Tuesday, January 22, 2008


R&B singer Usher's biological father, Usher Raymond III, died on Friday, January 18, 2008 in an Atlanta hospital of unknown causes. He was 52 years old.

According to Taylor Funeral Home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Raymond family will receive friends at the funeral home today (Tuesday, January 22nd) from 6-8 p.m. Homegoing services will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at 1 p.m. in the funeral home's chapel with Elder James Penny officiating, followed by the burial at Highland Memorial Gardens.

Here's little background info on Usher and his father's former estranged relationship: Usher III walked out on Usher's mother, Jonetta Patton shortly after she gave birth to their son on Oct. 14, 1978, in Chattanooga. "It took him a long time to accept Usher was his boy," said Don King, an old school friend. "He was a good man who got in with the wrong crowd. He started taking crack cocaine, freebasing and then stealing." Until recently, father and son had been on the outs before Usher made the decision to allow his father--who had been addicted to crack and jailed several times for shoplifting, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault on a police officer--back into his life soon after he released his record-breaking album Confessions in 2004. And although his father had abandoned him, Usher still pledged to help his dad when he was released from prison over 2 years ago.


Usher solidified his father-son relationship when he invited his father to attend his wedding to Tameka Foster last August...a wedding which he later canceled before the couple exchanged 'I dos' in a private ceremony in Usher's lawyer's office and then again in a lavish ceremony in front of friends and family.

I'm a stern believer that everything happens for a reason. Usher reuniting and patching things up with his father was all in God's plans; thereby, allowing several relevant circumstances to shine through and cast a positive light on such an unexpected passing. In the end, Usher was able to make peace with his father and Usher's father was here long enough to welcome his son's son into this world...a grandson who will also carry on the Usher Raymond name. Lil dude is the beginning of the fifth generation of Usher Raymonds. Usher's father left this world knowing that his son cared enough of him to not only allow him back into his life, but to also pass down their name to his first born son. That's a lot to be grateful for and all parties involved should be feel blessed and appreciative for that gift alone.

OBIT SOURCE: usherforever.com via Chattanooga Times Free Press

FYI: And contrary to rumors, Ben Vereen is not Usher's biological father. Although I can understand why folks would think otherwise. Vereen is actually the singer's godfather.


Anonymous said...

You stole this from mediatakeout. U always blasting them y dont u give them credit

SouthernBlackGurl said...

Umm, excuse me Mr or Miss. 'Anonymous.' This Usher story didn't come from the fraudulent mediatakeout.com website. FYI, I got this story from Erika at usherforever.com. Go look it up, boo boo, and read it and holla back at me. Then tell me again that I 'stole' this from mediatakeout.

'Stole from mediatakeout'? You kidding me, right? Who would or would ever want to steal anything from them? Don't bring that medicore bullshit over here.

Oh, and don't get it twisted...I will continue to blast mediafakeout.com's falsifying asses. And they're dense as hell if they think they can demand that the media and whoever else cite them for a story when they don't go the same. SO YOU CAN GO 'RUN TEL DAT' TOO.

Mina said...

LMAO at them asking you to give them credit! SouthernGurl, I'm mad that came out the side of the necks at you like that! I wonder where they at with the proof that you 'stole' this story from them. You know I'm nosey so I had to go see what was up. I went and checked the mto site and the usher site and there's two different stories. mto says someone from usher's camp called them personally and gave them the info. but usher's site gives an actual source with an authentic link as to where they got their info from. i'mma have to side with you on this one.

Anonymous said...

Not everything that is written is true...or is it ?

Mina said...

^^IF this is the same anonymous person in the first post, I don't have to be a blogger in order to tell you that in this case you need to be directing that question to the 'writers' of your number one black celeb blog/tabloid site.

Blogy™ said...

Anon why would anyone steal mediatakeouts bullshit

Blogy™ said...

I am somewhat boycotting mediatakeout.com
Because of that fake sex tape of New York

And i cant actually beleave people thought that dumb video was her!!!

Fuck Mediatakeout And the anon

Blogy™ said...

by the way check out nypollard.blogspot.com

Carrington said...

Condolences to Usher and his family. And I agree with the S.B.G., both Usher and his father were very lucky and wise to have kissed and made up. Just think of all the 'what ifs' Usher would have had to deal with if they didn't.

Carrington said...

edited to add--i love your blog! it's full of information. i notice you make u make sure you put as many details in your stories as possible. lol.

Kay Dee said...

SG, you can't take folks who post ridiculous shit anonymously too seriously.

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