Ronald Vernon Dunn, 71, of Crewe, Virginia, passed away in an automobile accident on December 30, 2020. Ronald was born on February 16, 1949 to the late Harold Bruce Dunn and Vernon Hastings Dunn. With a few exceptions, he lived his entire life in the town of Crewe and always proudly called it home. He graduated from Crewe High School in 1967, graduated from Smithdeal-Massey Business College in 1969, and received his bachelor’s degree in business from Steed College in 1971. He then later received his master’s degree from Longwood University in 1982.
Ronald worked as the business manager of Southside Virginia Community College, both Keysville and Alberta locations, shortly after graduating from Steed College. In 1977, he was hired as the executive director of Piedmont Senior Resources, an Area Agency on Aging, in Burkeville, where he worked for 36 years until his retirement in 2013. He simultaneously obtained his real estate license in 1979 in efforts to supplement the income of his growing family. After his success as an
After his success as an agent for four years, he received his broker’s license and established his own business in 1983 -- Ronald V. Dunn Real Estate Company. In 2013, the Crewe-Burkeville Chamber of Commerce awarded his company with the Lifetime Achievement Award for its 30 years of success and contributions to the community. Additionally, in 2019, the National Association of Realtors honored him with a 40-year-pin and named him Realtor Emeritus.
Ronald is survived by his wife of over 48 years, Debra Weeks Dunn. They were married in Victoria, Virginia in 1972 and were not just husband and wife, but also professional colleagues. Debra obtained her real estate license in 1984 and worked alongside Ronald until her retirement from the company in 2020.
Ronald also leaves behind his two daughters, Marcy Dunn (Charles Hartgrove) of Richmond, Virginia, and Mallory Dunn DuPuy (Chris DuPuy) of Salem, Virginia, and his soon-to-be-born first grandchild, Oscar Channing DuPuy. He is also survived by his brother, Harold Bruce Dunn of Farmville, Virginia; his sister, Carole Dunn Dobbins (Harless Dobbins) of Colonial Heights, Virginia, and many adored nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Folks in the community knew him for possessing a great business acumen, strong work ethic, and quiet, kind smile. Those close to him were drawn to his infectiously loud laugh, lightning fast wit, penchant for sharing one-liners, generous heart, and his unrivaled patience in any situation.
He would dispense incredibly sound advice cloaked in pithy sayings, and share brief and colorful anecdotes to soothe suffering, provide guidance, or just solicit laughter. These personality traits are the things for which he will be remembered.
As for his hobbies, he loved to listen to all types of music, most notably 1960s rhythm and blues, classic country/ bluegrass, and anything played on a piano.
An avid sports fan from the time he was a young boy, he consistently rooted for both the New York Yankees and the Washington Football Team. While he had many souvenirs and bobbles representing both teams, he was prouder of his vast collection of Washington Football memorabilia and gleaned great joy from showing these items to family and friends. The amount of Washington Football items he possessed could fill a small museum.
Ronald expressed wishes to be laid to rest at a private graveside service at Crewe Cemetery (The Falls Road, Crewe, VA) on January 6, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. A celebration of life may be held at a later time when it is safe to gather together.
In the interim, burial services will be conducted by the Joseph McMillian Funeral Home in Blackstone, Virginia. https://www.mcmillianfuneralhome.com/. Pastor Ibn Munir will be the residing officiant.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, please donate to the following organizations:
Nottoway County Emergency Squad https://www.nottowaysquad.org/
Hope Tree Family Services http://hopetreefs.org/
Were Ronald physically here to share comforting thoughts about his own passing, he would’ve undoubtedly resorted to a quote attributed to Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”