William “Bill” Coles Lacy ’52

William “Bill” Coles Lacy, died peacefully on January 20th, 2024, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond, Va.

He was born on June 1, 1931, in South Boston, Va., to the late Malcolm Baker Lacy, D.D.S., and Marian Spragins Lacy. There, he met the love of his life, the late Barbara Rose Crews Lacy. On November 20, 1955, they were married, and are survived by their three children whom they raised in Richmond, Va., Mark Preston Lacy and his wife, Becky, of Seneca, Sc., Lynn Lacy Lewis of Richmond, Va., and William Coles Lacy, Jr., of Palmyra, Va.

Also surviving are grandsons, Matthew Walker Lacy of Laurens, Sc., Dylan Scott Lacy of Gray Court, Sc., William Coles Lacy, III, of Richmond, Va., and Ryan Austin Lacy of Laurens, Sc.; and his granddaughters, Caroline Lacy Lewis of Bend, Or., Emily Walker Lacy of Olympia, Wa., and Rose Meriwether Lewis of Richmond, Va. He is also survived by his brother, Malcolm B. Lacy, Jr., D.D.S., and his sister, Nan Lacy Godbold, both of South Boston, Va.

Bill was an adoring husband, loving father and grandfather, caring brother, loyal friend, and faithful servant of God. He attended Davidson College before serving in the US Coast Guard during the Korean War. Following his discharge, he joined Universal Leaf, where he worked until his retirement. He spent what Frank Sinatra called the autumn of his years traveling with his beloved Barbara, and spending time in Richmond with his children and grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank his caregivers over the years for their many kindnesses. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Rd., North Chesterfield, Va. 23235.

A memorial visitation will be held at 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, January 26, at Bliley’s Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond, Va. 23230; a private interment service will be held for family and close friends later.