Obituaries Archives

Refe Perry, Jr., first unionized African American caterer, passes

September 29, 2022

Rafe Perry, Jr., a long-time Milwaukee resident, who in 1983 became the first unionized African American caterer and was instrumental in integrating the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, died on Friday September 16, 2022. He was 62 years old. Perry was a graduate of MATC’s Culinary Arts School. In the 1980’s he and brother Vincent… [Read More]

Former MVP, steals king Maury Wills dies at 89

September 29, 2022

LOS ANGELES — Maury Wills, whose daring thievery on the basepaths revolutionized baseball, died on Monday, September 26, 2022. He was 89. “I know he passed peacefully, and I am going to have a heavy heart,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who wears No. 30 because of Wills. “Maury was very impactful to me personally,… [Read More]

Mary Alice, ‘A Different World’ and ‘Sparkle’ actress, dead at 85: ‘A Shoulder We All Stood On’

August 11, 2022

Mary Alice, the actress best known for her roles in A Different World and Sparkle, has died. She was 85. Alice died on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at her home in Manhattan, a spokesperson for the NYPD confirmed. A cause of death was not provided. The actress’s death was also confirmed by “one of her… [Read More]

Nichelle Nichols, trailblazing ‘Star Trek’ actress, dies at 89

August 4, 2022

Actress and singer Nichelle Nichols, best known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Lt. Nyota Uhura in “Star Trek: The Original Series,” has died at age 89, according to a statement from her son, Kyle Johnson. “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies… [Read More]

NBA legend and civil rights activist Bill Russell dies at 88

August 4, 2022

NBA legend Bill Russell, an 11-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and the first black head coach in the league, passed away “peacefully” Sunday, July 31, 2022, according to a family statement from his verified Twitter account. He was 88. “It is with a very heavy heart we would like to pass along to… [Read More]

Milwaukee Times contributor, local church leader and religious educator, Rev. Judith T. Lester, passes

July 21, 2022

Milwaukee Times‘ longtime writer of the “Counseling Corner,” Rev. Judith T. Lester died in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 19, 2022. For more than 20 years Rev. Lester was a part of the Milwaukee Times family, serving as writer of the “Counseling Corner,” an informative, faith-driven weekly column that kicked off our Christian… [Read More]

Remembering community leader Wallace White

June 23, 2022

Born ~ May 28, 1933 • Departed ~ June 11, 2022 Wallace White, a long-standing community leader, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022, after a long illness. He was born on May 28, 1933, to George Cornelius White and Janet White in Chicago, IL. Wallace spent his childhood in Chicago and later went on… [Read More]

Tribute for José Antonio Mantilla

March 24, 2022

José Antonio Mantilla, 65, of Elm Grove, WI and Hernando, FL peacefully went to his eternal home on March 3, 2022, after a hard-fought battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. José was born on October 25, 1956, to Félix and Delores Mantilla in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. He lived in Puerto Rico… [Read More]

Singer Traci Braxton of ‘Family Values’ dies of esophageal cancer at 50

March 17, 2022

Singer Traci Braxton, who appeared on the reality series “Braxton Family Values” with her sisters, including Grammy- winner Toni, died Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 50, her family said. “We have come to a time where we must inform the public that after a year of privately undergoing a series of treatment for esophageal cancer,… [Read More]

Grass roots dynamo Cassie Downer dies

February 24, 2022

During Black history month, attention is focused on famous national Black luminaries like W.E.B Dubois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcom X and Shirley Chisolm. Often overlooked are local grass roots leaders who were the foot soldiers in the movement for racial justice and equality. Recently, one of Milwaukee’s own, Cassie B. Downer, a fearless… [Read More]