Homegoing

Black people have disproportionately been impacted by COVID-19. On average, the disease has killed Black Americans at least twice the rate of White Americans. We honor and value each Black life that is lost to COVID-19. We know that many families are unable to hold traditional homegoing services or funerals for their loved ones due to gathering restrictions.

Homegoing is rooted in Black religious and cultural traditions. It seeks to celebrate and pay respect to Black people in death in a way that is often not given in life. We also hope it will serve as refuge and salve to ease the pain and suffering for the families and friends who remain among the living.

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The biographical information for those honored on this page is excerpted from newspapers and family obituaries. Full links to the obituaries can be found by clicking on each photograph.

To remove your loved one’s information from the Homegoing memorial, please contact us at info@covidblack.org with your family member’s name.

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Joyah Lashaun Flemister, age 38, had a loving, pure, kind, and giving spirit. Ms. Flemister was employed at Tyson Foods for 20 years and is remembered for having the most infectious smile. Ms. Flemister passed away on July 16, 2020. Source: Tribute Archive  

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Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, age 71, had big plans for Saint Augustine’s University, the private, historically black university in Raleigh, N.C. where he had been hired to lead as President. Dr. McPhail grew up in Harlem, and devoted over fifteen years of his life working in higher education. For 36 hours in 1969, Dr. McPhail, a master’s student at the time, and other members of the Afro-American Society participated in an armed occupation of Cornell University’s student union that brought a reckoning of students’ demands. Dr. McPhail passed away October 15, 2020.

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Michelle Abernathy, age 52, spent decades investigating child abuse and neglect while holding night jobs mentoring children. Growing up in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, Ms. Abernathy “was always trying to help somebody”, her mother said. A supervisor at a state-run facility for developmentally disabled adults, Ms. Abernathy bought clothes, games, and snacks for residents. Ms. Abernathy passed away on April 13, 2020. 

Source: The Guardian

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Darrin Adams, age 51, was a Wayne State University student and custodian. Outside of his involvement at WSU, Adams worked with the AmeriCorps Urban Safety (AMUS) program for two years. During that time, Adams coordinated boarding up more than 200 vacant and abandoned homes in Detroit to improve public safety. Mr. Adams passed away on April 3, 2020, and received his posthumous bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the university. 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Edna Adams, age 105, defied expectations her entire life. Born in 1914, Ms. Adams lived to see the other side of the 1918 flu pandemic, women’s suffrage, the Great Depression, and two world wars. Ms. Adams worked for more than two decades as a sales associate at a department store. Ms. Adams was a woman of faith and conviction who devotedly attended Sunday services at Rock Creek Baptist Church. Ms. Adams passed away in April 2020. 

Source: Washington Post

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Falneshia Adams, age 49, made people laugh. Ms. Adams' “passion for people” inspired her to go to school for hotel management at Bethune-Cookman University in Florida and take an environmental services job at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she worked for about 25 years. Ms. Adams died on May 16, 2020. 

Source: WHYY

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Tommie Adams, age 71, was a mover and later a moving estimator, and worked for more than 25 years for J. Bradtke Antique Movers in Chicago. Mr. Adams moved to the city during the Great Migration. "He got along well with people," said his wife "He was humorous...He liked people a lot.” Mr. Adams died on April 8, 2020. 

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Jonathan Adewumi, age 57, was proud of his Nigerian heritage so brought Africa to New York and, at his Brooklyn restaurant, united a community. “Jonathan had a unique way of making everyone feel at home like they belong,” said a former deputy mayor of Newark. Mr. Adewumi died on April 17, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Coby “Terrell” Adolph, age 44, was an adventurer whose idea of a good time was to ride his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Mexican border or jet off to Europe. Mr. Adolph was also an entrepreneur who built two entirely different businesses, as well as a gentle-hearted mentor and friend. Mr. Adolph, a Chicagoan, died April 3, 2020. “He enjoyed his life to the fullest,” said a childhood friend.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Felicia Ailende, age 67, was a registered nurse and beacon of unity to her family and members of Maranatha Chapel in Illinois, where she was a minister. An immigrant from Nigeria, Ms. Ailende planted a garden each year and used the produce to cook West African dishes. When there were too many cucumbers, hot peppers or greens, Ms. Ailende shared with neighbors. Ms. Ailende passed away on April 20, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Calvin Akins, age 73, was a veteran of the Army. He was fond of visiting local Veterans Affairs hospitals or facilities and interacting with other vets. “He would have a conversation with anyone he came across,” said his son. “He was very sociable, very funny, and very charismatic. If anybody had any trouble, he always took time to help.” Mr. Akins passed away on August 7, 2020.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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Quen Agbor Ako, age 53, was known to wear stylish, bright clothing and break out in song and dance. Born in Cameroon, Ms. Ako earned her nursing degree in the US and worked for a chain of nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. Ms. Ako passed away from COVIS-19 on April 10, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Joseph Alexander, age 95, joined the Marine Corps when he was 19 years old. Though 70 years late, Alexander finally received recognition for his service when, in 2019, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for helping end segregation in the U.S. military by joining the Marines’ first African American unit. He passed away on April 7, 2020.

Source: LA Times

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Julia Alexander, age 82, was a retired teacher and San Diego school administrator now living in Upland and had plans to travel the world. Already, she and her daughter had been to China, Brazil, and Australia. “She was the life of the party,” said her son. For over 30 years with the San Diego Unified School District, Ms. Alexander taught a variety of subjects, before becoming a vice-principal at Nye Elementary, where she retired in 2002. Ms. Alexander passed away on April 2, 2020.

Source: LA Times

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Before she became ill with the coronavirus, Candace Allen was no stranger to 18-hour shifts. She commuted an hour to work and slept as little as three hours a night for weeks on end. Ms. Allen spent her days off with her grandchildren and caring for her elderly mother. She could light up a dark room, her son said, adding that his mother “never met a stranger” in over 20 years in nursing. She passed away from complications due to COVID-19 at the age of 52.

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Holmes R. Allen, Jr., known as “Sonny,” loved to go fishing. Mr. Allen was a comedian in his own right, but he could also be stern when he needed to be. Mr. Allen passed away on May 5, 2020.

Source: Cremation PA

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Marlon Alston, age 46, was an entrepreneur, a musician, a family man, a servant of his church, a politically savvy guardian of his neighborhood, and a near-constant presence at the school where he worked as a bus driver and security guard. “He was just an all-around good guy,” said his wife. Mr. Alston died on April 7, 2020. 

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Francisca Amponsah, age 49, was a fixture in her New Jersey community. Ms. Amponsah had studied accounting in Ghana but became a certified nursing assistant in the United States so she could work night shifts and care for her three children during the day. Ms. Amponsah also made time to lead her local parent-teacher association and teach Sunday school. Ms. Amponsah passed away on April 8, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Femi Nilaja Anderson, age 48, is often described as the modern-day renaissance woman by those that she knew. Friends described her as an unstoppable, caring, and very artistic woman that gave her life to her business, The Renaissance Art Cafe, and to the City of Albany. Ms. Anderson died in March 2020.

Source: WALB News 10

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2020-04-13

James “Mike” Anderson, age 51, had a low-profile but critical job: changing air filters in the rooms of patients, including those treated for COVID-19. As he wheeled patients through hallways or responded to maintenance calls, Mr. Anderson was “gregarious,” said a hospital volunteer. Remembered for having “a personality larger than life,” Mr. Anderson had “immeasurable” pride in his son and daughter, ages five and nine. He passed away on April 13, 2020. 

Source: The Guardian

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Christine Armour, age 88, had a “heart of gold” and loved spending time with her family, according to her granddaughter. Ms. Armour was a South Florida resident for more than 30 years, a retired post office employee, and a frequent volunteer at a local food pantry. Ms. Armour later started her own business, sewing and designing African clothes. Ms. Armour died on March 21, 2020.

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Gregori Armstrong, age 66, was a Chicago Ironworker who helped build his hometown for four decades. Mr. Armstrong also enjoyed fixing things and taking care of loved ones. Mr. Armstrong died on June 3, 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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DJ Sha King Arrindell, age 34, was a well-known Aruban entertainer. Mr. Arrindel passed away in April 2020.

Source: The Daily Herald

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Ruth C. Arrington, age 67, passed away on May 1, 2020.

Source: Echovita

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Yaw A. Asante, age 60, liked going home to Ghana with a barrel full of gifts every spring. Mr. Asante, a registered nurse and NYSNA member at Lincoln Hospital, passed away on April 6, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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2020-06-22

Yvonne Powell Atkinson, age 72, was a beloved early childhood educator in Erie and Pittsburgh for nearly 50 years. Ms. Atkinson had a unique ability to connect to children — especially toddlers. Ms. Atkinson worked for 15 years as director of Early Childhood Education at the Children’s Museum. The “Tot-Time” program that Ms. Atkinson developed at the museum won national recognition for its blend of sensory play, music, and movement, especially the “Shake Your Sillies Out,” dance. “She was the best,” said her son. Ms. Atkinson passed away on June 22, 2020. Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  

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2020-05-17

Barnard Atta, age 61, worked overtime as a nurse at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio so that he could afford to send gifts to his family who lived in his hometown, Offindo, Ghana.  Mr. Atta died at home in Galena, Ohio on May 17, 2020 leaving behind his wife, four children, and grandchildren.

 

Source: The Guardian

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Ibrahima Ba, was a member of Teamsters Local 237 chapter and a campus security assistant at Kingsboro Community College. Mr. Ba passed away in 2020. Source: Teamsters NYC  

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Earl Bailey, age 56, was a nurse who worked for a staffing company and was assigned to multiple hospitals. Mr. Bailey had five children and five grandchildren. Mr. Bailey died on April 5, 2020.

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Ms. Bailey, age 63, was a retired nurse from Illinois and one of nine siblings in a tightknit family. Ms. Bailey died on March 25, 2020. 

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Gerald “Gerry” Baker, age 64, was planning to retire from his three-decade career with the Camden County Board of Social Services, but it was doubtful he would slow down. “There was not a moment Gerry wasn’t moving and doing,” said his widow. Mr. Baker was part of the game-day staff at Lincoln Financial Field, where he worked part-time as a stadium usher. Mr. Baker died on May 3, 2020.

Source: WHYY

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Maryann Baker, age 77, lived a life filled with love. Ms. Baker worked in patient accounts at Jacobi Hospital for 30 years. Though Ms. Baker retired 20 years ago, she never lost her zest for life. Ms. Baker loved to drive, travel around the country, and sing and dance at family celebrations. "She was a person that loved to live life, to be a support to her family, her friends, and her church family," said her niece. Ms. Baker passed away in March 2020. 

Source: Spectrum News

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Marilyn Deloris Alston, age 89, was a longtime teacher, social worker, and geriatric specialist who was committed to helping others. Mrs. Alston was also the widow of former Philadelphia school board president and Beech Companies CEO Floyd W. Alston. They were married for 62 years until his death in 2012. A 40-year member of Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, Mrs. Alston was a voracious reader, a cook who loved to entertain and a woman with an enormous group of friends. She also enjoyed dancing and social clubs with her husband. She was active with the Sigma Shadows, which is affiliated with Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, Klub Tempo, and the Philly Forties. Ms. Alston passed away on May 2, 2020.

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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2020-03-27

   Monique Baldridge, age 52, was more than a mom. Ms. Baldridge was best friends with her daughter and the matriarch of a large family. With five children and 14 grandchildren, Ms. Baldrige loved laughing with her family. In her free time, Ms. Baldridge would play cards by herself at the table and often fill the house with Prince songs. Ms. Baldridge passed away on March 27, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press

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Demetria “Demi” Bannister, age 28, was a third-grade teacher. "Intelligent, kind-hearted, thoughtful, loving, smiling, high-spirited, the life of the party, incredible ... anything positive, that's what she was," said her cousin. Ms. Bannister passed away in Spetember 2020.

Source: WTLX News 19

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Shirley Bannister, age 57, was the Department Chair for Nursing at Midlands Tech and called nursing her “God-given passion.” Ms. Bannister passed away in September 2020.

Source: Live 5 News

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2020-04-02

Albert Barber, age 39, was "a dynamic preacher and awesome musician" as well as the beloved husband of community activist, Latresa Rice. Mr. Barber died on April 2, 2020, at Pontiac General Hospital in Michigan.

Source: WXYZ Detroit

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Richard E. Barber Sr., age 80, was a senior deacon at the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in New Jersey. Mr. Barber was also a former deputy executive director of the NAACP, and participated in the student protests in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1960. Mr. Barber passed away in the spring of 2020. 

Source: ABC News

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2020-03-23

Laneeka "Nikki" Barksdale, age 47, was a popular virtuoso on the dance floor in the Detroit ballroom scene. Known for her gliding, Ms. Barksdale had mastered bop, stepping, hustles, and other difficult ballroom steps. Ms. Barksdale also worked as a bartender for many years, most recently at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel, and was recently driving for Lyft. Ms. Barksdale passed away on March 23, 2020.

Source: New York Times

 

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Kejuane Bates, age 36, was a Vidalia police officer. Mr. Bates served as a DARE officer and school resources officer. Mr. Bates also pastored the Forest Aid Baptist Church. Mr. Bates passed away on April 1, 2020.

Source: The Drum 

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Angeline Bernadel, age 52, was a nurse at West River Healthcare Center in Milford, Connecticut who loved caring for patients. She was described as "devoted" to her patients and work. Ms. Bernadel died on April 4, 2020.

Source: Hartford Courant

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Idris Bey, age 60, was a popular instructor at the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical academy and an NYC emergency worker. “He was there during 9/11 when those buildings came down,” said a close friend. Mr. Bey, a 27-year veteran of the Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services bureau, passed away on April 22, 2020.

 

Source: New York Times

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Billy W. Birmingham Sr. (Bill), age, 69 was an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and lifelong resident of Kansas City, Missouri died . He died as a hero by giving his life in the line of duty to the citizens of Kansas City and his fellow first responders while doing what he loved; which was helping others. He was also a husband, father grandfather, and great grandfather. Mr. Birmingham died in Kansas City, Missouri on April, 13, 2020.

Source: Lee's Summit Tribune

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Rafael Leonardo Black, age 71, was a self-trained artist who spent more than 40 years creating elaborate pictorial mythologies steeped in art history and popular culture. Mr. Black had his first New York gallery show at age 64. Mr. Black died on May 15, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Marjorie Blackman, age 67, was a nurse in a Florida hospital for the last 15 years. Ms. Blackman got her nursing degree in her fifties and commuted 3 hours a day to treat her patients who were like her second family. Ms. Blackman passed away in April 2020. 

Source: Fox 13 News

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Rev. Harry Blake, age 85, survived an assassin’s bullet, a police beating, and unjust arrests in Shreveport in the early 1960s as he fought for Black people to gain equal rights. Rev. Blake was a go-to person in Shreveport for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during that era. Afterward, Rev. Blake spent decades pushing for better education, health care, and housing in his community as pastor of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church in Louisiana. Rev. Blake, who had just retired from the church, died in April 2020.

Source: The Advocate

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Terry Blanchard, age 56, was an entrepreneur who was known for his work mentoring at-risk youth. Mr. Blanchard was also known for his big heart. “He had an amazing sense of humor. He made everybody laugh," said his daughter. Mr. Blanchard passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: Fox KTVU

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Scott Blanks, age 34, was dental assistant who seemed to be able to tackle anything in life with good humor. Mr. Blanks loved to dance and sing with friends. Mr. Blanks died on March 27, 2020.

Source: LA Times

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Dorothy Boles, age 65, had two callings: one as a healer and the other as an ordained minister. Mama Boles, as she was known, was a counselor and caretaker, said a longtime friend and colleague. Ms. Boles mentored aspiring ministers at First Chosen Tabernacle church and welcomed patients into her home when they didn’t have the means to recover on their own. Ms. Boles died on April 3, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Jane Elizabeth Boston Jordan, age 78, taught in the Philadelphia School district for more than three decades. Ms. Jordan spent her free time rooting for the Eagles and the Phillies, reading, singing gospel with her sorority sisters, and attending jazz concerts all across the country. Ms. Jordan passed away on June 12, 2020.

Source: WHYY

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Julius Bowens, age 72, was a "very laid back guy" who loved to sit on his porch and chat with neighbors. "Everyone who knew him loved him," said his daughter.  

Source: CNN

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Mercia Bowser, age 64, spent her life helping children, older people and people with behavior disorders while working for Catholic Charities and the city’s Office on Aging. The sister of Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ms. Bowser tried to match needs — of people who were homeless, addicted, disabled — with assistance during the pandemic. Those who knew Ms. Bowser described her as selfless and determined. Ms. Bowser passed away on February 24, 2021.

Source:  New York Times  

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Sean Boynes, age 46, was a natural comedian and loving father who always knew when any of “his girls” — his daughters, his wife or his mother — needed a hug. Mr. Boynes was a pharmacy manager and never gave less than all of his effort. Mr. Boynes died on April 2, 2020. 

Source: Washington Post

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Timothy Branscomb, age 32, worked as a security guard at three different physicians’ offices. As an essential employee, Branscomb continued to work through the pandemic. Mr. Branscomb died on April 6, 2020, leaving behind his fiancée and a 12-year-old daughter.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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   Silas Walter Brister Sr., age 80, was known for his smile and for giving those around him a good laugh. Born in Mississippi, Mr. Brister moved from the South in 1972 and was a resident of Detroit for more than 30 years. Mr. Brister received perfect attendance awards year after year when he worked at Ford Motor Co. and was known for helping others. The Bristers owned several businesses in Detroit, including Dorothy's Golden Touch Beauty Salon and Southern Kitchen restaurant. “Pops” or “Dizzle” as the grandchildren called him, loved family picnics and barbecues. Mr. Brister died on April 3, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press

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Bishop Phillip A. Brooks, age 88, senior pastor of New St. Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ was a beloved statesman who played an influential role in the lives of many people over the years. He was the first African American minister to appear on television in Detroit with the launch of the March of Faith Television Broadcast in 1978. Bishop Brooks was also first assistant presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, the largest black Christian denomination in the nation with an estimated membership of 6.5 million. Bishop Brooks died on April 9, 2020.

Source: Detroit News

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Abraham Emanuel Brown (Bram), age 85, a devoted family man and farmer, died on Sunday, May 3, 2020. Nicknamed “The Callaloo Man,” Brown was known for growing callaloo in Jamaica and Philadelphia. According to his family, he prided himself on being a sharp dresser and was proud of the roughness of his hands because it symbolized how hard he worked throughout his life

Source: Philadelphia Tribune

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Doris Brown, age 79, met her husband Tommie when she was 18 years old. They married in 1958 and remained inseparable, “like peanut butter and jelly,” ever since. Ms. Brown died on April 9, 2020. Ms. Brown's husband passed away less than twelve hours later. 

Source: Washington Post

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Gwendolyn Brown, age 68, was Manatee County’s first African American commissioner. Ms. Brown was elected in 1994 and sered her district until 2010. Ms. Brown had a passion for education and taught as an adjunct professor at State College of Florida as well as teaching Early Childhood and Management Classes at Headstart, where she also served as executive director from 1991 until 2002. Ms. Brown passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Keith Brown, age 48, worked for 17 years in EMS for many local agencies, most recently for MedTrust medical transport. “Keith is the life of the party. He just loved his family and wanted everyone taken care of before taking care of himself,” said his wife. Mr. Brown passed away on September 2, 2020. 

Source: LIVE 5 WCSC

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Shonda Brown, age 46, was a store manager of a Taco Bell in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Ms. Brown passed on July 15, 2020.

Source: The Advocate

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Tommie Brown, age 82, and his wife Doris were married for nearly 62 years. “It was like peanut butter and jelly, their complementary aspects,” said a family member. Mr. Brown passed away on April 9, 2020, less than 12 hours after his wife succumbed to the virus.

Source: Washington Post

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Janie Lou Brown, age 81, seemed to always have a smile on her face. Pictures of her and her family posted online show that Ms. Brown was a woman who had a large, loving family who enjoyed nothing more than to be surrounded by them. Mrs. Brown passed away on April 23, 2020. 

Source: The Florida Times-Union 

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Mary Louise Brown Morgan, age 78, kept a garden full of rose bushes and just about every kind of fruit tree, from plums to satsuma oranges to kumquats. In addition to her gardening, Ms. Morgan raised chickens, giving away eggs to friends and family. Ms. Morgan was also a regular churchgoer, frequent volunteer, and had a giving spirit. Ms. Morgan died on March 27, 2020.

Source: NOLA.com

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Dr. Lloyd Thomas Bowser Jr., age 56, was a Baltimore podiatrist known for making house calls to elderly diabetic patients. Dr. Bowser was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and active in fitness training. Dr. Bowser died on November 13, 2020. Source: The Washington Informer  

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Source:  Detroit Free Press  

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Brittany Bruner-Ringo, age 32, was described as "everything a nurse should be - kind empathetic and committed to her career because it was her passion." The first employee infected in an outbreak at a dementia care facility in West Los Angeles, Ms. Bruner-Ringo called and texted colleagues who fell ill, encouraging them to keep a good attitude and reassuring them that they were all going to be ok. Ms. Bruner-Ringo passed away on April 20, 2020.

Source: LA Times

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Dr. Geraldine H. Buckingham, age 84, passed away on December 11, 2020.

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Charles Bullock was a member of one of Rockland County's largest and most well-respected families. A star athlete at Tappan Zee High School who later became a trailblazing African American fire chief, Mr. Bullock died April 20 at age 80. He was one of three family members to succumb to the virus in the same month.
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Lois Bullock, age 80, was a member of one of Rockland County's largest and most well-respected families. A longtime educator in the Nyack schools who was active in her church, Ms. Bullock died on April 3, 2020. She was one of three family members to succumb to the virus that month.

Source: Lohud

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Chanda Lori Bullock-Obgurn was a member of one of Rockland County's largest and most well-respected families. A healthcare and social worker, Ms. Bullock-Ogburn died April 17 at age 60. She was one of three family members to succumb to the virus in the same month.
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Kevin Bundy, age 33, loved being a paramedic. “He was a jovial person, always looking at the bright side of things,” said a friend. Mr. Bundy passed away on April 12, 2020.

Source: The Guardian 

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Lisa Burhannan, age 50, could be seen everywhere in Harrisburg. Ms. Burhannan worked in the school district, taught classes at the prison and served meals to the homeless. Ms. Burhannan supervised a re-entry home for women and volunteered as a hospital chaplain. Even after Ms. Burhannan came down with COVID-19 in late May, Ms. Burhannan kept up her efforts, running events and assisting family members from her hospital bed. Ms. Burhannan passed away on June 11, 2020.

