SPRATLEY, Robert Stith,

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - REMEBERING -

died peace­fully at home in Richmond on Jan­uary 11, 2017. He had been cared for at home by his wife, Vir­ginia, and many care­givers over the last eight years as he suf­fered from mul­ti­ple healthre­lated is­sues. He was 88 years old. Born on Easter Sun­day, March 27, 1928 in Hopewell, Vir­ginia, he was ap­pro­pri­ately nick­named "Bunny," a name known only to fam­ily and the clos­est of friends. To most, he was known as Bob Spratley. He was the youngest and the last sur­viv­ing mem­ber among four chil­dren, born to Gar­nett and Alm­e­dya Spratley. He at­tended St. Christo­pher’s School and grad­u­ated from Vir­ginia Tech with an en­gi­neer­ing de­gree in 1951. He even­tu­ally started his own con­sult­ing en­gi­neer­ing firm, Spratley and As­so­ci­ates in Richmond, which later be­came Spratley, Hund­ley and Car­mack. Dur­ing his ca­reer, he was pres­i­dent of ASHRAY (Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Heat­ing, Re­frig­er­at­ing, and Air Con­di­tion­ing En­gi­neers) and a mem­ber of VSPE (Vir­ginia So­ci­ety of Pro­fes­sional En­gi­neers). He was born a true water­man who cher­ished time hunt­ing, fish­ing and sail­ing. He was an avid and com­pet­i­tive sailor, who raced his beloved Tom­a­han I and II, a Mor­gan 34 and Catalina 38 re­spec­tively. These boats, and many more, were kept at his fa­vorite refuge, Isle­ham (a.k.a. The Farm), a beau­ti­ful 120-acre prop­erty, host­ing an old wooden house built in the mid 1800s, on Black Wa­ter Creek in Mathews County, Vir­ginia. Isle­ham was the meet­ing place of ISHBPP, a spe­cial club that he founded, com­posed of an en­gag­ing group of friends who shared his pas­sion for hunt­ing and the out­doors. Bob Spratley was an ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity. He was a parish­ioner, dea­con and elder at First Pres­by­te­rian Church, for which he vol­un­teered his time and en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices. In ad­di­tion to his as­so­ci­a­tion with en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out his ca­reer, he was also an ac­tive mem­ber of the Kawa­nis Club, Fish­ing Bay Yacht Club, Mathews Yacht Club, The En­gi­neers Club, The Com­mon­wealth Club and The Coun­try Club of Vir­ginia, where he en­joyed play­ing com­pet­i­tive croquet in his later years. He had a pas­sion for his­tory and ge­neal­ogy, sup­port­ing the Vir­ginia His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety and as a mem­ber of the Sons of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion and the So­ci­ety of the Colo­nial Wars. He wrote an ex­ten­sive his­tor­i­cal ac­count of Isle­ham, trac­ing its ownership and his­tor­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties back to the 1600s, and he spent years re­search­ing the ge­neal­ogy of his own fam­ily. He is sur­vived by his wife of 59 years, Vir­ginia Har­ri­son Spratley; his three daugh­ters and sons-in-law: Gigi Spratley and Jack Wal­trip of New York, Mary and Lem Doss of Richmond, and Martha and Bill Pelling­ton of Bal­ti­more; six grand­chil­dren: Lem Doss IV, Robert Doss, Sarah Doss, Jack Pelling­ton, Vir­ginia Pelling­ton and Pey­ton Pelling­ton; and many beloved nieces and neph­ews. A spe­cial thank you to his cur­rent loyal care­givers: Emma, Per­pet­ual, Erich, Doug, Robin, Keisha, Elsie and Larry. Fu­neral ser­vices will be held at First Pres­by­te­rian Church on Fri­day, Jan­uary 13, at 3 p.m., fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion at the church. In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions can be made to the Vir­ginia His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. In­ter­ment pri­vate.

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