Military history


Garland Willard Brinson
Air Force
Born April 14, 1938

Served from 1958 to 1979. Attended basic training at Amarillo, Texas. He was assigned to ground refueling. Nine days after getting married to JoAnn Campbell, daughter of Mozelle who was the daughter of Josiah, Garland was sent to Goose Bay, Labrador, for 15 months. Garland made many moves including El Paso, Texas; Orlando, Fla.; Philippines; Phoenix, Ariz.; Okinawa; Great Falls, Montana and Shemya, Alaska. Garland retired as a Technical Sergeant.

Husband of JoAnn Campbell Brinson, daughter of Mozelle, granddaughter of Josiah


William 'Bill' Henry Batts Jr.
Born July 3, 1937 Wilson, NC

Served from June 3, 1959, to Aug. 1, 1980. Attended Naval Academy from June 27, 1955, to June 3, 1959. Served as commissioned officer. Was aboard the USS Wallace L. Lind, USS Springfield, USS Cone and USS Vulcan for about half of commissioned service. Rest of service was at various shore duty assignments. Earned a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering. In 1942, Harold Lloyd Stancil called nephew Bill "The Annapolis Kid."

Son of Vazelle Stancil Batts Jessup, grandson of George Ira Stancil

'Jes' Arnold Hales,
Air Force
Born Nov. 4, 1940

Air Force officer from 1963 to 1984. Served Vietnam from 1967 to 1973 and spent 865 days TDY during that time. Served as a B-52 instructor pilot and was a faculty member at the Air Command and Staff College from 1976-1980.

Son of Hilda Stancil and Cedric Hales. Grandson of George Ira Stancil.

William Harold Stancil
Marine Corps, Master Sergeant
Born Nov. 22, 1949, in Ocala, Fla.

Served from Nov. 27, 1968 to May 31, 1990. In Vietnam from January 1971 to July 1971.
Earned high scoring marksman in platoon - a 232 expert while at Parris Island. Used skills to help another soldier pass basic training.

Son of Ralph and Ethel Stancil, grandson of George Ira Stancil.

Phillip Anthony Stancil
Born April 2, 1951
Died July 5, 2007 Buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery
Served from 1969-1976 as cook on USS Sierra

Son of James Harding Stancil, grandson of Leumos Stancil, great-grandson of Josiah Stancil

Christopher Bradley Sweesy Sr.
Air Force
Born May 15, 1960

Was a pilot for the Air Force from 1982-89.

Son of James Walter Sweesy, grandson of Emmette Stancil


James Perry Hales III
Army, colonel
Born 1936

Served from 1968 to 1987. James Perry Hales III entered the Army as a private and retired as a full colonel. Served in Korea, Vietnam twice and Saudi Arabia for two years. He graduated from The Infantry Officer's Advanced course in Fort Benning, Ga.; the Command and General Staff course at Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa. The Army sent him to Park University in Missouri where he received a degree in history. The Army assigned him to study languages at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., and in Washington, D.C. He studied Vietnamese and Arabic. His last assignment was at the Pentagon where he served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff as Chief of the Persian Gulf section in the office of Plans and Policy. He retired in 1987. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on April 28, 1968, the Silver Star on May 9, 1968, and Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in place of a second Silver Star for gallantry on May 26-27, 1968, when he served as Company Commander of Company B, 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

James Perry Hales III is the son of Lois and James Perry Hales Jr., grandson of Delphia Pearl Hill and James Perry Hales. He is the husband of Lynn. (Tempy Ann)