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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



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.



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



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.



Founder of Anctil Heating and Cooling was also heavily involved in volunteer work

Paul Joseph Anctil died peacefully at home in Portland on March 23, 2011 after a final bout with cancer. He was 75.
Anctil was the founder of Anctil Heating and Cooling, North Williams Avenue.



Over four decades, Evelyn was an active participant in various volunteer community organizations including the Black United Front. She was a member of the Shining Star of Unity #1379 and the Mahogany Red Hatters. Evelyn could be found at marches, rallies and other cultural events that focused on Black people and what was right, just, and fair. She was a long-time community activist.



Bishop Artice L. Wright, long time resident of Portland, Or., passed away on Feb. 6, 2011, at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A wake service was held Feb. 11 at Emmanuel COGIC United, and the funeral was Feb. 12, 2011 at Emmanuel.



A funeral was held Jan. 8, 2011 at First A.M.E. Zion Church for Olivia Jackson, born on July 22, 1927, to George Cale and Phillis Washington of New Orleans Louisiana. She died Dec. 30, 2010.



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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Varnette Honeywood, an artist whose paintings adorned the walls of the set of "The Cosby Show" and whose strikingly colorful images depicted tender moments in Black family life, has died. She was 59.


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