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Willis Owen Mahaffey Jr.


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Willis Owen Mahaffey Jr. Obituary

Willis Owen Mahaffey Jr., 71, went to be with his Lord on May 3, 2015, while in Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas.
He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on March 25, 1944, to Lucille (Ferguson) and Willis Mahaffey Sr.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Mahaffey, sister, Lois Moore-Malvo, nephew Clay Robbins and niece Kim Robbins.

He is survived by Gloria (Barker) Mahaffey, Genia Ripley Mahaffey, father, Willis O. Mahaffey Sr., sons, Tech. Sgt. Willis Allen Mahaffey and Jeffrey Clay Mahaffey. Sisters, Sherry and husband James M. Barnes Sr., Helen Karr and brother in law Ron Malvo. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews, Sam Mahaffey, Sammy Watkins, Dawn Watkins- Swain, Scott Hayes, Richard Hayes, Thomas Hayes and Erin Hayes- Cude and numerous step-children and step-grandchildren.

Willis served in the U.S. Air Force and was given a scholarship to Oklahoma University, where he received his degree in Electrical Engineering. Discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant and immediately sworn in as Second Lieutenant in 1970, Willis was sent to the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he received his Masters in Electrical Engineering. His first project was at Eglin Air Force Base, where he worked with General Electric to develop the GA8 Gatling gun, that is on the nose of the A10 Wart Hog. The gun was modified to use throughout the different military departments.
Willis retired in 1986, in Alamogordo, New Mexico, with the rank of Major after 23 years of honorable service. He received the Flying Cross for work done on the Airborne Laser at Kirtland Air Force Base, and the laser is still used today to triangulate enemy sites for bombing.
Willis started a Chimney Sweep business called Soot-n-Ashes, in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Willis was a Christian serving his Lord in many areas at Bethel Baptist Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico and Memorial Baptist Church in Pasadena, Texas.
He loved teaching, woodworking, gardening and was an excellent golfer winning many amateur tournaments.

Willis will be missed by his family and friends.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 31 to June 30, 2015
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