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Salem, VA 24153
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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

James Cole

November 26, 1924 - - January 14, 2019

James William Cole, 94, of Salem, passed away Monday, January 14, 2019. He was born in Tazewell County, VA on November 26, 1924 and had been an area resident for over 65 years. James proudly served his country during WWII, in the U.S. Army, serving in General Patton’s Third Army, and served as an MP during the Nuremberg Trials. He was employed for a few years as a coal miner ...

Aileen Layne

August 11, 1926 - - January 13, 2019

Aileen Beason Layne, 92, of Salem, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 13, 2019. She was born in Roanoke County, a daughter of the late Thomas E. and Elizabeth Hill Beason and had been an area resident all of her life. She was a life-long and devoted member of West Salem Baptist Church, where she served as librarian and church secretary prior to retiring. Aileen was a lo ...

Don Fielder

May 09, 1936 - - January 04, 2019

Chief Petty Officer Herman Donald Fielder, 82, of Salem, passed away Friday, January 4, 2019. He was born on May 9, 1936, a son of the late Herman H. Fielder and Lelia Folden Hines, and proudly served his country for twenty years in the US Navy. While in the Navy he served aboard seven different ships and was extremely proud of his tour on the Presidential Yacht, the USS Sequo ...

Marvin Gordon

June 28, 1930 - - December 22, 2018

Marvin William Gordon, 88, of Salem, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 21, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther Marvin Gordon and Lula Ada Moran; and several brothers and sisters. A dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Marvin was also a teacher for 22 years during which he received the State of Virginia teacher ...

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.

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