Royal, Billy Joe b. April 3, 1942 d. October 6, 2015 American Pop and Country Singer. Royal gained a huge following at the Bamboo Ranch in Savannah, Georgia, where close to 2,500 people each night would flock to the club to see him and others perform. It was there that Royal would become friends with Roy Orbison who gave him encouragement to pursue his dream as an artist. In 1965, Royal released 'Down in the Boondocks' which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. His subsequent hits included 'I Knew You When' and 'Cherry Hill Park'. In late...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Corcoran, Kevin b. June 10, 1949 d. October 6, 2015 American Director, Producer, and Former Child Actor. He appeared in numerous Disney projects between 1957 and 1963, frequently as an irrepressible character with the nickname Moochie. One of eight children, most of whom did some acting in the late 1950s to early 1960s, Corcoran was the sibling whose work is best remembered. Between 1956 and 1960, Corcoran played several different (but similar) characters, each bearing the nickname Moochie. Although he was never a Mouseketeer, Corcoran appeared...[Read More] Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Matlovich, Leonard P. b. July 6, 1943 d. June 22, 1988 Social Reformer. A Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force, he was a proud, gay veteran who challenged the Air Force policy on automatically discharging gay service members as "unfit for military service." In 1975, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War with 15 years of service, he openly announced his sexual orientation, and the Air Force promptly discharged him. In 1980, he successfully sued the Air Force for reinstatement, and the court ordered the Air Force to allow him to rejoin...[Read More] Cause of death: AIDS Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA Plot: Range 20, Site 161-162
Zappa, Frank b. December 21, 1940 d. December 4, 1993 Musician. Widely hailed as one of the most inventive and provocative musicans of his time, his work was characterized by his satiric, often deviant lyrics and his use of advanced musical forms not usually found in rock music, as well as his exceptional guitar technique. His band, The Mothers of Invention (which was essentially an extension of his own creativity rather than a collaborative group) released their first album, "Freak Out," in 1966. Zappa and the Mothers' output in the succeeding...[Read More] (Bio by: Stuthehistoryguy) Cause of death: Prostate cancer Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Section D, #100 [unmarked] GPS coordinates: 34.0582314, -118.4415970 (hddd.dddd)
Gibson, Josh (Joshua) b. December 21, 1911 d. January 20, 1947 Hall of Fame Baseball Player. He was one of the biggest draws in the Negro Leagues and considered one of the most prodigious power hitters in the history of professional baseball. As a catcher, he played for the Pittsburg Crawfords, 1927 to 1929, 1932 to 1936 and for the Homestead Grays, 1930, 1931, 1937 to 1946. He led the Negro National League in home runs for 10 consecutive seasons and was credited with 75 homers in 1931. He also hit 800 home runs in league and independent baseball during...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Brain tumor Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Section 50, Lot SG-C232
Taylor, Luther Hayden 'Dummy' b. February 21, 1875 d. August 22, 1958 Major League Baseball Player. Born deaf, he spent nine seasons in the major leagues as a pitcher for the New York Giants and Cleveland Blues. He made his major league debut in 1900 at the age of 25, leading National League pitchers in appearances during his rookie season. He led the Giants to the National League pennant in 1904, followed by an appearance in the 1905 World Series. He appeared in 274 games during his career winning 116 games and losing 106. He ended his playing career with 21...[Read More] (Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Prairie City Cemetery, Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
DuSable, Jean Baptiste b. 1745 d. August 28, 1818 Pioneer. He is best known for founding the city of Chicago, Illinois. Born in Haiti, he was sent to France for his education. He escaped slavery by traveling north to St. Louis, Missouri, where he established a trading post and sold furs. An Indian chief trusted him enough to send him north to broker a peace treaty among other Indians. During his visit, he came upon land that is now Chicago. While there, he married a Potawatomi Indian woman and had two children. He managed trading posts in...[Read More] (Bio by: Connie Nisinger) Saint Charles Borromeo Cemetery, Saint Charles, St. Charles County, Missouri, USA
Lamas, Fernando b. January 9, 1915 d. October 8, 1982 Actor, Writer, and Director. He was born Fernando Alvaro Lamas y de Santos in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he began his acting career and was an established movie star by 1942. By 1949 he had starred in 14 Argentine films. In 1950 he came to the US and appeared in "The Avengers" and in 1951 he was signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and starred in the musical "Rich, Young and Pretty" and in the comedy "The Law and the Lady." He had leading roles in MGM musicals throughout the 1950s, including "...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cause of death: Cancer Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Poe, Edgar Allan b. January 19, 1809 d. October 7, 1849 Author, Poet. Most remembered for his influence on other writers and poets through his imaginative use of literary style and for his near flawless use of rhythm and sound in his poetry. He is considered the father of the modern detective story and the psychological thriller. Born in Boston, the son of touring actors David Poe Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Poe. When he was three years old, his parents died, and he was taken into the home of John Allan, a wealthy merchant in Richmond, Virginia, who...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Westminster Burial Ground, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA Plot: Poe's original burial place GPS coordinates: 39.2902184, -76.6236420 (hddd.dddd)
Akerman, Chantal b. June 6, 1950 d. October 5, 2015 Filmmaker and Director. Akerman was a director whose observation of women’s inner lives, often using long takes, made her a pioneer in feminist and experimental filmmaking. Born to Polish Holocaust survivors, she was inspired to begin making films as a teenager after seeing Jean-Luc Godard’s 'Pierrot le Fou' (1965). Her first film, 'Saute Ma Ville' (Blow Up My City), was a 13-minute black-and-white short that she made at age 18. The film shows her singing and dancing about her kitchen, then...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Hancock, John b. January 12, 1737 d. October 8, 1793 American Patriot Leader and Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Massachusetts. His signature on the document was so bold that when people sign their names, they are said to have written their “John Hancock.” Born in Braintree, Massachusetts, where his father was a minister. When he was seven years old, his father died suddenly, and his uncle, Thomas Hancock, one of the wealthiest merchants in Boston, adopted him and raised him. John graduated from Harvard College in 1754 and...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Giannini, Alex d. October 2, 2015 British Actor. Giannini was a well known actor for his performances on the screen and the stage. He started in the theater, acting in various roles and then went into television and films. Giannini's film appearances included "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007), "Legend" (2015) and "Miss Monday" (1998). He also appeared in such television series as "Inspector Morse", "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries", "Borgia", and "The Musketeers". Giannini passed away the same night that he was supposed...[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!
