305 Roanoke Boulevard
Salem, VA 24153
Phone: 540-389-5441
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G. K. Chesterton wrote, "Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die." The men and women who served in the armed forces, whether during a time of war, or one of peace, are living examples of that contradiction. Each should be honored and remembered, so that our gratitude never fades.

Our Veterans' Memorial Wall includes the names of those individuals who served the nation, and are now entrusted to our care. If the veteran you are looking for is not here, please enter the name of the deceased or the next of kin in the search box below and click search. You may also view current and past listings to find the name of your veteran. Names are listed alphabetically.

Past Services

Arlene Gaking

July 15, 1935 - - March 30, 2018

Arlene Hammond Gaking, age 82, of Mount Pleasant, SC, formerly of Roanoke, VA went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 30, 2018. Born on Monday, July 15, 1935 to the late Mansfield and Ruby Underwood Hammond. Arlene was very active with Meals on Wheels, and was noted for being very fashionable. She got the opportunity to live in Bermuda when she was younger; while there, she w ...

William Gore

August 21, 1929 - - January 03, 2018

William R. “Bill” Gore, 88, of Roanoke passed away January 3, 2018. Bill was a life-long resident of the Roanoke Valley and an active member of the community. He was a charter member of the Lakeside Rinky-Dinks. Bill served his country, briefly in the US Naval Reserves and for 28 years in the US Army and Army Reserves before retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. He held many ...

Willis Garst Jr

December 22, 1930 - - February 02, 2016

Willis C. (Bill) Garst, Jr., 85, of Salem, peacefully entered into his eternal life on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. He was born on December 22, 1930 in Salem to the late Willis Christian Garst, Sr. and Elsie Wood Garst. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Calvin Garst; and sister, Shirley Garst Maupin. Bill was a veteran, having served his country ...

Walter Goens

July 04, 1949 - - May 24, 2015

Walter Ray “Bubba” Goens, 65, of Salem, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2015. Bubba was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Mary Goens. Left to mourn his passing is his loving partner of 23 years, Margaret Todd. He is also survived by two sons and their spouses, Charlie Lee and Jessica Goens and Walter “Ray” and Sueann Goens; and Margaret’s two daughters, ...

Richard Gaynor

March 08, 1947 - - February 12, 2015

Richard John Gaynor, 67, of Salem passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on February 12, 2015 after a brave battle with cancer. He was born on March 8, 1947 in New York City to his parents Vincent James Gaynor and Margaret Mary Kinsella. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie White-Gaynor of Salem; son, Austin White-Gaynor; daughters, Ashley Hart (Zach) and Brian ...

John Goodman Sr

April 07, 1924 - - November 30, 2014

John R. Goodman, Sr., 90, of Salem, passed away on Sunday, November 30, 2014. He was born on April 7, 1924 in Smyth County, Va. to the late Robert and Mary Smothers Goodman. He was a proud veteran serving in the United States Army, during WWII. Following the war, he became employed with the railroad as a welder. He was a faithful employee for 30 plus years of dedicated service ...

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