Brown, Jackie b. May 31, 1943 d. January 8, 2017 Major League Baseball Player, Coach. For seven seasons (1970 to 1971 and 1973 to 1977), he was a pitcher with the Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Montreal Expos. Born Jackie Gene Brown, he attended Moss High School in Oklahoma, prior to being signed as an amateur free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1962. He ended up with Washington and made his Major League debut with the Senators on July 2, 1970. Following the franchise's relocation to Texas, Brown earned a...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
King, Phil 'The Chief' b. June 22, 1936 d. January 18, 1973 Professional Football Player. For nine seasons (1958 to 1966), he played at the fullback and halfback positions in the National Football League with the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings. Born Phillip Edgar King, he attended Dyersburg High School in Tennessee, where he was a multi-sport athlete who excelled at baseball, basketball and football. In the latter, he achieved all-state honors. While at Vanderbilt University, King was an offensive force who led the Commodores...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Woodlawn Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Perry, Ruth b. July 16, 1939 d. January 8, 2017 Liberian Stateswoman. Born Ruth Sando Fahnbulleh, she served as the Chairperson of the Council of State (head of state) of Liberia from September 3, 1996 to August 2, 1997. She graduated from the Teachers College of the University of Liberia and later worked as an elementary school teacher in Grand Cape Mount County. She later worked at the Monrovia office of Chase Manhattan Bank. In 1985 she was elected to the Liberian Senate and during her term which lasted until 1989, opposed President...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Myhra, Steve b. April 2, 1934 d. August 4, 1994 Professional Football Player. For six seasons (1957 to 1962), he played at the place-kicker, guard and linebacker positions in the National and Canadian Football Leagues with the Baltimore Colts and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Born Steven Murray Myhra, he attended Wahpeton High School in North Dakota and played collegiate football at the University of Minnesota, followed by the University of North Dakota. Selected by the Baltimore Colts during the 12 round of the 1956 NFL Draft, he totaled 62...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Saint Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery, Galchutt, Richland County, North Dakota, USA
Hentoff, Nat b. June 10, 1925 d. January 7, 2017 Newspaper Columnist, Author. Born Nathan Irving Hentoff, he was a well known long time newspaper columnist and famed jazz critic. He graduated with high honors from Northeastern University and did his graduate work at Harvard University. He worked as a teen for Frances Sweeney at the "Boston City Reporter". He started hosting jazz shows on radio and then became a columnist for "Down Beat" magazine in 1952. In 1958, he co-founded the magazine "The Jazz Review" and began his long stretch...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Mancham, James b. August 11, 1939 d. January 8, 2017 Seychellois Statesman. Born James Richard Marie Mancham, he served as the first President of Seychelles from 1976 to 1977. He went to law school in England. When Great Britain announced its intention to give Seychelles its independence, he formed the Seychelles Democratic Party. He became the chief minister of the islands and helped to promote tourism to the islands. He arranged for the building of the airport that made the islands accessible to the rest of the world. This led to increased...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) State House Cemetery, Victoria, Grand'Anse Mahé, Seychelles
Rafsanjani, Akbar Hashemi b. August 25, 1934 d. January 8, 2017 Iranian Statesman. Born Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, he served as President of Iran from August 3, 1989 to August 3, 1997. He moved to Shi'te holy city of Qom in 1948 to pursue his religious studies and by 1958, had became a disciple of Ruhollah Khomeini. He later became a hojatoleslam, the second highest rank in the Shi'te sect. He, like Khomeini, opposed the moderization policy of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi. When Khomeini was expelled from Iran in 1962, he was Khomeini's chief...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery, Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Sarstedt, Peter b. December 10, 1941 d. January 8, 2017 Musician, Songwriter. He will be remembered for his 1969 chart-topping single "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)?". Born in India, to British parents who worked as civil servants for the British Government, Peter returned with his family back to their native England in 1954 following his father's death. Along with older brother Richard (later known as Eden Kane who had a successful career as a musician in his own right), the pair and younger brother Clive formed their own skiffle band during the...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Potts, Sylvester d. January 6, 2017 Singer. Member of the legendary Motown musical group The Contours. He joined the group in 1961, a year before the group's signature hit "Do You Love Me", it hit #1 on Billboard's R&B chart and crossed over to #3 on the Hot 100. The group had three other chart hits during 1963 and 1964 with "Shake Sherry," "Can You Do It," and "Can You Jerk Like Me." Members included Billy Hoggs, Joe Billingslea, Hubert Johnson and Sylvester Potts. All original members left Motown in 1964 and Berry Gordy hired a...[Read More] (Bio by: Babe) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Soares, Mario b. December 7, 1924 d. January 7, 2017 Portuguese Statesman. Born Mario Alberto Nobre Lopes Soares, he served as two tenures as Prime Minister of Portugal from July 23, 1976 to August 28, 1978 and June 9, 1983 to November 6, 1985. He also served as President of Portugal from March 9, 1986 to March 9, 1996. He studied at the University of Lisbon and at the Faculty of Law, Sorbonne, Paris, France. He took up a law practice afterwards and started defending political dissidents. By the time that the army-imposed right-wing...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) Prazeres Cemetery, Lisbon, Lisboa Municipality, Lisboa, Portugal
