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Pacino, Frank

Frank Pacino was born on July 19, 1932 in Delagua, Colorado, and passed away on July 1, 2011 at The Mission Care Center in San Gabriel, California. Frank is survived by his loving wife, Ellen, of 54 years; his two children, Frank (Connie) and Ann Stefano; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sisters Josie Miccichi and Mary Hidalgo ( Joe); and many nieces and nephews.

He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War where he was a forward observer in a mortar company, in combat on the Nevada Cities outposts from mid 1951 to late 1952.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Parkinson's Disease Association,1250 Hylan Blvd., Ste.# 4B, Staten Island, N.Y. 10305

Page, Jack S.

My father, Jack S. Page, passed away 30 December 2006 from complications due to lung cancer. During the Korean War he served as a clerk with HHC, 2nd Infantry Division in 1952, in Chunchon. Prior to the army he received a BA from Kansas University.  As to any friends he had in the 2nd ID, I do remember him referring to a Dutch-Indonesian from the Dutch Bn by the name of Jentz, or something similar. - Regards, Michael Page,

Page, Kenneth E.

Kenneth E. Page, 69, of Sunset View Avenue, died Thursday, February 7, 2002 at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, New York.  Born in Potsdam, New York, he was the son of the late Arthur Page and Mabel Houle Page, and the loving husband of Margaret Connor Page for 35 years.  They were married on May 7, 1966.  He was a Troy resident for the past 32 years.

Mr. Page was a graduate of Syracuse University in 1959 and the Syracuse University School of Law where he received his jurist doctorate degree in 1962.  In 1962 he was appointed, through the honors program, as an assistant attorney general for the State of New York.  He retired in 1990 as chief of the Litigation Bureau.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean War from 1951-1955.  He was the chapter director of the Northeast New York Chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.  He also served as the group's attorney for all legal affairs and was the editor and compiler for the book, "Rensselaer County Heroes: Korean War 1950-1953, The Forgotten-Remembered" on behalf of the association, printed in January 2000.  He was a member of the Amphibious Forces Association and a life member of the Veterans of Lansingburgh (VFW #1019).  Ken was active in genealogy research and was a communicant of Our Lady of Victory Church, Troy.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, Margaret, include a daughter, Kathryn E. Lane and her husband Flint of Princeton Junction, NJ; a son, Paul K. Page of Malta; three brothers, Stanley Page of Rochester and Ronald and Larry Page of Parishville, NY; two sisters, Evelyn Campbell of Timberville, VA and Beatrice Chappell of Plattsburgh; two granddaughters, Amanda and Kacy Lane; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held from the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, 109th St. and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh and in Our Lady of Victory Church.  Entombment was in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Troy.

Pallazola, Baptiste J. "Busty"

Baptiste J. "Busty" Pallazola
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Baptiste J."Busty" Pallazola, 84, husband of the late Angela J. (Lovasco) Pallazola, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2015, at the Golden Living Center.

Born in Gloucester on July 2, 1930, he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Grazia (Ciaramitaro) Pallazola. He had attended Gloucester High School and had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was awarded three Bronze Service Stars.

As a young man, Baptiste went to work fishing with his father for several years and then worked for many years as a machinist for Varian and Gloucester Engineering. In later years, Baptiste was a fish cutter at Empire Fish and Ipswich Shellfish Company. In his retirement, he also worked part-time at Freddie's Lobstaland.

Throughout his life, Baptiste loved music and going dancing with Angela. He was an accomplished guitar and harmonica player. He was also an avid New England Patriots fan and he enjoyed playing cards with his friends and watching Western movies. Baptiste was a very kind and gentle man, beloved by his family and many friends.

He is survived by his daughter Andrea and her husband John Brisbois of Gloucester; his son Jon Baptiste and his wife Mary of North Andover; his grandson Jason Brisbois and his children Bethany, Ella and Lucas, grandson Eric Brisbois and his wife Mislene and their son Nathan; grandchildren Christian Pallazola, Jonny Pallazola and Jacqueline Pallazola; his sister Grace Straccia; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Nina Finazzo and his brother Frank Pallazola.

His funeral will be held from the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester on Thursday, April 9th at 8:45 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. Ann's Church on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Extended family and friends are cordially invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The burial will be held in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Autism Speaks, Attn: Autism Speaks U, 1 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016 or at

Pappas, Nicholas J.

Nicholas J. Pappas, age 85, of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Army and retired from the federal government.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Janet M. Pappas; two daughters, Helene Saylor and Nikki Pollard and her husband Steve; granddaughters, Missy and Megan; step-granddaughters, Kate and Sue; his brother, John J. Pappas and his wife Sherri Lou; two nephews, Peter and Alex Pappas; and former son-in-law, Lonnie Saylor.

A visitation was held Thursday, April 9th from 11:00 to 12:00 Noon at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road in Millsboro, DE 19966. The interment followed at 1:00 p.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, DE 19966.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.

Parchen, John W. "Jack"

John W. (Jack) Parchen Died on June 29, 2009. He is survived by his wife of over 55 years of marriage, Ruthie, of San Jose, California, his two sons, John and Michael, and four granddaughters. Donations in his memory to Marine Corps Historical Foundation, Building 58, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C. 20374 or to Opera San Jose, 2149 Parragon Drive, San Jose, California 95131. Semper Fi.

