William Park Lemmond Jr., former circuit judge, dies

W.P. Lemmond Jr.was a graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

There are probably not too many judges who went into prisons, Jaime Lemmond said of his father.

William Park Lemmond Jr., a circuit court judge, volunteered 15 years as a mentor in the Kairos Prison Ministry, a religious organization that provides ministry to prisoners.

“He will tell you that as a child, he became a Christian, but it wasn’t until he was 60 that it became a full-time lifestyle change,” Lemmond said.

Mr. Lemmond, 81, died July 7. He served as the 6th Circuit Court judge for the commonwealth of Virginia for 16 years, presiding over cases in the cities of Emporia and Hopewell as well as Brunswick, Greensville, Prince George, Surry and Sussex counties.

After his retirement in 1996, Mr. Lemmond served as a substitute circuit judge in more than 50 Virginia circuits until 2007.

Growing up in Arlington County, he was known for being an adventurer, entrepreneur and good friend. A 1954 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Mr. Lemmond was a pilot for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Virginia Air National Guard over a 23-year span. He earned his law degree at the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law.

Randy Hamel, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard and retired corporate pilot, served under Mr. Lemmond and proudly counted himself among “Lemmond’s lieutenants.”

“He would always take the toughest job,” Hamel said. “And he’d always lead it.”

Relationships were always paramount to Mr. Lemmond, Hamel said. That’s why he started the annual “Dining In” formal dinner for past and current members of their National Guard unit.

Mr. Lemmond had missed the annual dinner only twice since it was started sometime before Hamel met him in 1974 — once was for a church function with the prison ministry and the other was soon after a stroke.

“He was a constant source of inspiration,” Hamel said.

Lemmond said his father was very involved in his children’s lives.

“He would work during the day as a lawyer, come home for dinner nearly every night, and go back to work after we all went to bed,” Lemmond said.

Outside of the courthouse, he served as a member of the Prince George School Board and on the vestry at his church.

In addition to his son James Jason “Jaime” Lemmond, survivors include his wife, Beryl Mitchell Lemmond, and three other children, William Park Lemmond III, Gregory Gavin Lemmond and Jennifer Lemmond Gustavus.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, today, at Christ & Grace Episcopal Church, 1545 S. Sycamore St. in Petersburg. A military burial will follow at Blandford Cemetery.

The family asks in lieu of flowers to donate to Kairos Prison Ministry International for Greensville Correctional Center or the Virginia Tech Foundation for the Corps of Cadets.

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