Harold C. Glenn, also known as ‘Soul Santa,’ dies at age 90

During a time that it was rare for a Black person to play the familiar holiday role of Santa Claus anywhere in the country, that fact did not deter Harold Cecil Glenn.

Journalist, educator, public relations specialist Sylvina R. Poole dies

Veteran Richmond journalist, educator and entrepreneur Sylvina Renee Poole has died. Ms. Poole, 59, succumbed to illness Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023.

Wanda L. Moore-Skinner, who helped provide resources for those in need, dies at age 68

For 37 years, Wanda Louise Moore-Skinner quietly provided assistance to financially desperate individuals and families.

Trailblazing actor Richard Roundtree dies

Richard Roundtree, the trailblazing actor who starred as the ultra- smooth private detective in several “Shaft” films beginning in the early 1970s, has died. He was 81.

Coaching legend Lou Anderson dies at age 87

Louis “Lou” Anderson Jr., who spent most of his adult life coaching football and, more importantly to him, influencing the lives of young men, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. Mr. Anderson was 87 and had been in an assisted living ...

Fire Department 40-year veteran Earl Dyer dies

Battalion Chief Earl Dyer of the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services is being remembered as a “consummate professional and a man of the highest integrity” following his death after experiencing a medical emergency at work.

Richard Samuel “Major” Reynolds III, corporate leader, civil rights advocate and philanthropist, dies

Richard Samuel “Major” Reynolds III lived his life by an axiom of British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, who said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Mr. Reynold died ...

Pernell Calhoun Taylor Jr. remembered

Sports was a big element of education for Pernell Calhoun Taylor Jr.

Metropolitan Business League founder Neverett Alexander Eggleston Jr. dies at age 90

Neverett Alexander Eggleston Jr., a well-known Jackson Ward entrepreneur and a founder of a Richmond trade association for Black businesses, has died.

Key Awareness publisher Robert W. Evans Sr. dies at 77

Robert Wright Evans Sr. described life as “a never-ending journey” that is best done with the aim of using God-given gifts and talents “as uplifting blessings with the many souls and spirits encountered along the way.”

Former MCV researcher LaVerne Wingo Cooper dies at age 92

LaVerne Amelia Wingo Cooper devoted her life to trying to find cures for diseases as a clinical researcher at the Medical College of Virginia – most notably sickle cell anemia, a genetic blood disorder that is most prevalent among African-Americans.

Kim D. Saunders, former president and CEO of Consolidated Bank, dies at age 61

Kim D. Saunders, who ran a financial consulting firm after leading banks in Richmond, Washington and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., has died.

Clarence Avant, ‘Black Godfather’ of entertainment, and benefactor of athletes and politicians, dies

Clarence Avant, the judicious manager, entrepreneur, facilitator and adviser who helped launch or guide the careers of Quincy Jones, Bill Withers and many others and came to be known as the “Black Godfather” of music and beyond, has died. He ...

Dr. Evora W. Jones, who mentored authors and educators at VUU, dies at age 88

Dr. Evora Williams Jones, a retired English professor at Virginia Union University who focused on Southern women writers, has died.

Longtime RPS educator Eleanor R. Binford remembered

Eleanor Redd Binford influenced hundreds of elementary schoolchildren during the 35 years she taught in Richmond Public Schools.