Obituaries Archives

Ntozake Shange, who wrote the influential play ‘For Colored Girls,’ has died at 70

November 8, 2018

Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, died Saturday, November 3, 2018 according to her daughter. She was 70. Shange’s For Colored Girls describes the racism, sexism, violence and rape experienced by seven black… [Read More]

Remembering Aretha Franklin as a civil rights icon

August 31, 2018

Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black U.S. president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality. “She not only provided the soundtrack for the… [Read More]

Paying final R.E.S.P.E.C.T.s to the ‘Queen of Soul’

August 23, 2018

Aretha Franklin, the self-taught piano prodigy, vocalist and songwriter who first conquered the charts in the late ’60s and never relinquished her throne, died Thursday, August 16, 2018 of advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, her publicist confirmed to PEOPLE Magazine. She was 76. “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we… [Read More]

Long-time Milwaukee community and religious leader, Betty Nabors, passes

August 10, 2018

Mrs. Betty Jane Logan Nabors, a longtime educator and religious leader in the Milwaukee community, peacefully passed away in St. Louis, MO on August 2, 2018. Born on September 20, 1940, and reared in Richmond Heights, MO, Mrs. Nabors earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education with a minor in music, and a… [Read More]

Remembering those we have lost – Lornce “Larry” Henning

August 10, 2018

Lornce “Larry” Henning May 6, 1947 to July 17, 2018 Lornce “Larry” Henning was born on May 6, 1947 to the union of Ira B. Henning and Justine Henning in Henning, TN. He received his formal education in Maury City, TN and graduated from Central High School in Crockett County, in Alamo, TN. Lornce entered… [Read More]

Oakland’s third Black mayor and congressman, Ron Dellums, dies at 82

August 2, 2018

Ronald V. Dellums, the son of a West Oakland longshoreman who as a liberal Congressman never forgot his roots as an anti-war activist and human rights champion, died early Monday, July 30, 2018, at his Washington, DC, home. He was 82. Dellums, who ended his political career as mayor of Oakland, recently battled prostate cancer,… [Read More]

The Milwaukee Brewers honor the life of Davey “Nellie” Nelson

June 28, 2018

On Saturday, June 23, 2018, The Milwaukee Brewers celebrated the life of the late Davey “Nellie” Nelson( inset), who passed away on April 22, 2018, by renaming the FOX Sports Wisconsin stage where Nelson reported pre- and post-game shows as “Nellie’s Corner” in his honor. A memorial plaque was placed at the stage to formally… [Read More]

Joe Jackson, manager of The Jackson 5, has died at age 89

June 28, 2018

Joseph “Joe” Jackson , the father and the manager of the Jackson family of entertainers, has died, TMZ reported Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The entertainment news website said Jackson had terminal pancreatic cancer, and a source told TMZ last week he was in end stages of his battle with it. Jackson, who managed The Jackson… [Read More]

Visitation services held for Times founder Nathan Conyers

May 10, 2018

More than 500 people said goodbye to Nathan Conyers, one of three founders of The Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper Printing & Publishing Co., during a four-hour visitation at St. Mark A.M.E. Church on Sunday May 6, 2018. Mr. Conyers died on April 27, 2018 after a long illness. Conyers was a familiar face and voice… [Read More]

Milwaukee Times Founder Nathan Conyers passes away at 72

May 3, 2018

By: Jacquelyn D. Heath Nathan Conyers, whose keen news sense, Christian spirit, and community concern lead to the founding of The Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper, died Friday, April 27, 2018, after a long illness. He was 72. Mr. Conyers has been a familiar face and voice on Milwaukee’s general community scene, and in particular, through… [Read More]