Carlton Chester “Cookie” Gilchrist. One of the hardest charging fullbacks ever in pro football. – 75 yrs., Jan. 10

Maxcy Filer. Former Compton City Councilman and civic activist.- 80 yrs., Jan. 10

Mississippi Winn. Seventh oldest person in the world when she died.- 113 yrs., Jan. 14

Gladys Horton. Former member and lead vocalist of “The Marvelettes.” – 65 yrs., Jan. 26

Marvin Sease aka “Candy Licker” R & B/ Blues singer/songwriter. – 64 yrs., Feb. 8

Dave Duerson. NFL player.- 50 yrs., Feb. 17

Ollie Matson. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.- 80 yrs., Feb. 19

Dwayne McDuffie. Comic book and animation writer. – 49 yrs., Feb. 21

JOSEPH DYER, Journalist and television executive. – 76 yrs., Feb. 24

Nathaniel Dwayne Hale “Nate Dogg.” Rapper. – 41 yrs., March 15

Willie “Pinetop” Perkins. American Blues musician. – 97 yrs., March 21

Loleatta Holloway. Known for her disco hits “Love Sensation” and “Hit and Run.” – 64 yrs., March 21

Almena Lomax. Los Angeles newspaper pioneer. – 95 yrs., March 25

DJ Megatron. a regular on the BET show “106th and Park.” – 32 yrs., March 27

Gerard Smith. Bassist for the critically acclaimed rock band TV on the Radio. – 34 yrs., April 20

Joe “The Jet” Perry. Football star. – 84 yrs., April 25

Phoebe Snow. Jewish R & B singer. – 60 yrs., April 26

J. Ernest Wilkins Jr. Mathematician and nuclear scientist. – 87 yrs., May 1

Lionel Rose. Australian bantamweight boxer. – 62 yrs., May 8

Mia Amber Davis. Plus size model. – 36 yrs., May 10

Eugene “Snooky” Young. Jazz trumpeter. – 92 yrs., May 11

Robert “Tractor” Traylor. Former NBA player. – 34 yrs., May 11

Daryl Hawks. Chicago sportscaster. – 38 yrs., May 12

Ronald Edward Springs. American football running back. – 54 yrs., May 12

Samuel Wanjiru. Kenyan long distance Olympic Gold Medalist. – 24 yrs., May 15

M-Bone, Monte talbert. Rapper. – 22 yrs., May 15

Austin Box. Oklahoma linebacker. – 22 yrs., May 19

Don H. Barden. Made history in casino ownership business.- 67 yrs., May 19

Henry S. Williams. Yale professor. – 82 yrs., May 21

Fayrene “Faye” Treadwell. One of the first African American female managers in show business. – 84 yrs., May 22

HERSHEL K. SWINGER, licensed clinical psychologist and expert on absentee fathers. 72 yrs., May 23

Mark Dantzler. Program director at Challengers Boys and Girls Club. – 48 yrs., May 24

Gil Scott-Heron. Seminal author, poet, and musician. – 62 yrs., May 27

Clarice Taylor. Portrayed Cliff Huxtable’s mother in the Cosby show; founding member of New York’s Negro Ensemble Company. – 93 yrs., May 30

Mike Mitchell. NBA player. – 55 yrs., June 9

Carl Gardner. Lead singer of the Coasters. – 83 yrs., June 12

Clarence Clemons aka “The Big Man.” Rock and roll sax player and member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. – 69 yrs., June 18

GEORGE H. BEAUBIAN JR., activist and chairman of the Brotherhood Crusade. – 73 yrs., June 25

Armen Gilliam. NBA player. – 47 yrs., July 5

EDNA ALIEWINE, founder of Watts/Willowbrook Christmas Parade and co-creator of the Watts Walk of Fame. – 90 yrs., July 5

John Mackey. Pro Football Hall of Famer. – 70 yrs., July 6

David “Deacon” Turner. Former Cincinnati Bengals running back. – 56 yrs., July 10

Lillian mobley. Los Angeles community activist. – 81 yrs., July 18

Rev. Howard Creecy. Southern Christian Leadership Conference president. – 57 yrs., July 28

Frank Thomas. Manager for noted organist Earl Grant. – 69 yrs., July 29

Delois Barrett Campbell. Member of the award-winning Barrett Sisters Trio. – 85 yrs., Aug. 2

Bubba Smith. Former NFL player and actor. – 66 yrs., Aug. 3

Adelia Andrews. One of the forces behind creation of the California African American Museum. – 96 yrs., Aug. 7

Nick Ashford. Legendary Motown songwriter. – 70 yrs., Aug. 22

David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Last of the original Delta bluesman. – 96 yrs., Aug. 29

Orlando Brown. Former NFL player. – 40 yrs., Sept. 3

Willie “Big Eye” Smith. Electric blues vocalist. – 75 yrs., Sept. 16

Vesta Williams. R&B singer. – 53 yrs., Sept. 22

Jessy Dixon. Gospel singer. – 73 yrs., Sept. 26

Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth. Co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. – 89 yrs., Oct. 5

Guy Crowder. Pioneering photojournalist. – 72 yrs., Oct. 30

Joe Frazier. Boxing champ. – 67 yrs., Nov. 7

Heavy D. Former leader of the Hip-Hop group Heavy D and the Boyz. – 44 yrs., Nov. 8

Stanley G. Robertson. Pioneering television executive. – 85 yrs. Nov. 16.

Walt Hazzard. Former UCLA, NBA star. – 69 yrs., Nov. 18

Patrice O’Neal. Comedian. – 41 yrs., Nov. 29

Dr. Frederick Brancha Foston. Noted Los Angeles pediatrician. – 60 yrs. Dec. 4