07 July 2009

DURE Cenotaph, Technically Not a Tombstone Tuesday

There's a cenotaph (a monument erected in honor of a person or people whose remains are elsewhere) in the Geo. A. Dure Family Plot. Though not buried in Rose Hill, these individuals are memorialized there with the following granite marker:

Leon Sebring Dure, Jr. (1907-1993)
Katherine Macken Dure (1908-1987)
Kendrick Dure (1937-1985)

Leon Sebring Dure, Jr. was the son of Leon Dure and Kathleen McGregor. Katherine Macken was the wife of Leon Dure Jr., and it's possible Kendrick Dure was a child of theirs.

Leon Dure, Jr. seemed to be a very driven man, like his father. Here are two articles about him. The first is about his baptism in Macon, Georgia, and the second is about his death in Fort Myers, Florida.

24 September 1907
Macon Weekly Telegraph

Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon S. Dure was baptised at St. Paul's Church, the Rev. J. M. Northrup officiating at the pretty and impressive service of the Episcopal Church. The son and heir of the well-known Councilman was baptised Leon S. Dure, Jr. Messrs. Ed. Hallum and Howard Smith are the godfathers and Mrs. C. H. Humphries the godmother.
Note: St. Paul's Church has a website.

10 November 1993
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Virginia)
Leon S. Dure Jr., managing editor of The Times-Dispatch from 1935 to 1945, died Oct. 26 in Fort Myers, Fla., from injuries sustained in a fall. He was 86 and lived in Fort Myers.

Mr. Dure was born in Macon, Ga., and was White House Correspondent for The Washington Post in the early years of the Roosevelt administration. He was secretary and treasurer of the White House Correspondents' Association.

Mr. Dure was an intelligence officer in the U. S. Army Air Corps in the Chine-Burma-India Theater during World War II.

After the war, he worked briefly at The Times-Dispatch before he was named executive news editor of the Winston-Salem Journal.

In 1947, he moved to Albemarle County, where he was a farmer. He retired to Florida in 1980.

He was the widower of Katherine Macken Dure, who died in 1987...


  1. Kendrick Dure was indeed Leon and Katherine's son. Their other son, Leon S. Dure III, lives in Athens.


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