Monday, July 13, 2020

Obituaries

Emogene Wilson, former women’s editor and society-page writer for the Tri-State Defender, will be interred at Elmwood Cemetery next to her late husband, former Tri-State Defender editor, general manager and civil rights era icon, L. Alex Wilson, on Friday. The...
The passing of Christine Grandberry has evoked an extraordinary outpouring of grief, especially in the Frayser community where she was dub hailed as “Queen,” or the “Mayor of Frayser.” Nothing happened without her blessing — politicians knew it, community leaders...
So many stories remain untold of the gestures of love and acts of sacrifice in the lives of thousands of people Joyce Blackmon touched in her lifetime. Yes, she was lauded as the first African American and the first woman...
For many, words such as “giant” and “gentleman” were placed comfortably in sentences describing renowned Memphis defense attorney Samuel L. Perkins, who passed away on Tuesday. Mr. Perkins was the former president of the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and...
No African American had ever been a senior vice president or a chief human resources officer at FedEx before James A. Perkins, who passed away this week. “He was a very tough act to follow,” said Janie Mennis of FedEx....
A community leader and a voice for change to some, former Citywide Residents Council (CRC) President James Robinson passed away recently in North Carolina, with services planned for Memphis. He was 67. “He had moved to North Carolina with...
John “Pops” Witherspoon was black as hell. Or as Ice Cube put it, “Life won’t be as funny without him.” He’s right. It won’t. The legendary actor and comedian died at his Sherman Oaks, Calif., home on Oct. 29 at the...
For much of her life – extending well into her grandmother years – Lorene Jones was a go-getter with a deep-rooted passion for growth and development in South Memphis. The 88-year-old community matriarch passed away last Sunday, Oct. 27. “Lorene Jones...
John Conyers — the longest serving black congressman in U.S. history — has passed away. The longtime Michigan Democrat who represented Detroit died Sunday at age 90. PBS Newshour’s White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor broke the news on Twitter that he...
Rep. Elijah Cummings, the long-serving Democratic congressman from Maryland, died early Thursday morning at the age of 68. Cummings died at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital at 2:45 a.m. Thursday “due to complications concerning longstanding health challenges,”...