Monday, December 17, 2007

OUT 304--DEATHS in 2007

In 2007, we lost many STL area prominent and everyday people who had made a social impact with their lives or what could have been with their lives. The following are some of those prominent folk who made a difference for the STL as as the world.

IN JANUARY, we lost Florrisant native Brett Clawson who died in a car accident. He was a finalist on the 2003 season of "Last Comic Standing" .He was 32.

IN FEBURARY, we lost East St. Lousi native Damien Nash (RIGHT) of a heartattck. He was a running back for the Denver Broncos. He was 24. Also, we lost veteran politician and the first African American STL city Comptroller John Bass. He was 80. And, St. Louis attorney and poet Sheryl Johnson who died of pancreatic cancer. She was 52.

In MARCH, we lost former Sen. Tom Eagleton, who also ran for VicePresident in 1972 at the age of 77 and R&B singer Luther Ingram of diabetes who is famous for the song, "If Loving You is Wrong." He was 69.

In APRIL we lost award-winning actor Roscoe Lee Brown from cancer. He was a graduate of Jefferson City, Mo HBCU Lincoln University. He was 81.

In AUGUST, St. Lous mourned the tragic loss of STl police officer Norvelle Brown who was gunned down from a routine patrol. He was 22. We also lost former East St. Louis City Alderman Cleophus Carr Carrdied after spending 17 days in the burn unit at St. John's Medical Center in St. Louis County.

In SEPTEMBER, Frank Peters Jr., a former arts editor and music critic for the Post-Dispatch who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972, died of a heart attack. He was 76.

In DECEMBER, the world lost Grammy Award winning music genius Ike Turner who spent the 50s and 60s living in the St. Louis area, died at the age of 76.

Also in December we lost
Colonel Clifton W. Gates, former St. Louis American co-publisher, entrepreneur and civic leader, from diabetes at the age of 84.

R.I.P. also goes out to opther STl area people who have passed on: Gene Lynn Campbell III., Gary Smith aka LG, Jessica and Kelli Uhl, Ramika Thomas, Pamela Schmidt, Sadie Perkins , and all thsoe who didnt have a promoinnet name but had an impact on someone's lives.

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