Source: Penn Live

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Terrance Burke, age 54, was a well-known school counselor, Navy veteran, and basketball coach at the Northwestern High school in Maryland. Mr. Burke passed away in March 2020. 

Source: Washington Post

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Ruben Burks, age 86, was the first African American UAW secretary-treasurer with a powerful social justice legacy. Starting as an assembler at the former General Motors Fisher Body Plant 2 in Flint in 1955, Mr. Burks steadily climbed through the ranks with a reputation for strength and integrity. Mr. Burks died on April 6, 2020. 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Charlie Burrell, age 78, was good with one-liners. Known at work for both professionalism and jokes, Mr. Burrell made employees around Seattle’s PBS station KCTS laugh during his decades as a broadcast operations supervisor. Mr. Burrell died on April 11, 2020.

Source: Seattle Times

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Schrell Burrell, age 58, was a licensed practical nurse. Ms. Burrell was kind, hardworking, and kept her coworkers "level-headed even when they wanted to go off." Ms. Burrell loved dancing and reading romance novels. Ms. Burrell passed away on January 9, 2021.

Source:  Twitter  

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Nathel Burtley, age 79, and his friends jumped into a “whites only” pool to protest segregation in Illinois when they were kids in the 1940s. These childhood experiences fueled Mr. Burtley's work decades later in Michigan, where he helped guide desegregation efforts in Grand Rapids and in 1988 became the first African American to lead Flint’s school system. Mr. Burtley died on April 6, 2020.

Source: Washington Post

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Joshua Bush, age 30, was earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Mr. Bush began his nursing career after high school, eventually ending up at Benton House of Aiken, an assisted living facility. Mr. Bush passed away on April 17, 2020.

Source: Los Angeles Sentinel

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Dr. Julie Butler, age 62, owned and operated the 145th Street Animal Hospital and lived by the principle that “if you have it to give, you give,” caring for animals and opening her home to friends in need. Dr. Butler passed away on April 4, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Brittany Butts, age 33, was described as caring and hardworking. She recently finished her Master of Social Work at Troy University. Ms. Butts passed away on July 13, 2020.

 

Source: ABC WTVM

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Jordan Byrd, age 19, was working his way through college as a custodian at a Tallahassee elementary school he once attended and looking forward to a bright future ahead. “He was really smart and friendly,” said a long-time friend. Mr. Byrd passed away in July 2020.

Source: USA Today

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Donald C. Anderson, Jr., age 36, of Inkster, MI passed away April 4, 2020.

Source: Husband Family Funeral Home  

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Darrell Cager, Sr., age 64, passed away on March 31, 2020. Mr. Cager is survived by his children, twenty grandchildren, a great grandchild, siblings, friends, and loved ones.

Source: NOLA.com

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Herman Cain, age 74, was a one-time Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of Godfather's Pizza. Mr. Cain began his corporate career in the mid-70s working for Coca-Cola, went on to work for the Pillsbury Company in 1977, and climbed the corporate ladder. Mr. Cain later led the National Restaurant Association, lobbying on Capitol Hill. Mr. Cain passed away in July 2020. 

Source: CNN

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Muriel Callender, age 84, was a retired claims investigator at Citibank after working there for three decades. Ms. Callender was born in Barbados and briefly lived there before immigrating to the U.S. in the 1960s and eventually fell in love with New York City. "Her laugh was infectious and she always made us smile when recounting stories from her life," said her granddaughter. "She had a knack for finding humor in the ordinary and could truly brighten anyone's day." Ms. Callender passed on May 3, 2020. 

Source: ABC News

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Ressie Cameron, age 87, loved church and music. As a child in San Jose, Ms. Cameron sang with her sisters on Sunday morning broadcasts of a local radio station. Ms. Cameron went on to become a musical leader in her Pentecostal denomination, the Church of God in Christ. Ms. Cameron died on March 13, 2020. She was 87.

Source: LA Times

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James C. Campbell, age 88, was a dapper retired truck driver who took an intense interest in the wider world, most particularly in anything that affected Pleasantville, the historically African-American community where he and his wife raised their kids. For more than 30 years Mr. Campbell served as a deacon at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist and took great pride in his community's high voter turnout. Mr. Campbell passed away on March 31, 2020.

Source: Houston Chronicle 

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Me’Lisa Caples-Bridges, age 52, was a licenced practical nurse and travel nurse working in Texas. A nurse for more than 20 years, Ms. Caples-Bridges enjoyed attending church and loved encouraging others with the gospel. Ms. Caples-Bridges passed away on November 26, 2020.

Source:  The Tylertown Times  

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Edmon C. Carmichael, age 79, met his wife Gwendolyn during their teenage years in high school, and they remained married for 53 years. Mr. Carmichael, affectionately known as "Clint," joined the Army as a young man, served in the Vietnam War, and later became a deacon in his church. Mr. Carmichael died on April 13, 2020, and his wife passed away the following day. 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Gwendolyn A. Carmichael, age 72, has a master's in social work from Wayne State University, was an esteemed master quilter, and an usher at her church. Ms. Carmichael met her husband Edmon during their teenage years in high school. Ms. Carmichael died on May 14, 2020, a day after her husband also succumbed to the virus.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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District Elder-Elect Arthur Gene Carney, Sr, age 74, was a veteran of the Vietnam War and preacher. After retiring from the military, Mr. Carney, Sr. "He spent several years driving the "301" bus from Dover to Wilmington for D.A.R.T, and he absolutely loved driving the school bus and interacting with all the young children during his employment with the Hilton Bus Company." drove a bus. Mr. Careny, Sr died on July 11h, 2020.

Source: Legacy.com 

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Herman G. Carrillo, age 59, was a talented pianist, fluent Spanish-speaker, and respected writer. Mr. Carrillo died in the spring of 2020. 

Source: Washington Post

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Priscilla Carrow, age 65, was the person to lean on if you had a problem. Ms. Carrow was an advocate for her co-workers at Elmhurst Hospital and a staunch community activist. Ms. Carrow was a coordinating manager at the hospital and planned to retire at the end of the year. Ms. Carrow passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: Spectrum News NY 1

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Darrin Cato, 53, worked as a security guard at Detroit’s Opera House and was cherished by the community he served. “He’d go out of his way to do anything for you,” said his coworker. Known to be a friend to all at the theater, Mr. Cato was also a family man who did home improvement and lawn work, often volunteering his services to people for little or no pay. Mr. Cato died on March 26, 2020.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Cheryl Catron, a civilian administrative aide with the Fairburn Police Department in Georgia, died on April 3, 2020. "She was an important part of our team, someone that worked tirelessly to keep us up and running," the department said. "We are heartbroken here.”

Source: ABC News

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   Narvellee Cavitt, age 87, was a matriarch in Detroit, Michigan. Ms. Cavitt was the President of the Wolverine State Baptist Convention of Church Nurses for over 25 years. Ms. Cavitt was well-respected and loved her family and church, her granddaughter said. Ms. Cavitt passed away on April 3, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press

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   Sylvia Cavitt, age 72, loved to cook and host family gatherings. Ms. Cavitt sang in the Historic St. James adult choir in Detroit, Michigan. Ms. Cavitt died on March 23, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press

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Kabwe Chanda, age 40, was the regional manager of the Los Angeles Community College District Information Technology Department. Mr. Chanda started at West Los Angeles College as a student tutor before becoming an instructional assistant and then an assistant computer and network specialist. Mr. Chanda passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: Valley Star News

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Cornell ‘Dickey” Charles, age 51, served as the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club Governor’s Krewe since 2004 and served illustrious Charge D’Affaire since 2005. Mr. Charles was also Lusher Charter School sports coach. Mr. Charles passed away on March 24, 2020.

Source: The Drum

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Stephen Chatman, age 55, brought the attitude, the funk, and the style WYEP-FM was missing in the 1990s. With his best friend of 30 years, Mr. Chatman co-founded “The Soul Show” in 1995. The “big guy” who had a huge smile and “even bigger heart” always brought a good attitude to the show. Mr. Chatman passed away in March 2020. 

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

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Angela Chavers, age 44, was Palm Beach Sheriff Office Deputy in Florida. Ms. Chavers faithfully served her community for 18 years in her role in the sheriff's office. She was a mother and aunt to a son and a niece. Ms. Chavers died on September 12, 2020.

Source: 7 News Miami

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Gabriel Chinwendu, age 56, is remembered as a gentle man who was dedicated to his work as a psychiatric nurse. “Love for one another was his mission, to care,” said his wife. The couple, who had emigrated from Nigeria years ago, had four children together. Mr. Chinwendu passed away on April 24, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Sheila Faye Christian, age 66, was a superstar at the nursing and rehab center where she worked for 26 years. Ms. Christian was the kind of person who brought lunch to a new co-worker and hosted a baby shower for someone without close family. Ms. Christian passed away from the virus on April 19, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Gregory Clark Jr., age 46, spent his life trying to help people. Mr. Clark began a career as a corrections officer in 1998. Mr. Clark died in July 2020. 

Source: Cleveland Metro

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Michael Clegg, age 53, was a veteran sergeant with the Newark, New Jersey, police. Mr. Clegg had been a member of the Newark police since May 1993, and died on May 10, 2020.

Source: ABC News

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John Clomax Jr., age 62, loved eastern philosophy. He was a patron of the arts, an avid lover of music: from Bach to Biggie and Rock to Opera. He had a passion for movies and loved coding. He was an avid skier, art collector, cigar enthusiast, and Green Bay Packers fan who enjoyed computer gaming. Mr. Clomax passed away on April 8, 2020.

Source: The Village Green

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Yolanda Coar, age 40, was a nurse manager in Augusta, Georgia. Ms. Caor passed away in August 2020. Source: KHN  

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Source:  MSN  

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Myles Coker, age 69, spent just under 23 years incarcerated, and he would call his sons once or twice a week during that time. Mr. Coker received a life sentence in 1994 for dealing heroin, weeks before federal sentencing guidelines were relaxed. Mr. Coker was finally released in 2013 and went on to work for a friend’s pest control company in Queens. Mr. Coker passed away on April 9, 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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Roy Chester Coleman, age 64, was an army veteran and emergency medical technician who worked as a housekeeper at the VA hospital in his hometown for the last 11 years. Mr. Coleman was a church deacon, Sunday school teacher, and usher. Mr. Coleman also volunteered with special-needs adults. Mr. Coleman passed away on April 6, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Cmdr. Donafay Collins, age 63, was a former radio DJ and a member of the Wayne County Police Department for nearly 30 years. Cmdr. Collins died on March 25, 2020, and will be remembered as a respected leader a beloved friend, a husband, and a father of four.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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  Source:  The Inquirer

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Dena Louise Connelly, age 64, was stubborn, yet nurturing. To Ms. Connelly’s family, she was an honest woman with great integrity, a person who would tell it like it is and remain unafraid of hurting someone’s feelings. Ms. Connelly cared about the things you cared about but didn’t care what you thought about her. Most of all, Ms. Connelly was “a tough little lady.” Ms. Connelly died on April 30, 2020.

Source: LA Times

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Michael Conners, age 58, was a Newark, New Jersey, police officer who worked for the department since December 1993. Mr. Conners is survived by two daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren.

Source: ABC News

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Thomas H. Cooke Jr., age 90, didn’t shy away from a challenge to tackle slumlords as a two-term mayor of East Orange, New Jersey. Mr. Cooke, a tough-talking politician, was also a sentimental man who doted on his immediate and extended family. Mr. Cooke passed away on May 18, 2020.

Source: Afro Newspaper

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Raymond Copeland, age 46,  drove a sanitation truck and collected waste in a two-person crew for New York City’s Strongest, the Department of Sanitation, working out of District 12, which covers a large swath of southeastern Queens, For Mr. Copeland, who raised three girls as a single father after their mother died, the job offered economic security. Mr. Copeland died on April 5, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Ruth Mazyck Corbett, age 76, was the person you went to when you were hurting. That is how her two daughters described her, not just in their own lives but in the life of Emmanuel Baptist Church, in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, where Ms. Corbett had worshiped for 40 years. Ms. Corbett passed away on April 7, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Thomas “Reem” Cotton, age 54, was a brilliant legal scholar who would give you the shirt off his back if you asked and would never reduce a person to label, much less the worst mistakes of their lives. Mr. Cotton was incarcerated for 28 years and lived the latter half of his adult life showing there was so much more to him. Mr. Cotton passed away on April 29, 2020, just over a year after his release from prison.

Source: WHYY

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William “Bo” Crain, age 81, was an excellent basketball player and dedicated community member. Mr. Crain died on May 7, 2020.

Source: IndyStar

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Annis Creese, age 72, was a Spanish teacher at Northwestern High in Hyattsville, Maryland. Described as a warm, caring and passionate teacher who some students called, "Mom," Ms. Creese taught hundreds of children over the course of her 25-year career at the school. A mother of two adult children, she inspired them with her emphasis on education. Ms. Creese died on April 5, 2020.

Source: Washington Post

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Howard Croft, age 78, was a dedicated activist and a longtime Anacostia resident whose civic accomplishments are plentiful. Mr. Croft was a 1960s voting rights activist in the turbulent South,  a crusader for social and racial justice, an urban studies professor at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), a pioneer of the Lorton Project to educate prisoners, an advocate for prison reforms, and a labor union organizer. Above all, Mr. Croft was a devoted father and proud grandfather. Mr. Croft passed away on June 20, 2020.

 

Source: Washington Informer

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Cedrick Crumpton, 42, had no underlying health conditions when he was diagnosed with the coronavirus. A beloved husband, father, and friend, Mr. Crupton died on July 17.

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Willis Joseph Curley Sr., age 76, owned W.J.C.S General Contractors of the South, LLC. Mr. Curley was a dedicated Deacon at Gethsemane Church of God in Christ and a volunteer at the Food Net.

Source: The Drum

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Yves Dandin, age 67, was an accountant when he lived in Haiti, his home country. A pet lover, Mr. Dandin he had rabbits, pigeons, and other types of birds. Mr. Dandin moved to New York City in 1981 and was self-employed as a Medallion Driver. Mr. Dandin was a brilliant checkers player; he won an award in an international tournament in New York. Mr. Dandin died on April 6, 2020.

Source: Haitian Times

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Joseph Molaire Daniel, age 74, was a cab driver and proud Haitian. 

Source: Haitian Times

 

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Perry Daniels, age 71, was involved with the sport of bowling for more than 40 years and held leadership roles with The National Bowling Association and United States Bowling Congress. Mr. Daniels died on March 31, 2020.

Source: News Break

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Jasper Daniels Jr., age 76, was the best kind of father. He spent quality time with his four children, singing and talking, watching sports, and getting along. “People said he was quiet, but he was so friendly,” his daughter said. “He would give you his last dollar.” Mr. Daniels passed away on May 8, 2020.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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Source:  FHW Solutions  

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Albert “Sonie” Dargan, age 70, was a U.S. Marine, a retired New York City Transit Authority worker, and the father of seven daughters. Known for his gentleness, Mr. Dargan was a hands-on father who not only raised his own children but also raised some of his grandchildren. He died on March 30, 2020, in a New York City hospital.

Source: Birmingham Real-Time News

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Bishop Bruce Davis, age 57, worked in healthcare support, feeding, bathing and caring for patients at Central State Hospital, a maximum-security psychiatric facility in Milledgeville, Georgia where he worked for 27 years. He was also a minister at his Pentecostal church and hosted youth parades and gave away computers, bicycles and groceries. Mr. Davis died on  April 11,  2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Christopher Davis, age 44, was a family man who loved fishing and dancing and had a “contagious smile and beautiful eyes,” said his wife. At Grady Memorial hospital, Mr. Davis assisted doctors with placing catheters into blood vessels in the heart. Mr. Davis died on April 7, 2020.

Source: The Guardian 

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Curtis “Jerome” Davis, age 64, was known by friends and family to look and act much younger than his 64 years. Mr. Davis worked for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in Indiana. Mr. Davis passed away on September 13, 2020. 

Source: Kokomo Perspective

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Dorothy “Pearl” Davis, age 60, was a passionate woman who cooked a mean dish of ribs with a side of greens. Ms. Davis was a nursing assistant in San Antonio Texas, and family descries her as Funny, outspoken and “the life of the party."  Ms. Davis died on May 10, 2020. 

Source: The Guardian

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Source:  Penn-Orr Funeral Home  

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Harold Davis Jr., age 63, was a radio host and youth advocate in Chicago. Mr. Davis attempted to solve problems in a variety of ways: daily for two hours of conversation at WGBX-1570 AM as host of a passionate and provocative radio show, “The Butt Naked Truth” which began airing in 2010; as head of an organization that was in the business of supplying food to Chicago public schools and, most deeply, working with at-risk youth to repair school auditoriums and in the process mend their own lives. Mr. Davis died on April 12, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Fred Dean, age 68, was a fearsome pass rusher who was a key part of the launch of the San Francisco 49ers’ dynasty. Mr. Dean was an undersized pass rusher who began his career as a second-round pick with the San Diego Chargers in 1975 and ended it in the Hall of Fame after being named an All-Pro twice and making four Pro Bowls. After being traded to San Francisco during the 1981 season, Mr. Dean won a super bowl in 1984 and was later inducted into the Hall of Fame's 2008 class. Mr. Dean died in October 2020.

Source: WTOP News

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Wogene Debele, age 43, leaves behind her husband who remembers her as a woman with a pure heart. “She loved people and she always put the needs of others before hers," he said in a statement. "She dedicated her life to helping those around her and hoped to be a mother figure for those around.” Ms. Debele in April 2020, a few weeks after giving birth to her fourth child -- a healthy baby boy she never got to meet.

Source: ABC News

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Phillip DeBerry, was a beloved member of a tight-knit team of Greyhound bus driving instructors. Mr. DeBerry’s job was his life: he worked had worked at Greyhound for 45 years. Mr. DeBerry passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: 6 News Richmond

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Kettely Desire, age 64, had an enduring love for music from her native Haiti and devotion to her church. She passed away on April 11, 2020. 

Source: The Guardian 

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Called a true child of Brooklyn, Andre Devore, age 55, was a staff person in mailrooms around New York City. He died on April 16, 2020.

Source: Spectrum News

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   Rose Marie Dickens Swanson, age 83, was an exemplary educator and a nationally admired community leader who served Detroit students with unwavering compassion while raising her own three children and serving as a role model to countless others. Ms. Swanson’s career as an educator spanned more than 30 years. As an administrator, Ms. Swanson led initiatives that provided academic support to students and professional development to teachers. After retiring from Detroit Public Schools in 1989, Ms. Swanson taught at her beloved alma mater, Wayne State University. “Her compassion for people was limitless,” said her daughter. Ms. Swanson died on December 15, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press

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Lillie Ann Dillahunt, age 79, passed away on September 4, 2020. Ms. Dillahunt's devotion to God, family, friends, and church provided her peace.

Source: Legacy.com

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Ke’Lin Dillard, age 29, followed in her mother's footsteps. After she receiving her certificate as a medical assistant, Ms. Dillard began working as a caregiver with ResCare, a private provider of home care for disabled people. Ms. Dillard found joy cooking at home and spending time with her older daughter. Due to give birth to her daughter Morgan in August, Ms. Dillard held a socially distant drive-by baby shower for friends and family. Ms. Dillard passed away on August 17, 2020, less than a month after she gave birth to Morgan.

Source: NY Times

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Detective Cedric Dixon had served in the police department for 23 years, working primarily in the Bronx. Promoted to detective just a year ago, he was assigned to the 32nd Precinct, covering Harlem. Mr. Dixon died on March 28 while wearing the badge of a detective with the New York City Police Department. He was 48.

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Jazmond Dixon, age 31, was known for her huge smile. Ms. Dixon worked at the American Red Cross in St. Louis, had just completed her master's degree in business administration, and dreamed of owning her own baking business. Ms. Dixon passed away from the coronavirus on March 22, 2020.

Source: CBS News

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Dobby Dobson, age 78, was a significant figure in the evolution of Jamaican music. Best known for his hit “I’m a Loving Pauper,” Mr. Dobson died on July 21, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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James Doby, age 17, was a 2020 Duluth High School graduate who played both offensive and defensive line during his high school football career. Mr. Doby was studying to be a mechanic in Nashville, Tennessee. Friends and teachers say that his personality was even bigger than his size. Mr. Doby passed away months after his high school graduation. He passed away on July 21, 2020.

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post 

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Deloris Dockery, age 60, of Union, New Jersey, was a leader at the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, where she worked for 15 years. Ms. Docker was also the first woman to chair the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy remembers Ms. Dockery as "champion and role model for countless women living with HIV." Ms. Dockery passed away in thhe spring of 2020.

Source: ABC News

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Source:  Greensboro News & Record  

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Maurice Dotson, age 51, was a hard-working nursing assistant who worked at the West Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Austin, Texas caring for patients for 25 years. Florence Dodson, his 71-year-old mother, said her son would work long hours even when he knew it was risky. He would throw birthday parties for his residents and celebrate holidays. "He loved his patients,'' said Dodson. "It was all about them." Mr. Dotson passed away on April 17, 2020.

Source: Buzzfeed

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Martin Douglas, age 71, was a leader in Brooklyn’s steel band scene, playing his music everywhere, mentoring generations of young players, and keeping steel-pan music a vibrant part of New York’s cultural life for over two decades. Among other jobs, Mr. Douglas worked as a subway car inspector for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Mr. Douglas died on March 31, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Barry Downes, age 49, was a customer service representative for American Airlines for 22 years after immigrating to the United States from the Barbados. His father described him as “the kind of person who always looked out for others.” He was a recipient of the St Peter: We Gatherin’ 2020 Pride of Barbados Award and received the honor from Prime Minister Mia Mottley for service to his community in February. Mr. Downes died in Memorial Hospital in Pembrooke Pines Florida on  April 5, 2020.

Source: Sun Sentinel

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Coretta Downing, age 51, was a detention officer in Charlotte, NC. Ms. Downing was a sweet, kind-hearted woman who loved to help people. Ms. Downing passed away on August 12, 2020.

