Norton, VA - Milford Ray Thacker, 79, went home with
Jesus, March 15, 2011, at his home.
He was a lifetime member of the First Apostolic Faith
Church of God in Norton and had recently been attending
The Cave Church.
A veteran of the Korean War, Milford was a life member and
past commander, twice, of the Veterans of Foreign War Post
No. 4301 of Norton, serving over 35 years with the Honor
Guard, life member and a past commander of the Disabled
American Vetrans 56 of Wise, a life member and past
commander of the Korean War Veterans Chapter 250 of Norton,
a member of the American Legion Post No. 243 and member of
the Odd Fellows, Norton.
He served in numerous positions in the local veterans
organizations where he received many awards for his
services. Outside of his family, his love was working with
his veteran buddies and the many service organizations,
being extremely proud of his service in the Army during
the war; he was 100% disabled from wounds he received,
with a metal piece in his neck that could not be removed
because of the possibility of being paralyzed. Milford
received the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National
Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Medal, Korean
Infantry Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon,
Korean Presidential Citation and the Combat Infantry Badge.
He always carried a smile, loved fishing, was an avid
Democrat, and was a recipient of the Democrat Hall of Fame
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl B. Thacker;
infant son, David Allen Thacker; parents, Morgan Thacker
and Thelma (Donnells) Thacker Nichols; granddaughter,
Larae Thacker; step-father, Ollie Nichols; and step-brother,
Ollie Nichols Jr.
He was the precious father of daughter, Patricia Robbins
and husband Michael, Norton, VA; sons, Danny Ray Thacker
and wife Beth, Richmond, VA, Teddy Thacker and wife Lisa,
Big Stone Gap, VA, Benny Thacker and wife Nancy,
Fredericksburg, VA, and Ray Thacker and wife Missy, Wise,
VA; also surviving is a sister, Wilma Clisso, Wise, VA;
eighteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; a
special granddaughter caregiver, Candie Robbins Gilliam;
several nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins and
The family will receive friends 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Friday,
March 18, 2011, at the Hagy and Fawbush Funeral Home
Military honors will be conducted at 8 p.m., by Local
Veterans Groups and the Gate City Unit of the U.S. Army
A funeral service will follow the Veterans Rites with
Pastor Jimmy Mitchell officiating.
Private interment will be in the White Oak Gap Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to DAV Post No. 56,
c/o Douglas Collins, PO Box 761, Norton, VA 24273.
Online condolences may be made by visiting
Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.