Sclater, William

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   William Eugene Sclater, 90, died peacefully at his Lake Monticello home in Palmyra Monday, June 29, 2020.

     He was born on March 28, 1930 in Cary, North Carolina to the late Marcus Winn Sclater and Lelia Pearle Wright Sclater.  In his early youth, he moved with his family to Fluvanna County where he lived most of his life.  Mr. Sclater was preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Wright Sclater.

     Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Jean Lois Wood Sclater; four children, William E. Sclater, Jr (Butch) and his wife, Karin, of Palmyra, Daniel W. Sclater and his wife, Kay, of Prince William, Patricia Trader and her husband, Gary, of Palmyra, Gregory W. Sclater and his wife, Pamela, of Palmyra; one brother, Marcus Weldon Sclater (MW), and his wife, Shirley, of Ashland; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

       Mr. Sclater championed hard work and earning a respectable living and found it so rewarding that he continued working through his 80s.  He was a business owner/operator in multiple career fields to include farming, logging, trucking, residential construction and commercial real estate.  His final venture was the development of the Crofton Plaza at Lake Monticello providing convenient access to gas, shopping, medical, and other business facilities.

     He strongly believed in God, family, and helping others.  He was a lifelong member of Bethel Baptist Church and supported Calvary Chapel and other local churches.  Most recently, the Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce awarded him the 2015 Community Impact Award for his outstanding community service and concurrently Meals on Wheels recognized his dedication and service to those in need.

     Due to continuing health concerns related to COVID-19, a private funeral service will be held.  A virtual service will be live streamed on July 7th at 11:00 a.m. the service can be viewed at https://youtu.be/xpqljRCRpH8 .

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lake Monticello Rescue Squad or Fluvanna County Meals on Wheels.

  • Listing ID: 1956

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  1. We will miss Bill a lot. We had many good times together over the last serveral years. Always like his since of humor and good conversations we had. We will be praying for Jean and the rest of the family. May God comfort them in their time of loss

  2. We are so sorry to hear about your Dad…..he was a great man and will be missed by so so many….I pray God will be with his family at this time.

    Tom and Joyce Rensch

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am glad Billy was part of my and my family’s lives.

  4. Billy was a member of the FCHS Class of 1948 and although visits were rare in recent years, our friendship extended over 75 years. Since Billy’s days in our high school he has been a proven leader and loyal friend to many. He will surely be missed by his friends and community. God bless his family during this time of grieving.

  5. Billy was a member of the FCHS Class of 1948 and although visits were rare in recent years, our friendship extended over 75 years. Even back in high school, he was a proven leader and a loyal friend to many. He will surely be missed by friends and the community. God bless his family during this time of grieving.

  6. Prayers and condolences to the entire Sclater Family. Mr. Billy was full of faith, wisdom, and wit! My fondest memories of him are when he, Mrs. Jean, and I would sit on the front porch in the evenings to chat, watch the squirrels build their nests, and listen to the catbirds sing. He’d tell stories about his life and looked back so fondly on his younger years growing up on the farm. He told me multiple times that he had the best life and family that anyone could ask for and that he was ready for whenever the Lord called him home. I am so grateful for the wisdom that Billy, along with his wife, passed along to me when I was their caregiver.

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