OBITUARY

Carolyn "Big Mama" Ancarrow Dunkum

November 23, 1945June 10, 2018
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DUNKUM, Carolyn Ancarrow “Ducky”, 72, of Sandston, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018. Most everyone knew her as “Big Mama.” She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Edward S. Dunkum Sr., known as “Big Ed”; and her parents, Bennie J. and Shirley Mae Ancarrow. She is survived by her sons, Edward S. Dunkum Jr. (Connie) and Keith Dunkum Sr. (Gina); her sister, Brenda Conway (Eddie); and her grandchildren, Josh Bower (Allyson), Edward S. Dunkum III, Cole Dunkum (Jessie), Keith Dunkum Jr. and Brittany Dunkum; as well as her great-grandchildren, Autumn and Juliette Bower and Madeline Dunkum; her lifelong friend, Shirley Wolfe; and her sisters-in-law, Jean Dennis Dunkum and Joyce Dunkum Brown. She retired from the Virginia State Taxation Department, and will be missed by her extended community of family and friends. Big Mama was an avid reader and an extraordinary mother, grandmother and mother-in-law. She was truly a Big Mama to everyone she met. A visitation will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Avenue, on Wedneday, June 13, from 4 to 8 p.m., with a funeral service at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Nelsen Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside service at Washington Memorial Park will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to Shelby Rocks Alliance, 3815 Henpeck Road, Quinton, Virginia 23141. Online condolences may be made at NelsenRichmond.com.

  • FAMILY

  • She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Edward S. Dunkum Sr., known as “Big Ed”; and her parents, Bennie J. and Shirley Mae Ancarrow. She is survived by her sons, Edward S. Dunkum Jr. (Connie) and Keith Dunkum Sr. (Gina); her sister, Brenda Conway (Eddie); and her grandchildren, Josh Bower (Allyson), Edward S. Dunkum III, Cole Dunkum (Jessie), Keith Dunkum Jr. and Brittany Dunkum; as well as her great-grandchildren, Autumn and Juliette Bower and Madeline Dunkum; her lifelong friend, Shirley Wolfe; and her sisters-in-law, Jean Dennis Dunkum and Joyce Dunkum Brown.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 14, 2018
  • Interment Thursday, June 14, 2018
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Carolyn "Big Mama" Ancarrow Dunkum

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Raymond Grant

June 13, 2018

I worked with Ducky for MANY years at TAX - she will be missed

Brenda Golden

June 13, 2018

I worked with Ducky at the Department of Taxation for 8 years back in the 70's and she and Jean Dunkum were such great friends of mine. She even brought her boys to my home in Amelia County, even though I doubt they remember it. We had so many great laughs together. We had last talked in 2013 about doing lunch together and, unfortunately, that never happened. I know she will be truly missed. Prayers for all of her family.

Brenda Golden

Debbie Hensley

June 12, 2018

Aunt Carolyn, I have such fond memories of you throughout my life, you were always so nice to me !! Even when I was a kid, I remember you asked me to sit with the boys and I was so honored to do that. Oh, and you always had something good to eat in your kitchen!! I love you and you will never be forgotten ♡♡ I am sorry you had to go though. But we're all going one day so until then, you enjoy those streets of Gold ! Love you, Debbie ♡

Brenda Conway

June 12, 2018

To my big sis, you have only been gone 3 days and my heart still has so much love for you. Now that you are in heaven you can tell daddy you really do know the difference between barb wire and spark plugs wires and let big eddie know daddy made you do it. You raised two wonderful boys who turn into great men. Be proud and Rest In Peace. Love you forever.

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