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RAEFORD - Retired Special Forces Command Sgt. Maj. Francis S. "Frank" Attebery passed away peacefully at Womack Army Medical Center on Fort Bragg on Saturday, Oct.25,2014.
Frank was born Nov. 28 1940, in Carmi,Ill. He graduated from Francis Joseph Reitz High School in Evansville, Ind., June 5, 1958, and enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 1958. Frank's Army travels carried him to South Korea, Okinawa, Vietnam, Bad Tolz, West Germany and Heidelberg, West Germany, as well as posts at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort Campbell, Ky., Fort Bragg, and Fort Bliss, Texas. His many military awards include the Soliders Medal; five Bronze Stars with V device; Meritorious Service Medal; and the Legion of Merit.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgie and Russell Peerman; a grandson, Matthew Betts; two sisters, Mary Attebery Bishop and Linda Peerman Baker, and two brothers, Harold Attebery and Dennis Peerman, all of Evansville.
His survivors include his wife of 51 years, Loretta D Attebery of the home; son, Russell Attebery and wife Lynn of Lexington; daughter, Pamela Betts of Candler; three grandchildren, Shannon Kosch and husband Matthew, Michael Betts, and Joseph Attebery; a great-grandson, Konner Kosch; a brother, James Robert (Bobby) Attebery and wife Loretta of Petersburg, Ind.; a sister, Sue Peerman Jackson and husband Howard of Topeka, Kan.; aunt, Mary Ann Victorn of Olney Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Disabled American Veterans.
The family will receive family and friends today, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Reeves Funeral Home in Hope Mills. The family will also receive family and friends at the home. There will be a graveside service in Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, at noon.