgers, retired teacher and tech guru for RPS, dies at 75

Margaret Aurelia “Rea” Rodgers was a teacher’s teacher in Richmond Public Schools when it came to computers and technology.

Trailblazing actress Diahann Carroll succumbs to cancer at 84

Diahann Carroll, a versatile singer and stage actress who quietly blazed a trail for African-American women on American television in the late 1960s by playing a widowed nurse and single mother in “Julia,” died Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

Barbara W. Rabin, a founder of HOME, dies at 86

Most people take for granted that if they have the money to pay rent or cover a mortgage, they can live anywhere they want in the Richmond area. But that was not the case 50 years ago when skin color ...

International opera star Jessye Norman dies at 74

Jessye Norman, the renowned international opera star whose passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor, has died, according to family spokesperson Gwendolyn Quinn.

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