Eli "Link" Lincoln Veazey, Jr.

Born: Tue., Sep. 5, 1922
Died: Mon., Jan. 18, 2016


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 22, 2016
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Jan. 23, 2016
Location: First Baptist Church

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Eli Lincoln Veazey, Jr., Ret. Colonel USArmy

    Eli “Link” Veazey, the son of the late Eli Lincoln Veazey, Sr. and Eleanor Rebecca Alford was born in Greensboro, GA on September 5, 1922 and passed away in Lawrenceville, GA on January 18, 2016 at the age of 93.  He was a graduate of Greensboro High School, class of 1940.  Link was inducted in the U S Army Air Corps in May 1943.  He served as a Flight Engineer and Top Turret Gunner in the 446th Bomber Group (H) in the European Theater of Operations.  During his assignment to the Bomber Group in England, he participated in twenty-two bombing missions over Germany, France, Austria and Hungary.  Upon completion of his service in World War II, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and received a Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U S Army.
    Link re-entered military service in August 1951 and served in many and varied activities in the U S Army, both in the United States and overseas, until his retirement with the rank of Colonel in June 1979.  During this service, he was an Infantry Officer, a Field Artillery Officer and an Officer in the 5th Special Forces Group (Green Beret) in Vietnam.
    Upon his retirement Colonel Veazey was authorized to wear the following decorations and awards: American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Ribbon w/3 Bronze Stars, World War II victory Medal, Air Medal w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit w/3 Oak Leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal w/1 Oak Leaf cluster, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Bronze Stars, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross w/Palm & Silver Star, Vietnamese Armed Force Honor Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device.  In addition, Link was awarded U S Army Parachute Wings, Vietnamese Parachute Wings and Thailand Parachute Wings.  He was in the service of his country during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  After retirement, he headed the 446th Bomber Group reunions. Link was a member of the First Baptist Church of Greensboro where he joined when he was 11 and attended First Baptist Church in Snellville.
    Preceding Mr. Veazey in death were his parents, his wife, Virginia Oliver Veazey; two sisters, Eleanor V. Bowers and Jeane V. Christopher and brother Charlton S. Veazey. He is survived by four sons, Gary L. Veazey, Sr. (Ruth) of Laredo, TX, Roderick O. Veazey of Miami, FL, Rev. Terry A. Veazey (Georgia) of Montgomery, AL and John M. Veazey (Amy) of Wrightwood, CA; 9 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 203 South Main Street, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Terry Veazey and Gary Veazey officiating. Interment will follow at Greensboro City Cemetery with full military honors.  The military will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Friday night at McCommons Funeral Home.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.


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J. Smith Oliver
   Posted Mon January 18, 2016
As the youngest member of the Ford & Gladys Oliver family, I speak for all the family in saying that we were always impressed with 'Link' for various reasons; high energy in sports and life, Christian beliefs and dedication, Patriotic American, lengthy United States military service member, dedicated Father and Family Leader as well as being sister Virginia Oliver Veazey's loyal and dedicated husband.
Our sympathy goes to all the Veazey Family , May he now Rest in Peace.

Wayne & Ann Veazey Davis
   Posted Mon January 18, 2016
Meeting my cousin, Link Veazey, in 1993 at our first Veazey Reunion in Cecil County, Maryland (at "Cherry Grove," the home of the first John Veazey in America), was the beginning of a beautiful friendship with Link and many more Veazey-Veasey cousins. Link's ancestors and descendants are well represented in the "Descendants of John Veazey," published in 1995. I believe he had perfect attendance at all 18 of our Veazey-Veasey Reunions. To quote Cousin Leroy, Link was a "concentrated Veazey!"

I am sure he is searching all over heaven tonight for all of his Veazey-Veasey cousins who are waiting there for him. God Loves you, Link, and we do, too!
Wayne & Ann V. Davis

Shelli Hodges Spencer
   Posted Tue January 19, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. Praise the Lord for a life well lived! You will all be in my prayers.

