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The Tipton County Museum honors our local veterans by honoring their service to our country. On the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, we honor a Tipton County Veteran for their dedication and service to their country, community, and family. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free event to offer their gratitude and appreciation for the veteran’s service.

To be eligible for selection for Veteran of the Month nominees must

  • reside in Tipton County
  • have been honorably discharged
  • retired from or presently serving in a branch of the United States Military.
  • nominees will be required to show proof of residency and verification of their veteran’s status.

Once selected, the “Veteran of the Month” will be honored with a reception, a framed certificate, and a flag flown over the state capitol in their honor, and they will also receive additional special gifts. Each “Veteran of the Month” will have their story on display in the museum’s main exhibit area for a month and permanently displayed on the Tipton County Museum’s website.

Friends and family members may nominate their special veteran by completing a Veteran of the Month application and returning it to the Tipton County Museum. Thank you for helping us to honor our Veterans!

Veteran of the Month application

Veteran of the Month

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    Paul Wesley Sampson

    January 2022 – Paul Wesley Sampson U.S. Navy 1976-1980 Born 1956 in Memphis, Tenn., Paul moved with his family to Charlotte, North Carolina, when he…

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    Henry Leslie Billings

    Sept 2016: Henry Leslie Billings (22 May 1947-10 Jun 2023) US Army, Vietnam 1966-1973 Billings finds blessings after tours in Vietnam By SHERRI ONORATI Special…

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    Ozell Wright

    November 2021 – Ozell Wright (16 Jul 1935 – 17 Jan 2022) U.S. Army 1958- 1960 Born in Covington, Tennessee, on July 16, 1935, Ozell…

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    Homer Thurl "H.T." Ray

    Aug 2017: Homer Thurl “H. T.” Ray US Navy, Vietnam, 1959 – 1978 Retired Aviation Structural Mechanic – Hydraulics Chief Petty Officer Homer Thurl Ray…

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    Mervin Byson "MB" Howard

    March 2016: Mervin Byson “MB” Howard (April 18, 1923 ~ June 6, 2019) US Air Force 1943-1972 WWII Bomber Navigator honored as March Veteran of…

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    John Vincent "Butch" Moeller

    Feb 2018: John Vincent “Butch” Moeller US Navy, 1979 – 2012 Our February 2018 Veteran of the Month is John Vincent Moeller. Please join us…

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  • Rudolph Boykin Jr

    June 2017: Rudolph Boykin, Jr. US Army, Vietnam 1968-1970 Son Follows in Father’s Footsteps By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader World War II veteran…

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    Victoria Outlaw-Coone

    March 2019: Victoria Outlaw-Coone US Marine Corps, 1981-1987 Born and raised in Alabama, by the age of seventeen Vickie knew she wanted to leave Alabama…

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    James Noah Craig

    April 2016: James Noah Craig (Aug. 18, 1918 – Nov. 22, 2021) US Army, WWII 1940-1945 War is Hell says April’s Veteran of the Month…

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    David Quinn

    Feb 2019: David Quinn US Navy, 1980-2010 David Quinn was born in Richmond, Kentucky, on November 24, 1960. Upon graduation from high school in 1978,…

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    Jesse Hill Sr

    Feb 2017: Jesse Hill Sr., US Army, 1943-1946 Jesse Hill, Sr. was born on August 4, 1923 in Covington, Tennessee, to Sloan and Mattie Tipton…

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  • Warren Richard Willers

    Oct 2016: Warren Richard “Rick” Willers US Army 1969-1973 / US Navy, 1973 – 1993 Our October Veteran of the Month is Warren Richard “Rick”…

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    Terry McWilliams

    Sept 2017: Terry McWilliams US Navy, Vietnam, 1963 – 1967 Tonight family and friends gathered at the Tipton County Museum to honor Vietnam Veteran Terry…

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    William Thomas "Tommy" Cheairs

    Aug 2016: William Thomas “Tommy” Cheairs US Air Force, Vietnam Vietnam pilot honored as Veteran of the Month By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader…