Parr, Col. Ralph S.

Col. Ralph S. Parr Jr., 88, who was the only American pilot to receive both the Distinguished Service Cross and the Air Force Cross, passed away December 7, 2012, at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, Texas.

Joint Base San Antonio will honor the legacy of one of the Air Force's most celebrated pilots and a former 12th Tactical Fighter Wing commander at a funeral service planned for 11:30 a.m. Monday in the JBSA-Randolph theater. Interment will follow the funeral service at 2 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Parr was born in 1924 in Portsmouth, Virginia. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve November 4, 1942 and was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program Feb. 2, 1943, earning his wings and a commission in the U.S. Army Air Forces February 8, 1944. Parr was forced to retire in 1976 after sustaining a back injury while inspecting a roof for hurricane damage at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

During his career, he flew 641 combat missions with more than 6,000 hours and received more than 60 decorations, including a Silver Star, Bronze Star, 10 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 41 Air Medals.

Funeral services will be held at the Old Movie Theatre behind the Taj Mahjal at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, Monday, December 17, at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors at 2 p.m.

Parr is survived by his wife, Margaret, and three stepchildren.

Pate, Lloyd W. Sr.

Retired First Sergeant Lloyd W. Pate, husband of Juanita B. Pate, entered into rest Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Trinity Hospital, Augusta, Georgia. Visitation will begin at 12:00 with funeral services following at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 22, 2013, in the Bellevue Memorial Gardens Chapel. Interment will follow with full Military Honors accorded.

Mr. Pate was born in Columbia, SC to the late Carson and Evelyn Pate. He was a retired US Army 1SG with foreign service in the Korean War, Vietnam and Germany. Mr. Pate, a former POW, was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Combat Infantryman Badge with star.

Survivors include his wife Juanita Pate; three sons, Lloyd W. Pate, Jr. of Kentucky, Richard D. Pate, of Pennsylvania and Michael T. Pate, of Martinez; one daughter Terry Pate Thigpen, of Camak; three grandchildren (Sheila Sparkman, Teresa Taylor and Elizabeth Buff) and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be members of the military. At the family s request, memorials may be made to the Korean War Ex-POW Assn. 909 Wisperwood TR. Cleveland, TN. 37312 Starling Funeral Home, Harlem, Georgia.

Patterson, Lyle R.

Retired Naselle teacher, principal and coach Lyle R. Patterson passed away October 19, 2013, after a long illness.

He was the son of Joseph and Florence Patterson, born January 11, 1929, in a log cabin north of Spokane. Both of his parents died while he was young, and Lyle was raised by an aunt and an older brother. He graduated from South Haven High School in South Haven, Michigan, in 1947.

Lyle joined the military in 1947 and served in the occupation of Japan. During the Korean War he flew 31 combat missions and received the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross for downing a MiG. He spent a total of 50 months in the Army Air Corps and the Air Force. He enjoyed traveling to reunions of the Air Force gunners and was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He proudly wore his Korean War ball cap everywhere.

Lyle married the love of his life, Elaine, August 19, 1955. Together they had three boys, Wade (Kathy), Gordon (Carrie), and Dwight (Dana). Gordon was killed in 2009 in a bicycling accident. They had 11 grandchildren.

Lyle earned a bachelor of science degree from Wisconsin State University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, in 1955 and a master's degree from Western Michigan University in 1960.

Lyle taught at two schools in Michigan and moved to Naselle in 1962, where he stayed for 41 years. He taught math and coached basketball, track and football. Lyle received the Washington Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year award for the 1985-1986 season. He later became principal of Naselle High School. He retired from the Naselle School district in 1997. Lyle was honored by the Naselle community in 2005, with the naming of the "Lyle Patterson Gym" at Naselle High School.

After his retirement, Lyle coached two years at Knappa High School in Oregon and took them on to win the state championship both years. He also coached women's basketball for a year at Lower Columbia College. In 2002, Coach Patterson was elected to the Washington State Boys' Basketball Hall of Fame for his outstanding record of 623 career wins (the second-highest total for a Washington coach at the time of Lyle's retirement) vs. 220 losses.

He was an active member of the Congregational Church in Naselle until 2003, and the First Baptist Church in Longview since that time. He was active in the Gideons and was a Sunday school teacher.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. November 9 at the First Baptist Church in Longview. Arrangements are by Columbia Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lyle's honor may be made to Gideons International or the Naselle Comets Booster Club for the boys' basketball team.

Patterson, Ralph V.

Independence, MO — Ralph V. Patterson passed away Friday, March 23, 2012, at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence.

Ralph was born in Newton, Kan., the son of Virgil and Ada (Falk) Patterson. The family moved from the farm to the city as jobs were available in those times. Ralph joined and served in the Marine Corps from 1951 to December 1953, then again from December 1953 to March 1960. He served in the Korean War. Following the death of his father in 1955, Ralph brought his mother out to San Diego, where he was stationed. After taking a college course on computer programming, he moved to Kansas City, Mo., in the late 60’s to work for TWA. Ralph met and married his wife, Barbara, in June 1969. In 1980, Ralph was recruited to Omaha, Neb., for a job and then to Miami, Fla. Later after coming back to Independence, Mo., Ralph rejoined TWA in Kansas City.

