Obituary

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”).