Edith L. Meeks
Edith L. Thomas Meeks, age 91, died Sunday, February 29, 2004, at Pocahontas Center, where she was a resident.
She was born at Stony Bottom February 11, 1913, the daughter of George and Mary Galford Thomas.
A farmer and homemaker, she had lived all of her life in Stony Bottom.
She was married to Kemp A. Meeks, who preceded her in death. Also deceased are a daughter, Betty J. Cutlip, a sister, Elvia Jackson, two brothers, Hunter and Jess Thomas, and one grandchild, William Kesler.
Surviving her are a daughter, Alice M. Kesler, of Cass, three grandchildren whom she raised, Alice McCray, Mary Jane Brown, and Jerry Cutlip, and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at Van-Reenen Funeral Home by the Rev. David Rittenhouse, with burial in Meeks Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Pocahontas Center Auxiliary.
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Col. Harry D. Temple
Col. Harry D. Temple, age 92, of Blacksburg, Virginia, died February 24, 2004.
He was born October 24, 1911, at Hampton, Virginia, and graduated from high school in Petersburg, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1934. He served under the Chief Engineer of the European Theatre of Operations in England during World War II as one of the planners of the Normandy Invasion. He served in combat in Normandy, Northern France, Rheinland, Ardennes, and Central Europe, and was also a combat veteran of the Korean War. His last five years of active duty, he served as the commanding officer of the U.S. Institute of Heraldry. While there, he designed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and served as heraldry consultant to the Smith- sonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, Washington Cathedral, and the White House.
In retirement, Temple wrote a six volume history of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets from 1872 to 1942.
His wife, Mary Moore McLaughlin Temple, and a daughter, Candace Lee Temple, predeeased him.
He is survived by two daughters, Mary Moore Jacoby, of Lewisburg, and Ginger Must, of Hillsboro, and two grand-children, Andrew and Molly Must.
Memorial services were held Friday at Virginia Polytechnic Institute with burial at Arlington National Cemetery March 5.