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DOLORES M. HAMMOND ALI. (Courtesy Photo)
Originally published April 16, 2014

On April 4, 2014, DOLORES M. HAMMOND ALI passed away.more More Arrow

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Charles Anderson Richardson.
- Beloved and cherished are the memories of Charles Anderson Richardson Jr, called to rest by God on March 17, 2014.more More Arrow

Mary Holmes Francis
- On March 2, 2014, Mary H. Francis (Dee) passed awaymore More Arrow

Hazel Evangeline Wilson Flannigan.
- Hazel Evangeline Wilson Flannigan, 75, of Annapolis, died of heart failure, March 12, at the Heritage Harbour Health and Rehabilitation Center.more More Arrow

Robert M. ‘Mitch’ Thomas.
- Former AFRO copy editor, Robert M. “Mitch” Thomas, who also worked for other publications as a reporter and circulation manager, died of natural causes in Bryn Mawr, Penn.more More Arrow

- Alexander Bonner, Jr., departed this life on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.more More Arrow

Alfred J. StewartUS Air Force Major General.
- US Air Force Major General Alfred J. Stewart passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio,more More Arrow

Eric Leewood Byrd
- Eric Leewood Byrd was born the second child of Dr. Eugene D. Sr. and Mabel Leewood Byrd on May 18, 1947 in Baltimore, Md. Of the three children, he most exemplified the hospitality and sophistication of their mother and the single-minded commitment to the principles of truth and justice embodied by their father. more More Arrow

Juliette Marie Carpenter
- On the morning of February 4, 2014, Juliette Marie Carpenter went peacefully to be with the Lord. Juliette was born on July 10, 1920; she was the third child of George and Sarah Brown. Juliette attended St. Barnabas and St. Pius Catholic schools. She graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1939.more More Arrow

Veronica Blanche Bess Dixon
- A memorial mass was held Feb. 12 at St. Matthew Catholic Church for Veronica Blanche Bess Dixon, who departed her earthly life suddenly on Jan. 30. Born May 19, 1943 in Baltimore, Md. to the late Floyd and Mildred Bess, she was the eldest of six girls often tasked at a young age with taking her siblings for back-to-school shopping and bringing home groceries.more More Arrow

Ethel Gillis Coleman, Teacher, First Lady.
- Ethel Gillis Coleman, born Jan. 13, 1916 in Concord, Cabarrus County, N.C. to the late William Henry and Barbara Goins Gillis. She departed this life peacefully at the Hillcrest Convalescence Center in Durham, Jan. 14, 2014.more More Arrow

- Stella Marie Carter, daughter of Estella Spruill and the late Preston Spruill was born on March 4, 1955 in Pitt County, N.C. She departed this life on Nov. 27 after a brief illness.more More Arrow

Keith Xavier Holly II.
- Keith Xavier Holly II was born on March 6, 1989 in Baltimore, Md. to Keith Xavier Holly and Kateena (Jamerson) Lightner. His transition from this life was on Oct. 23, 2013 at the tender age of 24more More Arrow

Delores Evans.
- Delores Evans, daughter of the late Emma Jackson was born on March 26, 1957. She departed this life on October 28, 2013.more More Arrow

Walt Bellamy, NBA Hall of Famer and Former 
Baltimore Bullets Center.
- Hall of Fame center Walt Bellamy, who played two years for the Baltimore Bullets in the early 1960s, died on Nov. 2 according to reports. The cause of his death has not yet been reported; he was 74-years-old. more More Arrow

Irma V. Rogers-Jackson.
- Suddenly on September 14th Irma V. Rogers-Jackson went home to be with the Lord.more More Arrow

Frank Wilmer Phillips Lansey.
- Frank Wilmer Phillips Lansey, 64, a Transportation Associate II for the Baltimore City Department of Transportation Division died October 12, 2013 in his home of a heart attack.more More Arrow

