William "Bill" Shular Jr.
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William "Bill" Shular Jr. SENECA Maj. William A. "Bill" Shular, Jr., USA (Ret.), eldest son of the late William A. Shular and Clara A. Gammons, passed away in Dorn VA Hospital, March 9, 2013. He was born May 11, 1922, in Oconee, Washington Co., GA, graduated from Albany H.S., Albany, GA, in 1940, and married Mary Butts Shular on October 8, 1943. He joined the United States Army in January of 1942 and retired at Fort Jackson, SC, on January 31, 1965. A World War II veteran, he was captured at the battle for Anzio and taken to Rome where he escaped; eventually being recaptured and transported by railroad car to Oflag 64, a German POW camp in Szubin, Poland, where he was held until being marched out of the camp in advance of the Russian invasion. He escaped during the march and ultimately made his way to the Russian port of Odessa where he was united with the authorities for the United States. He was honored with the Bronze Star with bronze OCL, Purple Hearts (3) and numerous medals and awards during his long military career. In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by four daughters: Mary Hopper of Charlotte, NC, Anne Bailey and husband, Donald, of Chattanooga, TN, Sue Grunsky and husband, Alan, of Davidson, NC, and Jane Foster and husband, Bill, of Seneca, SC; grandchildren: Bill Stith, MaryAnne Pendleton, Jason Grunsky, Karen Hoover and Bill Foster, Jr. He has eight great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by a brother and three sisters. He was predeceased by grandchildren, Michael Austin Vetzel, Christopher Wayne Vetzel and Charles T. "Rocky" Stith, and two sisters and three brothers. Funeral service for Bill will be held March 15, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, GA. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3223 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, West Columbia, SC 29169. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.sandiferfuneralhome.com. Sandifer Funeral Home, Westminster, is assisting the family.

Published in The State on Mar. 12, 2013.
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