Obituaries

Obituaries Archives

Pastor Jerome Smith, Sr., dies of COVID-19 at 49

May 27, 2021

As co-founder of the Joseph Project, Pastor Jerome Smith, Sr., helped others find good jobs, transportation and training. Pastor Smith, 49, died April 27, from complications of COVID-19. “Milwaukee and all of Wisconsin lost a great man today as Pastor Jerome Smith, Sr., was called home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ,” the Republican… [Read More]

Remembering the life of Margo Wilma Spann

April 1, 2021

Award-winning television journalist and entrepreneur Margo Wilma Spann, 40, was struck and killed in an apparent early morning hit-and-run incident in Los Angeles on March 11, 2021. She was born in Milwaukee to the late Reverend James W. Spann, II and Dr. Wilma N. Spann and she began her career in broadcast journalism in her… [Read More]

Yaphet Kotto, Bond Villain and Alien Actor, dies at 81

March 18, 2021

Yaphet Kotto’s extensive filmography includes turns as the villain in Live and Let Die and as Lieutenant Al Giardello in Homicide: Life on the Street Yaphet Kotto — the prolific actor who starred in films such as Live and Let Die and Alien, as well as numerous television series including Homicide: Life on the Street… [Read More]

Vernon Jordan, executive and civil rights activist who advised Bill Clinton, dies at age 85

March 4, 2021

Vernon Jordan, the civil rights activist and former close aide to President Bill Clinton, died at age 85. Jordan died Monday, March 1, 2021, CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin reported. A cause of death was not immediately known. “Vernon E. Jordan Jr. passed away peacefully last evening surrounded by loved ones. We appreciate all of the… [Read More]

Mary Wilson, a founding member of ‘The Supremes,’ has died

February 11, 2021

Mary Wilson, a founding member of “The Supremes” has died at the age of 76, her publicist told CNN. Wilson “passed away suddenly this evening,” according to a statement from her longtime friend and publicist, Jay Schwartz, on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. The singer was at her home in Henderson, NV. She is survived by… [Read More]

Cicely Tyson, purposeful and pioneering actor, dead at 96

February 4, 2021

Cicely Tyson, the pioneering Black actor who gained an Oscar nomination for her role as the sharecropper’s wife in “Sounder,” won a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88 and touched TV viewers’ hearts in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” died Thursday, January 28, 2021 at age 96. Tyson’s death was announced by her… [Read More]

Baseball and civil rights legend Hank Aaron passes at 86

January 28, 2021

Hank Aaron, one of the greatest players in baseball history who smashed Babe Ruth’s career home run record in defiance of threats to his life and who used his Hall of Fame baseball career as a platform to champion civil rights, died Friday, January 22, 2021 at 86. Jonathan Kerber, the Atlanta Braves’ communications manager,… [Read More]

Delores Wilkins, one of Milwaukee community’s cherished members, passed away on December 21

January 28, 2021

Delores Nicholson Wilkins was born in St. Louis, MO December 26, 1929, to Thomas White Nicholson and Viola Comer Nicholson. As a family, they moved to Quincy, IL in 1932. From Quincy, IL they moved to Milwaukee, WI in 1944. Delores graduated from North Division High School where she excelled in band (clarinet and bassoon),… [Read More]

Eric Jerome Dickey, bestselling author whose novels focused on Black life, dies at 59

January 14, 2021

Bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey, whose novels depicted romance, erotica and suspense from the Black perspective, including Milk in My Coffee, Sleeping with Strangers and Friends and Lovers, has died. He was 59. He died in Los Angeles on January 3, 2021 after a long illness, his longtime publicist confirmed Tuesday, January 5, 2021. His… [Read More]

In Memory of Those We Have Lost

January 7, 2021

    Photo Collage of people who have passed away in 2020 including Willie Davis, Mike Anderson, Arthur Reid Jr., George Matthews and Dr. Muhammad Sabir.