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James Latinus McLemore, III

James Latinus McLemore, III

Male Abt 1945 - 2009  (~ 64 years)

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  1. 1.  James Latinus McLemore, IIIJames Latinus McLemore, III was born Abt 1945, Suffolk (Independant City), Virginia; died 15 Sep 2009, Suffolk (Independant City), Virginia.


    James L. McLemore, III

    Suffolk - James L. McLemore, III, 64, passed away on September 15, 2009. He was a Suffolk native and son of the late James L. McLemore, Jr. and Jane Coulbourn McLemore.  He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Mardane R. McLemore, and their three children and three grandchildren: James L. McLemore, IV and his wife, Jennifer M. McLemore and their son, Benjamin Coulbourn McLemore of Richmond; Thomas Briggs McLemore and his wife, Andrea J. McLemore, and their two sons, Thomas Briggs McLemore, Jr. and Andrew Stocker McLemore of Alexandria; and Sarah Elizabeth McLemore of Washington, D.C.  He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth McLemore White of Poquoson, and his brother, John C. McLemore of Norfolk.

    Jim graduated from Suffolk High School and from Randolph Macon College where he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma social fraternity.  He received his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary.

    After serving in the United States Naval Reserve, Jim began his legal career in the City of Suffolk.  He served as Deputy Clerk of the Nansemond County Circuit Court and also as Clerk of the Circuit Court of the City of Suffolk.  In 1975 he opened his law office in Suffolk where he practiced until his retirement in December, 2008.

    He loved his native Suffolk and the friends he developed over a lifetime.  He was active in many community organizations, including the Ruritan Club, Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society, and the Suffolk Rotary Club, where he was a past president and a Paul Harris Fellow.

    A lifelong member of Main Street United Methodist Church, Jim was also a member of the James L. McLemore Bible Class and he served on the church's administrative board.  Having attained the rank of Eagle Scout, Jim actively supported Scouting and was for many years on the Troup I Committee.

    Jim had an insatiable appetite for knowledge and was a passionate student of history: ancient, local, and family (genealogy), and had written extensively about his family's Scottish and early American ancestry.  He was also a gifted model railroader and enjoyed making his layouts and running his trains with friends and family, particularly his grandchildren.  He was instrumental in designing, and with others building, the model train layout in the historic Seaboard Train Station.

    A memorial service will be held at Main Street United Methodist Church, on Friday, September 18, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. by the Reverend Robert J. Parks.  Visitation will be at the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, 509 West Washington Street, Suffolk on Thursday, September 17, 2009 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 202 North Main St., Suffolk, VA 23434.

    Suffolk News-Herald front-page story "Community Leader Passes Away"

    Norfolk Virginian-Pilot obituary