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    Linda Coffield

    March 2022 – Linda Coffield U.S. Navy 1970-2018 Born in 1951 in Buffalo, New York (NY), Linda spent her early years in Williamsville, NY. She…

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    Charles W. McCorkle

    Aug 2018: Charles W. McCorkle (16 Nov 1948 – 14 Dec 1921) US Marine Corps, Vietnam Born November 16, 1948, Charles was raised in the…

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    Elizabeth Marge Scott

    May 2017: Elizabeth Marge Scott US Marine Corps, 1953-1954 Scott honored as first woman Veteran of the Month By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader…

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    Eddie Nep Wilson

    May 2021: Eddie Nep Wilson (4 Dec 1925 – 26 Aug 1921) U.S. Army 1944-1946 Eddie Nep Wilson was born on Dec. 4, 1925, in…

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    James Hardin

    July 2017: Jim Hardin US Navy, 1982 – 2009 Former District 81 Candidate honored as Veteran of the Month By Sherri Onorati, Special to The…

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    Fred Walker Bray, Jr.

    June 2019: Fred Walker Bray, Jr. USMC 1972-1976 / US Air Force 1976-1980 The Tipton County Museum Veteran of the Month for June, 2019, is…

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    Sherri L. Onorati

    Jan. 2020 – Sherri Lyn Panchaud Onorati U.S. Navy 1984-2006 The Tipton County Museum Veteran of the Month for January 2020 is Sherri Lyn Onorati.…

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    Marshall Billy Walker

    Oct 2018: Marshall Billy Walker US Army, Korea 1949-1953 Born October 17, 1930 in Tennessee, Marshall Walker grew up on a farm in Tipton County.…

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    Grady William Turnbow

    June 2018: Grady William Turnbow, Jr. US Navy, 1950 – 1980 Born on July 6, 1932, Grady Turnbow enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves in…

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    Charles Joseph Raggo

    Jan 2018: Charles Joseph Raggo, US Navy, Korea 1951 – 1954 / Vietnam 1957-1976 Our Veteran of the Month for January 2018 is Charles Joseph…

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    Peyton Smith

    Oct 2015: Peyton Smith (Sept. 22, 1924Oct 25, 2017) US Air Force, WWII Smith honored as October Veteran of the Month By Sherri Onorati, Special…

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    Harold David Harden

    Nov 2016: Harold David Harden US Army, 1985-2006 Our November Veteran of the Month is Harold David Harden. Harold grew up in Jackson, TN and…

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    Joseph Leno Malone

    May 2019: Joseph Leno Malone US Navy 1950-1956 Joseph Leno Malone was born on July 27, 1933, in the Mt. Carmel area of Tipton County…

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    John McBride

    May 2015: John McBride US Air Force 1966 – 1987 May Veteran of the Month By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader If you were…

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    Leroy Kitchens

    Nov 2015: Leroy Kitchens (Aug. 12, 1925-Sept. 10, 2015) US Marine Corps, WWII Leroy Kitchens was born August 12, 1925, in Covington, Tennessee. He grew…

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    Meldron Dave "Bill" Worthy

    February 2022 – Meldron Dave “Bill’ Worthy U.S. Navy; Vietnam 1960-1987 Meldron Dave (Bill) Worthy was born and raised in Warren, Texas. After graduating from…

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    Charles Lee Kennedy

    April 2018: Charles Lee Kennedy US Navy, Operation Desert Storm Born on April 23, 1960 in Houston, Texas, Charles Lee Kennedy enlisted in the United…

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    Victor Johnson

    June 2016: Victor Johnson US Army 1975-1995 Victor Johnson honored for service in Vietnam By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader Covington native Victor Johnson…

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    William Thomas Hawkins

    May 2016: William Thomas Hawkins US Army 1942-1945 Former German POW honored By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader Unlike previous honorees, May’s Veteran of…

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    James Ronnie Dacus

    Nov 2017: James Ronnie Dacus US Army, Vietnam, 1969-1974 Born on December 9, 1949, James Ronnie Dacus graduated from Brighton High School in 1967. On…

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    Bruce A Lemont

    July 2018: Bruce A. Lemont US Army, 1967-1969 Born on November 9, 1948 in Portland, Maine, Bruce was drafted into the United States Army in…

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  • Rudolph Boykin Sr.

