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SoVaNow.com / November 01, 2010
Sandy Mosby, a pillar of the Halifax community and volunteer for causes including Habitat for Humanity and the local prison ministries program, died overnight after an apparent gun accident Sunday.

Mosby suffered a gunshot wound to the head sometime around 6-7 p.m. Sunday, said Halifax Police Chief David Martin. Mosby was found in the basement of his Canterbury Drive home where he kept a work area. A gun cleaning kit was found on a nearby work bench, said Martin.

"At this time we're treating it as an accident," said Martin. "He had a gun cleaning kit out and it appears the gun went off."

Mosby was rushed to Halifax Regional Hospital where he died last night. Martin said the Halifax department expects to receive a report from the State Medical Examiner today.

Mosby was a retired executive with Belk/Leggett who was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Halifax, where Martin also is a member. The two men served together on the church vestry.

"He had a quiet wisdom, that's probably the best way to describe him," said Martin. "He was very insightful and I looked to him quite often for guidance on church vestry issues and other issues as well."

Mosby also served on the board of Tri-Rivers Habitat for Humanity and was instrumental in establishing the local prison ministries program, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, personally visiting local jails to counsel inmates. He also served as a mentor in the Halifax County Mentor Role Model program.

Mosby is survived by his wife, Marcia, two adult children, son Chris and daughter Laura McAdams, and several grandchildren.

The Halifax Police report follows:

On Oct. 31 at 6:55 p.m., Halifax Police Department and Halifax County EMS personnel responded to 775 Canterbury Drive in Halifax in response to a 911 call.
 
Officers arrived on scene and found 72 year old Alexander West Mosby III lying facedown in a basement work area   A Marlin .22 caliber rifle was lying on the floor to Mosby's immediate right.
 
Mosby sustained a single gunshot wound to the chin and was rushed to Halifax Regional Hospital for treatment.  He was pronounced dead at 8:19 pm, and his body was sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond for an autopsy.
 
Investigation into this incident is continuing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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A beautiful tribute to a wonderful person. We, at St. John's, shall miss him so very much. He contributed to our church and our lives and we are all grateful. His influence will live on. Hilda Hankins


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