Ralph belonged to a gun club and had won many ribbons for pistol shooting. Ralph enjoyed the history of old houses and bought one that was built in 1849 in Independence to restore. He became acquainted with and joined a group of “Confederate soldiers” who shot targets with black powder pistols and rifles. He enjoyed being with the group, wearing the Confederate uniform and shooting with black powder. He also enjoyed sailing in his boat and scuba diving. Ralph took a trip with some buddies and panned for gold. Ralph was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Judy Ritoch, and his nephews, Alan Lowe and Kirk Davis.

He leaves his wife, Barbara Patterson; stepchildren, Connie Rockley of Kansas City North, Stephen Jones of Port St. John, Fla., and Gary Jones of Independence; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews, Terry Lowe of Covina, Calif., Melody Weaver of Springfield, Mo., and Gary Davis of Yates Center, Kansas.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Newcomer’s Noland Road Chapel, 509 S. Noland Road, Independence. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the funeral home; with burial in Mound Grove Cemetery.

Perkins, Henry Ford

Retired Sergeant 1st Class Henry Ford Perkins, 80, of Dickson, TN, died on Saturday, August 9, 2008.  SFC Henry F. Perkins, US Army, served two combat tours in Vietnam and a tour in Korea. He was a member of VFW Post 4641 of Dickson and was very active in the VFW Honor Guard in assisting families with military rights at the graveside. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Perkins, two sons and three daughters.

SFC Henry F. Perkins
A Soldier's Soldier

We have lost another great one
Who can never be replaced
He will be missed here on Earth
Though, he's gone to a better place.

Everybody who met Henry
Knew, they'd met a special man
Always helping, when he could
With Veterans always, in his plan.

He was selfless in his Service
For all others, who had Served
And he always tried to make sure
They got all he felt, they deserved.

A true Patriot in every sense
Sergeant First Class in the Army
And as their famous motto says
He was always, all that he could be.

Two combat tours in Vietnam
And one tour in Korea, too
A lifetime member of the VFW
When his Active Duty, was through.

A member of the Honor Guard
Assisting Families of those passed
Doing all he could to ease their pain
Because that's how, his die was cast.

Survived by, loving Wife Patsy
Three Daughters and two Sons
As he leaves on his journey
To that voice above, that hearkens.

Now, the time has come to Honor him
With all the praise that he deserved
So, the memory of this Great Man
Will, for now and always be, preserved.

Rest In Peace, Henry
Del "Abe" Jones

Perrault, Raynold Paul Joseph

Raynold Paul Joseph Perrault, 84, Concord, New Hampshire, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at Concord Hospital.  Born June 03, 1930, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, where he served as an artillery forward observer.  Survivors include his wife, three daughters, one son, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family with Bennett Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Perry, James F.  Sr.

James F. Perry Sr. (LTC Inf-R) died from the complications of a heart attack on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. He lived in Bettendorf, Iowa.

He was a member of the 9th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. He was awarded two Silver Stars, 2 Bronze Stars, two Purple Hearts and three ARCOMs during his 20 years of service to our country. Both Silver Stars, Bronze Star with V, and Purple Hearts were awarded during his time with the 9th Infantry.

He entered Korea with the 2nd Infantry Division (early 1950) and fought up and down the peninsula. He was with the 29 Infantry when the Regiment fought through the Gauntlet at the Kuni-Ri pass. He served as the 2-9’s Assistant S-3, S-3, XO and BNCO during his time with the battalion. He spent 18 months in combat with his battalion. He retired from the US Army in 1962, and went to work for DOD at the Rock Island Arsenal.  He retired from there in the early ‘90s.

He was a great guy and will be missed by his friends, family, and church. He is buried in the Rock Island Arsenal, Veterans Cemetery, in Rock Island, Illinois.  (Source: July, 2014 Manchu Dragon Tales)

Perry, Brigadier General Miller O.

Miller O. Perry (Delta Six), nickname "Moppy" was born June 16, 1907 to Horace E. and Lulu M. Perry of Susquehanna, PA.  He died March 20, 2010 at the age of 102.  He attended Penn State College and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, Class of 1931.  His military schooling included the Artillery School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Air War Colleges.  Later in his career he was an instructor in all three schools.

Upon graduation from West Point in 1931, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Field Artillery.  His military career included 20 different stations in the U.S., the Far East, and Europe.  Miller served with the First Army in England and France during World War II.  He commanded the 52nd Field Artillery Battalion--the first American artillery unit that entered the Korean War in support of the 21st Infantry Regiment.  This unit was known as Task Force Smith and they were part of the 24th Infantry Division that fought a six-hour battle on 5 July 1950 just north of the city of Osan, Korea.  He was wounded by a crewman from a T-34 tank that the 52nd had knocked out during this battle.

