In Memoriam

Dewey Thomas Fussell, Jr.
Dewey Thomas Fussell, Jr.
Class of 1950


CHESAPEAKE - Dewey Thomas Fussell Jr., 78, of Woodland Drive, died Feb. 15, 2009, surrounded by his loving family.


Mr. Fussell, a native of Norfolk County, Virginia, was a retired mechanic from Pilot Freight Carriers. A former minor league baseball catcher, he coached youth baseball and football in the Western Branch area. He was an avid outdoorsman. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Vinnie Kilpatrick Fussell; two daughters, Mary Anne Hurdle of Portsmouth, Alice Fussell Smith (Zuddie) of Suffolk; three sons, Dewey T. Fussell III (Laurie) of Chesapeake, James "Rock" Fussell (Jenny) of Portsmouth, John G. Fussell of Suffolk; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ada Weber, Tina LaFoy; two brothers, Frank Fussell and Milton Fussell.


He was preceded in death by a sister, Dot Cable and a grandson, James C. Strickler. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Baker-Foster Funeral Home, Bennett's Creek Chapel, Suffolk, by the Rev. Robert Cummins. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake. Friends may join the family today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

Published in The Virginian Pilot from 2/17/2009 - 2/18/2009

Thursday, September 1, 1949 Newspaper Sports Article (pdf)


Friday, November 18, 1949 Newspaper Sports Article (pdf)

Dewey was in my class, the class of 50. But I am not sure he graduated with us. He was a running back on the football team but was better known for his baseball. He was a very good catcher.


Dewey was at CHS in 1950. I played football with him in the fall of that year. He also was on the baseball team. He did not graduate in 1950 however. At least there is no mention or senior picture of him in the 1950 yearbook. He returned to CHS in 1951 because he was on the football team with me again that fall. However, He did not stay around for the baseball season, nor is he listed as a 1951 graduate in the yearbook for that year. I simply don't recall what became of him. Perhaps his family moved from Cradock sometime after the 1951 football season.
His age of 78 in the obit is intriguing. It means he was a bit older than us.