Everett LaDrew Dennis affectionately called Drew, a beloved father, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin and native of Buchanan, Virginia, passed away February 25, 2023. He was 63 years old.
Drew was predeceased by his parent’s, Everett L. Dennis, father, and Jacqueline Beatrice Sparrow Dennis, mother. Drew grew up in Buchanan alongside his siblings Susan Dennis Santiesteban and Edwin L. Dennis. Drew attended Ferrum College and later relocated to Norfolk Virginia to attend Old Dominion University.
Drew settled in Virginia Beach, where he built a successful career with United Parcel Service (UPS). He was widely respected by his colleagues and clients for his expertise, dedication, and kindness. Drew was active in the Teamsters (TNBC), voter registration drives with the Democratic National Party. After more than 25 years, he retired in 2016 and started working for his dear friend Joe Phillips at Joe’s Landscaping. Outside of work, Drew was a bicycle enthusiast. You could find him cycling daily and participating in multiple cycling clubs. He was happiest burning up the road and logging miles with his friends.
Drew was a devoted father and brother who cherished spending time with his family. He was a loving uncle to Jacqueline, Victoria, Cameron and Madison known for his warm smile, infectious laugh, he was the original “ fun uncle”. The title Drew embraced more than any other was that of “father”. His greatest joy was being daddy to Tanner LaDrew. From the moment she was born, they were inseparable. Drew never shied away from daddy duties. He was forever a hands on dad front and center, serious about being an active parent. Always desiring to be on the cutting edge of technology and made sure Tanner was too. Drew had a generous spirit, always quick to smile and offer assistance to friends, neighbors and strangers alike. He was a God-fearing man.
LaDrew will be deeply missed by his daughter, siblings, nieces, nephew, aunts, numerous cousins and all those who knew and loved him. A memorial service will be held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA on March 25, 2023 11:00am.
Rest in peace, LaDrew. Your kindness, generosity, and spirit will live on in the hearts of those you touched.
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Drew was my brother from another mother. We worked together in lawn care. We would talk daily about life, business and family. My daughter was the oldest so things I taught her, I would talk to him about and explain why I made that decision. He would help me with anything and I would do the same for him! I will miss my brother so much!!!
I am so sorry about the passing of Drew. Condolences to Tanner, Susan, and the rest of the family.
Prayers to the family
I remember all the good times we spent together as kids and I remember that contagious smile you had but what I remember most was your kindness. God has called you home your work on Earth is done. I will not cry because every time I think of you I see you smiling and that is how I want to remember you. God just got one of the good guys. Cousin Teresa Dennis.
Drew was a beautiful soul. I worked with him at UPS for many years and taught me so much about the job and life. We lost touch the last few years but I’ve thought about him often. I just found about his passing and I would like to offer my condolences to the family. He will truly be missed!
Drew, was a kind and wonderful man. I met with him in Virginia Beach and he provide me cycling skills, and a beautiful friendship. He was an amazing man. I’m going to miss you Drew. 😔
No words can express how sad Alex & myself are. He was like family to us , he was so kind & helpful & would do anything for anyone . He will be so missed 💔sympathy to his family & friends
I rode along side Drew for years. I mostly interacted with him on the Saturday morning Conte’s ride in Virginia Beach, but I would also run into him at out-of-town events like Mountains of Misery in Blacksburg area and Hincapie Gran Fondo in SC. We saw each other while riding Mountains of Misery one year at about mile 60 of a 100 mile ride. I was not feeling great and started coughing uncontrollably because of allergies/ the local flora. Everyone we were riding close to moved past me to head up the road (as if to escape the crazy cough), and I heard Drew say to someone, “My friend is having a hard time” as he slowed down to stay with me. I appreciated the gesture very much. As any cyclist knows, when there are still 40 miles to go, there is not a lot of time for irritations/ people slowing you up like that. Drew was kind and did not think about himself in that moment.
I remember hearing stories about his mother who lived in Roanoke area. I am thinking about his family, Joe, and everyone else close to him.
You will be missed greatly Drew. Rest easy my friend.
My Deepest Sorrow to The Dennis Family. If there is anything You All need from me, let me know.
To keep this short, my family could always count on Drew and his family to be there for anything. Drew was the kind of person that would always have your back and do what he thought was needed to help you along the way. Two things I remember most #1: how welcoming he was along with Joe Phillips, when I first came down to Virginia Beach, they immediately took me in. #2: spending many nights at his mother’s house in Buchanan and how welcoming she was by making the best lasagna I have ever eaten in my entire life!….And That cornbread!!!! I will see you soon brother!