A funeral for Otis Wills Nuckols, a retired insurance executive and attorney, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Huguenot Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road. Burial will be private.

Mr. Nuckols, a former executive vice president of Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Companies, died Monday at his Richmond home. He was 87.

A World War II Army veteran, he began working for the Virginia Farm Bureau in 1951 after graduating from the University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law.

When Goochland County farmer Wayne Pryor was a child, Mr. Nuckols was the Virginia Farm Bureau's first and only insurance claims adjuster. Mr. Nuckols would travel the state to meet insurance agents -- Pryor's father was one of them -- to settle claims and was often invited to the agents' homes for meals.

"He visited my house when I was a kid," said Pryor, who is now president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation. "I used to tease him, 'It always looked like you hit around mealtime.'"

Gary Gentilini, executive vice president and general manager of Virginia Farm Bureau's health-care companies, described Mr. Nuckols as an inspiration.

"He always had a great attitude, very upbeat and positive," Gentilini said.

Mr. Nuckols retired from the Virginia Farm Bureau in 1986 and formed a law firm with his son-in-law Raymond Sinnott III. They were later joined by Kevin V. Logan and became Sinnott, Nuckols & Logan, a civil-litigation practice that focused on insurance-related matters.

Logan, also a former director of claims at the Virginia Farm Bureau, said Mr. Nuckols retired from the law firm this past spring.

Mr. Nuckols taught business law and risk and insurance for 16 years as an adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Business. He was a member of Bon Air Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Hale Nuckols; two daughters, Pam Nuckols Sinnott of Midlothian and Pat Nuckols Moore of Suffolk; a son, Thomas Waverly Nuckols of Mechanicsville; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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