Frederick M. Quayle

Frederick M. Quayle

Suffolk, VA
02.16.1936 - 11.24.2018
Served in the

Frederick MacDonald Quayle of Butler Avenue passed away in Sentara Obici Hospital with his family present after a short illness. Mr. Quayle was born in Suffolk, February 16, 1936, to the late Harold Quayle and Bernyce MacDonald Quayle. Mr. Quayle attended Suffolk public schools and graduated in 1954 from Suffolk High School, where he was elected president of the student government. He attended the University of Virginia, where he served as city editor of the Cavalier Daily student newspaper, was a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society and the Phi Kappa Sigma social fraternity, played first-year lacrosse and graduated with a BA in economics in 1959. He graduated in 1966 from the T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, where he was a staff member of the University of Richmond Law Review and a member of the McNeill Law Society. Upon graduation, he practiced law in Norfolk and Chesapeake for more than 40 years.

Mr. Quayle served in the Army Reserve from 1956 – 1962 and received an honorable discharge. He was president of the Suffolk Jaycees in 1964, president of the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library and chairman of the Tidewater Rehabilitation Institute Advisory Board.

Mr. Quayle later served as chairman of the Chesapeake Republican Party and chairman of the Chesapeake Electoral Board. He was an Eagle Scout and cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 212 in Chesapeake, as well as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Virginia PTA. He also served as a vestryman of Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk and later a vestryman of Trinity Episcopal Church in Portsmouth.

Mr. Quayle was a member of the Virginia State Bar and a former member of the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association. He was appointed divorce commissioner by the Chesapeake Circuit Court, arbitrating matters of divorce, child custody and marital asset distribution. After retiring from the practice of law, he was employed as an assistant professor at Christopher Newport University in the Department of Government and Public Affairs from 2002 – 2005, and as a lecturer and adjunct assistant professor at Old Dominion University in the Department of Political Science and Geography from 2005 – 2011, lecturing on Virginia politics and government, and state and local government. He was appointed to the Virginia Parole Board by Governor Robert McDonnell and served from 2012 – 2014.

Mr. Quayle was elected to the Senate of Virginia as a Republican in 1991 and served for twenty years until his Senate district was relocated through redistricting in 2012. As state senator, he served as chairman of the Local Government Committee for seven years and was a member of the Finance Committee, as well as the Courts of Justice, Education and Health, and Rules Committees. He also was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Chippokes Plantation Farm Foundation and chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Advisory Committee. He was a charter board member of the Hoffler Creek Wildlife Refuge in Portsmouth, an honorary board member of the Portsmouth Museums Foundation and a member of the Suffolk Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was appointed to the Legislative Advisory Council of the Southern Regional Education Board.

During his service in the Senate of Virginia, he was selected as National Legislator of the Year by the National Child Support Enforcement Association for legislation he sponsored over a number of years to improve determination and collection of child support in Virginia.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation twice named him Virginia Legislator of the Year for his authorship of the “Friend of the Chesapeake” license plate, which has raised millions of dollars in voluntary contributions for the education and cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. He received a 1998 Lighthouse Award from the Elizabeth River Project and a 2006 Chesapeake Mayor’s Environmental Stewardship Award.

In addition, during his tenure in the Senate, he was named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia State Police Association, Treasurers’ Association of Virginia, Virginia Professional Firefighters, Suffolk Firefighters, Commissioner of the Revenue Association, and Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of The Future of Hampton Roads, a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

Mr. Quayle was selected as Suffolk’s First Citizen for 2011 by the Suffolk Rotary Club and North Suffolk Rotary Club.

He loved sailing and spent many days and nights racing and cruising on the Chesapeake Bay. He and his wife Brenda enjoyed numerous vacations bare-boat sailing in the British Virgin Islands. He made one deep-water sailing trip from Norfolk to Newport, Rhode Island. He was an artist, working primarily in watercolors and mainly for the enjoyment of his family and himself. He occasionally carved duck decoys. He enjoyed all forms of woodworking, building furniture and toys for his children and grandchildren. Over a period of years, he built six homes as a general contractor, including a beach vacation home at Sandbridge and a mountain retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Green County, Virginia. After graduating from law school and beginning his law practice in Norfolk, he played lacrosse with the Norfolk Lacrosse Club for one season. He was an avid reader, especially books relating to Thomas Jefferson. He was an admirer and amateur Jefferson scholar, and read and collected dozens of books about Thomas Jefferson. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society and served as its secretary.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Brenda Lee Smith Quayle, and four children, Frederick MacDonald Quayle, Jr., and his wife Catherine Deakins Quayle, of Los Angeles, Calif., and granddaughter Vivienne Lucille Quayle and grandson Oliver Francis Quayle; daughter Catherine Stirling Quayle, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; son George Alexander Quayle and his wife Dr. Ann Marie Stanley Quayle, of Rockville, Md., and grandsons Frederick Brigman Quayle and Peter Alexander Quayle; and son Timothy Michael Quayle and his wife Lydia Catherine Kiesling, of San Francisco, Calif., and granddaughters Lydia Armstrong Quayle and Martha Ernestine Quayle. His brother Harold Quayle, Jr., and wife Martha Zimmerman Quayle also survive Mr. Quayle. His sister Cynthia Quayle Fuller and her husband Dr. Frederick William Fuller both preceded Mr. Quayle in death. Numerous nieces and nephews, their spouses and children also survive him.

His family would like to thank Dr. Kevin Wilson of Portsmouth for his excellent care of Senator Quayle for many years.

A Memorial service will be held on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 1:30 PM at Main St. United Methodist Church, 202 N Main St. Suffolk, VA. 

