In Memoriam

Many of the opportunities and successes for black professionals in the accounting profession today were paved by NABA trailblazers who are no longer with us. We honor those legacy trailblazers and difference makers, not just for what they have done for the NABA community, but for black professionals and the profession at large. 


~~~   2019   ~~~

Victor Reginald "Reggie" Hopkins
November 15, 1952 - August 9, 2019

Victor Reginald Hopkins (Reggie) was born on November 15, 1952 in Cairo, IL.  He died on August 9, 2019 in Dallas, TX. He graduated from Cairo High School in 1970. He went on to earn an Associate’s degree at Elgin Community College, followed by earning his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Northern Illinois University. He held various position at several corporations before becoming a successful entrepreneur, enjoying a 31-year career as the Founder and CEO of Hopkins & Associates. 

Reggie was a NABA Lifetime Member. His interests included traveling and being a surrogate father to many youths, who affectionately called him “Uncle Reggie.” He was involved in several community organizations and programs. He was most passionate about serving Young Life - an organization that introduces adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith and the Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet, a school that prepared PreK to 6th grade students to become leaders in high school and as adults.

Reggie is survived by his wife off 44 years, Cheryl Lorraine Hopkins; his son, Dedric Ramon Hopkins; Samantha Chandler; granddaughter, Nicole Noel Hopkins; sister Linda Strickland; brothers Elmer McPherson and Glenn Hopkins; mother-in-law Annie Lee Johnson; sister-in-law Luella Ivy; brothers-in-law Russell Johnson and Howard Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, including his special and dearest friend, Woodrow Howard.
Please visit Reggie’s memorial page here to share a memory.


Dr. Hubert Darnell Glover
April 16, 1957 – May 6, 2019

Dr. Hubert Darnell Glover was born April 16, 1957 in Elmira. NY to Minnie Lee and Gilbert Jenkins Glover. He died on May 6, 2019 in Silver Spring, MD. He graduated from Elmira Free Academy High School in 1974 and went on to complete his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California with a concentration in journalism. He then earned his MBA in accounting at Clark Atlanta University and his PhD in accounting at Texas A&M University. 
Dr. Glover has written more than 50 articles for trade publications, professional organizations and academic journals, published a book of poetry and co-authored a leadership book. He was a devoted father and a friend to many. He was a Lifetime Member of NABA and a member of the NABA Washington, DC Chapter.
Dr. Glover is survived by the mother of his children, Dr. Roni M. Glover; his son, Jason Glover; daughter, Chanel Glover; daughter-in-law, Amal Nait Hammou; brother-in-law, Dr. James Simples; and sisters-in-law, Mildred Glover, Dr. Patricia Simples, Kelli Simples, and Arlette Salmond. 

Please visit his Tribute Wall page to express condolences.



~~~   2018   ~~~

Ernest Charles Terry
June 28, 1943 – October 15, 2018

Ernest Charles Terry was born June 28, 1943 in New Orleans, LA to the late Rev. Edward Terry, Sr. and the late Mrs. Bernice Jackson Terry. He died on July 1, 2018. Ernest graduated from George Washington Carver High School, in New Orleans, in 1960 and graduated from Southern University with a degree in accounting in 1964. While at Southern University, he also became a charter member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Epsilon Upsilon Chapter.

Ernest earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Houston Law School in 1991. He was employed as an accountant at Kaiser Aluminum in Baton Rouge, LA, Johnson & Johnson in Sherman, TX, and Exxon Mobile in Houston. After 40 years of service as an accountant, CPA, and attorney, he retired from Exxon Mobil in 2004. He worked post-retirement as an attorney at McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore Law Firm for five years. Ernest was a member of the Houston NABA Chapter. 

Ernest is survived by his wife Mamie Dell Terry, his children Darron C. Terry and Donna Terry Newsome, and grandchildren Amanda Christine Newsome, Robert Newsome, Jr., and Melody Cherise Newsome. He was the brother of the late Edward Terry, Jr., Barbara Belcher, Earl Terry, Bernice Williams, the late Brenda Hutton, Beatrice Terry, Erskine Terry, and Eric Terry. He also had many nieces and nephews. 

Please visit his Legacy page to express condolences. 

Fred "Freddie" Anderson
November 1, 1952 - August, 2018

Fred “Freddie” Anderson was born November 1, 1952 and died August 24, 2018 at the Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC. He is a graduate of Hampton University and was appointed by the White House, under President Barack Obama, as Chief Risk Officer and Senior Advisor to the Chief Operating Officer of Federal Student Aid (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Education in 2010. He previously held senior leadership roles at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, PwC, BNY Mellon and the former Arthur Andersen & Co.

He is survived by a host of family and friends. 

Please visit his page at Cave Funeral Home.

Samantha DeCambre
March 9, 1970 – August 2, 2018
Samantha DeCambre was born March 9, 1970 in London, England To Millicent & Melbourne DeCambre. She died on August 2, 2018 at Putnam County Hospital in New York. Samantha attended Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx, NY and Pennsylvania State University. She was employed by PepsiCo for more than 20 years.
Her interests included home decor, health and art projects.  She was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend. She was a lifetime member of NABA and a member of the NABA New York Chapter.
Samantha is survived by her daughters, Maia & Macie Thompson; father, Melbourne DeCambre; brother, Howard DeCambre and sisters Gillian Whiteloche, Angela Whiteloche and Bridgette Wilson. She was preceded in death by her mother, Millicent DeCambre.

Please visit her Legacy page to express condolences.


Tomara LaChelle Johnson-Thompson
January 17, 1984 – July 1, 2018

Tomara LaChelle Johnson-Thompson was born January 17, 1984 in Houston, TX to Shirley and James “JJ” Johnson. She died on July 1, 2018. She graduated from Westbury High School in 2002 and was recognized her senior year as the City of Houston’s Female Athlete of the Year. She earned a BS and an MBA, with a concentration in accounting, at Florida A&M University in 2007.  

Following her passion for accounting, Tomara joined KPMG after graduating from Florida A&M and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2010. She worked in the firm's Energy and Chemicals group, where she led teams as a Senior Audit Manager. She was a dedicated member of the NABA Houston Chapter and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Tomara is survived by her husband, Derrick Dwayne Thompson, her daughter, Rian, her parents, her brother, Trey, as well as a host of cousins, sorority sisters, friends and co-workers.

Please visit her Legacy page to express condolences.

~~~   2017   ~~~


Walter D. Davis, III, CPA
April 24, 1951 - November 20, 2017

Walter D. Davis, III, CPA, founding chairman of the Division of Firms, passed away on November 20, 2017. Mr. Davis, who operated a CPA practice in Houston, Texas, established  the Division of Firms in 1986 under the leadership of NABA's first woman president, Ramona Pearson, CPA. 

Mr. Davis was honored on March 25, 1987, with an Outstanding Texan Award from the Texas Legislative Black Caucus. Mr. Davis also served on the Texas Fifth Year Scholarship Advisory Committee for nearly 20 years. He was an instrumental member in negotiating the scholarship program with the Texas Legislature in the law requiring a fifth year of college for the CPA Exam. Texas is one of two states with such a program. 

Please visit his Legacy page to express condolences.