Delores T. Robinson.
- Delores T. Robinson departed life on September 11, 2013. She was born to Ida G. and James C. Robinson on September 25, 1921, in the city of Baltimore, MD, the last of nine children, all of whom lived well into adulthood, except for one (Angela, who died at birth). Delores and her siblings grew up in and around East Baltimore near the Johns Hopkins Hospital.more More Arrow

- Stella K. Seubert, for 18 years secretary and administrative assistant for Jones and Associates law firm in Baltimore, passed July 7.more More Arrow

Marquitta L. Silver March
- Marquitta L. Silver March was the oldest child born to the union of Rev. Matthew Silver and Theophra H. Silver on Feb. 26, 1949 in Wilkesboro, N.C. She departed this life on April 15, 2013.more More Arrow

Julio R. Santana,Sr.
- Julio Rivera Santana Sr. was born on Oct. 1, 1920 to the late Julio Rivera and Juana Santana. He departed this life on Jan. 10, 2013.more More Arrow

Alice “Faye” M. Boykin
- Alice McDonald Boykin, daughter of Kate and Joseph McDonald, was born on June 16, 1914 in Dresden, Tenn. She departed this life suddenly on Feb. 3, 2013 after a lengthy illness.more More Arrow

Hazel L. Smith
- Hazel Louise Smith departed this life and stepped over into eternity on Feb. 3, 2013. She was born on May 2, 1921 in Prince George’s County, Md. She was the daughter of the late Bishop Harry and Alice Hughes. Mother Hazel as she was called was baptized at an early age. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior and didn’t mind letting you know.more More Arrow

Donald M. Knox Sr.
- Donald Morris Knox Sr., son of the late Donald M. Adams and Sarah V. Knox, was born on January 14, 1935 in Baltimore, Md. He departed this life on March 4, 2013 after a lengthy illnessmore More Arrow

Pattie Green Hodges-Berry
- Pattie Green Hodges-Berry, 79 of Ellicott City, Md., passed away from complications after a major stroke on April 9 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md. She was born on Dec. 19, 1933 in Warrenton, N.C., daughter of the late Irving Lee Green Sr. and Queenie Iona Green.more More Arrow

Robert Hardy Diggs
- Robert Hardy Diggs, fondly known as “Bobby” departed from this life on April 3, 2013 at Arcola Rehabilitation Center in Silver Spring, Mdmore More Arrow

Phyllis Valerie Blue
- Phyllis Valerie Blue was born on April 10, 1961 to the late Herman Blue and Phyllis Blue. Early Sunday morning, September 25, 2011 suddenly God called her home from labor to reward.more More Arrow


Keilley Gatewood was born on Aug. 2, 1997 in Baltimore, Md. to Mark and Jill Gatewood. She passed away on Sun. Feb. 24, 2013 at the age of 15 years old.

In November 1998, Keilley was in a motor vehicle accident that nearly took her life. more More Arrow

- Hazel Christina Spruill (nee Chester) was born on Nov. 25, 1915 to Samuel and Rosa Chester in the small town of Cambridge, Md. Hazel was the third of four children. Her siblings; Robert, Agnes and Bernice, remained extremely close throughout their lives.more More Arrow

Charles Nelson Wells
- Charles Nelson Wells was born Jan. 10, 1926 in Baltimore, Md. His siblings, Lloyd E., Lillian Jones, and Ella welcomed Charles to the family as the youngest child of parents Anna Nelson Wells and Charles Elliott Wells. more More Arrow

Dorothy M. Lee
- Dorothy Mae Lee was born Feb. 19, 1928 to the late Thomas A. and Fannie Rebecca Norris Lee in Anderson, S.C. She departed this life on Dec. 6, 2012.more More Arrow

Bianca Renata Sullivan
- On Sept. 12, 2011, God called Bianca Renata Sullivan home to be with Him. more More Arrow

Hattie Harrison
- Hattie Harrison, matriarch of the Maryland House of Delegates, died Jan. 28. She was 84. Known as the “fairy godmother” of the legislative chamber, Harrison will be missed for her diplomacy, mentorship and dedication to service, colleagues saidmore More Arrow

