Entered service from Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia on February 20, 1943. Reached the rank of Staff Sergeant before being discharged. Served with E Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in World War II. Among other decorations besides the Silver Star included the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and two Purple Hearts. He was wounded twice (February 2, 1944 and April 25, 1945). After the war he worked as a body and fender repairman and later became an electrical contractor for many years before retiring in the 1980s.
Rest of obituary published in June 2014: Hubert Lee Aaron went to be with the Lord on June 2, 2014. He was surrounded by his children at different times during his last few days. Mr. Aaron was born on October 18, 1923, one of 16 children born to Jessie James and Winnie Ware Aaron. He served his country during World War II and was highly decorated for his service. He would fondly tell of James Arness (of Gunsmoke) being under him in one of his infantries, and he never minded anyone asking him to tell them of what it was like in the war. Right until his death, he could recount dates, places, and times things happened; he could remember better than anyone other than history teachers.
He was a life-long member of the Winterville First Baptist Church and attended until health reasons prevented him from going. He loved his church and the church family. Mr. Aaron was preceded in death by his parents and 12 siblings. Survivors include his children, Richard (Annette) Aaron and Donna (James) Whitt, of Crawford, Jim (Rita) Boyd, of LaGrange, and Kenneth (Donna) Aaron, of Commerce; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews that he loved. He always felt like Joy Pittard White and Billy Pittard were his, too, even though they had their own Daddy.
The family is at the Whitt residence at 240 East Spring Street, in Crawford. Flowers are optional or donations may be made to the Winterville First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4, at Lord & Stephens East. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, at the Lord & Stephens East Chapel, with Dr. Phil Wages officiating. Burial will follow at the veterans' park at Evergreen Memorial Park, on Atlanta Highway, in Athens.
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