MILLARD DEAN SR.
Millard Hilton Dean Sr. was born in Powhatan, Virginia on October 19, 1922, to Ethyl Horton Dean and James Dean. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Constance Whitlow Dean; and his 11 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Beverly; his son, Rusty; his daughter-in-law, Tee; his grandson, Tres; and his granddaughter, Maddy. Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Hilton joined the Army Air Corps. He was a Staff Sergeant in the 455th Bomb Group, 743rd Bomb Squadron and served in the European Theater of World War II. His job was an engineer and gunner in a B24 Liberator, and as the name implies, helped to liberate Europe. Hilton flew 51 missions in his plane, the “Menacing Messalina.” Half of his missions were flown in the nose of the plane, and the other half in the ball turret. The 455th Bomb Group bombed the Moosbierbaum Oil Refinery in Austria, and the Daimler Aircraft factory in Steyer, Austria. The group received the Distinguished Unit Citation for both these mission. As with so many members of the Greatest Generation, he served his country and never asked for thanks, bragged about his exploits, or complained about his hardships. He simply did his duty, came home to Virginia, got a job, married and raised his family. Hilton spent most of his career working for Otis Elevator Company. He either installed or worked on most of the older Otis elevators in and around the City of Richmond. He eventually was promoted to district maintenance supervisor. He was a strict and demanding task-master with the men who worked with him, but with his family, it was a different story. As he told his son, Rusty, the key to raising children is giving them everything they want. He definitely abided by this belief. Above and beyond the superficial, material things of life, Hilton and his beloved wife, Connie, gave their children two precious gifts. There was never a day that went by that they did not feel complete love and security from both their parents, and they also instilled in them the belief (in their strictly middle-class upbringing) that they were the equals of kings and presidents. Hilton’s two grandchildren, Tres and Maddy, were also very special gifts to their grandfather. As with his children, there was nothing he wouldn’t do for either of them, and he loved them both unconditionally. Apart from his immediate family, his nephew, Kenny Whitlow, and Kenny’s son, Cole, were special to Dean. We thank them both for their love for our father. We would also like to thank our cousin, Midge Flannagan, for her love and care for our father. She has cared and watched over him for the last six years. We could not have done it without her. Special thanks to his nurse practitioner, Tammy Krukiel. She was a blessing to our family. Visitation was from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 23 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, followed by a private burial.
William “Dennis” Domer went into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Friday, February 17, 2017 as a result of a motorcycle accident. Dennis was 67 years old and had just retired from a long career as a trucker with an incredible record for safety, the last 30 years with ABF Freight. Dennis was a faithful and loving servant of God having become a Christian early in his adulthood. He had two loves: first was his love for His Lord and serving Him in his church of 33 years. Last Sunday, he prophetically stood before his church and stated, “What do you do when you retire? You go be with the Lord!” All of us who knew and loved him are shocked that his word would be so quickly fulfilled. He often prayed for God’s protection when riding, and always prayed that God would be glorified in all he did. Thus his homegoing was not an accident, but a call to come home from His God. Dennis was that quiet, faithful servant who was always there to do the little things hidden, unseen, and unnoticed by others, not looking for the reward or applause of men, but only that of his God. He had deep spiritual perception and understanding that few knew about. He loved studying his Bible, and listening to Christian music in his truck as he drove, not having a CB like almost all truckers. He did not own a TV – not for any religious reasons; he just had no interest in watching. He was a humble man with a sweet spirit that invited the love of others. Dennis second love was riding his Harley’s. He began riding motorcycles in his teens and presently had three, each one with over 100,000 miles on them, only because he maintained them so well. He probably had more than a dozen different Harley’s. He was planning on buying a new Harley Road King for his retirement riding, but now is riding “bike-free” with His Lord and Savior. He was a faithful member of the Christian Motorcycle Association, having served both as chaplain and vice president of the Living Wheels chapter. He was a lifetime member of the Harley Owners Group since its inception in 1983 and the local Steel Horse H.O.G. Chapter. He always felt he was most at home either with his Christian brethren or in the saddle. His most well-known comment was, “I could ride all day!” He was an extremely safe and careful rider, riding almost like he was driving an 18-wheeler. Dennis served in the Navy during the late 1960s with an honorable discharge. He is survived by his son, William Adam, and two granddaughters, Trista and Kloe and his sister Diane Dunlap in Florida. His parents are deceased. Funeral services will be private.
Dorothy J. Funderburk, 99, of Midlothian, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William H. Funderburk Jr.; and son, William H. (Hank) Funderburk III. She is survived by her daughters, Dianne Trauber of Powhatan, Jennifer Holloway (Robert) of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, and Kathryn Yoder of Surfside Beach, South Carolina ; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Dorothy lived a long, active life. She was a charter member of Salisbury Country Club, where she was an avid golfer. She also enjoyed bridge and painting. Funeral services will be private. The family of Dorothy Funderburk would like to thank Brookdale Midlothian and Hospice Community Care.
JIMMY GRISSOM SR.
Jimmy J. Grissom Sr., 90, of Powhatan, widower of Annette G. Grissom, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. He is survived by his children, Jimmy Grissom Jr. (Cathy) of Cumberland, Bonnie G. Bayliss of Powhatan; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family received friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 26 at Bennett & Barden Funeral Home, 3215 Anderson Highway, Powhatan. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 27 in Dale Memorial Park, Chesterfield.
KENNETH MOORE SR.
Kenneth William Moore Sr., 79, of Powhatan, departed this life on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laverne Moore; parents, Ruth and Jessie Moore; brother, Melvin Moore; and son, Kenneth Moore Jr. He is survived by one sister, Maxine Rose (Sam); three grandchildren, Ashley Moore, Taylor Bailey and Cody Moore; one great-grandson, Javari Mayo, and special friends, Angel Skelton, Michael Dolin and Brenda Caurnour. The family received friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, February 24 at Graceland Baptist Church, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Graceland Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 975 Dorset Road, Powhatan, VA 23139.
Marylou Snow Paquette, 89, of Powhatan, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones on Sunday, February 19, 2017. She was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. Marylou is survived by her devoted husband of 69 years, Harvey J. Paquette Jr.; her brother, Robert Snow, wife Shirley and family, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her five children, her son, Terry and his wife Laurie, daughters Susan Bennett and her husband Bobby, Sally Paquette, Gail Spruill, and Laura Batts and her husband Martin. Marylou was blessed with 12 grandchildren whom she adored: Jennifer (Rob), Tommy, Chris (Molly), Thomas (Amy), Joey, Lucy (Will), Sarah (Tyrone), Andrew, Chris (Stacy), Laura, Erika, and Anna (Sam); 14 great-grandchildren; Ricky, Trevor, Brandon, Connor, Cameron, Betsy, Evan, Kyle, Ella, Sutton, Channing, Corwin, Sophia, and Caleb. Also, her cat, Ching. Marylou will be remembered for her love of nature, her generous heart, her wit and her well-lived life full of grace. Oh, and her love of Cheerios and raisin toast. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation in her memory to the Nature Conservancy or the Powhatan United Methodist Church Discretionary Fund. A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at Powhatan United Methodist Church.