Obituaries

Wed
13
Dec

Rock Icon Johnny Hallyday, Known as French Elvis, Dies at 74

PARIS (AP) — Johnny Hallyday, France's biggest rock star for more than half a century and an icon who packed sports stadiums and all but lit up the Eiffel Tower with his high-energy concerts at the foot of the Paris landmark, died early Wednesday. He was 74. President Emmanuel Macron, who knew the star offstage, announced his death in a statement, saying "he brought a part of America into our national pantheon." In a second comment during a visit to Algeria, Macron said that "we were convinced he was invincible ... He is a French hero." Macron's office said the president spoke with Hallyday's family, but didn't provide details about where the rocker died. The French media reported widely that he died at his home west of Paris, which was quickly surrounded by mourning fans and police providing security.

Wed
29
Nov

Rance Howard, Actor Dad of Director Ron Howard, Dies at 89

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran Hollywood actor Rance Howard, the father of director Ron Howard, died Saturday. He was 89. Ron Howard announced his father's death on Twitter Saturday afternoon. He praised his father for the ability to balance ambition with great personal integrity. "A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history," he wrote. "We love & miss U Dad." Rance Howard's death also was confirmed by Michael Rosenberg, a spokesman for his son's production company. The elder Howard was the father of actor Clint Howard and grandfather of actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard. Rance Howard had been married to the late Jean Speegle Howard. They met as teenagers doing a touring children's production in Oklahoma of classic fairy tales like "Snow White" and "Cinderella." They married on the tour dressed in their costumes, with the bride dressed as Snow White and groom as a huntsman.

Wed
29
Nov

'White Knight of Soul' Wayne Cochran Dies at 78

MIAMI (AP) — Wayne Cochran, the "blue-eyed soul" singer known for his towering pompadour, has died of cancer at his Florida home, according to his son Christopher Cochran. He was 78. The singer, who was called the White Knight of Soul for songs like "Last Kiss', saw his heyday in the 1960s and '70s. He had fans from the Blues Brother to Rod Stewart and Elvis Presley, but he gave it all up to become a minister at a church he founded in Miami. He died Nov. 21. The Miami Herald reports the Blues Brothers took notice of one of his hits, "Goin' Back to Miami," and introduced the song to an '80s audience. Cochran and his band the C.C. Riders opened in Las Vegas for a commercially revived Presley. But the life in the fast lane took a toll on him.

Wed
15
Nov

Liz Smith

Liz Smith, the syndicated gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she covered, died Sunday at the age of 94. Joni Evans, Smith's literary agent, told The Associated Press she died of natural causes. For more than a quartercentury, Smith's column — titled simply "Liz Smith" — was one of the most widely read in the world. The column's success was due in part to Smith's own celebrity status, giving her an insider's access rather than relying largely on tipsters, press releases and publicists. With a big smile and her sweet southern manner, the Texas native endeared herself to many celebrities and scored major tabloid scoops: Donald and Ivana Trump's divorce, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow's impending parenthood. One item proved embarrassingly premature: In 2012, she released a column online mourning the death of her friend Nora Ephron.

Wed
15
Nov

Eulys Michael Hamilton Bray

Eulys Michael Hamilton Bray was born on November 15, 1942 in Los Angeles, CA to Eulys Wilson and Doris Audrey (Watts) Bray. He passed away on October 5, 2017 in Hinton, OK at the age of 74. Private Family Services to be held at a later date. Services entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma. Condolences may be sent to the family at turnerfuneralhomes@gmail.com, turnerfh.net, or you can find us on facebook.com (Turner Funeral Homes).

Wed
08
Nov

Donald Frank Fulton 1925~2017

Donald Frank Fulton began his life's journey on March 18, 1925. He was born in his grandparents' home situated on the farm bought by his grandfather in 1909, located six miles west of Hinton, Oklahoma, and part of the Bethel Community. During his childhood, he lived in Apache, Cowden, and Eakly, Oklahoma, and a home near "the mounds," close to the family farm. After the death of his grandparents, Don's parents, with their four children, returned to live on the family farm. Don attended and graduated from Hinton High School. It was during his high school years when he met his high school sweetheart and future wife, Betty Green. He lived and worked hard on the family farm until, at age 19, he proudly enlisted to serve his country. He heroically served in World War II in the 26th Infantry Division, Patton's Third Army, spending time in France, Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia.

Wed
08
Nov

Native American Activist Dennis Banks Dies at Age 80

Dennis Banks, who helped found the American Indian Movement and engaged in sometimes-violent uprisings against the U.S. government, including the armed occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, died at age 80, his family announced Monday. Banks, whose Ojibwe name was Nowacumig, was one of several activists who founded AIM in Minneapolis in 1968, and he was a leader of the group's takeover of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1973, in a protest against both the U.S. and tribal governments. The village had been the site of a massacre by U.S. soldiers in 1890 that left an estimated 300 Indians dead. The occupiers held federal agents at bay for 71 days; two Native Americans died and several agents were injured amid the frequent gunfire. Banks died Sunday night at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, surrounded by about 30 people, including siblings, children and grandchildren, said daughter Tashina Banks Rama.

Fri
27
Oct

Keith Alan Vermillion

1980~2017

Fri
27
Oct

Johnnie "Barbara" Rasmussen

Johnnie "Barbara" Rasmussen was born July 16, 1943 to Johnnie J. and Velma B. (Morgan) Stevens in Morton, TX. She passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 at her home in Weatherford, OK at the age of 74. Barbara graduated from Hinton High School and has lived in Hinton most of her life. *In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations are given to the National Center Missing and exploited children or relay for life. Services: Emmanuel Baptist Church, Thursday, 1:00 pm, October 19, 2017, Weatherford, OK Officiating: Mr. James Cudd Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Weatherford, OK, under the direction of Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, Oklahoma, condolences may be sent to the family at turnerfuneralhomes@gmail.com, or you can find us on facebook.com(Turner Funeral Homes).

Wed
18
Oct

Richard Wilbur

Richard Wilbur, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator who intrigued and delighted generations of readers and theatergoers through his rhyming editions of Moliere and his own verse on memory, writing and nature, died. He was 96. Wilbur died Saturday night in Belmont, Massachusetts, with his family by his side, according to friend and fellow poet, Dana Gioia. The U.S. poet laureate in 1987-88, Wilbur was often cited as an heir to Robert Frost and other New England writers and was the rare versifier to enjoy a following beyond the poetry community. He was regarded — not always favorably — as a leading "formalist," a master of old-fashioned meter and language who resisted contemporary trends. Wilbur was also known for his translations, especially of Moliere, Racine and other French playwrights. His playful, rhyming couplets of Moliere's "Tartuffe" and "The Misanthrope" were often called the definitive editions of those classic 17th-century satires.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Obituaries