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Daily Press
May 28, 2003


GRAFTON – Russell David Washington Sr., husband of Helen Washington, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003. Arrangements by Whiting’s Funeral Home, Williamsburg.


Daily Press
May 29, 2003


GRAFTON – Russell David Washington Sr., 85, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 27, 2003, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a native and lifelong resident of the York County area.

Mr. Washington was a devoted member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Yorktown, where he served as an usher and a dedicated trustee for more than 40 years.

He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. He retired from the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station and Hampton General Hospital with a combination of 40 years of dedicated and faithful service. He was also a member of Yorkstar-Zedekiah Lodge No. 167, where he served as the Past Worshipful Master. He was a Mason for more than 60 years.

To know him was to love him and he will be greatly missed by many.

He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his devoted and loving wife of nearly 58 years, Helen; his daughter, Mabel of Yorktown; his sons, Russell Jr. (Elaine), Carl (Denise) and Kriss (Donna), all of Yorktown, Lynwood (Gloria) of Portsmouth and Burnett of Washington, D.C.; his eight grandchildren; his five great-grandchildren; his sister, Beatrice Carter of Yorktown; his brother, Coleman Washington of Newport News; his brothers-in-law, Ernest Washington (Beatrice) and William “Skipper” Washington (Suzanne); and a host of other loving relatives and many caring friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at noon on Friday, May 30, in Shiloh Baptist Church with the Rev. Barbara Lemon and the Rev. Richard Holmes officiating. Interment will follow in the Masonic Burial Grounds with Military Honors. The funeral cortege will assemble at the Washington’s residence, 407 Harrod Lane by 11 a.m. on Friday. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight in Whiting’s Funeral Home.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Elizabeth Harden and the staff of the Virginia Oncology Associates, as well as the staff at Riverside Hospice. Also a special thanks to his skilled care provider, Mrs. Mary Shepherd.

Professional service entrusted to the staff of Whiting’s Funeral Home, Williamsburg.

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