Category Archives: Obituary

David Poythress, 1943-2017, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Retired Lt. Gen. David Bryan Poythress, 73, of Atlanta, passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 after decades of public service to the people of Georgia.   Poythress held numerous positions in Georgia state government, twice sought the Democratic nomination for Governor, served in the United States Air Force, and practiced law in the Atlanta area.   […]

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Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 1952-2016, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Cheryl Courtney-Evans, 61, a pioneering transgender activist in Atlanta, has passed away, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   She was the founder and Executive Director of Transgender Individuals Living Their Truth (TILTT), which hosts its meetings at the Phillip Rush Center.   http://www.tiltt.org/   Courtney-Evans advocated for transgender equality issues at the local, state, and national levels. […]

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Doris Benit, 1927-2016, Grandmother for Peace, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Doris Benit, 88, an activist and Grandmother for Peace, of Kennesaw, Georgia, passed away on, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, after spending time in hospice care in connection with heart issues.   Benit focused not only on peace, in her opposition to U.S. invasions and occupations around the world; but on economic justice issues like health care and […]

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Cathy Richards, Atlanta’s APAB Chair, 1948-2016, !Presente! (UPDATE 2)

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Updated with birth date and viewing information below.   (APN) ATLANTA — Cathy Richards, Chair of the Atlanta Planning and Advisory Board (APAB), who has been a civil leader in Atlanta for some 35 years, has passed away, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Richards, who was 67 and worked for Emory Healthcare, devoted her spare time to making sure […]

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Cecilia Mitchell, 1951-2015, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Cecilia Florence “Ceci” Mitchell, 63, passed away on April 26, 2015.  Mitchell was known in Atlanta as a passionate advocate, working on such issues as equality, peace, and environmental justice.   This is a belated obituary because Atlanta Progressive News only recently learned of her passing when a letter to her home from APN was returned from […]

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Horace Tribble, 1938 – 2015, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — Horace Tribble, 77, a community activist with such organizations as the Concerned Black Clergy of Atlanta, the Open Door Community, and Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority, was discovered in his home to have passed away, on yesterday, Wednesday, September 30, 2015.   He was also an appointee by Fulton County to the Commission on Disability Affairs, a […]

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Former State Sen. Julian Bond, 1940-2015, !Presente!

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Photograph by Eduardo Montes-Bradley.   (APN) ATLANTA — Former State Sen. Horace Julian Bond (D-Atlanta), a leader in the Civil Rights Movement, has passed away, on Saturday, August 15, 2015, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced this morning, Sunday, August 16.   In 1965, Bond was one of eleven Black candidates elected to the Georgia House of Representatives after […]

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Dave Walker, 1945-2015, !Presente!

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(APN) ATLANTA — David Gregory Walker, 70, an advocate for transparency, citizen participation, and ethics in government in Atlanta and beyond, has passed away on yesterday, Sunday, July 05, 2015.   Walker was best known for his role as a citizen advocate at meetings of the Atlanta City Council and its seven Committees, where he would make public comment that […]

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A. Reginald Eaves, 1934-2015, !Presente! (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Former Fulton County Commissioner A. Reginald Eaves, 81, has passed away.  He was an activist, an elected official, and a journalist for People TV.   Mr. Eaves served as Fulton County Commissioner from 1979 to 1987, and was the first Black person to serve as Public Safety Commissioner for the City of Atlanta, from 1974 to 1978. […]

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Jorge Lawton, 1945 – 2014, !Presente!

By Anna Simonton, Staff Writer.     (APN) ATLANTA — Jorge Lawton, a tireless Atlanta activist and key player in Latin American  progressive politics throughout his storied career as an interpreter, scholar, journalist, and high-level political analyst and advisor, died on Sunday, September 21, 2014, Atlanta Progressive News has learned.   Diagnosed with multiple myeloma five years ago, Lawton told […]

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Virginia “Ginny” Looney, 1952-2014, ¡Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA — Virginia “Ginny” Lucile Looney, the first ethics officer for the City of Atlanta, and passionate advocate for transparency in government, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at the age of 61 after a five-year battle with ovarian cancer. Looney was born September 11, 1952 and grew up in Huntsville, Alabama.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Southern […]

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Arianna Sikes, 1979-2014, !Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA — Arianna Sikes, who served as a Policy Advisor and Senior Council Aide to Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4), was found to have passed away on yesterday, May 24, 2014.  She was described as a “breath of fresh air” at Atlanta City Hall.   “She was a wonderful staff person of mine.  She will be greatly […]

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John Judge, 1947-2014, !Presente! (UPDATE 1)

(APN) ATLANTA — John Patrick Judge, an activist and historian who studied covert government operations and political assassination theories, and who worked as an aide for U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and later on her 2008 campaign as the Green Party nominee for President of the U.S., died at the age of 66.   Judge died on April 15, 2014, […]

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Elmo James, 1943-2014, !Presente!

(APN) ATLANTA — Elmo James, Jr.,  a labor organizer, businessman, and husband of State Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta), passed away on April 14, 2014, from complications from double pneumonia and renal failure.   It was standing room only at the wake, as friends, family members, and dignitaries, including current and former elected officials, gathered to say goodbye to a quiet […]

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Mike Ritter, 1965-2014, !Presente!

  With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.     (APN) ATLANTA — Mike Ritter, art director of the GA Voice magazine; an award-winning editorial cartoonist; and LGBTQI rights activist, died Sunday March 30, 2014 of complications from open heart surgery.  He was 48.   Ritter was born in Seattle, Washington, on August 21, 1965, and grew up in Ritzville […]

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