07-18-2018  9:58 am      •     
The Skanner Report
Rankins was Mr. Urban League of Portland during the 1970s and 80s

Oregon has lost a hero: George Rankins, a longtime community leader, actor, singer and golf enthusiast passed away Aug. 19, at his home in Lincoln City. He was 86.


She retired from the Portland Public School System after 20 years of service teaching children to read, write, and do math

Cherry C. Hendrix was born Aug. 17, 1912 in Montgomery Ala., into a family of seven girls and six boys.  She came to Oregon in 1944 at the invitation of her cousin. 


Her spiritual journey started as a member for 20 years at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. O.B. Williams

Services for Willie Vera Ranson will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 22, at Maranatha Church, 422 NE 12th in Portland.


Making others happy made her happy

Alexandria Jessie Martin passed away on Monday May 20th, 2013 in Lithia Springs, Georgia, from complications of Lupus. She was born on Saturday January 26th, 1991 to Dayle Martin and Joseph Almond Jr in Portland, Oregon.


She died in peace at Fernhill Manor from complications of Alzheimers. She was 94

Mother Cration aka Mema was the eldest of 11 children, she was saved and baptized at an early age at Israelite Baptist Church--her unfeathered access to God's internal power made her a rock even until the end, where she died in peace at Fernhill Manor from complications of Alzheimers. She was 94.


Walker was a Drum Major for Justice who helped transform Portlands workplaces

Long-time equity champion, Jerry Wayne Walker passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the age of 61.  Jerry Walker was a strong supporter of inclusion and equity.


She was known as the 'pie lady,' who made hand pies—sweet potato, cocoanut and apple-- loved by everyone

She enjoyed traveling to Seattle, Wash. and Portland, Oregon, where she visited her nieces and nephew. Two highlights of her travels were going to see Lena Horne perform in Seattle, and visiting the Oregon Coast and the monument where the Lewis and Clark Trail ended.


She retired from the City of Seattle Municipal Courts after 20 years of service

Chermaine Lombard-Hayes died peacefully at home in the early morning of March 17, 2013. Chermaine was born to Louis and Lucille (Douroux) Lombard in Algiers, La., Nov. 5, 1931.


His legacy as a Black publisher is an important part of Portland history

Portland Observer Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Charles H. Washington died Saturday. He was 60 years old.


The cause of death will be determined through an autopsy

(CNN) -- Sherman Hemsley, who played the brash George Jefferson on "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," died Tuesday at 74, his booking agent said.


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