Basil D. McElvain Sr.

Mr. Basil D. McElvain Sr. went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 1, 2014. He served this great country from 1970 to 1991 in the United States Army. He was a graduate of Tulley High School and also a graduate of St. Leo's College in 1997.

Mr. McElvain was preceded in death by his parents, Basil D. McElvain Sr. and Joanna Kulesza.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Annette McElvain of Hopewell; three brothers, Bob Kulesza (Delores) and Don Mcelvain, both of Chicago and Jerry McElvain (Jesse) of Province, Ky.; four children, Jennifer McElvain of San Antonio, Texas, Octavia Keene (Monte) of Petersburg, LaToria Smalls (Ernest) of Kissimmee, Fla. and Demetria Dash of Richmond; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild; three sisters, Carol Mayes of Dixson, Ky., Glenda Kanady of Beaufort, S.C., and Marie Nesi of Palintin, Ill.; three sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; other relatives; and friends.

Services for Mr. Basil D. McElvain will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg. Interment to follow at Virginia Veterans Cemetery.

Honorary and active pallbearers are asked to assemble at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral establishment.

The family will assemble 10 a.m. at 2750 Berry St., Hopewell, the day of the services.

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. McElvain and watch the funeral services live online at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, 804-732-8911,

Funeral Home

J. M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index from June 4 to June 8, 2014