George Willoughby, 88, of Columbia passed away at his residence on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
Graveside services with military honors were held at Chattanooga National Cemetery on Tuesday, March 4. Heritage Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
George was born on Oct. 25, 1925, and was the son of the late Ora Lee and Nellie Mae Branham Willoughby. He married his wife Shirley on Sept. 16, 1948, and they enjoyed 65 years together. George had a wonderful career in the military. He joined the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division in 1941 and served as a paratrooper in WWII and the Korean War. He was a POW of WWII. He retired after 27.5 years with the US Army as a Command Sergeant Major. During his time in the service he was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal with 6 Loop Clasp, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with bronze arrowhead and four bronze service stars, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service with two bronze service stars, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Netherlands Orange Lanyard, Master Parachutist Badge, and two awards of the Combat Infantry Badge.
George is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Temple Willoughby; son, Kenneth (Evelyn) Willoughby of Columbia; daughter, Linda Kay (Bobby) Brandon of Lewisburg; five brothers; two sisters; one grandson, Jeff Willoughby; and one great-grandchild, Skylar Brandon.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson Matthew Brandon.