Frank Mallary Willingham ’39

Frank Mallary Willingham ’39, 94, of Macon, Ga., died July 5. Willingham was born on Clisby Street in Macon on Aug. 14, 1916. His parents were the late Broadus Estes Willingham, Jr. and the late Rosalie Mallary Willingham of Macon, Ga.

Willingham attended Davidson for two years and transferred to University of Georgia, where he met his wife, Mary Eugenia Watson. Frank served in WWII as a Navy lieutenant. At the war’s conclusion, he was vice president and later president of Willingham Cotton Mills.

Willingham was one part of the founding families of Highland Hills Baptist Church. He was also a member of the choir and the chairman of the deacons. He also served on the Bibb County Board of Education. He was a founding member of the Macon Touchdown Club, and he loved his Georgia Bulldogs football. Willingham was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by his three siblings, Broadus E. Willingham III, Rose Willingham, and Thomas Slade Willingham. Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Mary Willingham, 1139 Oakcliff Rd., Macon, GA 31211; sons, Broadus E. Willingham IV ’65 (Melinda), Frank M. Willingham, Jr. (Patricia), and Lloyd Watson Willingham (Carol); and seven grandchildren, Amy, Kassandra, Bo, Michelle, Frankie, Thomas, and Brandon.