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JAMES WHITEHEADJames Walter Whitehead, a former longtime Washington and Lee administrator, peacefully passed away Aug. 20, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at age 93. He was born in Columbus, Ga., in 1921, to William F. and Jewel Arant Whitehead. Jim was a lifelong college administrator in development and finance, a field he undertook upon return from World War II in which he served as a naval aviator in the Alaskan and Pacific theatres. He was also an enthusiast of the decorative arts and merged this passion with his finance career.Following the war, Jim married Celeste Dervaes, who preceded her husband in death in 2010. They are survived by sons James Walter Whitehead Jr. of Houston, and Paul Dervaes Whitehead of Nashville. Grandchildren include James Walter Whitehead III, his wife Elizabeth Munson Whitehead, and Carson Key Whitehead. Great grandchildren include Claire Dervaes Whitehead and Graham Horn Whitehead.A graduate of the University of Tampa, Jim held positions there along with the University of Miami and the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He also served as the executive director of the Empire State Foundation of Independent Colleges.Recruited by Washington and Lee University graduates Lea Booth and Triple Crown owner of Secretariat - Chris Chenery, Jim joined W&L in 1958. During Jim's more than 30-year tenure at W&L, he held various positions, including assistant to the president for financial development, treasurer, and secretary to the board of trustees. While at W&L, Jim undertook the restoration of many of the front campus buildings, including Lee Chapel, the Morris House, and the Reeves Center. The Reeves Center for the Research and Development of Porcelain and Paintings became the focal point of his later career. The Reeves Center houses a remarkable collection of ceramics and other decorative arts and became the basis of Jim’s book A Fragile Union,” the biography of Louise Herreshoff.Jim served on the board of directors of institutions including Peoples National Bank in Lexington when it was acquired by Dominion Bancshares, Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Decorative Arts Trust, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts at Sweetbriar, Virginia Horse Center and the American Ceramic Circle. Jim also served on the Advisory Committee for Historic Mount Vernon.Jim held an Honorary Degree in Humane Letters from the University of Tampa and, with his wife, was awarded the Lynchburg Citation of the Alumni Association of Washington and Lee University for the merging of finance and the arts.A memorial service will be held in Lexington, with time and details to be determined. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family asks that memorial contributions be directed to the James W. and Celeste Whitehead Fund or the James W. Whitehead Reeves Center Endowment, both at Washington and Lee, Lexington, VA 24450.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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PAT PRYORKnown to all as Pat Pryor, passed on to her heavenly home on Aug. 12, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Sonny, formerly of Buena Vista; three children, Mike, Pam and Ted; five grandchildren, Douglas, Laura Jean, Trey, Katy and Kara; six great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Tom and Rog of Lakewood, Ohio. Her life as wife, mother, realtor/property manager and volunteer, started after graduating from Southern Seminary and Junior College and spanned some 60 years. Her life of volunteer work spanned 20 years at Fort Walton Medical Center, and after she retired, another two years at the Salvation Army. She was known by her family, friends and neighbors as one who gave unconditional love. Her passion was that she loved to dance. She also loved sailing and going to the beach and was an avid parishioner of St. Simons on the Sound. Pat, we will miss you and will remember you as the best thing to happen in our life! Love from your family on Earth.Pat as laid to rest at St. Simons on the Sound in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Friday, Aug. 21. In lieu of flowers, any donations in Pat's memory should be made to St. Simons on the Sound Chapel Fund or the Salvation Army.Expressions of love may be viewed online and submitted at www.emeraldcoastfuneralhome.com.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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DORINE WEAVERDorine Christella Weaver of Natural Bridge departed this life to be with her heavenly father on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at the age of 62. Dorine passed peaceful after resolute battle with cancer in her childhood home in the company of loved ones. Dorine was born on Jan. 5, 1953, in Lexington. She graduated from Natural Bridge High School and attended James Madison University where she graduated with a degree in speech therapy. After teaching in the school system for several years, Dorine began a career with Allstate where she retired as a PQS senior analyst. Dorine was honored to serve as church secretary at First Baptist Church in Natural Bridge where she resided. Whether it was church, family, or work, Dorine dedicated her full focus and performed with the utmost precision. Family and friends fondly remember the professional demeanor and her philosophy that if something wasn’t perfect then it still required work. This ideology allowed Dorine to remain resolute as she battled cancer well beyond the time expected by medical professionals. Dorine did not complain or lament her medical status, which inspired family, friends, fellow cancer survivors and even the medical professionals who oversaw her care. Dorine will be greatly missed but her example of dignity in life from beginning to the end of transition will be a lasting inspiration to all who knew her. Dorine is preceded in death by her father, Samuel Diamond, and brother Robert S. Diamond. She is survived by her mother, Bessie Flippen; father, Andrew Flippen; brother Phillip Diamond and his two sons; son, Gregory McKinley Weaver Jr.; several aunts and uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins, two beloved Dobermans, and all who had the great fortune to have known her. A service will be held at Harrison Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. Following the service family and friends are encouraged to attend the repast at the Natural Bridge firehouse to allow the family a moment to attend a private ceremony at her childhood home. Dorine has asked that in lieu of flowers individuals make a donation to charities focused on veterans or animal care/rescue, or to a local church. Donations to the Natural Bridge Fire Department would also be appropriate. The family would like to thank all who have offered love, support, prayer, encouragement, and acts of kindness. We would also like to offer a special thanks to Rockbridge Area Hospice whose support made it possible for Dorine to transition comfortably in her childhood home. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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ELEANOR DODEleanor Ellie” B. Dod,79, of Lexington died Aug. 20,2015, at Augusta Medical Center. She was born Nov. 6,1935, in Wheeling, W.Va., a daughter of the late Henry S. Bell and Kathleen F. Bell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in her death by her sister, Jean S. Brindley of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, W. Rader Dod, whom she married in college in 1955. They resided in many major cities along the East Coast before living in Staunton, where Mr. Dod was the owner of Dod Oil Co. for 22 years and owner and VP of Outer Banks Video Inc. Other surviving family members include two daughters, Jenni B. Dod, and Bryan Poo” Mines of Lexington and her husband Barry T. Mines; one son, W. Rader Dod II of Staunton and his wife Lissa Furr Dod; six grandchildren, Brook Reeves of Huddleston, Courtney Miller, Max Baer Miller III, and Harrison Mines of Lexington, Anne-Charles Dod and William Rader Dod III of Staunton; one great-grandchild, Gabriel Lee, and numerous nieces and nephews. While residing in Staunton, Mrs. Dod was a member of First Presbyterian Church and in Lexington a member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church, where she served on the board of women of the church. Mrs. Dod also worked actively toward establishing the Zeta Tau Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, her sorority, on the campus of Washington and Lee University, along with establishing the original sororities on campus. She was a patron of Lime Kiln Arts and sponsored various fundraising events for the theater. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made in Ellie’s name to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. To Everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven: a time to be born and a time to die.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2) Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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