Sylvester A. Dabney entered eternal rest on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Va. She was born on September 28, 1925 to the late John T. Anderson and Pearl Smith Anderson of Coatesville, VA. She was educated at Jenny Nelson School in Coatesville, VA. She accepted Christ at an early age.
She was preceded in death by her parents, eight of her siblings, and two of her sons (Warren J. Dabney and Hazel E. Dabney).
Sylvester Dabney was a longtime member of St. James Baptist Church where she had served as an usher and a choir member. She loved the Lord and enjoyed singing in the church choir, her signature songs were “Walk in Jerusalem Just Like John” and “On the Battlefield for the Lord”. Whenever there was something going on at her church (or any other church in the community), she tried to be there, even if she had to catch a ride. She loved to get dressed up, wear her jewelry and her beloved hats.
Mrs. Dabney absolutely loved people. She would never miss the opportunity to endearingly tell you “I love you.” She treated every young person as her own child. She took in many who did not have a place to go. She was the neighborhood barber and beautician, as well as, driving instructor (even when she did not have a license of her own). She could often be found cooking and feeding others as it brought her great joy to be able to do so.
More recently, due to illness, she moved to the Ashland Convalescent center. An instant friendship was formed between her and her roommate (Ms. Joyce). As evidence of her loving and caring nature, she felt it her responsibility to care for her roommate although she was there to be cared for herself.
Sylvester worked for many years as a domestic engineer. She was also employed for quite some time at Kings Dominion in Doswell, VA.
Mrs. Dabney leaves to cherish her memory: her loving husband of 73 years, David E. Dabney; three daughters, Regina M. Bray (Reverend Karl), Linda I. Ruffin, and Marie V. Iverson; five sons, David L. Dabney (Patricia), Clyde C. Dabney (Alice), James R. Dabney (Peggy), Allen D. Dabney (Tara), and Craig A. Dabney; two daughter in-laws Betty Ann Dabney and Gloria T. Dabney; thirty grandchildren; fifty-two great-grandchildren; innumerable great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Reverend Iola Smith; one brother-in-law, Deacon Spencer Curtis; a host of nieces, nephews, other family, friends and loved ones (many who loved and cared for her as “Mom”).
Owens Funeral Service (Ashland)
Thursday June 14th, 2018
4:00pm - 8:00pm
104 Green Chimney CT
Ashland, VA 23005
St James Baptist Church
Friday June 15th, 2018
14482 Old Ridge Rd
Beaverdam,, VA 23015
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Jay and Brittany Dabney lit a candle on Jun 14 2018 08:54:27 AM
I deeply and truly miss you grandma. I will cherish all the memories that we shared. You were so proud of all your grandchildren and would always tell us how much you loved us. Now you are with your sons and sister’s again.
Love Roni Q
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Juan and Demetria Washington lit a candle on Jun 13 2018 05:38:35 PM
Gramma you would say "See ya later alligator " then I would say "after while crocodile "
I thank God for the 38 years he placed me in your life. You taught me so much, the laughs we would have , you singing me to sleep (well after childhood), your reasoning on why we had to be baptized in Jesus name😂😂😂, or if I hadn't come home to see you in awhile "o you think you a woman now you better be feeding Juan" or when one of us would just pop up on you how excited you would be. The memories are endless. Our family was never rich in material things but the love you and Papa gave us was immeasurable. No one ever went with out, if you had it, it was given. Three simple things you taught us 1- trust the Lord , 2-treat others as you want to be treated 3-help if you can if only some people were taught those three things how different this world would be. Lord knows I'm flooded with so much emotion but knowing you are finally at peace and pain free gives me great joy.
see you later crocodile you will forever be in my heart
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To the Dabney Family Our Prayers are with you at this time of loss. God will comfort & give you peace. James & Barbara Price
Submitted by James & Barbara Price on Jun 12 2018 05:25:10 PM
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