Source:  Facebook

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David C. Driskell, age 88, was an artist, art historian, art collector, art teacher, author, and curator who became a primary sponsor and advocate for the role of African American art in the national culture. As an artist, Mr. Driskell was best known for a 1956 painting, “Behold Thy Son." Mr. Driskell served on the art faculties of several historically black colleges. The University of Maryland's Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, founded in 2001, was named in his honor. In addition, Mr. Driskell wrote several books on African American art. Mr. Driskell died on April 1, 2020. 

Source: Washington Post

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   Tagan Ja’Nae Marie Drone, age 5, was a kindergarten student in Amarillo, Texas. Ms. Drone had the brightest smile and the charisma to match her beautiful personality. Ms. Drone died on October 30, 2020. Source: People

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Bernie Dukes, age 73, was the president of the Miami Tri-County Senate, a group of about 400 bowlers who are part of the amateur league of the National Bowling Association. A past president of the group remembers Dukes as “the nicest human being” who always has a smile on his face. Mr. Dukes died on March 31, 2020.

 

Source: Sun Sentinel

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April Dunn, age 33, was an advocate for people with disabilities who worked for the Governor of Louisiana. She also served as the chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, giving testimony to push lawmakers to pass legislation that would improve the lives of people with disabilities. Described as "determinedly considerate," Ms. Dunn touched the lives of many and influenced the people around her to help people are marginalized because of their disabilities. She was honored in June 2020 by the State of Louisiana who renamed Act 833, which establishes alternative pathways to grade promotion and graduation for students with disabilities who have difficulty passing conventional standardized tests, to the April Dunn Act. Ms. Dunn died on March 28, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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   Michael Duren, age 43, was a pastor in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Duren passed away on March 28, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press

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   Robert Eades, age 63, was a lifelong Annapolis resident known as a fierce advocate for the city’s Black community. A taxi driver by trade, Mr. Eades owned Neet-N-Klean Cab Co. Mr. Eades was a stout activist for his city's public housing communities for three decades. City officials credit Mr. Eades for successful city-wide programs, driven by his deep knowledge and trust within the community. A beloved father and grandfather, Mr. Eades passed away on August 3, 2020. Source: Capital Gazette

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   Tanesha Easter, age 47, enjoyed attending concerts, making cheesecakes, and preparing her specialty rum cake during the holidays. Ms. Easter of Detroit, Michigan, died on March 27, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press

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Dave Edwards, age 48, was a star college basketball player. Mr. Edwards grew up in New York City public housing and broke records as a point guard for Georgetown and Texas A&M. Mr. Edwards' school career record of 602 assists and 228 steals stood until 2016. Mr. Edwards passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Deidre Edwards was a custodian for the NYPD’s Facility Maintenance Section. Ms. Edwards had worked for the department since August 2005. Ms. Edwards died in April 2020.

Source: NY Daily News

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Patricia Edwards, age 62, was a nurse for decades at an intensive care unit in South Carolina. Her family describes her as an advocate for patients, and a protectorate who cared for everyone, family and strangers alike. Ms. Edwards passed away on August 19, 2020.

Source: Fox Carolina 

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Nick Sherman Edwards Jr., age 59, wore many hats: pastor, principal, administrator, and mentor. Mr. Edwards was called to the ministry at age 15, and was ultimately ordained an Elder in the Church of God in Christ. Mr. Edwards died on May 6, 2020.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Obinna Eke, age 42, moved to the United States from Nigeria when he was 22 years old. Mr. Eke was a patient care technician at a New Jersey hospital and worked full-time while going to school. Mr. Eke was pursuing a degree in pre-nursing and sociology. Mr. Eke died on April 5, 2020. 

Source: ABC News

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Camille “Sasha” Ellington, age 66, was a retired entrepreneur who helped people start their own businesses. She was a Patriots fan and an excellent cook, and she had a knack for interior design. She was a devoted Christian. Ms. Ellington passed away on March 31, 2020. 

Source: LA Times

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John Elliott, age 88, was a teacher and union leader. Mr. Elliot, longtime Detroit Federation of Teachers president emeritus, was motivated by one thing: providing the best education possible for Detroit students. Mr. Elliott served as president of the union from 1981 until 2001, following many years as a teacher in the Detroit school district. Mr. Elliott passed away on April 8, 2020.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Patrick Ellis, age 77, led a personal communion over 96.3 WHUR-FM airwaves for five hours each Sunday morning, playing a mix of classic and contemporary gospel music while helping his listeners get ready for church and prepare for the coming week. Mr. Ellis died on July 16, 2020.

Source: Washington Post

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Joe Evett, age 68, was a bus driver for Lexington-Richland School District 5.  His family said that to know Joe Evett was to love him and that his last months were filled doing the things that made him happiest. Mr. Evett passed away on October 16, 2020.

Source: WIS News 10

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Dr. Maima Darbah Fahnbulleh, age 73, had a public service career that spanned five decades and took her to various countries, including Liberia, Grenada, and the United States. A tireless advocate for people with disabilities, Dr. Fahnbulleh changed countless lives and made a difference everywhere she went. Dr. Fahnbulleh died in May 2020. 

Source: Daily Observer

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Ronda Felder, age 60, died August 3, 2020, ending a life dedicated to family and people in need. A social worker for the County of San Diego, Ms. Felder always did whatever it took to make room in her home, her heart and her family for anyone who was hurting, lost or abandoned, her daughter said.

Source: The San Digeo Union Tribune

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Andre Ferguson, age 49, was the executive chef at the Courtyard by Marriott in Waterbury, Connecticut. Known as being "good on his toes," Mr. Ferguson was a superb chef who transformed food and drink into tremendous meals. He died on April 3, 2020.

Source: Republican-American

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Thomas Fields, Jr., 32, worked at Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy, a Detroit public school focused on African-centered education, by helping students who had discipline problems. Mr. Feilds was especially devoted to serving the community that raised him. Mr. Fields passed away in March 2020.

Source: Detroit Chalkbeat

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Rosa Lee Finch Hellams, age 96, was sprightly and sharp, lived with her family, and greeted everyone who came in the door from her favorite seat in the living room. Ms. Hellams died on August 26, 2020 days after her daughter, a nurse, passed away. 

Source: NBC News

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   Rev. Beverly Finley-Gardner was pastor of spiritual growth and development at Original Providence Baptist Church in Broadview, Illinois, and school nurse at Rogers Elementary School. Rev. Finley-Gardner died on March 29, 2021. Source: WGN-TV

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Lula Fitzpatrick, age 85, was feisty and talkative, even at her old age. “You never had to wonder how she felt about something because she always spoke her mind,” said her daughter. Ms. Fitzpatrick was the matriarch of a tight-knit family, with four daughters, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Ms. Fitzpatrick died on April 3, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Beryl May Fletcher, age 99, was a mother, grandmother, aunt, beloved friend and community member. She also was a devoted church member and active in the PTA and in her neighborhood civic groups. During her long life, Ms. Fletcher did a variety of jobs. She worked as a seamstress in the garment district, as a keypunch operator and as a teacher’s aide before landing the job she eventually retired from: an intake worker with New York City’s social services department. She also found time and energy to get her high school equivalency diploma at the age of 53. For many years, she would work at the election polls. Mrs. Fletcher passed on September 20, 2020.

Source: The Undefeated

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Bishop James M. Flowers, Jr age 84, was a nightclub singer in his youth but quit the clubs for a quiet life. He worked at a jewelry store fixing watches for many years and served as the minister of the  Shining Star Freewill Baptist Church, which he co-founded in 1982. Bishop Flowers, Jr. preached his final sermon weeks there before he died on April 6, 2020

Source: Washington Post

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Nina Ann Forbes, age 56, was a nurse who worked at a care facility in Virginia. Ms. Forbes wanted to be a nurse from the time she was a little girl. At age 50, after years as a nursing assistant, she went back to school for her degree.c"She really loved her job. She loved her residents. She loved her patients," said her daughter. Ms. Forbes passed away on April 25, 2020.

Source: NBC News

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Morrie Ford, age 77, was a Vietnam War Vet who always knew what to say to keep someone on their toes. Mr. Ford was truly the life of the party. Mr. Ford was born in Mississippi to sharecroppers and created a life with his wife and 3 children in Decatur, Illinois. Mr. Ford loved listening to music, traveling the open road, and just always ready to have a good time. Mr. Ford passed away on November 5, 2020. Source: Poor People’s Campaign  

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Yvette Yoland Forrest, age 50, was the manager of the Human Resources Administration at West Tennessee Healthcare, where she has worked since 1999.

Source: WBBJ Eyewitness News

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Yvette Forrest, age 50, was the manager of Human Resources Administration at West Tennessee Healthcare where she had worked since 1999. Ms. Forrest passed away on September 9, 2020. Source: WBBJ 7  

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Dan Foster, age 61, had a big voice, a love of giving away gifts, and a light touch with a story. When Mr. Foster arrived in Nigeria to work in radio in 2000, he found a public that was ready for him. Known as the “Big Dawg” on Nigerian airwaves, Mr. Foster began a new life in Nigeria after living, growing up, and serving in the United States as a Marine. Mr. Foster died on June 17, 2020. He was 61.

Source: New York Times

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Gary Fowler, age 56, was a beloved father and friend. Mr. Fowler passed away on April 7, 2020, after repeatedly being denied care from local hospitals. 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Byron Francis, age  20, was the “‘Big Teddy Bear,' of his family, according to his mother. She noted that his smile could light up a room. Mr. Francis passed away on June 27, 2020.

 

Source: Local 10 News

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Devin Dale Francis, age 44, was a front-line worker twice over. Mr. Francis was a hospital radiology technician and also had a job with an airline. Mr. Francis was known as "Gummy Bear" to his friends when he was younger, loved to cook and crack jokes, and was a great father. Mr. Francis was months away from getting married when he died on April 8, 2020.

Source: Tulsa Public Radio

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Gwendolyn Francis, age 74,  and her husband Robert were married for more than 50 years. Ms. Francis loved to cook and garden and, along with her husband, was a deacon in her church. Ms. Francis died in the spring of 2020, the same week that her husband also succumbed to the virus.

Source: WDSU

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Mychaela Francis, age 22, “was a loving and devoted sister, auntie, and friend who was always willing to listen and give advice,” said her mother. Relatives described Ms. Francis as a warm, ambitious woman who was working at Little Caesars and was babysitting as she worked to open a clothing and eyelash business. Ms. Francis passed away on July 8, 2020, 11 days after her younger brother succumbed to COVID-19.

Source: New York Times

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Robert Francis, age 76, and his wife Gwendolyn were deacons at their church. Mr. Francis loved to ride his bike, fish, and hunt. Mr. Francis passed away in the spring of 2020, the same week as his wife.

Source: WDSU

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Alicia Ann "Smiley" Francis, age 43, was a licensed clinical social worker in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ms. Francis was a member of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church and was employed at Future Winners LLC and The Guidance Center Inc. Ms. Francis died March 15, 2021. Source: Legacy.com  

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   Troy Franklin, age 51, was a natural athlete and played multiple sports as a child growing up in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Franklin loved music, fishing, camping, BMX racing, and shooting firearms, which he spent a lot of time doing with his father as a young man. A double amputee, Mr. Franklin inspired other amputees and was often asked to mentor new amputees. Mr. Franklin passed away on January 20, 2021, eight days before his mother Marian also succumbed to the virus. Source: Detroit Free Press

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Winifred Fredericks, age 92, has a life story that is about love and courage. Ms. Fredericks and her husband of 62 years participated in the March on Washington and the Freedom Rides. “My mother was loved by all those she encountered,” said Ms. Fredericks’ daughter. She passed away on April 8, 2020. 

Source: Spectrum News

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Patricia Frieson, age 61, was one of nine siblings. Ms. Frieson didn’t have children, but often cared for her nieces and nephews. A retired nurse and family woman through and through, Ms. Frieson passed away on March 16, 2020.

Source: Washington Post

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Valrie Fulton, age 54, was a 25-year veteran patient transport worker at New York-Presbyterian. Ms. Fulton grew up in the Bronx, one of 15 siblings, and is remembered as loving, giving, and soft-spoken. Ms. Fulton passed away on April 3, 2020. 

Source: The Guardian

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Theodore Gaffney, age 92, risked his life in the spring of 1961, traveling with and photographing the Freedom Riders who attempted to challenge segregation in the South by riding Greyhound and Trailways buses. An Army veteran and descendant of enslaved people in South Carolina, Mr. Gaffney passed away on April 12, 2020.

Source: Washington Post

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Sandra Gaines, age 75, was an Unflagging Banquet server and a valued colleague. For many years Ms. Gaines held two jobs, and she sometimes worked up to 60 hours a week. Ms. Gaines was also known for the lush garden she cultivated in her rare free time. Ms. Gaines passed away on March 31, 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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Juan “Jauncito” Garcia, age 21, was a student at Penn State University. “Juancito was always full of love, compassion, and a deep sense of loyalty to those he called family and friends,” said his former principal. Mr. Garcia passed away in the summer of 2020.

Source: The Morning Call

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Johnny Gardner, age 46, was a Radiology Tech at HonorHealth in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Gardner was a loving son, supportive sibling, doting husband, and proud father. Remembered as a vibrant free spirit and adventurous soul, Mr. Gardner passed away in January 2021. Source: Twitter  

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Deborah Gatewood, age 63, was a phlebotomist for three decades at a Detroit hospital and was planning on retiring in two years. Ms. Gatewood died on April 17, 2020. Ms. Gatewood's daughter said that prior to her mother's death, she was denied a coronavirus test four times by her employer, Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills.

Source: NBC News

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Julena Gay, age 63, was the sister of state Rep. Sherry Gay Dagnogo. Ms. Gay lived in Detroit and worked at Chrysler. "Ms. Gay was a devoted activist...who showed a deep love for the community," said another state representative. Ms. Gay passed away in April 2020.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Hellen Gdobi, age 54, was a nurse in Washington, DC, a mother of three and grandmother of two. Ms. Gdobi completed a Family Computer Literacy Program while working full-time and was so proud of her achievement. Ms. Gbodi passed away on April 19, 2020. 

Source: The Guardian

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Grover Gene Casey, age 48, worked for the Little Rock School District for over 20 years, most recently as the head custodian at Henderson Middle School.“Grover was one of them guys that you knew when he came around you were going to laugh," said his brother. Mr. Casey passed away on December 15, 2020. Source: ABC 7  

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Eddy Germain, age 67, served New Jersey for more than 30 years as an employee of the state's Department of Transportation. Mr. Germain's last assignment was on structural analysis for the federal waiver on highway weight limits for truckers carrying COVID-19 relief supplies. Mr. Germain passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: ABC News

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James Gettings, age 94, was one of many African Americans to leave the South during the years of the Great Migration. Mr. Gettings first arrived in Pennsylvania and worked in a shipyard, learning to weld. Two years later, he moved to Chicago, where he worked as a journeyman until the day he retired. A true patriarch, Mr. Gettings’ family said they will remember him as someone who always reached back for others. Mr. Gettings passed away on March 29, 2020. 

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Reverend Vickey Gibbs, age 57, used her pulpit at her church in Houston to treat broken parishioners in a broken social world. An activist living with lupus, Rev. Gibbs died of the coronavirus on July 10, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Mack Giles Sr., age 76, was a loving father and grandfather. Mr. Giles, of Alexander, AR, passed on July 6, 2020. Source: Tribute Archive  

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Jerry Givens, age 67, led the second-busiest prison execution team in the country for 17 years. Mr. Givens ultimately turned against capital punishment, emerging as one of the country’s most prominent opponents of the death penalty. Using his experience as a Virginia executioner as a warning, Mr. Givens explained to audiences why the death penalty should end. Mr. Givens passed away on April 13, 2020. 

Source: Associated Press

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   Steed Glaudin, age 48, was a longtime employee at Whole Foods in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Glausin worked for Whole Foods for 28 years and considered the work of keeping the store open so people could buy food for their families to be essential and important. Mr. Glaudin’s friends and coworkers remember him as a “big brother,” “teddy bear” and “gentle giant.” Mr. Glaudin died on December 11, 2020. Source: NBC 4 Washington

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Jimmy Glenn, age 89, was a man of many trades. A fighter, trainer, cutman, and manager, Mr. Glenn once owned both a bar and a gym. Remembered as a friendly man with a gentle voice, Mr. Glenn passed away on May 7, 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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Gerald Glisson, age 46, was the principal of operations and athletic director at Eastside High School in Patterson, New Jersey. "Dr. Glisson was a dedicated and caring educator who touched the lives of so many people during his 20 years working in Paterson Public Schools," said the school superintendent. Dr. Glisson passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: ABC News 

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Fred the Godson, age 41, was a respected figure in New York hip-hop for more than a decade and an understated master of wordplay with a signature flow. Mr. Godson died in April 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Bishop Elijah J. Good, age 86, was influential in his community as the lead pastor of The World’s Church of the Living God and a founding board member for the YMCA of Chilton County, West End Head Start, and the Chilton County Emergency Center. Bishop Good had also served in the U.S. Army as an Army Specialist for six years. Bishop Good passed away on September 13, 2020. 

Source: Clanton Advertiser

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Larry­dean Goodridge, age 45, was a phlebotomist and a pastor. Ms. Goodridge immigrated to the United States in 2000 to flee Liberia’s Second Civil War. Ms. Goodridge eventually settled in Minnesota and became a specialist at drawing blood. “She worked basically almost full time at the hospital, night shift, which is hard to do. And in the morning she would go and pick up her grandchildren, after working all night long,” said a coworker. Ms. Goodridge passed away on June 1, 2020.

Source: Star Tribune

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Emma Goolsby, age 56, was a psychiatric nurse at Bellevue Hospital and active NYSNA member for 17 years. Ms. Goolsby passed away on April 14, 2020.

Source: NYSNA

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Philadelphia firefighter Eric Gore passed away in June 2020.

Source: ABC 6 Philly

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Zebbie “Zeb” Goudelock, age 68, served on Newberry City Council for almost 30 years, beginning in October 1990. Mr. Goudelock was one of the first African Americans on the council and represented District Three. Mr. Goudelock’s favorite aspect of Newberry, he said, was living in a community with a “community first” atmosphere and friendly personalities. Mr. Goudelock was a member of Saint Matthew Baptist Church in Newberry where he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, treasurer, and superintendent of Sunday School. Mayor Foster Senn described Mr. Goudelock as one of the finest, warm-hearted, and nicest people he has ever known. Mr. Goudelock died on September 3, 2020. Source: The Newberry Observer  

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Leola Grady, age 59, was an honest, straightforward, and loving person. Ms. Grady enjoyed listening to the blues and at the nursing home where she worked, she was known to entertain residents with a calming presence. Ms. Grady passed away on April 10, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Joseph Graham, age 67, went by the nickname “Joe Moe,” grew up in a rough South Side Chicago neighborhood and was a well-known figure on the streets before kicking a drug habit and becoming a source of strength for others traveling the same path. “If you met him, you would love him,” said a longtime friend. Mr. Graham, a school custodian, steppin’ aficionado, and symbol of hope, died on March 24, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Juanita Eason Graham, age 55, was a former preschool teacher. Though she had no kids of her own, her students were her life. “That was her calling, to be a teacher,” said her husband. Ms. Graham passed away in March 2020.

Source: St. Louis Dispatch

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Cloie Green, age 72, was an outgoing person who loved life and loved people. Ms. Green was a sister to seven, a mother of two, a grandmother of four, and a great grandmother to eight. Ms. Green owned her own Beauty Salon in Kingstree, South Carolina. Ms. Green passed away on December 29, 2020. Source: Poor People’s Campaign  

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Gail Green-Gilliam, age 56, was an East Alabama assistant police chief. Ms. Green-Gilliam passed away in June 2020, and is remembered as a fantastic mother and grandmother. 

Source: WTVM

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Hillary Gregg, age 73, was a line cook at top-shelf restaurants in Manhattan. The founder of Quilted Giraffe, a restaurant where Mr. Gregg worked, called him a “walking cookbook.” Mr. Gregg was known to be a calm presence in rough-and-tumble kitchens of high-end restaurants. Mr. Gregg passed away on May 3, 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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Henry Grimes, age 84, was one of the most versatile and admired bass players in jazz in the 1950s. In the 1960s, Mr. Grimes simply dropped out of the jazz scene and was thought to be dead, but in 2002, a jazz-lover tracked him down in Los Angeles, where he worked as a janitor. Mr. Grimes hadn’t played a note of music in more than 30 years. After receiving a bass as a gift, Mr. Grimes returned to music, performing all over the world, making numerous recordings, and teaching at conservatories. Mr. Grimes died on April 15, 2020.

Source: Washington Post

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Andre Guest, age 16, was described as an "easy going" teenager who attended Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. As an avid gamer, he also loved photography and excelled at basketball and bowling. Andre died on April 27, 2020.

Source: CNN

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Rev. Dr. Maurice Guillaume, age 87, was born in Haiti. After his high school and college studies, Rev. Guillaume joined the Salvation Army where he became an officer and an ordained minister of the Christian faith and rose through the ranks. Rev. Guillaume opened his own church that he called “Armee du Christ.” Under his leadership, the ministry blossomed. Rev. Guillaume passed away in 2020.

Source: Haitian Times

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Dr. Alyce Gullattee, age 91, was an associate professor of psychiatry at Howard University and director of Howard's Institute on Drug Abuse and Addiction. She served on White House committees on substance abuse for three presidents: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. A determined and outspoken advocate, Dr. Gullattee spent a lifetime trying to break down racial barriers for the most vulnerable members of the African-American community. She died in Rockville, Maryland on April 30, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Leslie Hagan-Morgan, age 38, was a prominent community activist in South Los Angeles where he ran a non-profit youth organization, City of Youth. After 10 years of community development projects, youth programming, and community outreach, Mr. Hagan-Morgan took on another role in 2014 as the program coordinator for the Mayor’s Gang Reduction Youth Development Program (GRYD). This project helped transition former gang members into working, educated, and community serving inspirations within their respective neighborhoods. "He was so loving, he did not care about himself enough, he cared about everyone else, he took such good care of us," said Mr. Hagan-Morgan's wife. Loved by everyone who met him, Mr. Hagan-Morgan passed away on January 18, 2021.

Source:  ABC 7  

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Archbishop Lucius Hall, age 87,  founder and pastor of First Church of Love and Faith and a leader in gospel circles, organized gospel music concerts for the likes of Mahalia Jackson, hosted radio and television broadcasts, and was courted by would-be mayors and governors. He sometimes acted as a master of ceremonies and did introductions at Chicago’s Gospel Music Festival alongside legends like Albertina Walker. And he was a vice president of the Broadcast Ministers Alliance television ministry, according to his biography. Mr. Hall passed away on April 2, 2020.

