On Memorial Day 2010 he went to Buchanan to take part in the service at Fair View Cemetery. A Korean War vet, he is often seen at veteran’s events and in the parades in the Town of Buchanan riding with other vets. Ken Proffitt of Blue Ridge is a Buchanan native and a retired truck driver for Estes. “He was born on a bright May day in 1930 to Wilbur and Meryl Proffitt,” so said his sister Barbara Hill of Buchanan in a poem she wrote about his life. Proffitt was the oldest son of the now deceased couple. As a young man he assumed responsibility helping with the family when his mother died.
Always duty first, after the Memorial Day service, Proffitt was honored with a catered picnic for his 80th birthday by his family at the Troutville park and in spite of a thunderstorm or two on Monday afternoon, his friends and neighbors also came out strong. Proffitt and his wife Jean have been married 53 years and have four daughters, Linda, Diane, Penny and Sandy and a slew of grandchildren. Besides family and friends, one of the 8 men who served with him in the US Army in Korea came to help him eat fried chicken and birthday cake, Tim Manis of Farmville.
“I am a happy man,” said Proffitt of his milestone birthday party, his life and his service to his country.