Richard D. Pulley, 83, of Virginia Beach passed away on February 14, 2021. He was born in Raleigh, NC on June 14, 1937 to the late Julian and Pauline Pulley. He was preceded in death by his brother Randall Pulley, his daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Joey Burkhardt. He is survived by his wife, Vickie Hendley Pulley, his stepchildren Caitlin Granger (Eddie) and Thomas Hendley, his daughter Carrie Rott (Phillip), eight grandchildren, and many great grandchildren.
Dick was a graduate of Warwick High School and Richmond University. Passionate about education, he became a teacher and school administrator in Hampton before discovering his life’s work as Chief Lobbyist for the Virginia Education Association and ending his career with the Virginia School Board Association. He championed such causes as civil rights, women’s rights, kindergarten, special education, and fully funding our schools.
Pulley was a devoted Yankees and Washington Football fan. He was known for his wicked serve on the tennis court, ran marathons, and was a Senior Olympics discus throwing champion. A devoted musician throughout his life, Dick shared his talents on his jazz saxophone often performing with his trio around Richmond as well as playing at his stepdaughter’s wedding.
He was known as “The Senator”, Superman, a titan, Dad, Granddad, Grumpy, beloved husband, and a true Renaissance Man. A life well lived; he will be deeply missed.
A private celebration of life will be held Friday, February 19, 2021 at 2 PM. To livestream the service to your device, please click HERE.
Date: Friday, February 19, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm
To livestream the service to your device, please click HERE.
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