SFC (Retired) Clyde Malphus, Jr., 78, died
March 4, 2008, in Columbus, Georgia.
Clyde entered the Army in 1951 and took
his Basic Training at Fort Dix, NJ and Airborne training in 1952. His
military assignments included the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment,
Fort Benning, 1952; 11th Airborne Division, 1955; 101st Airborne
Division, 1956-1958; Caribbean Command, 1958-60; USAMU, 1960-66; Alaska
Marksmanship, 1966-69; and Vietnam Sniper Team, 1969-71.
After retiring from the Army, Clyde was
employed as a civilian gunsmith in the USAMU Custom Gun Shop from 1981
to 1994. His craftsmanship as a high-power, long-range weapons gunsmith
earned him numerous Civil Service exceptional performance and "on the
spot" awards plus the admiration of those who shot rifles built by him.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal,
Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, President's Hundred Tab,
and Distinguished Rifleman Badge.
Burial took placed in the Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia
Clyde Malphus Jr.
November 15, 1929- March 4, 2008
COLUMBUS, GAŚ SFC Retired Clyde Malphus Jr., 78, of Columbus, died
Tuesday, March 4, 2008 in St. Francis Hospital. Funeral services will be
2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2008 in Wynnbrook Baptist Church with Dr. Brad
Hicks officiating. Interment will follow in Parkhill Cemetery with
military honors, according to Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, Macon Road.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Adult 4 Sunday School class.
The family will receive friends this evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the
funeral home. SFC ret. Malphus was born November 15, 1929 in Douglas,
GA., the son of the late Clyde Malphus Sr. and the late Elaine McKinnon
Malphus. He retired from the U.S. Army after twenty years of service as
a SFC. He received a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal. He also
retired as a gunsmith with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. SFC ret.
Malphus was a member of Wynnbrook Baptist Church, Blue Lodge and
Scottish Rite. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rudolph Malphus.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Lollar Malphus of Columbus; one
sister, Evelyn Millane of Santa Ana, CA.; numerous nieces and nephews. A
special thank you to Dr. Chris Wommack. The family request memorials be
made to Wynnbrook Baptist Church or your favorite charity.
(Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus, GA, 6 Mar
2008 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)