Robert Thompson Tavenner

October 23, 1924December 8, 2012

Robert Thompson Tavenner, 88, of Richmond, VA. passed away on Saturday, December 8, 2012. He was born on October 23, 1924 in Clifton Forge, VA. Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Frances Lee Tavenner, he is survived by his sister Martha T. Sutherland, his children R. Gaines Tavenner (Lynn), William H. Tavenner (Barbara), and Susan T. Frank (Billy); grandchildren Josh Frank (Kathryn), Will Frank (Caitlin), and Katie Frank (Rob Bunting); Jack Tavenner, Cab Tavenner, and Ben Tavenner; great grandchildren Campbell Frank and Charlotte Frank. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, coming ashore on D-Day with the 238th Combat Engineers. He was injured in fighting near St. Mere Eglise several days later for which he received the Purple Heart. Bob attended the University of Virginia after the war where he met Frances Lee. He worked for The Life Insurance Company of Virginia from which he retired as senior Vice President. Bob was a long time member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing (on the Cowpasture river) and many hours of golf at Hermitage Country Club. The family will receive friends at the Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N Parham Rd on Monday, December 10, 2012 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 11:00 am at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Forest Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Meals on Wheels, or a charity of your choice.


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Martha Wright

January 1, 2013

Gaines, Susan, and Bill: I am so sorry for your loss. Frances Lee and Bobby were always special; I have fond memories of visiting your family each summer when I was growing up. I have to smile when I think of Frances Lee leading the macarana dance at Bobby's wedding. Your parents were wonderful, and we will all miss them. We will keep you in our prayers.

Martha Muire Wright

Vicki Olsen

December 12, 2012

I saw about your Mom and today saw about your Dad. I'm so sorry. I knew Frances thru Mildred Ragland who was a close friend of my dad, George Valentine. What a great lady. My deepest sympathy for the loss of both your parents. I saw them at the store 4-5 months ago, Bob was so sweet with Frances. God's peace to you all.

Deborah McInnis

December 11, 2012

Gaines, Susan, Bill and Tavenner family,
We salute your veteran and cherish the memories! With heartfelt sympathy.
The Paisley family

December 11, 2012

Gaines, so sorry to hear about your parents. I want you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary Lohr, Richmond, Va.

December 11, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Fay Smith DSF'68

December 11, 2012

Gaines, I cannot imagine the sorrow you have experienced. Please keep the memories of good times in your heart.

Cynthia Nadder Saady

December 11, 2012

I was so sorry to see Mr. Tavenner's name in the obituaries today. I was just out of high school when I began working at Life of Virginia. I didn't know Bob well but would see him occasionally as he went in and out of our department. I only worked at Life of Va. for 5 years(1972-1977) but, as evidenced by my immediate recognition, he left a positive impression - always a gentleman, always polite, and always spoke even just in passing. I'm so sorry for your loss but know that you will have wonderful and proud memories and will have many stories to tell your children.

Roy Allison

December 11, 2012

Bob was a class guy, who will be missed. I knew Bob at Life of Virginia years ago, and learned a lot from him. My condolences to his family.

Dave & Patty Burgess

December 10, 2012

Bill & Barb, Prayers go out to your family. We're thinking about the boys and you tonight.

Pat Martin

December 10, 2012

Grief can be so hard during the holidays, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one this holiday season