Resident of the Month
Luther was born in Edenton, Georgia, in 1925. He has 2 daughters, 1 son, and 15 grandchildren and great grandchildren. He met the love of his life, Eleanor, after the war, while working at a JP Stevens carpet mill. They were married for 58 years until Eleanor passed 15 years ago.
Luther says he is one of the luckiest men you will ever meet. Partly because of the blessed life he has had, and partly because of his experiences in World War II. Luther was in the Navy and spent 3 1⁄2 years on aircraft carriers and destroyers in the South Pacific. He traveled in and around all the islands, including Guam, Guadalcanal, stops in Australia, and to the battles at Iwo Jima. Luther was just offshore as they took the iconic picture of the brave Marines raising the flag at Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on February 23, 1945. He watched and counted 400 B-24 bombers hitting the island during that famous battle. The US lost 700 men there. Luther says one of the most exciting things he did was to be helmsman, and steering the ship, the USS Williamston DD244, a destroyer. He said it was also very exciting when they would drop depth charges on the enemy submarines.
Luther said one important life lesson he learned was to always follow orders. It was a lesson he learned in the military and has always lived by.
One moment he said he would never forget was when he was sworn into the Navy, because he wanted to go so bad. He said “I would do it again if I had to”. Luther loved playing baseball and golf. While working for JP stevens, Luther got a patent for his design for a Sliver Control Drafting Cradle, for use in the carpet mills. Luther, we love having you here at Spring Park!