Notable Passings

In Recognition of Those Who Have Meant So Much to the Scouting Family...


Jim Ford passed away at his home Saturday, October 28. Born September 29, 1933, he was the son of the late Dorothy English and Thomas Martin Ford. Jim was preceded in death by his two brothers, Thomas Martin Ford, Jr. and Judge John English Ford, his sister-in-law Irma Wright Ford, and a niece, Elizabeth May Ford. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sandra Turner Ford, a daughter, Margaret Ford Gregory (Carlyle), Falls Church, Virginia, a son James Martin Ford (Cindy), Augusta, Georgia, and grandchildren Wesley Gary Jerrell (Betsy) Aiken, S.C., Sandra Elizabeth Ford, James Carlyle Gregory, and Charlotte Allison Gregory, a nephew, John English Ford II (Kim), Martinsville and a sister-in-law, Jane Johnson Ford, Richmond, VA. He was a member of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council for over 40 years and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award.





Lassiter, Dr. Max ErringtonLassiter, Dr. Max ErringtonDr. Max Lassiter died on Monday, November 6, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. He was born on August 7, 1931, in Johnston County, North Carolina, the son of Blake Lassiter and Alma Sydney Creech Lassiter. He was the oldest and only son, and brother to five younger sisters, Shirley, Ruth, Sylvia, Sue, and Linda. Dr. Lassiter enjoyed working with youth, was active in Troop 354 for over 45 years, and was a scoutmaster for more than 30 of those years. While scoutmaster, 32 boys become Eagle Scouts, including his four sons. He was a member of many local organizations. He was also an Amateur Radio Operator, and used only Morse code for his contacts.He is survived by five children, Mark Timothy Lassiter and wife, Jennifer of Black Mountain, North Carolina, Richard Max Lassiter and wife, Jean of Collierville, Tennessee, David Blake Lassiter and wife, Lee of Greensboro, North Carolina, Luke Errington (Eric) Lassiter and wife, Beth of Charleston, West Virginia, and Laura Lynette Lassiter Betz of Wilmington, North Carolina; 12 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.








David F. Lightowler -  “Lightowl” - came to the High Knoll staff in 2004 to work the Rendezvous outpost.  Except for 2015, when he was battling cancer, he returned each summer to live up Little Laurel Hollow and to demonstrate the skills of the Mountain Men.  He was returning again this summer when he passed away March 31  from a heart attack at the age of 69.   He ran a safe rifle range, told jokes and long stories and added many improvements to the overall High Knoll program.  Outside of camp, he provided shooting safety support for camporees in several councils and was active in two Revolutionary War period re-enactment groups.

Lightowl was a native of Pittsburgh, a Vietnam veteran and a retiree of the U.S. Army and the Secret Service.  He supported his troop and Council in Page Co.,  VA and was an active volunteer with the local Red Cross, American Legion Post #22 in Luray, VA and the Catholic Church.

He lived an exceptional life of service to his country and to his countrymen.   We shall miss him.

The Blue Ridge Scout Reservation is accepting memorial gifts toward a covered shooting range  under construction at the Rendezvous outpost dedicated to his memory.


William 'Bill' Crisp,Jr. of Pulaski, VA passed away Tuesday March 28th, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. Bill was a long-time Scouter and Leader for Packs and Troops in the Pulaski area. Bill's leadership in the Scout Units and in the Order of the Arrow Lodge will be missed.

Arrangements are with Stevens Funeral Home, 815 Randolph Ave. Pulaski. Visitation is Friday March 31 from 6-8pm and funeral is Saturday April 1 at 1pm with a graveside service following. 









Dr. W. Graham Stephens, 88, of Troutville, VA, passed away Sunday February 19, 2017. The family will receive friends 2-4 & 6-8 pm Friday at Rader Funeral Home, 630 Roanoke Road, Daleville, VA, 540-992-1212. Funeral services will be at 11:00am Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Troutville Church of the Brethren 5133 Lee Hwy, Troutville, VA 24175

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Scout Reach in Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America by clicking HERE:




Dr. Stephens was a life-long Boy Scout, and as an adult an ardent supporter of Scouting in the Blue Ridge Mountains Council. 

Excerpts below are from Dr. Stephen's Acorns to Oaks presentation in 2010:

- Dr. Graham Stephens began his adventures in Scouting as a Boy Scout in 1940 with Troop 7 in Luray, Virginia.  He became the Senior Patrol Leader and earned the rank of Life Scout. 

- Within the Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Graham served as Council President, V.P. of Program, Endowment Fund Chair. He also chaired several Long Range Plans, developed the Scout Reach Program and worked with the Campership Program. He was the Scout Reservation Physician for 15 years, and successfully orchestrated fund raising within the medical community for the new Camp Powhatan Health Lodge.

- Since 1974, Graham served on,the Southeast Regional, and the Southern Region Boards. Early on, he was involved with Program, even serving as Health and Safety Chair. Later, he became involved with FinanEndowment, and Major Gifts. Area activities have included Area V.P. of Areas 8, 6, and 7. Currently, Graham serves as Endowment /Major Gifts Chair for Area 7.

- The Wood Badge Program was important to Graham. A participant in SE 3 (1973), he was a member of the group who returned to Wood Badge (and early Leadership Development at that) to the Blue Ridge Mountains Council after an absence of 10 years. Ultimately serving as Scoutmaster of SE 156 (1977) and then as Staff Advisor numerous times.  Graham also served as Area 8 Wood Badge Coordinator.

- Graham  also enjoyed Jamborees. He showed his support by attending 7 national Jamborees, serving in a variety of roles such as Sub Camp Chief, Assistant Regional Medical Officer, Sub Camp Chief Medical Officer, and National Medical Officer. He also attended two world Jamborees, in Canada and the Netherl ands, where he served as Conti ngent Scoutmaster both times.

- Philmont, a.k.a. Scouting's Paradise has also been a paradise for Graham and his family. Twice on the trail with sons and various times to the Training Center with his wife, Thelma, either for a course or Executive Board Outing.

- Graham believed in training. He held the Scouters Key, Training Award, Wood Badge Course Director and many others. In addition, he  received the District  Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, Vigil Honor Order of the Arrow, and Protestant Religious Award.

Dr. Stephens is a respected, retired member of the Roanoke Valley's Medical community. A past member of the A.M.A. and a member of the Medical Society of Virginia for over 50 years, where he once represented Botetourt County on the Board. Member of the Roanoke Academy of Medicine, where he chaired their emergency two-year drug abuse program and directed the associated Methadone Program. He was the first Boarded specialist Emergency Medicine Physician in Southwest Virginia, a member of the A.C.E.P, also serving on their Board.


Dr. Charles Johnson Hansrote, Jr., 86, passed away on February 15, 2017. Originally from Cumberland, Maryland worked as a chemist for DuPont in Waynesboro and was a professor of chemistry at Lynchburg College. He received the Vigil Honor for Tutelo Lodge 161 in 1974, and in 1976, was awarded the Silver Beaver by Blue Ridge Mountains Council. He was actively involved in many aspects of Scouting, including Woodbadge, Jamborees, and activities at Philmont. The family held a private farewell service.


Dr. Hansrote in the Lynchburg College Labs, 1971