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Larry Pistole
RIP 2018

PISTOLE, Larry Michael, of Walkerton, Virginia, passed away on May 12, 2018. He was born on March 7, 1949, in San Diego, California. He was 69 years old. He was a graduate of McMinnville City High School and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with a degree in criminal justice. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and is survived by his sons, Alex Bennett Pistole of Christiansburg, Virginia and Tyler Scott Pistole of Walkerton, Virginia; and wife, Teresa Bennett Pistole; mother, Mertie Clemons; sister, Scarlett Stout (Phillip). He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Juanita Meacham; brother-in-law, Herbert A. Bennett Jr. (Teresa); sister-in-law, Vicki Dean; and nieces, Misti Wajciechowski, Nealy Pistole, Tara Mitchell Mielnik (Mike) of Old Hickory and Susan Stout Gatlin (Ron) of Cookeville; nephew, Jonathan Stout (Amy) of Murfreesboro; nephews, Niles Pistole, Jason Bennett, Allen Bennett (Kerri), Douglas Dean (Shannon); dogs, Bear Cub and Paw Paw. He is also survived by many great-nieces and nephews in Tennessee and here in Virginia. Larry was preceded in death by his father, Alex Pistole; brother, Lloyd Neal Pistole; and great-nephew, Mitchell Mielnik. Larry was the author of The Pictorial History of the Flying Tigers and at one time had the world's largest collection of Flying Tiger memorabilia. His love of military history and collecting was paramount in his life and he shared that passion with many of his family members and friends. His request is to have no memorial service. Larry received the following medals from his tour during the Vietnam War: Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with first oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three bronze service stars, Republic of Vietnam Medal and the Purple Heart.