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John C. Linley, Jr., '65

Col. John C. "Johnny" Linley Jr., of Fayetteville, NC, passed away Friday June 6, 2014, in UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He was born Dec. 10, 1943, in Winfield, Ala., and married Carol Schaefer on March 1, 1968. John was preceded in death by his father, Retired Lt. Col. John C. Linley Sr. He is survived by his wife, Carol; two sisters, Janet Robinson of Stockbridge, Ga., and Diane Hendrix of Canton, Ga.; his mother, Opaline Cagle Linley of McDonough, Ga.; a nephew, Alex Greger of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and a niece, Theresa Doukov of Marietta, Ga. He attended The Citadel, class of 1965. He retired from the Army as a colonel on Jan. 31, 1993, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home. The funeral will follow in the funeral home chapel at 10:30 am, and the burial will follow in Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake with military honors. He had an illustrious career in the Army, during which he received many awards including the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart (Vietnam), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Commendation Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with five Service Stars, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Southwest Asia Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Expert Marksmanship Badge (Rifle M-16) Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist badge, Air Assault Badge, Overseas Service Bar, Block 14 German Language, Command & General Staff College, Air Assault 1982, NATO Defense College Rome 1988, Army War College 1989. Of all the many accomplishments, John was most proud of being Airborne. Even with all the accomplishments, John remained a humble man. John's family is so proud of all of the things he did in his life and career in addition to being a loving husband, son, brother and uncle. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to FAPS, 3927 Bragg Blvd., Fayetteville, NC 28303. 864-9040

Posted June 16, 2014