Charles Samuel Luck III
1933 - 2020
Bennett Funeral Homes - Richmond
3215 Cutshaw Ave
Richmond, VA
LUCK, Charles Samuel III, Composed by his three grateful and loving children, the following is inspired by the caring and courageous spirit of Charles Samuel Luck III.

A Legacy of Devotion

On Tuesday night, December 1, 2020, Charles Samuel Luck III, devoted husband, father and "Pops" to his eight grandchildren and first great-grandchild, passed away in his home at the age of 87. He was born on October 19, 1933, in Richmond, Va., to Charles Samuel Luck Jr. and Evelyn Gregory Luck.

Throughout his life, Charles Samuel Luck III believed in treating people with respect and care. To him, every interaction was an opportunity to personally connect with someone. Attentive, curious and sincere, our dad recognized that his opportunity to positively impact a person's life rested on his ability to understand what matters most to them. From the moment Dad met someone, he was invested in their life. For Dad, this investment started with a firm handshake, eye contact and his full, undivided attention. Both humble and considerate, Dad was always interested in understanding how people and their families were getting along and, as a result, built many deep, meaningful relationships. He was an advocate of the Golden Rule and took to heart the significance of treating others as you would want to be treated. His dedication to leaving the world a better place centered on his belief in supporting the dreams and goals of people, institutions and communities. This leadership approach guided his decisions for decades and drove him to live a life, lead a business and raise a family grounded in values.

A man of integrity and fortitude and a true pioneer in the aggregates industry, his commitment to improvements through innovation revolutionized the way Luck Companies, operates and serves others. Established by his father in 1923, and currently led by his son, Charlie, our father grew up working in and learning about the quarrying and crushed stone industry, eventually leading Luck Companies through three decades of expansion and technological advancement. At an early age, Dad developed a love for the camaraderie that took place at the quarry. In the early 1940s, when he was a young boy, our dad took pride in his responsibility to carry water and ice to the men working in quarry. He grew to work in all areas of the business, providing him a thorough knowledge of the business and industry. Dad was a courageous leader and believed in taking thoughtful risks. His commitment to innovation and developing ways in which the business could support people and communities was unprecedented. From instituting visionary methods to train and educate people to prioritizing the aesthetics of the quarry locations, our dad believed in opening doors – for people to achieve their goals and, quite literally to neighbors, who he proudly welcomed at the company's quarries and offices. He coined the company slogan "We Care." These words were so much more than a declaration to customers; they were a sincere promise to people – both inside and outside of the company. Dad was a tremendous believer in being positive and generous. Known for his leadership, he served on numerous Boards that were focused on the education of young people. An extension of his belief in leaving the world a better place, he was committed to doing everything he could to support the education and needs of the next generation.

Before beginning his career with Luck Companies, Dad graduated in 1955 from Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and proudly served in the United States Air Force, reaching the rank of First Lieutenant. Beyond providing an exceptional education to him, VMI introduced him to his dearest friends, those he kept close for the rest of his life. He credits VMI with instilling the sense of rigor, ethics and leadership he needed to make a difference in the community. His VMI relationships were key to his personal and professional life. He remained active in VMI's community for the remainder of his life, establishing numerous scholarship programs and serving on the Board of Visitors, Alumni Association, Jackson-Hope and VMI Foundation.

In 1955, Dad married the love of his life, True Miller Farr Luck, who supported him through every stage of their 64-year marriage. We find great comfort knowing that Dad is reunited with our mother, True, in Heaven. Dad is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Luck Haw (Shep), Terrell Luck Harrigan (Elliott); and his son, Charles "Charlie" Samuel Luck IV (Lisa). Dad is also survived by his grandchildren and great-grandchild, Richard Luck (Jenna), True Harrigan, Charles Haw, Sarah Luck, Elise Harrigan, Claiborne Haw, Ravenel Harrigan, Margaret Luck and Caroline Luck; and his sister, Martha Luck Robertson (predeceased C.B.) and her family. Dad especially enjoyed time spent traveling with his family, including trips to Wyoming and Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he "recharged." Patient, caring, honest and humble, he is remembered for encouraging his children and grandchildren by saying, "All I ask of you is to do your best."

A person who inspired us and others to follow our dreams, our father set a leadership precedent that is woven into all that we do. His spirit will always be with us and felt in the hearts of many. To him, we are forever grateful.

For your support and care for Dad, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts: George Gordon, Alana Meusa, Shondel Samuels, Jessica Graves, Lashell Jackson, Sharon Couch, Ann Woodson, Lucy Waweru, Constance Rosser-Hawkins and Philip Ward.

To honor Dad, our family has chosen to hold a small, private graveside service. Unfortunately, due to necessary COVID-19 restrictions, we will be unable to hold a public celebration of life event. We invite you to visit to learn more about his life, hear from those close to him and to share in our many warm memories.

