Obituaries in the News
The Associated Press
Sep. 20, 1999
DETROIT (AP) _ Bishop C.L. Anderson, a senior prelate of the Church of God in Christ, died Sept. 15. He was 76.
As bishop of the 10,000-member Great Lakes Jurisdiction of his denomination, Anderson expanded the jurisdiction from 26 to 80 churches. He also was one of the 12 board members who govern the Church of God in Christ worldwide.
Anderson was pastor of the Anderson Memorial Church of God in Christ in Detroit. The church was named for his father, who was also a bishop.
Anderson was born Feb. 7, 1923 in Marked Tree, Ark., and served in the Army as a chaplain's assistant in India. In Detroit, he worked to refurbish city parks, trained new ministers and performed mission work in the Dominican Republic.
CLEVELAND (AP) _ The Rev. Alan Davis, the longtime executive director of the Cleveland City Club, died Saturday from a stroke. He was 74.
Davis was executive director of the City Club for 23 years and also served as pastor at St. Philip's Christian Church.
Davis was an associate of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and was affiliated with numerous programs to feed and house the poor.
He served in the signal corps in World War II, then earned a bachelor's degree from Yale University. He played on the university baseball team captained by former President Bush and graduated from Yale's Divinity School in 1953.
Davis also was a boyhood friend of Dr. Sam Sheppard and the executor of Sheppard's will. Davis was a firm believer in Sheppard's innocence in the murder of his wife.
Marilyn Sheppard was beaten to death on July 4, 1954. Dr. Sheppard was convicted of murder in December 1954 and was eventually acquitted in a retrial.
Samuel James Ervin III
MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) _ Judge Samuel James Ervin III, son of the late Sen. Sam J. Ervin Jr., died Saturday. He was 73.
Ervin was the chief judge of the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1989 to 1996. At the time of his death, he was North Carolina's only federal appellate judge in active service.
Ervin served as a part-time prosecutor in Burke County from 1954 to 1956. He was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1964 and 1966.
A year later, he was appointed by Gov. Dan Moore to serve as a Superior Court judge. He was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in 1980.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Arnold Feuerman, an inventor and former chairman of the Arnold Automotive Group, one of the nation's largest auto dealers, died Friday of liver cancer. He was 81.
Feuerman, who founded the Michigan Cancer Foundation, donated his liver for hepatitis C research as ``his final gesture,'' said his wife, Thelma Feuerman.
Feuerman was an office manager for the FBI's Detroit district office in 1937, then became an accountant for Morton Truck Co. From 1942 to 1946, he was assigned by the Army to the War Production Board.
From 1951 to 1953, Feuerman built an independent laboratory where he invented products. He owned 37 international patents, covering vaporized gasoline, a fuel-injection system and a sewing needle that could be threaded by a blind person.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Jerry Flemmons, a veteran journalist at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram who was on the team that covered the assassination of President Kennedy, died of cancer Friday. He was 63.
During his 30-year career at the paper, Flemmons was a police reporter, feature writer, general assignment reporter and columnist. He also served as a pallbearer for Lee Harvey Oswald.
He began his career at the Greenville Herald-Banner in 1962 and, after taking time off to travel, worked at the Abilene Reporter-News. In April 1963, he went to the Star-Telegram and three years later, took a leave of absence to become press aide to Attorney General Waggoner Carr, who had decided to run for governor.
Flemmons returned to the newspaper after Carr lost and took another leave in 1976 to write a definitive biography of newspaper publisher Amon G. Carter.
In 1979, Flemmons received the Star Reporter of the Year Award from the Headliners Club in Austin. He won many other awards for his writing and reporting.
Survivors include his mother and a son.
MOSCOW (AP) _ Raisa Gorbachev, the spirited and outspoken wife of the last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, died today in a German hospital after a battle with leukemia. She was 67.
Mrs. Gorbachev, who was widely admired in the West and long resented at home, died of circulatory and organ failure at University Hospital in Muenster, said hospital spokeswoman Jutta Reising.
Mikhail Gorbachev, who led the Soviet Union from 1985 until its collapse in 1991, was at his wife's side throughout her illness.
Mrs. Gorbachev was the very antithesis of the typical Soviet leader's wife. While her husband conducted policies that would transform the Soviet Union, she carved out a public role for herself _ something few Russians ever accepted.
A former philosophy instructor, she charmed Western audiences with her intellect, poise and designer clothes.
Many Russians disliked her, though, and Gorbachev conceded in his memoirs that even his mother had never liked his wife. But he never left any doubt that Raisa _ his ``Raya'' _ was the love of his life.
Raisa Maksimovna Titorenko met Gorbachev while both were students at Moscow State University. She studied sociology; he studied law. The two were married in September 1953, and moved to Gorbachev's home region of Stavropol in southern Russia when he graduated in 1955.
Mrs. Gorbachev taught Marxist-Leninist philosophy, and later took a job as a lecturer at her alma mater when her husband returned to Moscow as a rising Communist Party official. She gave up her job when Gorbachev became Communist Party chief in 1985.