Awards during his 30-year career included Distinguished Service, two Legions of Merit, three bronze stars; a Purple Heart and numerous others.  A memorial service was held on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 1100 hour at all Saints Episcopal Church, Lansing, MI, the Rev. Katherine Ann Carlson officiating.  Interment took place at the US Military Academy Cemetery on 20 April 2010.

Petcavage, Daniel D.

Daniel Dominic Petcavage, age 80, of Massillon, Ohio was brought home by the Lord on November 21, 2012 after a long illness in which he put up the fight you would expect of a proud Marine. Dan left this world to be with the Lord with his wife at his side and surrounded by a large loving family at his home in Massillon.

Born April 26, 1932 in Pennsylvania, he was preceded in death by his parents, Bruno and Helen (Naruczweiz) Petcavage, four brothers Harry, Felix, Albert and Bro. George OFM; two sisters Bernice Kamie and Josephine Schuster and two grandsons, Abram Brown and Noah Maxin.

He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War where he was one of the 'Frozen Chosin' in the 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his brave service. He returned from the war to marry his beautiful wife, Leona (Smith) Petcavage and settled in Massillon. They celebrated their fifty-ninth anniversary in August.

Dan is survived by his wife and seven children. Deborah (Peter) Rink, Rita (Mark) Burger, Michael (Jane) Petcavage, Christine (Todd) Klinger, Victoria (Richard) Brown all of Massillon, Daniel (Sarah) Petcavage of Las Vegas and Theresa (Greg) Maxin of Canton; his sister, Sister Margaret Petcavage, SSC of Chicago, as well as thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

In addition to his family, a large part of Dan's life was the community in which he lived. He was the Grand Lodge President of the State of Ohio Sons and Daughters of Herman and President of the Massillon Sons of Herman Lodge. He was a loyal member of the Knights of Columbus #554, VFW, FOE and other fraternal organizations.

Pezzella, P. Michael

P. Michael (Mike) Pezzella, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 12, 2016, at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland.  He was born January 08, 1930.

He was a proud veteran of the Korean War, and was awarded the Purple Heart medal. He served in the US Marine Corps with the 11th Engineer Battalion, US Marine Corps Reserve Unit and was active in several military organizations, including The Chosin Few.

Mike retired as an administrator for Baltimore City Public Schools and later worked as a Cost Analyst for the Department of the Army at APG. He was proud of his Sicilian/Italian heritage and was also active for many years with the Order Sons of Italy, Harford County Lodge, where he served in several leadership roles over the years.

He was the beloved husband of Christine Brown Pezzella and devoted father of Michele Brady (Garry), Kathleen Novak (Kenneth), Martin Pezzella (Deanna) and Robert Pezzella (Terry). He was the cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren, Ryan Turpin, Michael Turpin, Shelly Pezzella, Justin Pezzella, Kyle Novak, Jennifer Pezzella and Madison Zimmet. He is also survived by his wife's children, Jennifer, Robert, and Thomas Brown. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the late A. Patricia Pezzella (nee McCarthy).

Relatives and friends may call at the Schimunek Funeral Home of Bel Air Inc., 610 W. MacPhail Rd., Bel Air, Maryland 21014, on Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 PM. A funeral service will be held on Thursday at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Highview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Jarrettsville Young Marines, 1714 Morse Rd., Forest Hill, MD 21050. Online tributes may be left at


Dear Lynnita,

I just wanted to let you know that my dear husband, Mike Pezzella, died on Saturday, November 12 (2016), after a fall at home. Although it is heartbreaking to have lost him, we were happy that we could be with and support him as he passed from this life. He was such a good man and was loved and respected by all who knew him.

Most of all he was a proud Marine who was glad to have served his country. He was especially proud to have been involved in the Battle of Chosin, one of the most gruesome battles in Marine Corps history. His health had begun to deteriorate in the last couple of years - much of it brought on by the frostbite suffered during his time in Korea.

During his last hours in the hospital, I read aloud from his Korean War history and his kids were impressed to learn things about his experience that they had not known about their dad before. Thank you for your participation in this educational project to document this important part of history.

Chris Pezzella

Phegley, Harold Eugene

Harold Eugene Phegley was born in Sullivan County, Indiana, on June 15, 1934, a son of Alpha Alvan and Pauline Opal Robbins Phegley.  He died July 30, 1989 in Vincennes, Indiana, and is buried in the Vincennes City Cemetery, Vincennes.

He was a Private in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea during the Korean War.  He was the brother of: Junior Phegley, Ruth Horn, Helen Anderson, William Henry Phegley, James Robbins, Jimmy Phegley, Earnest Edward Phegley, Ronald D. Phegley, and John Phegley.

Phelan, Michael J. Jr.

Michael J. Phelan Jr, LTC, US Army (Ret), passed away March 14th, 2013 at Mercy Hospital Northwest in Rogers, Arkansas. Mike was born on December 3rd, 1932 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

He enlisted in the Army during the Korean War. After the war he attended Language School (Chinese Mandarin) and was further assigned to 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa. While assigned to 1st Group, he served several TDY tours in Vietnam with Combined Studies. Mike also served with the 1st Bn, 503rd, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and the MACV-J3 Office. During the period 1969 – 1971 he was assigned as Senior Advisor to the Republic of China Special Forces. His other major assignments were with 3rd Special Forces Group, 11th and 101st Airborne Divisions. His many awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, CIB, Bronze Star and the Vietnam Service Medal with nine campaign stars.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 22 years, Patricia, and brother James Phelan. He is survived by his beloved partner, Joan McDermitt, of Havasu City, Arizona, a former US Army Nurse who Mike met in Vietnam; two daughters, Kelly Bellers and her husband Mike of St Louis, Missouri; and Heather O’Dell of Lebanon, Missouri; and three grandchildren, Helena O’Dell and Alex and Maddie Bellers.

