Garrett, Patsy b. May 4, 1921 d. January 8, 2015 Entertainer. Born Virginia Garrett, both her parents were Vaudeville performers, she was raised in Richmond, Virginia and by the age of seven, she had her own children's radio program. Her national break came at the age of seventeen, when she landed a regular spot as a singer on Fred Waring's program "Pleasure Time" (1938 to 1945). In 1939, she was sought after by Cole Porter to introduce his ballad "Begin the Beguine". By the 1960s, she was appearing frequently on television in episodes of...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Cathedral City), Cathedral City, Riverside County, California, USA
Sweetman, Harvey Nelson b. October 10, 1921 d. January 15, 2015 New Zealand Military Figure. A decorated officer with the Royal New Zealand Air Force, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. He played a major role as part of the flying force which protected England from the German V-1 Flying Bombs. He was working as a clerk, prior to World War II and after his flight training, he was assigned to England with the rank of Sergeant-Pilot. He was initially assigned to the 234 Squadron in February 1941 and later, he joined the first New Zealand...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) North Shore Memorial Park, Auckland, New Zealand Plot: Cremated
Lumpp, Ray b. July 11, 1923 d. January 16, 2015 Professional Basketball Player, US Olympic Gold Medalist. He received a gold medal as a member of the Men's US Olympic Basketball Squad in 1948. Born Raymond George Lumpp, he attended Newtown High School in Elmhurst, New York, prior to serving with the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. Following his return home, he enrolled with New York University and played collegiate basketball. While with the Violets, Lumpp and Dolph Schayes led the school to an appearance in the NIT...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Locust Valley Cemetery, Locust Valley, Nassau County, New York, USA
Harrison, Ted b. August 28, 1926 d. January 16, 2015 Artist, Illustrator and Author. Born Edward Hardy Harrison, he was known around the globe for his brightly colored and whimsical depictions of the Canadian North. His parents recognized his artistic talent as a child and sent him to the West Hartlepool School of Art in England. After serving in World War II, he went on to complete his studies and was awarded a National Diploma in Design in 1949. He then taught art in Malaysia and New Zealand before he spotted a newspaper ad for a teacher needed...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Gover, Robert b. November 2, 1929 d. January 12, 2015 Author. Known for his works of satire, he will be remembered for penning the controversial bestselling novel "One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding" (1962). Raised in a Philadelphia orphanage, he attained a degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a journalist in Pennsylvania and Maryland, prior to writing his first novel "One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding". The cult classic work brought to light the subjects of interracial relations, sex and vulgarity which allowed a...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Drake, Ervin b. April 3, 1919 d. January 15, 2015 Songwriter. He will perhaps be best remembered for penning the song "It Was a Very Good Year" (1961), which became a hit for Frank Sinatra in 1965. Born Ervin Maurice Druckman, the son of European-Jewish parents, his father was a wholesale furniture distributor, Ervin developed a fondness for music during his childhood and began writing songs at the age of twelve. He earned a degree in Social Sciences and Graphic Arts from City College of New York and following graduation in 1940, he had his...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Summers, Elaine b. February 20, 1925 d. December 27, 2014 Dancer, Choreographer. A pioneer of modern dance, she shall be remembered for using movies to enhance dance performances and for 'Kinetic Awareness', her approach to the science of body movement. Born Lillian Elaine Smithers, she was raised in Boston by her mother, studied dance from a young age, graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, then in 1951 moved to New York City where she studied at Juilliard and in the 1960s became a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, a...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Rosedale and Rosehill Cemetery, Linden, Union County, New Jersey, USA
Fowley, Kim b. July 21, 1939 d. January 15, 2015 Singer, Musician and Producer. Fowley, who has been described as "one of the most colorful characters in the annals of rock & roll", will best be remembered for his role behind a string of novelty and cult pop rock singles in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1959, he began working in the music industry in various capacities for both Alan Freed and Berry Gordy. His first record as producer was "Charge" by The Renegades. During the early 1960s, he was involved as co-producer or co-publisher, with a string...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis Mata) Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Kenney, H. Wesley b. January 3, 1926 d. January 13, 2015 Television Director, Producer. During the course of his career, he earned numerous Emmy Awards and nominations for his producing of soap operas including "General Hospital", "The Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and the Restless". Born Harry Wesley Kenney, Jr., he served with the United States Navy during World War II and following his return home, he enrolled at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, where he played football, while studying Drama. During the early years of television...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Winfield, Darrell Hugh b. July 30, 1929 d. January 12, 2015 Advertising Figure. For over two decades, he was the macho cowboy Marlboro Man whose face was on billboard signs, in advertisements, magazines and television ads. Discovered by executives from the Leo Burnett ad agency while he was working on the Quarter Circle 5 Ranch in western Wyoming. His rugged good looks made him the face of Marlboro cigarettes, (1968-89). Credited as the original Marlboro Man, he is also noted for being the most portrayed man in the world as an International cowboy...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Byas, Richard 'Subby' b. March 19, 1910 d. October 8, 1985 Negro league baseball player. Graduated from Wendell Phillips Academy High School in Chicago, where he earned All-City honors in baseball and basketball. Began his career with the Kansas City Monarchs in 1931, and would soon play for Gilkerson's Union Giants in 1933 and the Newark Dodgers in 1934. The next season he began a 5 years stint with the Chicago American Giants. The catcher played well enough to be named to the East-West All-Star team in 1936 and 1937. He led all position players in...[Read More] (Bio by: Adam Penale) Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Ward-Davies, Trevor 'Dozy' b. November 27, 1944 d. January 13, 2015 Rock Musician. A bass guitarist, he was a founding member of the 1960s British rock ensemble "Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich". They rivaled the "The Beatles" on the British Pop Charts with a string of hits including "You Make it Move" (1965), "Hold Tight!" (1966), "Hideaway" (1966) and "The Legend of Xanadu" (1968). The later topped the British charts in 1968. He remained an active performer in various lineups of the group until his death. (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Grantz, Kevin b. March 15, 1956 d. January 13, 2015 Actor, Director. A distinguished veteran of stage and screen, he shall probably be remembered for his virtually definitive portrayals of George Washington. Raised in the itinerant lifestyle of a 'military brat', he eventually settled with his family in Fredericksburg, Virginia where he graduated from high school before attending Richmond's Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) as a theater arts major. While at VCU he made his screen debut in a movie in which students were being used as extras...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend, Ashes given to Kevin's family.
