|Birth: ||Sep. 4, 1896|
|Death: ||Oct. 5, 1968|
Born September 4, 1896, in Harrisonburg; student in Harrisonburg schools - graduate of high school in 1915; student in Northern Illinois College of Opthalmology - graduated in June, 1919; passed Virginia State Board of Examiners in optometry and began practice in Harrisonburg, 1920; on executive committee of the State Association of Optometrists since 1930; chairman of executive committee, 1938; vice-president, 1939; president, 1940-1941; Kiwanian, Mason, Methodist; active in organizing and the directing the Harrisonburg Municipal Band.
In professional service, as a talented musician, and as member of fraternal organizations, Dr. DeVier has been an active and influential participant in helpful community enterprises for a number of years. In this respect he and his brothers have worthily maintained the traditions passed on to them by their father, the late DeWitt Clinton DeVier, who was a member of the city council and a generous worker in various welfare agencies of the city and county. He is the eldest son of D. Clinton DeVier and his wife, who, before he marriage, was Miss Ida Florence Bell, both natives of Rockingham County.
Having gone through the elementary schools of the city, Dr. DeVier entered the high school from which he graduated in 1915. To fit himself for work in his chosen profession, he then matriculated in the Northern Illinois College of Opthalmology and graduated from that institution in 1919. After passing the examinations required by the Virginia State Board of Examiners, he began the practice of optometry in Harrisonburg in the year 1920 and has since been successfully engaged in his profession. He has received notable recognition in the State Association of Optometrists over a period of more than twelve years. he became a member of the organization in 1925. In 1930 he was elected a member of the executive committee and was chairman of the committee in 1938. The next year he served as vice-president, and in 1940 he held the office of president. In 1941 he was re-elected to the executive committee and still continues in that capacity. He maintains offices in The National bank Building of Harrisonburg, Rooms 207-209.
Dr. DeVier is a member of the Methodist Church, the Masonic Blue Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter, and the Kiwanis Club - has been a Kiwanian for the past 21 years. In politics he is a Democrat. He is a dog fancier and devotes much time to hunting and fishing. His most notable contribution to community life and service has been made through local musical organizations. For 20 years he has been active in promoting and directing the municipal band, which, under his leadership, has won merited recognition and approval. A skilled musician himself, he has been able to inspire others with ambition and earnest effort to excellence.
On February 18, 1922, Dr. DeVier married Miss Helen Margaret Miller, who was born in Baltimore, MD, on September 15, 1898, the daughter of Christopher and Ella DuVall Miller. Dr. and Mrs. DeVier are the parents of three sons; Charles Wallings, Jr., born June 30, 1924; Clint M., born April 12, 1926; and Christopher D., born July 2, 1936. Charles, Jr., is a student in the University of Virginia, having been in attendance there since June, 1942. In October of the same year he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He entered the University as a pre-med student and will continue his course unless called into active service.
Taken from - Men of Mark and Representative Citizens of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County Virginia
Editor-In-Chief - John W. Wayland, The McClure Company, Inc. Staunton, VA 1943, pgs. 110-111
DeWitt Clinton DeVier (1870 - 1924)
Ida Florence Bell DeVier (1875 - 1954)
Helen Margaret Miller DeVier (1898 - 1985)
Nancy Wolfe DeVier (1915 - 1986)*
Charles Wallings DeVier (1924 - 1990)*
Clinton Miller DeVier (1926 - ____)*
Christopher Duvall DeVier (1936 - 2005)*
Charles Wallings DeVier (1896 - 1968)
Sheffy Lewis DeVier (1898 - 1951)*
Amiss Clinton DeVier (1900 - 1941)*
Margaret DeVier (1903 - 1903)*
Edythe "Mimi" Virginia DeVier Heatwole (1904 - 1992)*
Note: buried with Wife #2
Created by: Suzanne DeVier
Record added: Aug 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29282313