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Billy Joe Headrick

August 24, 1931 November 30, 2018
Billy Joe Headrick
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Obituary for Billy Joe Headrick

Beloved Husband, Father, & Military Vet

Cmdr Billy J. Headrick, USN Retired, 87, of Oak Ridge died Friday, November 30 in the ICU at Methodist Medical Center. He had been getting physical therapy at NHC in Oak Ridge and was expected to return home on December 5.

Cmdr Headrick was the son of the late George B. Headrick and Leola Belle Officer Headrick of Cleveland, Tennessee and sister Wanda Jean Jessie of Madison, Alabama.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara Anderson Headrick; daughter Dr. Marcia L. Headrick (Richard R. Neel, II) of Townville, SC; son, William J. Headrick of Oviedo, Florida ; Three nieces and their children and grandchildren.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in 1953, he attended Naval Officers Training School in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon completion he served on the N.K. Perry, a destroyer based in Newport. He and his wife were married in 1954 and their daughter Marcia was born in 1955, the day the ship left for a 5 month tour.

Cmdr Headrick was later an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where their son William Joseph was born.

While serving in the U.S. Navy he obtained a Master of Science degree.

Some of his tours included Navigator on U.S. Navy destroyer N. K. Perry, Instructor Navy Officer Candidate School, Instructor in Navigation U.S. Naval Academy, Head of Communications on the US Navy Command Ship Taconic during Bay of Pigs. Attended U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in California, Reports Officer Supreme Allied Commander, Executive Officer Fleet Oiler AO Mississinewa 144, based in Newport, Rhode Island, Staff Commander Amphibious Forces, U.S. Naval Military Advisor to Korean Naval Academy and Navy Staff College, Chinhae, Korea during the Pueblo Incident, Training Officer at Fleet Training Center, Norfolk, VA.

Cmdr Headrick retired from the U.S. Navy in 1974 after serving the country for 21 years.

He spent some time after retiring teaching math at Robertsville Junior High and as Operations Superintendent at Oak Ridge Utility.

His favorite activity was golf and he was frequently on the Oak Ridge Country Club course where he had been a member for many years.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Honor Flight Network or to Ronald McDonald House.

The family will receive friends from 1 PM until 3 PM on Friday , December 7, 2018 at Weatherford Mortuary.

A military graveside service will be held at a later date at Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Knoxville. An online guest book may be signed at

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1:00 PM 12/7/2018 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 12/7/2018 3:00:00 PM
Weatherford Mortuary

158 South Jefferson Circle
Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Weatherford Mortuary
158 South Jefferson Circle Oak Ridge 37830 TN
United States

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TN Veterans Cemetery Final Resting Place

2200 E. Gov. John Sevier Hwy.
Knoxville, TN 37920

2200 E. Gov. John Sevier Hwy. Knoxville 37920 TN
United States

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