Roscoe Bolar Stephenson, Jr., March 2, 1981-July 1, 1997

Stephenson close up
Oil on canvas, by Bettie Reynolds Trout, unveiled in 1981
Location: courtroom, rear

Born February 22, 1922 in Covington, Virginia
Died May 30, 2011 in Covington, Virginia

First elected by the General Assembly on February 22, 1981 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Lawrence W. I’Anson and began his service on March 2, 1981. Service terminated by retirement.

Washington and Lee University, A.B., 1943
Washington and Lee University, LL. B., 1947

Other judicial service:
Judge, Twenty-Fifth Judicial Circuit, 1973-1981

Professional career:
Private practice of law in Covington, Virginia, 1947-1973
Commonwealth’s attorney, Alleghany County, Virginia, 1952-1964

Military service:
World War II (U.S. Army Reserves)

Oral history

Research collections

Elected, Journal of the House of Delegates 1981 Session, 1228, and “Stephenson Is Elected,” The Washington Post (1974-Current file) [Washington, D.C.], February 22, 1981: B4; qualified, 221 Va., iii; oath, 221 Va., xii; retired and took senior status, July 1, 1997, 254 Va., v; retired from senior status and death, memorial on June 6, 2011, published in 282 Va., ix; birth, education, military service and career, transcript of portrait presentation on February 28, 2006, published in 272 Va., xi-xiii; and Roscoe B. Stephenson, Jr., ’43, ’47 Law, Dies at 89, What’s News, Washington and Lee blog, June 1, 2011, retrieved on April 28, 2014; date of portrait (unveiling), Virginia Bar Association Journal, 1981. portrait.