, 2016

Richard P. Burrage
LIVELY—Richard Parkinson Burrage of Lively passed away March 24, 2016.

He was born in New York City and grew up in Closter, N.J. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Upon graduation, he joined the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company, which later became Verizon, and spent his entire career there.

In 1956, he met and married Suzanne Fuller, who was a service representative for C&P. That same year, he was drafted and spent two years in the Army.

Upon rejoining C&P, he became assistant vice president, engineering, for the mid-Atlantic region. He retired in 1990 to the Northern Neck in a waterfront house overlooking the Corrotoman River.

He was a passionate reader and spent much time volunteering for the Lancaster Community Library, including serving on the board as president. His philanthropic interests also extended to the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts, where he served in multiple capacities through the years.

He and Sue traveled avidly throughout their life together, exploring exotic destinations like Bora Bora, New Zealand, Bali and Cambodia.

Richard was a loving father to Gregg Burrage and Amy Burrage Barnett and a loving grandfather to Adam Barnett, Laura Barnett, Amethyst Burrage and Griffin Burrage.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Kilmarnock. In lieu of flowers, the family requests honorary donations to the Lancaster Community Library’s new location in Kilmarnock to P.O. Box 850, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.


Judge Tristram T. Hyde IV
LITWALTON—Judge Tristram Tupper Hyde IV of Litwalton died at home, Monday, April 18, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Joanna Karen Hyde; son, Thomas Tilden Hyde; and daughter, Elizabeth Yoer Hyde; sons from his first marriage, Tristram Tupper Hyde V (Laura) of Severna Park, Md., and William Woodhouse Hyde (Celeste) of Seattle, Wash.; and five grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his father, Tristram Tupper Hyde III; his mother, Mildred Williams Hyde; his brother, James Taylor Hyde; and his first wife, Margaret Shinnick Federhart.

Tris was born February 25, 1941, in Richmond. He graduated from Douglas Freeman High School in Richmond in 1959 and Hampden-Sydney College in 1962. He played football for both schools and at Hampden-Sydney was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. After college, Tris was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps and enrolled in the University of Virginia School of Law, graduating in 1965.

Colonel Hyde’s exemplary career in the Marine Corps spanned 32 years. After graduating with honors from The Basic School in Quantico, he was assigned on active duty to the Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I., and the Second Marine Aircraft Wing in Cherry Point, N.C. He then served as chief trial counsel for the 3d Marine Division in Northern I Corps, Republic of Vietnam, until his release from active duty in June 1968. 

After his release, he served as a reservist and executive officer in the First 105 Howitzer Battery in Richmond. He completed the Reserve Officer Amphibious Intelligence Course and was assigned successive positions as an intelligence officer in Norfolk at the U.S. Commander in Chief, Atlantic (USCINCLANT).

His numerous decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V and Gold Star, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross), and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. A full colonel at retirement in 1991, he remained a Marine in heart and spirit, often leading singing of the Marine Corps hymn at the annual Northern Neck USMC Birthday Dinner.

In addition to his military service, Judge Hyde practiced law in Richmond, Fredericksburg, and the Northern Neck. In 1971, he moved to Fleeton, where he could practice law in a rural setting, fish and hunt on the Chesapeake Bay. He founded the law firm Hyde and Haynie with Warren Haynie in Heathsville, later adding Mervin Withers to the firm. Judge Hyde loved being a country lawyer and being occasionally paid with farm produce, crabs or oysters. During his distinguished career, he served as the president of the Northern Neck Bar Association (1984) and as judge for the General District Court of Northumberland, Lancaster, Essex, Richmond and Westmoreland counties (1983-2003). After retirement, Judge Hyde served until last year as a Virginia substitute judge and a judge at Rappahannock General Hospital.

Tris was a true community leader in the Northern Neck. While living in Northumberland County, he was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Heathsville and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Fleeton, where he served on the vestry and sang in the choir. In the 1970s and 1980s, he founded the first little league football team, the Fleeton Eagles; served as the secretary and president of the Northern Neck Football League; and volunteered as an assistant coach of the Northumberland High School football team, including a state championship team. 

Tris was also a Boy Scout leader, serving as a Webelo den leader and assistant scoutmaster for Troop 202 in Reedville and Northern Neck District chairman. In 1986, he was awarded the Silver Beaver award, Scouting’s highest award for contributions of an adult Scout. He was also a founding member of the Smith Point Sea Rescue. While living in Lancaster County, he continued his work with Boy Scouts and sang in the choir as a member of Grace Episcopal Church and Trinity Episcopal Church.

A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many, Tris will be remembered for his love of flying, the Marines, and all things outdoors; his extremely outgoing personality; his sense of humor; and his masterful storytelling and guitar, singing, and harmonica playing. He duck-hunted on both sides of the bay and on trips to nearby states, Colorado, and Canada. His favorite spot, however, was Nandua Creek on the Eastern Shore, where he co-founded “The Dog House” hunting lodge, which was the scene of many a tall tale as well as culinary, libation, folksong, fishing, oystering, and hunting fortunes and misfortunes.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock. A military interment will be held at Quantico National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 2. Memorials may be sent to Grace Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1059, Kilmarnock, VA 22482, or to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation at www.mcsf.org.


Thelma F. P. Stanford
KING GEORGE—Thelma Sandford, 90, died Friday, April 15, 2016, at her home in King George surrounded by her children and her care companion.

She was born January 7, 1926, to the late Mamie and Bankhead Johnson in Dahlgren. She graduated from Palmyra High School in Palmyra, N.J. on June 7, 1945. She continued her education at Cheyney State College and The University of District of Columbia while working full time.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church in New Jersey, Little Ark Baptist Church in King George and Little Zion Baptist Church in Oak Grove.

She was married to the late John O. Poindexter Jr. and later to the late Harold Stanford.

She is survived by her children, John O. Poindexter III of Mt. Laurel, N.J., Joy L. Clay of Montross, Constance P. Byrd of King George, David L. Poindexter of King George and Janice P. Williams of Bowie, Md.; 18 grandchildren, Charuntiss, Reggie Jr., Salim, Larry, Bridgett, Yvette, Mary, Wendell, Damon, ShyIsha, Andre, Nicole, Adrianna, Trey, Pierre, Mia, Dasha and Anthony; 21 great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held April 23 at Little Zion Baptist Church, Oak Grove. Interment followed at Little Ark Baptist Church, King George.