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Jerry Murl Wills, age 76 of Cohutta, passed away at his home Friday, April 13, 2018.
Mr. Wills served in the U.S. Navy from the age of 17 beginning in 1959 to 1970. He served as a Signalman Rating on Minesweepers particularly the U.S.S. RIVAL and the U.S.S. ABILITY during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. Three years of shore duty as a Shore Patrolman in Meridian, Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. Ending with a year’s service off the Coast of Vietnam in the attack Ammo Ship, U.S.S. CHARA, earning the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with One Bronze Star.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Timothy Wills and sister, Carolyn S. Rearden.
He is survived by his sons, Tony Lee Wills and Bobby Henderson Wills; brother, Donald Eugene Wills; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Memorial services to celebrate the life of Jerry Murl Wills will be 6 pm Wednesday, April 18th 2018 from the chapel of Jones Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4:00 - 6:00 pm Wednesday April 18th.