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 Arthur Raymon Thacker

Arthur Raymon Thacker

Birth
Stuarts Draft, Augusta County, Virginia, USA
Death 21 Feb 2016 (aged 106)
Scottsville, Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
Burial Scottsville, Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 158557906 · View Source
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On Sunday, February 21, 2016, Arthur Raymon Thacker, 106, of Scottsville, slipped the surly bonds of this earth to reside with our Lord and Savior in Heaven. He was born on October 14, 1909, in Stuarts Draft, Virginia, the son of a Miller, Arthur Lewis Thacker and his wife, Eddie Bell (Carey) Thacker.

Raymon's father accepted a position with the Scottsville Flour Mill and loaded his family, including Raymon's older brother, Homer Dodge Thacker, onto a horse drawn carriage to make the journey to Scottsville on May 6, 1911. Scottsville has been their home since that time and was also the place where Raymon and Homer's sister, Sara Elizabeth Thacker, was born several years later.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Emma Lou (Via) Thacker; a son, Arthur Raymon Thacker Jr.; a brother, Homer Dodge Thacker and wife, Beatrice (Davis) Thacker; his sister, Sara Elizabeth (Thacker) Kershaw and husband, James; and a son from her first marriage, Buddy Hudson.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Arbutus May (Deihl) Thacker; their son, Matthew Lewis Thacker and wife, Donna, all of Scottsville; his daughter, Virginia Lee Bishop and husband, Arthur, of Yorktown, Virginia; his son, Cary James "Sonny" Thacker and wife, Arlene (Napier) Thacker of Charleston, South Carolina; five grandchildren, Doreen Harmon, Jamie, David, and Ricky Velasquez, and Kirk Thacker; many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Linda Thacker Marshall and husband, Jimmy; a very special niece, Diane McVicker and husband, John; a number of extended family members; and many, many friends.

Raymon and his brother, Homer, owned and operated Thacker Brothers Funeral Home for 57 years in the town of Scottsville. He took great pride in his community and served it faithfully throughout his life. He was a Town Council member for six years before being elected Mayor of Scottsville, a post he would occupy for 30 years and 6 months. During his tenure as Mayor, he organized the Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department, the Scottsville Lions Club, and assisted in the organization of the Scottsville Rescue Squad.

Raymon, along with the help of Mrs. Elizabeth Tompkins, acquired the Old Scottsville Christian Church and immediately converted it to the Scottsville Museum and Historic Landmarks Foundation. Mrs. Virginia Moore and Bob Walls also helped in the process of turning the church into the Scottsville Museum.Both he and Dr. Luther R. Stinson were instrumental in having the United States Rubber Company (Uniroyal) locate its plant in Scottsville. Raymon also went to the Albemarle County Service Authority and worked to have them to install the first sewage treatment facility in the Town of Scottsville.

In addition, he organized the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce and served as Chairman of a group of neighboring counties seeking a community college in the Scottsville area. This later materialized into the Piedmont Virginia Community College. He also held a position on the Board of Highways at the time Route 20 was listed as the "Constitution Route." Through his tireless efforts to gain more funding for the Scottsville area, he fought vigorously with the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors for a boundary adjustment of the town limits to include the Scottsville shopping center. This gave the town many more acres than it had previously and included businesses with a taxable base, which aided in securing a positive cash flow for the town. In an effort to preserve the cemetery in perpetual care for the townspeople, he founded the Scottsville Cemetery Association.

Raymon was a proud 32nd degree Mason, and as a member of the Scottsville Masonic Lodge #45, served as Past Virginia Deputy Grand Master. He was also a former President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association.For 20 years prior to 1988, the Town of Scottsville was inundated with horrific flooding. Raymon was instrumental in leading many aspects of the recovery efforts. During the 1969 flood caused by Hurricane Camille, Mayor Thacker went to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to acquire government loans at a nominal rate to help small businesses rebuild. In 1972 as flooding ravaged the Town of Scottsville from Hurricane Agnes, he again went to H.U.D. and asked for help. At this time, they forgave the loans of 1969, an act which helped the town's businesses and residents tremendously.But his greatest achievement by far was the Scottsville Levee. Armed with a feasibility study and a friend in the Army Corps of Engineers, Raymon helped the town to have a plan that would protect the small community from any future devastation of the James River, The Scottsville Levee Project.

Raymon went to Washington, DC countless times, making application to H.U.D. to build a dam on the Mink Creek to stop water from backing up into the Town of Scottsville. Danny Van Clief, who was on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and owned Nydrie Farms, graciously donated a 172 acre parcel of land through which the creek ran; this land was just to the north of downtown. Raymon was granted $500,000 to complete the Mink Creek Dam, but this was just the first step in his idea of protecting his beloved town. He again began to go to Washington, D.C. and made friends. One of those friends was Senator John Warner, who was instrumental in helping him to acquire the funding for the rest of the levee project. Through diplomacy, tenacity, and a last minute trip before an appropriations bill was to be voted on, Raymon's efforts gained Congressional approval. Funds were granted to build the Scottsville Levee, a project that was completed in 1988 and dedicated as the "A. Raymon Thacker Levee" in April of 1989.Governor George Allen officially recognized July 1, 1996 as "A. Raymon Thacker Day" with a ceremony at the Virginia State Capital Building. This was a celebration of his 30 years as Mayor and honored him as being the longest serving Mayor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2016, in the chapel of Thacker Brothers Funeral Home by the Reverend Peter Way and the Reverend James Jetton. Interment with Masonic Rites will follow in the Scottsville Cemetery.Friends may pay their respects at the funeral home from 1 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, and from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016, with the family receiving friends from 6 until 8 p.m.Those desiring to make a donation in Raymon's memory may do so to a favorite charity of choice.Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com.

(Daily Progress)


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  • Created by: LNM
  • Added: 24 Feb 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 158557906
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Arthur Raymon Thacker (14 Oct 1909–21 Feb 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 158557906, citing Scottsville Cemetery, Scottsville, Albemarle County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by LNM (contributor 47438535) .