Lloyd, Earl 'The Big Cat' b. April 3, 1928 d. February 26, 2015 Hall of Fame Professional Basketball Player, Coach. He made history, when he shattered the racial barrier and became the first African-American to play in a National Basketball Association contest. He accomplished this feat on October 31, 1950 while with the Washington Capitols. For nine seasons (1950 to 1951 and 1952 to 1960), he played at the small-forward position in the National Basketball Association with the Washington Capitols, Syracuse Nationals and Detroit Pistons. His career was...[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, Jim (James Hubert) b. August 27, 1932 d. February 23, 2015 Major League Baseball Player. For eleven seasons (1955 to 1958 and 1961 to 1967), he played at the outfielder position with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. Born James Hubert King, he secured the starting right field position with the Cubs and marked his Major League debut on April 17, 1955. In 1960, King earned MVP honors while playing with Toronto of the International League. While with the Senators in...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Mount Olive Cemetery, Elkins, Washington County, Arkansas, USA
Rainbow, Chris b. November 18, 1946 d. February 25, 2015 Musician and Singer. Born Christopher Harley, he will best be remembered as the lead singer for The Alan Parsons Project. In the early 1970s, he was involved in a band called Hopestreet, before recording his first album as Chris Rainbow. He released three solo albums, 'Home of the Brave' (1975), 'Looking Over My Shoulder' (1977) and 'White Trails' (1979), before joining The Alan Parsons Project, starting on their 1979 'Eve' album through to their 1987 album 'Gaudi'. During his time with The...[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!
Guy, Maureen b. July 10, 1932 d. February 14, 2015 Opera Singer. A mezzo soprano, she is remembered for her performances in all of the United Kingdom's principal venues. Born Ruth Maureen Guy, she was the daughter of a coal miner, learned to sing in church, and at 18 won the Glamorgan Scholarship which took her to London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While a student, she was praised for a performance of Dvorak's "Stabat Mater", and was a finalist for the 1955 Kathleen Ferrier Award, then in 1957 first attracted major notice with a...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Parc Gwyn Crematorium, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Marshall, Robert Oakley b. December 16, 1939 d. February 21, 2015 Criminal Figure. His arrangement which led to the murder of his wife Maria Marshall on September 7, 1984, for the purpose of collecting a $1.5 million dollar life insurance policy, resulted in the bestselling book "Blind Faith" (1989, by Joe McGinnis). Additionally, a TV-movie adaption of the same title which starred Robert Urich and Joanna Kerns aired in 1990. A story in which Marshall described to investigators as a robbery resulting in Maria being shot to death at a location on the Garden...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.)
Woolf, Ben b. September 15, 1980 d. February 23, 2015 American Actor. Woolf, who was 4 feet 4 inches tall, will best be remembered for his roles on two seasons of 'American Horror Story'. He was diagnosed with pituitary dwarfism when he was young, which caused his bones to shrink. He first appeared on television in 2007 on 'TV Face' and made several more appearances on shows such as 'Dexter', 'Eagleheart' and 'TMI Hollwoood', before being cast in 2011's 'American Horror Story' as "Infantata", the murderous ghost of a baby-turned-Frankenstein...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Johnson, Don b. November 12, 1926 d. February 10, 2015 Major League Baseball Player. For seven seasons (1947, 1950 to 1952, 1954 to 1955 and 1958), he was a pitcher with the New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and San Francisco Giants. Born Donald Roy Johnson, he attended Jefferson High School in Portland where he made his first impression on the baseball diamond. Signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1944, his professional baseball career was interrupted while he served with the...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Rose City Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
Terry, Clark b. December 14, 1920 d. February 21, 2015 Jazz Musician. A trumpeter and flugelhorn player, Clark emerged as one of the highest-regarded jazz showmen of his era. Born in St. Louis, the seventh of eleven children, his childhood was anything but warm. His mother died early in his youth and his father was physically abusive. Terry focused on music as a positive force and during high school, he became a member of the band. While serving with the United States Navy, he continued performing and later experienced his break as a member of...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
O'Connor, Hugh b. April 7, 1962 d. March 28, 1995 Actor. He is best remembered for his role as Officer Lonnie Jamison on the NBC/CBS television drama series "In the Heat of the Night" that ran from 1988 to 1994. Born in Rome, Italy he was adopted by actor Carroll O'Connor and his wife Nancy while he was there filming the movie "Cleopatra," and was named Hugh Edward Ralph O'Connor after his father's brother who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1961. At the age of 16 he was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma and survived the cancer with...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Provincia di Roma, Lazio, Italy Plot: Mausoleum of the Pontifical North American College (Conditorium Pontificii Collegii Foederatarum Americae Civitatum)
Woods, Gary b. July 20, 1954 d. February 20, 2015 Major League Baseball Player. For nine seasons (1976 to 1978 and 1980 to 1985), he played at the outfielder position with the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs. Born Gary Lee Woods, he attended San Marcos High School in California and later Santa Barbara Junior College, prior to being signed as an amateur free agent by the Oakland Athletics. He marked his Major League debut with the Athletics as a late season call up on September 14, 1976. He had the...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
McCusker, Jim b. May 19, 1936 d. February 13, 2015 Professional Football Player. For seven seasons (1958 to 1964), he played at the tackle position in the National and American Football Leagues with the Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets. Born James Brian McCusker, he attended Jamestown High School where he made his initial impact on the gridiron. He continued his athletics at the University of Pittsburgh and became one of the greatest linemen in Panthers' history. Selected by the Cardinals during the 2nd...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Chautauqua County, New York, USA
Wittels, Harris b. April 20, 1984 d. February 19, 2015 American Actor, Writer and Producer. Wittels was best known for having been a writer and executive producer for the television comedy-series, 'Parks and Recreation'. In 2006, he moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Emerson College, to launch his career in comedy where he eventually landed a spot on the show, 'Comedy Death-Ray'. While performing a gig at popular comedy club, Sarah Silverman saw his routine and later offered him a job writing for her Comedy Central show where he eventually...[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!
