Beloved Bishop Sherwood C. Carthen Passes

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SACRAMENTO – Bishop Sherwood C. Carthen, the charismatic and beloved pastor of Bayside of South Sacramento (BOSS), passed away Wednesday of a heart attack, church officials said. He was 54 years old. He is survived by his wife, Charlene Carthen, and children, Anthony and Siobhan. Memorial details are not yet available. Bishop Carthen was well-known […]

Deacon Jones of Famed Fearsome Foursome Dead at 74

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WASHINGTION – David “Deacon” Jones, the original sackmaster, has died. The Hall of Fame defensive end credited with terming the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks, was 74. The Washington Redskins said that Jones died of natural causes at his home in Southern California on Monday night. “Deacon Jones was one of the […]

Observer Co-Publisher Kathryn C. Lee passes at 77

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SACRAMENTO – She was a contestant in the Miss Amigos pageant in Sacramento in 1954, but those who knew her said her true beauty lie in her ability to help provide opportunities for other African Americans in the region. Kathryn C. Lee, co-publisher of the Sacramento Observer Newspaper, passed away peacefully at her home on […]

Tuskegee Airman & Community Leader George W. Porter Passes

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SACRAMENTO – Every year during Black History Month, George Wyatt Porter would visit schools and participate at events around Sacramento to tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen are African American soldiers who overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups during World War II. It […]

Ohio Players Frontman ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner Dead

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CINCINNATI – Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died in southwest Ohio. He was 69. The Ohio Players, known for their brassy dance music, catchy lyrics and flamboyant outfits, topped music charts in the 1970s with hits such as “Love Rollercoaster,” ”Fire,” ”Skin Tight” and “Funky Worm.” […]

OBITUARY: Pioneering Black Psychiatrist Dr. Carl Everett Drake, Sr.

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SACRAMENTO – That he was still seeing patients at age 99 was a testament to his expertise and dedication to the mental stability of the local community. Pioneering Black psychiatrist Dr. Carl Everett Drake, Sr. died of natural causes at his Sacramento home on December 27. Dr. Drake was one of the city’s first African […]

‘Last Dragon’ Star Passes at 41

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NEW YORK – According to the New York Daily News, Leo O’Brien, star of the cult classic  film, “The Last Dragon,” died on Wednesday morning at the age of 41. According to reports, the autopsy was inconclusive, but the medical  examiner’s office is awaiting toxicology results. Last year he told the New York Daily News […]

Former Lt. Governor Mervyn Dymally passes away at 86

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LOS ANGELES – Former California Lieutenant Governor Mervyn M. Dymally passed away yester day in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 86. “My beloved husband of 44 years Mervyn Dymally passed away very peacefully this morning at 6:30 a.m.,” said his wife Alice Gueno Dymally who recently lost her mother Alice Walker Gueno. “He lived a very […]

Shiloh Mourns The Loss of Rev. Willie P. Cooke

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SACRAMENTO – In July, his beloved Shiloh Baptist Church was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places as a a cultural resource worth preserving. Those who heard him preach or benefitted from his spiritual guidance, would say its pioneering pastor emeritus, the Rev. Willie P. Cooke, was also “a notable treasure.” Rev. Willie P. […]