Retired Col. George Maughan

Retired Col. George Maughan, 95, of Southern Pines, passed away Sept. 15, 2017, at FirstHealth Hospice House.

The family will receive visitors from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines. A military burial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 at the State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fayetteville.

George was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Annie Margaret (Dot) Maughan. He is survived by his son, Col. (R) Phil Maughan and wife Verna of Fayetteville; Debbie Byrd and husband Bill of Summerville, S.C., and Diane Schultz and husband Kenny of Spokane, Wash.

George was born in Bowie, Md on Sept. 4, 1922. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wofford College. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the National Honor Society. George received his master’s degree in business administration from The University of Alabama.

George entered the Army as a Private in the Virginia National Guard in 1940 and continued in World War II with the 29th Infantry Division. He attended Infantry OCS and then held numerous Infantry leadership positions at Ft. Benning, Ga.; Trieste, Italy and the Berlin Brigade. Col. Maughan was accessed into the Regular Army in the Signal Corps in 1958. He served in numerous Signal Corps assignments to include a tour in Korea and Headquarters Department of the Army (HDQA). Col. Maughan went to Germany with U.S. Army Strategic Communications Command and served as the Deputy Commander and Commander of Signal Group – Mediterranean. He then returned to HQDA. Col. Maughan was then assigned to HQS U.S. Army – Vietnam. He then was assigned to the J-6, Joint Chiefs of Staff. Col. Maughan ended his career as Director U.S. Army Communications – Electronics Evaluation and Testing Agency at Ft. Belvoir, Va. After 37 years of service, he moved to Whispering Pines with Dot to enjoy their retired life to the fullest.

He received numerous awards and commendations which include Legion of Merit 2 OLC, Bronze Star 2 OLC, Meritorious Service Medal 2 OLC, Army Commendation Medal and Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal, First Class.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First Baptist Church of Southern Pines, 200 East New York Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387, First Health Hospice, 251 Campground Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the family.

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