R.B. Wadley of Pauls Valley passed away April 11, 2017 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 92 years.
R.B. was born September 4, 1924 in Stigler, Oklahoma. He grew up near the Peavine Hill community between Pauls Valley and Stratford.
He was married to Mary Elizabeth Pope in Seguin, Texas on September 24, 1945 having met while both were in the Army.
He retired as 1st Sgt, having served over 20 years in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean War. He earned many medals including the Bronze Star Medal, a Purple Heart and the POW Medal.
While serving in Korea, toward the end of the war, he and fellow officers built an orphanage for children there who had lost their parents and family.
R.B. joined the Army before graduating from high school and was the first man to receive an honorary high school diploma in Garvin County.
Later, after his retirement from the Army, he worked at the Garvin County Assessor's Office and served Garvin County for over 20 years.
He was an ex-POW, a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. He was, also, a member of Stratford Methodist Church.
R.B. was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Goss Thomas and Robert Bailes, and his wife, Mary P. Wadley.
Surviving family include his daughter and her husband, Janie and David Collings of Pauls Valley; his son and his wife, Jim and Kay Wadley of Statham, Georgia; five grandchildren: Kevin Collings and his wife Jenny of Vermont, Matthew Collings and his wife Susan of Pauls Valley, David Wadley and his wife Amy of Atlanta, Georgia, and Lisa Wadley and Amanda Wadley, both of Georgia; as well as five great-grandchildren.
Memorials are requested by the family to go to: Wounded Warrior Project, National Processing Center at P.O. Box 758541 in Topeka, KS 66675-8541.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at Bethesda Cemetery near Southern Pines, North Carolina by the Boles Funeral Home. You are invited to leave a note for the family on the website for R.B. at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.
Published on April 11, 2017