Dennis A. Holbrook


YORKTOWN - Dennis A. Holbrook, 56, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Prominent in the local banking industry, Holbrook was associated with Central Fidelity Bank for 20 years and most recently was City Executive for the Peninsula for BB&T, with which he has been associated since 1990. Holbrook received his B.S. degree in Management and Economics from Old Dominion University, and his MBA from The College of William and Mary. He completed career-oriented courses from the University of Oklahoma and the Colgate Darden School at the University of Virginia. He has taught at the American Institute of Banking and was an adjunct faculty member of Thomas Nelson Community College. An active participant in community life, Holbrook served as a member of the Peninsula Rotary Club, the Newport News Lions Club, and the Peninsula Housing & Builders Association. He served on the Audit Committee for Bon Secours, and was Chairman of the Board of Mary Immaculate Hospital for the past three years. He was a board member for the York County Industrial Development Authority and Young Audiences of Virginia. He has been active in the Virginia Peninsula United Way and served as a Unit Manager. Holbrook served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of Northside Church of Christ. Holbrook is survived by his wife, Lana; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Holbrook of Newport News; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Lea Holbrook of York County; a daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Steve Adair of Germantown, Tenn.; a grandchild, Lauren Holbrook; his father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Verna Earl Lane of Hampton; a cousin and his wife, Clyde and Shirley Holbrook of Newport News; a brother-in-law Michael Lane and his fiancée Terry Mawyer of Richmond. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Northside Church of Christ, 1300 George Washington Memorial Highway by Minister, Larry Jones. Burial immediately following at Peninsula Memorial Park. It is requested that memorials be in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society.

Published in the Daily Press from 1/24/2003 - 1/25/03.


I have such happy memories of Dennis...we were in a skit together in our high school senior assembly at NNHS...we worked together on Peninsula United Way Campaigns as well as numerous other non profit organizations and events...Dennis handled my family's business account at the old Bank of Hampton Roads when he first got into the banking industry...and until I moved to Colorado in the early 90's our paths crossed frequently. He will be missed!

January 27, 2003


Lana, Paul & I wanted to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of Dennis. He will be missed so very much. Let us know if we can do anything for you!!!

Paul & Rita Hamilton (Raleigh, NC )
January 27, 2003


To the family of Dennis:
I offer my condolence. It seems only yesterday when I lived next to you and remember what a fine young man he was. His purchase of that 64.5 red Mustang was a sight to behold. God Bless!

John Thomasson (Richmond, VA )
January 26, 2003



We were sorry to here of the loss of your father. One of the toughest things in life is the loss of someone you love. Although be comforted by the fact that his spirit will carry on through you and your family. Our deepest sympathies to you all.
All our love,

Tim and Deb

Tim Lavey (Orlando, FL )
January 26, 2003


I remember Dennis as one of the most unfailingly polite individuals I've ever encountered. All through high school and college, whenever we met, he had a ready smile and a gracious remark. It was always a pleasure to be in his company, as Dennis really epitomized a true Southern gentleman. My sincerest sympathies to his family.

Carol Buckley Harty (Fayetteville, NC )
January 25, 2003


Lana, Jason, Melissa, and family,
Our hope that you will soon find strength, comfort and peace. We will truly miss Dennis...his smile, warmth and humor. We know that on the day he joined God, we gained another Angel.

Our love always...

Aaron & Lee Anne Tragle (Roswell, GA )
January 25, 2003


Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Marie and AL Roosendaal (Suffolk, VA )
January 25, 2003


Holbrook Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May wonderful memories forever remain in your hearts. God bless.
Cree & Sharon

Cree Lewis (Atlanta, GA )
January 25, 2003


Our sympathy goes out to Dennis' family. He was well respected by all who knew him.

Pauline and Ed Perry

Ed Perry (Knoxville, TN )
January 25, 2003


I first met Dennis when my family moved to Newport News from Maryland, and I entered Newport News High School in September of 1961 to begin 10th grade. Being the "new kid in class" is not much fun, but Fate sat me next to Dennis in that homeroom, and I can attest that everything that has been said about him in this Guestbook was just as true then, 41 years ago. He was a true friend and classmate, and I shall miss his smile and laugh at our next reunion.

My deepest condolences to his Family.

David A. Spriggs

David Spriggs (Norfolk, VA )
January 25, 2003


Dear Lana:
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Dennis was a fine man and will be sadly missed.
May God bless you and keep in this time of need.

John & Pam King (Yorktown, VA )
January 24, 2003


Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Debbie & Lee Smith

Debbie Smith (Portsmouth, VA )
January 24, 2003


We all know how much Dennis meant to us. Our deepest sympathy to you
and your family.
May God bless you and keep you in this time of need.

John & Pam King (Yorktown, VA )
January 24, 2003


Dear Lana,

Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Brenda West (Yorktown, VA )
January 24, 2003


The doldrums of the day could always be pushed away when Dennis had a story to tell. Not having worked with Dennis for awhile, he will be forever remembered as a man who could find the 'light' side of any situation. Kind to everyone he met...a wonderful person to work with...a caring man that will surely be missed by all that came into his path. My deepest sympathies to your family...may they be strong...your spirit will go on. Will keep all in my thoughts and prayers.

Cathy Dalton (Portsmouth, VA )
January 24, 2003


To Lana, Melissa and Jason
I was saddened to hear of Dennis's passing. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Equally as important Hampton Roads will miss a great friend, banker and community leader. His humor and ability to always make everything all right were God given traits that made us all better because we knew him. You are all in our our prayers.

Tom Hasty (Chesapeake, VA )
January 24, 2003


I will always remember the wonderful times we had learning to be "Bankers" and enjoying everything life had to offer. In those early years we worked hard and played hard. Our rewards were great jobs and wonderful friendships. Dennis will be missed by all of us that loved him.

William Rogerson (Richmond, VA )
January 24, 2003


Lana, Melissa, and Jason,
We are so sorry to hear about Dennis. He lived a life to the fullest and we will certainly miss him. I wish we could be there with you but we are thinking of you and praying for you. We love you.
Amanda and Mike

Amanda Repke (Katy, TX )
January 24, 2003


Dennis was truly one of the most remarkable men that I have known. He served as a friend, confidant, advisor and mentor to everyone who knew him. Never did he utter an unkind or hurtful word, instead his boundless enthusiasm and high spirits were contagious to all around him. He was my good friend and I will surely miss him. My prayers have been with him and his family during his struggle, and continue to be with them during this hard time.


Robert Carmines (Newport News, VA)
January 24, 2003


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