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James Weldon Solomon 

James “Weldon” Solomon passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg.

Born in Turbeville on Aug. 27, 1925, he was the son of the late James “Otey” and Elsie Burton Solomon.   He grew up on the family tobacco farm in Turbeville and lived most of his adult life in Danville.  He returned to the family farm in his retirement years.  

Weldon owned and operated three service stations in the Danville area for over 40 years:  Downtown Esso, Stonewall Esso and Dan River Exxon.  

Weldon was a veteran of WWII, Private First Class in the 75th Infantry Division and saw action in France, Germany and Belgium. He fought courageously in the Battle of the Bulge.  Weldon received several commendations including recognition as an infantry sharpshooter.  

Weldon was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Danville and Olive Branch United Methodist Church in Alton. 

He is survived by his wife, Nora Moore Solomon; a son, James Michael Solomon, and his wife, Linda, of Greensboro, N.C.; a daughter, Terri Pettyjohn, and her husband, John, of Lynchburg; grandchildren Andy, Jeffrey and Bryan Solomon, and Anna and Kemp Pettyjohn; his sister, Mary Betty Bass; a special cousin, Nelia Moore; his aunt, Edith Burton; and several other cousins, nieces and nephews.  

He dearly loved his family and friends.  His favorite times were those spent on the porch on his family farm with these loved ones and those spent on his tractor.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Robert Lockridge Jr. and his staff at Lynchburg Nephrology and the Lynchburg UVA Dialysis Center for their special care during the last years of his life.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Danville with the Rev. Charles Wickham officiating.  Visitation will be held after the service in the church social hall.  Interment will be held at 4 p.m. at Olive Branch United Methodist Church cemetery in Alton with the Rev. Robert Woodfin officiating.  Afterward, all friends are welcome to join the family on the porch at the farm in daddy’s memory.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, or a charity of choice.

Townes Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.   

Online condolences may be made at www.townesfuneralhome.com or at www.GoDanRiver.com.