Burial was on 19 March, 2013, with full military honors at the Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.

Phillips, John Taylor

Judge John Taylor Phillips died on June 15, 2012 and left this world to fly to worlds unknown to meet his Savior.

J. Taylor Phillips was born in Greenville, South Carolina on August 20, 1921. His wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Parrish of Eastman, Georgia, survives him, as do his three daughters, all of Macon, Georgia: Mary Susan Phillips, Linda Lea Phillips Dannelly (Lee), Julia Taylor Phillips Manard (Tom), and his two grandchildren, Ben and Ryan Manard. His son, John Allen Phillips, is deceased, and his parents, Walter Dixon Phillips and Mattie Sue Taylor Phillips, are also deceased.

J. Taylor Phillips graduated from Miami High School in Miami, Florida, but spent most of his adolescence in Americus and Augusta, Georgia. After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War, Taylor graduated from Glenville State College in West Virginia, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon. Later in life, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, for his exemplary service in both the legal profession and church service.

Judge Phillips also served in the Georgia House of Representatives two terms from 1959 to 1962, and in the Georgia State Senate one term from 1963 to 1964, where he was instrumental in crafting laws conducive to furthering education and fostering better living conditions for Georgians. Before assuming his seat as judge of the State Court of Bibb County, where he served thirty-five years from 1964 to 1999, Judge Phillips practiced law in Macon for ten years.

During his lengthy tenure as judge, he also was actively involved in educating law students at the Walter F. George School of Law, and from 1968 to 1999 he served as director of Trial Practice Procedure. He was president of the State Court Trial Judges and Solicitors Association of Georgia from 1972 to 1973 and a member and chair of the Judicial Qualifications Commission for ten years from 1982 to 1992. He was a member of the Macon Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia.  After his retirement from the bench, he served as Senior Judge for the State of Georgia up to the time of his death.

Not only was Judge Phillips active in the legal sphere, but his service to his community and his church was extensive. He was a member of the Lions Club and a Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner. He served as president of the United Cerebral Palsy of Macon and Middle Georgia and National Vice President of United Cerebral Palsy from 1971 to 1973. He was president of the Georgia Council of Moral and Civic Concerns for over twenty years. He provided financial support to the United Methodist Children's Home in Macon, and he sponsored children in need around the world. He gave generously to the United Methodist Church, not only with faithful giving to Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, his local church, but also to two United Methodist retreat centers--Epworth-by-the-Sea on St. Simons Island in Georgia and Lake Junaluska in North Carolina. Judge Phillips also served as a trustee for Epworth and Lake Junaluska, as well as Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and Magnolia Manor in Americus.

He provided leadership to Good News Television, serving as president of Macon Urban Ministries of Good News TV. He served as a lay leader, Chairman of the Administrative Board, certified lay speaker, and adult Sunday School teacher at Mulberry United Methodist Church. He was lay leader for the Macon District of the United Methodist Church from 1972 to 1980 and South Georgia Conference Lay Leader from 1980 to 1988. He was president of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Lay Leaders from 1983 to 1985. He was a delegate to the General and Jurisdictional conferences of the United Methodist Church ten times, rendering forty years of dedicated service, and was a member of several general boards of the UMC.

A memorial service will be held at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, on Wednesday, June 20, 2012,at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Tommy Mason and Rev. John Carroll officiating. Visitation immediately follows in the Fellowship Hall. Burial will be private. Donations may be made to any charity, but for those who wish, a scholarship account in his name exists to help students enrolled in Mercer's law school. If interested, direct your donation to the J. Taylor Phillips Scholarship fund at the Walter F. George School of Law, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.

Pickering, Lonnie L.

Lonnie L. Pickering, 81, of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 in Fort Smith. He was born July 12, 1931 in Cameron to Floyd and Dile (Archey) Pickering, was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Korea, worked for Felt Mills in Kansas City and attended Calvary Assembly of God Church in Poteau.

Services are Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with Rev. Lynn Bullard officiating. Interment will follow at Fairhill/Knothole Cemetery in Cameron, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Aldridge, of the home; four sons, Ed Pickering and wife Ruth of Bokoshe, Eric Pickering and wife Terry of Oklahoma City, Charles Pickering and wife Wanda, Brian Pickering and wife Sheila of Wister; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Lyles and husband Jerry of Waldron and Betty Graven and husband Bill of California; and a brother, Pat Pickering and wife Mollie of Kansas City.

Plasters, Joseph Elsworth

Joseph Elsworth Plasters, 81, of Springfield, IL, died on Friday, April 1, 2011 at his home. Mr. Plasters was born on September 25, 1929, in West Frankfort, Illinois, the son of Elan Plasters and Ethel Elzina (Jenks) Plasters. He married the former Phyllis Osburn on August 14, 1955 and she survives.