Cunningham, Doug b. September 14, 1945 d. January 13, 2015 Professional Football Player. For eight seasons (1967 to 1974), he played at the running back position in the National Football League with the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. Born Julian Douglas Cunningham, he attended Louisville High School in Mississippi, where he played football, baseball and track. During his collegiate years at the University of Mississippi, while playing at the tailback position under Hall of Fame coach Johnny Vaught, Cunningham earned All-SEC honors twice...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Memorial Park, Louisville, Winston County, Mississippi, USA
Obraztsova, Elena b. July 7, 1939 d. January 12, 2015 Opera Singer. Perhaps her country's most distinguished mezzo soprano, she shall be remembered for her long career at Moscow's Bolshoi Opera as well as at numerous major international venues. Raised in what was then Leningrad under the difficult conditions of a wartime siege, she began singing in public at around age five and in 1948 joined the Children's Chorus at Leningrad's Palace of Pioneers, remaining with the ensemble until 1954. In 1954 she began formal training at the Tchaikovsky Musical...[Read More] (Bio by: Bob Hufford) Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow, Moscow Federal City, Russian Federation
Adams, Clifford b. September 8, 1952 d. January 12, 2015 Musician. He was a trombonist most noted for being in the horn section of the popular funk band, “Kool and the Gang”. In his preteen years, he showed a strong appreciation for classical Jazz when he was introduced to the trombone. In 1968, Adams got his professional start when he joined the horn section of a band called the “VSQs”. After spending some on the road, he played with Sonny Stitt, James Moody, George Benson, Shirley Scott, Gene Ammons, Don Patterson and Charles Earland. While playing...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Greenwood Cemetery, Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Drummond, Tim b. April 20, 1940 d. January 10, 2015 Rock Musician. A bass player, he will be best remembered for his work with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Born Timothy Lee Drummond, his father served with the United States Air Force, Tim spent some time living in South Carolina, prior to returning to his native Illinois, where he played guitar in a local band. During the 1960s, he joined and toured with James Brown and "The Famous Flames". While working as a sessions musician, he met and began a lengthy association with...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Clemens, Brian Horace b. July 30, 1931 d. January 10, 2015 Motion Picture and Television Screenwriter. He will probably be best remembered for his penning of story lines for the British TV series "The Avengers". A descendent of Mark Twain, his father was an engineer, Brian displayed an interest in writing which resulted in his father buying him a typewriter to encourage him. After dropping out of school, he joined the National Service, prior to writing his first story for the BBC titled "Valid for a Single Journey" (1955). He went on to become a staff...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Ekberg, Anita b. September 29, 1931 d. January 11, 2015 Actress. Born Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg, she will be best remembered for her performance in the film "La Dolce Vita" (1960) by Federico Fellini. During her career she starred in over 70 films including "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars" by Charles Lamont (1953), "Blood Alley" by William A. Wellman, "Artists and Models" co-starring Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin (1955), "War and Peace" by King Vidor (1956), "Back from Eternity" by John Farrow, "A porte chiuse" by Dino Risi (1961), "4 for Texas"...[Read More] (Bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) Skanör Church Cemetery, Skanor, Vellinge kommun, Skåne län, Sweden
Negron, Taylor b. August 1, 1957 d. January 10, 2015 American Actor, Writer, Painter and Comedian. Brad Taylor Negron is probably best known for "The Last Boy Scout", "Fast Times At Ridgemont High", "Easy Money", "Young Doctors In Love", "Angels In the Outfield", and nine appearances on "The Dating Game". He grew up in La Cañada, California. Taylor wrote “Gangster Planet,” and dozens of comedy essays published in various anthologies. Though Taylor didn't graduate high school, he was one of the first to be asked to teach a comedy course at the...[Read More] (Bio by: Carol STEVENS) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!