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The FBA and its members remember the friends of the association who may be gone, but not forgotten.  We value their service to the community through their work toward justice and hope that this may serve as a tribute to them.


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Charles Jordan Samuels, Esq.

Charles Jordan Samuels, Esq., age 61, passed away January 8, 2017 at Lake Ridge, Virginia, after a long and stoic struggle with lymphoma.  Born July 28, 1955 in Norfolk, Charles was a resident of northern Virginia for over 30 years.  He was the son of the late Leroy Elliot Samuels, and is survived by his mother, Josephine Masserman Samuels of Norfolk, sister Ellen S. Ruben of Virginia Beach, brother Andrew C. Samuels of Norfolk, nephew Kevin Ruben, other extended family, and his life partner and longtime love, artist Jacqueline France, and her children Preston France (wife Kristen) of Clinton, New Jersey and Alexandra France (partner Micah Savidge) of Alexandria.


A graduate of Granby High School in Norfolk, Charles was an accomplished percussionist, member of the marching band, and president of his high school fraternity.  In his youth, he enjoyed playing basketball and began his daily habit of reading the newspaper cover to cover.  He carried this love of life and current events until the very end.  Charles attended Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating in 1977 with a bachelor of science in business administration and management, and attended George Mason University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1980.  A member of the Virginia Bar, Charles was briefly an associate in the offices of noted attorney Guy. O. Farley and his son, before establishing himself as a sole practitioner for the remainder of his career.  Charles distinguished himself as both a passionate advocate for and compassionate counselor of his clients, always thoroughly prepared and proactive in testing each aspect of a case for their benefit.  


His love of the law was second only to his love of his family and friends.  Never one to burden others with his own ills, nor to seek recognition for his generosities, Charles quietly volunteered in youth outreach programs and bestowed many acts of kindness upon friends and those in need throughout the northern Virginia legal community.  An avid admirer of the arts, Charles also enjoyed satirical humor and the companionship of his dogs.  


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