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Dayton funk musician dies

Funeral arrangements have been set for a fixture of the music scene that made a name for himself on the local stage. 

Shaun Dedrick, who went by the stage names Shauni Maque and Merriweather, died following an illness in Dayton Wednesday afternoon, said Chuck Henry, his longtime manager and childhood friend.

He was 55. 

A visitation for Dedrick will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 4200 Germantown Pike in Dayton. 

Dedrick’s funeral will begin at 1 p.m.

In the 1980s, Dedrick signed with Atlantic Records under the name Merriweather. 

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He created a self-titled album, but the recording was never released due to a dispute, Henry said. 

Dedrick, who started singing in church as a child,  played with several groups during his career including the D-Funk Allstars. 

He and his siblings performed gospel music as the Dedrick Singers early in their life. 

In an interview for the Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center, Dedrick said he started singing at age 3. 

At age 18, he went on a world tour with Dayton’s legendary funk band the Ohio Players after forging a relationship with Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner.

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He left Central State University, where he had a music scholarship to travel with the band. 

Henry said his version of Prince’s “Purple Rain” was a showstopper in venues around Dayton. 

Dedrick and Henry met playing basketball at age 11 and remained friend throughout their life.  

“There were time we started conversation in the night and would be talking to the daylight,” Henry said. 

Dedrick was multi-talented and could sing, play guitar, bass and drums. 

“He could do it all,” Henry said. “That’s was what so unique.  It was almost like watching a Prince.”

Dedrick’s survivors include his wife Chauntay Derrick and children. 

In 2014, a video for his song “Lonely” was released. 

>> The Ohio Players on their new beginning

Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell dies at 85

Astronaut Edgar D. Mitchell, who was part of the Apollo 14 space crew that flew to the moon in 1971, died late Thursday in West Palm Beach, according to his family.

Mitchell, 85, lived in suburban Lake Worth and died at a local hospice at about 10 p.m. Thursday, his daughter, former West Palm Beach City Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell told The Palm Beach Post.

Mitchell’s ex-wife, Anita Mitchell, is a former Republican Party chairman for Palm Beach County and is currently former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s Palm Beach County campaign chairman.

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Mitchell was the sixth man to walk on the moon. He was part of a three-man crew, with Alan Shepard Jr. and Stuart Roosa, who took part in the Apollo 14 space mission. It was the eighth manned mission in the United States Apollo program and they became the third ever to land on the moon. Mitchell was the lunar module pilot on the mission.

Apollo 14 launched just over 45 years ago, on Jan. 31, 1971. The nine-day mission ended Feb. 9 when the crew landed in the South Pacific Ocean.

Unlike other astronauts who tend to live reclusive lives, Mitchell remained in the public eye.

In 2011, he turned over the camera he took to the moon to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against him in that same year, saying he stole the camera. Mitchell denied the allegations and said if it wasn’t for him, the camera would have never made it back to Earth.

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Mitchell was born in Hereford, Texas, on Sept. 17, 1930 but considered his hometown Artesia, N.M., near Roswell. Mitchell was open about his views on the paranormal and psychic, and he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which sponsors research into the nature of consciousness, or studying the unexplained. In his 1996 memoir, “The Way of the Explorer,” he described the experience on his return to Earth as life-changing.

“What I experienced during that three-day trip home was nothing short of an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness. I actually felt what has been described as an ecstasy of unity,” he said.

Woman turns up alive 13 days after her funeral

Thirteen days after saying their final farewells to a Sharolyn Jackson, a Philadelphia family got a pleasant surprise when they found Jackson alive and well.

The fifty-year-old was pronounced dead after a body matching her description was found on a street corner on July 20. (Via Daily Mirror)

The body was identified as Jackson by her son and a friend, and was buried under Jackson’s name on August 3. (Via Legacy)

But just 13 days after her funeral, Jackson’s son Travis discovered his mother alive and well at a psychiatric institution in central Philadelphia. (Via New York Daily News)

Jackson’s father, Dave Minnie, told KYW about the moment he learned his daughter was alive after all.

“You know how you feel that you’re just about to get over it? That she’s dead, and then Travis comes here with the news that she’s alive.”

Jackson’s family was obviously overjoyed to have her back, but the question remains: who is buried in Jackson’s grave? The Daily Mail says authorities are trying to find that out.

A writer for The Stir comments the mystery woman the Jacksons laid to rest must put a bit of a damper on the family’s reunion.

“Sure, your mom is OK, but who knows who this other woman has left behind ... and they haven’t even had the comfort of being able to say goodbye to their loved one. Talk about a mixed blessing!”

 Authorities are now seeking a court order to exhume the body. The unknown woman died of natural causes on July 20.

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