Mounted inside the Roanoke Regional Airport terminal is a plaque placed in the airport as a tribute to those aviation pioneers and advocates who had the vision and fortitude to make air service a reality in the Roanoke area. The names upon the plaque are: W. Clayton Lemon, Frank C. Reynolds, Robert T. Garst, Roy Richardson, Charles L. Hale, Dr. J. Hugh Bailey, George "Buddy" Childress, Leonard I. Hylton, Harry Economy, Marvin Turner, Wesley V. Hillman, Martha A. Woodrum Zillhardt, Clifton A. Woodrum, Robert J. Dunahoe, Jr., Marshall L. Harris, George H. Mason, Paul W. Kesler, Jr., J.E. "Jumbo" Owens, T.E. "Boots" Frantz, N.C. "Cris" Carper, William H. Cook, Trout Grissom, William E. Brightwell and Eugene S. Sweeney.
Courtesy of Mike Ewen
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“RAC55 Plaque,” Virginia Room Digital Collection, accessed December 5, 2021, http://www.virginiaroom.org/digital/document/RAC55.