Published in The News Leader from June 5 to June 8, 2018
Orville James Emory Jr.
1933 - 2018
Orville James Emory, Jr. (Jim), a retired Foreign Service officer,
died on June 3, 2018, at the Shenandoah Hospice House in
Fishersville, Virginia. He was a resident of Staunton.
Mr. Emory was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of the
late Vivian R. and Orville Emory. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (1950)
in Washington, DC, and took a B.A. at George Washington University. As a Fulbright Scholar,
Mr. Emory completed an M.A. in medieval English literature at Leeds University in England
before entering the Foreign Service in 1960.
Mr. Emory served in embassies in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Laos before
retiring. Subsequently, he worked under contract for the Department of Defense, where he
was employed for ten years before moving to Petersburg, Virginia.
During his retirement, Mr. Emory was active in the restoration of two early 19th-century houses
in Petersburg. He was an active member of the Historic Blandford Cemetery Foundation and
served as its president for two years. After moving to Staunton in 2006, he and his wife joined
Emmanuel Episcopal Church where Jim was a lay reader and served on the vestry. He was
an avid fly fisherman and a life member of Trout Unlimited.
Survivors include his third wife of thirty-four years, Nancy Carter Crump. He is also survived by
a daughter, Alison Emory Guinasso of Baltimore, MD; two sons, John Emory, Detroit, MI; and
Mark Emory, Richmond, who are the children from his first marriage to the late Sue Elizabeth
Coughlin; as well as four grandchildren. Four stepchildren: Erin Cruise, Jacqueline Gooding,
Courtenay Mullen, and Michael Carter Reily also survive. A sister, Lynn Selders, Berryville,
survives him. A second marriage to Hope Irene Mason ended with her death in 1983.
In lieu of flowers, Jim asked that remembrances take the form of contributions to the Historic
Blandford Cemetery Foundation, 250 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803.
Plans for memorial services are incomplete at this time.