Priscilla “Pinky” Dennis

Priscilla “Pinky” Dennis, 71, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, October 26, 2023, in Newport News, VA, where she was a lifelong resident.  She worked as an administrative assistant at the Newport News Shipyard, the Newport News Police Department, and the Newport News Fire Department, where she retired after many years of service.  She was a 17-year Breast Cancer survivor and active with Relay for Life.

She LOVED her time in the fire department as it made her feel close to her father.  Pinky looked to the firefighters as a second family.  She loved collecting anything having to do with the fire department and Dalmatians.

She was an avid crafter and ALWAYS had a project with her.

Pinky also cherished her family, retiring to spend more time with her grandchildren and traveling with her husband.

Pinky was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Jane Weatherford, and her first husband, Charlie Brisson.  She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Scott; daughter, Becky (Jim); two grandchildren, Kimberleigh and Vicki; brother, Jamie (Ann) of Maryland; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life ( or the Susan G. Komen For the Cure (, and always support your local fire department.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8 at Peninsula Funeral Home.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Kimberly Letzring

    Scott, I am so very very sorry to hear the news of Pinky’s passing. You guys have been in my thoughts constantly. I tried numerous times to get my new number and Facebook info to you after I had everything hacked but never heard back from anyone. I left you a message on your Facebook yesterday. Please call if you need anything.

  2. Betty Miller

    Becky, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom, I worked with her in the Shipyard, she was a beautiful person just like her Mom, God bless you and all the family prayers for all of you.

  3. Lori Ramsey Riesbeck

    Becky and family, I am so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful person. My thoughts and prayers are with yall.

  4. Eric Gaskins

    So sorry to learn of Pinky’s passing. She was part of our Fire Department family for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.


    It seemed to me Pinky was always smiling and happy when I would see her at Fire Training. Just a wonderful person to be around. Condolences to her family and friends.

  6. Jim Eacho

    Pinky was a special lady. We still use the F.D. cook book she put together some 20 years ago. Sincere condolences to her family.

  7. Jim Tomlin

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Pinky. My prayers are certainly with the family at this difficult times.

    Uncle Jim

  8. Sylvia Dempsey

    Please accept our sincere sympathy. Pinky and your family were a large part of our lives when Lisa and Kevin were growing up! Your parents were always friendly and helpful when we moved to the neighborhood. May God grant you peace in the passing of Pinky! Sincerely, the Dempsey family.

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