Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Obituaries

As a state lawmaker, Roscoe Dixon served Tennessee in a manner consistent with a man who truly cared about people. His death this week at age 71 brought that shared fact easily to mind for many as they recalled...
As the life of COGIC Supervisor Ida “Maddie” Bell Flagg Porter was celebrated last Saturday (Feb. 13) at Memorial Park, her son, Bishop Brandon B. Porter, delivered the homegoing message. Those in attendance had in hand a synopsis of her...
The recent death of Kenneth “Ken” Taylor, said those who knew him, left a tremendous void in service to the community and Tennessee Democratic Party politics. Mr. Taylor, 36, died unexpectedly last week (Feb. 8). “After the campaign, we stayed in...
The homegoing service for educator and entrepreneur Fred L. Brown Jr. was held at N.J. Ford Chapel, 12 South Parkway West, last week (Feb. 4). Mr. Brown, who was born Jan. 16, 1938, died of heart failure on Jan. 26....
Anyone who has been to Brinson’s Downtown Lounge to enjoy a jazz set likely knows its owner, Betty Brinson. On Monday morning, Jan. 11, she died, according to her eldest son, Eric Brinson. “Mother had not been sick at all,...
Claude Talford, greatly loved by colleagues at the Memphis Fire Department, where he was a trailblazer during the administration of former Mayor Dr. Willie W. Herenton, is one of the COVID-19 pandemic’s latest casualties. After contracting the virus, Talbert was...
Trailblazing academician Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis believed that education was a tool that positioned one “to give back.” Surrounded by her family Thursday morning at 5:30, Dr. Mariam DeCosta-Willis died peacefully at her East Memphis home. She was 86. University professor and...
As civil servants go, Teresa Jones was willing to be measured by her attentiveness to those she committed to serve and the reaction to her death over the weekend reflected that she hit that mark with regularity. The Memphis Municipal...
Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and a circle of associates made wider by the Rev. John Lee Payne, the church’s longtime pastor, are mourning his death at 87. Rev. Payne died Monday after going into the hospital on the Saturday...
In a year that many have called one of the most difficult in recent memory, a local church family still is relishing a late October honor from the City of Memphis. Pastor Joseph H. McGhee Jr. served the historic Greater...