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Obituaries in the News

May 16, 1998

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ C.H. Butcher Sr., the patriarch of a family whose fortunes rose to great heights from humble roots before a scandalous collapse, died Friday of heart failure. He was 95.

Butcher was a farmer, teacher, merchant and banker.

He was perhaps best known as the father of Jake and C.H. Butcher Jr., who inherited one small bank from him and turned it into one of the largest banking empires in the South. Both went to prison for fraud after their banks collapsed in 1983.

Butcher ran a general store in Maynardville from 1932 until August 1996, when his health forced him to quit.

He was one of the organizers of Southern Industrial Banking Corp. and remained a member of the SIBC board until he resigned in the mid-1980s shortly before the company filed for bankruptcy.

Aurora Castillo

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Aurora Castillo, an award-winning environmentalist who rallied residents to ward off a prison, toxic-waste facilities and an oil pipeline from East Los Angeles, died April 30 of leukemia. She was 84.

In 1995, she became the first Los Angeles resident, Hispanic woman and oldest person to win the $75,000 Goldman Environmental Prize, which has been called the Nobel Prize of environmentalists.

In 1986, when a priest urged a women’s group to protest the construction of a $100 million state prison _ the eighth penal facility in East Los Angeles _ Ms. Castillo responded by rallying residents to peaceful protests. State authorities located the prison elsewhere in 1992.

Earl Manigault

NEW YORK (AP) _ Earl ``The Goat″ Manigault, a king of the city’s public basketball courts whose heroin use deprived him of a promising career, died Thursday night of congestive heart failure. He was 53.

Manigault, whose life was depicted in the 1996 HBO movie ``The Legend of Earl `The Goat’ Manigault,″ had a history of heart disease.

Manigault grew up playing on New York City’s playgrounds with the likes of Connie Hawkins and his friend Lew Alcindor, now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Although at 6-feet-1 he was smaller than many opponents, he was known for his ability to soar over taller players with his great leaping ability.

After a failed stint at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., in the 1960s, he returned to New York, where the lure of drugs eroded his once majestic athletic prowess while Abdul-Jabbar and other contemporaries were excelling in the National Basketball Association.

J.R. McKinley

De QUEEN, Ark. (AP) _ J.R. McKinley, a longtime editor of the De Queen Bee and Daily Citizen newspapers, died Friday. He was 82.

McKinley was named editor of the De Queen Bee and Daily Citizen in 1953 and wrote a column for both newspapers. In February 1990, the Arkansas Press Association presented McKinley with its Golden 50 award, honoring him for 50 years in the news business.

McKinley was a member of the state Parks and Tourism Commission under Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller.

He is survived by his wife Wynne Gray McKinley, two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Walter Rogosheske

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) _ Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Walter Rogosheske died Friday of a heart attack. He was 83.

Rogosheske served on the Supreme Court from 1962 to 1982. He was appointed to the court by Gov. Elmer L. Anderson.

His legal career also included 18 years on the district court bench, lecturing at the University of Minnesota Law School and overseeing development of prosecution and defense standards for the American Bar Association.

Karolj Seles

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ Karolj Seles, the father and coach of women’s tennis star Monica Seles, died Thursday of cancer. He was 64.

Until Seles took ill, he had been Monica’s only coach.

An award-winning editorial cartoonist in his native Yugoslavia, Seles used his artistic talent to teach Monica and his son, Zoltan, the fundamentals of tennis.

Seles coached Zoltan, now 33, who became a top junior player, and Monica, now 24, who became the top woman tennis player in the world.

Seles was very protective of his daughter, especially after she was stabbed by a fan during a match on April 30, 1993.

Despite a condition continually weakened by the cancer and the treatments, Seles attended many of Monica’s tournaments. He last saw her play in August in Atlanta.

Rudy West

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) _ Rudy West, one of the original members of The Five Keys, who recorded such 1950s hits as ``The Glory of Love,″ ``Close Your Eyes,″ and ``Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind,″ died Thursday of a heart attack. He was 65.

``Ling, Ting, Tong″ was a No. 28 pop hit in 1954. That was followed by the ballad ``Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind,″ which reached No. 23 in 1956, and ``Wisdom of a Fool,″ which hit No. 35 in 1957.

Despite the group’s success, West never made much money and eventually took a job with the Postal Service. After his retirement in 1981, he performed sporadically on the oldies circuit. His last performance was last month at the Dochiki Club in Newport News.

The Rhythm & Blues Foundation gave The Five Keys a prestigious Pioneer Award in 1991. The next year, the group was inducted into the doowop hall of fame.

Clyde Landon Wills

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) _ Clyde Landon Wills, a ``good crusader″ when he was the outspoken editor and owner of the McLean County News, died Thursday. He was 81.

Wills bought the weekly newspaper for $680 in 1946.

Wills espoused political views that often were unpopular in the rural Calhoun area. He took on the issues of strip mining and desegregation. He also championed public housing and a local library.

Wills said he bought the newspaper as a means to political influence but eventually sold it. He came to Frankfort in the 1970s and worked as a policy analyst at the Cabinet for Human Resources. He retired in 1988.

He also was volunteer publisher of Bluegrass Roots, a journal of the Kentucky Genealogical Society, for the past 23 years.

Survivors include his wife Ilene, a sister and six sons.

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