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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

Lucious Bowen

October 30, 1930 - - March 04, 2018

Lucious ‘Big Daddy’ Bowen, 87, of Roanoke, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 4, 2018. He was born in Georgia, a son of the late Harris and Betty Giddens Bowen, and after a life of employment that took him to many parts of the country, settled in the Roanoke area over twenty years ago. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1948 thru 1952. Lucious enjoyed ...

Jackie Walton

November 24, 1937 - - March 04, 2018

Jackie “Jack” Junior Walton, 80, of Salem, VA, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Born on Wednesday, November 24, 1937 to the late William Jasper and Helen Gertrude Burton Walton. He was a 1957 graduate of Andrew Lewis HS, Navy Veteran, G.E. Retiree, and member of Calvary UMC. Jack enjoyed spending time with family, and playing golf with “The Dudes” ...

William Lee, Sr.

March 13, 1930 - - March 03, 2018

William E. Lee, Sr. “Bill”, Age 87 of Salem, VA, passed away on March 3, 2018 at the Salem VA Medical Center. Born on Thursday, March 13, 1930 to the late Elmer and Beulah Huff Lee. Bill served in the U.S. Army. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife Janice Jones Lee. Bill grew up in Floyd County. He was a member of New Haven Baptist Church in Floyd, VA a ...

Kenneth Whitlock

October 24, 1938 - - March 03, 2018

Kenneth W. Whitlock, 79, of Salem, died Saturday, March 3, 2018. He was a long time employee of Blue Ridge Beverage in Salem, Virginia, he was known there as “Speedy”. He was a member of Wabun Revival Center where he enjoyed playing guitar in the church band. He was a very gifted musician. Kenneth was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Virginia L. Whitlock, whom he loved ...

Thomas Pruett

December 18, 1945 - - March 01, 2018

Thomas Dave “Buster” Pruett, age 72, earned his angel wings on Thursday, March 1, 2018 lying in his loving wife’s arms. Tom was surrounded by his four children and two sisters. He has a new set of lungs, new voice, and a new body to sing praises to Jesus as he did here on earth. Born on Tuesday, December 18, 1945 to the late Alfred and Lillian Pruett. In addition to his p ...

William Norris, Jr. MD

December 11, 1927 - - February 22, 2018

William Templeton Norris, Jr., MD, 90, of Salem, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Laura Terry Norris; two daughters, Mary Ferrate and Liz Norris, and a granddaughter. A graveside service will be held at 2PM, Monday, February 26, 2018 at East Hill Cemetery. Rev. Bobby Pickle will officiate. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 PM, Sun ...

Richard Sirry

February 08, 2018 - - February 13, 2018

Richard James Sirry was the five-day old son of Marvin L. Sirry, Jr. and Jennifer L. Cowden who passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in Charlottesville, VA. He was born on Thursday, February 8, 2018. He was greeted in heaven by his paternal grandfather, Marvin L. Sirry, Sr.; maternal grandmother, Sandra G. Holmes; and baby brother, Marcellus B. Hernandez. Richard, we wil ...

John Smith

November 09, 1924 - - February 06, 2018

The Reverend John "Harmon" Smith, 93, of Salem, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jackie; and brother, Charles Smith. Harmon is survived by his dear friend, Mildred Slater; brother, Dick Smith, of Greensboro, NC; two daughters, Judy Riffle and Betty Coleman; three grandchildren, Sue Mecham, Kim Bears and Jim Colem ...

Randy Turner

November 01, 1958 - - February 02, 2018

Randy C. Turner, 59, of Salem, loving brother, uncle, and friend, passed away Friday, February 2, 2018. Randy proudly served in the United States Navy, and then continued that service at the Hunter Holmes McGuire and Salem VA Veterans Medical Center where he was employed for over thirty years prior to retiring in 2015. He was extremely proud of all his nieces and nephews. He w ...

Kenneth Rowe

September 07, 1942 - - January 20, 2018

Kenneth B. Rowe, 75, of Catawba, VA, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 20, 2018. He was born in Richlands, VA on September 7, 1942. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. Kenny was a member of Grace Assembly of God and loved his church family. He was employed with Fleming Foods for 37 years. Kenny was predeceased by ...

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