Obituary: Thomas Russell Silk

Thomas Russell Silk of Lexington, Va., passed away on April 11, 2016 at the Carillon Stonewall Jackson Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife Carol Pope Silk.
He was a former resident of Newark, Del., and Pompano Beach, Fla. Born in Norristown, Pa., Tom was a graduate of the University of Delaware where he lettered in baseball and football. Tom was an active member of Theta Chi fraternity, and was appointed Regimental Commander for the university R.O.T.C. He later served in the Korean War.

Tom retired from IBM management in 1987, having served in the United States and Vienna, Austria. He was a member of the English Speaking Union, community foundation, Lexington Country Club, Virginia Antiquities, Civil War Roundtable, The Stonewall Jackson House volunteer group, Hospice, Rotary Club, and a member of the R.E. Lee Memorial Church.

He is survived by a son, Stephen Silk and his wife Katherine Emery, of Farmington, Conn., and a daughter, Melissa Whitten, of Eden, N.C. Also, two grandchildren, David Russell Silk and Jessica Whitten.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Crittenden officiating. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Tom may do so to Rockbridge Area Hospice, R.E. Lee Church, reSET Social Enterprise Trust of Hartford, Connecticut, or the Eden Historical Museum in Eden, NC.  Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington, Va.