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Pastor John Claude "J.C." Willard

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Pastor John Claude (J.C.) Willard, 76, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 11, 2009.
He was born March 13, 1933, in Buffalo, S.C. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Arlene Marie Kline Willard.
J.C. Willard served his nation honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a Washington, D.C., police officer, medically retired following a service-related disability. J.C. then went into the Christian ministry as pastor of Sligo Baptist Church, a chaplain of the Maryland State Police and missionary to the Mescalero Apache.
Survivors include his devoted wife, Angela Deibler Willard, of the family home; a daughter, Cynthia Ann McMaster, and husband, Jeff; stepsons Roger Deibler and George Deibler, both of Alamogordo; adopted daughter Mary Elizabeth Morton and husband, Andrew, of Elm City, N.C.; two grandchildren, Joshua David Winans and wife, Natalie, and Sarah LeAnn McMaster; and one adopted grandson, Samuel Neil Morton.
Funeral service will be conducted at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 17, 2009, at Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel with Chuck Moon officiating.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Winans, Jeff McMaster, Dennis McMaster, Roger Deibler, George Deibler and Charlie Dickinson.
Interment will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery.
A reception will follow at 74 La Luz Gate Road in Alamogordo. All friends are welcome.
The family will greet friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2009, at Alamogordo Funeral Home Chapel.
The Willard family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 15 to July 30, 2009
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