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 when 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 and her uncle, aunt, and cousin in Shady Spring, WV; she was working as a maid. In 1943,she was living in Wise, VA 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 lived in Beckley, WV with her husband Charlie E. Pinkard. The couple were married in Raleigh, WV in 1945. Virginia Stokes was living in Washington, D.C. when her mother died in 1972. 

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

Sources: Kentucky Birth Index and 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); and 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.

Item Relations

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

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“Pinkard, Virginia Leigh Stokes,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed July 24, 2024,

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