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Wife of Atlanta’s First Black Chief Judge of Magistrate Court Passes Away October 12, 2022 – Jeanne Hairston of Terrell, Texas, and former employee of Atlanta’s formerly known C&S Bank, passed quietly from natural causes on October 10. Mrs. Hairston, wife of one of Atlanta’s revered attorneys, now Minister Andrew J. Hairston, will lay in state on Tuesday, October 18, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, with final services to be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 19, each at Simpson | Read more...
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Thomas Cole and ITC, Photos by Horace Henry
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Thomas Cole and ITC, Photos by Horace | Read more...
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Remembers the Rich Life and Legacy of Dr. Thomas W. Cole, Jr.
Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Remembers the Rich Life and Legacy of Dr. Thomas W. Cole, | Read more...
Malinda ("Lin") Domineck Pharr, former Atlanta Inquirer Society Editor and Educator Succumbs
Malinda Domineck Pharr July 3, 1936 - April 1, 2022 The Atlanta Inquirer family mourns the passing of Inquirer former Society Editor and educator, Malinda Domineck Pharr, who passed away peacefully at home on April 1, 2022. Malinda (“Lin”) Pharr attended Atlanta’s Oglethorpe Elementary School and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. She then attended Spelman College, graduating in 1962 with a degree in Speech and Drama. She had been a member of | Read more...
By M. Paulyne Morgan White, Sparkling Specialties My Sparkling Specialties team joins me in expressing deep sympathy for the following families and friends mourning the memories of the Celebration of Life of their loved ones recently: Izell T. Booker, a Cox Enterprise career newspaper manager retired from the Atlanta Journal Constitution Reverend Dr. Marvin Ray King, Jr., retired pastor of the Ben Hill United Methodist Church on New Hope Road SW who was once | Read more...
Late Educator and Publisher of the Atlanta Inquirer John B. Smith Sr. (d. 2017); and "The Happy Preacher" Elder Cal Merrell (d. 2022). Elder Merrell had been dubbed the alias "The Happy Preacher" by former United States Vice President Al Gore., 2016-11-30, Photo by Sylvia McAfee
“The Happy Preacher” Religious Icon Cail [Cal] Lester Murrell Transitions on Birthdate of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cail [Cal] Lester Murrell “The Happy Preacher” 1949-2022 Shock and disbelief were the reactions of many Atlantans and others across the state and nation over the sudden death of charismatic gospel preaching icon Elder Cail "Cal" Lester Murrell, more popularly known as “The Happy Preacher.” A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police quizzed by The | Read more...
Michael Langford October 7, 1958 – November 16, 2021 Tributes, praises, anecdotes (some humorous) prayers, proclamations and salutations flowed through southwest Atlanta’s West Hunter Street Baptist Church on Wednesday, December 1 for Atlanta native and social, civil and spiritual icon Michael Langford. The younger brother of the late Atlanta councilmember and Georgia State Senator Arthur Langford, Jr. was called to his eternal rest November 16. Published report | Read more...
Stepson of Atlanta Inquirer’s Hal Lamar Succumbs Final Rites for Atlanta’s Tracy Parker … ”I’m just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody”… Williams Brothers - Malaco Records. The 1985 traditional gospel single was a favorite of Tracy Derwin Parker. But his mother, siblings, family and close friends would take serious issue describing the longtime Louisiana resident as a “nobody.” Parker, born in the city of Independence, Louisiana but | Read more...
Michael Langford October 7, 1958 - November 16, 2021 Long-time Atlanta community leader and activist Michael Langford died on Tuesday, November 16, 2021. Langford had been a friend to many in Atlanta including members of the Atlanta Inquirer family. Langford had worked within the community with his late brother Arthur E. Langford, who was a Georgia State Senator from 1984 to 1994. Long-time advocate for justice in the Atlanta Child Murders [whereby at least | Read more...
Jovita Moore October 4, 1967 – October 28, 2021 Although Jovita Moore was born in New York and moved to Atlanta in 1998, Atlantans grew fond of her and quickly adopted her as one of their own. Friends, colleagues and fans remember her via social media and news stories. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bennington College and a Master’s degree for Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University. Moore worked in New York, and later had a news career in Fort Smith, | Read more...
Ron Loving
Ron Loving July 3, 1942 - October 22, 2021 Ron Loving, former news videographer, Atlanta police officer and Vietnam Veteran died on Friday, October 22, 2021 after a long illness. Many local Atlantans remembers Ron when he lost both of his elderly parents in April 2020. His parents, Dr. Delutha King, Jr. and Mrs. Lois W. King, renown throughout the Atlanta community, both died within a week of one another from COVID-19, noted as two of the first to die in Atlanta, Georgia | Read more...
Morris J. Dillard, Sr.
Morris James Dillard Sr. July 12, 1938 - October 1, 2021 Celebrating The Man, His Life, His Legacy Humble Man of God... Brilliant Thinker... Passionate Organizer... Elegant Linguist... Powerful Orator... Inspiring Educator... Devoted Husband… Father... Friend. The eighth of nine children born to Sarah and Elisha Dillard Sr., Morris was born in Rutledge, Alabama on July,12, 1938, and raised in a farming community east of Rutledge in the small town of Luverne. Morris was | Read more...

 

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