JAMES GORDON RENFRO

James Gordon Renfro, 78, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in his home in Springfield, VA. A memorial service was held Saturday morning, Feb. 8, at Messiah United Methodist Church in Springfield, VA. His body was cremated. James was born Oct. 30, 1935 in Littlefield, to the now late Raymond Louis Renfro and Nola Della Erwin Renfro. He married Elizabeth Cantrell Renfro in Roanoke, VA in August 1963. James began his professional career as an officer in the U.S. Army Intelligence, culminating as Chief Engineer of the Strategic Systems Programs, Department of the Nary. His professional awards include several U.S. and UK commendations. He received two Navy Unit Citations, the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service Medal and in 1987, President Reagan conferred on him the rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service. In 1990, he received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. In 1991, President Bush conferred the rank of Distinguished Executive, the nation’s highest Civil Service award. In 1996, he received the rank of Meritorious Executive for the second time, from President Clinton. In May 1999, he received the Harold E. Saunders award from the American Society of Naval Engineers for lifetime achievements in engineering. In 1992, he was elected to the Texas Tech University Electrical Engineering Academy and was chosen to be a Texas Tech University Distinguished Engineer, and has one patent pending. Preceding him in death were his sister, Janice Renfro Aaron in 1980, and his nieces, Darla Aaron Tubbs and Jayme Aaron Campbell in 1990. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth C. Renfro; his son, James David Renfro; and granddaughter, Taylor Shell Renfro of Virginia Beach; and his daughter, Elizabeth Frazier Renfro of Chesapeake Beach, MD; a niece Donna Aaron Bell, great-nephews, Christopher Tubbs and Joshua Bell; greatniece, Page Reid and family of Lubbock.
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