Source: Chicago Times

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Willie Hall, age 69, had an infectious smile, a generous spirit and a gift for music that drew people to him. Friends and family called him “Doc" because he was so loving, explained his son. “The doctor of love and the doctor of music.” Mr. Hall passed away from COVID-19 on April 6, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Leroy Hammett, age 71, didn’t run an average barbershop. “It was the community's barbershop. My father did block parties. My father did free haircut days for seniors, free haircut days for kids,” said his son. After Mr. Hammett closed the barbershop ten years ago, he became a volunteer assistant basketball coach at Cecil College in Maryland and Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Hammett passed away on March 30, 2020.

Source: Gothamist

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Reverend Ronnie Hampton, age 64, was pastor of New Vision Community Church in Shreveport. Rev. Hampton was known for his “Takin’ it to the Streets” ministry and its service to the inner-city neighborhoods. Rev. Hampton died on March 25, 2020.

Source: The Drum 

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Joshua "Josh" Handley, Jr., age 41, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away on July 27, 2020. Source: Henson-Holcomb Mortuary  

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Michael Hardy worked as a road supervisor for JTA’s Connexion bus service in Jacksonville, Floria which transports the elderly and people with disabilities. “Mike was a, he was a solid guy. You know, you have some people that are frail and sickly. Mike was not that guy,” said his brother, James Hardy. “He was a laughable, lovable guy. When you thought about Mike your thoughts were always positive.” Mr. Hardy passed away on June 22, 2020.

 

Source: News4Jax

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Samuel Hargress Jr., age 84. ran Paris Blues, a Harlem bar throwback to the 1960s that attracted locals and tourists alike and seemed to be an extension of himself. Mr. Hargress died on April 10, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Ms. Hargrove, age 59, was a benefits program specialist for 18 years with the Department of Social Services. A veteran social worker, Ms. Hargrove most recently worked on applications for Medicaid for people needing nursing home placement. Ms. Hargrove died on April 27, 2020.

Source: Richmond Free Press

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Jason Hargrove, age 50, was a Detroit bus driver and he loved his job. Mr. Hargrove warned in a viral Facebook video post about the dangers of the coronavirus, hoping to keep not just himself, but his passengers safe. Remembered as a family man with a personality that could light up a room, Mr. Hargrove passed away on April 1, 2020. 

Source: Time Magazine

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Chianti “Tiki” Jackson Harpool, age 51, worked as a social worker helping the homeless and drug-addicted, later becoming a political fundraiser. In 2015, Ms. Harpool left social work to attend a six-month culinary program and started a home-based chocolate-making business, Chianti’s Chocolates. Ms. Harpool died in April 2020.

Source: Washington Post

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Anthony "Ant" Harrell, age 41, was a custodian at Crossroads Elementary school in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Harrell died on July 3, 2020.

Source: 10 On Your Side

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As much as Carolyn Harris was a woman about her business, she also loved to have fun. Whenever Too Short’s song “Blow the Whistle,” her favorite tune, was played, Ms. Harris would normally dance. She passed away from COVID-19 on April 4 at the age of 70.

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Jacqueline Harris, age 78, always wanted people to be kind and share. Ms. Harris was a proud Jamaican mother and lived on a corner in her Michigan town that had a bus stop. In the mornings and afternoons, Ms. Harris would feed students at the bus stop. "She didn't like to see anybody not have anything to eat," said a loved one. 

Source: CNN

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James Harris, age 70, was a towering professional wrestler known as Kamala the “Ugandan Giant” in the ring. Mr. Harris' career started in 1978 and lasted more than two decades. Mr. Harris passed away on August 6, 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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Larry Harris, age 62, was a free spirit who gave himself so many nicknames it was hard to keep up. Mr. Harris held many jobs: he was a retired police officer, security guard, restaurant manager, movie extra, warehouse worker, and bookstore clerk. Mr. Harris died on April 1, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Pamela Harris, age 60, was a school counselor at Fort Knox Middle High School. "Mrs. Harris dedicated many years to the Fort Knox Community in service as an Army veteran, teacher, and school counselor. She was also a beloved staff member who was known for lifting up others with her smile, encouraging words and jokes,” said the school’s principal. Ms. Harris died in September 2020.

Source: WDRB

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Xavier Harris, age 4, lived in Utica, New York with his mom and two brothers. Affectionately known as “Xavy,” Xavier is remembered as “a little spitfire’' with a show-stopping smile. Xavier passed away on December 26, 2020. Source: Syracuse.com  

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Gwynne Harris McCathorine, age 75, became the first Black female warden in the history of the Federal Prison Services in July 1981. One of Ms. McCathorine's many accomplishments includes establishing the first branch of the NAACP within a Federal female prison in 1982. A trailblazer, servant-leader, and sought-after national speaker at the height of her career, Ms. McCathorine belonged to a myriad of organizations such as the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, American Association of Corrections, NAACP, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ms. McCathorine passed away on June 20, 2020. 

Source: Owens Funeral Home

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Alexander Harvey, 89, was known as “King,” and was the former owner of King Upholstery on Detroit’s east side where he worked for more than 30 years. He died at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit on April 7, 2020, less than a month before his 90th birthday.

 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Rhoda Hatch, age 73, was just 20 years old when she began raising her seven younger siblings after their mother’s death. Despite early struggles, Ms. Hatch was the first in the family to graduate college. Ms. Hatch became a teacher in Chicago’s public schools and later, an outspoken anti-war activist. Ms. Hatch died April 4, 2020. 

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Kareem Hawthorne, age 45, was a great father and family man who worked at a good job, remembers his wife. A father of three, Mr. Hawthorne passed away on April 8, 2020.

Source: Denver 7

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Pamela Evette Haynes, age 60, was a nurse, an usher, a choir member, the lynchpin of her family, and a generational mainstay in her Queens neighborhood. Ms. Haynes' family was one of the first to move into the Queens home where she lived for her entire life. Ms. Haynes showered her attention on her 14 nieces and nephews and her cats, Sierra, Frankie and Gigi. Ms. Haynes passed away on April 10, 2020.

Source: Spectrum News

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Louvenia “Lou Lou” Henderson, age 44, was a beloved single mother of three, passed away on March 27, 2020. 

Source: Buffalo News 

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Lieutenant Maybelle Hendricks, age 70, was the first female African American officer hired by Summerville Police in 1981. Lt. Hendricks served multiple communities in South Carolina during her career in law enforcement. Lt. Hendricks passed away on August 17, 2020. 

Source: ABC 4 News

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Connie Sylene Hendrickson Thompson, age 58, was known simply as the “peach cobbler lady” to many around Indianapolis. Ms. Thompson sold her famous, homemade peach cobbler to businesses around the city. While her daughter loved that peach cobbler, she will remember her mother as the “sweetest, happiest, most selfless, outgoing, hard-working person I ever knew.…She’s the reason I graduated college.” Ms. Thompson died on April 21, 2020.

Source: IndyStar

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Edison Hendrix Jr., age 33, knew how to make people laugh, even if that meant breaking into song and dance as if he were on stage with a Motown group. Family members described Mr. Hendrix, also known as “Tater,” as a big-hearted truck driver who earlier in life had encouraged friends to join the trucking industry in an effort to keep them off the street. Mr. Hendrix died on April 17, 2020. 

Source: Houston Chronicle 

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Corliss Henry, age 95, was one of the few Black students at Hunter College High School in the 1940s, then an all-girls school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. In 1957, Mrs. Henry became the first black nurse on staff at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, N.J., where her husband was the first Black person on the sales floor of any store downtown. Mrs. Henry died on April 14, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Tessie Henry, age 83, loved going to church, listening to the blues, and being with her family. After retiring from her job as a postal worker, Ms. Henry worked as a hostess at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church in San Francisco for over 20 years. Ms. Henry died on March 27, 2020.

Source: LA Times

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Nelson Henry Jr., age 96, was a World War II veteran who was given a “blue discharge” in1945, along with thousands of other Black soldiers. Mr. Henry drove a taxi for many years, earned a bachelor’s degree at Temple University, and worked for the Pennsylvania state employment office. He was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. In 2019, an Army review board found his discharge to be unjust and changed its status to honorable. Mr. Henry died on May 9, 2020. 

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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Deborah Henson, age 56, is remembered as a church member with a generous spirit. At the Ocala, Florida Church that her husband pastored, Ms. Henson counseled couples, donated clothing and aided women who suffered from domestic violence. Ms. Henson passed away on July 11, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Skylar Herbert, age 5, was the daughter of Detroit first responders. Skyler’s mother says “she was the type of girl that would just run up to you and jump in your arms and hug you." Ms. Herbert passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: The Detroit News

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After going into cardiac arrest in 2017 and suffering complications, Michael Hickson, a 46-year-old father of five from Texas, had been left quadriplegic and brain-damaged. A recording of interaction between his wife and his doctors showed that medical staff concluded that because Mr. Hickson was disabled, he did not have enough quality of life to continue life-saving treatment for COVID-19. Though his wife and others protested this decision, Mr. Hickson died on June 11.
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Francoise Hilaire, age 54, worked hard to provide opportunities for her children. Ms. Hilaire's oldest daughter said that she worked two jobs, on top of tending to her family. Ms. Hilaire enjoyed cooking and she often gave away meals to anyone who needed it, a spirit she carried into her work as a nursing assistant. Ms. Hilaire died on April 27, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Charley Hill was a dedicated church trustee who “always had the key to the building, always checked in on things.” Mr. Hill was a retired Cook County sheriff’s police detective and negotiator, and a veteran of both the Army and Marine Corps. Mr. Hill died on March 25, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Davon “Vonnie” Hill, age 24, never met a stranger. "Vonnie has a sweet, pure, loving heart... Vonnie gets along with everybody," said his mother. Mr. Hill grew up in Pensacola where he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School, and later Pensacola State College. Mr. Hill died on July 2, 2020. 

Source: ABC 3 WEAR TV

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Michael Hill, age 58, is remembered for having a big, joyful personality. Mr. Hill began working for SEPTA in 1989 as an assistant conductor. He was promoted to conductor in 1991 and held the position ever since. Mr. Hill died on April 14, 2020.

Source: WHYY

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Mildred Hill, age 75, was loved dearly by her children. Ms. Hill passed away on April 7, 2020. 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Theodis “Theo” Hill, III, age 29, was a supportive football and lacrosse coach with a big family. Mr. Hill always brightened the lives of others and was always looking to do more for those around him, especially his stepmother, siblings, cousins, and friends. Mr. Hill passed away on December 12, 2020. Source: GoFundMe  

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Gregory Hodge, age 59, was a New York City EMT. Mr. Hodge was a 24-year veteran of the FDNY and was a responder to the September 11 World Trade Center rescue and recovery efforts.

Source: ABC News

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Antoine Hodge, age 38, was an opera singer at New York’s Met Opera. Mr. Hodge lent his bass-baritone to the beloved Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City as well as The Metropolitan Opera in a production of “Porgy and Bess” during the 2019-2020 season. Prior to making his mark on New York’s opera scene, Mr. Hodge, a south Georgia native, studied voice performance at Georgia State University and sang at the Atlanta Opera. Mr. Hodge passed away in early 2021.

Source:  Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Christopher Hollins, age 58, rarely missed a shift at the Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Zachary, Louisiana, where he worked for more than 30 years. “He had a beautiful smile. He was always looking out for others and took pride in everything he did," said his wife. Mr. Hollins passed away in March 2020. 

Source: The Advocate

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Margaret Holloway, age 68, was an unhoused street performer in New Haven, CT. Ms. Holloway had a repertoire that included “The Tempest,” “Macbeth” and the Greek alphabet, which she acted out letter by letter. Ms. Holloway was a 1980 graduate of the Yale School of Drama. “She loved people — she had relationships with everyone all over New Haven,” said a longtime friend. Ms. Holloway passed away on May 30, 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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James “Coach” Holmes, age 82, had served as the District 2 Chatham County Commissioner since January 2005. Mr. Holmes was planning to end his tenure on the commission this year. Before retiring, Mr. Holmes worked as the physical director and program director for the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club, in addition to working as a head basketball coach of St. Pius V High School and assistant basketball coach at Savannah State College. Mr. Holmes died in August 2020.

Source: Savanna Now

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Morris Hood III, age 54, was a former member of the Michigan House and Senate, Mr. Hood represented Michigan’s 3rd district of Dearborn, Melvindale, and northwest Detroit from 2010-2018. Mr. Hood, affectionately known as Mo, “was a loyal friend,” according to Michigan’s Governor. Mr. Hood passed on May 11, 2020.

Source: Michigan Chronicle

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Anthony Marcellus Hopkins, age 70, was a tank commander in the Army who earned a Purple Heart when he was badly wounded by shrapnel in an ambush in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He served his country for 24 years and was honorably discharged in 1994. Mr. Hopkins went on to be a Postal Service mail hander for 18 years in Kentucky. He was a husband, father to a daughter and four sons, grandfather to 16 grandchildren and great grandfather to four grandchildren. Mr. Hopkins died on August 23, 2020.

 

Source: New York Times

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Barbara Johnson Hopper, age 81, was a real estate agent and was known for giving friends and family plum jam made with fruit picked from her yard. “She’s the one that brought people together and knew how to inspire people toward a purpose,” her daughter said. Her husband, Dr. Cornelius Hopper stated she was, "“An incredibly, beautiful, vibrant achieving person that I was just absolutely grateful to have shared 55 years with.” Mrs. Hopper died on March 26, 2020.

Source: KTVU

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James House, age 40, was an eager student, registered nurse, and aspiring physician assistant. He adored his five children and had a lifelong fascination and passion for learning about the human body. Mr. House died in March 2020.

Source: The Guardian 

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Cora Jean Howard, age 77, stood 4-foot-11 and embodied selflessness and demanded excellence from everyone — even complete strangers. Mrs. Howard, a devout Christian who regularly sat in the pews for early Sunday service at First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Capitol Hill, poured her heart into teaching kids, a job she did for 23 years before her retirement in 2009. Mrs. Howard died on April 3, 2020.

Source: Seattle Times

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Marylin Howard, age 53, loved being a public school nurse in Brooklyn. “She got to help kids day in and day out, and she was good at it,” said her brother. Ms. Howard passed away from the virus on April 4, 2020.

Source: New York Post

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Torrin Howard, age 26, was a musician in gospel bands, playing the bass, keyboard, drums, and guitar. Mr. Howard was a standout football player at Wilby High School, where he played nose tackle. After high school, Mr. Howard studied social work at Southern Connecticut State University and was working as a mental health counselor. Mr. Howard’s father described his son as “the nicest person you would ever want to meet” and down to earth. Mr. Howard died on April 7, 2020.

Source: Hartford Courant

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Keith Howard, age 52, was an engineer and father. Mr. Howard passed away on March 18, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press  

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Mike Huckaby, age 54, was a long beloved figure on the Detroit scene. Mr. Huckaby's soulful, studied work made him one of the prominent early figures in Detroit techno and house music. With a musician's ear and a scholar's sensibility, Mr. Huckaby adventurously and diligently bridged the emotive sounds of house music with the precision of techno. Mr. Huckaby was an avant-garde jazz fan with an interest in philosophy, fascinated by the relationship of music and mathematics. Mr. Huckaby passed away in April 2020.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Steve Hudson, age 51, was a long-time assistant for Mac Irvin Fire, an elite Chicago AAU team. “Everybody loved him,” his wife said. Mr. Hudson died on April 5, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Wiley Huff, 73, was an educator, an attorney, and, most recently, the director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Division at the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Huff had a passion for helping people and was the kind of guy who never did anything by accident, said his daughter. Mr. Huff passed away in early August 2020. 

Source: Local10.com

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Pamela Hughes, age 50, worked at Summit Manor, a nursing home in Kentucky, for 32 years. Ms. Hughes knew which residents preferred chocolate milk or applesauce with their medication and she remembered their favorite outfits and colors. Ms. Hughes passed away on April 13, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Dr. Albasha Hume, age 63, was the men's health director at Open Cities Health Center.  Originally from Tanzania, Dr. Hume was passionate about helping Black communities and other people of color. Although he worked remotely for the first months of the pandemic. Mr. Hume died on June 14, 2020. 

 

Source: KSTP

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 Marion “Curtis” Hunt, age 57, was a social worker at Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, New Reach that went “above and beyond. ”Hunt, the youngest of four brothers, earned his master’s in social work from Fordham University at 52, and was baptized at his brother’s Pentecostal church at 54. He was a devoted uncle who doted on his dog and cat, Mya and Milo. Mr. Hunt passed way on March 23, 2020.

 

Source: The Guardian

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Angie Hunter, 57, was a loving mother and wife. Ms. Hunter was also a human resources executive. She passed away on July 30, 2020 at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, four days after her husband, Eugene Hunter, age 59 and a musician, also succumbed to the virus. The couple were together for 35 years and met in college. They are survived by their 17-year-old son, Justin Hunter.

 

Source: OnlineAthens

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Eugene Hunter, age 59,  was a loving father, husband, and musician. Mr. Hunter passed away on July 26, 2020, four days before his wife also succumbed to the virus. They are survived by their 17-year-old son.

Source: Today

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Ronald Huston, age 72, examined race relations from a variety of perspectives as a career Boston Globe reporter. Mr. Huston died in the spring of 2020.

Source: Boston Globe

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   Randy Hutchins, age 67, was a navy veteran, trained physician's assistant, and Jiu-Jitsu teacher. Mr. Hutchins was a part of the faculty of the Hahnemann University Physician Assistant program and a 32nd degree Mason. Mr. Hutchins developed an interest in the discipline of Jiu-Jitsu while in the Navy and eventually became a 10th-degree black belt and founded Sho Bushido Ryu Jiu-Jitsu. Mr. Hutchins passed away on November 12, 2020. Source: Legacy.com

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Debra Ivory, age 62, was a beloved restaurant owner in Oklahoma City. Ms’ ivory’s restaurant, George's Happy Hog Barbecue, is one of a few remaining Black-owned businesses in the metro. Ms. Ivory is remembered as a mother, sister, aunt and friend to many on the Northeast side. “She always had a warm, mellow, pleasant, kind heart — my baby sister," her brother said. Known for her shining smile, Ms. Ivory passed away on December 13, 2020.

Source: KOCO

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Henry Arthur Jackson, age 70, spent a lifetime defying the odds. When he was four months old, Mr. Jackson was diagnosed with spinal meningitis. Though his mother was told he would not live past his 4th birthday, Mr. Jackson eventually learned to walk, survived the horrors of Willowbrook State School, and lived a long life loved by his family. Mr. Jackson passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: Spectrum News

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Luevella Jackson, age 87, was born in the Jim Crow South in 1932. Ms. Jackson married young and worked in the fields with her husband as a sharecropper until her family went north, joining the Great Migration and settling in Washington, DC. Ms. Jackson worked hard at a variety of jobs, including many years as a beautician and a stint as one of the first female bus drivers employed by D.C. schools. On May 30, 2020, Ms. Jackson — lover of music, pillar of her church and neighborhood, and friend and educator of her large family — passed away. 

Source: Washington Post

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Alfonzia "AJ" Jackson, age 35, was a loving son, husband and father who was affectionately known as “Girl Dad” to those he loved. Mr. Jackson passed away on February 2, 2021 and is survived by his wife and children.

Source: Twitter

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Nacoma James, age 42, was a teacher for the Lafayette County School District for more than 15 years. Mr. James served as an assistant football coach his entire tenure at Lafayette and also served as the boys’ head basketball coach from 2012 to 2015, earning him the nickname “Coach James.” Mr. James passed away in August 2020. 

Source: Oxford Eagle

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Nicholas Nathaniel James, Sr., age 85, was born in Detroit’s black bottom neighborhood. Mr. James served in the United States Army where he received an honorable discharge in 1962. Mr. James was a snazzy dresser, an active member at his church, and loved sports. Mr. James passed away March 30, 2020.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Ronald Jamison, age 77, was a paramedic in the Air Force, an avid reader of science and military books, and a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, despite being Philly born and raised. Mr. Jamison died on April 18, 2020.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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Jason Jarvis Holland, age 47, was always on a mission to save some part of the world. Mr. Holland loved comic books and art, but loved his family and friends even more. Mr. Holland died on July 25, 2020. Source: Facebook  

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Diane A. Jasmine, age 70 a retired nurse and a pastor at Choice International Ministries. Ms. Jasmine passed away on April 10, 2020.

Source: L'Observateur

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Edward Jasmine Sr., age 71, was a retired professional Welder and a Pastor at Choice International Ministries. Mr. Jasmine passed away on April 10, 2020.

Source: L'Observateur

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Henriot “Chaco” Jean-Pierre, age 76, was a successful entrepreneur who started and ran several businesses in Brooklyn. Well-known amongst the Harian community, Mr. Jean-Pierre died on April 5, 2020. He was 76.

Source: Haitian Times

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Ghislaine Jean-Simon, age 64, was a proud Haitian. 

Source: Haitian Times

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Saymon Jefferson, age 94, joined the Army and served in World War II around the age of 16. Mr. Jefferson then found his way back to Louisiana where he started a job at a local company called Jenkins Construction, working his way up from an entry-level position to foreman across the decades. Mr. Jefferson died on April 1, 2020, days after his brother also succumbed to the virus.

Source: The Advocate

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Saymon Jefferson, age 94, was a social butterfly with unfailing optimism, steadfast faith, and deep love of family. “There wasn’t a story he couldn’t remember. He amazed people with his quick wit, with his ability to recall any situation," said his granddaughter. died  Saymon Jefferson died on April 1, 2020, days after his brother also succumbed to the virus. 

Source: The Advocate

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Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, age 91, was a longtime butler at the White House and a man who left an impression. Mr. Jerman had grown up so poor in rural North Carolina, that he had to put cardboard in his shoes when they wore out. Mr. Jerman left school after seventh grade to help support his family, but with diligence, discretion, and grace he rose to spend much of his life as a witness to history in Washington. Mr. Jerman passed away on May 16, 2020.

Source: Washington Post

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Charles “Duffy” Jernigan, age 61, was a celebrated Hartford Public High School basketball player in the 1970s and a presence in area gyms most of his life. Mr, Jernigan died in April 2020. 

