Mr. Ralph Taylor Willingham, age 91, of Summerville, GA, died at 12:10 a.m. Friday July 17, 2009, at the Oakview Nursing and Rehab Center. Mr. Willingham was born January 9, 1918, in Menlo, GA, the son of the late William Oscar "Doc" and Tinnie Wofford Willingham. He attended Menlo School, was a farmer before serving as a Technical Sergeant in the Army Medical Administrative Corp during WWII. Following his service, he worked at Riegel Textile Corp. in Trion, GA, where he met his future wife. He later owned and operated an auto repair business on Harrell Street inTrion until his retirement in 1981. Ralph Taylor Willingham and Ruby Leola Shamblin were married on October 18, 1946, in the home of the Rev. and Mrs. Floyd Higgins on Mahan Road, near Summerville with Rev. Higgins officiating. For many years Mr. & Mrs. Willingham were actively involved at Midway Baptist Church, later serving as Sunday School Superintendent and church secretary. Ralph & Ruby Willingham always said that their greatest enjoyment in life came from their family. Since retirement the couple worked for many years in genealogical research, resulting in several published books and articles about their families. They also documented the gravesites of many Civil War veterans, resulting in the placement of numerous official service markers. The couple also placed historical markers at several old cemetery sites in Chattooga, Floyd and Gordon counties. Mr. Willingham was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Leola Shamblin Willingham; 4 sisters, Ruth Jackson, Clamar DeBerry, Edna Crye, Rose Pickle; 3 brothers, Hugh, Casey and Russell Willingham. Survivors include son & daughter-in-law, Dr. Dale and Joan Willingham, Summerville, GA, daughter & son-in-law, Kay and Farrell Shiver, Woodstock, GA, grandchildren, Sarah Shiver, James Willingham, Taylor Willingham, Kaylor Willingham, as well as several great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday July 19, 2009, from the Mason Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Andy Hutchins, Rev. Joel Smith and Rev. Jim Chastain officiating with interment in the AMI Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be James Willingham, Taylor Willingham, Dennis Amberson, Steve Willingham. David Willingham, Ronnie Campbell. Honorary pallbearer, Mr. Zach Willingham. Mr. Willingham will be in state at the Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends Saturday July 18, 2009 from 6 to 8 p.m. For guest book go online to www.masonfuneral.com Mason Funeral Home directing.