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Muscoe Garnett Jr.

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Date published: 11/30/2011

Muscoe Garnett Jr.

Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett Jr., 68, of "Elmwood Farm," Loretto, died peacefully at his residence on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.

Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett and Helene Wallace Garnett. He was also preceded in death by his siblings Agnes Wallace Garnett Leary and James Mercer Garnett.

Muscoe grew up in New York City, graduated from Trinity School and attended McGill College. After school, he moved to Richmond, where he began his career in insurance. While in Richmond he met his wife, Roberta, and in 1979, moved with her and their two children, Madeline and Muscoe, to Elmwood, which was the summer home of his youth.

Muscoe continued to practice insurance in Fredericksburg and was active in his local community. He served on the vestry at Vauter's Episcopal Church and was a former board member of Aylett Country Day School and St. Margaret's School. Muscoe was influential in the fundraising for and formation of Tappahannock Volunteer Fire Department Station 3 in Loretto. He was dedicated to the preservation of farm land and was instrumental in the founding of the Essex County Countryside Alliance. Muscoe was also a longstanding member of the Society of The Cincinnati, Sons of the Revolution and the Commonwealth Club.

Muscoe is survived by his wife, Roberta Thompson Garnett; his daughter, Madeline Garnett Foresman and her husband, David Lee Foresman, of Alexandria; his son, Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett III and his wife, Helen Mundin Garnett, of Richmond; four grandchildren, David Lee Foresman Jr., Eleanor Hunter Foresman, Henry Garnett Foresman and Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett IV; one sister, Anne Garnett Boenning of Gladwyn, Pa.; one brother, Stephen Hunter Garnett of Jamestown, R.I.; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Vauter's Episcopal Church, with burial following in the family cemetery at Elmwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vauter's Episcopal Church, Box 154, Champlain, Va. 22438; or the Tappahannock Volunteer Rescue Squad, Box 583, Tappahannock, Va. 22560.

Marks-Bristow Funeral Home, Tappahannock, is handling arrangements.