Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis


DAVIS, Virginia Lee Hutcheson, widow of James Williams Davis Sr., of Richmond and Williamsburg, died Saturday, August 18, 2007. She was the author of the Tidewater Virginia Families books and editor/publisher of the quarterly publication, Tidewater Virginia Families: A Magazine of History and Genealogy. Writer and speaker, known for her dedication to the preservation of the history and records of Tidewater, Virginia. A member of the Order of First Families of Virginia, The Jamestowne Society, the James City Company, Order of Descendants of Ancient Planters, Order of First Families of North Carolina, Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, National Genealogical Society, Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and other historical and genealogical societies. Member of the Henricus Foundation Advisory Board; Council member of The Jamestowne Society; past Governor of the Virginia Genealogical Society; and member of the Human Genetics Advisory Board, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia. Survivors include children, Elizabeth Lee Wadkins Vliet, M.D. and her husband, Gordon Cheesman Vliet, Tucson, Ariz.; J. Thomas Wadkins III and his wife, Robin Perdue Wadkins, Richmond and Richard Cleveland Wadkins and his wife, Helen Struthers Wadkins and their daughters, Kyle Lee and Sarah Tyce Wadkins of Edinburg, Va. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2007 at Hollywood Cemetery, 412 South Cherry Street, Richmond, Va. A Celebration of Life and Spirit will follow at 2 p.m. at Covenant Woods, 7090 Lee Davis Road, Mechanicsville, Va. No flowers please. Memorial contributions can be made to the Association for Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, (APVA), Jamestown Rediscovery, 201 W. Franklin St., Richmond, Va. 23220 or the Henricus Foundation, P.O. Box 523, Chesterfield, Va. 23832.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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She was a real contributor to the preservation of American history.

While researching my Hutcheson roots, I received several lovely emails from Virginia. We were third cousins twice removed but she pointed out we could forget the "twice removed" LOL. Anyway, she was a lovely and giving person always ready to help and share. While I didn't know her very well, I could feel the passion she had for her research, which was so appreciated and inspiring. I wish I had met her sooner. I know she is missed by many! Rest in peace Virginia, I hope you have...

My connection goes back to when Virginia was my guidance counselor at Tappahannock High School. She almost single handedly launched my college career. She also softened the impact of a difficult homelife by inviting me to her home during times of difficult tension. This is how I came to know her family. I have much to thank her for and am sad over her passing.

Profound gratitude goes to those individuals such as Ms. Davis who've left legacies for those after them to follow on the path to knowing their own ancestors and family histories.

Mom, It hs been three years since you left this physical world, and I miss you deeply and think of you every day. Your contributions to this country have touched many, many families and I am grateful for your legacy to us - for my life, your values, your inspiration, and your love of this country and it's heritage. You are with God now, and free of pain, but I till miss you here. Love always, until we meet again....

I just found this site. I look forward to reading Virginia's book to learn of my Bonner family history. I am very greatful to Virginia for taking the time to provide future generations of Tidewater Virginia such a jewel of their past. Debra Jean Bonner

What a lovely Souther Lady she was, all the grace and charm one would expect to find. Her clothes were perfect and so were her manners Eleanor Marshall Armistead

Virginia's work has been invaluable to me, and a true inspiration.