Richard Henry Pingley III

May 13, 1959April 26, 2013

Richard Henry Pingley III, 53 of Roanoke, and longtime resident of Madison Heights, passed away April 26, 2013. He is survived by his spouse, Thomas H. Meeks. Born May 13, 1959, in Hampton, he was a son of the late Eleanor Jane Wamsley Pingley, and is survived by his father, Richard Henry Pingley Jr., of Madison Heights. Richard was employed at Lewis-Gale Medical Center, in Salem. He was a talented artist and craftsman, and was known for the many wonderful puppets he created. Survivors also include his siblings, Dena Gardner and husband Yogi, of Winchester, Tammy Coates and husband Randy, of Madison Heights, and Greg Pingley and wife Beth, of Madison Heights; Thomas’s son, Anthony Scott Meeks; nieces, and nephews, Dustin Gardner, Katalin Gardner, Nicholle Coates, Jared Pingley, and Logan Pingley. The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 30, 2013, from 6-8:00 pm at Whitten Monelison Chapel. A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the Presbyterian Cemetery, by the Rev. Steve Tyree. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Humane Society of Amherst Co., PO Box 614, Amherst, VA 24521.


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 30, 2013
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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Diantha Sprouse

May 5, 2013

Many years and many miles separate you and I from the days we shared in the sun. Good night dancing prince.

Miss Lillian

May 3, 2013

In Honor of one of The Sweetest & Dearest Spirits who ever visited us at Dollywood! Dearest Richard, your Precious & Giving Spirit Lives on in all the Wonderful Memories we have of all your Fun Visits to see us with Tom. Your Amazingly Creative puppets will remain in my memoirs and close to my will all of your generous offerings of Love shown through your Great Craftsmanship through the years.
I Thank God for your loving Presence..... and though we will miss you in 'earth form,' our Faith reassures us of your New Angelic Life in Heaven where we all look forward to meeting Again!

In the meantime, my prayers remain with all your Family, your Beloved Thomas, and all the wonderful Friends who were Blessed as I to have known you.

Peace & Healing Light to the Hearts of All Who Love & Cherish the Sweet Memories of You,
"Miss Lillian"

Steven Bennett

May 2, 2013

To The Pingley family & Thomas,
My deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of Richard. Though our communication through the years was sporadic, I have and always will carry happy and beautiful memories of our young years. May you find some peace in knowing he is with his loving mother and beloved pet. (Boo Boo)
This photo represents how I will always see Richard in my heart and mind.

Walter & Karen Layton and Family

May 2, 2013

To the Pingley Family: Please know that you are in our families thoughts and prayers. We meet Richard at Lewis Gale and he always had a smile on his face. We enjoyed the days he cooked and brought in his goodies. He put the patients first and I know we all will miss him deeply. Rest in Peace Richard!

Mary Forrester

May 1, 2013

Richard I will miss u but I know now you are out of pain and u can dance again.

pat pickard

April 30, 2013

Tom sorry for the lost of your loved one just no he is out of pain no more suffering

Carol and Don BeVille

April 30, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss. Richard was such a kind and loving person. I enjoyed working with him for several years. And you know what a great chef he was! He will be missed by many, many people.

pat pickard

April 30, 2013

Richard i we no you are in a better place then we are although u went unexpectedly we love you an will look out for tom an family will see you again in another life love ya

Diana Mays

April 30, 2013

We have not seen you in years but you were thought of everyday.we will miss you. love,diana and donald mays

Stephen Irby

April 29, 2013

Richard, although it has been years since we saw one-another I still have wonderful memories of our "antics" when we were younger. There will always be a special place in my heart for you, your kindness and your smiles are a treasured memory now..., and you will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with your family, hoping that they are celebrating your life as well as to be expected.. I am going to plant a weeping willow tree right in the center of my back yard,(because you always loved them) and when I see it, I will always remenber you..