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Retired Justice Stephenson dies

Retired Supreme Court of Virginia Justice Roscoe B. Stephenson Jr. died last night in Covington. He was 89.

Justice Stephenson served on the court from 1981 until 1997 and was active as a senior justice until 2009.

A native of Covington, earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Washington and Lee University and began practicing law there in 1947. He served as Alleghany County commonwealth’s attorney from 1962 to 1974 and was appointed the 25th Judicial Circuit in July 1973.

“He was so gracious and nice and the epitome of a Southern gentleman,” said Supreme Court Clerk Patricia Harrington.

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