Rev. Vernon Dobson
- The Rev. Vernon Dobson, a leader in Baltimore City’s civil rights movement and prominent figure in its religious community, died in the early morning hours of Jan. 26. He was 89. more More Arrow

Rachel Briley
- Rachel Briley, the sixth daughter of the late Jasper and Dora Staton Briley was born Feb. 19, 1936 in Greenville, N.C. She was predeceased by her sisters Minnie Briley and Allie G. Butler.more More Arrow

Jeanie P.E.C. Foster
- Jeanie Patricia Elizabeth (Scott) Foster passed on Dec. 27, 2012 after a courageous and valiant battle with declining health, which she fought with dignity and grace.more More Arrow

John Franklin Koger, Jr.
- On the first day of January, 2013, John Franklin Koger, Jr. bid farewell to his family and friends, and quietly transitioned to his eternal rest.more More Arrow

James R. Tabron
- James Robert Tabron, son of the late James and Matilda Tabron, was born on June 19, 1923, in Halifax County, N.C. He was one of ten children. After spending a short time in Good Samaritan Nursing Home, he quietly departed this life on Dec. 31, 2012. He was 89 year old.more More Arrow

Troy Rodgers Sr.
- Troy Rodgers Sr., a generous, kind-hearted, quiet, caring man, was the son of the late Mildred Blackwell Rodgers and Adoiphus A. Rodgers. He was born on Feb. 11, 1938 in Baltimore, Md. He departed on Nov. 14, 2012, at Veterans Medical Center, after battling “with fierce determination” many illnesses including a kidney transplant, a stroke and cancer.more More Arrow

Osborne A. Payne
- Osborne Allen Payne, a Baltimore businessman who left a distinguished career in education to become a leading restaurateur, entrepreneur and philanthropist, died Nov. 27, at Gilchrist Center Howard County in Columbia, Md. of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. The longtime Columbia and Baltimore resident was 87.more More Arrow

Kenneth Steele
- Kenneth Steel was born on Feb. 27, 1937 in Iredell County, N. C. He was the youngest of Mary and Fred Steele’s four children. He enjoyed being the baby of the family as he grew up. more More Arrow

Bernard M. Thompson Sr.
- Updated 12/19/2012 - Bernard Marshall Thompson Sr. was born on Oct. 6, 1948 in Baltimore, Md. to the late James and Janet Thompson. On Dec. 11, 2012 he peacefully transitioned with his wife Rosa by his side. Bernie, as he was affectionately known, lived his life to fullest and always was the life of the party and at family gatherings. Bernie was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System and graduated from Carver Vocational Technical High School as a masonry major.more More Arrow

Arrie M. Long
- Arrie Mae Long was called home to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the early morning hours of Aug. 9. Born on March 3, 1926 to the late Porter and Mary Elizabeth (Barnes) Foreman in Barnwell, S.C., she was the second daughter of six siblings.more More Arrow

- James Edward Murchison was born October 15, 1925 and departed this life November 6 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.more More Arrow

Palestine R.W. Anderson.
- Palestine Rebecca Wesley Anderson was born Nov. 21, 1918 in Baltimore, Md. to Calvin Wesley and Jennie Mae Mitchell Wesley. She was the second of four children.
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Stephanie Hunt.
- On Nov. 2, 2012, Stephanie Lorraine Dunn Hunt departed this earth. Born Stephanie Lorraine Brown to Charles Alfred and Ethel Marie Brown on May 21, 1963, Stephanie began her vibrant life that touched so many.more More Arrow

 Dr. Ivanhoe Bradshaw Higgins Jr.
- Ivanhoe B. Higgins, 67, an orthopedic surgeon who was widely loved and respected, died May 3, at his home in Portland, Oregon. He faced cancer with characteristic grace, courage and resilience, and lived until his body could not contain his brilliant spirit a minute longer.more More Arrow

