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SoBo readiness center named in honor of Thackston

The Virginia National Guard dedicated the South Boston readiness center to the memory of the late Maj. Gen. Carroll Thackston, former Adjutant General of Virginia, during a ceremony held Saturday. 

Thackston, the Adjutant General of Virginia from July 1994 to September 1998, passed away Feb. 17 at Lynchburg General Hospital at the age of 79. 

He served as the mayor of South Boston from 2004 until his passing. 

Former Gov. George Allen, Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker, Virginia Senator Frank Ruff, former delegate and retired judge Frank Slayton and Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, joined the Thackston family, Virginia Guard Soldiers and Airmen and members of the South Boston community in remembering Thackston’s dedicated service to community, commonwealth and country.

At the Saturday ceremony, Thackston was described as a “true patriot.” 

Long time family friend retired Judge Frank Slayton spoke of how Thackston was a good friend and “could always identify with the common man.” After the unveiling of the plaque that will hang in the readiness center, Thackston’s son, Mark, said, “Dad loved this town and the commonwealth.” Mark said he and his family are very humbled by all the love and support from everyone and “simply thank you.”