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Cameron S. McRae

April 15, 1933 — January 6, 2020

Cameron S. McRae

Cameron S. McRae passed away peacefully on January 6th, 2020 in Springfield, Virginia.  Cameron was born April 15th, 1933 in South Boston, Virginia, to the late John S. and Bela Powell McRae and was married to the late Mary Layne Ballard McRae.  In addition to South Boston, he lived in Richmond, Virginia before settling in Springfield, Virginia in 1972. 


Survivors include his daughters Megan McNair (spouse Michael) of Woodbridge, Virginia and Paige Powers of Alexandria, Virginia as well as grandsons Austin McNair (spouse Lillian) of Arlington, Virginia, Cameron McNair (spouse Katie) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Brenden Powers of Alexandria, Virginia and one great grandson Cassian McNair


Cameron graduated Duke University in 1955.  He was also a Graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University as well as Graduate of the VA-MD Bankers Association of Bank Management, University of Virginia.   Cameron went on to a successful 40+ year career as a banker which culminated as a lender to government contracting businesses around the DC Metro area.  He was a recognized expert in the area of lending to government contractors and was often a speaker and/or panelist on this topic.  He was also an accomplished author on topics such “Lending to Government Contractors” that was published in RMA’s Journal of Commercial Lending.


Cameron’s favorite pastimes were woodworking, watching Duke basketball and fishing.  Coach K guaranteed long-term prosperity with Duke on the basketball floor and a large, private farm pond outside of Tappahannock guaranteed many successful fishing adventures.  Woodworking provided a (mostly) peaceful distraction to life’s challenges.


A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, January 18, at the Powell Funeral Home Chapel, 1603 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, Virginia with Pastor S. Wayne Rickman officiating.  Burial will be held in private.  Relatives and friends are welcome at the service and the following reception at Ernie’s Restaurant,1010 John Randolph Blvd, South Boston, Virginia.


In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in Layne's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C.  20090-6011.


Online condolences may be made at


Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home 1603 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592

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