Sunday, September 26, 2021

Obituaries

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...
The Rev. Dr. James L. Netters Sr. had an acute understanding of trials and challenges and about how the quality of life for an individual or a group can be profoundly enhanced when God is relied upon for guidance. The...
Best known as the 2nd National President of the Business and Professional Women’s Federation (B&PWF) Church of God in Christ, former Memphian Frances Miller Harris died in California on Nov. 22. She was 82. Born Frances Hazel Peterson on November 11,...
Services were held last Saturday (Nov. 21) at Mt. Olive Cathedral C.M.E. Church for entrepreneur Melvin Jones, founder/CEO of the Black Business Director and a former interim editor of the Tri-State Defender. As onsite attendees observed COVID-19 safety protocols, the...