    Mar 2017: Rudolph Boykin Sr. (Oct. 4, 1919 ~ Apr. 30, 2019) US Army WWII, 1944 – 1946 Brighton native honored as Veteran of the…

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    Feaster Williamson, Sr.

    Feb 2015: Feaster Williamson, Sr. (5 May 1930-10 Jun 2015) US Army; Korea 1951-52 / U.S. Air Force Reserves 1955-1990 Living History: Feaster Williamson, Sr.…

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    Ernest Bowling

    Dec 2016: Ernest Bowling (10 Mar 1929 – US Army, Korea, 1950-1953 Ernest Bowling is the December 2016 Veteran of the Month. He was born…

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    Larry Wayne Purvis

    Aug 2015: Larry Wayne Purvis US Marine Corps, Vietnam, 1970-1978 Munford resident honored as veteran of the month By Sherri Onorati Vietnam-era veteran and Munford…

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  • Jerry Eugene Beckley

    Nov 2017: Jerry Eugene Beckley US Army 1948-1951 / US Navy 1951 – 1978 Born on Christmas Eve 1933 in Bakersfield, California, Jerry was a…

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  • Ted Kesler

    Feb 2016: Ted Kesler USN 1951-1972 Munford resident honored as Veteran of the Month By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader Long-time Munford resident Ted…

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    Renea McBride

    Feb. 2020 – Renea McBride U.S. Navy 1989-1998 The Tipton County Museum Veteran of the Month for February 2020 is Renea Antoinette McBride. Renea was…

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    Norman Crittenden

    Jan 2015: Norman Crittenden (December 13, 1924 ~ October 24, 2015) US Army, WWII 1943-1946 Living History: Norman Crittenden recognized during Veteran of the Month…

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    Andrew "Andy" Wiley Dunavant

    March 2015: Andrew “Andy” Wiley Dunavant (14 Oct 1924 – 16 Jun 2023) US Army, WWII, 1943-1946 March Veteran of the Month By Sherri Onorati,…

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    William Beasley

    Dec 2015: William Oliver Beasley (December 5, 1926 ~ December 9, 2019) US Army, WWII 1945-1946 William Oliver Beasley was born on December 5, 1926,…

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    Gary Wayne Vaughan

    April 2022 – Gary Wayne Vaughan U.S. Navy 1972-1997 Gary Wayne Vaughan, a native of Memphis, Tennessee (TN), enlisted in the United States Navy in…

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    Perry Douglas "Doug" Ward

    Sept 2018: Perry Douglas Ward (Sept. 21, 1935-Jan. 6, 2021) US Army, Korea Born September 21, 1935 in Holcomb, Mississippi, Doug Ward enlisted in the…

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    Ernest Tigue

    Sept 2015: Ernest Tigue (16 Oct 1935-7 Apr 2018) US Navy, 1955-1984 Thirty year Navy veteran honored By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader There…

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    Charles Edward Mason

    Feb 2017: Charles Edward Mason US Army, 1967-1992 Born in Tipton County in 1941, Charles Edward Mason graduated from Frazier High School in 1961. In…

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    Sercy Marshall

    July 2015: Sercy Marshall (January 4, 1927 ~ November 9, 2020) US Army, WWII 1945-1947 Former Brighton Mayor July’s Veteran of the Month By Sherri…

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    Bill Sexton

    January 2024 – Bill Sexton U.S. Navy, Vietnam 1965-1985 Bill Sexton was born 20 April 1946 in Providence, Rhode Island and graduated from Bramwell High…

