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David W. Ethridge, Jr., 61, passed away on April 12, 2011 from complications of A.L.S. Born September 23, 1949 in Meridian, MS, he was the son of David W. Ethridge, Sr. of Villa Park, IL and the late Mary Alice Ethridge. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Ethridge was a retired truck driver for the Kenan Advantage Group. He was a member and former elder at Hope Lutheran Church, Virginia Beach. He enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, and quilting.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Barbara Ethridge; three daughters, Mary Margaret Fessenden of Norfolk, Christine Ethridge of Virginia Beach, and DeAnna Bahret and her husband, Brian of Andover, KS; three sons, David S. Ethridge of Norfolk, Luke Steven Ethridge and his wife, Amy of Virginia Beach, and James Alan Ethridge and his wife, Tricia of Chesapeake; nine grandchildren, Joseph and Katherine Bahret, Dominik, Kalab, Luke Alexander, Riley, Savannah, Elijah, and Taylor Ethridge; four sisters, Alice Nowack and her husband, George of Kentucky, Lenda Reiter and her husband, Denny of Maple Park, IL, Mary Ann Gingerich and her husband, Jeff of South Elgin, IL, and Vera Gleason and her husband, Don of St. Charles, IL; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations, 5401 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 5350 Providence Road, Virginia Beach with Rev. Mark Nieting officiating. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday at 3 p.m. at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans’ Cemetery, 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the ALS Association at www.alsinfo.org or Hope Lutheran Church.
The family would like to thank the A.L.S. Association and the staff at Sentara Leigh Hospital for their care and concern during Dave’s illness.
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