Obituaries

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]

The Life’s Journey of Nathan Conyers

May 3, 2018

Milwaukee civil rights leader Vel Phillips passes away at 94

April 19, 2018

Lifelong trailblazer and civil rights advocate Vel R. Phillips died Tuesday, April 17, 2018, leaving a legacy of fighting for equality that has inspired generations. Phillips, 94, was praised by city leaders as an unwavering voice for justice who deeply changed Milwaukee. “She was a lonely warrior for a long time,” Mayor Tom Barrett said…. [Read More]

Freedom fighter Winnie Mandela dies at 81

April 5, 2018

Long-time South African anti-apartheid campaigner, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela died on April 2, 2018, at the age of 81. Family spokesman Victor Dlamini confirmed earlier on Monday that Mrs. Mandela “succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones” following a long… [Read More]

Linda Brown Thompson, student at the center of landmark Brown v. Board of Education, dead at 75

March 29, 2018

Linda Brown Thompson, who as a young girl was the student at the center of the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education that declared school segregation unconstitutional, has died on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Topeka, Kansas. She was 75. The Peaceful Rest Funeral Chapel in Topeka confirmed it is handling funeral… [Read More]

Lee Holloway, former Milwaukee County Board chairman, passes

March 22, 2018

Lee Holloway, a long-time Milwaukee County Board supervisor and chairman, was a blunt and liberal representative of his 5th District residents. Holloway described himself as “the product of blue-collar, working-class people.” As a politician, Holloway was known to be bombastic and successful. In his time at the courthouse, he led efforts to create a county… [Read More]