Hackett, Joan b. May 1, 1934 d. October 8, 1983 Popular, well-respected stage, motion picture, and television actress of the 1950s thru 1980s. Her crypt marker carries an epitaph relating to her love of "beauty" sleep, admonishing visitors to "Go Away - I'm Asleep." (Bio by: A.J. Marik) Cause of death: Ovarian cancer Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Faith, Crypt 2314, D-3 GPS coordinates: 34.0892906, -118.3211975 (hddd.dddd)
Irwin, Steve 'Crocodile Hunter' b. February 22, 1962 d. September 4, 2006 Television Show Host, Conservationist. Born in Essendon, Melbourne, Australia, he became known world wide as the "Crocodile Hunter" on various television shows and in his home land of Australia and known for the saying "Crikey." He was in the midst of filming an underwater documentary off the coast of Port Douglas, Queensland, when he passed away. His parents, Bob and Lyn, sparked his interest in exotic animals while they ran the "Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park," and it was then, as a nine-...[Read More] (Bio by: Just another taphophile) Cause of death: Sting to the heart by a stingray barb Australia Zoo, Beerwah, Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia
Semon, Larry b. July 6, 1889 d. October 8, 1928 Slapstick comedian in silent movies. He is best remembered for his role as the 'Scarecrow' in the silent version of "The Wizard of Oz" (1925). He also appeared in "No Wedding Bells" (1923), "Spud" (1927), and "A Simple Sap" (1928). (Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni) Cause of death: Pneumonia Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
James Jr., Sylvester b. September 6, 1947 d. December 16, 1988 Actor, Singer, Entertainer. Usually credited simply as 'Sylvester,' he paved the way for future gender-bender pop stars such as Boy George and RuPaul, and introduced the world to the "It's Raining Men" Weather Girls, who had once been back-up singers for him. Sylvester appeared with Bette Middler in the movie "The Rose" as the Diana Ross Drag Queen. His music hit the top of the charts in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia as well as America. LP's/CD's: Sylvester (1977), Step II (1978), Stars (...[Read More] (Bio by: Jeff J) Cause of death: Complications of AIDS Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Pineview, Lot 816, Grave A
Albanese, Frank d. October 5, 2015 American Actor. Albanese was an actor whose famous role was of "Uncle Pat" on the hit television show "The Sopranos". He started out as a prize fighter, but a brain injury ended his career in boxing. With the help of his friend and fellow boxer Rocky Graziano, Albanese got his start in acting. His first role was in the 1968 film "The Brotherhood" and he later appeared in such films as "Goodfellas" (1990), "A Dance with Andrea" (2012) and "Dead Presidents" (1995). In 2004 Albanese started...[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!
Barker (Clark), Kate (Arizona) 'Ma' b. October 8, 1873 d. January 16, 1935 Criminal. Known as "Ma," she and her sons, Herman, Lloyd, Arthur and Fred, teamed up with Alvin Karpis (whom Fred had met in the penitentiary) and several other criminals to lead a life of crime. Born in Ash Grove, Missouri, her given name was Arizona Clark, but her close friends knew her as "Arrie" or "Kate." On September 14, 1892, she married George E. Barker in Ash Grove, Missouri, and they spent their impoverished early married life in Aurora, Missouri, where their four sons were born...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Williams Timberhill Cemetery, Welch, Craig County, Oklahoma, USA
Swenson, Karl b. July 23, 1908 d. October 8, 1978 Actor. A veteran of the American theater, film, television, and radio whose career spanned four decades, he is probably best remembered for his role as 'Lars Hanson' on NBC television Western drama series "Little House On the Prairie" from 1974 to 1978. Born to parents of Swedish descent, he made several appearances on Broadway in the 1930s and 1940s, including the title role in Arthur Miller's first production, "The Man Who Had All the Luck." He also made numerous radio appearances during this...[Read More] (Bio by: William Bjornstad) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend