Sherman Ray Willoughby

Sherman Ray Willoughby was born July 17, 1937 in Wardell, Missouri.  He was the son of Ardell Willoughby and Opal Gray Willoughby. 

He departed this life in Riverdale, Georgia on July 7, 2018.  He was 80 years old. 

In St. Louis, Missouri on May 24, 1955, he enlisted in the United States Army. He received his honorable discharge on May 31, 1985 at Fort McPherson, Georgia.  He achieved the rank of command sergeant major.  He proudly served his country for 30 years and 7 days.  

During his service to his country he served on the presidential bomb squad from President Johnson though President Reagan.  

One of the things he decided after serving all over the world was that he hated snow.  Once he retired, he stayed in Georgia so that snow wasn’t an issue.  

Survived by – the mother of his 3 beautiful children – Carmen B. Willoughby – Widefield, CO                          

2 sons – David Wayne Willoughby (Trinidad) – Fountain, CO 

  • Robert Henry Willoughby (Ramona) – LaJunta, CO 

1 daughter – Michele Hall (Larry) – Fountain, CO 

4 grandchildren – Jesse (Lauren), Cheyenne (Justin), Ashley (Caleb), Brandon (Gabby) 

6 great grandchildren – Gavin, Salym, Jadence, Isaac, Cadence, Cryus 

2 nleces – Pat and Martha 

Other relatives and friends 

He was preceded in death by his parents (Ardell and Opal Willoughby), his wife (Barbara Gallentine), a brother (Herman) and a sister (Sue) 

Funeral services were held July 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the H.S. Smith Chapel with Rev. Kenny Lee officiating.  Interment followed with full military honors at Wardell Cemetery. 

H.S. Smith Funeral Home in charge of services. 

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