Uncle Dewey was born April 12,1921, the son of David Houston and Susan Viola Kennedy Womac. On September 3, 1939, he married Edna Mae Wilson, his neighborhood sweetheart. Two years prior to entering the Armed Forces, the family which included one daughter, lived in Portsmouth, Virginia, where Dewey worked in the shipyards.
Upon entering the service, Pvt Womac took his basic training in the Infantry at Camp Blanding, Florida, and some time in December, 1944, he was sent overseas to serve under the command of General Patton. On February 10, 1945, after the battle at Roer River, Dewey Estell Womac was listed as Missing In Action.
In 1949 Dewey’s remains were shipped back for burial with full military honors at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Athens, TN; his medals included the Purple Heart. Survivors included his wife, his daughter and son-in-law Mr. & Ms. Max Juanita Womac Scarbrough his granddaughter, Renee Scarbrough Hunter grandson, Rodney Lyn great-grandson, Nathaniel Haydon Hunter, half-brother, and sister-in-law, Mr. and Ms. James Burris. Survivors also include one brother, J.A. Womac and his wife, Virginia, as well as several nieces and nephews. Dewey was baptized into the New Hopewell Baptist Church on July 30, 1939.
-Submitted by Mabel N. Boylston, niece
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 12 April 1921
- Date of death: 10 February 1945
- County: McMinn
- Hometown: Athens
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, C
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Cedar Grove Cemetery, Athens, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XV, Bottom Panel
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