Bernard Bernie” Ellis Pleasants Jr. 62 of Pleasant View Farm near Mineral Virginia in Louisa County passed away Wednesday October 1 2008 at UVA Medical Center. He was born July 4 1946 in Louisa Virginia to the late Bernard Ellis Pleasants and Irene Thomas Pleasants.
Bernie attended VCU and was an auctioneer as well as director of Pleasants School of Auctioneering. He is noted for his 33 year career as the auctioneer of the famed Chincoteague Pony Auction on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Bernie was a member of the Virginia Auctioneer’s Association and received numerous awards from the National Auctioneer’s Association. He is remembered for his contributions to Virginia’s horse industry and the Virginia Quarter Horse Association. Mr. Pleasants was the author of Chincoteague Pony Tales a book about his experiences with the Chincoteague Pony Swim and Auction.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 42 years Linda Pleasants; his daughter Bryan Pleasants Durrer and her husband Richard Lee Durrer Jr. of Ruckersville; his son Bernard “Bo” Ellis Pleasants III of Mineral; his beloved granddaughters Courtney Amber Durrer and Lianna Evariece Durrer; his sister Jacqueline Pleasants Kelley and nephews Neale Wayne Kelley and Jason Scott Kelley.
A memorial service to celebrate Bernie’s amazing life will be held at West End Assembly of God 401 Parham Road Louisa Virginia at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 7 2008.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the West End Assembly of God’s Missions Outreach 401 Parham Road Louisa Virginia 23229.