By Granddaughter Kelly McCarty

Lyndell and Peggy Bryant are being honored by the community at the 20th anniversary celebration for the Wolf Creek Greenway in Vinton. Roanoke County and the Town of Vinton have both issued proclamations recognizing their service to the community. A bench will be dedicated in their honor on the greenway near Lynn Haven Baptist Church on June 26.
Lyndell and Peggy Bryant were named Virginia state winners in the Salute to Senior Service Contest in 2013. They were nominated by their granddaughter Kelly McCarty (center) for their tireless work on the Appalachian Trail and the Roanoke Greenways.

Peggy Whiteacre Bryant was born on April 9, 1933 on a 200-acre farm in Gore, Va. She moved to Roanoke when she was 11.

Peggy graduated from Jefferson High School and Lyndell from William Byrd High School.

Lyndell served in the Navy from June 1951 until June 1955.

Peggy and Lyndell met at the Vinton Pool and married in 1956.

Lyndell worked in quality control at General Electric from 1955 until 1991. Peggy also briefly worked at GE, where they both met Ronald Reagan, who was a spokesman for the company.

From age 40 to 80, Peggy was an avid…

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