Waylon Sheffield, 82, of Bryant passed away April 24, 2013. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bryant, a past member of the board of directors of the Bryant Senior Activity Center, and a Mason.
Waylon served in the U.S. Army from 1947 to 1969. He was a highly decorated combat veteran, receiving the Bronze Star while serving in Vietnam.
Waylon was a member of VFW Post 2256, serving as adjutant for 13 years. He was a former commander of the Military Order of the Cootie, an honor degree of the VFW, and a past member of the VFW Honor Guard.
Waylon was preceded in death by his parents, Adam and Ozelle Sheffield; two brothers, Alton and Boyce; and two sisters, Rosa Brady and Ellon Kennedy.
He is survived by his sister, Joyce Boswell, â€œThe Queen Bee," and her husband, Ted; their children, Britt Boswell (Amanda), Kyle Boswell (Jon Mourot) and Blair Tompkins (Lee). Also surviving him are his nephews David Kennedy (Denise), Gibbs Kennedy (Carolyn), Randy Kennedy (Edna), Carroll Kennedy, Bill Brady (Sissie), Tom Sheffield (Linda), Eddie Sheffield (Anita) and Ray Sheffield; his nieces, Melody Harvey (Herman), Denise Hostetter (Perry Young), Rhonda Sheffield, Dottie Hamilton (Jim), Janice Lock (Sonny), and Cindy Biggs (James Sydney).
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at First United Methodist Church, 518 N. Reynolds Road in Bryant. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander with the Rev. Hammett Evans officiating.
Visitation was held on Monday, May 6, at Griffin Leggett Funeral Home in Alexander.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bryant United Methodist Church Prayer Garden or a charity of one's choice.
Online guestbook: www.griffinleggettforesthills.com.