Dawkins, Darryl b. January 11, 1957 d. August 27, 2015 Professional Basketball Player. "Chocolate Thunder", at 6 feet 11 inches tall, was known for his powerful dunks, which led to the NBA adopting breakaway rims due to him shattering the backboard on two occasions in 1979. He was the first basketball player to be drafted to the NBA straight out of high school when he was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1975 with the fifth overall pick. He stayed with Philadelphia from 1975 through 1982 and then moved on to the New Jersey Nets from 1982 until...[Read More] (Bio by: Ricky Eade) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Till, Emmett Louis b. July 25, 1941 d. August 28, 1955 Murder Victim, Civil Rights Figure. Many historians feel he inadvertently started the American civil rights movement. His story is chronicled in the PBS award-winning documentary series,"Eyes on the Prize." While visiting relatives in Mississippi, this young black Chicagoan, not understanding the profundity of racism there, accepted a dare to address an attractive white woman in a grocery store. He went in, bought some candy, and on the way out allegedly said "bye, baby." One observer claimed...[Read More] Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Shaw, Robert b. August 9, 1927 d. August 28, 1978 Actor. Born Robert Archibald Shaw in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, one of five children of Thomas and Doreen Shaw. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London making his stage debut at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. He made an uncredited screen debut in the Alec Guinness vehicle, The Lavender Hill Mob in 1951. His first notable film appearance was From Russia with Love in 1964. He also appeared in such films as A Man for All Seasons in 1966 for which...[Read More] (Bio by: Iola) Cause of death: Heart attack Cremated, Ashes scattered, Ashes scattered near his home in Ireland
Gordon, Ruth b. October 30, 1896 d. August 28, 1985 Writer, screen and stage actress. After graduating from Quincy High School she enrolled in the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York city. Her career saw her working in both films and the stage, making her Broadway debut in 1915 in Peter Pan. In 1921 she married actor Gregory Kelly, who died of heart disease in 1927. Her only child, Jones Harris, was born in 1929, the product of a relationship with Broadway producer Jed Harris. In 1942 she married famed playwright and...[Read More] (Bio by: Ron Moody) Cause of death: Stroke Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Kulp, Nancy b. August 28, 1921 d. February 3, 1991 Actress. A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she was best known for the role of 'Miss Jane Hathaway' on the 1960s television comedy series "The Beverly Hillbillies" for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. Her many other TV credits included "Perry Mason", "Twilight Zone", "The Lucy Show", "Sanford and Son", "Petticoat Junction", "The Love Boat", "Simon & Simon" and "Quantum Leap". For feature films, she appeared in "Steel Town" (1952), "Shane" (1953), "A Star is Born" (1954), "Count...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Cause of death: Cancer Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, Mifflintown, Juniata County, Pennsylvania, USA
Nordmann, Robert 'Bevo' b. December 11, 1939 d. August 22, 2015 Professional Basketball Player. At the stature of 6 feet, 10 inches, he was one of the tallest players in the NBA during his era and defended against the likes of such big men as Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Walt Bellamy. For four seasons (1961 to 1965), he played at the center position in the National Basketball Association with the Cincinnati Royals, St. Louis Hawks, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. He attended St. Louis University High School and played collegiate basketball at St...[Read More] (Bio by: C.S.) East Lawn Memory Gardens, Okemos, Ingham County, Michigan, USA
Patterson, Melody b. April 15, 1949 d. August 20, 2015 American Actress. Patterson, who began her career performing in plays at the age of four, attended the Hollywood Professional School and later studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. At the age of 16, she landed the role of "Wrangler Jane" on the television series 'F-Troop', a role she would play for two seasons. Among other TV shows she guest starred on were 'The Monkees', 'Adam-12', 'Green Acres' and appeared frequently on 'Hollywood Squares'. From 1970 to 1975, she...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Clutter, Kenyon Neal b. August 28, 1944 d. November 15, 1959 Murder Victim. He was murdered, along with his father Herb Clutter, his mother Bonnie Mae and sister Nancy, by two paroled ex-convicts in their home in Holcomb, Kansas in November 1959. The story around their murders and subsequent trial of their killers was made famous when they were depicted in writer Truman Capote's 1966 true crime novel "In Cold Blood." (Bio by: A.J. Marik) Valley View Cemetery, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas, USA Plot: Zone A, Lot 470, Space 4
Brown, Bobbi Kristina b. March 4, 1993 d. July 26, 2015 Singer and Reality Television Star. The only child of entertainers Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, she was thrust into the spotlight at an early age when she appeared with her parents, who had a tumultuous 14-year marriage, tarnished by rumors of infidelity, drug use, and domestic violence, on the widely criticized 2005 reality show 'Being Bobby Brown'. Brown performed with her mother in several live duets on...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, Union County, New Jersey, USA * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Craig, Yvonne b. May 16, 1937 d. August 17, 2015 American Actress and Dancer. Craig will best be remembered for her role as "Batgirl" in the 1960s TV series, 'Batman'. She began her theatrical career as the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and had toured for three years when she was discovered by John Ford’s son, Patrick and was cast for the lead in the 1959 movie, 'The Young Land', and later that same year would also appear in 'Gidget' and 'The Gene Krupa Story'. She would go on to have roles in such films as 'High Time' (...[Read More] (Bio by: Louis M.) Unknown* * Find A Grave is currently seeking additional burial information for this individual. Please email with any updates you may have. Thank you!