Source: Hartford Courant

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Though Charles Johnson was a Louisiana native, he and his wife were Warren Central athletic’s biggest fans. Rain or shine, they traveled to home and away games across Indians, and supported the girls’ basketball team even after a long stretch of losses. He passed away from complications due to COVID-19 in March. He was 79.

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Darell Johnson, age 43, worked in the guidance office at Morristown High School and part-time at Morristown Medical Center. Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Morristown, New Jersey, a community he remained committed to his entire life, said New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Mr. Johnson passed away in April 2020.

Source: ABC News

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Kyra Johnson, age 52, worked at a Burger King near LSU campus. Ms. Johnson passed away in March 2020 and is survived by four adult children and six grandchildren. 

Source: The Advocate

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   Thomas “Anthony” Johnson, 51, was an autoworker at the Ford Assembly plant in Wayne, Michigan. Mr. Johnson was a husband, father, and grandfather, who adored his children and grandchildren – all girls – and put family first. "My husband touched everybody's heart,” said his wife. Mr. Johnson passed away on March 31, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press

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Warren Johnson, age 50, was a child advocate for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Mr. Johnson taught elementary and middle school as a substitute teacher in East St. Louis and Detroit. Mr. Johnson was a mason and played football and basketball. Mr. Johnnson died on March 20, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press  

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Dwight Jones, age 73, was a Detroit basketball coach, teacher, mentor, and Mumford High School icon. Mr. Jones was admired by countless players and students and was known to be honest, straightforward, and willing to push his players and students to be their best. 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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When Keith A. Jones arrived at the nursing facility where he worked every night at 7 p.m. residents lined the hallway. Mr. Jones had been a licensed practical nurse for 16 years, and his patients “absolutely loved him," said his sister. Mr. Jones, a veteran, died on May 9, 2020.

Source: CNN

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Larry Jones, age 61, was a movie buff and car fanatic who always well-dressed. If Mr. Jones wasn’t at a construction site or officiating a sports game, he was wearing a suit. “He was very much into fashion. He was always dressed to a T,” said his son. Mr. Jones died on April 13, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Lynn Jones, age 52, was a deputy with the Lake County Sheriff's Office in Florida and served the county for 13 years. Mr. Jones was most recently assigned to the Lake County Jail. "He loved his career, his agency and especially his family," the department said. 

Source: ABC News

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Kevelin B. Jones, age 72, was a well-known pastor in Michigan. “I would describe him as a hero to many...a father to many,” said his son. Mr. Jones passed away on March 26, 2020. 

Source: NNC25News

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Patrick Jones, age 49, wanted to return to Texas and open a restaurant, serving everything from tacos to brisket to soul food. Mr. Jones was serving 27 years in federal prison, a sentence he hoped to appeal, when he passed away on March 28, 2020. 

Source: NOLA.com

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Sallie Jones, age 86, was always playing the piano. When her granddaughter would leave for school early in the morning, Ms. Jones’ fingers would already be flickering over the keys playing a gospel tune and would get home, she’d be welcomed by the smell of Ms. Jones’ delicious meals and by the sound of her piano as well. Ms. Jones worked as a nurse for nearly six years and spent most of her adult life as a stay-at-home mother and homemaker. Ms. Jones died of COVID-19 on March 27, 2020. 

Source: LA Times

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Maude Jones, age 64, was a special education paraprofessional at Rock Springs Elementary School in Georgia. Ms. Jones was born and raised in Liberia, where she earned a college degree and taught before immigrating to New York in 1987. Ms. Jones’ relatives described her as the backbone of the family and said she kept in touch with relatives around the world, sending birthday gifts even to those she’d never met. Ms. Jones was a devout Christian who never missed a church service. Ms. Jones died on January 4, 2021. Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution  

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Leiah D. Jones, age 33, was champion of outcastes, baker of bread, and caregiver to family and small animals in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Jones wrote her own obituary, signing it “With all my love, Leiah.” Ms. Jones passed away on March 12, 2020. Source: Alexander Funeral Home  

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Helen Jones Wood, age 96, played trombone in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a multiracial all-female jazz group. Ms. Woods played for the Omaha Symphony and later returned to school, studying at Creighton University and the University of Nebraska, and then worked for 30 years as a registered nurse and social worker. Ms. Woods died on July 25, 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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Bobby Jonz, age 84, who was born Bob Willy Jones, was a a prominent Soul and Blues singer. He lived and performed his legendary blues numbers in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jonz had a series of single recordings released by local Chicago labels throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He had several Southern Soul albums released during the 1980s and 1990s. He had hits with “In The Mood For Love” and “Sneakin’ & Freakin.” Mr. Jonz died on July 21. 2020 at Veteran's Hospital in North Las Vegas.

Source: 8 news Now Las Vegas

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Leilani Margurite Jordan, age 27, was a part-time supermarket employee who loved singing, going to chirch, and helping customers at her job. Ms. Jordan's mother recalled that her daughter said “‘Mommy, I’m going to work because no one else is going to help the senior citizens get their groceries.’ She only stopped going to work when she could no longer breathe.” Nicknamed "Butterfly" for her love of butterflies, Ms. Jordan passed away in the spring of 2020. 

Source: Washington Post

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Frederick K.C. Price, age 89, founded the Crenshaw Christian Center in Inglewood, CA, in 1973, growing its membership from 300 at its inception to over 28,000. Mr. Price also ran televangelism broadcast through Ever Increasing Faith Ministries that made him a popular voice for Black Christians. “He fought the good fight of faith and laid hold of eternal life,” said a statement by his family. Mr. Price passed away on February 12, 2021.

 

Source:  New York Times  

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Calvin Kaintuck, age 91, worked riding horses until he was 85, most recently at Belmont Park in New York. His family estimates that from the first time he rode on a horse-drawn cart driven by the local milkman to retirement, Kaintuck had ridden more than 45,000 horses. “A life around horses and riding them wasn’t just a job, it was meditation and a passion,” said his son. Mr. Kaintuck passed away on April 22, 2020. 

Source: The Undefeated

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Vania Underwood, age 36, was a nurse at Mercy St. Vincent Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. Ms. Underwood was a wife and a mother of six who worked in the hospital’s COVID-19 unit. Ms. Underwood passed away on December 19, 2020. Source: WTOL 11  

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Wanda Kay Johnson, age 63, is remembered as "a beautiful soul who loved her family and friends." A beloved matriarch, Ms. Johnson passed away on December 18, 2020.

Source:  Faces of COVID (Twitter)

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   Timothy Kelley, 41, was a husband and father in Helena, Alabama. Mr. Kelley was a gifted musician and bass player in multiple churches in the Birmingham area. Mr. Kelley passed away on November 11, 2020. Source: Facebook

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Kious Kelly, age 48, was an assistant nurse manager at Mount Sinai West in Manhattan. Before the pandemic reached the United Stated, Mr. Kelly was highlighted in the hospital’s blog for helping a family deal with a patient’s death. Mr. Kelly died on March 24, 2020, perhaps the first nurse in New York lost to the virus.

Source: New York Times

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Wanda Key, age 63, provided services within the mental health community for 30 years. Ms. Key was a friend, trusted colleague, and compassionate servant to her patients. Ms. Key died on August 24, 2020.

Source: Faces of COVID

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Margie Kidd, age 71, loved to teach. Ms. Kidd was simply good at it and had spent 26 years teaching kindergarten and first grade. She earned her teaching degree in Savannah and then began her more than two-decade career at Ridgeland Elementary School, first working with kindergartners and later moving to first grade. Ms. Kidd passed away on September 28, 2020 at Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville, South Carolina.

Source: The Island Packet

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Margie Kidd, age 71, was a first grade and kindergarten teacher in Hardeeville, South Carolina. Ms. Kidd was married to her husband Frank for more than 40 years and resided in South Carolina for about 20 years. Ms. Kidd earned her teaching degree in Savannah and began her career at Ridgeland Elementary. “She always went above and beyond for her students and their families, and if she could help out, she would,” said her daughter. Ms. Kidd died on September 28, 2020. Source: Bluffton Today  

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Curwin King, age 59, was known for his kind bedside manner and playful banter. Mr. King worked as a recovery room attendant and nursing assistant at SUNY Downstate Medical center and was proud of his Barbados roots. Mr. King passed away on April 8, 2020.

Source: The Guardian 

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Donnie Kirksey, age 57, coached at multiple high schools in Chicago throughout his decades-long career and at the collegiate level for Chicago State, University of Illinois-Chicago and DePaul University as an assistant coach. "Words can’t speak enough to impact he had on this community," said a long-time friend. "If you were part of one of his teams you were part of Donnie’s family," said a coworker. Mr. Kirksey passed away on December 28, 2020.

Source: NBC 5 Chicago

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Esther Bryant Kyles, age 64, and her husband found joy in generosity — giving time and money to those in need. Together, they infused a mission of service into their small Renton ministry. With a hearty laugh and a listening ear, Mrs. Kyles was a reliable source of comfort. “Whatever anybody needed, she was there,” said her sister. Mrs. Kyles held CPR trainings, taught computer skills, and made passengers feel welcomed as they boarded a vessel with Washington State Ferries, where she worked for 25 years in various roles. Mrs. Kyles died on March 28, 2020, and her husband died ten days later. 

Source: Seattle Times

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Pastor Edwin Kyles Jr., age 75, and his wife found joy in generosity — giving time and money to those in need. Together, they infused a mission of service into their small Washington state ministry. Pastor Kyles was born in New Orleans and was extremely proud of his Southern roots. Pastor Kyles served in Vietnam for the U.S. Army and later worked for Boeing for more than 15 years until he retired and became a full-time pastor. Pastor Kyles passed away on April 7, 2020, ten days after his wife also succumbed to the virus. 

Source: Seattle Times

 

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   Tremayne Bester, age 35, was a beloved son, brother, and friend from Shuqualak, Mississippi. Mr. Bester passed away on September 1, 2020. Source: Carter’s Funeral Service

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Source:  Kemp Funeral Home  

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Colette Lamothe-Galette, age 45, was Senior Program Officer at The Nicholson Foundation. With an effervescent personality and unfailingly positive disposition, Ms. Lamothe-Galette brought joy to those around her. She will be deeply missed by her family, her colleagues, her community, and all of those whose lives she touched. Moreover, the entire state of New Jersey has tragically lost a public health leader – one driven by a commitment to health equity and expertise in strategies to reduce health disparities. Ms. Lamothe-Galette passed away on April 4, 2020. 

Source: The Nicholas Foundation

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Donna Langley, age 80, had a love for seafood that started a family tradition that her children called “Fish Fridays,” a day where she’d fry porgies and fish fillets. Ms. Langley's daughter remembers her as a woman who faced life’s hardships with no complaints. Ms. Langley died on April 11, 2020. 

Source: The Undefeated

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James Nee Lartey, age 84, adored his wife, Linda, and his daughters, and put them above all else. "I enjoyed his laugh," his daughter Victoria Lartey-Williams says. "I'll miss that -- his energy. He always made me feel safe and secure." Mr. Lartey passed away on April 2, 2020. 

Source: CNN

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Leslie Leake, age 74, was a retired postal clerk. Ms. Leake passed her golden days in contentment and could be found assembling floral bouquets, singing softly to herself, and doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they visited. One of several members of her family to contract COVID-19, Ms. Leake passed away in April, days after two of her children also succumbed to the virus.

Source: Washington Post

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Nicky Leake, age 45, was a mother of three and worked in administration at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Ms. Leake passed away on April 11, 2020 days before her mother, Leslie, and brother, John, succumbed to the virus.

Source: Washington Post

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John Leake Jr., age 40, was “the type of person, regardless of whether you’re having a bad day, you can depend on him to make you laugh,” said his sister. Mr. Leake worked in communications at the U.S. Postal Service headquarters and had part-time gigs at a grocery store and a hotel. Mr. Leake's sister remembers him as “the type of person, regardless of whether you’re having a bad day, you can depend on him to make you laugh.” Mr. Leake passed away on April 28, 2020, and was one of several members of his family to succumb to the virus.

Source: Washington Post 

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Otis Knapp Lee, age 72, was a retired Detroit restaurateur. Mr. Lee was widely admired for serving up massive corned-beef sandwiches at his former Midtown deli called Mr. Fofo’s, and beloved for giving away thousands of Thanksgiving turkeys to all who lined up each November around his eatery. Mr. Lee died on April 5, 2020. 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Walter Lee Armstrong, age 65, was a journeyman from Macomb County, Michigan. Mr. Armstrong loved to fish, barbecue, and cruise in his Camaro. Mr. Armstrong died on April 8, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press.  

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Eddie Lee Jackson Sr., age 71, was A longtime educator, community leader and the “Dean of Politics” in East St. Louis. Mr. Jackson served in the Illinois House of Representatives for eight years after retiring from a lengthy career as a science teacher and administrator in East St. Louis School District 189. Mr. Jackson is remembered as “a protector, provider, and the cornerstone for his family’s foundation.” Mr. Jackson passed away on December 18, 2020. Source: Belleville News-Democrat  

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Hansel Leon, age 77, beat the iron and added “riddim” in most soca/calypso parties and concerts in Brooklyn. A diehard fan of calypso, steelpan, carnival and other events that promoted the culture of Trinidad & Tobago, “Hanny,” as he was popularly known, passed away on March 25, 2020. 

Source: Everybody's Caribbean Magazine

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Myron Emmanuel Lett, age 71, had a heart of gold. Mr. Lett loved helping people who were less fortunate through actions of delivering food baskets and other necessities throughout the community. Mr. Lett passed away on March 25, 2020.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Willie Levi, age 73, was sent away from his home in Texas to Iowa in 1974, where he and other men with intellectual disabilities worked in virtual servitude at a turkey-processing plant for decades. Mr. Levi was a claimant in a successful lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that championed proper pay and working conditions for people with disabilities. Mr. Levi died on April 23, 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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Michael Lewis, age 65, forged a new life after a few decades in and out of prison. Mr. Lewis counseled people who were newly released on how to adjust to life on the outside and handed out backpacks with essential items to houseless people in his neighborhood. Mr. Lewis died on May 14, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Ronald W. Lewis, age 68, spent his entire life in the Lower Ninth Ward, a working-class black neighborhood, in New Orleans. Mr. Lewis' colorful museum, the House of Dance and Feathers, was a monument to the rich street culture of African-Americans. Mr. Lewis passed away on March 20, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Roger Liddell, age 64, was a family man. Mr. Liddell was involved in his church and loved cooking, westerns, and the Chicago Bears. Mr. Liddell joined the Marine Corps after high school and eventually settled in Michigan, working as a supply manager at a local hospital for almost 20 years. Mr. Liddell passed away on April 10, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Ellenor Logan, age 77, passed away in the fall of 2020. 

Source: KYW NewsRadio

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Eric Logan, age 49, passed away in fall 2020, leaving behind two sons and a daughter. 

Source: KYW NewsRadio

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Dwontreze Lovett, age 29, was a loving dad, son and newlywed. "He was just a teddy bear. A caring gentle giant,” said his mother. Mr. Lovett passed away on August 22, 2020. Source: St. Louis American  

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Bremelia Lucien-Guillame age, 79, grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She was an active member of the Church of God In Christ. In the 1960’s she came to the United States to seek a better life for her family while her husband remained in Haiti with their children. They later came and joined her in the states where she worked for the Federal Government for over 30 years until her retirement. Mrs. Luicen-Guillaume and her husband Mr. Maurice Luicen-Guillame both passed in the summer of 2020.

 

Source: The Haitian Times

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Theodore ‘Ted’ Lumpkin, age 100, was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Mr. Lumpkin served as an intelligence officer, giving mission briefings to pilots during a combat tour in Italy. After Mr. Lumpkin retired from the Air Force Reserves as a lieutenant colonel and subsequent careers as a social worker and real estate broker, he became the president of the Los Angeles chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. Mr. Lumpkin passed away on December 26, 2020. Source: Legacy.com  

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Kimora "Kimmie" Lynum, age 9, was "jovial, fun-loving, and free-spirited." Her family said that she "enjoyed the very simple things in life such as going to the park and making new friends. She was highly sociable, inquisitive, and always happy.” Ms. Lynum passed away on July 17, 2020. 

Source: ABC 11

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Chantee Mack’s family remembered her as smart and caring. She was quiet but strong, she loved watching tennis, going to the movies with her younger brother, and above all, she loved helping others. Shortly after graduating from the University of Maryland at College Park, Chantee Mack went to work at the health department in Prince George’s County, where she had grown up. Ms. Mack died in May from COVID-19. She was 44.
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Rodney Mack, age 39, was a family man through and through. Relatives recall his playful sense of humor, his delicious cooking, and unwavering devotion to his sons. Mr. Mack had recently gone back to school, enrolling in college computer science classes because he wanted to make his sons proud and give them a better life. Mr. Mack also worked for his brother's construction business and had a chauffeur's license. Mr. Mack passed away on April 15, 2020.

Source: The Advocate

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McArthur Mackey, age 76, spent just three years living in Philadelphia, but you would be hard-pressed to find a bigger Eagles fan than he was. Mr. Mackey was a truck driver who was celebrated for driving more than 10 million miles without an accident. Mr. Mackey liked to fish and was a member of several bowling leagues. “He had a personality that definitely commanded a room,” said his daughter. Mr. Mackey died on April 27, 2020.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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Sterling Magee, age 84, played blues on the streets of Harlem as half of the duo Satan and Adam, and later on stages around the world. Half bluesman, half street preacher, Mr. Magee was a fixture on 125th Street throughout the 1980s. Mr. Magee passed away on September 6, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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James Mahoney, age 62, was a pulmonologist and delayed his retirement to fight the coronavirus pandemic at a low-income hospital where he inspired the Black medical students he mentored. Dr. Mahoney also worked night shifts and conducted telemedicine sessions with his regular patients during the pandemic. Widely respected and valued by students, patients, and colleagues, Dr. Mahoney passed away on April 27, 2020. 

Source: The Hill 

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Zoao Makumbi Sr., age 75, had his dream job as a psychologist at an elementary school in Washington, D.C. Mr. Makumbi was a 25-year veteran of the school system. Mr. Makumbi was born in what is now known as Congo, the son of Angolan refugees. Mr. Makumbi died on April 16, 2020.

Source: Washington Post

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Audrey Malone, age 68, knew how to attract a crowd. She drew a following while singing gospel music as a member of The Malone Sisters. Shoppers flocked to the bakery at Fairplay Neighborhood Market in Markham for a whiff of her French bread. Her son said, “She lived a full life. She did it all.” Ms. Malone died at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey Illinois on April 1, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Ellis Marsalis, age 85, was a pianist who launched a jazz dynasty as a teacher in his native New Orleans. Mr. Marshalls was the father of four sons who became acclaimed musicians, including superstars Branford and Wynton Marsalis. Mr. Marshalls died on April 1, 2020. 

Source: Washington Post

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Linda Mays, age 68, was a licensed practical nurse and mother of two in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Ms. Mays worked for more than three decades in Arkansas nursing homes, often holding multiple jobs at once. Ms. Mays “was like an angel on Earth, and she cared about people,” said her son. Ms. Mays passed away on November 23, 2020. Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette  

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Erica McAdoo was a senior detention officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. Ms. McAdoo was "loved, respected and admired," the LAPD's Custody Services Division said in a statement. Ms. McAdoo died on July 3, 2020.

Source: ABC News

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Betty J. McBride, age 71, taught music and was a special-education teacher in Columbus, Georgia, but found that she could be even more helpful as a mentor beyond the classroom. She became a full-time counselor. She retired in 2012 after 41 years with the Muscogee County School District in Georgia, where most recently she was the director of guidance services. She was a district women’s president of the General Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, and a lifelong lover of music. Ms. McBride died at the the Piedmont Medical Center in Columbus, Georgian on September 4, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Elrita "Rita" McClary Warren, age 71, was dedicated to her geriatric patients during her career as a health aide in nursing homes and hospitals. The mother of Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, Ms. Warren is remembered for her endless love for her family and others. Ms. Warren passed away in November 2020. Source: Democrat & Chronicle  

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Rufus McClendon, Jr., age 82, was nicknamed “Bumpsy" and served as the chief chaplain at East Jersey State Prison from 1994 to 2008. A former professional basketball player, Newark public school teacher, and Army veteran, Mr. McClendon passed away on April 9, 2020. 

Source: NJ.com

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Glenn McColor Jr., age 53, lived an active life. Mr. McColor enjoyed traveling, church, music, singing and playing the drums. A loving father, son, and husband, Mr. McColor died March 24. I feel like that same government that my dad had pride for, and said protects us, failed him and allowed for a virus to kill so many people — and kill him,” said his daughter. Source: Detroit Free Press  

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Jacques McConico, age 49, was known as “Toosweet” to friends and family. Ms. McConico's mother says she earned the nickname through her “giving spirit.” When the coronavirus reached the nursing home where Ms. McConico worked, she worked nearly every day and often was called back after her shift ended. Ms. McConico passed away on June 16, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Isiah McCray, age 79, was a retired pastor and leader of Jordan Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit. Under Mr. McCray’s leadership, Missionary Baptist Church established a food distribution that feeds nearly 90 families twice a month, and a scholarship program was also established for members going to college. "He loved to travel and really loved his church," said his wife. Mr. McCray passed away on April 7, 2020. 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Pastor Alvin Charles McElroy, age 79, was a leader who practiced what he preached at Friendship Baptist Church in New York. “He was well-grounded,” recalled his wife. “He was very community-minded. Most people just think a pastor shows up to preach on Sunday. It’s much more than that.” Pastor McElroy passed away on March 26, 2020. 

Source: Christian Post Reporter

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Stephen McFadden was loved by so many. Mr. McFadden was a rapper who was slick with words, a SEPTA Regional Rail conductor who enjoyed his job, and a family man. Growing up, Mr. McFadden's nickname was “Bones” because he was so skinny. Mr. McFadden died on April 30, 2020.

Source: WHYY

 

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Rozella McFarlan, age 64, lived to help others. “We used to call her the information lady, the 4-1-1,” her sister said. “Any time we wanted to know about anybody or anything, we would call her. Ms. McFarlan spent 30 years working for New York State, helping to provide services for people with cerebral palsy. Ms. McFarlan passed away on April 14, 2020.

Source: Spectrum News

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Renada McGuire, age 39, died on July 4, 2020. Ms. McGuire is survived by 6 children. "She was a beautiful person inside and out," her brother said.

