Vernon L. Eustace



Vernon Lee Eustace, 101, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, December 2, 2017 at his home in Spotsylvania where he was blessed to live his final years.

Vernon was born May 9, 1916 in Fauquier County. He was the son of the late Edward and Bettie Eustace and the youngest of six children. He began school at age 5 attending Concord School in Stafford County and graduated from Stafford High in 1932 at age 16. After high school, Vernon joined the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Vernon was a World War II veteran, enlisting in the United States Navy in December 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was honorably discharged from active duty at the end of the war after being stationed in several different areas of the world and rising to the rank of Chief Motor Machinist Mate aboard the USS Argonne in the Mediterranean. Vernon was in route to the invasion of Japan when the war ended.
After the war, Vernon returned to Virginia to work in hosiery mills and was employed at the FMC plant where he became a foreman and an active member of the FMC Foreman’s Club, retiring in 1978.
Vernon married Evelyn Sullivan in May of 1946. They lived in
Fredericksburg and Gordonsville and then moved to Spotsylvania County in 1953.
Vernon was a loving and hardworking husband and father. He spent his free time reading and gardening, raising many fruits and vegetables. He often said that he just truly enjoyed watching things grow and spent most of his time outdoors. At 101 years old,he lived independently and continued to enjoy his home, family and friends.
Survivors include four children, Rebecca (Eustace) Mills and husband Donald of Spotsylvania, Carol Eustace Butler of King George, V. Lee Eustace Jr. and wife Barbara of Spotsylvania and Deborah Eustace Britt of Knoxville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren Samantha Mills Knott and husband Jim of Spotsylvania, Carrie Mills Kadel and husband Joshua of Las Vegas, NV; Jon Butler and wife Christin of Richmond, Jessica Butler of Goochland, Amanda Eustace Browning and husband Tim of Spotsylvania, Heather Eustace Gaydish and husband Chris of Westerville OH; Lee Eustace Ill of Richmond, Katherine Britt Hoffman and husband Evan of Knoxville. and David Britt of Knoxville.; six great-grandchildren Julianna Cornett, Addison Cornett, Bryce Knott; Jacob Gaydish; Jed Kadel, Evelyn Kadel; and one niece Nancy Eustace of Annapolis, Md.. He was preceded in
death by his wife, Evelyn; and son-in-law Marc Butler.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 9 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.