Chance, Bob b. September 10, 1940 d. October 3, 2013 Major League Baseball Player. For six seasons (1963 to 1967 and 1969), he played at the first base and outfielder positions with the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators and California Angels. Born Robert Chance, he attended William James High School in Georgia and was signed as an amateur free agent by the San Francisco Giants in 1961. He ended up with Cleveland and marked his Major League debut on September 4, 1963. Chance produced a career-high 109 hits, which included 14 home runs and 75...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA
Hopkins, Bob b. November 3, 1934 d. May 15, 2015 Professional Basketball Player, Coach. For four seasons (1956 to 1960), he played at the power-forward and center positions in the National Basketball Association with the Syracuse Nationals. Born Robert M. Hopkins, he played collegiate basketball at Grambling State University and while with the Tigers, he earned National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American honors twice. Additionally, he averaged 30 points and 17 rebounds per-game for three years (1953 to 1956). Selected by...[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!
Brown, Ollie 'Downtown' b. February 11, 1944 d. April 16, 2015 Major League Baseball Player. For thirteen seasons (1965 to 1977), he played in the outfield with the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies. Born Ollie Lee Brown, he was raised in California, where he attended Polytechnic High School in Long Beach and later enrolled at Long Beach City College. Selected by San Francisco as an amateur free agent in 1962, he marked his Major League debut on September 10, 1965. Brown...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cypress), Cypress, Orange County, California, USA Plot: Sheltering Trees section, Map #14, Lot 4658, Ground Interment Space 1
Yepremian, Garo b. June 2, 1944 d. May 15, 2015 Professional Football Player. For fourteen seasons (1967 to 1968 and 1970 to 1981), he was a place-kicker in the National Football League with the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Without ever playing football, he relocated to the United States and earned the spot as kicker for the Lions at a tryout camp in 1967. He enlisted with the United States Army and served for two-years during the Vietnam War. He returned to resume his professional football...[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!
Drasnin, Robert b. November 17, 1927 d. May 13, 2015 Musician, Composer. He will perhaps be best remembered for his album "Voodoo" (1959), which became a cult classic and a defining record for the Exotica music genre. He moved to California with his family, prior to his teenage years and served with the United States Army during the closing months of World War II. After the war, he pursued his interest in music and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA. He experienced playing the clarinet and saxophone with Les Brown and following two...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, retained by family
King, B.B. b. September 16, 1925 d. May 14, 2015 Legendary Blues Musician. Widely regarded as one of the greatest blues guitarists in music history, he was influential to a bevy of artists including The Beatles and Eric Clapton. Born Riley B. King, he was raised on a Mississippi plantation. He learned to play the guitar during his youth and experienced his first taste of performing on street corners for pocket change. When he came to the realization of having a career as musician, he hitchhiked a ride to Memphis and lived with his cousin...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, Indianola, Sunflower County, Mississippi, USA
Kulikov, Viktor Georgiyevich b. July 5, 1921 d. May 28, 2013 Russian General. Born in the town of Verchnyaya Lyubovska to poor Russian peasants, he entered the Red Army in 1939, before joining the Communist Party in 1942. He served as a tank brigade commander during the Second World War from 1943 to 1945. He was a graduate of the Gronzy Military Infantry School in 1941, and the Frunze Military Academy in 1953. From 1967 to 1969 he commanded the Kiev Military District, and from 1969 to 1971 he served as commander of Soviet military forces in Germany...[Read More] (Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russian Federation
Simpson, William Hood [cenotaph] b. May 18, 1888 d. August 15, 1980 United States Army General. A combat veteran of World Wars I and II, he rose in rank to become commander of the 9th United States Army. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1909 with a 2nd Lieutenant's commission in the Infantry. Among his early pre-World War I assignments include service in the Philippines during the Moro Rebellion and the Mexican Punitive Expedition (also known as the Pancho Villa Expedition). After the United States entered...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Hood Cemetery, Aledo, Parker County, Texas, USA
Guthridge, Bill b. July 27, 1937 d. May 12, 2015 College Basketball Coach. A longtime assistant to the legendary Dean Smith, he shall be remembered for his three seasons as head coach of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Born William Wallace Guthridge, he attended Kansas State University where he played guard on the basketball team and helped the Wildcats to the 1958 Final Four. Following his 1960 graduation, he was head coach at Scott City High School for two years, then served as an assistant at his alma mater before being hired...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Ashes given to his wife
Averill Jr., Earl b. September 9, 1931 d. May 13, 2015 Major League Baseball Player. For seven seasons (1956, 1958 to 1963), he played at the catcher position with the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Philles. The son of Hall of Fame baseball player Earl Averill, Sr., Earl Jr. was born in Cleveland, during his father's years with the Indians. He was raised in the State of Washington, where he attended Snohomish High School and later played collegiate baseball at the University of Oregon. During...[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!
