Obituaries

The Rev. James L. Netters Sr., civil rights advocate, dies

By The Associated Press The Rev. James L. Netters Sr., a civil rights advocate who was one of the first Black members of the Memphis City Council, has died. He was 93.  Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Memphis announced Netters' death...

John J. Wood did it ‘his way’

By AFRO Staff It is the consensus of family and friends that John Jeffrey Wood did it ‘his way.’ How could he not have with the unique upbringing he received? How could he not have been affected by having been...

NYC’s first African American Mayor, David Dinkins, has died

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — David Dinkins, who broke barriers as New York City’s first African American mayor, but was doomed to a single term by a soaring murder rate, stubborn unemployment and his mishandling of...

IN LOVING MEMORY Of FRANKLIN P. DE LAINE 

On Wednesday, November 11th, Franklin Pierce De Laine, Sr.  peacefully transitioned in his home surrounded by his family.  Arrangements are as follows:  DATE: Saturday, November 21, 2020  WHERE: Third Street Church of God 1204 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 VISITATION: 10:00am to 11:00am  SERVICE: 11:00am  Due...

Beloved MSU Business Professor Dies at 75

By AFRO Staff William Henry Proctor, a distinguished lifelong professor at Morgan State University and mentor to many aspiring business and law students has died.  The cause was kidney failure. Proctor was 75. The esteemed educator and civically minded Baltimore resident was...

Honoring the Life of Helen Jones Woods, Mother of Cathy Hughes, Founder of Piney...

The Piney Woods School is profoundly saddened and deeply shaken by the loss of Helen Jones Woods, daughter of our founder, Laurence Clifton Jones, and mother of media legend Cathy Hughes, who launched Urban One, the largest African-American owned...

Obituary: Theresa Green Coleman

Theresa Green Coleman, noted Soprano and Opera Singer, recently died at age 95. A native of Baltimore, Mrs. Coleman was the daughter of the Late Rev. Dr. Joshua Henry Green and church organist, Goldie Ianthia Green. Having achieved both national...

Legendary NBA Star Wes Unseld Dies at 74

By Sean Yoes AFRO Baltimore Editor syoes@54.204.251.142 Wes Unseld was one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history and a world champion with the Washington Bullets. But, he was also known as a man of great integrity, who became a vital...

Remembering Sidney Barthwell, Jr.

Submitted by the Family Sidney Barthwell, Jr., 72, died of natural causes on May 15, 2020 at his winter home in Southwest Florida. A retired magistrate of 36th District Court in Detroit, he was a multi-talented Renaissance man: a poet,...

Obituary: A Queen is Born, A Legacy Lives

Evelyn Orena Quander Rattley was born on Oct. 8, 1924. She transitioned from this life on Good Friday, April 10, 2020.  Encircled by her two children, daughter-in-law and caregiver, in those last moments she received the devotion that she bestowed...

Mamion Roberta Miles Obituary

Mamion Roberta Miles departed this life suddenly on Friday, February 28, 2020. She grew up in Turner’s Station, Maryland. She was the eldest of five children and her parents were the late Willie McDonald Williams also known as “Teapot”...

Obituary: Josephine Beatrice Demby Brown

On January 31, 2020, Josephine Beatrice Demby Brown, Survived by son; Walter A. Brown, daughter; Shelley Jordon, 2 grandchildren; Jessica and Nicholas Jordon and a host of family and friends. Family will receive friends on Saturday at Metropolitan United Methodist...

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