Joe graduated from Thompsonville Community High School in 1948 and Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with Business and Industry focus in 1955. He completed his Master of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Illinois Springfield in 1975. Joe worked for Illinois Bell Telephone/Ameritech from 1955-1990 retiring as Labor Relations Manager. He was instructor of business and management courses at Lincoln Land Community College from 1980-1991.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1948 to 1952 during the Korean War. Joe attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and also received five bronze service stars. He served as a wire chief with the 13th Signal Company, 1st Cavalry with MacArthur’s unit in Korea from July 1950 to June 1951. At one time his unit was only 50 miles from the Yalu.

Joe attended Westminster Presbyterian Church and Hope Evangelical Free Church. Joe was a patient, fun-loving, devoted family man and loyal friend who always appreciated good times with others. He valued hard work, education, health and fitness, personal growth, and appreciation for the simple things in life. He enjoyed good conversation, fishing, traveling, beauty in nature, music, laughter, jokes/magic tricks/pranks, hiking/camping/outdoors, reading, writing, current events and story-telling. He was an intelligent, good-natured, down to earth, personable and diplomatic man whose sound and exemplary wisdom will always be remembered and whose loving presence will be sadly and greatly missed.

Surviving relatives include his wife Phyllis Plasters, Springfield, Illinois, three daughters, Rebecca Lynn Merten and husband Matthew, Effingham, Illinois, Loretta Kay Goddard and husband Julian, Columbia, South Carolina, Marcia Jo Plasters, Springfield, Illinois, one son, Eric Ellsworth Plasters and wife Dana, Glen Carbon, Illinois, six grandchildren, Sarah Jo Goddard, Jacqueline Michelle (Currie) Perdomo and husband Andrew, Julianne Kay Goddard, Dalton Joseph Homolka, Ethan Joseph Plasters, Addison Christine Plasters, one sister, Shirley Klein, Springfield, Illinois, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Mr. Plasters was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Jason Lynn Currie, two sisters, Dorothy Bangert and Lois Fuhr, and one brother, Robert Plasters. A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 with Rev. Julian Goddard officiating. Burial was in the Plasters Grove Cemetery, Thompsonville, IL with military honors conducted by the Thompsonville American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Plasters Grove Baptist Church, Thompsonville, IL, the Crecer Ministry to Boma, Dominican Republic (in memory of grandson Jason Currie) or the Alzheimer's Association.

Pleasant, George Carlton

George Carlton Pleasant, 90, of 630 Mt Cross Road, Danville, Virginia., passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Leasburg, North Carolina, on February 13, 1928, a son of the late Malcom Monroe Pleasant and Lottie Stephens Pleasant Walker.

Mr. Pleasant was a member of Task Force Smith during the Korean War.  He was an assistant BAR man in the first platoon, company ‘B’, 21st infantry Regiment of the 24th infantry division. He was assistant to BAR gunner, Cpl. Norman V. Fosness who was from Minot, North Dakota. They were among the first 400 of the 24th infantry division to arrive in Korea.

Mr. Pleasant worked for Holsum Bakery and was a farmer.  He later retired from Dan River Mills. He was a member of Shermont Baptist Church. On October 11, 1952, he married, Mildred Parsons Pleasant, who passed on October 3, 2013.

Surviving are his four sons, Bobby Pleasant Sr. and wife, Norma, Larry Pleasant, Terry Pleasant and wife, Jackie, and Roger Pleasant and wife, Lisa, all of Danville, Virginia.; four grandchildren, Bobby Pleasant Jr. and wife, Jamie, Amanda Crews and husband, Roger, R.J. Pleasant and wife, Brooke, and Danielle P. Wyatt and husband, Matthew; three great-grandchildren, Kayla Pleasant, Andrew Crews, and River Pleasant; a sister, Janie P. Sitt; a brother, Leon Pleasant; two sisters in-law, Jetti Riddle and Helen Clark; many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, Henry and Malcolm Pleasant; and three sisters, Pauline Webster, Frances Adams, and Irma Wiles.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 22, 2018, 2 p.m. at Shermont Baptist Church with the Reverend Ryan Riley officiating. Interment followed in Danville Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Danville Life Saving Crew or to the Shermont Baptist Church Building Fund.

Pollard, Odis Latemore "Lat"

My dad Odis Latemore “LAT” Pollard served in the Korean War, 578th Combat Engineer Battalion, Company A from December 1950 to January 1952. He died 2 March 06.  He was preceded in death by his father (Bud), mother (May), and brother (Harvey). He is survived by his wife Doris; sons Stanley, Tony (Cheryl) and Scott (Glena); and grandchildren Brian, Brad, Joshua, Mandy, and Levi. He was a lifelong resident of Ballplay, Alabama. He was a great man and I’m proud he was my dad and served his country. If you know where I can find some information about his service or reunions of his unit please feel free to send me an email. - Tony Pollard,

Poston, George O.