Johnson, Harold b. August 9, 1928 d. February 19, 2015 Hall of Fame Professional Boxer. Considered by many as being one of the greatest technical fighters in the history of the sport, with an impressive physique to match, he was the former World Lightweight Champion from 1962 until 1963. Born in Philadelphia, Johnson began boxing while serving in the United States Navy. After turning professional in 1947, he won twelve straight decisions before he was defeated by Archie Moore in 1949. During the course of his career, Johnson fought Moore five-times...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Fairchild, June b. September 3, 1946 d. February 17, 2015 Actress. Born June Edna Wilson, she will best be remembered for her iconic Ajax snorting scene in Cheech and Chong’s 1978 comedy 'Up in Smoke'. A prom queen from Manhattan Beach, California, she had a promising movie career in the late 1960s and early 70s, appearing in such films as 'Where Angels Go Trouble Follows' (1968), 'Head' (1968), 'Drive, He Said' (1971), 'Pretty Maids All in a Row' (1971), 'Top of the Heap' (1972), 'Thunderbolt and Lightfoot' (1974), 'The Student Body' (1976) and '...[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!
Kelly, Kenneth 'Wally' b. January 9, 1941 d. February 17, 2015 Singer. He was the last original member of the musical group The Manhattans. The group originally formed in 1962 in Jersey Ciy, New Jersey, imembers included George "Smitty" Smith, Edward "Sonny" Bivins, Winfred "Blue" Lovett, Richard "Ricky" Taylor and Kenny "Wally" Kelley. Their first single "For the Very First Time," was released in 1964. Spanning over four decades, they had a string of hits that included Kiss and Say Goodbye and Shining Star. Beginning in the late 1970's the group went...[Read More] (Bio by: Babe) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Rodriguez, Raul b. February 2, 1944 d. February 18, 2015 Float Designer, Artist. Rodriguez was best known for his breathtaking floats seen for years at the Tournament of Roses Parade, winning more awards than any other designer in the 125-year-plus history of the event. At age 15, he created his first Rose Parade float design, done for the city of Whittier, California, and took home a trophy. He joined the Army and was stationed in Taipei and upon completion of his service, he studied at the Art Center School of Design and attended Cerritos College...[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!
Kersey, Jerome b. June 26, 1962 d. February 18, 2015 Professional Basketball Player. For seventeen seasons (1984 to 2001), he played at the small forward position in the National Basketball Association with the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle SuperSonics, San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks. He played collegiate basketball at Longwood University in Virginia and achieved First-Team All-American and State Player of the Year honors. Selected by Portland during the 2nd round of the 1984 NBA Draft, he...[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!
Rinehart, Dana Gillman 'Buck' b. February 24, 1946 d. February 18, 2015 50th Mayor of Columbus. A graduate of The Ohio State University, earning both a BA in Political Science in 1970 and his law degree in 1973, he started his political career as Franklin County Treasurer, serving two terms from 1976 to 1984. He then succeeded Tom Moody as Mayor of Columbus in 1984, serving two terms until 1992. He was well known for his straight talk and actions that often were controversial. During his tenure, he successfully pushed for completion of I-670, the link from...[Read More] (Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert) Union Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Ballenger, Thomas Cass b. December 6, 1926 d. February 18, 2015 US Congressman. A member of the Republican Party, he served the State of North Carolina's 10th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1986 until 2005. Following service with the United States Naval Air Corps during World War II, he studied at the University of North Carolina and later attained a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College. He served as a Catawba County Commissioner, prior to serving with the North Carolina State House of Representatives and later...[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!
Naghiu, Octavian b. March 15, 1933 d. February 14, 2015 Opera Singer. A tenor, he is remembered for his performances at major venues on both sides of the Atlantic. Raised in the small Transylvanian village of Rucar, he learned to sing in the Greek Orthodox church of which his father was priest, studied at the Bucharest Conservatory, and after winning a competition joined the Romanian National Opera of Bucharest. Over the years he sang a varied repertoire of roles ranging from the lyric to the tenore robusto, his characters including Riccardo of...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Bellu Cemetery, Bucharest, Bucuresti Municipality, Romania