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Obituaries

Doris E. Day, a longtime educator and librarian, dies at 71

Doris Day influenced the lives of thousands of children as a teacher and school librar- ian for more than 40 years in Richmond and Chesterfield County.

Sandra K. Martin, assistant superintendent of the James River Juvenile Detention Center, dies at 63

Sandra Kaye Martin, who spent nearly 35 years helping troubled youths in the Richmond region find the pathway to success, has died. Ms. Martin, 63, succumbed to illness on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.

Best-selling novelist Eric Jerome Dickey dies at 59

Eric Jerome Dickey, the best-selling novelist who blended crime, romance and eroticism in “Sister, Sister,” “Waking With Enemies” and dozens of other stories about contemporary Black life, has died at age 59.

Tuskegee Airman Theodore Lumpkin Jr. dies in L.A.

One of the famed Tuskegee Airmen — the first Black pilots in the segregated U.S. military and among the most respected fighter pilots of World War II — has died from complications of the coronavirus, it was announced last Friday. ...

Mary P. James, first lady of Trinity Baptist Church, succumbs at 74

The first lady of Trinity Baptist Church in North Side has died. Mary Peebles “Mary P” James, wife of Dr. A. Lincoln James Jr., who has led the church for 40 years, succumbed to illness on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. ...

Denver Broncos Hall of Fame running back Floyd Little dies

Dynamic running back Floyd Little, among the most revered athletes in the annals of Syracuse University and the Denver Broncos, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

Ruby H. Walden, a force for community betterment in Suffolk, dies at 99

“I cannot do everything, but I can do some things. What I can do, I ought to do. What I ought to do, with the help of God, I will do.” Those are the words Ruby Holland Walden lived by ...

Principal Joe Clark, who inspired film ‘Lean on me,’ dies

Joe Louis Clark, the baseball bat and bullhorn-wielding principal whose unwavering commitment to his students and uncompromising disciplinary methods inspired the 1989 film “Lean on Me,” died at his Florida home on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, after a long battle ...

K.C. Jones, who won Olympic, NCAA and NBA championships, dies at 88

K.C. Jones and the word “winner” were always synonymous.

Tuskegee Airman dies days before his 100th birthday and ceremony honoring military service

Tuskegee Airman Alfred Thomas Farrar died on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Lynchburg only days before a ceremony planned to honor his service in the program that famously trained Black military pilots during World War II. He was 99.

Thomas ‘Tiny’ Lister, an athlete who rose to fame as a bully on the silver screen, dies at 62

Thomas “Tiny” Lister, a track and field champion, professional wrestler and actor, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, at his home in Marina del Ray, Calif.

Former Newport News Delegate Mamye BaCote, a member of the Richmond 34, dies at 81

As a student at Virginia Union University, Mamye Edmondson BaCote took part in the lunch counter sit-ins led by VUU students to end whites-only, sit-down service at restaurants and lunch counters in Downtown.

Trailblazing Black country singer Charley Pride, winner of 3 Grammys from 30 No. 1 hits, succumbs to COVID-19 complications

Charley Pride, one of country music’s first Black superstars whose rich baritone on such hits as “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” helped sell millions of records and made him the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, ...

Dr. Willie Woodson, minister and community activist, succumbs at 72

Dr. Willie Woodson wore multiple hats as a Richmond faith leader.

Martha Norris Gilbert, who led the former Virginia Department for Children, dies at 82

Martha Norris Gilbert, who led the first Virginia agency that focused on children and was involved in expanding pre-school programming in public school divisions across the state, has died.