Grady Elwood Willmon was born on Nov 9, 1923 in Amy, Delta County, Texas. He is survived by Daughter and son-in-law Rebecca and Richard Jones, Son Kevin Willmon, Grandson Michael Jones, Granddaughter and Grandson-in-law Cynthia and Jason Conner, Great Granddaughters Anna and Leah Conner, Great Grandson Preston Conner, Brother and Sister-in-law Nichols and Betty Willmon and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Novia Willmon, Parents Hershul and Martha Willmon, Sisters Fay Farley and Pearl Anderson and Brothers Afton Willmon and Charles Willmon (died as an infant).
He was highly thought of by his many neighbors, as well as staff at The Waterford in Mesquite where he lived. Likewise, he enjoyed the company of many of those same neighbors through the daily dining and social activities. He always had a sweet candy to share for visitors.
He graduated from Mesquite High School in 1941.
He served on board the USS Wayne (1942-1946) during World War II, mostly in the South Pacific.
He married Novia Wilhite on January 21, 1950
He made his career in and retired from the US Postal Service, but continued working several part time jobs including The State Fair of Texas, The Science Place at Fair Park, The Dallas Convention Center, his own booth at a local Flea Market and drove cars/vans for Capps Auto Leasing to name a few, until he fully retired at age 80.
For years he was part of the Walkers and Talkers group at Town East Mall, where he also made many friends.
His hobbies included fishing, growing roses and vegetables, leather stamping and the daily crossword puzzle.
He loved to talk to people and make them smile and laugh. He will be dearly missed.