Veterans have a special bondPublished 9:36pm Thursday, November 10, 2011
There is an undeniable bond between veterans of all branches of military service quite similar to family.
At one time in our lives, we pledged our service up to and including our lives in defense of our country. In the heat of battle, soldiers, sailors and airmen fight to defend and protect their buddies and one another.
There is a sense of pride, called esprit de corps in the Army, for belonging to this elite group of men and women, and it extends to other branches of the service as well.
Therefore, when we hear of a veteran’s death, there is a sense of pain and sadness at losing another of kindred spirit.
From November, 2010 until the end of October, 2011, we lost 69 fellow veterans from our immediate area.
The following list reflects those we are aware of and contains some who were reared here, but died elsewhere and brought back here for burial. Also, it contains some who died here, but were interred elsewhere.
If during this period the death of a veteran’s name doesn’t appear on this list, it is not because a diligent efforts wasn’t made to obtain all names.
11/03/2010, Floyd A. Harris
11/16/2010, Bertrand A. Riddle, U.S. Marine Corps
11/18/2010, Marguerite Bussell, U.S. Air Force
11/21/2010, Haddox L. Twilley, U.S. Marine Corps
11/21/2010, Thomas F. Harrison
11/25/2010, Raymond L. Chance
12/09/2010, Leroy McCullough, U.S. Air Force
12/10/2010, Rose Jordan, U.S. Air Force
12/14/2010, Nettie F. H. Eskridge, U.S. Army Nurse Corps
12/16/2010, Franklin D. Hall
12/21/2010, Ernest Harris
12/27/2010, John H. Blanton, U.S. Navy
12/28/2010, Gerald Creel, U.S. Air Force
12/31/2010, William C. West
01/09/2011, Herbie J. Gray, U.S. Army
01/12/2011, Wylie L. Walker
01/16/2011, Oliver W. Lewis
01/16/2011, William J. Moore
01/21/2011, Rick Gilham, U.S. Air Force
01/23/2011, Joe H. Hitt
01/30/2011, Charles V. Yoho, U.S. Army Air Corps
02/10/2011, Brice Thorne, U.S. Army Air Corps
02/11/2011, Claudius Rives, U.S. Navy
02/11/2011, Thomas R. Stone, U.S. Army
02/12/2011, Eli J. Nelson, U.S. Air Force
02/14/2011, James Reed, U.S. Army/NG
02/16/2011, Carroll H. Rhyne
02/17/2011, Troy Stokes, Jr., U.S. Navy
02/24/2011, Cecil Bennett, U.S. Army
03/05/2011, Patrick V. Jernigan, U.S. Marine Corps
03/09/2011, Jim Grider, U.S. Air Force
03/10/2011, Joseph Allen, Navy & Air Force
03/14/2011, John H. Osmer, Jr., U.S. Army Air Corps
03/30/2011, George W. H. Lapsley
03/31/2011, Cecil L. Tennimon U.S. Marine Corps
04/12/2011, Louise Epperson, U.S. Army
04/25/2011, Thomas Brooks, U.S. Air Force
04/30/2011, Willard Crump, U.S. Air Force
05/17/2011, Charles McLean, U.S. Army Air Corps
06/01/2011, Charles F. Hughes
06/15/2011, Floyd McCarver, U.S. Army
06/15/2011, Oliver Wood Till, U.S. Army
06/18/2011, William Manderson, U.S. Army
06/27/2011, Eugene Wall, U.S. Air Force
06/29/2011, Bobby E. Bridges
07/18/2011, Johnnie L. Johnson, U.S. Army
07/20/2011, Linda G. C. Howell
07/26/2011, John C. Reynolds, U.S. Air Force
08/03/2011, John A. Pickering
08/14/2011, Joe Rives, Sr., U.S. Navy
08/15/2011, Robert Redd, Sr., U.S. Navy
08/16/2011, Lloyd Crowley, U.S. Army
08/18/2011, James Smith, U.S. Army Air Corps
08/18/2011, Henry M. Gilley, U.S. Air Force
08/28/2011, Raymond L. Motes, U.S. Army
09/02/2011, Elmer “Sollie” Oliver, U.S. Air Force
09/07/2011, Rudolph Burmer, U.S. Army
09/08/2011, Donald Carden, U.S. Army/NG
09/15/2011, Herman Parten, U.S. Army
09/17/2011, Joseph V. Oakes, U.S. Navy
09/19/2011, James Cottle, U.S. Air Force/ Army NG
09/28/2011, Evard L. Ross, U.S. Army
09/30/2011, Harold Curtis, U.S. Army
10/06/2011, Neil A. Epler, U.S, Army
10/07/2011, James Wheeler, U.S. Navy
10/18/2011, Richard Baldwin, U.S. Navy
10/25/2011, Hugh D. Mauldin, U.S, Navy
10/27/2011, R.J. “Frenchie” Labbe, U.S.Army/ NG
10/29/2011, Thomas “Gene” Acton, U.S, Navy
This list is presented in an effort to pay respect and remembrance to our fellow veterans’ service to our nation. May God have mercy on their souls and may they rest in eternal peace.
As a reminder, the American Legion no longer decorates individual graves in the cemeteries with American flags.
It is up to the veterans’ family and friends to keep their graves decorated. In most instances observed, flags on individual graves are in need of replacing.
Flags are fairly inexpensive and can be bought locally at several business locations.
Veterans Day is an excellent time to decorate or replace tattered and torn American flags on veteran’s graves.
If you have relatives or friends in a local cemetery, do them the honor of remembering on this special day. You might want to consider, as I do, adopting a few graves of those who have no family nearby to attend to their grave.
Personally, I have no relatives buried here, but I have adopted five and will see to it they have bright new grave flags for Veterans Day. The time and cost is minimal and our deceased veterans are certainly deserving of the effort. I encourage you to do the same, even in their absence, be sure to remember and care.