Bill and Charlene Veazey
   Posted Tue January 19, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss. We really did enjoy getting to know Link and your family. We will be praying for all of you. Your cousins in Christ, Bill and Charlene

James Duckworth, Treasurer 446th Bomb Group Assn
   Posted Tue January 19, 2016
to the Veazey family:
All of us with the 446th are grieved at Link's going home but we are so blessed that he is in Heaven and will see him again someday. I met Link the first time when we had a gathering in Charlotte, NC some years ago. At that time, he let the group know that they better be right with the Lord. In talking with him over the phone during subsequent times I found out he liked white asparagus and Royal Crown Colas and Moon Pies. I sent him a big RC sign some years back. So many stories I will never get to here but will someday! God's richest blessings and His comfort to the family at this time at the loss of this great American Hero Patriot and hero. James Duckworth and family

roderick veazey
   Posted Wed January 20, 2016
Dad appreciated everyone of you who have expressed condolences

Faust Family
   Posted Wed January 20, 2016
Dear Children of Mr. Veazey and Family, we read of your loss and want to express our sympathy to all of you. May your many memories bring you comfort during this special time. May your prayers bring you the peace of God that goes beyond all human thought to guard your hearts. Philippians 4:6,7

Robert G. (Bobby) Kopp
   Posted Wed January 20, 2016
Like many people growing up in Greensboro, I have known Link all my life. Reconnected with him several years ago through mutual friends. More recently was able to visit with him on a number of occasions while he was in rehab. We relived old times, people & I was able to connect him via phone with some of his old 446th Bomber Group. Be assured these people really loved him! What a story he wrote in Life's Passing Parade. I join his family & friends in mourning his loss & being thankful that he lived & in our time.

Aubrey Ford
   Posted Wed January 20, 2016
My deepest condolences on your loss. He sounds like an amazing person and his absence will be felt in the world.

mike chase
   Posted Wed January 20, 2016

TABLE BASKET was sent by KP CCS Operations Team.

John - Our condolences to your and your family on your loss. - Your friends and CCS Staff at Kaiser Permanente

Emmett and Shirley Caldwell
   Posted Wed January 20, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and in the days and weeks to come.

Frank & Jean Dyer
   Posted Wed January 20, 2016
Dear Veazy Children, please know that we are sorry for your loss just now but the good news for you and also us is that we will be with this amazing man in Heaven when we meet our Lord.

Dustin Veazey
   Posted Thu January 21, 2016

TRADITION AND SPLENDOR was sent by Dustin and Jessi Veazey.

Dear Grandad, You will be greatly missed by your family and friends for generations to come. Thank you for all the great memories and for demonstrating what it means to be an honorable man and a patriotic American. Rest in peace. Love, Dustin and Jessi Veazey

Luke Veazey
   Posted Thu January 21, 2016
Eli Link Veazey was the only Grandad I ever knew! I always looked up to him as a fearless leader, a wise teacher, and a loveavle friend to all! He always made us grandkids laugh even if we had heard his jokes repeated many times! He had a priceless charm about him and a heartwarming smile. He would always try to remember each of our birthdays and send each of us "Happy Birthday" cards in the mail! I loved going to Atlanta Braves baseball games with him too as a little kid. He also had the opportunity and great privilege of going on many mission trips with my Dad, Terry. One of my fondest memories was when all 3 of us went to Africa together! Grandad and I were roommates on that trip! We also attended family reunions and his Army Air Corps veteran reunions together! He was an amazing man that I will always look up to as a real American Hero and a real soldier in The Lord's Army! He was a bold leader, a blunt speaker, a soul winner, and a difference maker! We will all miss him, but we know he is in Glory now with Jesus and so many who have gone on before us! We must now come together, celebrate his life well lived, and carry on his legacy of courage, integrity, faith, hope, and love! We love you Grandad and hope to be people just like you!

Michael White
   Posted Sat January 23, 2016
I did not personally know Colonel Veazey. But being a Vietnam vet it was my honor to have attended his funeral service.

Gary Veazey
   Posted Tue January 26, 2016
Thanks for coming Mike. It meant a lot to me to meet you at the cemetery and also as a fellow Vietnam veteran.

Carina Englund
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
My deepest condolences to the family. I met Eli "Link" Veazey for the first and only time in October 1996 when he and Mr. and Mrs. Don and Beverly Linebarger, Dallas visited Kisa, Sweden, through the Partnership in Christchurch, a project of the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Mr Veazey stayed in our home during his stay here in Kisa and he became "Link" to us. I considered him as a humble person, very curious about how we as a small Baptist church in rural southern Sweden, tried to spread the gospel of Jesus. He was full of humor and we had a lot of laugh. He shared his experience of life, to be a Christian, but also small glimpses of his participation in the Second World War. (I had visited Normandy and Omaha, Juno and Sword beaches in June 1994, so I knew the places he talked about.) We had some interesting days and conversationer when we learned about each other's similarities and differences of Baptists in our countries. I saw a clip on Facebook of a World War II veteran who reminded me of Mr Veazey so I did a Google search and found his obituary. I was sorry to see that he had past away and felt I wanted to write a few lines to remember him b. May he rest in peace. Winter greetings from Kisa, Sweden. Carina and Lennart Englund