Obituaries

Obituaries Archives

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]

Diahann Carroll, pioneering star of ‘Julia’ and ‘Dynasty,’ dead at 84

October 10, 2019

Diahann Carroll, who pioneered television with her starring role in the 1968 series Julia, died Friday, her daughter Suzanne Kay confirmed to CNN. Carroll was 84. She died early Friday, October 4, 2019, following a battle with breast cancer, according to her publicist Jeffery Lane. Known as much for her talent as she was her… [Read More]

Remembering the Life of Minnie Jewel Linyear

October 10, 2019

Minnie Jewel Linyear was born on August 1, 1946 in Americus, GA to the late Mr. Ernest Davis Sr. and Mrs. Sylvia Davis. Minnie graduated from Sumter High School (Americus, GA) in 1964 followed by receiving her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Xavier University (New Orleans, LA) in 1968 and later received a Master of… [Read More]

Toni Morrison, Nobel laureate who transfigured American literature, dies at 88

August 8, 2019

Toni Morrison, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist who conjured a Black girl longing for blue eyes, a slave mother who kills her child to save her from bondage and other indelible characters who helped transfigure a literary canon long closed to African Americans, died Monday, August 5, 2019, at a hospital in the Bronx. She was… [Read More]