Any organization is only as strong as its membership.
Since it was formed in 1978 the Old Dominion Historical Fire Society
has grown from a small group of friends interested in fire trucks
to a strong voice in fire service history.
One thing has not changed since those early days.
Like the fire service from which we
have grown our purpose, our membership has always been a family.
The photo above represents the membership during those early days.
Taken in the late 80’s by Richmond Newspapers at a Club “cook out” and
“work day” it captured that spirit.
Almost half of those in this photo are no longer with us.
Their names you will find listed below.
From early “covered dish dinners” when we had no money.
To member’s moms and dads, sons and daughters
who made our musters work.
We owe a deep gratitude to all those that have worked
so hard to get to where we are today.
Today we find that children and grandchildren of our
earliest members are also our newest members, and our future.
The following list, the “Memorial Roster” is to Honor those that have
given so much in time and energy often behind the scene
that we can continue to grow.
May they never be forgotten…..
|1/3/1982||Brady T. Ellis||M||First recorded death of a|
member posted in Torchbearer
|Fall 1985||Mrs. Pat Gray||S||Wife of member Sam Gray|
|5/6/1988||Margaret Ray||M/S/F||Wife of Bill Ray and Mother of|
Co-Founder Tommy Herman
|1/28/1990||Robert T. Crutchfield||A||LODD, Danville Fire Department|
|1/28/1990||Vernon D. DeShazor||A||LODD, Danville Fire Department|
|Summer 1992||Lyle Smith||M||Exact date of passing unknown|
|8/04/1992||Thomas Wayne Kidd||M||Son of Pres. Wayne Kidd &|
Memorial Fund established
|Fall 1992||Ms. Shirley Hedges||M||Exact date of passing unknown|
|11/09/1992||Calvin "Sparky" Davis||M||Master Gold Leaf Artist|
|5/01/1995||Robert E. White, Sr.||M||"Bob White" Memorial Established|
|5/26/1997||F. Ron Clopton||M||Co-Founder ODHFS, Treasurer,|
& Chief of Bensley VFD
|12/21/1998||William C. "Bill" Ray||M/F||Father of Co-Founder|
|12/13/1999||Irene M. Kidd||F||Mother of Wayne Kidd|
|9/11/2001||343 Members of FDNY||F||Darkest Day in the history of|
the fire service "Never Forget"
|Summer 2001||Mildred Whitlow||S||Wife of Member Hugh Whitlow|
|12/03/2001||Kenneth R. Herrell||M||Member of Ladysmith VFD|
|11/26/2003||William L. Schilling||M|
|Nov. 2003||Jim Durkee||M||Exact date of passing unknown|
|1/16/2005||Wayne C. Hess||M||Hess Fund established|
|3/26/2005||Francis G. Gwaltney||S||Wife of Granville Gwaltney|
|6/28/2005||Meade Conyers||A||Long time Volunteer CFD Co. 1|
|9/22/2005||James E. Chandler||F||Father of Debbie Herman|
|10/19/2005||Robert L. Fair||M|
|1/29/2006||Dr. Nathaniel Ray Tuck||M|
|3/30/2006||Maureen Patina||S||Wife of John Patina|
|4/30/2006||Joseph B. Bunting, Sr.||F||Father of Joe Bunting, Jr.|
|5/27/2006||Theresa L. Redd||S||Wife of Member R.L. Redd|
|6/14/2006||Evelyn W. Henderson||F||Mother-in-Law of Sid Brewbaker|
|6/19/2006||Kathryn G. Huffman||F||Daughter of Granville Gwaltney|
