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Earl McNair Driskill

November 23, 1925 - December 1, 2020

Due to COVID restrictions, the family will hold a private service at this time.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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Earl McNair Driskill, 95, of Lynchburg, passed away peacefully in his sleep days after suffering a heart attack. He was the husband of the late Flora Black Driskill.

Earl was born in Campbell County to the late Frank Claude Driskill and Bettie Carwile Driskill. He went to Gravel Ridge Elementary School, moved as a youth to Lynchburg and then back to Campbell County graduating from Brookville High School. He joined the Navy in 1944 serving in the Atlantic Theatre in World War II. After the war, he moved to Richmond for work and education in building materials and drafting. There Earl met and married the love of his life, Flora. Moving back to Lynchburg in 1957, he began his lifetime career as a home builder and developed Blue Ridge Farms (Lynchburg) and Elk Lake Trace (Forest). Earl was a music lover and sang in the choir at Forest Road United Methodist Church where he was a longtime member.

Beloved patriarch of the family, known also as “Daddy”, “Uncle Earl”, and “Papa”, he is survived by his sons Stephen and wife Amelia, Vance and wife Winnie, Blake and wife Mallory, Craig and his partner Tina, his daughter Vivian who was his primary care giver, and a plethora of grandchildren and their spouses, great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild, sisters-in-law Nell Grey Fortner (Darryl) and Lillian Black, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Nancy Driskill, his brothers Claude (Ruby), Frank (Estelle) and Dave (June) Driskill, his sisters Virginia Elder (Howard) and Alice Driskill, and sister-in-law Mary Frances Pressley (Norman “Red”).

“How Beautiful Heaven must be

Sweet home of the happy and free

Fair haven of rest for the weary

How beautiful heaven must be “

Due to COVID restrictions, the family will hold a private service at this time. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in his memory to:

Forest Road United Methodist Church

2805 Old Forest Road

Lynchburg VA 24501


Blue Ridge PBS

PO Box 13246

Roanoke, VA 24032

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

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