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Salem, VA 24153
Phone: 540-389-5441
Fax: 540-389-2107

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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.

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Joe Cruise

October 05, 1941 - - December 16, 2018

Joe Edward Cruise, 77, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 16, 2018. He was born in Galax, the son of the late James Cruise and De Etta Higgins Burris and had been an area resident most of his adult life. Joe proudly served his country in the United States Army as a helicopter pilot, and worked at Piedmont Airlines and later US Air, from which he retired. ...

Robert Waldron

June 06, 1957 - - December 10, 2018

Robert Karl “Leo” Waldron, age 61, of Roanoke, Va. Went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 10, 2018 at his home. He was born on Tuesday, August 6, 1957 to Sonja Anna Waldron and the late Gene Albert Waldron, Sr. “Leo” was a wonderful son and brother! He enjoyed bowling, billiards, and target shooting. “Leo” graduated from Northside High School in 1977 and soon ...

Gates Gibson

June 09, 1945 - - December 03, 2018

G. B. Gibson Gates Brown “G.B.” Gibson, 73, of New Castle, and formerly of Salem, passed away Monday, December 3, 2018. He was born June 9, 1945, the son of the late Gates Brown Gibson and Pauline Hodges Allen, and was also preceded in death by a brother, John Gibson, and a sister, Deanna Kay Gibson. G.B. was for many years a resident of Salem, where he was a computer se ...

Samuel Webb

February 12, 1926 - - December 01, 2018

Samuel Richmond Webb, 92, of Salem, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2018. He is survived by his children, Whitney Maddox and Charlton Webb. Sam was a devoted father, husband, coach, educator, and mentor for us all. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Salem Church of Christ with an hour prior visitation and Rev. Eric Evans. In lieu of ...

Donald Shoemaker

December 20, 1933 - - November 29, 2018

Donald E. Shoemaker, Salem, Virginia, joined his heavenly Father November , 29, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, Salem, Virginia. The family will receive friends immediately following the ceremony in the fellowship hall. A native of Thomasville, North ...

Merle Johnston

April 12, 1927 - - November 25, 2018

Merle Stanley Johnston, 91 of Bent Mountain, VA and formerly of Maine passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018.

John Tyree III

November 02, 1955 - - November 24, 2018

John Frank Tyree, III, age 63, of McLean, Va. arrived in heaven on Saturday, November 24, 2018. He was born on Wednesday, November 2, 1955 to the late John Frank and Jewell Tyree. John became a Sergeant in the United States Air Force with six years of service to the country. While in Japan John met his love, Maki. He served in numerous capacities at the time of his marriage in ...

Atwood Parnell III

September 26, 1931 - - November 22, 2018

Atwood (Bill) Thomas Parnell, 87, passed away on 11/22/2018 in the memory care unit of the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke Virginia. Bill was the product of a broken home as such he was required to get a job at the age of 12 while attending school. The only job that would allow him to go to school was a paper route. Many times he mentioned delivering the Tupelo Daily ...

Lewis Hypes

April 20, 1928 - - November 20, 2018

Lewis “Bud” Hypes, 90, of Roanoke, Va. passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. Born on Friday, April 20, 1928. A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Locust Grove United Methodist Church 3415 Locust Grove Ln. Salem, Va. 24153 with Pastor Ben Lockhart officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Christiansburg, Va. F ...

Robert Wheeler

June 27, 1936 - - November 18, 2018

Robert Watson “Bob” Wheeler, 82, of Salem, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018 after a courageous fight from heart disease. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, C.E. and Mary Etta Wheeler; brother, David Wheeler; and sister, Julia Chivily. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Nancy Craig Holland Wheeler; daughter, Nancy Hack and husband Mike; son, Robert “R ...

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