Richard Minor Hamrick, Jr.
Richard Minor Hamrick, Jr.
  • January 4, 1926 - May 24, 2016
  • Virginia

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Richard Minor Hamrick, Jr., the former president of Hamrick Funeral Home, died May 24, 2016 at Augusta Health. Born in Staunton on January 4, 1926, he was a life-long Stauntonian and a descendant of one of the earliest Scots-Irish settlers in Augusta County. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Randolph-Macon College. His college studies were interrupted by World War II, when he served in Italy as a member of the U.S. Army's 88th Signal Corps.

He was very active in Staunton civic affairs. He was a board member and officer of numerous local organizations, including the Staunton YMCA, the Staunton Augusta Community Chest, the Staunton United Way, the Augusta County SPCA, King's Daughters' Hospital, the Staunton-Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the local board of Crestar Bank (now SunTrust), and SURE (Staunton United Revitalization Effort - the old downtown association). He was a member of Central United Methodist Church, where he had served as treasurer and chairman of the Official Board.

He was past president, treasurer and board member of the Virginia Funeral Directors' Association.

An avid reader, he served for nearly 50 years on the board of the Staunton Library, as well as the Staunton Library Foundation board. In 2004 he was honored with the Virginia Library Association's Trustee Library Award for Distinguished Service. Another passion was local history. He was a charter member of the Augusta County Historical Society, where he also served as president, archivist and interim treasurer. He was one of two recipients of the inaugural ACHS Distinguished Service award, presented in 1997. A well-known local historian, he frequently gave presentations on various aspects of local history, and initiated the cataloguing of the cemeteries in Augusta County, as well as many of the local mills. He and his brother, Thomas Hamrick, amassed an extensive collection of local historical photographs, postcards and letterheads, much of which became the Hamrick Collection at ACHS. He was a 66-year member and past president of the Staunton Rotary Club, and did his best to adhere to the tenets of the Four-Way Test, as well as instill them in his children. He served for many years as District Historian for Rotary District 7570.

He was a Mason for more than 60 years. He was a member and Past Master of Staunton Masonic Lodge No. 13, A. F. & A. M; Past High Priest of Waynesboro Union Royal Arch Chapter No. 2.; Grand High Priest of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia from which he received the John Dove Meritorious Award; a member of Stevenson Commandery No. 8 Knights Templar, where he served as Commander, Treasurer and Deputy District Grand Commander; a member of Knight York Cross of Honor, Grand Council of Anointed High Priests of Virginia, Grand Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters in the Commonwealth of Virginia; a past Sovereign Master and member of Allied Masonic Degrees; a member of the Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, Society of Red Cross, Knight Masons and the Red Cross of Constantine.

He was the son of Richard M. and Jonnie Hiner Hamrick, and the husband of Martha Bell Brown Hamrick, all of whom predeceased him. Survivors include his children, Martha Peyton Hamrick of Harrisburg, PA, Jane Ledgerwood Hamrick of New York City, Richard Minor Hamrick III and his wife, Bonny DeLauney Hamrick of Richmond, and John Hiner Hamrick and his wife, Heather Harris of Denver, and his grandson, Richard Minor Hamrick IV of Richmond and Nashville, TN; his brother, Thomas Bell Hamrick and wife Yvonne Wood Hamrick of Staunton; three nieces, Carolyn Hiner Hamrick of Mechanicsville, Linda Wood Hamrick of Harrisonburg, and Karen Yvonne Hamrick of Staunton, as well as first cousins Jean Bickle Smith and Jacob Haigler Walmsley II .

The family will receive friends at Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes of Staunton on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. David Churchman Brown, his wife's nephew, in Thornrose Cemetery on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Staunton Library Foundation, c/o David Didawick, CPA, Treasurer, 117 MacTanly Place, Staunton, VA 24401 or to Central United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 953, Staunton, VA 24402-0953.

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