Lawrence Stuart Dunaway

Lawrence Stuart Dunaway

KILMARNOCK—Lawrence Stuart Dunaway, 86, of Kilmarnock passed away on June 10, 2021. He was president of Tri-Star Supermarket, Inc. and a U S Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Martin Dunaway; his children, Michael Stuart Dunaway (Jenny) of Lancaster, Mark Carlson Dunaway (Miguel) of North Baldwin, N.Y., Marcelle Dunaway Greene (Bob) of Mechanicsville and Melissa Jean Dunaway of Virginia Beach; five grandchildren, Christian Anthony, Ian Dunaway, Brandon Dunaway, Meghan Anthony and Tyler Dunaway; brother, Bobby Dunaway (Helga); sister-in-law, Janet C. Worsham (Wes); stepsons, Hugh Kelley (Caroline) of Canton, Mass., and Hurst Kelley (Jennifer) of Richmond and their families. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Born in Ottoman on December 3, 1934, to Lawrence Tankard Dunaway and Ella Stuart Dunaway, he was a lifelong resident of Lancaster County.

He was preceded in death by his wife and the mother of his children, Jean Carlson Dunaway; sisters, Lillian Dunaway Potter and Nettie “Pearl” Dunaway McNeal; brother, Clyde Wayne Dunaway; and nephew, Sgt. William Steven Potter.

Stuart was known for his generosity of spirit and deed. He shunned the spotlight, making many gifts anonymously. His lifelong contributions to the community were acknowledged in 2012 when he received Trinity Episcopal Church’s Unsung Hero Award.

Food was never far from his mind. His work at A&C in Lancaster and Tri-Star Supermarket Inc. in Kilmarnock over 60 years provided frequent opportunities to deliver comforting food, especially Tri-Star’s well-known fried chicken. His understanding of community needs led him to support the River Road Food Pantry and volunteer for Meals on Wheels.

Fondly remembering the wonderful meals prepared by his mother-in-law, Marcella Carlson, he delighted in planning gatherings for his family, Tri-Star employees and friends where good food and drink were assured.

Baseball was a lifelong interest. Country music, western movies and TV reruns were sources of pleasure for him. Saturday nights often found Stuart and Jean attending a community dance, allowing him to demonstrate his Elvis Presley-inspired dance moves. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. Interment followed the service at St. Mary’s Whitechapel Episcopal Church Cemetery. Family received friends 5-7 p. m. Monday, June 14, 2021, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to River Road Food Pantry, c/o St. Mary’ s Whitechapel, 5940 White Chapel Road, Lancaster, VA 22503 or Trinity Episcopal Church Renovation Fund, P. O. Box 208, Lancaster, VA 22503.