Woody Funeral Home-Parham

1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA


Zouhair Jamil Aboulhosn

March 18, 1950June 21, 2020

Zouhair “ZA” Aboulhosn, age 70, loving father, brother, and cherished friend passed on Sunday, June 21st, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. In his final days, he was surrounded by family, just as he was in life. ZA was born March 18, 1950 in Btekhnay, Lebanon and later immigrated to the United States in hopes of better opportunities.

Known affectionately as the “Dairy Queen Man” in Southpark Mall; he was an enthusiastic entrepreneur and hard-working businessman his entire life. However, his greatest accomplishments were his children. He dreamt of seeing his daughter, Alya, become a doctor. By God’s grace, he was able to see her receive her white coat. He adored his youngest child, Jamil, and was proud for following his business background and achieving a college degree in accounting and business management. A devoted grandfather, ZA was blessed to see his two eldest daughters, Bridget and Heather, become loving mothers.

ZA is survived by his lifelong companion and mother of his two younger children, Fay; his children, Alya, Jamil (fiancé Melissa), Bridget, and Heather; his mother Aida; his siblings, Ziad, Hanan, and Fairouz; his grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces and nephews; and chosen family Eman. ZA was predeceased by his brothers, Bassam, Ghassan, and Mouin; his father, Jamil Senior; and his nephew, Sammer Ballout.

More than anything, ZA enjoyed spending time with his family. He also enjoyed hosting cookouts for friends and family, reading the newspaper, attending local sporting events, and spending summer days at the Colonial Heights Swim & Yacht Club (SYC). ZA will forever be remembered for his generosity and selflessness. He will be missed by all who knew him, especially by the Druze community of which he was a valued member.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:40 am at Woody Funeral Home- Parham, followed by 12:00 pm interment at Westhampton Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Druze Society.


  • The American Druze Society


  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, June 27, 2020


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Amy Killingsworth

June 28, 2020

ZA was such a caring and good man. He loved his children and this was evident by how active he was in their lives. He was a generous man too. He always offered me and my son ice cream when we would pass by Dairy Queen in the mall. He will truly be missed not only by his family but also his friends and the community.

Wayne Taylor

June 28, 2020

RIP... Just a nice person...may God bless his family

Joshua Riwley

June 27, 2020

I met ZA in 2007 at DQ...i was there EVERYDAY for 3 months flirting with his employee Joanne. I always ordered an EXTRA TALL VANILLA cone with a pound of sprinkles! I have been married to joanne for over 12 years now... ZA always welcomed my family and I and always made us give our kids ice cream but NEVER let us pay. A few times we needed extra income in the house amd ZA always allowed my wife to come back to work whenever she wanted or needed. He is one of the most selfless and giving men i have ever known. He is one of the most genuine and hard working men i have ever known. He would do ANYTHING to help a person in need. This world is a little less bright without him. I will never forget you SIR... Thank you for the positive impact you had on our life. Rest easy sir.

April Pauley

June 26, 2020

ZA was my brother in law, married to my sister Diane. He was a great man that worked hard and provided for his family. He loved and adored his daughters, my beautiful nieces Bridget and Heather. I have great memories of ZA running the Arby's in Ashland. Every Friday night he would always spoil us with food and laughs and lots of both! Then several years at Dairy Queen in Petersburg. He was a great man and never knew a stranger. He would give you all he had to help in anyway that he could. Heaven has gained a Angel, Great is your Reward! Rest in Peace ZA. Much love to the entire family!

Wajdi Abolhosn

June 26, 2020

الفاتحة عن روح المرحوم زهير جميل ابو الحسن
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم٫ مالك يوم الدين
إياك نعبد وإياك نستعين٫ أهدنا ألسراط
ألمستقيم سراط أللذين أنعمت علهيم٫ غير المغضوب عليهم ولا الضالين.
رحمة الله عليه وعسى ان يكون مثواه الجنة
The memory of those we love stays in our hearts forever.
Our loss is immeasurable, ZA was a person that will not be easily forgotten, he was a loving son, husband, father, grand father, and a great friend.
He was a genuine human being always ready to help in any way he can, specially the new comers to the US, in finding their way to college or finding them a job, which can affect a persons future in a land they don't know anything about. I am talking from personal experience and from many others who spoke highly of him.
ZA was a hard working man, never complained always smiling, his aim was to take care of his family, which he was very proud of, and give them a better future.
My deepest and sincere sympathy to my sister Aida, wife Fay, Son Jamil, daughters Alya, Bridget, Heather, brother Ziad, Sisters Hanan and Fairuz, and to every one who knew him.
May he rest in peace.
Wajdi S. Abolhosn.

Janey Brooks

June 25, 2020

ZA was a great man in so many ways & a devoted father. I grew up w/Bridget & Heather so he treated me like one of his own. I loved going to DQ & eating ice cream to my hearts content. He gave me my first job & I learned so much from him at such a young age. When it came to the restaurant business I applied his knowledge & still carry it. I will always think of him like a dad & also remember him as my first boss. Fly High Across Heaven Dear Angel of God.

Libby Gibson

June 25, 2020

ZA my brother in law. When Steve a I moved to VA and we had our son ZA and Diane would take stevie home with them for weeks at a time .ZA never wanted us to come get him.
ZA was a good man he was very loving he was very family-oriented and he got along with everybody and I miss him already and he will be missed by a lot of people

Debra McDonald

June 25, 2020

I met ZA when he briefly worked for the Virginia Employment Commission in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s. He impressed me with his work ethic. He set an example for me as a young adult and talked to me about his dreams, aspirations and his family. Many years later, I was pleased to find that he was in the restaurant business. He is an example of what hard work can do. He had achieved his goal, but he was still striving, still working hard for his family. He still remembered me, and he remembered my name! My thoughts and prayers are with his family whom he loved so much. How proud you must be of him! What a blessing to have had him in your life!

Donna Freeman

June 25, 2020

My friend Doreen and I walked at the mall 3 times a week and shared many conversations, smiles and waves (if he was busy) with him. He always had time to acknowledge us and was always so nice to us. We asked about him just last week. We are so sorry for your loss and will think about him every time we pass DQ.


Karla Saunders

June 25, 2020

May God give the family peace in this difficult moment za was a very nice and sweet person always smiling and always had something to deposit in your ear to keep you straight he will be missed by many he's known very well in blandford by the community he never met a stranger. BSU