Source: First Coast News 

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James McIntyre, age 70, served as a bus driver with ECAT for 39 years and was loved by the Pensacola, Florida community he served. Colleagues remember him as the type of bus driver who went out of his way to smile through wide turns, add positivity to others' days, and get to know his regular riders on a personal level. Always available for wise words and encouragement, Mr. McIntyre loved to play basketball with his friends.  Mr. McIntyre passed away in July 2020.

Source: Pensacola News Journal

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Michael McIntyre, age 63, had a memorable, bright, warm smile. Most recently a consultant for nonprofits, Mr. McIntyre, had been involved with the YMCA and the Philadelphia nonprofit People for People. “He was a man with a very strong social justice and civil rights background. He spent his career working to ensure opportunity for children,” said his daughter. Mr. McIntyre died on April 16, 2020. 

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer 

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James McKay, age 75, worked at a grocery store in Denver, Colorado. “Every time my little grandson would come to King Soopers, James would give him a penny to ride the little horse that they had there,” said a friend. Mr. McKay was a loving father and grandfather and passed away in May 2020.

Source: KDVR

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Katiza ‘Bunnie’ Melette, age 47, was a civilian employee who worked for the Baltimore Police Department for 24 years. Ms. Melette passed away in December 2020. Source: CBS 13 Baltimore.  

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Pastor Marcel Métayer, age 63, kept his Fort Lauderdale Baptist church open as a spiritual haven for the local Haitian-American community through many challenges. Pastor Métayer passed away on July 28, 2020.

Source: Miami Herald

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For Mother’s Day, Jeanine Michel, age 81, used to ask her six daughters to come to church with her. Ms. Michel, a former home attendant, was the embodiment of a Haitian mother as she went above and beyond to provide the best future possible for her children with limited resources. Ms. Michel passed away on April 11, 2020.

Source: Haitian Times

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Charles Miles, age 72, worked as a respiratory therapist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for decades.  Mr. Miles is remembered as a person who could always calm and reassure friends and coworkers. “He could tell you about any piece of equipment. He could put together anything. Right now, we’re looking for ventilators. Charles could probably build a ventilator if we asked him to,” said a coworker. “He really enjoyed doing what he did every day — helping other people,” said his sister. Mr. Miles died on April 3, 2020.  

Source: Chicago Tribune

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   Sadie Mae Miller, age 93, made a home in Newtown, Connecticut during World War II. At the time, Ms. Miller worked in defense as a riveter, while also being a housekeeper, a caterer, a creator of beautiful wedding cakes, and working at Julie Allen Bridals, where she pressed dresses well into her 90’s. Ms. Miller was very active in her community and the only thing she loved more than being a mother was being a grandmother to 5 and great-grandmother to 7. Ms. Miller also greatly enjoyed traveling, was an incredible party host, and deeply cherished time with friends and family. Ms. Miller passed away on August 13, 2020. Source: Facebook

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Shaquana Miller Garrett, age 35, was a mother to two little girls, and worked as a registrar, taking patient information at Holy Cross Hospital in Florida. Ms. Garrett passed away on July 2, 2020. 

Source: KSAT

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Tiffany Mofield, age 43, is remembered as a "strong, beautiful woman" who was a great friend and always lifted people up. "She loved her family and always had a smile on her face," said her daughter. Ms. Mofield was serving a five-year sentence for robbery at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women when she died on April 29, 2020. Ms. Mofield would have been eligible for parole in February 2021.

Source: Philadelphia Tribune

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Nur Omar Mohamed, age 67, was the father of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. Mr. Mohamed was a devoted dad and a feminist who supported his daughter's political dreams. He and his family fled from Somalia to Kenya before seeking asylum in the U.S and settling in Minneapolis where Mr. Mohamed drove a taxi and later worked at a post office. Mr. Mohamed was fluent in several languages and was considered an elder in Minneapolis' Somali community. Mr. Mohamed died on June 15, 2020.

Source: ABC News

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Paul Moise, age 50, had been taking online classes to further his career as a nurse at assisted living centers. Mr. Moise, a registered nurse, was born in Haiti and loved playing soccer. He passed away on April 12, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Pierre Moise, age 67, was an auxiliary police lieutenant who had served with the NYPD since 1994. Lt. Moise died on April 3, 2020.

Source: Police 1

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Adiel Montgomery, age 39, was a security guard in the emergency department of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn. According to his brother, he loved sneakers and maintained a collection of them. He died at Kingsbrook on April 5, 2020. 

 

Source: New York Times

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Bobbie Montgomery, age 45, was a Memphis police officer for twenty years. His commanding officer at the Tillman Police Precinct, where he worked, described Montgomery as someone with a positive upbeat attitude. Memphis Police Department Director Michael Ralling, stated "Every day, Bobby came to work and served with a pleasant disposition and a smile on his face. He never complained, he just faithfully served."  Officer Montgomery died at Methodist Hospital in Memphis on August 16, 2020.

 

Source: Commercial Appeal

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A'quasha Moore, age 18, was a high school senior at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy. She was described strong, smart and spiritual. Ms. Moore gave birth two months early to a beautiful baby girl,  A’zariah. She did not survive. Ms. Moore Moore died on June 3, 2020.

 

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Nyla Moore, age 22, was the daughter of two Chicago city workers and was a stay-at-home mom who dreamed of becoming a teacher one day. During the pandemic, Ms. Moore often babysat for family members who are essential workers. Ms. Moore died on May 1, 2020.

Source: ABC News

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Officer Moore had served with the Chicago Police Department for 14 years and was assigned to the 3rd District. He is survived by his father and two sisters. His father had also served with the Chicago Police Department.

Source: odmp.org

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Dr. Susan Moore, age 52, was a doctor, mother, and fierce advocate for others. Born in Jamaica, Dr. Moore grew up in Michigan. Dr. Moore earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Moore went viral after posting a video explaining the racist medial mistreatment she faced while getting care at a hospital for COVID-19. “Even to the bitter end she was thinking of other people,” her son said. Dr. Moore passed away on December 20, 2020. Source: New York Times  

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Bishop Clarence Leslie "C.L." Morton Jr., age 77, led churches in Detroit and Windsor. He most recently served as pastor at the Mount Zion Full Gospel Church in Windsor, Detroit.  His wife said that "when he walked in a room, you knew he was there,” ”You will never meet anyone like him. He was just a man of God that really lived what he preached, the word was all he lived for." Bishop Morton, Jr. died April 11, 2020.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Leather Moss, age 53, loved family gatherings, dancing, and listening to music. "She was the life of the party," said her sister. On weekends, she cheered her husband on at his softball games. An 18-year veteran patient transporter at a Chicago medical center, Ms. Moss was a star at her department’s frequent potlucks and holiday parties. Ms. Moss passed away on May 15, 2020.

Source: The Guardian 

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Arnold "AJ" Mullins, age 64, was a well-known musician in Southwest Florida and a member of the Collaboration Band. “He had a golden voice,” said musician Willie Miller. “This man had one of the most soulful voices you’ve ever heard in your life.” Mr. Mullins died on June 28, 2020.

 

Source: Wink News

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Rana Zoe Mungin, age 30, was a New York City social studies teacher with a witty personality. Ms. Mungin was described as a "one-of-a-kind educator" who had a "transformational impact" on her students and colleagues. Ms. Mungin passed away on April 27, 2020.

Source: CBS News

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Kafula Raymond Mwape, age 27, was born in Zambia and has called the South Hills of Pittsburgh his home for the past twenty years. He was a beloved young man, a scholar, an athlete, a wonderful son, an amazing brother, and a loyal friend. Mr. Mwape passed away on September 12, 2020. 

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Kendale Myers, age 18, graduated from Jim Hill High School in May. “Everybody loved him. He would come into the school with a smile,” said his former principal. Mr. Myers passed away on August 31, 2020.

Source: 16 WAPT

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Philemon Najieb, age 70, was a fixture for decades in the Chicago media, working as a photographer for newspapers and magazines. “Philemon’s photography captured something else — it captured the cultural vibrancy of our community in ways that were unique,” said a coworker. Mr. Najieb passed away on April 15, 2020. 

Source: Chicago Tribune 

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Dieugrand Nazaire, age 43, was a geometry teacher at Lake Worth Community High School. “Mr. Naz,” as his students affectionately called him, could be found after hours tutoring members of his geometry class in Creole, his native language from Haiti, checking up on their lives and offering extra credit or a few spare dollars when they needed help. As a father, Mr. Nazaire was shy, jovial, and stubborn, according to his eldest daughter. Mr. Nazaire died on April 22, 2020.

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Edward Nelson, age 65, never shied away from speaking up for others and offering a helping hand. Mr. Nelson was planning to retire from AFSCME Hurley Medical Center where he was union president. Mr. Nelson's daughter remembers her father as being witty, fun-loving, compassionate, and the kind of person who “wanted to fight for people who didn’t always have a voice.” Mr. Nelson died on April 13, 2020.

Source: M Live

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   Stacy “Nutz” Metz, age 52, was a beloved school aide in Waterbury, Connecticut. After spending time in the Navy, Mr. Metz, who was born and raised in Waterbury, returned to work at local schools and mentor youth in his community. Mr. Metz enjoyed playing basketball and hanging with his friends. More than anything, Mr. Metz loved his family. Mr. Metz passed away on November 22, 2020. Source: Republican-American

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Frans Nieuwendam, age 60, was a quiet force in fashion, though others knew him as the guy to try to impress on the rope line. “Frans was absolutely the most stylish man in any room he entered,” said a friend, “but he dominated much more profoundly in his elegance of character and ability to connect with anyone he met.” Mr. Nieuwendam died on May 3, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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George Nock, age 74, was a sculptor and former NFL running back. Mr. Nock was selected by the New York Jets in the 16th round of the 1969 NFL draft and spent three seasons there and then one with Washington.After a foray with the World Football League, Nock retired from professional football and concentrated on sculpting. Nock created statues of athletes, ballerinas and musicians in his studio on Tannery Row, an artist colony in Buford, Georgia.Mr. Nock died November 22, 2020. Source: Baltimore Sun  

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Lonnie J. Norman, age 79, was a longtime mayor of Manchester, Tennessee. A friend who knew Norman his entire life and said he'd always been special. Mr. Norman marked a moment in history when he became the city's first Black mayor when he was elected almost three decades ago. Mr. Norman passed away on October 1, 2020. 

Source:  Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Sergeant Charles Norton, age 62, had served with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office for 22 years. Sgt. Norton is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, two grandchildren, and two sisters.

Source: Officer Down Memorial Page

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Barrington Nugent, age 56, had a bright future ahead of him. Mr. Nugent died on July 1, 2020.

 

Source: Tribute Archive

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Lydia Nunez, age 34, always had jokes, hugs and lots of love for family and friends. Ms. Nunez loved to dance and cook and was always ready to help get celebrations going. Ms. Nunes passed away on July 5, 2020. Source: Daily Independence  

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Arnold Obey, age 73, born in the Bronx, was an outstanding player at Wagner College on Staten Island, NY. He was a retired school principal in Staten Island. He died on March 22, 2020 in San Juan, P.R where he had been vacationing with his wife and sister-in-law. 

 

Source: RoundBall Daily

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Freda Ocran, age 51, was a psychiatric nurse and nurse educator at New York City’s Jacobi Medical Center. After Ms. Ocran joined her husband in the United States from their home country Ghana, she worked as a home health aide for a number of years before going to nursing school at Lehman College in 2000, where she would sometimes have to bring her children along so she wouldn’t miss anything. Ms. Ocran died on March 28, 2020. 

Source: Washington Post

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Paul Odighizuwa, age 61, was a Nigerian immigrant and 30-year employee of the Oregon Health & Science University foodservice division. Mr. Odighizuwa passed away in May 2020.

Source: Oregon Live

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Bassey Offiong, age 25, was a college student in his senior year at Western Michigan University. He liked to refer to his friends as saints, but according to them he was the real holy man. He was about to embark on a career as a chemical engineer. “He touched so many people,” said Sy Harris, 21, a student at Western Michigan. “He always knew just what to say.” Mr. Offiong died in Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak Michigan on March 28, 2020.

 

Source: Detroit News

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Mohamed Hamud Omar, age 74, was an elder in the Somali community in  Minneapolis. His experience and leadership made a large impression on the people who knew him. “He was just a kind soul,” said his daughter. Mr. Omar passed away on April 29, 2020. 

Source: Twin Cities Pioneer Press

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   TeQuilla Parker, age 39, was a nurse who lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and worked at Villa Feliciana Medical Complex where she cared for patients and cooked for coworkers, who she considered family. Ms. Parker’s mother said her daughter was known for her beautiful smile. Ms. Parker passed away on October 22, 2020, leaving behind a fiancé and a 3-year-old daughter. Source: The Advocate

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Capt. Jonathan Parnell, age 50, was the commanding officer of the Detroit Police Homicide Section. Capt. Parnell was a 31-year police veteran and "an extraordinary leader," according to the police chief. Capt. Parnell died on March 23, 2020.

Source: The Detroit Free News

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George Parrott Jr., age 77, had happily settled into retirement after long careers first as a salesman for Ford and later as the owner of four apartment complexes that he managed. “He always trying to throw a party. He was always a fun guy,” said his grandson. Mr. Parrot died on April 2, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Teicher Patterson, age 50, was a well-loved Halifax County school principal who dedicated his life to education in poor, rural communities. Mr. Patterson was recently named the county’s public school principal of the year, which he described as unexpected and humbling. Mr. Patterson passed away in July 2020.

Source: The News & Observer

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Aulysse Paul, age 46, was a member of the New Jersey Transit Rail Infrastructure Engineering department. He served customers for more than 20 years as a trackman and roving bridge operator. Mr. Paul died in May 2020.

 

Source: Newsbreak

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Officer Corey Pendergrass, age 51, had been with Lauderhill Police Department since 1997. “Corey never let anything get the best of him and always looked at the positive side of things when faced with adversity,” said a statement from the department. Officer Pendergrass died on July 26, 2020. 

Source: Local 10 News

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Ronald Peoples, age 86, was a retired Buffalo Public Schools educator. Mr. Peoples, of Amherst, died on April 2, 2020.

Source: Buffalo News

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Lashaun Perez, age 51, was a young spirit with a big personality.  Ms. Perez knew all the latest music, wore clothes that got noticed, and loved to color her hair.  “My auntie, she didn’t curse, she didn’t smoke, she didn’t drink, but she was hilarious!” said her niece. Ms. Perez was also a devout Christian and worked at in healthcare in Michigan. Ms. Perez passed away on April 22, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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 Timothy L. Pernell Sr., age 78, led an illustrious career at the famed Bell Labs in Murray Hill, NJ for over 30 years where he was hired initially on the grounds crew and then rose from the rank of laboratory assistant to member of technical staff (MTS), typically reserved for Ph.D. scientists.  As a teenager, Mr. Pernell ministered from the pulpit and sang as a male lead vocalist in the family’s singing group known as the Pernell Jubilees as well as in the church choir. Mr. Pernell died on April 13, 2020.

Source: Harris Funeral Home

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L.B. Perry, age 78, was the patriarch of a five-generation family.  He was 78. Mr. Perry worked in a Chicago steel mill for 35 years, a tough job that left him covered in dust and dirt at the end of the day. Mr. Perry enjoyed sitting on the porch to watch the neighborhood children play and when he wasn’t doing that, he would be in front of the TV watching his favorite shows. “He was just a quiet, humble man, a great father,” said his daughter. Mr. Perry passed away on April 2, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Phillip Perry, age 49, was the principal of G.W. Carver Middle School in Texas and cared deeply about his students. "In addition to serving as principal at Carver, Mr. Perry often umpired local baseball games and refereed basketball games, offering words of encouragement to young athletes," said a statement from the school.

Source: ABC News

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Mildred Perry, age 93, grew up in Emanuel County in Georgia, then moved to Philadelphia shortly after her first marriage. Ms. Perry worked in a factory that made slipcovers for seven years before leaving to raise her family. Ms. Perry loved Gospel music, Sam Cooke, and hosting family visiting from out of town. "She was just there for everybody," remembers a family member. Ms. Perry passed away on February 15, 2021.

Source:  New York Times  

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Brenda Perryman, age 71, was a English teacher who also taught drama, from 1970 to 1988 at Highland Park High School and from 1988 to 2010 at Southfield High School, where she also served as Fine Arts Department head for several years. In addition to teaching, she was a playwright, poet, and radio show host. “She made everybody feel that they were her favorite,” said one of her former students. “She was constantly creating and always inspired us to do the same.” Ms. Perryman died on April 5, 2020. 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Leroy Perryman, Jr., age 74, was lead singer of the “Fantastic L’Roy & the Bulletproof Band” brought back old-school blues on Monday nights at Linda’s Place in Chicago for nearly two decades. Mr. Perryman worked as a contractor and electrician for most of his life, but, relatives say that music was his true passion. Mr. Perryman passed away on March 26, 2020. 

Source: Chicago Tribune

 

 

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Charles Peterson, age 46, was a two-sport standout at Laurens High School in South Carolina, leading his team to a state title in football in 1991. Mr. Peterson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1993 as a first-round pick out of high school and reached Triple-A in his five years there. Mr. Peterson remained in the sports world, working as a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals and a volunteer assistant football coach for Spring Valley High School. Mr. Peterson died in September 2020.

Source: WLTX News 19

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   Dr. Julius Caesar Phillips, age 65, was pastor at Paul Baptist Church in Taylor, Arkansas for 14 years. The Certified Dean of the Columbia County District Congress of Christian Education and a member of the Columbia County District Trustee Board, Dr. Phillips dedicated his life to preaching God’s word. In Dr. Phillips’ spare time he enjoyed spending time with his family, riding his 4-wheeler, hunting (before his injury), and spoiling his grandchildren. Dr. Phillips enjoyed preaching and teaching the word to everyone in his presence. Dr. Phillips passed away on November 1, 2020.

Source: R.L. Reed Funeral Home

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Joyce Marie Pierce Johnson, age 71, recently retired after 25 years as a grocery store cashier. Her daughters say that everybody knew her and that she would make people’s day with her banter. Ms. Johnson dedicated her retirement to making sure her children were taken care of. Ms. Johnson died on April 15.

Source: LA Times

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Pastor Joseph Nedy Pierre, age 52, was a proud member of New York’s Haitian community.

Source: Haitian Times

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Xavier P. Gaines, age 26, made his living as an armed security guard but loved working on computers and playing video games, dreaming he might one day have a chance to design his own games. “He was just a sweet, gentle soul,” said his mother. “He was all about peace and love.” Mr. Gaines died on December 2, 2020. Source: Chicago Sun Times  

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Jean Yves Pierre-Lys, age 72, and his daughter spoke every day, sometimes twice a day. A family man and proud Haitian, Mr. Pierre-Lys passed away in April 2020.

Source: Haitian Times

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Bishop Anthony Pigee, Sr., age 49, was the founder and senior pastor of Life of Faith Community Center in Los Angeles, California. Known throughout the U.S. for his powerful preaching, Bishop Pigee was also lauded by his family and colleagues for his charitable and generous spirit towards others in need. Bishop Pigee died at the Kaiser Hospital in West Los Angeles on April 6, 2020.

Source: Los Angeles Sentinel

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Sherman Pittman, age 61, kicked a drug habit from his youth and yearned to give back to his community, especially its younger people and those struggling with addiction. Mr. Pittman dedicated his life to his church and his Chicago neighborhood. Mr. Pittman died on March 27, 2020. “To know him was to love him. He had a helping heart and very generous spirit,” said a longtime friend.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Joseph E. Pitts, age 34, was a truck driver in Buffalo, New York. Known as "Joe" or "Joe Smo," to those who loved him, Mr. Pitts was a gentle giant, an introvert, and would always see potential in others and would encourage them to reach their dreams. Mr. Pitts was passionate about the Seattle Seahawks, cars, music, and, most importantly, family. Mr. Pitts passed away on April 24, 2020.

Source: Brian K. Lewis Funeral Homes

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Pamela Pope, age 56, spent her days doing a mix of work at FedEx’s Newark Liberty International Airport facility. It was a job she loved, and Ms. Pope had done for more than half her life. Ms. Pope died of coronavirus on April 25, 2020.

Source: USA Today

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Karla Pope, age 53, was Director of Nursing at CompleteCare in New Jersey. Ms. Pope, MSN, BSN, RN was an incredible nurse, leader, mentor, and friend. A nurse for over 35 years, Ms. Pope was instrumental in leading COVID testing for her community and helped administer the first COVID vaccines to staff in late December. Ms. Pope is remembered as a vibrant and dedicated leader, who gave her time to all who needed it. A faithful woman filled with love and grace, Ms. Pope passed away on January 19, 2021.

Source: Twitter  

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Judith Pope-Gray, age 52, had a magnetic personality that drew people to her, her family said. “She had a genuine love for people. She made everyone feel special. She was encouraging, and always made people feel they could do whatever they wanted,” said her sister. Mrs. Pope-Gray worked as an office administrator in at least three Philadelphia public schools, loved reading, and planned to retire and go to college to study psychology. Ms. Pope-Gray passed away on May 28, 2020. 

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Lloyd Cornellus Porter, age 49, was an actor who had arrived in New York to perform in Shakespeare in the Park. Mr. Porter and his wife opened a bakery and cafe called Bread Stuy, which went on to endure the recession, buoyed by three fund-raising parties thrown by friends, neighbors and customers.“He was able to find joy in everyone, and if they looked like they needed advice, he always knew what that advice was,” his wife said. Mr. Porter passed away on May 6, 2020.  

Source: New York Times

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Hecky Powell, age 71, fed hungry students and the Chicago Bulls, counseled high schoolers, mayors, a governor, and a young Barack Obama from his restaurant in Evanston, Ill. A barbeque master and civic leader, Mr. Powell passed away on May 22, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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James Powers, age 80, was a medical supply salesman and had always loved art, so when he was laid off in his early 40's he opened the Spiral Gallery in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Named after a 1960’s collective of Black artists, Mr. Powers’ gallery became a community for Black artists and art-lovers in the late ’80s and ’90s. Mr. Powers died on April 2, 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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Natasha Price, age 47, was bubbly. Ms. Price was a source of positivity for those around her and the person you went to when you needed a smile, recalled her longtime friend. Ms. Price died on April 5, 2020.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Barbara Prince, age 66, was a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, a mother of three, and had a perpetual love for her children, family and friends. She was described as having a "big heart and free spirit." Ms. Prince passed away on April 9, 2020.

