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Halifax man dead in shooting accident

A well-known and respected Halifax man is dead after an apparent shooting accident Sunday night, according to Halifax Police.

Alexander West “Sandy” Mosby III was found lying facedown in the basement work area of his home Sunday night with a single gunshot wound to the chin, said Halifax Police Lt. D. D. Irby. A Marlin .22 caliber rifle was lying on the floor to Mosby’s immediate right, and a gun cleaning kit was found nearby.

Irby said Halifax County EMS personnel and town police officers were called to Mosby’s residence at 775 Canterbury Drive at 6:55 p.m. in response to a 911 call.
Mosby was rushed to Halifax Regional Hospital for treatment and was pronounced dead at 8:19 that night, Irby said. The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for autopsy.

Irby said the investigation into this incident is continuing, and more information will be forthcoming.

Halifax Police Chief David Martin said he served with Mosby on the vestry at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Halifax.

“Sandy was my friend and mentor, and many people looked to him for advice,” said Martin.

“He was very thoughtful and quiet,” Martin continued, “but when he spoke, it was very profound. I will miss him greatly.”

Halifax Mayor Dick Moore said Mosby, who formerly was the merchandising manager for Leggett Stores, was instrumental in Moore locating to Halifax County.

“Sandy Mosby and T.C. Leggett were the ones who brought me here with Leggett, and I was always appreciative,” Moore said.

“Sandy was a true and honorable man with everyone and one of the finest men I ever met,” he said. “I knew him for over 30 years, and I enjoyed working with him and always enjoyed working with him.

“It’s hard to lose someone you admire, and I admired Sandy Mosby,” Moore added. “We here in Halifax will truly miss him.”

Halifax Town Councilman and long-time friend Bill Confroy spoke of Mosby’s many contributions to the community. “Sandy worked with Habitat For Humanity, the Mentor-Role Model Program and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew,” he said. “He worked with the prison ministry and a monthly prayer group.

“But the thing he was most proud of, he and his dog, Emma, were certified to go into the hospital and nursing homes to work with children and the elderly,” Confroy said. “He volunteered to help collect for the Salvation Army the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, he played an integral part in the Cantaloupe Festival in its early years, and he was past chairman of the (Halifax County) Chamber of Commerce,” he added.

Reflecting upon their friendship, Confroy said, “Sandy was a loving person, a good friend and a personal friend.

“A part of me died with him. He was like a brother, in fact, he was more than a brother,” he concluded.  

A memorial service for Mosby will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church Friday at 2 p.m.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.