Lucy Conrad Earle

September 29, 1924October 3, 2012

Lucy Messick Earle

Mrs. Earle, widow of John Burns Earle, Jr., formerly of Front Royal, Virginia, died on October 3, 2012, in Richmond, Virginia. She was born at “Chesloma” in Irvington, Virginia on September 29, 1924, the daughter of the late Walter White Messick and Ethel Conrad Messick. She was a graduate of Longwood College and instead of teaching school she worked for Mr. L. Damon Gasque, Superintendent of the Warren and Rappahannock Public School System, for many years.

She raised her family at “Mount Zion farm” in Warren County, her husband’s historical home built in 1771 and listed on the National Register of Historical places. When her children started school, she was asked to work for the Division of War Veterans Claims, a position that she held until her retirement from the State of Virginia.

Mrs. Earle moved to Richmond in 1988, a year after the death of her husband, and the subsequent sale of (Mount Zion). She was a member of the Bon Air Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia, and a former member and Elder of Nineveh Presbyterian Church in Front Royal, Virginia. She was also a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra League, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Virginia Historical Society, the National Trust of Historical Preservation, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and a former member of Willow Oaks Country Club.

She is survived by a daughter, Ms. Roberta (Robbie) Earle Rowe of Richmond, two sons, John Burns Earle, III, and his wife, Karen of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Samuel Gardner Earle, and his wife, Janice of Wardensville, West Virginia, six grandsons, John Burns Earle, IV, of Harrisonburg, Justin Alexander Earle, and wife, Kaitlin of Maysville, West Virginia, Chase Tyler Earle and Austin Conor Earle of Wardensville, Forrest Peyton Rowe and Fletcher Andrew Rowe of Richmond, and two grand-daughters, Madison Rebecca Earle of Wardensville, and Sarah Kathlyn Earle of Harrisonburg. She is a great-grandmother of McKenna Emmalee Earle of Maysville, West Virginia. She was predeceased by a brother, Walter White (Bill) Messick of Southport, Connecticut.

She is also survived by her sister, Mrs. Richard Dean (Ethel) Rhodes, of Richmond, five nieces, and two nephews.

Mrs. Earle resided at Chesterfield Heights in Midlothian, Virginia.

Visitation will be on Friday, October 5, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Hugenot Chapel, 1020 West Hugenot Road, Midlothian, Virginia 23113. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Hugenot Road, Richmond, VA 23235. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service. A Family burial will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, 200 Prospect Street, Front Royal, Virginia 22630 on October 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Hugenot Road, Richmond, Virginia 23235


  • Visitation Friday, October 5, 2012
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 6, 2012

Lucy Conrad Earle

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October 15, 2012

I just learned of your Lucy's passing and extend our sympathy to all of the family. My Dad and Mom, Aubrey and Helen Johns, of Nineveh Presbyterian Church are also deceased but they shared memories of the Warren County times through the years. May God's comfort and blessing be with each one.
Martha Sieck, daughter of Helen and Aubrey in Staunton,VA

October 10, 2012

Robie you and your brothers are in my our prayers that all will be better. We lost our mom one year and daddy last year so I feel so for you Deanna Brown Walker and the Family

October 10, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. "God is for us a refuge and strength..." Psalms 46:1...
Linda Johnson

Kathy Kesler Barber

October 8, 2012


I was so sorry to hear about your mother's passing. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care

bill long

October 8, 2012

your family is in out thoughts and prayers .bill and sandy long

Mary Blanton

October 8, 2012

Robbie, Burns and Sam - My deepest sympathy to all of you. Lucy was a dear friend

Warren County High School Class of 1977

October 8, 2012

Burns, the Warren County High School Class of 1977 extends our sincerest sympathies to you and your family.

Faith Baldwin

October 7, 2012

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jim Ballard

October 7, 2012

Sam, I am at a loss of words for your Mom's passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless, my friend.....

Betty Powers

October 7, 2012

Robbie, Burns and Sam~ Your mother was the sweetest lady, welcoming me into your home when Robbie and I were teenagers. Will keep all of you close in thought and prayer in the days ahead. Your memories will see you throught the difficult times. So sorry for your loss.