Chessie M. Brailey, a civil rights activist who had been married to former state legislator F. Troy Brailey, died Dec.16 from complications of dementia at her daughter's Harbor Court condominium.
The former longtime Easterwood Park resident was 94.
"Chessie had a wonderful spirit and was serious about the community and the advancement of African-Americans. She provided tremendous support for her husband," said the Rev. James L. Carter, pastor of East North Avenue's Ark Church and a longtime friend.
"She also projected what she believed in and responded to it," said Mr. Carter. "She was a wonderful lady with a kind and gentle spirit. I always...