George O. Poston passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2009. He was 80 years old.  George was born on a farm near Roscoe, Missouri, on November 1, 1928. He was the second son and fifth child of Benjamin and Anna Poston. In the 1930s, Ben and Anna moved their family to Anaconda where George spent most of his childhood.

George commenced his military service in a special officer candidate school for high school seniors toward the end of World War II. When this program was discontinued after the end of the war, George enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After 18 months' service in the Navy, he transferred to the U.S. Air Force where he served for over 20 years. During those years of service, George was awarded many commendations, citation, and medals including the Air Medal. While serving during the Korean War as an enlisted man, George received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his participation in combat action. Later in his military career, as an officer, he again received the Distinguished Flying Cross for covert work he did while stationed in West Germany. While he was stationed in West Germany, George met and married his wife, Shirley Washburn Poston, a fellow officer in the U.S. Air Force, on May 2, 1962. They were married for over 36 years.

George's final duty was as a safety range officer at Vandenberg Air Force Base where he assisted in the testing of intercontinental missiles. After retirement from the Air Force in 1967, George attended Montana State University in Bozeman. Upon graduation, he worked for several construction companies in a managerial capacity and ended his work career with the Montana Department of Transportation.

George enjoyed his retirement with many hunting and fishing trips. His hunting camp in the Madison range became well known amongst his hunting buddies where George was head man and chief cook. George hunted throughout the world and was very active in the hunting conservation community. He participated in several organizations including Ducks Unlimited and the Boone and Crockett Club. George and his wife, Shirley, and Shirley's brother would spend many a summer day fishing off the coast of Oregon. When he went ice fishing, however, Shirley tended to let him go by himself.

George also dedicated much of his time to veterans and their families. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He worked tirelessly to improve the environment for the patients at Fort Harrison. He was the original and a significant contributor to Liberty House at Fort Harrison, a home where veterans' families can stay while the patients receive treatment. George also worked diligently to create the State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. He was named the Montana Disabled Veteran of the Year and he was nominated as the U.S. Disabled Veteran of the Year. At the time of his death, George was the adjutant for the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 3, treasurer for Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 3, State Veterans Cemetery Board chairman and Veterans Administration volunteer service coordinator for Montana, which worked with the Disabled American Veterans Service Transportation.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Anna Poston; his brother, Ben "Buster" Poston; and his wife, Shirley W. Poston. George will be missed by his sisters, Jeanette Pope, Alice Stearns, May Martin; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Ted and Maxine Poston and John and Joan Poston; 14 nieces and nephews; more than 30 great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and his many friends and fellow veterans.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, at Hagler Anderson Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow the services at the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Disabled American Veterans, DAV Transportation, or Liberty House, P.O. Box 25, Fort Harrison, MT 59636.

Powell, Rudy Devohn Sr.

Rudy Devohn Powell, Sr., 71, was born on June 02, 1933 and passed away on Tuesday, December 7, 2004. Mr. Powell was a resident of Highlands for over 30 years.  He was a member of North Side Baptist Church in Highlands and he enjoyed working outdoors, fishing, traveling.  He really loved his grandchildren and enjoyed helping people. He had served in the Air Force during the Korean War in the 18th Fighter-Bomber Wing.

Rudy is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Powell of Highlands; 3 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Rudy Devohn Powell, Jr. of Highlands, Montie and Jayna Powell of Baytown and John and Jill Powell of Highlands; mother, Ruby Powell of Baytown; 3 grandchildren, Joel Powell, Elizabeth Powell and Jake Powell, all of Highlands; numerous other relatives and a host of friends.  For those desiring, memorials may be made to North Side Baptist Church of Highlands, TX.

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Primm, Raymond "Ray"

Raymond “Ray” Primm, 72, of Russellville, Arkansas, died peacefully in his sleep on the evening of Friday, March 24, 2006 at his home, following illnesses of several years.

Raymond was born July 17, 1933, in Alix, Arkansas, the fifth child of James (Jim) and Maggie Burchfield Primm. He was preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Roger, who died in 1974. Roger (William R.) was also a Korean War veteran.

Ray is survived by his wife, Virginia Shaffer Primm; four children, Terry Day and husband Mike, of Arlington, Texas; Donna Lang and husband Larry, of Westford, Massachusetts; Shari Melillo and husband Stephen, of Smithfield, Virginia; and son James Primm and wife Kathy, of North Little Rock, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Melissa Day, Jinny and Ryan Lang, Spencer and Raymond Shaffer Melillo, and Madison, Raydan, and Kennedy Primm; and six brothers and sisters, Eileen Primm of Mt. Vernon, Missouri; Imogene Wiederkehr, of Independence, Missouri; Ruth Wasson, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Gerald (Jerry) Primm, of Mulberry, Arkansas; Marilyn Primm, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Sharon Coffey, of Russellville, Arkansas.

