I was born in Crooked Oak, a small farming community near Hillsville, Carroll County, Va in 1935. I was the youngest of eight children, four boys and four girls, born to Delmon McGrady and Ura Princess Dickerson McGrady. My father owned a large farm and also owned and operated a popular country "general merchandise" store in the community./// I attended Crooked Oak Elementary, Laurel Fork Junior High, and Hillsville High. I graduated from Emory and Henry College in the spring of 1955./// I met my wife, Shirley York, at the movies in Hillsville in the summer of 1955 and eloped to York S.C. to marry her on 6 Oct 1956 only a few days before I left for my first of several unaccompanied overseas tours.///I Served in the United States Marine Corps from 1955 to 1976, and served in the Vietnam Conflict with the First Marine Division. I was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V device for Valor for Vietnam./// I had two children, Patrick and Sheila during my early Marine Corps career./// After 21 years of faithful service, and sharing the names of Leatherneck, Devil Dog, and Jarhead with the thousands of Marines before me, I retired in 1976 at the age of 41./// I spent the next 25 years in the real estate business in Northern Virginia, in sales and in management positions. I retired from real estate while affiliated with RE/MAX in 2000./// In 2010 I became seriously interested in my family genealogy and history, and have learned that findagrave.com is remarkably helpful. ///My son, Patrick, who is a Cemetery Representative at Arlington National Cemetery, introduced me to FINDAGRAVE. He also finds that FINDAGRAVE is a big asset in his day to day work.
***A sad note to add to my bio: My love of 60 years, Shirley Betsy York, died on 24 August 2015 and is inurned at the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery. My life will never be the same. I have learned there is no joy in life without her.***
RE: Hiram Goad and Rebecca Ann Sutphin Goad I Mike I Hope you had a nice Easter and are doing well. Children can only be linked to parents individually from the child's memorial. I will get it taken care of :) Sincerely Donna