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Henry Landon Derby

1935 - 2021

Captain's Cove, VA


Henry Landon Derby, 86, passed away at his home on Sunday, June 6, 2021.  Born May 8, 1935 in Accomac, VA, he was the son of Henry Wise Derby and Lillian Doughty Derby.  He is survived by his wife Ann Carter Derby, and several cousins.

A graduate of Onancock High School in the Class of 1953, he received his B.A. degree from the University of Richmond in 1957, and his M.Ed. from the University of Virginia.

Henry was an Eagle Scout and served as Scoutmaster of Troop 313 in Onancock, VA.  He taught one year in Norfolk County; returned to the Eastern Shore serving as Principal of Chincoteague Elementary School from 1958 to 1972; and was a former Director of the Virginia Education Association.

An Antique Dealer for 40 years, he was a charter member and first president of the Delmarva Antique Dealers Association.  He was a former member of Lee District Ruritan Club, Onancock Lions Club, Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club, the Onancock Town Council, and was a member of Atlantic United Methodist Church.

A graveside funeral service will be held at the Belle Haven Cemetery, Belle Haven, VA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., with The Reverend Hodae Kim officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Foodbank of the Eastern Shore, P.O. Box 518, Onley, VA  23418.

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Arrangements by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.


Foodbank of the Eastern Shore
P.O. Box 518, Onley VA 23418
Tel: 1-757-787-2557

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John and Liz Johnson

May 24, 2022 1:17 PM

Belated so sorry for your loss. Henry was a true friend and will be missed on our next visit to the shore
John and Liz Johnson

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John T Riley

June 12, 2021 11:02 AM

Dear Ann, I am very sorry to learn about Henry’s passing! I have many nice memories of the many years that we were neighbors at Wallops Island! One of my fondest memories is how Henry was able to stay ahead of the mountains of leaves that would fall in the Fall! I wish you well, Ann, in dealing with this great personal loss!! With deep sympathy, John Riley

Joan Merritt Murden

June 11, 2021 2:10 PM

Ann and family, I'm so sorry for your loss.  Sending my heartfelt sympathy and prayers.  Thinking of you.

Audrey Young

June 10, 2021 11:08 PM

Dear Ann and family.  I am just reading about Henry's passing.  I would've been in touch sooner had I known.  My condolences go out to you.  Ann I have experienced this loss so I know the pain. One day at a time, is all you can do.  Allow yourself to have whatever feelings and emotions you need to have at a moment.  But, be very careful not to get locked in a dark closet that is hard to get out of.  Have your feelings and eventually, you'll start to appreciate and love the many precious memories.  Peace be with you.         Audrey Young.

Mary E Jimenez

June 10, 2021 9:30 AM

Ann, I pray God makes His love and comfort felt today and everyday. Mr. Derby is finally resting and comfortable and that, itself, is a gift from God. My prayers are with you.

Crip & Carol Taylor

June 10, 2021 7:39 PM

Ann, Crip and I so sorry to hear of Henry passing, but now he’s in no pain & suffers no more. I hope this and knowing friends care & are thinking of you will comfort you in days to come. Our love

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