Smith, Ron b. January 28, 1944 d. January 2, 2017 Professional Hockey Coach. Born Ronald Earl Smith, he distinguished himself at football, basketball and field and track while at high school. Additionally, he played baseball and hockey in his neighborhood. In fact, he was good enough on the baseball diamond to be noticed by the San Francisco Giants, who signed him to a contract. After a few seasons of Minor League baseball, he attended the University of Waterloo where he played hockey on the collegiate level. Impressed with the coaching aspect...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Green, Bobby Joe b. May 7, 1936 d. May 28, 1993 Professional Football Player. For fourteen seasons (1960 to 1973), he played at the punter position in the National Football League with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears. Among one of the earliest pure punters in the NFL, he paved the way for such players as Hall of Fame punter Ray Guy. Born Bobbie Joe Green, he was raised in Oklahoma, where he attended College High School and later played collegiate football at the University of Florida. Selected by the San Francisco 49ers during the...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Evergreen Cemetery, Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida, USA
Boue, Geori b. October 16, 1918 d. January 5, 2017 Opera Singer. A soprano of wide repertoire, she is remembered for her long career at Paris' Opera-Comique during which she specialized in French compositions. Raised in Toulouse, she studied piano and harp from age seven, trained at the Conservatory of her native city, and at 16 made her professional bow with the Capitole Toulouse, originally in such comprimario roles as Urbain of Meyerbeer's "Les Huguenots", Siebel in Gounod's "Faust", and Stefano of the same composer's "Romeo et Juliette"...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimetière de Pantin, Pantin, Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France
Tilikum b. 1981 d. January 6, 2017 Orca. Tilikum became a resident of SeaWorld some 25 years ago. He had been born in the waters off Iceland some ten or twelve years previously. In 1983, when it was estimated that he was two or three years old, he was captured near Iceland, then kept for about a year in a holding tank. He then was installed at a marine park in British Columbia called SeaLand of the Pacific, where he was given the name Tilikum, meaning “friend” in the Chinook language. In 1991, Tilikum and two other whales...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
York, Francine b. August 26, 1938 d. January 6, 2017 Actress. Born Francine Yerich, she spent part of her childhood in Cleveland and developed a love for acting which led to her performance in a theater production while in elementary school. She returned with her family to the place of her birth in Aurora, Minnesota and gained attention as winner of local beauty contests, which included 'Miss Minnesota'. She went on to modeling sweaters and performing in nightclub acts, prior to being discovered by Hollywood. She made her professional debut in a...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Lepage Barreto, Octavio b. November 24, 1923 d. January 6, 2017 Venezuelan Statesman. He served as the Acting President of Venezuela from May 21, 1993 to June 5, 1993. He attended the Central University of Venezuela and while there, became a member of the student movement of the Accion Democratica (AD) political party. He graduated with a degree in law in 1947 and in 1948, was elected to the National Congress. He was elected secretary general of the AD later that year, but wasn't able to assume the position due to the suppression of political parties...[Read More] (Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye) LaGuairita Cemetery, Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela
Biggs, Verlon b. February 15, 1943 d. June 7, 1994 Professional Football Player. For ten seasons (1965 to 1974), he played at the defensive end position in the American and National Football Leagues with the New York Jets and Washington Redskins. Born Verlon Marion Biggs, he attended Moss Point High School in Mississippi. He played collegiate football at Jackson State University and earned All-American honors twice (1963 and 1964). Selected by the New York Jets during the 3rd round of the 1965 AFL Draft, he totaled 135 career regular season AFL...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) First Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Moss Point, Jackson County, Mississippi, USA
Puri, Om b. October 18, 1950 d. January 6, 2017 Actor. Puri was a versatile actor known for his roles in Indian, Pakistani, British and Hollywood films. He made his acting debut in the 1976 film 'Ghashiram Kotwal' and became a well-known figure in the Indian film industry in the 1980s before he found international fame in the following decade. His roles in American and British films included the 1999 British comedy 'East is East' about a Pakistani immigrant adjusting to life in the north of England. Among films he appeared in were 'The...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis du Mort) Oshiwara Crematorium, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra, India
Pretre, Georges b. August 14, 1924 d. January 4, 2017 Conductor. A prolific Maestro, he shall probably be best remembered for his operatic performances with the legendarily difficult Maria Callas. Raised in northern France, he manifested his talent early, entered the Conservatory of Douai at eight, and by his teens had transferred to the Conservatory of Paris where he studied trumpet and composition. Pretre made his 1946 professional bow with the Opera de Marseilles leading Edouard Lalo's "Le Roi d'Ys", though it was a presentation of Saint-Saens'...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cimetiere Communal de Castres, Castres, Departement du Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France