The Honorable Paul Whitehead Jr., 76, of Westminster-Canterbury in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Boothbay Harbor, Maine, died on Nov. 19, 2021 from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Paul was born Oct. 15, 1945, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the son of Paul Whitehead and Elizabeth Perkins Whitehead. He was the grandson of Stuart Baldwin Whitehead and Susan Withers Massie Whitehead of Lovingston, Virginia, and James Blenn Perkins and Fannie Souther Orne Perkins of Boothbay Harbor.
Paul was a 1963 graduate of E.C. Glass High School and 1967 graduate of VPI (Virginia Tech) with a degree in business administration. While in Blacksburg he served in the Corps of Cadets for two years and was a member of Tau Delta Fraternity and the Cotillion Club. In 1970 Paul graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and joined his father as a trial attorney. After service in the ROTC program at UVa, he became an officer in the Army Reserves and retired as a captain in 1978. He was admitted to the bars of Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He practiced with his father in their law offices in Lynchburg and Lovingston until 1985 when he became a General District Court Judge for the 24th District including Lynchburg and Amherst, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson counties.
Paul met his wife Sandra Kaye Stone at E.C. Glass. The high school sweethearts dated throughout college and wed in Lynchburg in December 1967. They were married just shy of 50 years, until Sandra’s death in April 2017. She was the love of his life.
An active volunteer in the community, Paul was a member St. John’s Episcopal Church where he was the youngest senior warden in the history of the Parish at age 28. For 50 years, Paul was a member of Rotary Club of Lynchburg and in 2000 served as president and became a Paul Harris Fellow. In addition, he served on the boards of Westminster-Canterbury of Lynchburg, the Red Cross of Central Virginia, and Spring Hill Cemetery.
Boothbay Harbor was a large part of Paul’s life. He was very proud to be a native Mainer and cherished his time there, spending summers for 74 years until his illness made it impossible to travel. Paul was an active member of All Saints By-The-Sea Episcopal Church on Southport and the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club. Paul enjoyed outings on the family boat Sandra Kaye and socializing with his many tennis and bridge friends at the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club. He was also a member of the Down East Yacht Club, the Harbor Duplicate Bridge Club, and Juniper Point VIS tennis.
Sandra and Paul were devoted art collectors and patrons of the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College. They also enjoyed playing duplicate bridge together (earning over 300 Life Master points but not quite enough elusive gold points) and traveling the world. Paul was great tennis player, a lifelong democrat, and passionate fan of his beloved Hokies, Cavaliers, and New York Yankees. Most of all, he was a generous and loving husband, father, and friend.
Paul is survived by his children Virgilia Stone Whitehead Bryant of Falmouth, Maine, Paul Whitehead III of Lovingston, Virginia, and Robert Whitehead (Melissa Smith Whitehead) of Richmond, Virginia; grandchildren Elizabeth Bradford Bryant, Catherine Whitehead Bryant, Charles Livingston Whitehead, and Amelia Smith Whitehead. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Eva Dejarnette Stone and life-long friend Frank West Morrison, both of Lynchburg.
There will be a visitation at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College in Lynchburg on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church of Lynchburg on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. with a reception following at the church. A graveside service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Nelson County will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that you consider a donation to your local Rotary Club or a charity of your choice.