Should you desire, the family suggests sending memorial contributions to Virginia Military Institute's Jackson-Hope Fund (VMI Foundation c/o Terrie Conrad, VP Development, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, Va. 24450) or InnerWill ( or InnerWill Leadership Institute c/o Betsey Fortlouis, Director of Development & Partnerships, P.O. Box 252, Manakin-Sabot, Va. 23103).
Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, 2020.
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Our deepest sympathies from my family and our work family at Tennessee Marble Company in Friendsville. Charles was a wonderful person who cared about the legacy we continued here. May his memory be eternal.
Monica Gawet
January 6, 2021
Kenneth Ellenbogen
December 19, 2020
On behalf of the Goochland County Department of Fire-Rescue & Emergency Services, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Luck Family. Our organization is truly indebted to Mr. Luck and the Luck family for their generous support over many years. In earlier years, when things just didn´t seem possible, Mr. Luck always stepped in and ensured our community had the necessary Fire and Rescue resources. No project was too large or small, ranging from purchasing the first ambulance at Company 1, helping to pay off a fire engine or station project, gravel for a fire station driveway, providing a needed boat for water rescue, to funding the Henley Fire-Rescue Training Center, to just name a few. Mr. Luck allowed his employees of Luck Stone, who were also Fire-Rescue volunteers, to leave their jobs to answer countless emergency calls all over Goochland County. Our department would not be what it is today without the unwavering support of Mr. Luck and his family, and this same support continues today. God Bless the Luck Family and please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Respectfully, Eddie Ferguson Fire-Rescue Chief
Eddie Ferguson
December 15, 2020
So many fun with him ,CB & CSLJr in 1960s,VMI...His patient thoughtful mentorship,the privilege of knowing his parents,the laughs with True& Charlie,Mary Baldwin leadership,parties at Few Acres,Boscobel,Winsack...watching Cynthia, Terrell and Charles grow up. May God continue to bless your family.
Chunk Neale
December 11, 2020
Richard McDonough
December 9, 2020
Charles was a great man and I cherish the memories of working for Luck Stone. You will be missed Charles.
Larry Dingus
December 7, 2020
Cynthia and family, I am so sorry for your loss. When we were at MBC we recognized how blessed we were to have such strong, supportive parents. I hope that the love and support of your family and friends and memories of happier times will help comfort and sustain you during this difficult time. Sending you all my sincere condolences.
Lisa J. Rowley
December 5, 2020
wilbur lewis
December 5, 2020
Cynthia, I remember that you adored your dad when we were friends at MBC, and I´m sure that feeling never waned. I´m with you and your family in spirit (because I don´t have any addresses). You are loved.
Sally Speaker
December 4, 2020
The deceased was one of my second cousins. I've always been proud to be connected with someone possessing such admirable qualities and such a well-deserved, shining reputation. I extend deepest sympathy to the family.
Barbara Luck
December 4, 2020
I started working for Mr. Luck when I was a bright and curious age of 19. Mr. Luck treated me like I was one of his family and always encouraged me to look ahead and to give everything I did to the best of my ability. He was always humble personable and interested in my daily life. I praise God that I got to know a man like him. One in a million and more. I can´t explain what he meant to me! I feel a tremendous loss as I´m sure the family feels in such a more intimate way and I will never forget him and his legacy. Sincerely from Tom Hughes and family.
Tom Hughes
December 3, 2020
Mr Luck, where do I start?? For 8 years you were my buddy! Weekly phone calls, emails and office visits full of laughter and stories. So many stories, of Richard Petty, college, marriage , kids, cars, LuLu the $5,000 truffle dog and so many more!!! No matter what office, you always followed me... A VMI graduate, husband, father, grandfather and friend. You´re a pioneer, a man who created a legacy that will forever be known and discussed. You were always so kind, funny, knowledgeable and treated others with kindness and respect. You built an empire that is known worldwide. I´m forever grateful for our bond and know True is happy to have you with her hand in hand.
Tiffany J
December 3, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of such a wonderful and gracious man. I cherish the time I was involved with Charlie III and Charlie IV during our NASCAR days. Rest In Peace my friend! And bless the entire Luck Family.
Michael and Susan Taylor
December 3, 2020
I first met Mr. Luck in 1989, when I joined the Virginia Road Builders Association. His kindness to a "new kid on the block," and his unselfish sharing of his time and wisdom were instrumental to my success, and my now-31 years in the industry. I was blessed.
dara jan morehead
December 3, 2020
On behalf of Virginia's aggregates and transportation construction industries, we honor Mr. Luck. His visionary leadership and integrity leave a legacy to be admired.
December 3, 2020
We extend our sincere sympathy to the entire Luck Family. Mr Luck was a sincere and extraordinary man and I enjoyed 45 years of employment with Luck Stone. Even after my retirement I treasured the many times we visited and the conversations we have had.We will Luck Family in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Ronald Armes
December 3, 2020
I extend heart felt Prayers to the Luck Family!!
Thomas Haskins Jr 97
December 3, 2020
I am so heartbroken to hear this news but grateful that I got the opportunity to work with him at Luck Stone. He was a southern gentleman. I remember I got to sit down and have coffee with him when I was first hired. He was so sincere and such a class act. He truly cared about people. I know that he will be missed but glad he has been reunited with True. Sending prayers of comfort to the entire family for their loss.
Sharon Disse
December 3, 2020
Susan and I truly feel blessed to have Charlie Luck in our lives as a loyal, caring friend and exemplary leader in many ways in and out of public service. This obituary is a perfectly accurate and insightful description of the extraordinarily kind, caring manner of Charlie Luck IIl. I hope all the surviving Luck family members will take some comfort in knowing that Charlie's blood and spirit live on in you. The rest of us will always remember an exemplary gentleman who we will try to emulate in our interactions. With sincere condolences to the extended Luck family, I remain Eternally grateful for Charlie Luck,III George Allen
George Allen
December 3, 2020
It was with sadness, I read of Mr Luck.`s passing. A true "Virginia Gentleman". It was to my Benefit to know & interact with Mr. Luck since the 80´s. He was a pillar in the Virginia construction and highway business, his leadership, friendship and vision will be missed.
Dennis OConnor
December 3, 2020
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