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Sammy Davis Sr.

May 23, 1988

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Sammy Davis Sr., a leading song-and-dance man of vaudeville and the father of entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., died Saturday. He was 87.

A native of Wilmington, N.C., he began his 40-year show business in New York City by winning a series of dance contests. He joined the Will Maston Trio after World War I and took his act on to vaudeville, stage and nightclubs.

Davis played Fletcher Henderson in the 1955 film, ″The Benny Goodman Story″ and made numerous television appearances. His last was with his son in 1973.

Sammy Davis Jr. was to deliver the eulogy at public services Monday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, said Dick Fisher, a park spokesman. Giorgio Almirante

ROME (AP) - Giorgio Almirante, who had a minor role in Benito Mussolini’s last government and was a founder and longtime leader of Italy’s small but vocal neo-fascist party, died Sunday of heart disease at age 73.

Elected to the the Chamber of Deputies 11 times from 1948 to 1987, Almirante had been charged with helping a right-wing terrorist, but the charges were dropped under a 1987 amnesty.

His Italian Social Movement was the political heir to Mussolini’s fascist creation. By 1987, it had had become Italy’s fourth-largest party in Parliament, holding 5.9 percent of the seats in the Chamber of Deputies.

Another former party leader and founder, Pino Romualdi, 77, died of cancer Friday. The editor of the party newspaper, he was elected to the Chamber of Deputies seven times between 1953 and 1979 and was a senator from 1983 to 1987.

The party announced a joint funeral for the Almirante and Romualdi on Tuesday. Karl Patzelt

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) - Karl Patzelt, a Catholic priest who performed an exorcism for a Daly City family in 1973, died Thursday at the age of 71. Patzelt was drafted into the German army during World War II and spent five years in a prisoner-of-war camp in the Soviet Union. He came to the United States in 1957 to finish his religious training.

Patzelt drew widespread publicity when he said he visited the Daly City family’s home and found signs of the devil in broken windows, marks and dents on the walls caused by boots, knives and ″any other object the devil could grab.″

It was reported that he performed exorcism rites 14 times ″before a great wave of heat hit the room and the household returned to normal.″

The Austrian-born Patzelt died at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, where he lived two years after Alzheimer’s disease forced him to give up his parish, Our Lady of Fatima Byzantine Catholic Church in San Francisco. Tom Lewis

OJAI, Calif. (AP) - Tom Lewis, who founded Armed Forces Radio during World War II to give overseas servicemen a taste of home, died Friday. He was 86.

Lewis is credited for using his entertainment industry contacts while serving as an Army colonel to create the global radio network and got Hollywood and Broadway celebrities to perform on the air.

He also produced films, television shows and radio programs. Lewis was married for 30 years to actress Loretta Young before their divorce in 1970. Lloyd Everett Dickens

NEW YORK (AP) - Lloyd Everett Dickens, a former state assemblyman and a Harlem real estate broker and developer, died of a heart attack Saturday at the age of 86.

Dickens served in the New York state Assembly from 1958 to 1965. He also was founder and president of Lloyd’s Funding Corp., the first company in the nation providing federally insured mortgages that was owned by a black man.

He was also president of a real estate investment and construction firm, and during his career, Dickens owned and managed more 1,000 Harlem apartments.

Dickens, who was born in Watonga, Okla., attended Columbia University’s Institute of Real Estate and New York University’s Institute of Real Estate Management.

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