Raymond served in two branches of the United States military. He enlisted in the Army at age 16 and served in Korea from November 1950 to June 1951 as part of the 7th Infantry Division, X Corp, 8th Army. A combat infantryman. Raymond fought in the battles of Operation Thunderbolt, Operation Killer, Chinese Spring Offensive, the Hwachon Reservoir campaign, and the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Raymond earned several medals and citations for courage under fire and for physical disabilities incurred in battle. At the time of his death, he was an active member of “The Chosin Few”, an organization of the survivors of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

Following a total of four years in the Army, in April 1954, Raymond enlisted in the Air Force and trained at the Airborne Radio Operator School, in Biloxi, Mississippi. After graduating with distinction, he received the Atomic Energy Commissions “Q” Clearance and was assigned to the 4928th Test Squadron of the 4925th Nuclear Test Group, with which he served from December 1954 through August 1956. Raymond’s home base was Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was a crew member on B-50 and B-36 Bombers. In early 1955 and again in 1956 he participated in the Operation Tea Pot Atmospheric Nuclear Tests at Indian Springs AFB in Nevada. From August 1955 to August 1956, he served in Eniwetok, in the Marshall Islands Pacific Test Area, where he participated in the atomic and hydrogen bomb tests known as Operation Redwing and Operation Firecracker.

After leaving the Air Force, Raymond worked with Crown Engineering and Data Technologies companies in Albuquerque, under contracts with Sandia National Laboratories. While with Crown, he was part of a two-man team which solved an engineering failure that enabled NASA’s first Lunar Lander project to continue. He worked for many years with companies in Albuquerque, providing engineering support to both Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories.

In 1972, after developing and patenting an improved photo-electric eye for elevator and material handling uses, Raymond and three partners founded Innovation Industries, Incorporated, in Roswell, New Mexico. Innovation produced the electric eye developed and patented by him, which they dubbed the model 1004. The Innovation Model 1004 Electric Eye became the world standard for safety in elevator door controls and also led to work in other control systems that protect people all over the world. One project of interest handled by the company, in conjunction with Disney Imagineering, was the development of a new control system for Disneyland. Many of Innovation’s photo eyes were used throughout the park to trigger motion, light, and sound systems in such attractions as the Pirates of the Caribbean.

In 1983, Raymond left Innovation Industries and founded Keyswitch, Inc. Keyswitch produced another of his patents, which was an improved key operated switch, used to control elevators from both inside and outside the elevator car. Raymond’s keyswitches are now in such places as The National Institutes of Health, and the elevators leading to the justice’s chambers of the New York State Supreme Court. After the first bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City, Keyswitch received a contract for switches to monitor all the elevators and security stations of the center. One of Raymond’s proudest moments was when he was able to visit the World Trade Center and see the security stations with all 168 Keyswitches on line. After selling and retiring from Keyswitch Inc. in 1999, Raymond enjoyed traveling, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and participating in local activities around Russellville. In addition to membership in “The Chosin Few”, Raymond was a member of the Russellville VFW and the Russellville Eagle’s Club, the latter of which he had served four years as president.

A rosary service was held on March 29th, 2006, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Russellville, Arkansas. A Celebration of Raymond’s Life was held the following evening, Thursday, March 30th, also at St. John’s Catholic Church, in Russellville. Members of the Russellville VFW held a military honors ceremony and fired the volleys. The body was cremated and, on July 17th, Ray's birth date, during an honors ceremony, the cremains were inurned in the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

Putnam, James H.

Jim Putnam of Fenton, Michigan, died on Monday, March 13, 2006, of complications from cancer.  A former member of the United States Marine Corps, Jim served in Korea in 1952-53 with 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines machinegun section attached to Dog Company.  His memoir appears on the Memoirs of the Korean War Educator.

PUTNAM, James Harold, age 75, of Fenton, died Monday, March 13, 2006 at home. Funeral Services will be held 1PM Friday, March 17, 2006 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 Silver Lake Rd., Fenton. Interment will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, with military honors performed under the auspices of Marine Corps League, Flint Detachment #155. Visitation will be held 5-8PM Wednesday and 2-4 and 5-8PM Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Genesys Hospice. James was born January 19, 1931 in Durand, the son of Clifford and Grace (McCully) Putnam. He was a 1949 graduate of Owosso High School, and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as SGT in Korea. James married Jacqueline Wilson at St. Joseph Church in Owosso on August 14, 1954. He was employed by Farm Bureau Insurance Company until retirement in January of 1996. James was active in the lives of his 3 sons, coaching hockey in youth leagues and at Lake Fenton High School. He was an avid hunter, of all types of game, and trained English Setters in the sport. In addition, he was a member of the Senior Slowpitch Softball League. More than anything, James loved his family; spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren brought him the most joy. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Jacqueline; 3 sons, Jeffrey W. Putnam and wife Christine of Birch Run, Christopher J. Putnam and wife Ann of Davison, Patrick J. Putnam and wife Kelly of Swartz Creek; 6 grandchildren, Alicia, Michael, Andrew, Jenny, Ashley, James; mother-in-law, Oda Wilson of Parker, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family extends special thanks to the staff of Genesys Hospice for their tender care, and to all the wonderful neighbors, and friends who have shown unconditional love and support. Those desiring may share online condolences or post a tribute at

Visitation Hours: 5-8PM Wednesday and 2-4 and 5-8PM Thursday at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be at: Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, Fri. March 17, 2006 1:00 PM. Special Services: Military honors performed under the auspices of Marine Corps League, Flint Detachment #155. Interment will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Family suggests memorial gifts to: Genesys Hospice.


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