|11/22/2006||Ione Hoppes||F||Mother of Frank Hoppes|
|12/10/2006||Garrett Scott Price||M||Son of Member Ed Price|
|??/2007||Betty Rohrback||F||Mother of Bob Rohrback|
|3/14/2007||Margaret Murphey||F||Mother-in-Law of Harry Tesh|
|4/16/2007||Matthew G. Gwaltney||F||Grandson of Granville Gwaltney,|
died in the VA Tech tragedy
|12/06/2007||William "Bill" Hudgins||M|
|12/13/2007||Leonard Q. Kidd||F||Father of Wayne Kidd|
|1/23/2008||Diana D. Mauck||F||Daughter of C. R. Bunky Day|
|5/19/2008||Barbara F. Shornak||F||Mother of Sheila Beasley|
|6/11/2008||Annabelle Thomas||F||Mother of Randal Thomas|
|7/10/2008||Hazel H. Cohron||F||Mother of Richard Cohron|
|7/18/2008||Dianne Hoppes||S||Wife of Frank Hoppes|
|8/30/2008||Christine Cloutier||S||Wife of Steve Cloutier|
|2/12/2009||Susanne A. Hoover||S||Wife of George Hoover|
|3/16/2009||Bonnie M. Ellis||S||Wife of Chuck Ellis III|
|5/26/2009||Harry L. Day, Jr.||F||Father of H. Lee Day III|
|??/2009||Clark Martin||M||Past Deputy Chief Fairfax City FD|
|??/2009||Marvin G. Harding||M||Father of Bruce Harding|
|??/2010||Jessie J. Newton||F||Father of Tony Newton|
|7/26/2010||Chief Posey W. Dillon||A||LODD Rocky Mount VFD|
|7/26/2010||William D. Altice||A||LODD Rocky Mount VFD|
|9/16/2010||C. Bunky Day||M|
|1/21/2011||Majorie Maurice||F||Mother of Carl Maurice|
|2/06/2012||JoAnne B. Johnson||F||Mother of Nollie Neil|
|4/13/2012||Carol E. James||F||Mother of George E. Miles|
|5/9/2012||Benny C. Ridpath||M|
|10/18/2012||Willie L. Jones||M||Father of Bill Jones|
|??/2012||Kathy Gander||S||Wife of George Gander|
|??/2013||Mrs. James Chandler||F||Mother of Debbie Herman|
|2/03/2013||William R. "Bill" Cook||M||Past Western Region Director|
|??/2013||Esther Rollinson||F||Mother of Chip Rollinson|
|??/2013||Noreen L. Fisher||S||Wife of Jerry Fisher|
|??/2013||Kenneth Llewellyn||F||Father of Ken Llewellyn|
|??/2013||Lucielle Harvey||F||Mother of Doug Perry|
|??/2013||Lois M. Long||F||Mother of David Fitzgerald|
|11/21/2013||Sid Brewbaker||M||Past ODHFS Officer & Director|
|1/31/2014||Jack L. Slagle||M||Owner of Jack L. Slagle Fire|
Equipment Co., South Boston, VA
|4/26/2014||Henry Jete Edmonda IV||M|
|7/10/2014||Catherine Lee Collins||F||Step Daughter of Frank Hoppes|
|8/7/2014||Richard F.Saunders, Sr.||F||Father of Mike Saunders|
|??/2014||Charles Henshaw||F||Father of Tim Henshaw|
|??/2014||James "Jim" Hart III||M|
|4/4/2015||Virginia U. Price||F||Mother of Ed Price|
|07/06/2015||Steve Hoover||M||Member of the Northern Region|
from 1995 to 2015
|??/2015||Richard Smith||F||Father of "Smitty" Smith|
|10/2015||John R. Acre||M|
|12/19/2015||Sandy Kidd||S||Wife of Wayne Kidd|
|12/27/2015||Mary Eileen Schindel||F||Daughter of Mike Dubus|
|12/31/2015||Nan Fariss||F||Mother of Rob Fariss|
|2/29/2016||H. Carter Fisher||M||from Warrenton, VA|
|4/13/2016||Michael T. Dubus||M||ODHFS Treasurer; only 3rd person|
to hold that position in the ODHFS
|2/4/2017||Tony Newton||M||Member of the Southwestern|
Region 1995 to 2017