William Zickafoose

Richmond, Virginia


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ZICKAFOOSE, William P., 87, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday November 24, 2009. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy P. Zickafoose. He is survived by two sons, Wilson and Stephen Zickafoose; a faithful provider, Mable L. Winn; special friend, Carol Martin; and a faithful friend, Gray McCalley; two brothers, Jack and Donald Zickafoose; and sister, Juanita Robey. He was a veteran of the US Army Air Corp. and a band leader of the Continental Band. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 29 at the West Chapel-Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad St., and where a funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, November 30. Entombment Westhampton Memorial Park.

This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Oh, my, I've just gotten an email from Legacy that says this guest book will go offline in 5 days. I can hardly believe it's been this long since Bill passed away (right after my own mother).
Bill, if your spirit can see this, know that I still think of you and the wonderful friend you were throughout my life and how you made the world a better place with your goodness, smiles, and music.
Much love offered up to you~~
Jenny Crouch

Just found this guestbook online, although I was aware of Mr. Zicafoose's passing. Please accept my condolences. Mr. Zickafoose was a treasure. I was proud to know him. Thanks for the musical memories, Ziggy.

I am so sorry it's taken me this long to write to you. I knew Bill & Dot for what seems forever. They were living on Patterson and I was on Dinwiddie just a few blocks away. Our families were friends and I was only a little kid then, but Bill was my "savior", so to speak, when he stepped up to save my treehouse from demolition by a neighbor. Sounds small maybe today, but then it was the whole world. I kept in touch with him on and off for many years and then my own mother died...

Dear Wilson and Steve,

Please accept my deepest
sympathies. May your memories
bring you comfort.

Cindy Watts Waller

Bill and I shared many a good time, both on and off the bandstand---as I recall, my first job with the group was in the gym at Hermitage High in the summer of 1996---as players either changed or retired, I slowly worked my way up in the sax section, starting on tenor 2, then tenor 1, over to alto 2 for Bobby Otto, and finally to alto 1 for the "man" himself...

I was glad to get to know Bill's son Steve, and to work with him over the years, too---let's hope that the band...

I love my Uncle Bill very much and will miss him greatly. I will cherish the memories of our times together forever..seeing his band "Bill Zickafoose and the Continentals" play, hearing his recollections of different parts of his life about the band, World War II, Aunt Dot, and our family...Rest in Peace, Uncle Bill. xoxoxoxo

My brother Bill was twelve years old when I was born. By the time I was old enough to become close to my older brother, he was gone. Into the Army in War II and then married and living in Richmond. I became close to him in my senior year of high school and while stationed in Norfolk in the Navy. I will sorely miss him. Donald Zickafoose

God bless the Zickafoose family.

It is an honor to have been Bill's friend. I know his first stop after the gate is to reunite with Dot, the love of his life. Please take solace in knowing he is at peace and making new music now with all of the other greats now.

Thanks to everyone who signed this guest book, your words meant so much to our family.
I will miss my Uncle & Godfather so very much.
I have always been proud of his music and the words from those who shared the experience of working with him were enjoyable to read.
My heart goes out to my cousins Wilson and Steve who have now lost both of their parents. My love and prayers are with you both.
Much love,
Jeanne Kaye Zickafoose (Bowman)