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Town honors mayor with new flagpole

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South Boston Town Council members and town employees on Monday afternoon dedicated the new flagpole at Oak Ridge Cemetery to the late Mayor Carroll Thackston and they presented a framed resolution to his wife, Frances Anne Thackston. Shown making the presentation are Councilman Coleman Speece, Mrs. Thackston, Mayor Ed Owens, and council members Tina Wyatt-Younger and Bob Hughes with Councilman Morris Bryant in the back. (SOMcL photo)
SoVaNow.com / April 18, 2013
A memorial flag structure, bordered by green plants and flowers, was dedicated to the late Mayor Carroll Thackston on Monday afternoon. The structure, designed and erected by the South Boston Town Council and Town employees honors Thackston for his lifetime of service to his country, state and town.

A plaque at the base of the flag pole reads “Dedicated to the Memory of Mayor Carroll Thackston, June 20, 1933 – February 17, 2013. Major General, United States Army, Virginia Military Institute Class of 1955, Adjutant General, Virginia National Guard, 1994-1998, Mayor of South Boston, 2004-2013.

During the brief Monday ceremony Mayor Ed Owens and Council members presented a framed resolution to Thackston’s wife, Frances Anne Thackston, who was accompanied by her three sons, their wives and her grandchildren as well as a large gathering of friends and neighbors.

Following the presentation, the flag was hoisted by members of the South Boston Fire Department and the South Boston Police Department, followed by the pledge of allegiance.

Owens and fellow Council members, Coleman Speece and Bob Hughes, concluded the program with remarks about their memories of Thackston’s service to the town.

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