 Frank W. Phillips III, 61
- Frank W. Phillips III, 61, a retired 22 year Baltimore City Police Sergeant and 13 year Investigator with the Baltimore City State’s Attorney office died Tuesday after a lengthy illness following a heart attack during a family cruise in 2005. He is the son of the late I. Henry Phillips Sr. who was the long-time award winning AFRO Photographer/Director and retired AFRO Librarian Laura Phillips.more More Arrow

 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Russ
- For more than six decades Joseph Russ provided dignity and a loving touch for families dealing with the death of a loved one. Sometimes with a little humor.more More Arrow

Elizabeth Bartz, mother of alto saxophonist, Gary Bartz with great grandson, actor Eric Berryman and daughter Torah Bartz Thomas.
- A patron of the arts and Black American music, Elizabeth Bartz co-founded with her late husband Floyd, the historic East Baltimore "Jazz Shrine," the North End Lounge and North Avenue and Gay Street. She is the proud mother of Grammy Award winning recording artist, alto/soprano saxophonist - Gary Bartz and a devoted daughter, Torah Bartz Thomas.more More Arrow

Mack A. McConnell
- Mack A. McConnell was born on Feb. 20, 1971 to the late Doris McConnell and Mack D. Irving in Baltimore. He suddenly departed this life on Dec. 9.more More Arrow

Edith M. Finney
- Edith Mary Finney (nee Mackay) was born Dec. 30, 1932, the youngest of ten children born to the late Otho Mackay Sr., and Mabel Henson Mackay.more More Arrow

 Viola Olivia Tutman Lewis
- The family of Viola Olivia Tutman Lewis will receive family and friends for a family hour at Heritage United Church of Christ on Tuesday, December 13 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Homegoing services will be held at the church on Wednesday, December 14 beginning with the wake at 10 a.m. and followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.more More Arrow

Rose G. Simpson
- Rose Givens was born Feb. 15, 1914 to Ronnie Givens and Willie Pender in Baltimore. She was the 10th of their thirteen children. Rose was the last survivor of her generation.more More Arrow

- Elaine Manns Swan, a retired teacher and counselor, died peacefully in her sleep at her residence in Los Angeles, Ca. on Wed., April 20, she was 92 years old.more More Arrow

- Christine Fowler, beloved daughter of the late William and Lena Dunn, was born Aug. 21, 1922 in Wake County, N.C. She departed this life on November 21.more More Arrow

Berthiner P.Butler
- Berthiner Parker was born on March 10, 1923 in Newberry County, S.C. to the late Niece and Elma Parker. After the passing of her mother, Niece married the late Estelle Parker who became not only her mother, but her best friend until her passing.more More Arrow

Theodore Chaplin Jr.
- Coach Theodore 'Naggatt' Chaplin Jr. (Chap), age 65, of 395 Fredrick St, Denmark, S.C., died Nov. 20 at TRMC in Orangeburg, SC.more More Arrow

Mabel Hilda Young
- MABEL HILDA YOUNG, youngest child of the late Herbert and Pauline Hines, and widow of the late J. Preston Grant Jr. MD and the late Elroy Young, MD, accepted God’s invitation to eternal life Saturday, November 19, 2011, following a brief illness. Mrs. Young is survived by her three adoring children, Linda Grant (James Wells, Jr.), J.P. Grant, III (Judy Grant, MD), Minnie Adams (Rick Adams, DDS), Charles Young (Roni) and nine grandchildren- J.P. and Evan Grant; Grant(Brittany), Blake and Rikki Adams; Michele and James(Elaina) Wells; and Blair and Brain Young –and six great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her sister, Lydia Grinage, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.more More Arrow

Ronald (Ronnie) Roswell Powell
- Ronald (Ronnie) Roswell Powell was born on April 26, 1942 the second of two children of the late James and Hattie Powell for whom he had intense love. He fell asleep in death on Nov. 19.more More Arrow

