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Wilton Earl Journey

July 2, 1925 - July 28, 2014
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Wilton "Earl" Journey, 89, of Shackleford, formerly of Richmond, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2014 at the home of his son. Earl was the son of the late, Lottie Virginia and Clarence Churchill Journey. He was raised in Oregon Hill. He proudly enjoyed telling tales of his youth there. He was a WWII Navy Veteran. Earl joins in Heaven, the love of his life and mother of his children, Katie Catherine Journey. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, William Wilkinson "Mr. Billy"; brothers, Tom Journey and Carlisle Journey; step-brother, Buck Wilkinson; sisters, Belle Harrell and Ellen Berry; and his second wife of 33 years, Helen...
Wilton "Earl" Journey, 89, of Shackleford, formerly of Richmond, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2014 at the home of his son. Earl was the son of the late, Lottie Virginia and Clarence Churchill Journey. He was raised in Oregon Hill. He proudly enjoyed telling tales of his youth there. He was a WWII Navy Veteran. Earl joins in Heaven, the love of his life and mother of his children, Katie Catherine Journey. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, William Wilkinson "Mr. Billy"; brothers, Tom Journey and Carlisle Journey; step-brother, Buck Wilkinson; sisters, Belle Harrell and Ellen Berry; and his second wife of 33 years, Helen Louise "Nanny Lou". Earl is survived by his son, Donnie S. Journey and his wife, Judy; daughter, Judy Mattox; sister, Maureen Thomas (George); sisters-in-law, Dot Wilkinson and Joyce Burgess; grandchildren, Stevie Journey (Rafe), Matt Fitzgerald (Jen), Skip Mattox (Kim), Brian Mattox, and Nancy Moore (Eric); his precious great-grandchildren, Emma and Abby Fitzgerald, Mathew, Bradley, Kelsey, Ashley, Zachary, and Natalie Mattox, and Rachel, Addison, and Katelynn Moore; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and members of his extended family. Earl will be greatly missed by his many loyal and loving friends at Tucker's Recreation Park, where he lived for the last 10 years. He was a member of the Carpenters Union, 388 and retired from Koger Properties. He was instrumental in the construction of several landmark buildings in the Richmond area including, Richmond City Hall, the Coliseum, and Imperial Plaza. A special thanks to At Home Hospice Care; his nurse, Diane Gillies; aide, Carrie Murdock; and Gregory Williams, his spiritual counselor, who made his last months more comfortable. The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 31 from 5-8pm at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23231; where a funeral service will be conducted Friday, August 1 at 2pm. Interment to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Charlotte, NC 28207. Online condolences may be made at nelsenrichmond.com. Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Funeral Home & Crematory, Richmond, VA.

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