William E. (Buddy) Ferrell, Jr. passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Royal Care, Staunton, VA.
He was born January 20, 1925 in Bluefield, WV, the only son of William E. and Ethel M. Ferrell, both deceased. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Jeannette B. Ferrell and an older sister, Eloise Ferrell Davis.
He was a graduate of Beaver High School in Bluefield, WV and Bluefield College in Bluefield, VA.
His World War II military service was with the 8th U.S. Army Air Corps, 379th Bomb group based in Kimbolton, England. From there he flew 35 combat missions on B-17 bombers over Germany as a Radio Operator/Gunner. He received numerous citations among which is the Air Medal with Oak Leaf cluster. Later he served with the USAF Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol) as a 1st Lieutenant.
He was employed in Waynesboro, VA at General Electric Co. from January 1955 to 1983 and with Genicom (G.E.’s successor) until his retirement in 1985.
Buddy and his wife Jeannette moved from Waynesboro to the Stuarts Draft Retirement Village in April 2011.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 1PM at Augusta Memorial Park, Waynesboro, VA
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