Paul "Danny" Willeford, 68, of Temple, formerly of El Paso, went to be with the Lord on April 19, 2018.
Paul was born October 16, 1949 in El Paso, Texas to Paul P. Willeford and Claudia Mae Blackstock. He grew up in El Paso and as a member of the Boy Scouts of America and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Paul graduated from Eastwood High School in 1969. He attended the University of North Texas and played football with "Mean" Joe Green. He enlisted in the Marines during the Vietnam War and served 8 years as a military police officer. He was Honorably Discharged from the Marines in 1979. He worked for Santa Fe Railroad for a time before working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a correctional officer in Big Spring, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. Next, Paul worked on White Sands Missile Range as a sergeant in the police department. He retired in 2006 and moved to Temple, Texas. Paul worked at the Belton Walmart Garden Center for nine and a half years before retiring due to health issues.
Paul continued to lead an active lifestyle and helped run the Senior Scramble Golf Tournament on Tuesdays at Sammons Park Golf Course in Temple where he was known as "Lieutenant Dan."
Paul was preceded in death by his parents Paul P. and Claudia Mae Blackstock Willeford.
He is survived by his son, Paul Samuel Willeford and wife, Colleen of Hartsville, Tennessee; daughter, Jodi and husband, Darryl Wright of Marietta, Georgia; two step-sons, Vance Self of Belton and Michael Self and wife, Melinda of Terrell, Texas; nine grandchildren: Matthew, Aryn, Brock, Barrett, Ava Pearl, Meradith, Gabby, Lauren, and Benjamin; one brother, Bob and wife, Ann of Chandler, Arizona; one sister, Sandy Caviness of El Paso; a favorite aunt, Marie Blackstock Cook of Jones Creek, Texas; a beloved friend, Linda F. Royal; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of other loving family.
Funeral services will be at Anchor of Hope Fellowship at 10:00 Saturday, April 28, 2018 with full military honors. Visitation will be at Harper Talasek Funeral Home in Temple from 5:00-7:00 on Friday, April 27, 2018.