Obituaries Archives

Milwaukee loses two well known community figures, James ‘Catfish’ Gladney and Lenard ‘Lenny’ Wells

March 26, 2020

James “Catfish” Gladney James Gladney, better known as “Catfish,” was a Milwaukee native who graduated from North Division High School. On September 1, 1987 James “Catfish” Gladney became the proud owner of Catfish Lounge located on the corner of Teutonia and Nash. The location has never changed and neither has the tradition of celebrating family,… [Read More]

Remembering Thalia Beatrice Winfield

February 20, 2020

Remembering Thalia Beatrice Winfield October 17, 1924 -January 5, 2020 Thalia B. Winfield, 95, died peacefully on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Born in Surry County, Virginia on October 17, 1924, she was the daughter of the late William and Naomi Winfield. She attended Christ Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for more than 60 years and… [Read More]

Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna die in helicopter crash

January 30, 2020

NBA legend Kobe Bryant and one of his daughters were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA, on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Bryant was 41. Bryant was on his way to a youth basketball game with his daughter Gianna Bryant, who was 13, when the helicopter crashed, sources said. Los Angeles… [Read More]

WWE legend Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, dies at age 75

January 23, 2020

Johnson was one-half of the first African American tag team to win the WWE tag team championship Rocky Johnson, former WWE tag team champion and WWE Hall of Famer, has died at the age of 75, WWE confirmed on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Johnson, born Wayde Douglas Bowles, married into the famed Anoa’i family after… [Read More]

Gone But Not Forgotten

December 26, 2019

Gone But Not Forgotten Diahann Carroll Toni Morrison Elijah Cummings John Conyers Jessye Norman John Singleton Kristoff St. John Nipsey Hussle Kevin Barnett Andre Williams Barbara Hillary Dr. Patricia Bath Rev. Clay Evans Rev. George Celemente Dr. Frank James Willie Bowen Frank Robinson Ernest Gaines Irving Burgie

Evangelist Missionary Mother Ellen Fumbanks and Times contributor, passes

December 26, 2019

Evangelist Missionary Mother Ellen Fumbanks, who also served as the Milwaukee Times birthday list contributor, passed away on December 9, 2019. She had suffered a stroke earlier this year; she was 77. Mother Fumbanks was born on February 19, 1943 in Clarksdale, Mississippi to the union of Rosie Lee Banks and Charles Barner, Sr. Her… [Read More]

Former Congressman John Conyers dies at 90

October 31, 2019

Former U.S. Congressman John Conyers, whose 15-year fight to pass legislation that would make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday, has died. He was 90. The longtime Michigan Democrat represented what is now the state’s 13th Congressional District (which includes parts of western Detroit) for more than 50 years. Conyers resigned in… [Read More]

Community activist and leader Mildred Harpole passes

October 31, 2019

On Thursday October 24, 2019, Mildred L. Harpole (nee Cowan) passed away in the hospital with her husband of sixty years, Reuben K. Harpole, Jr., lovingly by her side. Mildred was born and raised in Cleveland, OH; however, she attended St. Frances Academy’s boarding school in Baltimore, MD for a few years for grade school…. [Read More]

Congressman Elijah Cummings passes at 68

October 24, 2019

An iconic and honorable member of Congress has passed away. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the son of sharecroppers who rose to represent parts of Baltimore, the city where he was born and raised, died early Thursday, October 17, 2019, at age 68. The Maryland Democrat died at Gilchrist Hospice Care, which is affiliated with Johns… [Read More]

Local entrepreneur and community leader, Darrin Reasby, passes

October 24, 2019

Darrin Reasby local entrepreneur, chef, heart transplant survivor, and community advocate, who died on Saturday, October 19, 2019, was 53. Over the years he worked with many companies, organizations and even worked for several celebrities. But his greatest joy came from teaching children and youth how to be dreamers, and fulfill the purpose of God… [Read More]