Van Hyfte, Berthe b. February 19, 1921 d. May 7, 2015 Opera Singer. A soprano, she is remembered for her long career as the Prima Diva of Antwerp's Royal Flemish Opera. Though little is recorded of her early years, it is known that she made her 1942 professional debut with the Royal Opera, Ghent as one of the Flower Maidens in Wagner's "Parsifal". She joined the Royal Flemish Opera in 1951 and was to remain there for the rest of her career, her undoubted signature piece, which she sang 178 times, being the title doomed Geisha of Puccini's "Madame...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Borgerhout Silsburg, Antwerp, Arrondissement Antwerpen, Antwerp (Antwerpen), Belgium
Norton, Audree b. January 13, 1927 d. April 22, 2015 Actress. A pretty brunette, she is remembered as the first deaf performer to become a television regular. Born Audree Lauraine Bennett, she was raised in Minnesota, was deaf from age two due to meningitis, attended the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, and in 1952 graduated from the famed Gallaudet University of Washington, DC. Also in 1952, she married Kenneth Norton and relocated with him to Sulphur, Oklahoma where he was on the faculty of the Oklahoma School for the Deaf; Audree made her...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Ashes given to her husband, Kenneth Norton.
Burden, Chris b. April 11, 1946 d. May 10, 2015 American Artist. Burden was one of the foremost performance artists of the 1970s. He was perhaps the single best-known practitioner of the subgenre of body art who had himself shot, pierced, starved, crucified, electrocuted, cut by glass, kicked down stairs, locked up, dropped from heights and nearly drowned. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, where he studied art, architecture and physics, he enrolled in the master of fine arts program at the University of California...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Gimble, Johnny b. May 30, 1926 d. May 9, 2015 Country and Western Musician and Recording Artist. A fiddle and mandolin player, he is probably best remembered for his association with the Western swing group Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Born John Paul Gimble, he grew up in Bascom, Texas and started performing with his brothers when he was 12 years old. He and two of his brothers then formed a band, the Rose City Swingers, and they performed at radio stations. He then moved to Louisiana to perform for the Jimmie Davis Gubernatorial...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Wilson, Elizabeth b. April 4, 1921 d. May 9, 2015 Actress. Highly-versatile, she played a wide range of roles and was equally comfortable in films, TV and on stage. Born Elizabeth Welter Wilson, her father worked in the insurance industry, she ventured to New York City, when she caught the acting bug. She enrolled at the Neighborhood Playhouse, where she was mentored by Sanford Meisner and initiated her acting career at the Barter Theater in Virginia. She marked her Broadway debut in the hit "Picnic" (1953 to 1954) originating the role of '...[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!
Dillard, Dottie b. August 3, 1923 d. May 6, 2015 Singer. Born Dorothy Ann Dillard, she was a tenor harmony vocalist, best know for being a member of “The Anita Kerr Quartet”. Formed in 1949, the quartet began singing on popular radio programs such as the Grand Ole Opry, Ozark Jubilee, Arthur Godfrey Show and Tennessee, station WSM television morning shows. By the early 1960s, the group besides their own records was featured on a quarter of all the country music records being made in Nashville, Tennessee. They also sang background vocals for...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
McCluggage, Denise b. January 20, 1927 d. May 6, 2015 Pioneering Sports Figure, Journalist. She was among one of the earliest accomplished female automobile racers who paved the way for a later generation which included Danica Patrick. She became an instantly recognizable figure during the 1960s with her familiar white or polka-dotted helmet. In addition to her career as a race car driver, she was a trailblazer for women in sports journalism. She studied Liberal Arts at Mills College in Oakland California and began her career as a writer with the...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Retained by family
Perlman, Philip b. August 15, 1919 d. April 29, 2015 American Character Actor. Perlman, father of actress Rhea Perlman and father-in-law of actor Danny DeVito, will best be remembered for his role as Phil, a regular bar patron on television's 'Cheers', in which he appeared in over 30 episodes. Perlman, a retired toy salesman from New York, moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1980s and established a second career as an actor, appearing in such films as 'Throw Momma from the Train' (1987), 'The War of the Roses' (1989), 'Other People’s Money' (1991), '...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Gunnarsson, Rutger b. February 12, 1946 d. May 8, 2015 Musician. A bassist, he was best known for his work with the Swedish music ensemble "ABBA". He studied the guitar at Stockholm's Royal College of Music and during this period, he auditioned for the folk group "Hootenany Singers". He made an immediate impression on the band members and was hired on the spot to be their bass player. They later changed their name to "ABBA". Gunnarsson would go on to play on the majority of "ABBA's" studio and live recordings. His reputation as a fine and...[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!