POPLAR BLUFF - William H. Carman, 83, died Oct. 23, 2002, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, following a brief illness.
Born May 29, 1919, in Briar, he was the son of the late William and Ella Vandover Carman. He served in the U.S. Army 1st Infantry Division, 18th Infantry and fought in the Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland campaigns of World War II. He was awarded three Bronze Stars for Valor and the Silver Star for rescuing two wounded comrades under fire. A lifetime member of Poplar Bluff Bassmasters, Amvets Post 29, of which he served as commander, VFW Post 6477, American Legion Post 153 and Disabled American Veterans, he also served as state commander of DAV. He was a service officer for DAV at the John J. Pershing Veterans Administration Medical Center for many years and was a member of the First General Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff. In 1971, he retired from the U.S. Forestry Service, attached to Job Corps.
On June 15, 1962, he married Pauline Nixon Wood who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons, William Terrell Carman of Arlington, Texas, and Robert L. Wood Jr. of Cabot, Ark.; four daughters, Barbara Holifield of Poplar Bluff, Glenda Townsend of Bonne Terre, Janice Bandermann of Sikeston and Phyllis York of Hazard, Ky.; one sister, Reba Marion of Poplar Bluff; and 19 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation begins at 7 p.m. today at Cotrell Funeral Home in Poplar Bluff, where services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Cecil Winberry will officiate.
Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.