Lt. Col. James C. Tollerson USAF, retired, born in Griffin Georgia, residing in Winder Georgia, died October 11th, 2010, at the age of 86. He is preceded in death by his wife, Iliene Bridges Tollerson. He is survived by children and their spouses, James Jr. and Carol Tollerson, Thomas and Becky Tollerson, David Tollerson, and Mary Kathryn Tollerson; nine granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandchild.
Joining the Army Air Corps at age 17, James was decorated for valor with the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, and other citations for distinguished action under fire in the air during World War II at the age of barely 19.
Lt. Col. James C. Tollerson, retired, served his country as a citizen soldier on active-duty reserve for twenty additional years during which he earned two engineering degrees, flew a B29 weather plane in the Korean conflict, taught analog computing and navigation, and became an ace of dead reckoning and a navigator on a B52 serving during the Cuban Missle Crisis and the hottest part of the Cold War later that decade. Upon military retirement, he founded Stone Mountain Realty in Snellville Georgia. His last years in Winder, Georgia were spent enjoying his grandchildren and friends.
Memorial service and inurnment were held at the City of Decatur Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday October 16th, 2010, to honor his life, set wing to his favorite songs, and commemorate his final true retirement from duty with full military honors.
Lawson Funeral Home, Hoschton, was in charge of arrangements.