Thamer "Chip" Eugene Temple III

May 4, 1962 ~ March 25, 2023 (age 60) 60 Years Old

Thamer "Chip" Temple III Obituary

TEMPLE III, Thamer Eugene “Chip”, 60, father, fiancé, brother, uncle, nephew, and son died on March 25, 2023, in Mechanicsville, Virginia. He is survived by his son, Thamer E. “Chase” Temple, IV; his daughter, Georgia Gray Temple; his fiancé, Sherry Beth Andreo; his fiancée’s daughter, Gabriella Andreo; his brother, Clifford P. Temple (Connie); and his sister, Meredith D. Temple-O’Connor (Christian). He is also survived by his nephews: C. Powell Temple, Jr., Ethan G. O’Connor, and Benjamin P. O’Connor; his stepmother, Cynthia J. Temple; and stepsisters, Cynthia McLean and Allison Marshall (Ken Lange) as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Patricia Smith Temple and Dr. T. Eugene “Gene” Temple, Jr. Chip was born on May 4, 1962, in Augusta, Georgia to Gene and Pat Temple who made Newport News, Virginia their home when he was eight. He graduated from Hampton Roads Academy in Newport News, Washington & Lee University, and the University of Richmond School of Law. Chip loved the law. He practiced labor and employment law in Richmond for almost 35 years. He clerked for the Virginia Supreme Court and was an Associate and then Partner at Durrette Crump PLC and its predecessors. Most recently, he was a Director at Thompson McMullan PC. He tried a wide variety of cases in Virginia. He briefed and argued successfully several cases of first impression before the United States Court of Appeals, the United States District Court, and the National Labor Relations Board. He was passionate about representing his clients. He authored many articles and essays on workplace law and provided commentary for television, radio, and print media. He also frequently lectured on these topics at legal and management seminars, judicial conferences, and local universities. Over his career, Chip was recognized in numerous publications as a top lawyer in Virginia. He was a member of numerous professional and civic organizations. Notably, he served as the 126th President of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond and on its Board of Directors from 2003-2012. He also served on the Hanover Education Foundation Board of Directors and the American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Board of Directors and as General Counsel (volunteer). He also was a member of the West Richmond Rotary Club until his death and served as President and as a  member of the Board of Directors for many years. Chip loved history, watching sports, hunting, and the outdoors.  He loved attending sporting events with his son, being on the water with his daughter, and watching her play tennis. He loved his family dearly. He had a keen sense of humor and loved to laugh. The family will receive visitors at Monaghan Funeral Home in Mechanicsville, VA from 4:30 PM-7:00 PM on Thursday, April 20, 2023, with a graveside service at Peninsula Cemetery at  11 AM on Friday, April 21, 2023, in Newport News. The family would like to thank those who have been so supportive of Chip. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his honor to the Association for FrontoTemporal Degeneration (, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (, or the American Heart Association (

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April 20, 2023

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
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