Thomas H. Canady Jr.

Published 11:22 am Friday, October 3, 2014

Thomas Howard Canady Jr., Colonel (Retired), United States Air Force, of Burke, Virginia, died on Tuesday, Sept. 30, one week after his 93rd birthday.



He was born in Franklin, Virginia, on Sept. 23, 1921, to Marjorie Parker Canady and Thomas Howard Canady.

Col. Canady lived in Franklin until 1942, when he enlisted as an aviation cadet and was assigned to the Eighth Air Force, where he was a bomber pilot during World War II.

He graduated from the University of Miami, and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War three months after receiving his Master’s degree in 1950. Col. Canady accepted a commission in the United States Air Force and was a Military Air Transport Pilot flying throughout the Northern Hemisphere for 10 years before being selected as Assistant Air Attaché to the United States Embassy, Djakarta, Indonesia. After a tour in Vietnam, he was selected as Air Attaché to the United States Embassy, Madrid, Spain.

His last assignment, which he held until his retirement in 1978, was Deputy Inspector General of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Col. Canady married the former Dorothya Jean Thomas of Longview, Texas, on Dec. 13, 1952, in Coconut Grove, Florida. They had two daughters, Kelsey Lee and Kendall Kay.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 62 years, Dorothy; a daughter, Kelsey, and son-in-law, Chuck Grice, of Virginia Beach; and grandchildren, McKenzie Griffo and Parker Griffo.

The graveside funeral with full military honors will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Poplar Spring Cemetery, Franklin, with the Rev. Steve Gibson of Franklin Baptist Church officiating.

Wright Funeral Home, Franklin has charge of arrangements.