From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (African American Women Veterans in and from Kentucky)

Pinkard, Virginia Leigh Stokes

(born: March 14, 1923  -  died: December 3, 2017) 

Military Branch

Women's Army Corps

Active Duty Entered

April 6, 1943


Virginia L. Stokes was born in Straight Creek (Bell County), KY, the daughter of Nancy Hurst and M. C. Stokes. The family is enumerated in the 1930 U.S. Census; they lived in Gladeville, WV. Virginia's father was a coal miner.

Virginia L. Stokes is enumerated in the 1940 U.S. Census when she was living with the Hunst [Hurst] family, her uncle, aunt, and cousin, in Shady Spring, WV. Virginia Stokes was working as a maid. She was living in Wise, VA, in 1943 when she enlisted in the Army in Roanoke, VA, according to her record in Ancestry and the National Archives, Access to Archival Databases.

After her military service, Virginia L. Stokes lived in Beckley, WV with her husband Charlie E. Pinkard. The couple was married in Raleigh, WV, in 1945. Virginia Stokes was living in Washington, D.C. when her mother died in 1972. 

Virginia L. Stokes Pinkard lived in Brandon, FL, and she died in Tampa, FL in 2017.

Sources: Kentucky Birth Index in Ancestry; U.S. Obituary Collection in Ancestry; West Virginia Marriage Index in Ancestry; Public Records Index in Ancestry; "Deaths: Mrs. Nancy F. Jones," The Post (Stone Gap, VA); Family Trees in Ancestry.

Kentucky County & Region

Read about Bell County, Kentucky in Wikipedia.

Kentucky Place (Town or City)

Read about Straight Creek, Kentucky in Wikipedia.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: Ancestry (online)
NKAA Source: National Archives, Access to Archival Databases (online)
NKAA Source: The Post (newspaper)

Cite This NKAA Entry:

“Pinkard, Virginia Leigh Stokes,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed January 30, 2023,

Last modified: 2021-11-16 20:21:26