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Obituaries

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.

Charles Ogletree, longtime legal and civil rights scholar at Harvard Law School, dies at 70

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Charles J. Ogletree Jr., a law professor and civil rights scholar with a distinguished career at Harvard Law School, and whose list of clients ranged from Anita Hill to Tupac Shakur, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2023, after a ...

Richmond fireman Rodney Jermaine Coles, 49, dies

The Richmond Fire Department has announced the death of a 15-year veteran, Rodney Jermaine “Cup” Coles.

Former VUU star Fairley dies

Nathan Fairley, a swift, bruising fullback during a highly successful era of Virginia Union football, died Monday, July 31, 2023, of natural causes. He was 65.

Services scheduled for Dr. Adelaide Winfree Simpson

Dr. Adelaide Winfree Simpson loved helping people learn to cope with challenges, deal with traumas and handle the troubles in their life. For more 36 years, she worked with a wide array of individuals as a practicing clinical psychologist in ...

Dr. Cora S. Salzberg, a state, national and international champion of education, dies at age 81

Dr. Cora Slade Salzberg, a leader in promoting higher education in Virginia and the leader of The Links’ national program aimed at aiding underachieving K-12 students to become more successful in school, has died.

Roxanne W. Brinson, former RRHA manager, remembered

Roxanne White Brinson wore multiple hats in seeking to benefit others.

Former city educator memorialized at Fifth Baptist Church

Emma Darlene Nunery, a veteran Richmond educator whose career spanned more than 40 years, has died.

Revered dentist, Dr. James ‘Mac’ McCain Jr., dies at 85

Dr. James “Mac” McCain Jr. was often described as the “philanthropist” dentist. During his more than 40 years of practice in Church Hill, he gained a reputation for taking on patients who could not afford his services.