HAMPTON - Richard Burton Askew, 75, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014. He was born in Hampton, Virginia and was a resident for 60 years. He was a member of Hampton Baptist Church and sang in its choir. Richard was a member of the Hampton Heritage Society, a Board member of the Hampton Historical Society, and a member of the Hampton History Museum. He also was involved in the Blackbeard Festival and played Lord Dunmore, Governor of Virginia at his last appearance. Richard graduated from Richmond Professional Institute (now VCU) in 1962, with BA and MA degrees, and taught the history of costume there for a few years. He later worked in sales at various antique shops and later began his own business as an antique appraiser. He was last employed at Goodman Hardware and retired in 2006 after 20 years of service. Richard was preceded in death by his father, George W. Askew, Jr. and brother, George Ward Dusty Askew. He is survived by his mother, Evelyn R. Askew; brother; Robert Barry Askew and wife, Mary Ann; nephew, Jon Askew and wife, Renee; niece, Heather Elko and husband, Mike; great-nephews, Aaron and Sean Elko; aunts, Martha J. Pollock and Carolyn Dutton; close cousins, Larry Pollock and Robert Buttons Dutton; numerous other cousins; and longtime friends, Dr. Jimmy Moore and Robin of Petersburg, VA. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolences with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue in Hampton, 23666.
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Published in Daily Press on Apr. 24, 2014