The Progress-Index Weekend - - OBITUARIES -

Carl Matthew Gore, 79, of Colo­nial Heights, Vir­ginia, passed away peace­fully and with dig­nity at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Med­i­cal Cen­ter Hos­pice and Pal­lia­tive Care Unit (Jour­neys Way) on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 29th, 2018, af­ter a brief ill­ness. The fam­ily will be for­ever grate­ful for the up­most care and com­pas­sion given by the staff dur­ing his last days.

Carl was born on Oc­to­ber 30th, 1939, in Dab­ney, West Vir­ginia, to the late Thomas and Lucy Gore. In 1961 Carl was drafted into the Army where he found his true call­ing and pas­sion for serv­ing his coun­try. He re­tired af­ter 27 years as Mas­ter Sergeant, proudly serv­ing in Viet­nam and many other tours. Carl earned sev­eral medals ci­ta­tions and com­men­da­tion medals in­clud­ing the one he was most proud of The Le­gion of Merit.

Carl was known for his quick wit, love of ad­ven­ture, mis­chievous­ness, and love of singing and mot­tos; his fa­vorite, “Ev­ery day’s a Hol­i­day”. He had a heart of gold and wore it on his sleeve like one of his met­als and al­ways a kid at heart, was an avid Star Wars fan.

Those left be­hind to cher­ish his mem­ory in­clude his lov­ing daugh­ter, Teresa and her hus­band Thomas McCrossin of Fred­er­icks­burg, Vir­ginia; his lov­ing son, Thomas Gore with whom he resided; and two grand­chil­dren he dearly loved and who dearly loved him; Kaela and Faith McCrossin; his brother, Joseph; two nieces and sev­eral neph­ews. Also left be­hind are his two dogs he adored, Mag­gie and Leia. Pre­ced­ing him in death are his par­ents, Thomas and Lucy Gore; his wife and for­ever soul­mate of 37 years, Elsie who passed away in 1998; as well as his sis­ter, Mary Perry; and brother, Thomas Gore.

Like the pass­ing of a Jedi, the uni­verse seemed to know be­fore we that he had passed. On the morn­ing of his pass­ing, the rains cleared, and the sky sparked with ev­ery star, and in the cen­ter a rare half ring aura like a mid­night rain­bow bid­ding the avid Star Wars fan and honor­able vet­eran good bye and thank you for be­ing a part of our life, wel­com­ing him to his per­ma­nent duty sta­tion.

Visi­ta­tion will be held on from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mon­day, Jan­uary 7, 2019, at the Colo­nial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Fu­neral Homes and Cre­ma­tory, 2033 Boule­vard, Colo­nial Heights, Vir­ginia 23834. A grave­side ser­vice with full mil­i­tary hon­ors will be held at 11 a.m. on Tues­day, Jan­uary 8, 2019, at the Vir­ginia Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery at Amelia.

In lieu of flow­ers, ex­pres­sions of sym­phony may be made in Carl’s mem­ory to Fisher House Help­ing Mil­i­tary Fam­i­lies Foun­da­tion at­er­ On­line con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www. ealvins­

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