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John R. Marchant

John R. Marchant, 95, of Irvington, formerly of Richmond, died December 2, 2008.

Mr. Marchant was born in Middlesex County. He was a graduate of Christchurch School and Hampden-Sydney College. In 1936 he began a 42-year career with Miller & Rhoads Department Store. He retired as president and chief executive officer.

He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Lillian Reilly Marchant; a son, John Roland Marchant Jr.; and two sisters, Virginia Marchant Mills and Emily Marchant Hilbert.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Christine M. and Charles C. Chase II of Kilmarnock; a son and daughter-in-law, W. Reilly and Beth W. Marchant of Richmond; four grandchildren, Meg and Reilly Marchant, Marchant Chase and wife Susan Chase, and Anne Gilbert Chase; nieces and nephews; and a lifelong friend, Virginia Burton of Urbanna.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, December 6, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church near Irvington.

Memorials may be made to Historic Christ Church Foundation, P.O. Box 24, Irvington, VA 22480.

Currie Funeral Home in Kilmarnock is handling the arrangements.

posted 12.06.2008

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