Gillespie, Dizzy (John Birks) b. October 21, 1917 d. January 6, 1993 Musician. He was a trumpeter recognized as one of the most major contrbutors to the development of American bebop and modern jazz. Known as the "ambassador of jazz", he began his career in the 1930s, when he joined Cab Calloway's orchestra. For the next six decades, he led his own bands, both big and small, and toured the world playing his complex and upbeat music. He has performed with virtually all the great names of jazz to included Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Stan Levy and...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Flushing Cemetery, Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA Plot: Buried next to his mother [unmarked]
Parker, Charlie 'Bird' b. August 29, 1920 d. March 12, 1955 Jazz Musician. Regarded by many as the most influential figure in modern jazz, he began his career playing alto saxophone (as well as clarinet, which he disliked intensely and would not continue with after he became prominent) for various bands in his native Kansas City territory during the late 1930s and early 1940s, most notably the group led by pianist Jay McShann. While traveling to an engagement in Lincoln, Nebraska, McShann's bus hit and killed a chicken, prompting Parker to scream at the...[Read More] (Bio by: Stuthehistoryguy) Cause of death: Heart failure/pneumonia/cirrhosis of the liver from years of drug and alcohol abuse Lincoln Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA GPS coordinates: 39.0959892, -94.4809265 (hddd.dddd)
Jones, Anissa b. March 11, 1958 d. August 28, 1976 Actress. She is best remembered for her role of ‘Buffy' on the television series "Family Affair". Born in West Lafayette, Indiana, her parents moved to San Diego County, California, when she was a small girl, settling in Playa del Rey, where she grew up. In 1966 she was cast as ‘Elizabeth "Buffy" Patterson-Davis' in "Family Affair", playing the role until 1971. She had a brief cameo role in 1968 on television's Rowan and Martin "Laugh-In", which gave her an appetite for more acting roles...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Cause of death: Drug overdose Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Huston, John b. August 5, 1906 d. August 28, 1987 Academy-Award winning motion picture director, actor, and writer of the 1920s thru 1980s. Directed Hollywood film classics such as "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" (1948), "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950), and "The African Queen" (1951). Married for a time to actress Evelyn Keyes. Father of actress Angelica Huston. Mr. Huston was one of the "greats" of Hollywood's golden age. (Bio by: A.J. Marik) Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA Plot: Garden of Legends (formerly Section 8), lot 6, west side of lake
Bryant Sr., Roy b. January 24, 1931 d. September 1, 1994 Crime Figure. Along with half-brother J.W. Milam, murdered 14 year old Emmett Till on August 28, 1955, in Money, Mississippi. The crime is noted as a pivotal event motivating the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Lehrton Cemetery, Ruleville, Sunflower County, Mississippi, USA
Roker, Roxie Albertha b. August 28, 1929 d. December 2, 1995 Actress. She is best known for her portrayal as 'Helen Willis' on the popular television sitcom "The Jefferson's" and mother of rock star Lenny Kravitz. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, she later attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1952. While at Howard she was a very active member in the Howard Players and was featured in several productions. She was also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Soroity, Inc. After graduation, she moved to New...[Read More] (Bio by: Curtis Jackson) Cause of death: Breast cancer Southern Memorial Park, North Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA Plot: East Court 2 Lot 19 Gr 2B in the grass area on the left side by side walk.
Houston, Whitney b. August 9, 1963 d. February 11, 2012 Recording Artist, Actress, Entertainer. Regarded as one of the finest female vocalists of her generation, she began her musical career singing as a member of the New Hope Baptist Church junior gospel choir. She is credited with inspiring the successful musical careers of Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson among others. She was discovered at a local New York City nightclub by former Arista Records president Clive Davis, where she performed as a backup vocalist for her mother Cissy Houston...[Read More] (Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) Fairview Cemetery, Westfield, Union County, New Jersey, USA GPS coordinates: 40.6648369, -74.3268814 (hddd.dddd)