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Bill Camp Jr., breeder-owner of Nansemond, dies

March 23, 2018

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William "Bill" McCutcheon Camp Jr., well known as the owner of such greats as 1971 Little Brown Jug winner Nansemond, who upset Albatross in an epic race, died on March 20 at his home, Holliknoll Farm, in Carrsville, Va. He was 90.
Mr. Camp was born in Franklin, Va., in 1927 on Election Day. Active politically with both parties at times, he was most proud to say he was a lifelong Virginia Democrat. Mr. Camp graduated from the University of Virginia in 1951 with his law degree. He served as an elected Supervisor of Isle of Wight County and on that County's Welfare Board. In the early 60s, during the height of the Cold War, he represented Virginia in a Goodwill Agri-Business tour of Russia. He also served on the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the first Pari-Mutuel Racing Study Commission appointed by then Governor Linwood Holton and became an integral leader in ultimately getting the racing legislation passed in 1989.
Mr. Camp was very supportive of his community and served on the local Board of the Virginia National Bank/Sovran Bank, the Camp Foundation Board (fifty-plus years), the Carrie S. Camp Foundation Board and the William M. Camp Foundation Board. He was co-founder of the Franklin Chapter of Planned Parenthood after seeing first-hand the community need for this service on the Isle of Wight Welfare board.

Mr. Camp was involved in several real estate and farming businesses. He loved his farm where he raised crops, cattle and Standardbred horses. Mr. Camp's first Standardbred was Miss Sarah Rodney 2:04.2 ($103,471). He owned most of his horses with his racing partner Fermer Perry. One of those was Adios Scarlet, a daughter of Adios who became a top producer. She was the dam of Isle of Wight  1:56.2 ($493,514), Scarlet Skipper p, 1:55.4 ($423,658) and Nansemond p, 1:56.1, who was the only horse to defeat Albatross as a 3-year-old.

To read an article which appeared in The New York Times about Mr. Camp, please click here. To view an article published on the ustrotting.com website in 2007, please click here.
Mr. Camp is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirlie Steinbach Camp; four children, Carrie Luanne Camp (Thomas Crowder), Frances Hollis Camp, Edith Clay Camp and William M. Camp III (Cammie Caison Camp); eight grandchildren, Mason Camp-Crowder, West Camp-Crowder, Bennett Camp-Crowder, Mac Morecock, Hollis Camp, Hugh Camp, Henry Camp and Chris Camp. The son of the late William M. Camp and Edith Clay Camp of Franklin, Va., he was predeceased by a younger brother, L. Clay Camp of Charlottesville, Va.

Burial will be in Poplar Spring Cemetery in Franklin, Va. The funeral and graveside service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Franklin Baptist Church, 208 N. High St., Franklin, Va. 23851 http://www.wrightfuneralhome.org/

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