State dignitaries, local residents and members of the late Delegate Vic Thomas, turned out on a hot Friday afternoon to dedicate the recreation area at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Thomas's honor. The recreation area is the finger of land extending into the lake and includes the beach.
"This was very near and dear to his heart," commented his wife, Dot Thomas.
She said that Delegate Thomas had a vision for the park, the beach and the cabins. The couple frequently came to the park while the beach was under construction, checking out the progress.