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Tamarind Restaurant Group founder Supichai “Charlie” Niyomkul died on April 5 due to complications from Covid-19. He is remembered for his endless smile, his dedication to his family, and the popular Thai restaurants he leaves behind.
A civil rights legend and representative of Georgia’s 5th District since 1987, John Lewis served his Atlanta constituents and the nation as the “moral conscience of Congress.” Lewis died on July 17, 2020 at age 80.
“He shaped musicians like Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince, and influenced how people dress and how they define themselves today,” says David Kirby, author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll. “He dreamed up a world that nobody thought possible.”
“Johnny had a million stories, and he knew a million songs—an endless flow of songs.” Johnny Knapp accompanied artists from Billie Holiday to Tony Bennett to Barbara Streisand. His friendship with Col. Bruce Hampton introduced him to a new audience of Atlanta music lovers. He died in Lawrenceville on November 9 at age 89.
Remembering Tom Crawford: Longtime political journalist was “a great raconteur and a walking encyclopedia”
Tom Crawford, an old-school newspaperman who found innovative ways to cover Georgia politics for more than three decades, died of complications from cancer on July 18 at age 67.
As colleagues and customers reflected on Atlanta hairstylist Carey Carter’s life and legacy this week at his Carter-Barnes on Paces salon in Buckhead, one consistent sound served as a fitting tribute—laughter.
Cornelia Walker Bailey knew Sapelo Island’s history and was determined to get it straight. As the unofficial griot (a West African term for a historian or storyteller) of Hog Hammock, the last remaining of the original African American communities founded by the island’s population of freed slaves and their descendants, she taught it every chance she got.
Atlanta fashion designer and Project Runway finalist Mychael Knight died on October 17 at age 39. In his final interview with Atlanta magazine, he talked about the state of reality TV and what Atlanta meant to him.