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Elizabeth Rust Williams (access required)

Elizabeth Rust Williams, the first female lawyer in Clarke County, died July 8. She was 59. She passed away at her 18th-century farm, Clermont, which her family had owned for many years and which friends said was her passion. Ms. ...

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Patrick Kennedy (access required)

Vienna trusts & estates lawyer Patrick Kennedy died suddenly on June 28. He was a partner in the firm of Cochran & Owen LLC. Born in Illinois in 1960, he received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, in 1983 from ...

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Sam D. Eggleston Jr. (access required)

Retired Nelson County lawyer Sam D. Eggleston Jr., died June 27 in Charlottesville. He was 77. A native of Campbell County, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946 and served in the Philippines and Japan. He was discharged three ...

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James M. Sprouse (access required)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — James Marshall Sprouse, a Democratic party activist who served as a judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, died July 3. He was 80. President Carter appointed Judge Sprouse to the federal bench in ...

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William G. Davis (access required)

Franklin County lawyer William G. “Bill” Davis died at his home on Feb. 27 after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 61. A 1964 graduate of Virginia Military Institute, he earned his law degree three years later from the ...

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Owen F. Valentine (access required)

Well-known auctioneer and appraiser Owen F. Valentine died in Richmond on June 12. He was 56. Mr. Valentine owned his own auction and appraisal business in Richmond; he learned his trade from his father, the late James H. Valentine Sr., ...

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J. Calvitt Clarke (access required)

(AP) Retired U.S. District Judge J. Calvitt Clarke Jr., whose cases included overseeing the salvage of the Titanic shipwreck, died May 6 at his Virginia Beach home after a long illness. He was 83. Judge Clarke was nominated to the ...

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James A. Betts Jr. (access required)

James A. Betts Jr. died April 9. He was 93. Mr. Betts was a graduate of Lafayette College and of the T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond. After graduating from law school, he practiced in Richmond. ...

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Jerry G. Bray Jr. (access required)

Retired Chesapeake Circuit Judge Jerry G. Bray Jr., who was instrumental in the founding of Virginia Wesleyan College, died May 13. He was 91. Judge Bray was a native of South Norfolk, and attended Duke University and its law school. ...

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Philip N. Brophy (access required)

Retired Fairfax Juvenile & Domestic Relations Judge Philip Noel Brophy died April 17. He was 84. A native of Pittsburgh, Judge Brophy earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in 1941. He was a fighter pilot and flight instructor for ...

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