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    Jimmy Lee Blakely

    September 2021 – Jimmy Lee Blakely U.S. Army, Vietnam 1966-1968 Jimmy Lee Blakely was born on Sept. 24, 1947, to James “Jack” and Jewell Mae…

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    John Robinson Wallace

    June 2021 – John Robinson “Robin” Wallace U.S. Navy 1968-2006 John Robinson Wallace, Jr. was born on June 14, 1946 and graduated from Whitehaven (TN)…

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    Allan Anthony Barrow

    July 2019: Allan Anthony Barrow, Sr. US Navy, 1975-1996 Allan Anthony Barrow, Sr. was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He always longed to…

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    Ridley Clifton

    July 2016: Ridley Clifton US Navy 1967-1971 Clifton honored as Veteran of the Month By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader Gainsville native Ridley Clifton…

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    John Allen Clark

    May 2018: John Allen Clark US Navy, Vietnam 1965-1968 / 1975-1993 Born on 14 May 1947 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, John Allen Clark enlisted in…

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    Rebecca Knox Dickinson

    July 2021 – Rebecca Knox Dickinson U.S. Navy 1961-1963 Becky Knox was born on April 28, 1943, in Chillicothe, Ohio to Donald and Marjorie Knox.…

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    Russell Leon Goforth

    April 2017: Russell Leon Goforth US Army, WWII 1944-1946 Leon Goforth honored as Veteran of the Month By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader April’s…

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    John D Abbott

    August 2021 – John Durwood Abbott Merchant Marines / U.S. Army 1945-1947 John Durwood Abbott was born November 4, 1922, in Wesson, Arkansas, the only…

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    Thomas Samuel Johnson

    Mar 2024 – Thomas Samuel Johnson was born in Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina. He enlisted in the United States Navy upon graduation from high…

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    Bob George Willis

    Bob George Willis USMC 1960 – 1990 The April 2019 Veteran of the Month, Bob George Willis Bob George Willis was born on January 28,…

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    James Russell Clark

    Nov 2018: James Russell Clark, US Marine Corps, Vietnam, 1968 – 1998 Born on July 22, 1949 in Tipton County, James Russell Clark received his…

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    Robert Lee Ellis

    Jan 2019: Robert Lee Ellis US Army, Korea, 1948-1952 Born on January 20, 1932, Bob Ellis joined the U.S. Army in March of 1948 at…

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    Arline Gorham

    Oct 2017: Arline Nicholson Gorham (12 Nov 1923 – 16 Oct 2023) US Navy, WWII 1945 The Tipton County Veterans Council and the Tipton County…

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    Robert Jacob "Jake" Spradley

    Apr 2015: Robert Jacob “Jake” Spradley, US Marine Corps, Iraq 2001-2007 April Veteran of the Month By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader War is…

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    Stephen Paul Foisy

    Dec 2018: Stephen Paul Foisy US Army, Vietnam, 1968-1974 At the age of 21, Stephen Paul Foisy was employed with IBM when he received his…

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  • Lawrence Reed Oliver

    June 2015: Lawrence Reed Oliver US Army, WWII Oliver honored as a member of the greatest generation By Sherri Onorati, Special to The Leader The…

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    Jon M. Rodriguez

    Feb 2024 – Jon M. Rodriguez joined the United States Navy in March 1983, shortly after graduating from high school. While growing up, Jon and…

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    Edward Odell Kinney

    Oct 2021: Edward Odell Kinney (27 Mar 1932 – 14 Jul 2024) U.S. Army. Korean War, 1951-1954 Born in Brighton, Tenn., on March 27, 1932,…

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    Tony Wayne Doss

    May 2024 – Tony Doss spent over 21 years serving his country in the U.S. Army and the Tennessee Army National Guard. As the Chief…

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    J. Houston Gordon

    Mar 2018: J. Houston Gordon US Army, Vietnam 1968-1974 The Tipton County Veterans Council and the Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial and Nature Center Veteran…

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