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Denwood Wilbert Insley, 75, of Gloucester, born in Norfolk, Va., raised in Tappahannock, passed away on Dec. 31, 2015.

Denwood had a heart for serving others with old-fashioned discipline skills. His law enforcement duties began in Essex County as a deputy, then patrolman for the town of Tappahannock. In 1979, Denwood was elected Sheriff of Essex County, serving until 1987. In 1988, he began his service as Chief Deputy of Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office prior to retiring in 2000.

Denwood was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, and was a member of Providence Baptist Church, Botetourt Masonic Lodge No. 7 AF & AM, Tappahannock Lions Club, as well as Gloucester Lions Club.

Survivors include wife of 50 years, Margaret Insley; sons, Denwood Wesley Insley, Douglas Wade Insley; daughters, Mary Margaret Insley Hodges and Angela Insley Hall; 10 loving grandchildren, and five loving great-grandchildren.  

Funeral services conducted by the Rev. Roy Foster were held Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church. Interment followed with Masonic Rites in the church cemetery. The family received friends at Hogg Funeral Home Sunday from 4-6 p.m.

In our loved one’s memory, contributions may be made to Providence Baptist Church, 3501 Providence Road, Hayes, Va. 23072 or Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester, Va. 23061.

Arrangements by Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point.