Roy was born the 1st day of March, 1920, to George H. “Chick” Story and Julia Elizabeth “Ludie” Fooks Story. He was the last surviving of 13 children.
He is survived by three sons: James E. Story and wife Pat, David M. Story and wife Suzette, and Michael D. Story and wife Carolyn; grandchildren: Wendy Bladen, Harold Thompson, Becky Bone, John Story, Chris Story and Russell Story.; great-grandchildren: Tristen Bladen, Chelsea Bladen, Preston Thompson, Maria Bone, Paige Story and Shane Story. A great-great-grandson is due in a few days.
Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Fooks Story; a son, Libern Louis Story; and a grandson, Bobby Louis Story.
Roy was a member of Doric Lodge 737 and Knights Templar Paducah Chapter.
He served under General Patton in the 95th Infantry Division of the 377th Regiment of the 3rd Army. Roy was an ammunition carrier for the Browning Automatic Rifle. The rifleman was killed so Roy carried both the rifle and the ammunition for a while. At Metz, France, then Saarlautern, these brave Americans fought on. Many a mile they marched without delay. This soldier obeyed the rules, but he had some Kentucky knowledge as part of his tools. He knew to keep his feet healthy, they needed to be dry. Roy hid his extra socks under his helmet on the sly. Marching orders were to never remove his boots. Roy had walked many miles in western Kentucky without any shoes, so he was determined to take off his boots at each stop in the march. Massaging his feet and changing his socks during those stops, Roy kept his feet healthy. During the Battle of the Bulge his service weapon, an M1 Garand rifle, was hit. He took another damaged rifle and made one good weapon out of the two. The battles raged on into the Ardennes Forest. Roy was hit two different times with shrapnel, once on his back side, and once on his front side. Those wounds were noticed by a medic that sent him to the hospital and back home to his family after a few months.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Filbeck-Cann & King Funeral Home. Bro. Joel Frizzell officiated and burial with military rites followed in the Fooks Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children Research, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678.
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