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John B. "Bunny" Spiers (access required)

John B. “Bunny” Spiers, longtime Radford city attorney, died Nov. 7 of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash during a ride across Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County. He was 74. An active Democrat, Mr. Spiers unsuccessfully ran for the ...

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Charles L. Reed (access required)

Charles Lathrop Reed, a founding partner of the Richmond-based law firm of Mays & Valentine LLP, died Sept. 28. He was 80. Mr. Reed received both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from the University of Virginia. He joined ...

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William Franklin Davis (access required)

William Franklin Davis, a prominent civic leader and attorney in Suffolk, died Sept. 13. He was 78. A native of Caroline County, Mr. Davis graduated from the University of Richmond, where he participated in the Honor Society of the university ...

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Beverly T. Fitzpatrick Sr. (access required)

Judge Beverly Thomas Fitzpatrick Sr., former chief judge of Roanoke’s Municipal Court and of the 23rd General District Court, died Sept. 16 of lung cancer. He was 80. Judge Fitzpatrick was born in Roanoke and received his bachelor’s and law ...

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Judge Robert S. Wahab Jr. (access required)

Retired Virginia Beach Circuit Judge Robert S. Wahab Jr., who served on the bench for 20 years, died Sept. 6. He was 83. He was born in Norfolk and attended public schools in Baltimore and Norfolk. Judge Wahab graduated from ...

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Robert E. Pembleton (access required)

Robert Eugene Pembleton, an attorney with nearly 50 years’ experience and a former state champion Toastmaster, died Sept. 8 at his Richmond home of cancer. He was 77. Raised in Bartlesville, Okla., and Kingston, N.Y., Mr. Pembleton attended college at ...

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Irving J. Held Jr. (access required)

Irving J. Held Jr., a lawyer who spent his career in the life insurance business, died Aug. 14. He was 85. A native Richmonder, he graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1935 with a B.S. ...

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U.S. Rep. Herbert H. Bateman (access required)

U.S. Rep. Herbert Harvell Bateman, a Virginia lawyer who became a nine-term congressman known for his support of Navy building ship, died Sept. 11. He was 72. He was born in Elizabeth City, N.C., and grew up in Newport News. ...

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Francis D. Murnaghan Jr. (access required)

Judge Francis D. Murnaghan Jr. of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals died Aug. 31 at a hospice in Baltimore of an aneurysm. He was 80. Judge Murnaghan was graduated from Johns Hopkins in 1941 and was a 1948 ...

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David Nelson Sutton Jr. (access required)

David Nelson Sutton Jr., an attorney and community leader in West Point, died on Aug. 7 as the result of an automobile accident in Aylett. He was 75. A native of West Point, he was a graduate of the University ...

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