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David Rose (bishop)

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The Right Reverend

David Shepherd Rose

Bishop of Southern Virginia
ChurchEpiscopal Church
DioceseSouthern Virginia
In office1971-1978
PredecessorGeorge P. Gunn
SuccessorCharles Vaché
OrdinationApril 1939
by James M. Maxon
ConsecrationSeptember 16, 1958
by Henry Knox Sherrill
Personal details
Born(1913-03-10)March 10, 1913
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
DiedNovember 19, 1997(1997-11-19) (aged 84)
Tallahassee, Florida, United States
BuriedBruton Parish Church
ParentsCharles Solon Rose & Amy Payne
SpouseFrances Lewis Luce (m.1947)
Previous post(s)Suffragan Bishop of Southern Virginia (1958-1964)
Coadjutor Bishop of Southern Virginia (1964-1971)
Alma materSewanee: The University of the South

David Shepherd Rose (March 10, 1913 – November 19, 1997) was an American prelate who served as the sixth Bishop of Southern Virginia between 1971 and 1978.

Early life and education

Rose was born on March 10, 1913, in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of Charles Solon Rose and Amy Payne, of Scottish ancestry whose paternal ancestors arrived in the United States in 1725. He graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a Bachelor of Arts in 1936. In 1938 he also graduated from the School of Theology of the same university with a Bachelor of Divinity. He married Frances Lewis Luce on January 6, 1947, and together had one son. In 1958 he spent some months studying at St Augustine's College, Canterbury. He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary on October 13, 1959.[1]

Ordained ministry

Rose was ordained deacon on April 10, 1938, by Bishop James M. Maxon of Tennessee, in Christ Church, Nashville, Tennessee. He then became assistant at the Cathedral of St Mary in Memphis, Tennessee, where he remained until his ordination to the priesthood in April 1939 by Bishop Maxon. Between 1939 and 1943 he served as associate rector of Christ Church in Pensacola, Florida and priest-in-charge of St John's Church in Warrington, Florida, St Mary's Church in Milton, Florida and St Andrews-by-the-Sea in Destin, Florida. During WWII he served as an army chaplain. In 1946 he became assistant to the Bishop of Florida, while in 1948 he became rector of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Corpus Christi, Texas.[2]


On May 7, 1958, Rose was elected Suffragan Bishop of Southern Virginia during a diocesan convention. He was consecrated bishop on September 16, 1958, by Presiding Bishop Henry Knox Sherrill. He was then elected Coadjutor Bishop of Southern Virginia in 1964 and then succeeded as diocesan bishop in 1971. During his time as bishop, he was co-founder of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Virginia Beach, together with Bishop Walter Francis Sullivan of Richmond, where Catholics and Episcopalians worship together. Plans were first conceived in 1974 and the church opened in 1977.[3] He retired in 1978 and died on November 18, 1997, in Tallahassee, Florida.[4]


  1. ^ Morton, Richard Lee (1964). Virginia Lives: The Old Dominion Who's Who, p. 857. Historical Record Association, Hopkinsville, KY.
  2. ^ "Episcopate: Southern Virginia". The Living Church. 136: 7. 18 May 1958.
  3. ^ Straszheim, D. "BISHOP'S ASHES TO BE BURIED IN BRUTON PARISH CHURCH", Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia, 13 February 1998. Retrieved on 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Bishop Rose dies". The Living Church. 216: 13. 4 January 1998.
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