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Theodore Dunnavant
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Birth: May 26, 1853
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1937
Virginia, USA

Theodore Dunnavant, 83, for many years well known as a local newspaperman and for seventeen years foreman of the stereotype department of The News Leader until his retirement from active work died early yesterday at a local hospital.

The funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday from the Joseph W. Bliley Funeral Home and interment will be in Riverview Cemetery.

Mr. Dunnavant was born in Richmond, May 26, 1853 and was a son of the late Melvin and Lucy Michaels Dunnavant, whose home in past years stood west of Richmond. The site of the family home would now be near the intersection of Main and Harrison Streets.

His earliest associaton with newspaper work here was with the old "Evening News," which was published by William H. Wade, his brother in law. Mr. Dunnavant entered the employment of Mr. Wade in 1867 in an office then at the southwest corner of Main and Ninth Streets.

A few years later he became connected with the afternoon paper known as "The State". He was with this paper when its editors were Captain John Hampden Chamberlayne and Richard F. Beirne.

After the death of Captain Chamberlayne, Mr Beirne became the sole owner and editor of "The State" and Mr. Dunnavant continued with that paper until it ceased publication in the late eighties of the past century.

Later he went to Binghampton, NY where for two years he was in charge of the press room and stereotype department of the "Binghampton Evening Herald."

Returning to Richmond he was in the employ of "The Richmond News" in a similar capacity.

When The "Richmond News Leader" was established Mr. Dunnavant became foreman of the stereotype department and was actively engaged in this work for nearly two decades.

Mr. Dunnavant married Miss Ida B. Jennings of this city. She died on December 23, 1933. Surviving Mr. Dunnavant are two daughters, Bessie Conway and Linnette Hulcher, three sons, Theodore R., Richard B. and Barton G. Dunnavant and two grandchildren.

From the Richmond New Leader, April 19, 1937. 
Family links: 
  Melvin W. Dunnavant (1807 - 1855)
  Lucy Ann Michaels Dunnavant (1811 - 1882)
  Ida B Jennings Dunnavant (1859 - 1933)*
  Bessie Lu Dunnavant Conway (1881 - 1940)*
  Theodore Russell Dunnavant (1883 - 1963)*
  Richard Burns Dunnavant (1885 - 1968)*
  Linnette E Dunnavant Hulcher (1896 - 1967)*
  Virginia Ann Dunnavant Austin (1833 - 1876)*
  Sarah K Dunnavant Wade (1841 - 1916)*
  John Melvin Dunnavant (1852 - 1925)*
  Theodore Dunnavant (1853 - 1937)
  Lynda Belle Dunnavant Lynch (1854 - 1919)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverview Cemetery
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Plot D, Section 15
Maintained by: CHS
Originally Created by: PL
Record added: Mar 26, 2004
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Theodore Dunnavant
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Theodore Dunnavant
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