Gordon R. Watkins
- Gordon R. Watkins, graduate of Hunter College, the Juilliard School of Music, and the Jarahal School of Music, concert baritone, playwright, director/producer of theatre, film, television and radio productions, opera librettist, computer, choral conductor, and community activist, is often described as a “New Renaissance Man.”more More Arrow

Edward Z. Watson Jr.
- Edward Zarius Watson JR., a man of distinction, strength and courage, was born on Feb. 3, 1917 to the late Hannah Allen and Edward Zarius Watson Sr., in Earleigh Heights, Anne Arundel County, Md.more More Arrow

Nancy M. Wylie
- Nancy Mayfield Wylie, lovingly called Nanny, was born on October 28, 1914 to the late Willie Mayfield and Ella Lyles Mayfield in Fairfield, (Chester County) South Carolina.more More Arrow

Kimcina K. Carey
- Kimcina Kathalene Carey, affectionately known as Kim, Auntie Twin, and Kamosaki, peacefully transitioned from this life on Aug. 14 at her twin brother’s home in West Virginia.more More Arrow

Ozell Delores Cryor
- Ozell Delores Cryor, who for years volunteered as a nursing assistant at P.S. #144 in the 1950’s, became a respected healthcare provider devoted to baby wellness at one of the first city-wide childhood health clinics in the Baltimore City Health Department. She died Saturday at the Good Samaritan Nursing Center in Baltimore at the age of 96.more More Arrow

Charles W. Wells
- On September 14, God called Charles Wesley Wells to come home. Charles gave all he had to make this world a better place and now his work on earth is done.more More Arrow

Jerome Floyd
- On March 18, 1941 Jerome Floyd was born in Marion County, S.C. On July 14, he quietly suddenly slipped away.more More Arrow

Effie E. Moses
- Effie Estelle Moses was born in Cape Charles, Virginia on January 14, 1919 to the late Mary and John Moses. Effie departed this life, after a lengthy illness, on Monday, Sept. 19.more More Arrow

Lawton J. Pierre
- Dr. Lawton John Pierre, 68, died in his home in Grenada on September 29, 2011.more More Arrow

John "Jack" Robinson
- John Cornelius Robinson (Jack), beloved son of the late Vernon and Lucia Robinson, passed away June 10, 2011 at Beth Israel Hospital in New York, N.Y.more More Arrow

Alicia Camilla Tucker
- Alicia Camilla Tucker, daughter of William Johnson and Sarah Hughes, was born on November 2, 1911 in Reisterstown, Maryland at 22 Bond Avenue.more More Arrow

Jenneane Welling Bradford
- Jenneane Welling Bradford, native Baltimorean and daughter of Minerva Richardson Welling and John Cornelius Welling passed away on Sept. 26, 2011. She is the sister of Delores Jenkins and Leonard Donald Welling, both residing in Baltimore. She is also the niece of local legendary broadcaster Chuck Richards.more More Arrow

Melanie Louise Davis Hood with her daughter, Tristyn.
- Services for Melanie Louise Davis Hood begin with the family hour and AKA service at 10 a.m., Sept. 30, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at New All Saints Church, 4406 Liberty Heights Ave.more More Arrow

Dr. Roselyn Hammond
- Former biology professor, Dr. Roselyn Hammond passed away, Sept. 5, at the Gilchrist Hospice. Dr. Hammond retired from her position at Morgan State University in June after having been out on sick leave since Sept. 2010.more More Arrow

Ltc. William L. Roberts, III
- Prior to entering the service, LTC William L. Roberts III worked as the Assistant Correctional Facility Administrator in command of all inmate service for the Anne Arundel County Department of Detention Facilities in Annapolis, Md. and retired from law enforcement.more More Arrow

Walter W. Brown Jr., 46

Walter W. Brown Jr. was born to the late Walter W. Brown Sr. and Waverly Edwards on October 27, 1964. The Lord called him home on June 7, 2011.more More Arrow