A native of Adairsville, Dr. Veach was a graduate of the Darlington High School in Romefollowed by college at Emory University in Atlanta. He continued his education by earning his MD degree at Emory University School of Medicine followed by a Rotating Internship and Orthopedic Residency there.
Dr. Veach served as a Captain in the U.S. Army for two years as a flight surgeon and Chief of Internal Medicine at Ft. Rucker, Ala.
Dr. Veach and his family moved to Auburn, Ala., where he practiced Orthopedic surgery before moving to Anniston to become a founding member of Anniston Orthopedics with longtime friend Dr. Rush Smith and Dr. A.N. Taylor. Following retirement from fulltime practice because of his illness, Dr. Veach enjoyed using his surgical talents to work with young doctors coming into the Orthopedic practice and to follow up with Orthopedic patients in the local nursing homes.
He was a member of Golden Springs Baptist Church and the Fisherman's Sunday school class. For many years he supported and hosted the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with Bible studies and retreats at his home and was on the Board of the Big Oak Boy's Ranch as well as working with Carpenter's for Christ.
One of his passions was helping children with disabilities and for years he held free clinics to assist families who could not afford treatment, personally providing shoes and braces and wheel chairs to needy children.
Other passions included becoming a computer guru, remote control airplanes, cameras, and all types of electronics. He was always positive and never without a project in spite of his physical problems. He loved discussing politics and was looking forward to the 2012 elections.
Dr. Veach is preceded in death by his parents, George William and Dorothy Gaines Veach of Adairsville and a sister, Sue Veach Kouwenhoven of Ft. Myers, Fla.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Beamer Veach; daughter Michelle Marie Veach of Denver, Colo.; sons, Everett Michael Veach of Anniston and Gregory William Veach of Atlanta; and five grandchildren, Victoria (Tori) Veach, Micaela Veach, Gracy Veach, Sawyer Veach-Veith and Rett Veach-Veith.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to your favorite church, charity or to United Cerebral Palsy, Knox Concert Series or Leukemia Society.
Online condolences may be made to the Veach family at www.klbrownmemorychapel.com.