Stories about the lives of prominent Alexandrians.

Jean-François Chaufour, founder of Le Refuge, dies at 67

By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com Jean-François Chaufour, founder of Le Refuge, a beloved local French restaurant, died on May 1 from ongoing health complications. He...

Fred Parker, founder of Hard Times Café, dies at 78

By Denise Dunbar | ddunbar@alextimes.com Local businessman Fred Parker, best known for founding the Hard Times Café in 1980 with two partners, died on April...

Former Registrar of Voters Thomas Parkins dies at 70

By Cody Mello-Klein | cmelloklein@alextimes.com Thomas “Tom” Parkins, of Millville, Delaware, who served as Alexandria’s registrar of voters for more than a decade, died on...

Carol Johnson, community activist, dies at 67

By Cody Mello-Klein | cmelloklein@alextimes.com Carol Johnson, an activist who fought for recognition of the city’s African American history and the rights of the historic...

Charles Samarra, former Alexandria police chief, dies at 74

By Louise Krafft Former Alexandria Police Chief Charles Edward Samarra died March 17 following complications from surgery. He was 74. Samarra, who served as chief from...

Pat M. Booth dies at 83

Pat M. Booth returned to her Heavenly Father on Jan. 5, 2020. She passed peacefully in the morning unexpectedly. Pat was born two months premature...