Hugh Thomas Lucas, 83, of Natural Bridge, Virginia, died Monday, September 18, 2006 at Kendal in Lexington, Virginia. He was born March 10, 1923 in Rockbridge County and was a son of the late Thomas Julian Lucas and Mary Blair Paxton Lucas. He was a member of Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church and was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth L. Cummins, and a brother, Joe H. Lucas.
Mr. Lucas was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, having served in the Pacific in World War II. He was employed by Columbia Gas, first in Lexington and then in Standardsville until his retirement in 1988.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jane Rosen Lucas; a son, Thomas S. Lucas and his wife, Pat Groot of Charlottesville; three daughters, Martha L. Bar and husband, David of Charlottesville; Susan L. Cockrell of Roanoke; and Ann Lucas and husband Roger Birle of Charlottesville; eight grandchildren; Julianne and Porter Bar, Erica, Nina, and Jillan Cockrell, and Elenanor, Thomas and Susannah Birle. Mr. Lucas is also survived by a sister, Virginia L. Kibler of Staunton, Virginia.
A graveside service was held on Sept. 21, 2006 at the Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church in Steeles Tavern.