Virgil M. “Rod” Waybright passed away Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at High Call Nursing Home in Quapaw, Okla. He was 90 years old.
Rod was born Nov. 19, 1918, in Welch, Okla., to Charley and Luzetta (Triplett) Waybright.
He enlisted in the United States Army and faithfully served his country from Dec. 30, 1945, to Dec. 29, 1948. He was attached to Company B, 51st Armored Infantry Battalion, participating in the infamous Battle of the Bulge. Among our hero, dad’s numerous decorations and citations, he was awarded three bronze service stars. After his honorable discharge at Sierra Army Depot, Herlong, Calif., he remained at that post as a Government Civil Service employee until he retired in 1973 at which time he and his wife moved to Commerce, Okla., and lived there until 2008. Rod remained a life member of Veteran’s of Foreign Wars of the United States, Post 6356, Herlong, Calif. He was an active member of the church he loved, Liberty Baptist Church in Miami, Okla., for many years.
Rod was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Mary Waybright, on Aug. 20, 2008. Also preceding him were his parents and two brothers, Harold and Dale Waybright.
He is survived by two daughters, Marcie Campbell of Quapaw, Okla., and Judy Allen of Commerce, Okla.; four grandchildren, Rick Campbell and wife Terri of Quapaw, Okla., Diane Krien and husband Ben of Marionville, Mo., Sandie Curtsinger and husband Greg of Roseville, Calif., and Sherry Thomas and husband Gary of Lead Hill, Ark.; six great-grandchildren, Johnathon Young and wife Elizabeth of Vacaville, Calif., Adam Young of Quincy, Calif., Chad Robertson of Miami, Okla., Christopher Thomas of Lead Hill, Ark., Keith and Sarah Campbell of Quapaw, Okla.; one great-great-granddaughter, Annie Marie Young of Vacaville, Calif.; two brothers, Carl Waybright of Auburn, Calif., and Bernard Waybright, Miami, Okla.; two sisters, Violet Willard, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Peggy Lyons, of Baxter Springs, Kan.; a host of nieces and nephews and well thought of friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Liberty Baptist Church of Miami, Okla., with pastor Brad Jinks officiating.
Services under the direction of Jim Thomas, Thomas Funeral Home, Welch, Okla.