Claude “Bud” Willingham Jr., 87, of Carrollton died Saturday, April 14, 2018. He was born March 16, 1931, in Menlo, Georgia, the son of the late Claude Willingham Sr. and the late Pearle Shaver Willingham.

He was a painter by trade in his working career.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Ruth Fowler Willingham; five sisters; and two brothers. Survivors include his children, Michael and Debra Willingham of Whitesburg, Debbie Dentmon of LaGrange, Phil and Diane Willingham of Carrollton, Ricky Willingham of Carrollton, and Lorie and Darnell Wright, also of Carrollton; sister, Hilda Faye Tucker of Summerville; brother and sister-in-law, George and Jessie Willingham, also of Summerville; 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 17, at 2 p.m. from Mt. Holly Church with Pastor Evett Guyton officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be Andy Jenkins, Steve Cheatwood, Kenny Cheatwood, Tracy Rainwater, Zack Borders, Paul Kosier and Hayden Jenkins. Danny Allen and Darold Wendlandt will be seated as honorary pallbearers.

Burial will follow in Bowdon City Cemetery.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Monday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at

Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel, Carrollton.

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