Source: The Times-Picayune

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Jana Prince, age 43, dedicated her life to helping others with their problems. Ms. Prince had cerebral palsy and held social work positions with the Metropolitan Human Services District, the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Covenant House, and, most recently, the Salvation Army. Ms. Prince passed away on April 6, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Paula Pryce-Bremmer, age 51, was the kind of educator who’d stop her students in the hallway, ask how they’re doing, and really mean it. A counselor at Careers In Sports High School in the Bronx, Ms. Pryce-Bremmer helped her students believe in themselves and achieve their goals. Ms. Pryce-Bremmer passed away in the spring of 2020. 

Source: WNYC

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Peggy Rakestraw, age 72, was a unit clerk at an Illinois hospital for about three decades before she retired. Ms. Rakestraw's youngest child remembers her mother as strict but loving. Ms. Rakestraw died on March 25, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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When he was in good health, Carl Redd often rose early to drive his oldest daughter to work and drop off his 9-year-old grandson at school. Mr. Redd insisted on squeezing in every moment he could with this only grandchild whom he adored. “His most outstanding feature was his larger-than-life smile,” said his younger sister. He died of complications related to COVID-19 on March 21.
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John Redd, age 63, was a 26-year veteran of EMS, a responder to the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center, and was assigned to the FDNY Emergency Medical Dispatch. Mr. Redd passed away in April 2020.

Source: ABC 7 NY

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Keith Redding, age 59, had an easy grin and a good-natured sense of humor. Mr. Redding was a program manager for an FBI contractor, and he and his wife Dana were inseparable. Mr. Redding passed away in March 2020.

Source: Washington Post

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Lela Reed, age 95, was an esteemed matriarch. Ms. Reed passed away on April 14, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune 

 

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Wayne Reese, Sr., age 75, was both a pillar and a safe harbor as a football coach in New Orleans. Coach Reese knew success on the field – amassing 250 career wins and seeing players like hall-of-fame running back Marshall Faulk reach the NFL – and off it, where he coached generations of young people – now lawyers, general contractors, bus drivers and educators – on how to win at life. Mr. Reese passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: NOLA.com

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Tina Reeves, age 27, was a music lover, amazing mother and grandmother, and a nurse at a correctional facility. Ms. Reeves visited her grandchildren, music would blast from the car. Younger co-workers called Ms. Reeves “Mother Advice” because in interactions with prisoners and officers alike she "always listened and "never judged." Ms. Reeves passed away on April 27, 2020.

Source: The Guardian 

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Mary Rice, age 64, never stopped working. A beloved mother, grandmother, and healthcare worker, Ms. Rice passed away on July 14, 2020. 

Source: NEWS4SA

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Arthur Rich, age 64, loved Jamaican music and worked in the construction business for more than 40 years. Mr. Rich passed away on July 31, 2020. His mother, Voncile Rich, 86, and his brother Sylvester Rich died from COVID-19 within just days of each other.

 

Source: 3 WEARTV

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Voncile Rich, 86, was an active member of her church and a matriarch. Ms. Rich passed away on August 2, 2020. 

Source: WEARTV

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Sylvester Rich, age 57, was a dispatcher for taxi services. Mr. Rich passed away in the summer of 2020 and was one of several family members lost to the virus.

Source:  WEARTV

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Edith Richemond, age 88, emigrated to Brooklyn with an 8th-grade education. Ms. Richemond invested her savings in real estate, rented out apartments, and ran two laundromats. Ms. Richemond’s moniker in her Brooklyn neighborhood was “Big” because of the disproportionately large heart that was assumed to beat within her diminutive frame. Ms. Richemond on April 25, 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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Leroy E. Ricks Sr., age 68, was a pastor for 31 years at New Berean Baptist Church, which he founded in 1989. At each home game before the Deep Creek High School boys basketball team in Virginia, took the court, Mr. Ricks would enter the locker room and ask the players and coaches to hold hands as he led the Lord’s Prayer. Mr. Ricks, who played basketball himself in high school, passed away on June 23, 2020. 

Source: The Undefeated 

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Lawrence Riley, age 66, was a retired firefighter. A Navy Vietnam veteran who joined the Milwaukee Fire Department in 1978, Mr. Riley retired in1990 after he injured his back when he fell through the roof of a building. Mr. Riley remained active in his community, serving as a father figure for many of the boys in his neighborhood. Mr. Riley passed away in March 2020.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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2020-08-21

Tootie Robbins, age 62, was an offensive lineman with the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers during his 12-year career in the NFL. Drafted in 1982, Mr. Robbins made the N.F.L. all-rookie team and helped the Cardinals, then in St. Louis, make the playoffs that season. Mr. Robbins was popular with his teammates and never forgot his North Carolina roots. Mr. Robbins passed away on August 2, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Ida Robinson, age 84, moved from rural Virginia to Philadelphia when she was just three years old. For the next 81 years, Ms. Robinson grew up, married, and raised children in Philadelphia. Ms. Robinson always held on to her Southern roots through her cooking and “she always opened her doors to family and church,” said her daughter. Ms. Robinson also worked for the city of Philadelphia for decades.  When she retired in the 1990s, Ms. Robinson was working security at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ms. Robinson passed away on April 26, 2020.

 

Source: WHYY

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Lysa Dawn Robinson, age 55, was a percussionist and former drummer of the Grammy Award-winning soul singer Billy Paul, She was 55. Nicknamed “Lady Rhythm,” Ms. Robinson was a popular and renowned jazz percussionist in the Philadelphia area and beyond. “The essence of Lysa’s soul was music,” said a friend. Ms. Robinson died on April 2, 2020.

Source: Philadelphia Tribune

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Keith Robinson, age 62, was a truck driver for UPS. Mr. Robinson his wife Gwendolyn were best friends who met in high school and were married for 35 years. They were avid Bay Area sports fans who did everything together. Mr. Robinson passed away on July 29, 2020, eleven days after his wife also succumbed to the virus. 

Source: KMOV

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Gwendolyn Robinson, age 60, a donation director for a veterans’ home. Ms. Robinson and her husband Keith were best friends who met in high school and were married for 35 years. They were avid Bay Area sports fans who did everything together. The Robinsons, who were married 35 years, died 11 days apart after battling coronavirus. Ms. Robinson passed away on July 18, 2020.

Source: KMOV

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Beverly Ann Rock Chin Chan, age 74 of Boston, Massachusetts passed away on April 21, 2020.  She is survived by her mother, husband, children, 10 younger siblings, loving nieces, nephews, cousins and a community of extended family and friends.

 

Source: The Bay State Banner

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   Rodrick Rodgers, age 45, was a food service manager for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice where he worked for nearly 11 years. “His first impression was so impactful, you knew exactly who he was, a genuinely loving man,” said a coworker. Mr. Rodgers died on November 11, 2020. Source: KTRE 9

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Dez-Ann Romain Romain, age 36, ran a school for young people who fared better in a smaller setting. Ms. Romain's vibrancy and perseverance set an example for her students. Ms. Romain died in March 2020 and was the first school employee in New York City to die of the coronavirus.

Source: New York Times

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Mary Roman, age 84, contracted polio as a child and took up English-style horseback riding as a way to strengthen her legs. Ms. Roman's athleticism later extended to skiing, basketball, softball, and shotput as a senior Olympian. Ms. Roman raised five boys and managed a career that went from bank teller to bank executive and then later to Norwalk city clerk in 1999, a job she served in for 20 years. 

Source: New York Times

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Monemise Romelus, age 61, was quiet but had many friends at the Veterans’ memorial home where worked as a nursing aide. Ms. Romelus beamed when talking about her four children, all of whom work in healthcare. A proud Haitian and dedicated essential worker, Ms. Romelus passed away in May 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Wallace Roney, age 59, was a virtuoso trumpeter whose term as Miles Davis’s only true protégé opened onto a prominent career in jazz. Mr. Roney's own style bespoke an investment in the entire lineage of jazz trumpet playing. Mr. Roney died in March 2020. 

Source: New York Times

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Maya Rowden Hollis, age 41, was a nurse in Bastrop, Louisiana. Ms. Hollis was a beloved mother, new grandmother, friend, and community member. Ms. Hollis died on October 26, 2020. Source: Twitter  

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James Rudd, age 86, as the first African-American Chief Deputy of the Panola County Sheriff’s Office. Remembered by loved ones as courageous and strong, Mr. Rudd passed away on July 22, 2020.

Source: WREG Memphis 

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Larry Rush, age 67, was a retired electrician who had picked up a part-time job driving for Uber. Mr. Rush was also a Lawrence North High School basketball superfan and went to every boys and girls game both home and away. Mr. Rush died in March 2020. 

Source: IndyStar

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Pamela Rush, 49, spent a lifetime fighting to end the impacts of systemic racism and poverty. Drawing on her own experiences as a mother living in a mobile home, Ms. Rush was a beloved member of the Poor Peoples’ Campaign in Alabama. Ms. Rush passed away in the summer of 2020.

Source: Montgomery Advertiser

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2020-09-04

Angela Kimiko Russell, age 65, was the daughter of Cleophas Russell, a data processor at the local Navy supply depot, and Kimiko (Aguni) Russell, a garment worker who was a Japanese immigrant. Her parents met when her father was stationed in Yokohama, Japan, as an Army sergeant after World War II. Ms. Russell died on May 9, 2020 at Paoli Hospital in Paoli, Pennsylvania.

Source: New York Times

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Ali Salaam, age 59, was an highly skilled boxing trainer and the father of Detroit boxer, Tony Harrison. He died from COVID-19 at the University of Michigan Hospital on April 20, 2020. 

 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Josephine Sampson, age 75, was a “Mom” to everyone who knew her. Ms. Sampson worked several jobs until she started working at the Detroit Board of Education, where she retired in 2003, after 32 years of service. Ms. Sampson was an active member of Jordan Baptist Church in Detroit, where she volunteered at the church’s weekly food bank to help feed the less fortunate. Ms. Sampson also sang with The Eberhardt gospel group. According to her son, Ms. Sampson sang like an angel. Ms. Sampson passed away on March 26, 2020.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Rodrick “Rod” Samuels, age 49, was a religious man. Every night, Mr. Samuels would call his family and recite the Lord’s Prayer. The former high school quarterback often served as his family’s protector and sometimes provider, even when he was young. Mr. Samuels died in April 2020.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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Ernest Thomas “Tommy” Sanders, age 66, was a trucker for 26 years after a 21-year career in the Army, where he served tours in the Desert Storm invasion and the Gulf War. Mr. Sanders' son described his father as a simple yet energetic man who valued what he had, didn’t let things stress him, and  “excelled at everything he did.” Mr. Sanders died on May 7, 2020. 

Source: The Undefeated

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2020-10-20

Horace Saulsberry, age 59, was a former employee of McKesson and ABM. He was also a dedicated, family-oriented man, known as a diehard Dallas Cowboys Fan, New York Knicks fan, and a CNN Super Fan. He particularly loved his daughters and grandchildren. Many people remember him for his contagious smile. Mr. Saulsberry passed away on October 26, 2020.

Source: Tribute Archive

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2020-04-18

Kenneth Saunders, III, age 43, had a special aptitude for data, computers, and music from an early age. Mr. Saunders played the trumpet and was a member of the band that performed during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. At 18, he joined the board of the Hidden Hills Civic Association. Mr. Saunders had his eye on higher office but mostly, he just wanted to make the world better for the people around him. Mr. Saunders died on April 18, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Source:  Tribute Archive  

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Myrtle Lorraine Scott Johnson, age 89, was a retired nurse, family historian, and storyteller. After high school, on the advice of her family, Ms. Johnson pursued a career in nursing and never looked back. Ms. Johnson moved to Kentucky and was a nurse at a racially segregated hospital until she continued her studies at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the mid-1960s. Ms. Johnson died on June 10, 2020. 

Source: Capital Gazette

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2020-04-03

Bishop Timothy Titus Scott, Sr, age 88, was the pastor of St. James Temple Church of God in Christ in Clarksdale, Mississippi since 1972. Prior to his death, he was the longest serving Jurisdictional Prelate in the Church Of God In Christ. “Bishop T. T. Scott is an icon of fatherly leadership, humble servitude, and unwavering faith,” Bishop Robert G. Rudolph, Jr., adjutant general in the Church Of God In Christ, Inc., wrote in a statement on Scotts passing. Bishop Scott, Sr. died on April 3, 2020.

 

Source: Christian Post

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Richard Seaberry, age 63, was an EMT in New York City. Mr. Seaberry was a 30-year veteran who responded to rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center. "He was known as a kind soul, a true gentleman, and a dedicated partner," the department said. Mr. Seaberry is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Source: ABC News

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Yves-Emmanuel Segui, age 60, was a quiet young man who enjoyed photography, videography, and action movies. After immigrating from Ivory Coast with a pharmacy degree, Mr. Segui repeatedly took and finally passed the exam qualifying him to work in his field. Mr. Segui passed away in the early hours of April 6, 2020, the day after his daughter’s birthday.

Source: New York Times

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Gibbs Seraphin, age 42, was a well-known and respected leader amongst construction professionals in Flatbush. Mr. Seraphin, known as “Bigg Gibbs” for his large stature, founded a program that trains participants on OSHA’s safety standards to work in construction with the mission to save community members from the criminal justice system.“It doesn’t matter where he went, his presence was felt. He was full of stories, full of life,” said his brother. Mr. Seraphin died on March 29, 2020.

Source: Haitian Times

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Darius Settles, age 30, was a beloved husband, father, and son. Mr. Settles designed custom suits, a hobby he hoped to turn into a thriving career. Mr. Settles passed away on July 4, 2020.

Source: WSMV

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2020-04-23

Mr. Akbar Nurid-Din Shabazz spent 40 years providing support to inmates in Texas prisons as a chaplain. He was credited with expanding the practice of Islam in the criminal justice system in Texas and was well regarded by inmates of all faiths. Mr. Shabazz died on April 23, 2020.

 

Source: New York Times

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   Shamika Grace Shantel Reed, age 40, was a mother, daughter, sister, from West Richland, Washington. Ms. Reed passed away on September 8, 2020. Source: Facebook

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Mary Sharp, age 85, enjoyed sewing, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and traveling. Ms. Sharp not only danced, but she also took lessons and cut the rug more than anybody. “We’d always talk about how nobody could keep up with her,” said her daughter. Mrs. Sharp died on April 23, 2020.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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2020-07-17

Jimmy Shaw, age 80, and his wife Margaret grew up with humble means in a Georgia town with no streetlights or indoor plumbing. They married when they were teenagers and have been together ever since. Mr. Shaw was truly selfless: at dinner, he would abstain until his wife and children had finished eating, then scrape whatever food was left onto his plate. Later in his life, Mr. Shaw became a deacon for his church and taught Sunday school alongside his wife. Mr. Shaw passed away on July 17, 2020. Mrs. Shaw passed away a day later. 

Source: New York Times

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Margaret Shaw, age 79, grew up on farmland that was once owned by the family that had enslaved her ancestors. Ms. Shaw cleaned houses and worked as a supermarket cashier. She and her husband Jimmy were teenagers when they got married and they remained married for nearly 63 years. Ms. Shaw died on July 1, 2020, a day after her husband also succumbed to the virus.

Source: New York Times

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2020-03-17

Alvin Simmons, age 54, was an Army veteran and a maintenance man at Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York, a place he was proud to work at. Mr. Simmons loved karaoke. He was especially fond of R&B. "Olivia," from The Whispers, was often a go-to choice for him. Mr. Simmons died on March 17, 2020.

Source: Democrat & Chronicle

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Charles Simmons may have moved to Brooklyn, but there’s no doubt that his heart belonged to Harlem. Mr. Simmons' daughter calls him one of the neighborhood’s “unsung legends.” Mr. Simmons loved jazz, was a respected family man, and an amateur boxer. Mr. Simmons passed away on April 19, 2020.

Source: Spectrum News

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Colette Marie Sims was a longtime cultural and medical anthropologist at the University of Arizona and health advocate for under-served communities. “She believed in you when others did not, she helped you reach higher intellectual bounds,” said her daughter.

Source: Tuscon

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Robert Simon, age 39, was a station agent at the 175th Street stop in Washington Heights. "Everybody in the community just gravitated towards him," his wife said. "He always had a smile on his face — people always felt like that was their best friend." Mr. Simon passed away on April 16, 2020. 

Source: Patch

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James Simpson, age 28, grew up in foster care and found a calling counseling kids at a local mental health facility. Because of his background, Mr. Simpson connected with the children he worked with and is remembered as a gentle giant. Mr. Simpson passed away on April 10, 2020.

Source: Seattle Times

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Doris Sims, age 59, was a beloved, longtime cafeteria worker at the Frank Crowley Courthouse in Dallas. “She was an amazing woman and I appreciate all the people that adored her,” said her youngest daughter. Ms. Simms died on June 9, 2020, hours after her eldest daughter also passed away from the virus.

Source: NBC DFW

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Lena Sims, age 69, lived a cheerful life filled with love for her children and grandchildren. Despite health issues that required Ms. Sims to use a wheelchair, her daughter says that Ms. Sims “lived a joyous, abundant life." Ms. Sims loved watching NFL games and “was one of the biggest Eagles fans ever.” Ms. Sims died on April 16, 2020. 

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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Milton Sivels Jr., age 68, was a father figure to hundreds of young men as the founder and head coach of the Illinois Firehawks, a semi-pro football team. Mr. Sivels died April 15, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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2020-05-04

Benjamin Smalls, age 72,  was known as the Elder Statesman. Mr. Smalls was steward of Green Haven Correctional Facility’s law library, and used his paralegal degree to help people file appeals. Before he was imprisoned two decades ago, he had been known around New York as a determined businessman. His application to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for executive clemency, based on heart issues and glaucoma, had been pending since 2018. Mr. Smalls died at at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York on May 4, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Anthony was a veteran having served honorably in the Army for 12 years. He was married and loved kids; he helped raise fifteen children. Anthony loved music, a good barbecue and singing karaoke. He was a funny man that enjoyed telling jokes and spending time with family and friends. Anthony Smith will be deeply missed by family, friends and all that knew him.
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Kim King-Smith, age 53, was a natural caregiver. Ms. King-Smith worked as an electrocardiogram technician in New Jersey. An only child, she grew up close to her extended family, including her cousins who said that Ms. King-Smith’s desire to care for others was the reason she became an electrocardiogram technician. Ms. King-Smith passed away on March 31, 2020. 

Source: The Guardian 

 

 

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Tara Lynnette Smith, age 22, was two internship credits away from completing her business and theatre degrees at Buena Vista University. “She was unafraid to be herself and taught others that same thing,” said a friend. Ms. Smith passed away in the fall of 2020. 

Source: The Tack

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Wendell Smith was a transportation employee for a South Carolina school district.  Mr. Smith will be remembered as dedicated, calm, and jovial, touching the lives of students he saw every day. Mr. Smith passed away in March 2020.

Source: Fox Carolina

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Sekou Smith, age 48, was an award-winning basketball writer and NBA TV analyst. Remembered for his unafraid, authentic reporting style and sense of fashion, Mr. Smith was a prominent voice in the NBA community. After graduating from Jackson State University in 1997, Mr. Smith wrote for the Indianapolis Star and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, covering the Pacers and the Hawks, and ended up joining Turner Sports in 2009. Mr. Smith's main shows with NBA TV included “Game Time” and “The Beat.” Mr. Smith passed away on January 26, 2021.

Source:  Sports Illustrated  

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Dr. Larry Smith, age 70, was an ordained minister for First institutional Baptist Church in Arizona. Dr. Smith worked as a hospice chaplain for people dying of COVID-19, bringing them comfort in their final moments of life. Dr. Smith passed away on January 1, 2021. Source: ABC 15 Arizona  

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   Ricardo Smith, age 41, was an autoworker for Chrysler in Southfield, Michigan. Mr. Smith was a father, youth pastor, teacher, and early leader of the IMPACT Male Mentoring program at the Detroit Job Corps Center. Mr. Smith passed away on March 24, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press

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Dr. Leroy Emmanuel Stiff, age 77, was an obstetrics and gynecology doctor in Franklin, Virginia. Dr. Stiff met his wife at a bus stop during their first week at college. Together over 60 years, Dr. Stiff and his wife, a pediatrician, worked and served their community at their shared private practice in Hampton, Virginia. While Dr. Stiff retired from private practice in 2013, he continued to work at the Peninsula Institute For Community Health and at Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Virginia. Dr. Stiff’s daughter, who is also a doctor, said her dad was known for his keen intelligence, jovial nature, and great sense of humor. Dr. Stiff died on March 17, 2021. Source: 13 News Now  

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Bishop Robert Smith, Sr., age 82, of Bountiful Love Ministries Church of God in Flint, Michigan was "a man respected locally, regionally and nationally for his boldness." Bishop Smith, Sr. died on March 26, 2020.

 

Source: WNEM

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Andrea Smith-Hill, age 74, was a former educator who had the ability to "translate education both in and outside of the classroom." As a lifeguard, at Fayetteville’s Seabrook Recreation Center, she taught many children how to swim. Ms. Smith Hill died on July 17, 2020.

 

Source: The Undefeated

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Lakeisha Snipes, age 42, was a bus driver for Miami-Dade Transit. Though she was at high risk, Ms. Snipes decided to go back to work after taking a leave for her safety in order to secure her job. Ms. Snipes passed away in the summer of 2020. 

Source: NBC Miami

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Deacon Elwood “Sugar Boy” Srowro, age 64, was a beloved church deacon, father, brother, husband, and friend to fellow recovering addicts. Deacon Srowro was known as a rock and humble “servant leader.” Deacon Srowro passed away on April 28, 2020.

Source: New Haven Independent

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   Santa Staples, age 59, was a masterful nurse at McLaren hospital in Flint, Michigan where she worked for 30 years. Born on Christmas Day, Ms. Staples ran the operating room with military precision. Despite her unyielding focus, Ms. Staples loved dirty jokes, teaching card games in the break room, a good Michigan tailgate party, and the coworkers with whom she built decades-long friendships. “Amongst the chaos, Santa was the calm (in the OR),” said a coworker. “It was her laugh that was her true trademark.” Ms. Staples passed away on November 7, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press

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Zettie Steed Jr., age 69, passed away on April 3, 2020. 

