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In Memory of

Raymond D. Thacker

February 18, 1925 - October 29, 2012

Obituary


THACKER, Raymond Durward, affectionately known to his family as "Chief," 87, of Richmond, passed away on October 29, 2012, after battling cancer. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 66 years, Catherine "Sissy" Thacker; their two daughters, Linda Cannady (Dale) and Nancy Judd Fulghum (Jesse); his three grandsons, Drew Cannady, Michael Cannady (Lesley) and Brent Judd; his five-week-old namesake great-grandson, Nathan Ray Cannady; and his two half-sisters, Nancy Lee Garcci and Betty McLawhorn. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Chief worked as a salesman and office manager for Life...

THACKER, Raymond Durward, affectionately known to his family as "Chief," 87, of Richmond, passed away on October 29, 2012, after battling cancer. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 66 years, Catherine "Sissy" Thacker; their two daughters, Linda Cannady (Dale) and Nancy Judd Fulghum (Jesse); his three grandsons, Drew Cannady, Michael Cannady (Lesley) and Brent Judd; his five-week-old namesake great-grandson, Nathan Ray Cannady; and his two half-sisters, Nancy Lee Garcci and Betty McLawhorn. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Chief worked as a salesman and office manager for Life Insurance Company of Virginia for almost three decades. In his retirement, Chief ushered alongside his grandsons at University of Richmond basketball games. He served as a deacon at the Westover Baptist Church, where he also counted offerings and sold Christmas trees with his grandson, Brent. He was a devoted fan of Washington, D.C., William & Mary, and University of Virginia sports teams, and enjoyed Friday night poker games with his friends. Chief never met a stranger and was always ready with a quick joke and an infectious laugh. Most of all, he was devoted to his family, for whom he provided advice, comfort, and strength. Chief, whenever we watch a Nationals game, play cards, or laugh until our sides hurt, we will think of you. A memorial service will be held at Westover Baptist Church on Thursday, November 1, 2012, at 3 p.m., after a family graveside service.
Following the memorial service, there will be a reception in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Westover Baptist Church, 1000 Westover Hills Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23225.