Sunday, April 11th, 2021


State Senator Harry Blevins Retirement Banquet

State Senator Harry Blevins was honored with a banquet at the Chesapeake Conference Center, commemorating his years of service and unwavering integrity. Hundreds of friends and colleagues attended to share stories of the Senator and wish him and his wife Margie a long and happy retirement.

Senator Harry Blevins

From left: Anne Council, Lil Oman, and Julian Council

Maury Brickhouse and Irene Hurst

Senator Harry Blevins greeted his admirers arriving at the Chesapeake Convention Center

Mayor Alan Krasnoff, forefront, among others in the lobby of the Chesapeake Convention Center

From left: Portsmouth Commissioner of the Revenue Frankie Edmundson, The Shopper publisher Jean Loxley-Barnard, and Chesapeake Council Member Lonnie Craig

From left: Sheriff Deputy Chip Chappell, Council Member Lonnie Craig and retired Deputy Chief of Police Louis Tayon

Judge John Brown

Chesapeake Sheriff's Honor Guard from left: Deputy Specialist B. Moran, Deputy P. Treakle, Deputy K. Cowan, and Deputy R. Woodley

From left: Lil Oman, Anne and Julian

Anne Council and former Council Member John Butt

Council member Debbie Ritter

Anne Meyers and Jim Ward

Susan Schaffner and Council Member and Sentry Security Owner Robert Ike

Anne Council, left, and insurance guru Vista Cotton

Peggy Bagley

From left: Dr. Ray and Belinda Rodenbaugh with The Shopper publisher Jean Loxley-Barnard

Jim Ward, left, and James Sawyer

From left: Hyun and Diane Chay with State Senator John Cosgrove

Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Tidewater Community College James Toscano, left, in a lively conversation with former Chesapeake City Manager William Harrell, now President and CEO of Hampton Roads Transit

From left: Vice Mayor John De Triquet, M.D., wife Carole, and Alvene Buckley

From left: Dr. Don Buckley, Dr. Ray Rodenbaugh, and wife Belinda

CPA Jorge Dabul and his wife Lori

Pediatrician and Vice Mayor John De Triquet, M.D. lent humor to the evening by serving coffee to Chesapeake Regional's original CEO Dr. Don Buckley, with Dr. Ray Rodenbaugh looking on

Steve Best

Shirley Forbes was the evening's Mistress of Ceremonies

Margie Blevins and State Senator Harry Blevins

State Senator John Cosgrove, known for his beautiful singing and speaking voice, had a case of laryngitis, but was ably assisted by his wife Sue

Delegate Lionell Spruill

From left: Margie Blevins, Senator Harry Blevins, and Shirley Forbes

Former Great Bridge High School Vice Principal Jimmy Calhoun

Marsha McGehee

Senator Blevins's daughter Linda Morgan

From left: Senator Blevins, Shirley Forbes, Figg Bridge Executive Tom Jenkins, and Mayor Alan Krasnoff

Chesapeake Council Member Debbie Ritter addressing hundreds of the senator's admirers in attendance for his tribute

Council Member Debbie Ritter, right, makes a presentation while the Senator, Shirley Forbes and Margie Blevins smile in appreciation

Listening as Sheriff Jim O'Sullivan speaks are from left: Margie and Senator Harry Blevins with Congressman Randy Forbes' wife, Shirley. The Congressman was to have been the featured speaker of the evening but was kept at work in Washington. Shirley Forbes read a moving tribute from the Congressman for Senator Blevins.

Standing at the head table as the honor guard retires, from left: Council Member Debbie Ritter, husband Ron, Margie and Senator Harry Blevins, Shirley Forbes, Sheriff Jim O'Sullivan, State Senator John Cosgrove, Delegate Lionell Spruill, Delegate Chris Jones, and Paula Knight, wife of Delegate Barry Knight

From left: Vice President of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer Tom Dana, Cindy and Chuck Harris

From left: Chairman of the Hospital Authority Board and Oman Funeral Home Owner Bob Oman, Bob's mother Lil Oman, and CEO of Chesapeake Regional Medical Center Dr. Peter Bastone