Woody Funeral Home Huguenot Chapel

1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA


Elwood Burnham

April 18, 1931March 25, 2020

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Elwood Burnham of Hopewell, VA passed away peacefully at home at the age of 88. Elwood was born to Elmer and Nellie Burnham on April 18, 1931 in Prince George County, Virginia. He is survived by his four daughters, Jacqueline Burnham Dean (Roger), Nancy Burnham Gaskins, Bonnie Burnham Lashley, and Billie Jo Burnham McDonald. He leaves behind 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his ex-wife, Mildred Burnham, his brother, Douglas Burnham (Diane), his sister, Marie Ransom, and many nieces and nephews. Elwood was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Alma, Rosie, and Lavinia, and his brothers, William, Elmer Jr., Raymond, and Charles.

During his younger years, Elwood was employed as an usher at the Beacon Theatre, a Sergeant in the Hopewell Police Department and a Corrections Officer at the Federal Reformatory in Prince George. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and of the U.S. Navy, where he served on the submarine USS Cobbler. Elwood began his career with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as a Border Patrol Agent before becoming an Immigration Inspector. After 39 years of service, he retired as Supervisor Immigration Inspector.

Elwood enjoyed living in many areas of the country while working for the Immigration Service including Texas, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, and South Carolina, but he called Hopewell, VA and Charleston, SC “home”. He was an avid dancer - square dancing and round dancing for more than 30 years. He also enjoyed traveling, yardwork, and riding on his motorcycle. Elwood will be missed for his warm hugs, his cheerful smile, and yes, even his quirky ways.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


  • Elmer Burnham, Father (deceased)
  • Nellie Burnham, Mother (deceased)
  • Alma, Sister (deceased)
  • Rosie, Sister (deceased)
  • Lavinia, Sister (deceased)
  • William, Brother (deceased)
  • Elmer Jr., Brother (deceased)
  • Raymond, Brother (deceased)
  • Charles, Brother (deceased)
  • Jacqueline Burnham Dean, Daughter
  • Roger Dean, Son-in-law
  • Nancy Burnham Gaskins, Daughter
  • Bonnie Burnham Lashley, Daughter
  • Billie Jo Burnham McDonald, Daughter
  • 10 Grandchildren, Grandchildren
  • 6 Great-grandchildren, Great-grandchildren
  • Mildred Burnham, Ex-wife
  • Douglas Burnham, Brother
  • Diane Burnham, Sister-in-law
  • Marie Ransom, Sister
  • Many nieces and nephews, Nieces/nephews


No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Nancy Burnham, Gaskins

April 2, 2020

I love you Dad... Billie Jo sent me this picture

Jerry Dagenhart

April 1, 2020

My heart goes out to Millie and her Beautiful daughters.I know you walk with God and he will comfort you as only he can. My Love and prayers to you all.

Diane Burnham

April 1, 2020

I remember how much Elwood loved to eat. He used to come to church when we had our Wednesday night fellowship. He would always kiss me on the cheek. He will be greatly missed by his family. Rest In Peace.

Love Your, Brother Doug & Sister-in-law Cookie

Ken Hendricks

April 1, 2020

Spent a few evening with Elwood. He was a gentle man and he was a friend to many. We always spoke as we passed in the business world. I considered him a friend. He will be missed.

Barbara Hruska

April 1, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you and your family . Uncle Elwood will be missed by us all. All I have is wonderful memories of him. My heart aches for you all . hugs and kisses to you all. So sorry. John and Barbara

Nancy Burnham, Gaskins

March 31, 2020

You are a flower in the garden I love you Dad

Nancy Burnham, Gaskins

March 31, 2020

My dad, I miss you Dad, I know you are so content Where You Are right now. I love you.

Nancy Burnham, Gaskins

March 30, 2020

He is my dad my precious dad. A very smart man. For the past few years up until 2 years ago my dad would visit my job everyday and have lunch and Shop just walk around just to see me and say hi I loved him with all my heart. A very precious memory I will always cherish and share with so many of my coworkers my dad.... I love you Dad