Lt. Col. George W. Mendenhall (USAF, Ret.), age 100, passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020 at Noland Health Services in Anniston.
Lt. Col. Mendenhall was born on Jan. 29, 1920 and raised in the Midwest in and around Baker's Corner and Sheridan.
He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1937. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps on Feb. 20, 1942, serving just under 30 years as an Accounting and Finance Officer. He retired on June 1, 1971. He had assignments overseas in Japan and Germany and across the country from Montana to Washington D.C. He received the Legion of Merit medal at retirement for "exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services."
Lt. Col. Mendenhall married Molly Marvin from Greenwood, Va. on Sept. 10, 1944. Sadly, she passed away in 1949. They had two children, George Jr. and Molly. Then he was blessed to marry the lovely Elaine Devaughn from Lineville, Ala. on Feb. 27, 1954 who not only became his wife but mother to George Jr. and Molly, ages 8 and 4 at the time. Their son Eddie was born in 1957 when the family was stationed at Rhein Main AFB in Germany. After military retirement, the Mendenhalls settled in Jacksonville, Ala. in 1973.
After retirement, he started a new career as an insurance/investment agent for United Service Insurance Company from 1975-91 whose client base was primarily active duty or retired military. He fit the job perfectly and was very successful.
Survivors include his children, George W. Mendenhall, Jr. of French Village, Miss. and Molly (Jeff) Suling of Palmyra, Va.; daughter-in-law, Jane Mendenhall of Richmond, Va.; six grandchildren, Heather Mendenhall, George W. Mendenhall III, Allison Mendenhall, Jeffrey Benjamin Suling, Keene Mendenhall and Jessie Elaine Mendenhall; five great-grandchildren, Lauren Bonnett, Andrew Bonnett, Addison McLemore, Corey Suling and Danielle Mendenhall and one on the way; and a younger brother, Donald Mendenhall of Lebanon, Ind.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Elaine Devaughn Mendenhall, who passed away recently on Aug. 23; his youngest son, John Edwin "Ed" Mendenhall, who passed away on Oct. 8; his parents, John and Mary Mendenhall of Sheridan; and three siblings, Louise M. Hines, Howard "Joe" Mendenhall and Harold "Red" Mendenhall.
A private graveside service, with military honors was held on Oct. 24, 2020 at Lineville City Cemetery. Dr. Derek Staples officiated.
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