SPRATLEY, Robert Stith,
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.