Cameron S. McRae, age 86, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Springfield. Cameron was born April 15, 1933 in South Boston to the late John S. and Bela Powell McRae and was married to the late Mary Layne Ballard McRae.

In addition to South Boston, he lived in Richmond, before settling in Springfield in 1972.

Survivors include his daughters, Megan McNair (spouse Michael) of Woodbridge and Paige Powers of Alexandria; as well as grandsons Austin McNair (spouse Lillian) of Arlington, Cameron McNair (spouse Katie) of Virginia Beach and Brenden Powers of Alexandria; and one great grandson, Cassian McNair.

Cameron graduated Duke University in 1955. He also was a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University, as well as a graduate of the VA-MD Bankers Association of Bank Management, University of Virginia.

Cameron went on to a successful 40-plus years career as a banker, which culminated as a lender to government contracting businesses around the DC Metro area.

He was a recognized expert in the area of lending to government contractors and was often a speaker and/or panelist on this topic.

He also was an accomplished author on topics such “Lending to Government Contractors” that was published in RMA’s Journal of Commercial Lending.

Cameron’s favorite pastimes were woodworking, watching Duke basketball and fishing. Coach K guaranteed long-term prosperity with Duke on the basketball floor and a large, private farm pond outside of Tappahannock guaranteed many successful fishing adventures. Woodworking provided a (mostly) peaceful distraction to life’s challenges.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at the Powell Funeral Home Chapel, South Boston with Pastor S. Wayne Rickman officiating. Burial will be held in private.

Relatives and friends are welcome at the service and the following reception at Ernie’s Restaurant, 1010 John Randolph Blvd, South Boston.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in Layne’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, South Boston.