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2010 Necrology

OW Staff | 12/29/2010, 5 p.m.

BANKS, Ron. Singer and one of the founding members of R & B group The Dramatics - 58 yrs., Mar. 4

BONPUA, CHARMETTE. Chief of staff to Los Angeles City Councilman Herb Wesson (10th District) - 44 yrs., Feb. 14

BURKE, SOLOMON. Grammy-winning Soul singer - 70 yrs., Oct. 10

COLEMAN, GARY. "Diff'rent Strokes," Actor - 42 yrs., May 28

COLLETTE, WILLIAM MARCEL "BUDDY." Jazz icon - 89 yrs., Sept. 19

DAVIS, WILLIE. Baseball outfielder - 69 yrs., Mar. 9

DOW, HAROLD. Longtime correspondent for CBS "48 Hours" show - 62 yrs., Aug. 21

EPHRIAM, MABLE. Mother to popular television judge, Mablean Ephriam - 98 yrs., Jan. 4

FUQUA, HARVEY. Music veteran - 80 yrs., July 6

GATES, DARYL. Former LAPD Chief - 83 yrs., April 16

GOODMAN, AL. Soul singer and baritone from the R & B group The Moments - 67 yrs., July 26

GRIFFEY, RICHARD "DICK." Iconic Black music figure and owner of SOLAR (Sounds of Los Angeles Records) - 71 yrs., Sept. 24

GURU. Influential rapper of Gang Starr - 43 yrs., April 19

HAWKINS, BISHOP WALTER. Grammy award-winning gospel legend - 61 yrs. July 11

HEIGHT, DOROTHY. Civil rights matriarch - 98 yrs., April 20

HICKS, ISRAEL. Founding artistic director of Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT) - 66 yrs., July 3

HOOKS, REV. DR. BENJAMIN L. Lawyer, minister, and judge, who took over the leadership reins of the NAACP in 1977 - 85 yrs., April 15

HORNE, LENA. Barrier-breaking Jazz star - 92 yrs., May 9

KING, HENRIETTA. Wife of boxing promoter Don King. - 87 yrs., Dec. 3

ISAACS, GREGORY. Jamaican Reggae musician - 59 yrs., Oct. 25

ISLEY, MARVIN. Bass player and youngest member of the R & B group, The Isley Brothers - 56 yrs., June 6

JOHNSON, EUNICE W. Wife of publisher John H. Johnson, founding director of the Ebony Fashion Fair - 93 yrs., Jan. 3

JONES, HANK. Jazz pianist and composer - 91 yrs., May 16

LEWIS, JAMES "LOU." Bowler, Negro Leagues player - 81 yrs., Nov. 4

LINCOLN, ABBEY. Jazz singer and songwriter - 80 yrs., Aug. 14

MOODY, JAMES. Jazz saxophonist - 85 yrs., Dec. 9

PENDERGRASS, TEDDY. Singer - 59 yrs., Jan. 13

SAPP, MALINDA, Ph.D. Wife and manager of Gospel singer Marvin Sapp - 43 yrs., Sept. 9

SHIDER, GARRY. Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist and musical director - 56 yrs., June 16

TATUM, JACK. Ex-raiders safety - 61 yrs., July 27

TERRY, FRANK W. Campaign coordinator for former Mayor Tom Bradley - 91 yrs., May 29 (Jun. 2 2010)

WALKER, ALBERTINA. Grammy-winning Gospel singer - 81 yrs., Oct. 8

WATSON, DOROTHY. Mother of Congresswoman Diane Watson - 100 yrs., July 25

WILSON. KAREN NEAL. Jackie Robinson Park Sweetheart - 45 yrs., May 1

WILSON, ROBERT. One of the founders of the Gap Band - 53 yrs., Aug. 25

WOLPER, DAVID L. Emmy-winning producer of the miniseries "Roots" - 82 yrs., Aug. 10

WOODSON, ALI OLLIE. Lead singer of the Motown quintet, the Temptations - 58 yrs., May 31