William Raymond Tumlin
Mr. William Raymond Tumlin, age 85,
of Buford died Dec. 19, 2005.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
Henry and Ellen Peace Tumlin; sister, Mildred Tumlin Biddy; and brothers,
Dewey Tumlin and Donald Tumlin.
He was survived by his wife of 59
years, Mary E. Jeter Tumlin; daughter, Kristy Tumlin Cantrell; son, William
Jeter Tumlin and wife, Wanda; brothers, Louis Tumlin and Fred Tumlin and
wife, Sadie; sisters, Doris Harbold and Carolyn Murphy and husband, Buster;
grandchildren, Lance and Amy Cantrell, Tiffany and Jeff Stewart, Ann and
Adam Zamaryka, William L. Tumlin, Stacy and Josh Strickland and William
S. Tumlin; great-grandchildren, Jake and Allison Cantrell, Kailey and Trent
Stewart, Austin, Alec and Abrey Zamaryka, Carrie and Jasmine Tumlin, Logan
and Mikalah Strickland; a host of other relatives; honorary son and daughter-in-law,
Leon and Carolyn Bagwell; and longtime employee and friend, Arnold Williams.
He loved his family and work. He
was the owner of Tumlin Battery for 45 years. He was a member of Gideons
International for 45 years. He was a member of Oakwood Gospel Tabernacle.
He was a volunteer for RYDC in Gainesville for 25-plus years. He loved to
talk about Jesus wherever he went. He attended a lot of his 508, 82nd Airborne
reunions. Josh Strickland, his grandson-in-law, also is in the 82nd Airborne.
Members of the South Camp Gideons
are asked to be honorary pallbearers.
Funeral services will be held at
11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005, at Memorial Park South Chapel. Interment
will be in Broadlawn Cemetery. The Rev. Gary Osteen will officiate.
The family will receive friends from
2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005.
In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to the South Camp Gideons, P.O. Box 603, Oakwood, GA 30566.
U.S Armed Forces service record:
William Raymond Tumlin, U.S. Army
Patches, badges and insignia: 508th
Parachute Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, First Allied Airborne Army,
Airborne Command, Parachutist Badge (with combat jump "star"), PFC chevron
and Combat Infantry Badge
Personal awards: Bronze Star, Purple
Heart (three Oak Leaf Clusters), Prisoner of War Medal, Good Conduct Medal,
American Theater Medal, European Theater Medal (assault landing "arrowhead"
and one "battle star") and World War II "Victory" Medal
Unit awards: U.S. Presidential Unit
Citation, France Croix DeGuerre and France Fourragere
Memorial Park South Funeral Home,
The Times, Gainesville, Ga., Dec.
(courtesy of Denise Roffe)
Grave marker for William R. Tumlin in
the Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Flowery Branch (Hall), GA.
"Bill" was a member of Company C sand
jumped into Normandy on D-Day.
He was captured that same day and
spent the rest of the war as a POW. Bill was ultimately released
from liberated from Stalag 3C Alt Drewitz Brandenburg, Prussia 52-14