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June 28, 2014

Lt. Colonel Donald Nelson Willoughby

CULLMAN — Lt. Colonel Donald Nelson Willoughby, 69, a loving husband, proud dad and true patriot, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014. He was a resident of Cold Springs, Alabama, and was born in Birmingham Nov. 13, 1944.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Rebecca Willoughby (Rye); son, Donald N. "Bud" Willoughby Jr.; daughter-in-law, Stacy Lockhart Willoughby; three granddaughters, Madeline, Morgan and Jenna Willoughby; and three brothers, James Marvin Willoughby, George Moye Willoughby and Billy J. Willoughby.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ollie Lee Willoughby; mother, Myrtle Irene Willoughby (Harding); brother, Onvie; and sister, Callie Ann.

Donald served our country honorably for 20 years in the Air Force piloting B-52 bombers. He served during the height of the cold war, spent one tour of combat duty in Vietnam, was an instructor pilot and retired in 1989 with a rank of Lt. Colonel. He was very proud of his service to our country and would always energetically tell stories of his time in the military. During his career he was stationed at Lubbock, Texas, Merced Air Force Base-California, Minot Air Force Base-North Dakota, Carswell Air Force Base-Fort Worth, Texas, Barksdale Air Force Base-Shreveport, Louisiana, Ramstein Air Base-Germany, and McConnell Air Force Base-Wichita, Kansas.

He was a graduate of Cold Springs High School class of 1963 and the University of Alabama. He also received an MBA from TCU. After retiring from the military, he moved back to farm he was raised on in Cold Springs and worked for the State of Alabama Employment office for over 10 years. He was a member of the Cullman Kiwanis Club, the American Legion, and the Air Force Association. He was a proud member of his community always speaking highly of his friends and family.

Our nation is grateful for Donald's service in defending our freedom.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at Cold Springs Missionary Baptist Church. He will lie in state from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

For more information, or to leave a memory with our online register, visit www.mossservicefh.com.

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