10 31 2014
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Services Thursday for Dr. Booker T. Lewis, a Founder of Oregon's First Black Bank

Dr. Lewis was also one of the founders and board members of Oregon's first Black bank, American State Bank (formerly Freedom Bank of Finance)

Dr. Booker T. Lewis Jr. died on July 20, 2011 in Portland, Or., at the age of 88. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 28, at St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, 120 NE Knott Street, with the interment to follow at Willamette National Cemetery.

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Carl Gardner, Frontman for 1950s Pop Group the Coasters, Dies at 83

Best known for 'Yakety Yak' and other R&B Hits

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Carl Gardner, original lead singer of the R&B group the Coasters, has died in Florida. He was 83.
Gardner's wife Veta said her husband died Sunday at a Port St. Lucie hospice following a long bout with congestive heart failure and vascular dementia.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, the Coasters had a string of hits in the late 1950s


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The Cosby Show's Clarice Taylor Dies at 93

Esteemed actress played in The Wiz, Sesame Street, Play Misty for Me

NEW YORK (AP) -- Clarice Taylor, the actress and comedian best known for playing grandmothers on "The Cosby Show" and "Sesame Street," has died at the age of 93.
Taylor died of congestive heart failure in her home in Englewood, N.J., on Monday, said her son, William Taylor.


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C. Raymond Merriwether, Architect, Dies at 86

C. Raymond Merriwether, 86, died peacefully at his home in Kirkland, Wa. in the company of his loving wife of 32 years, Barbara Merriwether, and close family members, after a long and heroic battle with cancer, on Monday evening, May 23, 2011. For more than 40 years, his successful career focused on the fields of health care management, architecture, engineering and property development. He developed and operated residential complexes and designed single- family residences before turning his focus toward the health care industry


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Tony Alabi (Firefly)

Host of KBOO Program Africa-O-Ye!

Tony Alabi, host of KBOO radio program "Africa O-Ye" (known on the air as Firefly) died on Monday, January 24, 2011 of a stroke.

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