Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory

4650 South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA


Dorothy May Drinkwater

January 12, 1934March 16, 2020

Dorothy May Drinkwater, 86, of Henrico, gained her wings on Monday, March 16, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Drinkwater; parents, Jack and Luray Tyler; and brothers, Vincent, Curtis, and Ernest F. Tyler.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Donna Dance (Jack), Larry Drinkwater (Debbie), Wayne Drinkwater (Ann), Theresa McLaughlin, Cynthia Cherry, Darryl Drinkwater, Diana Drinkwater-Lawson (Freddie); 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the doctors and staff with At Home Care Hospice, Rev. Reese Washington Jr., as well as Nelsen Funeral Home for their loving care and support.

The family will receive friends on Friday, March 20, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va. 23231. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m. in Washington Memorial Park, 6217 Memorial Dr., Sandston, Va. 23150.


  • Luther Drinkwater, Spouse (deceased)
  • Jack Tyler, Father (deceased)
  • Luray Tyler, Mother (deceased)
  • Vincent Tyler, Brother (deceased)
  • Curtis Tyler, Brother (deceased)
  • Donna Dance (Jack), Daughter
  • Larry Drinkwater (Debbie), Son
  • Wayne Drinkwater (Ann), Son
  • Theresa McLaughlin, Daughter
  • Cynthia Cherry, Daughter
  • Darryl Drinkwater, Son
  • Diana Drinkwater-Lawson (Freddie), Daughter
  • Mrs. Drinkwater also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.


  • Visitation Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 21, 2020


Dorothy May Drinkwater

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Barbara Doane

March 20, 2020

Dot was one of a kind and will surely be missed. Prayers to get family at this time.💞

Jo Anne Waddell

March 20, 2020

Dot was a sweet soul, such a funny lady. I knew her from Eastern Bowl. She loved bowling and was pretty good. I met her there, thru Jean Coltes, they were close friends. My condolences to the family. R.I.P my friend.

Terri Carroll

March 20, 2020

Prayers to the family

Finley Day

March 19, 2020

I remember Mrs. Drinkwater knitted me a beautiful scarf and hat that kept me very warm on the ski slopes. I cherished it for many years. She was a kind and gentle lady. Test in peace.

DHShuler, HRSPA Rep

March 19, 2020

The members of Henrico Retired School Personnel Association extend their condolences to the family of Dorothy Drinkwater and our appreciation for her years of service to students and staff.