David Ding

December 18, 1946January 11, 2021

David Ding went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2021 at 7:08 am and passed away at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

David Ding was born in Shanghai, China on December 18, 1946 to Ding Yung Hwa and Ding Chung Cha Inn. By the time he was 17 years old, he joined and served honorably and proudly in the Chinese Army and Merchant Marines. He immigrated to New York City where he met his future wife, before long they moved to Charlottesville where he became a lifelong resident of Charlottesville, Virginia in 1975.

He left behind his beloved wife of 45 years, Verna Cheng Ding, and is survived by his two children, daughter Charlotte Ding Gray and son Matthew David Ding. He is also survived by his son in law David Edward Gray and his only grandchild Brandon Morgan-Steven Gray, and three Step-Grandkids, Myles, Bryant, and Harrison.

David Ding was a well-known bartender at The Aberdeen Barn for over 30 years. David Ding was known to have a stiff hand that could pack a punch. All of his customers loved him because he could look at you and remember what your choice of beverage was and before you sat down he would have it ready for you. His favorite quote was him saying that he was not so much a bartender but a beverage consultant. He loved bartending and his customers so much. Those that met him once will never forget him. He touched thousands of lives. He was kind, passionate, big hearted and had a great sense of humor. He was also a huge sports fan, dedicated himself to the Miami Dolphins and of course The University of Virginia Cavaliers. Go Hoos!

He retired in 2012 and his favorite past times is playing with his grandson, playing his favorite lottery numbers, and playing poker with the boys on the weekend! He was one of a kind and will be dearly missed by all that knew him.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Teague Funeral Home in Charlottesville, Virginia. The family will receive visitors on Saturday, January 16, 2021. There will be a public viewing for David that morning starting at 10:00 am to 1:45 pm. A public memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm that day.

The family will accept all donations, contributions and flowers to be sent to the house address: 1600 Old Brook Rd, Charlottesville, Virginia. The family thanks you for the outpouring of love and support given to us at this time.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, January 16, 2021


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Stephanie Tanner Whindleton

January 17, 2021

I am truly sorry for the loss of your father. My niece came to visit Friday. She expressed much sadness of a man who came into 7-11 alllll the time that passed and unable to attend his services but dealing with the loss of her mother/my sister. She shared how much they would cut up and laugh. She also shared how much she would miss him. After she described him to me, I asked if his last name was Ding. She got really excited and shouted YES and asked how do you know. Then, I told her I am friends with his daughter. I wanted to let you know how much your dad meant to my niece, Michelle Krystn. I hope this makes you smile and fill your heart with much joy.

Jon Pace

January 16, 2021

Kathy and I were just two of his customers at Aberdeen Barn. Second, only to the Prime Rib, David was truly the reason we loved Aberdeen Barn. His great personality, infectious smile and sense of humor added to the experience. He always greeted me with “hey Big Man”. I miss that greeting even after eight years of his retirement. David spoke often of his Family. Either telling stories or sharing concerns. Just last year, David stopped at our house as he was passing through the neighborhood. After so long, the first words were, “ hey Big Man”. Before looking, I knew who it was. David was a our Bartender, more importantly, we thought of him as our Friend. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

Kindest Regards,

Jon and Kathy Pace

Anthony Frazier

January 15, 2021

I was one of David's poker buddies.Im gonna miss playing cards with him,it wont be the same now.

David Gray

January 14, 2021

We love you, Poppa Ding. Love, David, Charlotte, and Brandon