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William Alexander Carrington Jr.

July 12, 1943 - September 7, 2023

William Alexander “Sandy” Carrington, Jr., of Lynchburg, VA, born on July 12, 1943, passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 7, 2023, after enjoying 80 years of robust life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Alexander Carrington, and Norvell Nicholas Carrington; his beloved son William Alexander “Alex” Carrington III; his wife of 27 years, Mary “Meg” Callaham Carrington; and his younger brother, Robert “Roger” Carrington (Anne), of California, and cousins Jaqueline “Jackie” Ambler Phelps Schmid, and Aubrey “Tony” Eaton Harvey.

He leaves behind his daughter, Catherine “Katie” Carrington Oliver (Brandon); his sisters, Martha “Marty” Carrington Smith (Jerry); Anne Carrington Crowder (Bruce); and Mary Carrington Bice (David), together with cousins, Helen Craighill Nicholas, Harrison Trent Nicholas (Lulan), Richard Fielding Stone (Jeanie), and Edley Stone Ramsey. He is survived by nieces and nephews: Michelle Bice Norton (Matt); David Byron Bice, Jr. (Lara); Erin Crowder Hare (Jim); Carson Crowder Miller (Matt); William “Billy” Burnett Smith; Robert “Bobby” Cabell Smith; Philip Ambler Smith (Megan).

Sandy was a graduate of Elon College in 1970. He went on to have a career in insurance sales, retiring from Scott Insurance. Sandy was a champion for his community throughout his life. He was President and founding board member of the Free Clinic of Central Virginia, and President (1988-1990) and board member of the YMCA of Central Virginia, serving on the Executive and finance committees from the 1970’s until his death. He also served admirably on the boards of the Kiwanis Club, PTA/PTO Thrift Shop, and Oakwood Country Club. A talented tennis player, the sport was integral to his life, leading him to be influential in helping bring the CVITT to OCC and drawing strong players from around the country to play in Lynchburg. During his time in the U.S. Navy, he served as a communications radioman on a ship stationed in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. He served in church at St. Paul’s as head usher for years, as well as serving on the Vestry.

A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. on  September 29, 2023, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 605 Clay Street, Lynchburg, VA. A reception will follow at Sandy’s home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Paul’s, Meals on Wheels, The Y, or the Free Clinic.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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My sincere condolences to all members of Sandy Carrington's family. He was a dedicated and committed leader on the Free Clinic Board and a good personal friend. BOB BARLOW - ED of Free Clinic 2002-2014

Posted by Bob Barlow on September 18, 2023

I have fond memories of Sandy and your family. Katie, your cousins Midge, Breck & Hannah are thinking of you and sending you love.

Posted by Hannah Hall on September 15, 2023

While no one passion or ability defines any of us, members of the Free Clinic board will always associate Sandy with the Free Clinic of Central Virginia. His commitment to the work of assuring quality health care for all ran deep and long; he rarely missed a meeting, was always prepared, asked insightful questions, readily volunteered to help with fundraisers, and over the years served in most board leadership positions. We will miss the sterling example he set for all of us, his wise counsel, and his wonderful sense of humor. Our sincerely condolences to Katie.

Posted by James W. Wright on September 12, 2023

It was my pleasure to have known Sandy over decades. As his obit states, he had a substantial impact on Lynchburg -- most notably thru tennis (CVITT), the YMCA, and various boards. Like his father, the late Bill Carrington (one of the nicest men I ever knew), Sandy was a gentleman in all respects! He will be greatly missed by family and friends. Nancy and I send our condolences to the entire family. Rest in peace, good man.... Bill Blackwell Midlothian, VA

Posted by William Blackwell on September 12, 2023

I am so very sorry to hear of Sandy's passing. I have great memories of our childhood all of us playing together until dark. Love and prayers., Margaret (twin)

Posted by Margaret H Osborne on September 12, 2023

My sincere condolences to all of Sandy’s family. He contributed so much in so many ways to our city. You have lost a loving farther, brother, uncle, cousin. For all of you, I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by Jean Reid on September 12, 2023

My heart breaks for all family-truely in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all❤️

Posted by Faye Moorman Mays on September 11, 2023

Katie sending thoughts and prayers. I worked with Sandy at Scott Insurance for years and yes have had several adult beverages and fun adventures.

Posted by Dana Lang on September 11, 2023

Sending you love, prayers and fond memories, Katie! ❤️

Posted by Chadd Gable on September 11, 2023

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