A former state supreme court justice from Covington died Monday morning.
Roscoe Stephenson was on the court from 1981 until his retirement in 1997.
Prior to that, he served as a circuit court judge and Alleghany County Commonwealth's Attorney.
Roscoe Stephenson was 89-years old.
His funeral will be held at 2:00 Friday afternoon at First Presbyterian Church in Covington.
Here is the obituary:
Justice Roscoe Stephenson, Jr.
Justice Roscoe Bolar Stephenson, Jr., age 89, of 111 Mountaineer Drive, Apt. 20, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at the Brian Center Alleghany, Low Moor. He was the husband of Jane Edmunds Stephenson.
Justice Stephenson was born February 22, 1922 in Covington, the son of the late Roscoe Bolar Stephenson, Sr. and Elizabeth Jackson Dillard Stephenson and stepmother, Annie Turpin Stephenson. He attended the public schools of Alleghany County and after a brief stint in the Army from 1942 until 1943; Justice Stephenson received both his B.A. in 1943 and his J.D. in 1947 from Washington and Lee University. Admitted to the bar in 1947, Justice Stephenson began practicing law in Covington starting out in partnership with his father and from 1952 until 1964; he served as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Alleghany County. In 1964, he returned to private practice with a firm that included Fletcher Watson, Judge William “Kit” Carson, George Kostel, James Snyder and Dabney S. Pasco, Sr., now known as Watson and Stephenson.
On July 12, 1973, he was elected as a judge for the Twenty-Fifth Judicial Circuit, a position that he held until February, 1981 when he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Virginia by the General Assembly. Justice Stephenson retired from active service in December of 1997 but continued to serve the Court as a Senior Justice until mid 2010. As the first resident of the Alleghany Highlands ever to be appointed as Virginia Supreme Court Justice, his portrait hangs in the Alleghany County Courthouse courtroom.
The third recipient of the annual Roger Groot Professionalism Award, Justice Stephenson exemplified the four core values of the American Inns of Court: professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal excellence throughout his entire legal career. He held many positions of leadership and service, including service as a member of the Virginia State Bar Council from 1969 until 1973 and as vice president of the Virginia Bar Association. He is also a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Justice Stephenson was a member of First Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his wife, Jane Edmunds Stephenson, Justice Stephenson is survived by two sons, Roscoe B. Stephenson, III and wife, Tammy of Covington and Thomas E. Stephenson of Covington; nine grandchildren, Douglas Haynes Kelley and wife, Neely, Jane Stephenson Vital, Roscoe B. Stephenson, IV, Ashley Osborne and husband, Aaron, Hannah S. Markham, Thomas E. Stephenson, Jr., Nicholas Lawson and wife, Courtney, Sarah D. Lawson, and Daniel C. Lawson and fiancée, Vicky; six great grandchildren; and one sister, Mabel S. Haemmel and husband, William of Chapel Hill, NC.
In addition to his parents, Roscoe Bolar Stephenson, Sr. and Elizabeth Jackson Dillard Stephenson, and his stepmother, Annie Turpin Stephenson; Justice Stephenson was preceded in death by one daughter, Martha Elizabeth Stephenson Kelly in 1992 and one sister, Charlotte S. Oresman.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Friday, June 3, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jamie B. Pharr officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Thursday afternoon from 3:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. and from 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. at Loving Funeral Home.
The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to a charity of your choice.
Those wishing to send condolences online, please visit www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com.