Woody Funeral Home-Parham

1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA


Dr. James Scott Duff, Jr.

May 20, 1931August 12, 2019

Dr. James Scott Duff, Jr., 88, of Richmond, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019. He was preceeded in death by his father, James Scott Duff Sr.; his mother, Ethel McLaughlin Duff; and his brother, Charles Ferrell Duff. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Ford Duff; daughters, Sheryl Duff Highfill (Sam) and Barbara Scott Duff; son, Dr. James Scott Duff III (Cheryl); brother, Karl Lamar Duff (Pam); and grandchildren, James Scott Duff IV, Christopher Robert Duff, Jacob Tillman Highfill and Samantha Stewart Highfill. Scott was born in Smithfield, VA, and graduated from Warren County High School in Front Royal, VA, then attended the College of William & Mary before obtaining his DDS from the Medical College of Virginia. Following his marriage to Barbara and graduation, he served as a dentist in the U.S. Navy, based in Pensacola, FL and Honolulu, HI, and then upon completion of active duty, they returned to Richmond and Scott established his private dental practice on Grove Avenue. He continued to serve in the Naval Reserve until 1991, achieving the rank of Commander. He retired from his dental practice in 2000. Scott was an active member of the community and served in many organizations throughout his life. These included West Richmond Rotary (President and Fenton M. Parkinson award winner in 1994), the Gentry of Richmond (President), Salvation Army Board, the Jaycees and the Richmond Dental Society. He also served as a part-time clinical instructor at MCV. He was a long-time member of River Road Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder. Scott loved spending time with family and friends telling stories and sharing laughter. He played drums in the Willam & Mary marching band and returned to play in the alumni band. He was an avid reader, loved sailing and was skilled at woodworking. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 17, at River Road Presbyterian Church, 8960 River Road, Richmond, VA. The service will be followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to River Road Presbyterian Church or to the Rotary Club of West Richmond Foundation at P.O. Box 7267, Richmond, VA 23221.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 17, 2019


Dr. James Scott Duff, Jr.

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Patricia Duck

August 15, 2019

I am deeply sorry to hear of Dr. Duffs passing. He was the only dentist I had from a small child until he retired. I think he had just started his practice when my mother took me for my first visit. I had the great honor of knowing him for many years. I loved the stories he would tell on my visits. He had such a zest for life and saw humor in everything. He always enjoyed a good laugh. When he put a filling in your tooth it wasn’t going anywhere. He was a superb dentist and an exemplary person. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed. He touched so many lives with warmth and friendship. My condolences to his family
for their tremendous loss.

Rob Wilhoite

August 14, 2019

So sad to hear of this. Dr. Duff was only dentist I ever had until he retired. Only thing we disagreed on, he was a blow boat versus gas boat man. Prayers for the family and staff.

Capt. Rob Wilhoite