Gilmer Waggoner Jr.

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Gilmer Young Waggoner Jr.

EL MACERO, Calif. - Gilmer "Sunny" Waggoner, ("Gil" to all non-Southerners) passed away at 87 in his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

A native of Salisbury, N.C., Gil was born Feb. 13, 1927, to Gilmer Young Waggoner and Adelaide (Nicholas) Waggoner. He graduated from Catawba College, majoring in accounting, but was also admired for his skills on the dance floor and at the pool table.

Gil was a proud member of the Jamestowne Society, tracing his southern lineage across centuries.

He was also a proud veteran who saw active combat in the Pacific during World War II with the Navy. He later served in Panama and Virginia as an Army Lieutenant during the Korean War. He displayed the American flag with deepest respect for the bravery, service, and sacrifice of his fellow servicemen and women. After leaving the military, he worked as a CPA. This career spanned many decades and regions on both the east and west coasts.

His life was marked by many enthusiasms, especially music, movies and animals. He was the doting adoptive "father" of a long succession of dogs and cats rescued by various local humane agencies, especially the Yolo County SPCA.

Gil is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Jennison) Waggoner, with whom he spent 63 happy years. He would tell everyone his secret to life: "Marry well." His daughters Carolyn and Laura heeded this in their choice of husbands, Rolf Fecht and Murry Baria. Gil was the loving grandfather of Annie Baria and Billy Baria, and anticipated Annie's upcoming marriage to Tony Cavalero with joy.

Gil leaves behind beloved extended family in North Carolina, Virginia and Ohio - and friends across the country. Between family and friends, Gil was rich beyond measure.

Service: A graveside service honoring Gil's memory will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Calif. A celebration of his life will follow in Davis.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please reach out to a senior, a neighbor or an animal in need.

Gil's family wishes to thank the team from Yolo Hospice for their kind support and loving care during his last week.
Published in Salisbury Post on Aug. 7, 2014
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