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Carroll Thackston, former Va. Guard leader, dies

Monday - 2/18/2013, 12:20pm  ET

SANDSTON, Va. (AP) -- Retired Army Maj. Gen. Carroll Thackston, a former adjutant general of the Virginia National Guard, has died. He was 79.

The Guard said Monday in a news release that Thackston died Sunday at Lynchburg General Hospital.

Thackston served as adjutant general from July 1994 to September 1998. He also served as assistant adjutant general from September 1989 to June 1993, and was chief of staff from December 1986 to September 1989.

Thackston served in the Army Reserve at the beginning of his military career.

He also was the mayor of South Boston and served on the town council after he left the Guard.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says Thackston dedicated his life to helping to protect and serve others.

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