Emporia-Greensville is mourning the loss of Boyce Wornom, 91, who died last week at his home in Richmond.
The U.S. Navy veteran graduated from the University of Richmond and T.C. Williams School of Law.
In his professional life he practiced law for 55 years and was a member of the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association, Richmond Bar Association, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Eastern District of Virginia Federal Court, and the Sixth Judicial Circuit Bar of Virginia.
“He was a real top notch attorney,” retired Clerk of Court Robert (Bobby) Wrenn said. “He was a real gentlemen and leader in the community.”
Wornom recently stepped down as Chairman of the Emporia-Greensville Airport Commission after four decades as chair. His long-time service did not go unnoticed.
He was recognized in 2015 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Department of Aviation.
Wornom was a member of the Emporia Rotary Club for more than 50 years. In Rotary Wornom earned the Paul Harris Fellow honor for Rotary International for his contributions to the club. He also served as the local chapter’s president in 1963-64. He could still be seen at Emporia Rotary Club meetings or functions several times a year.
He was a founding member of the Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville and served on the the Board of Directors for Greensville Memorial Hospital, now known as Southside Regional Medical Center.
Wornom was a leader in the congregation of Main St. Baptist Church, where he served stints as a Deacon, Trustee, church moderator and taught Sunday School for men.
He was a member of the church for more than 60 years.