Richard Carrington Obituary (1933 – 2022) – Lynchburg, VA

Richard Alexander Carrington III

February 11, 1933 – January 24, 2022

Richard Alexander Carrington III of Lynchburg, Virginia passed away peacefully on Monday January 24, 2022. Dick was the loving husband of Sandra Sims Carrington for 64 years. Dick was born in Lynchburg on February 11, 1933 to the late Richard Alexander Carrington Jr. and the late Anne Harrell James Carrington.

In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his sisters Langhorne Carrington Phelan and Anne Carrington Craighill and by son Richard Alexander Carrington IV. In addition to his wife, Dick is survived by four sons, Billy (Hellen), Bruce (Ashley), John, Chuck (Vicki) and daughter-in-law Susan (Tom); as well as his 14 adoring grandchildren Alex (Britt), John (Elizabeth), Stuart, Bruce, Kate, Sally, Robert, Holly, Will, Wood, Caroline, Charlie, Grace, Georgia; and three great-grandchildren, Libby, Jack and James, along with several nieces and nephews who were dear to his heart.

Dick graduated from the Virginia Episcopal School, where he played football, basketball and baseball, and the University of Virginia, where he played lacrosse. After graduating, he served in the Marine Corps. Dick spent the next sixty years in the family business Consolidated Shoe Company. When he retired in 2005, he bought, sold and managed real estate. In his spare time, Dick was an avid hunter and sportsman. He also managed college football. A Greek philosopher once wrote, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved on stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” This quote has never been attributed to anyone worthier than Dick. He may be gone from this world, but his generosity, charm, and deep love and devotion to family and friends live on. Dick’s philanthropic endeavors and service to the Lynchburg community are immeasurable. The family would like to give special thanks to Bonnie, Nita (in memoriam), Heather, Brenda, Terri, Nancy, Wendy and Amy. Your kindness and love will never be forgotten.

A private service for the family will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Saturday 29 January 2022. Memorial donations may be made to the YMCA of Central Virginia, PO Box 620, Lynchburg, VA 24505; Virginia Episcopal School, 400 VES Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503; The Richard A. Carrington Bicentennial Scholars Fund, University of Virginia, PO Box 37693, Boone, Iowa 50037 includes “Carrington BSF” on the check line; St. John’s Episcopal Church, PO Box 3123, Lynchburg, VA 24503 or the charity of your choice.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, supports the family. To send condolences please visit

Published by The News & Advance on January 28, 2022.

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