Off Station 12 April 2015
Colonel Johnnie C Stocks, Jr. (USAF Ret.) was born in Tallulah, Louisiana October 5, 1932 to Johnnie Curtis Stocks and Alberta Land Stocks. At the age of twelve he attended Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas and graduated in 1949. He then attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana where he graduated in 1953 with a BS degree and an Air Force commission. He received a Master's of Science degree from Troy State University in 1976. After many assignments, including remote tours to Korea, Okinawa and Vietnam, he was assigned to Tyndall AFB in June 1982 as the first Director of the Southeast Region Operations Control Center. He retired from that position and the U.S. Air Force January 31, 1985 after 28 years of service. Included among his more significant military service awards were the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service, three Meritorious Service Medals and two Air Force Commendations. He also received the Korea, Vietnam and United Nations Service Medals, six Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, one with valor and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Jane Hatchell and daughter-in-law Jacque Stocks.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Shirley A Stocks, daughter Melissa A O'Connor, son Benjamin P Stocks, daughter and son-in-law Cynthia S Strawn and David A Strawn, grandchildren Day C O'Connor, Timothy S O'Connor, Rory B Stocks and step-granddaughter Leslie Atkinson, three great grandchildren Day C O'Connor II, Ava Rose and Alivia Grace O'Connor, brothers-in-law Howard R Patton and wife Nell, Harold R Patton and wife Nancy and Glen Hatchell.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Panama City. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newshe ... XyboY.dpuf
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