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John Dillion Washington

12/17/1928 - 10/02/2021

Former Richmond resident, John D. Washington, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

John, born December 17, 1928, came from Pineville, KY when he was 17years old. During his years in Richmond, he held positions at Wayne Division, Eaton Gear Works, Avco and Dana Perfect Circle where he retired in 1992. John and his wife, Eva Pearl Hurd, relocated to Phoenix, AZ in 2007.

Many Richmond residents will remember John from his many editorials in the Palladium Item challenging racism, discrimination, unfair housing, and disparity in hiring practices. His views were so popular and in stark contrast to another frequent writer, that the Palladium Item did a story on him and three additional editorial contributors on July 10, 1983. John was also a frequent caller to WKBV sharing his views on the issues of the day.

John leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 74 years, Eva Pearl Hurd, four children, Deborah (Marvin) Flood, Damita (Kim) Armstead, John (Karen) Washington, all of Arizona and Renae Dabney, Cleveland, OH, 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. John was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Brandi Pennington, parents Joe and Agnes Taylor Washington, 13 siblings, and special nephew Herman “Ford” Washington.

There will be no service or public calling. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Foundation of America or American Kidney Fund.


  • To my sister/cousins, words can not express the pain that we all feel at this time. Uncle John D and auntie Pearl were our other parents. We have so much to be thankful for to have had them in our lives. I often think about the last time myself, Shirley Ann and Janet went out to Az to visit and how Uncle John D had us cracking up. Boy we loved listening to his stories. I know it’s hard but hang to the many good memories you have. I love you all so much and you know I’m here whenever you need me, lots of love from your baby sister/ cousin Marilyn 😘❤️🙏🏽

  • I just wanted to send my condolences to my great uncle John D. I first met you a few years ago and from that moment on you held a special place in my heart. You were so full of joy, happiness and laughter and I loved to see the love you had for my great aunt Pearl the TRUE definition of what a husband should be in Gods eyes. You will truly be missed. I love you all so much and again if there is anything you need please don’t hesitate to reach out. Love you all ❤️

  • Nelson and I want to send our deepest condolences to you and the family. Uncle John was the coolest uncle a niece could ever have. Always was dressed to impress and always had words of wisdom. As driving the school bus in the past, I sincerely thank him for speaking up on our behalf to get that job. He was truly a warrior for our right.
    We love you all.
    Damita Jo

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