Ernest Davis Proudman, Jr.

March 21, 1915 - October 31, 2012
Ernest Davis Proudman, Jr.

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Ernest D. Proudman, Jr., died on October 31, 2012 at Williamsburg Landing. He was born on March 21, 1915 in Hampton, VA. Ernest graduated from Hampton High School and Virginia Tech, majoring in mechanical engineering. A talented engineer, Mr. Proudmanís career was spent in aircraft design for several corporations including Lockheed and Fairchild as well as the U.S. Department of Defense.

Outside of his work he possessed seemingly endless capability in mechanical, electrical, automotive, woodworking, remodeling and other projects. He made several beautiful pieces of furniture for his grandchildren and specialized in repairing clocks and watches. He was an active member of the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church and the Middle Plantation Club and was an avid golfer, playing regularly well past the age of ninety.

Mr. Proudman is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Dorothy. Married almost 72 years, ìDot and Ernieî particularly enjoyed times with their family, keeping up with friends and traveling. But mostly they enjoyed experiencing life together.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Proudman is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Cowles (Carter); his granddaughter, Cynthia Cragg (Robert); his great-granddaughter, Berlin Elizabeth Cragg; nieces, nephews and their children. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Ernest and Ethel; two grandchildren, Christopher and Pamela Cowles; two sisters, Alice Cochran (Donald) and Ruth Biermann (David); brother, Walter Proudman (Marian).

The family wishes to thank the staff at Woodhaven House for their loving and capable care throughout Mr. Proudmanís stay there and requests that contributions be made in Mr. Proudmanís name to Dreamcatchers Therapeutic Riding Center, 10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, VA 23168.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 4 ñ 6 PM at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 10 at 11 AM at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at Cedar Grove Cemetery at a later date.


Saturday, November 10, 2012
12:00 AM

Williamsburg Presbyterian Church - Directions
215 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185


Friday, November 9, 2012
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • November 07, 2012
    Lisa Margan says:
    It was my honor to have had the opportunity to help care for Mr. Proudman while he was still in Williamsburg Landing Independent Living. I will forever remember his humor. Those memories will stay with me and make me smile for many years to come. I consider myself to be blessed to have known him. I have become very close to Mrs. Proudman and am happy that I will still be able to she her at Woodhaven. I promise to all their family that I will support and lover her through this difficult time and beyond. With all my love and regards, Lisa Margan

  • November 27, 2012
    Donna Kerby Rogers says:
    Mrs. Proudman, My heart is sad for this loss."Mr. Man" was always there for me when I wanted to come to your house and play! Prayers for you and your family. I will let mother know of this sad news. Suzanne, Mom has been trying to find a contact for you - please email Donna Kerby Rogers

  • November 22, 2012
    Grant says:
    Mrs. Proudman, the thought of life without your beloved husband must be difficult. May the memories you created over such a lifetime, serve to comfort you during the difficult times ahead. I pray the promise of the resurrection Jesus Christ made at John 5: 28 and 29, and repeated by the Apostle Paul at Acts 24: 15, be a source of comfort to you during this sad time. Take comfort in the promise of a time where there will be no more pain or sorrow, recorded at Revelation 21: 3 and 4.