A visitation will be held at R. W. Baker & Company Funeral Home, 509 W. Washington Street, Suffolk, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, from 6:30-8:30 P.M. Condolences may be offered at

Memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

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509 W Washington St
Suffolk, VA 23434
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Such a wonderful man. We will miss him.

Patricia Parr

Brenda, our hearts go out to you. Fred was a great friend and we remember many wonderful times together. We are so sorry for your loss. Frank and Peggy Graves

Frank & Peggy Graves

Senator Fred Quayle was a fine gentleman and a good friend of my brother, Delegate Riley Ingram. Brenda and family, our condolences and prayers are with you all.

Melva Armstrong

Dear Brenda and Family:

I have lost my best friend in the Senate. We were desk mates for 10 years and shared so many joyous times together. Fred Quayle was one of a kind: steadfast, a loyal friend, very intelligent, and a wonderful person. I invited him to two Final Fours and I can see the smile on his face and gleam in his eye as we were sitting there at court side for those big events.
What a Senator and what an irreplaceable, dear friend.

God bless.

Deepest sympathy and condolences.

Your friends always,

Former Senator - Russ Potts and Emily

Russ and Emily Potts

Dear Brenda and family
So sorry and shocked to hear of Fred’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a great friend. I will always remember our neighborhood New Years Eve party’s in Point Elizabeth. Fred and Bobby always had a great time.
God Bless
Deepest sympathy
Ann and Michael Turner

Ann Turner

Fred was a very fine person and made a great contribution to our state as a very successful Senator . He was a man of great intelligence and was kind and wonderful man. Deepest sympathy. Joe Canada

Joe Canada

Brenda & Family: You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. It was an honor & privilege to have known Fred. We were fortunate to have him represent us in the Senate. I enjoyed working on Realtor matters and playing golf with him. He was a friend to many.

Durwood Scott

Durwood Scott

My deepest sympathy goes out to the family, friends, colleagues and neighbors on the passing of the beloved Senator. He is sorely missed.

Lamont Simmons

My wife and I send our sincere sympathy to the family. Fred was a classmate and friend at Suffolk High School and UVA. Anyone who reads the articles and obituary can see what a remarkable person achieved in his lifetime.

Frank Butler

Frank Butler

Brenda and Family, Our Heart, Thoughts and Prayers go out to you all. Fred was a wonderful and talented man as well as a great family man. I know he will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

Cindy and Bob Brewer

My sincere sympathy to Mr. Quayle's family. I had the opportunity to work with him at the General Assembly and he was such a kind and talented man. He would take time to listen and chat about the message being delivered to him. May God bless his family at this difficult time.

Laura Barnes

As the former VA Executive Director and former VP for Environmental Protection and Restoration at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, I share with Sen. Quayle's family my heartfelt sympathies on his passing, along with my sincere gratitude for his work on protecting the Chesapeake Bay during my years with the Foundation. He was a genuine, talented public servant and a valued colleague in our work together on a variety of legislative Bay efforts. May the legacy he leaves be of comfort to his family.

Roy A. Hoagland

My sincere sympathy to Senator Quayle's family. I first met him when we both performed musicals with other lawyers. He had a beautiful, rich voice. Many years later he recommended me for a seat on the Portsmouth General District Court and I continue to be grateful for his support in that endeavor. We will miss him.

Roxie O. Holder

I was a band mate with his son "Mac" in the early 80's. Although our music probably wasn't his style of music he would always showed an interest and sincerely complemented me on my guitar playing
. Although I haven't seen or spoken to him in a long time he has left a mark on me as a kind and caring man. As the saying goes "They dont make em like that anymore ". Rand and Beth Baker

Rand Baker

Dear Mrs. Quayle and Family,
Please know that we, like so many others, are praying for you. Here's to a wonderful man - the life he lived, the lives he touched, and the legacy he left behind for all of us. God bless and keep you.

Al and Pamela Bates

Longtime childhood friend of Alex and Tim in the neighborhood, Fred was always so kind to our family. My thoughts are with Brenda and family. My love to all of you.

Jeffrey Hecker

Dear Quayle Family,
On behalf of the City of Suffolk Treasurer's Office, I want to extend to you our sincerest sympathy on the loss of Fred. I have known Fred for many years, actually I knew his parents first and then had the pleasure of meeting Fred later on. Fred was a great man, who loved serving others. He was a great legislator. We worked on many legislative issues together during his time in office. He was dedicated to doing his best for the citizens of Virginia. I will cherish the memories I have of him and I know that you will find comfort in the legacy that he leaves behind. Sincerely, Ronald H. Williams, City Treasurer and Office Staff

Ronald H. Williams

I'm a good friend of Tim and Lydia's, and remember their wedding fondly, particularly when Fred lovingly officiated the ceremony, then later gifted a painting of the venue's wedding cottage, which was always displayed proudly at their home. Sending all of my love to the Quayle family.

Alex Sweet

It is with great sadness that we learned of the recent passing of our Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society compatriot and friend of liberty. Thank you for your service to Virginia and in defense of the great character and legacy of Thomas Jefferson in our modern era. We will dearly miss your noble endeavors and wise counsel. It was written long ago, "To live on in the hearts they left behind is not to die." Thank you, Compatriot Quayle for your life well lived and your Virginia heritage preservation efforts. You made our world a better place because you were a part of it.

Gar and Kathryn Schulin

As we work the grounds of Portsmouth’s historic Cedar Grove Cemetery, it's hard to imagine what shape the cemetery would be in if not for Senator Quayle's support throughout the years.
We not only grieve with the family for their personal loss, but celebrate all the great works the late senator did for Hampton Roads.

Barbara Early
Cedar Grove Cemetery Foundation, Portsmouth

Barbara Early

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