Source: ObitTree

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   Zettie Steed Jr., age 69, loved his family and his country. Mr. Steed served four years with the United States Marines. Mr. Steed, from Freeport, New York, passed away on April 3, 2020. Source: CNN

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Eastern Stewart Jr., age 71, was a military veteran, a native of New Orleans, a sharp dresser, and a skilled de-escalator. If there was an important show at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, then you could bet Mr. Stewart would be scheduled. Mr. Stewart passed away in the spring of 2020. 

Source: Washington Post

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Sherrell Stokes, age 54, passed away on April 13, 2020, two says after her father also succumbed to the virus. Ms. Stokes is survived by her daughter and many other relatives and friends.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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   Pearlie Stokes, age 79, was a nursing home resident in Detroit, Michigan. Earlier in life, Ms. Stokes was a caregiver for others, including her friend with Alzheimer's disease. Ms. Stokes loved life, her family said. Ms. Stokes died on March 29, 2020. Source: Detroit Free Press

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Oliver Stokes, Jr., age 44, was better known in New Orleans as GO DJ Black n Mild. Mr. Stokes was a DJ for more than 20 years and a radio personality who brought New Orleans bounce music to his radio shows. A father of four, Mr. Stokes also coached football at a charter school. Mr. Stokes died on March 19, 2020.

Source: CBS News

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Marlowe Stoudamire, age 43, was a Detroit community leader, entrepreneur, and business strategist. Mr. Stoudamire had served as a Community & Diversity Manager for Henry Ford Health Systems, and then, as project director of international business strategy. Mr. Stoudamire was also a founder of the integrated marketing firm 2050 Partners Inc. Most recently, Mr. Stoudamire was recognized and celebrated for his award-winning Detroit 67 project on the city’s uprising for the Detroit Historical Society. Mr. Stoudamire passed away on March 24, 2020. 

Source: Black Enterprise

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Sarah Jane Streater, age 89, had a peculiar way of photographing people. Ms. Streater believed that taking pictures of dead folks gave others a chance to remember them. Ms. Streater told her children to continue her legacy. “She said, ‘When I pass, you better get my picture,’ and we had to get her picture,” said her daughter. Ms. Streater passed away on April 26, 2020. 

Source: The Undefeated 

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Lynika Strozier, age 35, was an accomplished woman of science in Chicago. Ms. Strozier was a researcher in the DNA lab at the Field Museum with masters degrees in sciences from two Chicago universities. “She was an inspiration. She touched the hearts of so many people,” said her supervisor. Ms. Strozier died on June 7, 2020. 

Source: Chicago Tribune 

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Caleb Saint Surin, age 51, served the students at PS 181 in Brooklyn with enthusiasm, sharing with them his love for and expertise in mathematics for 21 years. He was a boxing aficionado who made sure to watch all the big matches. Mr. Surin passed away on April 27, 2020.

 

Source: UFT Honors

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Vanee Sykes, age 53, had just been released from federal prison in 2014 when she and a friend decided to open up a space called the Hope House for formerly incarcerated women to ease their transition into society. After her experience with Hope House, Ms. Sykes was hired as the director of outreach for a prison reform organization, Witness to Mass Incarceration. Part of her job was working on the Suitcase Project, which provides women and gay and transgender people newly released from prison with a suitcase of essentials. Ms. Sykes passed away on May 24, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Rose Taldon, age 63, was a former bus driver and became a nurse at age 38. Ms. Taldon was generous: even as she lay in a hospital in April, exhausted from the coronavirus, she arranged to pay bills for an out-of-work friend, her daughter said. Ms. Taldon passed away on April 12, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Roscoe “Scooter” Taylor III, age 43, was a cafeteria worker at Stonybrook Middle School.  The students and Warren Township community embraced Mr. Taylor, inviting him to sporting events, birthday parties, graduations, and open houses. Mr. Taylor shared many qualities with his father who he has named after. They were the kind of men who could always bring light to life's darkest moments. Mr. Taylor passed away on April 5, 2020, just days after his father also passed away.

Source: IndyStar

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Jules Taylor Jr., age 58, could always be found at the forefront of civic activities around southeast Queens, whether it was renovating a tennis court or organizing donations for Haiti. Mr. Taylor passed away on May 3, 2020. Tributes rolled in on and offline: ‘It never once surprised me that everyone who meets you walks away just happier,’ one post read, calling Taylor ‘an incredible human being, full stop.’

Source: Haitian Times

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Roscoe “Scoby” Taylor Jr., age 66, has passion for music when he was young and learned how to play the flute, saxophone, and piano. Mr. Taylor worked for General Motors/Rolls-Royce for 41 years and retired as a journeyman tool and die maker in July 2013. Mr. Taylor shared many qualities with his son and shared his name. They were the kind of men who could always bring light to life's darkest moments. Mr. Taylor passed away on March 29, 2020, just days before his son also passed away.

Source: IndyStar

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George Howard Terrell, age 73, was as solid as they come. Mr. Terrell was a loving husband, a doting father, and minister who offered comfort and healing to all. “He was very serious in his walk with the Lord,” said his wife. Mr. Terrell died on May 1, 2020.

Source: Atlanta Journal and Constitution

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Decenda Terry, age 70, was a loving daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, wife, and friend. Ms. Terry was best known for showering her loved ones, extended family, and all those who she embraced as a family with love and happiness. She enjoyed cooking and seeing the joy her food brought to others. Ms. Terry passed away on November 8, 2020.

Source: Sims Mortuary 

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Phillip Thomas, age 48, worked at a Walmart in Chicago for nearly a decade. He and his coworkers were like family.  Mr. Thomas passed away on March 29, 2020. “I just want people to know that he (Thomas) is not a statistic or number,” his sister said. “He was a man, he was a great man.”

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Ramona Thomas, age 90, enjoyed cooking and hosting barbecue cookouts, reading, and going to the movies. “There is not a Disney movie made that I haven’t seen,” said her son. Known to family and friends as “Roni," Mrs. Thomas enjoyed entertaining and having friends over to play pinochle. Mrs. Thomas died on May 2, 2020.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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Sergeant Virgil Thomas, age 51, served with the Richmond Police Department for 24 years. Sergeant Thomas died in the summer of 2020 after contracting COVID-19 during a call for service.

Source: Officer Down Memorial Page

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Pastor Fred Thomas, age 46, served on the Greenville City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission. Pastor Thomas had also served as the Minister of Music for the Shiloh Church of God in Christ and had been a licensed minister for more than two decades. Pastor Thomas passed away in December 2020. Source: Herald Banner  

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   Rev. Milton Thomas, 70, was a stalwart Aurora, Colorado leader who regularly helped provide food, school supplies, and gifts for the area’s neediest children. Rev. Thomas was a longtime member of the Aurora Key Community Response Team, which was created in the early 1990s to enhance fraying relations between residents and the city’s police department. Rev. Thomas was also a member of the Aurora Community of Faith, which aims to tether city officials to various religious leaders. Rev. Thomas passed away on April 12, 2020. Source: Sentinel Colorado

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Arneice Thomas Brown, age 55, was a nurse for 18 years at the Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow, Arizona. Her son, Darius Thomas, described his mother as a "praying woman who devoted her life saving others. She was also a great mother and grandmother." Ms. Thomas Brown was a beloved member of her community, evidenced by the parade that was held to honor her after her passing. Ms. Thomas Brown died on April 23, 2020.

Source: Fox 10 Phoenix

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Paulette Thomas-Mickle, age 64, spent every moment when she wasn't working part-time at the medical center or toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing at church. Ms. Thomas-Mickle passed away on April 2, 2020. A month after her death, Ms. Thomas-Mickle was named Trustee of the Year at St. Paul CME Church in Chicago.

Source: The Guardian 

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Adlin Thompson, age 56, worked in healthcare support at both the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Isabella Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. She had 20 siblings and more than 30 nieces and nephews. Like her, many of them immigrated to New York City from St Kitts and Nevis in the early 1980s. With such a large family, it was difficult to keep track of everyone, said Ms. Thompson's son, Mario Thompson. – she was the glue who kept the family together.
Ms.. Thompson often worked long hours between her two jobs. When she wasn’t at the nursing home or the hospital, she visited family, and “never came home empty-handed”, often toting gifts of socks or perfume. Ms. Thompson died on April 24, 2020.

 

Source: The Guardian 

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Nikima Thompson, age 41, was a communications operator with the Broward Sheriff's Office in Florida. Ms. Thompson, a Miami native, joined the Broward Sheriff's Office in 2003 and quickly climbed up the ranks. Serving as a lifeline, connecting 911 callers to public safety responders,a supervisor wrote, “She processes calls on the complaint desk and dispatches efficiently and independently without assistance. She is professional and courteous to her peers, first responders, and callers.” Ms. Thompson passed on May 4, 2020 and is survived by her mother, Geraldine Wilson, her sister, Gina Stewart, and her four children, Aran Thompson Jr., 22; Isaiah Thompson, 21; Justin Thompson, 16, and Heaven Thompson, 14. 

Source: Sherrif.org

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   Tamara Thompson, age 45 spent her days selflessly caring for patients as a nurse at the VA and Methadone clinics in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Ms. Thompson dedicated her personal time to her church - The Life Center Ministries. As a single mom, Ms. Thompson sacrificed and worked tirelessly to ensure her sons were taken care of, provided for, and loved. Ms. Thompson passed away on October 24, 2020. Source: GoFundMe

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Levester Thompson Jr., age 46, grew up in a small town in Virginia and aspired to be a banker in Manhattan. Mr. Thompson earned a degree in finance from New York University and worked at a series of bare-knuckled banking jobs. Mr. Thompson survived the 2008 financial crisis, at times commuting two and half hours from his home on Staten Island to support his family. On the night of April 6, 2020, Mr. Thompson passed away.

Source: New York Times

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John Thrower, age 49, was a Greater Richmond Transit Company bus driver. Mr. Thrower passed away in September 2020. Mr. Thrower is remembered for casting a positive light wherever he went and is survived by a wife and a son.

Source: Richmond Dispatch 

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Christopher Curtis “DJ Sugar Chris” Tittle was loved by other veteran DJ’s and the city’s legion of partygoers because he was more than just a skilled selector of classic R&B and House Music. Above all, Mr. Tittle was a genuinely kind and loving man. Mr. Tittle passed away in October 2020.

Source: Baltimore Afro-American

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Master Sgt. Brian Tolliver, age 46,  served as command paralegal for the Army Reserve Medical Command’s Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment. He served in the Army for 25 years, including 12 on active duty and 13 in the Reserve. Master Sgt. Tolliver died on August 17, 2020 at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida.

Source: Military.com

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Lakecial "Keshia" Tutt, age 44, had two sons and was one of a kind. “She was the fun girl. She was the life of the party for our family,” said her sister. Both Keisha and her mother Dorris passed away due to the virus on June 9, 2020. 

Source: NBC DFW

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Johnnie Veasley, age 76, worked as a bus aide and later a teacher’s aide for the local school district before retiring, according to her family. Ms. Veasley was also an active member of the Church of God’s Holiness in Oak Forest. Ms. Veasley passed away on April 8, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Dr. J. Ronald Verrier, age 59, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After emigrating to the United States, Dr. Verrier worked at St Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York, for the last two decades, overseeing the general surgery residency program. A towering presence with a wide, dimpled smile, Dr. Verrier was a natural mentor who was known to drop into patients’ rooms for impromptu birthday parties. Dr. Verrier passed away on April 8, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Jamesha Waddell, age 23, was a senior at Livingstone College. A friend said Ms. Waddell was an independent and hard-working young woman. Ms. Waddell passed away on November 19, 2020. Source: WSOC-TV  

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James Walker, age 59, who often went by “Jimmy” was a Philly policeman for 33 years and was set to retire in November 2020. Mr. Walker worked narcotics, internal affairs, and traffic, and loved it. In addition to his police work, Mr. Walker was an expert at home construction, loved to play pool, work out, and shop with his wife. Mr. Walker passed away on April 5, 2020. 

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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Gregory Warren, age 53, was a man of routines. Mr. Warren was someone who approached new challenges with structure and discipline — from high school basketball games to wartime overseas deployments and decades of law enforcement service. Mr. Warred passed away in the spring of 2020. 

Source: The Advocate

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Gary Washington, age 56, could scarcely walk through his Bronx neighborhood without drawing a throng of kids clamoring to be entertained by the larger-than-life character they called “the magic man.” Mr. Washington didn’t disappoint, either, generating giggles as he pretended to pull coins from behind his ear or blow them out his nose. Mr. Washington shared with his wife a passion for helping people – be it through community service or supporting food pantries, soup kitchens, and philanthropies. Mr. Washington died in April 2020.

Source: St. Jude

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Before Robert Washington, age 68, was a security guard at Lone Butte Casino, he ran a shoeshine stand. Mr. Washington was a devoted father, and passed away in the summer of 2020.

Source: Arizona Central

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George Washington Jr., age 81, was a long-serving Kankakee County Board member and a man who possessed one of the region’s finest singing voices. Mr. Washington was known for his basic principle of doing what was best for county residents. Mr. Washington died in June 2020.

Source: Daily Journal

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George “Dennard” Washington Jr., age 39, was a senior state administrator for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Florida. Mr. Washington died on March 25, 2020.

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

 

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Beverly Savala Weaver, age 66, was a nurse, Army veteran, and a fierce mother and grandmother. Ms. Weaver died in Waco, Texas on August 29, 2020.

 

Source: Twitter - US HCWs Lost to Covid19

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Gerald Welch, age 56, had a fiery passion and courage to speak out that served him well as a boardroom advocate for underperforming students and at the St Paul Missionary Baptist Church, where he resurrected a scholarship now named in his honor. “He had a big voice,” said his wife, “and he was not afraid to use it.” Mr. Welch on April 15, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Lenard Wells, age 69, was a University of Memphis criminal justice professor. Mr. Wells worked for the Milwaukee Police Department for 27 years and was known as an advocate for African Americans in the department. Mr. Wells passed away in March 2020.

Source: Daily Memphian

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Fred Westbrook Jr., was president of Detroit's bus drivers union. During his tenure as president, Mr. Westbrook saw the fruition of many of the city's transportation initiatives including changes in safety, increases in hiring, and efforts to increase drivers' wages. Mr. Westbrook passed away in May 2020. 

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Kenneth Whigham, Sr., age 54, was a retired transportation supervisor with a school bus transportation company. Mr. Whigham died on April 10, 2020.

Source: Buffalo News

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Shenetta White Ballard, age 44, was a nurse to psychiatric patients and adored by those she “saw as people more than just patients,” said her husband. Ms. Ballard knew their parents’ names, their hometowns, and hobbies. Ms. Ballard died on May 1, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Elizabeth A. Wiles, age 69, of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, worked as a housekeeper at Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center for nearly 30 years. “She was so committed to the residents, particularly those who had no family of their own," said her daughter. Ms. Wiles died on May 10, 2020.

Source: Trib Live

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Willie Wilkerson served with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War and later became a firefighter. Mr. Wilkerson was also Aretha Franklin's former romantic partner and longtime friend. Mr. Wilkerson died on April 4, 2020.

Source: Detroit Free Press

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Diedre Wilkes, age 42, was a healthcare technologist at Piedmont Newnan Hospital in Georgia and a mother of two. Ms. Wilkes died in March of 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Reverend John Wilkins, age 76, was a Memphis-born, Mississippi-based spiritual blues scion. Rev. Wilkins had been enjoying a late-in-life career resurgence, which began with the release of his 2015 solo album, “You Can't Hurry God.” Rev. Wilkins passed away in October 2020. 

Source: Commercial Appeal

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Helen Williams Bronson, age 95, was curator of the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation and First Lady of Bethune-Cookman University in Florida where her late husband was president for 29 years. Ms. Bronson attended Bethune-Cookman University as a student where she played in the Jazz Band, was the first girl in the Marching Band, and known for her upstanding character. Ms. Bronson died on March 5, 2021. Source: Legacy.com  

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Charlie “Chuck” Williams was assigned to the directed patrol division of the Corpus Christi Police Department and had served his community for 35 years.The police department stated Williams “will be greatly missed by us all.”

Source: KSAT

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Derrick Williams, age 54, was a beloved Air Force veteran and Spartan racer whose cheery smile was often seen at obstacle course races across the West Coast. Mr. Willaims' favorite thing was to find one of the slowest people on the Spartan course and help them get up that last mountain or carry that last sandbag. Mr. Williams passed away in the summer of 2020.

Source: NBC7 San Diego

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Franklin Williams, age 58, was a veteran Detroit firefighter. Mr. Williams died in April 2020. 

Source: WXYD Detroit

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Fred Williams, age 78,  found joy in bowling as a member of the Miami Tri-County Senate. Several members described him as a nice man who really enjoyed the sport. He passed away in the spring of 2020.

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Philman Williams, age 70, worked as a doorman at 777 N. Michigan Ave for a decade. In his private life, Mr. Williams was known by the nickname “Partyman” but at 777 he was so quietly gregarious and efficient that he was soon dubbed, by more than one resident and many neighbors, “The Mayor of Michigan Avenue.” Mr. Williams died on April 1, 2020.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Officer Sharon Williams contributed 30 years of her life working for the public. Ms. Williams, who served most recently with NOPD's Fifth District, died in July 2020.

Source: 4WWL

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Petal Williams Richards, age 57, may have lived and worked in New York, but she cared for the sick across the world. Over her 20-year nursing career, Ms. Richards often volunteered abroad on medical missions. Ms. Richards, who immigrated to the US from Trinidad and Tobago when she was 31, was a generous spirit, said her husband. An usher at her church, Ms. Richards was a foster parent for years and sponsored more than a dozen relatives for US green cards. Ms. Richards passed away on May 7, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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Sue Williams-Ward, age 68, and her husband bought a bar three decades ago. They later turned it into a community center that now hosts a bodega and is a hub for social activism. A home health aide, Ms. Williams-Ward bathed, dressed, and fed her clients. Ms. Williams-Ward brought her grandchildren to visit them and often delivered Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas hams. Ms. Williams-Ward died on May 2, 2020.

Source: The Guardian

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   Marian Ann Williams-Franklin, age 78, was an active mom and church member who retired after working more than 30 years at the Detroit Visitors and Convention Bureau. Ms. Williams-Franklin was selfless and always focused on giving to others and made sure to check regularly with neighbors and friends to offer kind words, a smile, and a hot delicious meal. Cooking was how Ms. Williams-Franklin showed others how much she loved them, recalled family members, who said she loved to decorate and entertain, and made holidays, birthdays, and family gatherings special. Ms. Williams-Franklin passed away on January 28, 2021, eight days after her son Troy also succumbed to the virus. Source: Detroit Free Press

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Carmen Williamson, who in the 1940s and '50s was a top U.S. amateur boxer and then in 1984 became the first black boxing referee and judge at the Olympic Games, died of COVID-19 complications on April 8. He was 94 and three weeks away from receiving his college degree from the University of Toledo, a pursuit he began nearly 20 years ago.

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Bruce Williamson Jr., age 49, the former lead singer of the fabled group, The Temptations. Mr. Williamson joined The Temptations in 2006 and performed with the group until 2015, singing lead on their “Back to the Front,” and “Still Here,” albums. He was also a part of the group when President George W. Bush invited them to perform at the White House for a celebration of Black History Month in February 2008. Mr. Williamson passed away on September 7, 2020.

Source: The Grio

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Lakisha Willis White, 45, was fun, loving, and “family active.” Ms. White helped to raise some of her dozen grandchildren and loved being with her family. “She loved her kids, loved her grandkids, and she really loved her husband,” said her church’s pastor. Ms. White passed away on April 4, 2020. 

Source: Orlando Senteniel 

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Jerry Williams, age 85, is remembered as an old-school, family-loving patriarch. Mr. Williams moved from Birmingham, Alabama, to Boston with his wife in the 1950s as part of the Great Migration. He earned money by making investments, doing domestic cleaning work, and driving a taxi cab. Nothing stopped him from providing for his family. Mr. Williams passed away on March 30, 2020. 

Source: WGBH

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Daequan Wimberly, age 11, is remembered as being full of life. Daequan passed away on June 30, 2020.

Source: WSVN

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Mary J. Wilson, age 83, was the first African-American senior zookeeper at what is now the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Ms. Wilson was a sports fan, a trash talker, a fearless woman who stood 6 feet tall. “She was a no-nonsense lady,” said her daughter. Ms. Wilson died on May 25, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Rudy Wilson, age 57, was known as a person who did everything he could for others in need. A Guyana native, Ms. Wilson was a manager at a local Popeyes restaurant. Mr. Wilson died in April 2020. “He had a smile of peace, life, joy, happiness, forgiveness,” said his wife.

Source: Times Union

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Judy Wilson-Griffith, age 63, advocated for Black patients who had higher rates of infant and maternal mortality as a perinatal clinical nurse specialist. Ms. Wilson-Griffith championed her children and grandchildren through life’s vicissitudes and celebratory moments. The same month she contracted the novel coronavirus, Ms. Wilson-Griffith was finalizing her latest endeavor: creating a maternal triage acuity index for pregnant women. Ms. Wilson-Griffith passed away on March 20, 2020. 

Source: Washington Post

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Yolanda Woodberry, age 53, was a bus operator out of SEPTA’s Frankford Depot in Philadelphia. Ms. Woodberry worked for the transit authority for 17 years. Remembered as a strong and religious woman with a bubbly smile by her husband of over 30 years, Ms. Woodbury passed away on April 24, 2020. Source: Philadelphia Inquirer  

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Londell Woodbury, age 23, was a Florida corrections officer who aspired to become a detective. Mr. Woodbury died on October 2, 2020. Source: News 4 Jax

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Nashom Wooden, age 50, was an omnipresence in New York City. Mr. Wooden performed in drag as Mona Foot; appeared with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert DeNiro in the 1999 movie “Flawless”; co-wrote and performed a song that became a top 10 hit all around Europe; and bartended at the Cock, a famous gay bar. Mr. Wooden passed away on March 23, 2020.

Source: New York Times

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Paul Wright, age 78, wanted to wait until he turned 80 and had logged 50 years at Greyhound before he retired. A veteran employee, Mr. Wright took great pride in his job as a manager of driver development. Mr. Wright passed away from COVID-19 in March 2020. He was 78.

Source: 6 News Richmond

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Deputy Young had served with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.

Source: odmp.org

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IN HONOR OF YOUR LOVED ONE

Covid Black seeks health equity for Black communities. May the memory and legacy of your loved one live on.

WEST AFRICAN ADKINKRA

The Ghanaian Adkinkra symbol for the "fern." The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places. Individuals who wear this symbol have endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty.