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STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Rayond L. Viers, a long-time member and former board member of the National Association of Shell Marketers (NASM), died here on March 4 after a brief illness.
Born in Globe, Ariz., and raised throughout the western states, Viers enlisted in the United States Army in 1947 and served with distinction for 20 years. He enlisted as a Private, earned a battlefield commission in Korea, served in Vietnam, and retired from the Army as a Major. During his years of service, he earned two Bronze Stars, six Purple Hearts, and the Soldiers Medal for rescuing a man who had fallen from the top of Stone Mountain.
After retiring from the military, Viers settled in the Atlanta area with his family and entered the petroleum industry, operating Vi-Mac, Inc. until his retirement in 2003. He was an active member of the Georgia Oilman's Association, having served as President and on the Board of Directors for many years.
He is predeceased by his first wife, Nita McCurdy Viers, and is survived by his wife, Marlene Hilley Viers; his children, Raye Ann Viers (her husband, Richard Taylor), Raymond M. Viers, Kathy K. Witcher, Jennie L. Viers, and Lynn M. Kitchens (her husband, Jon Koch); his grandchildren, Nicholas Taylor (his wife, Kara Taylor), Stephen Taylor (his wife, Lindsey Taylor), Madeline Taylor, Eugene Viers, Alexandra Viers, Brent Witcher (his wife Angelique Witcher), Courtney Witcher, Natalie Witcher; and his great-grandchild, Kinsley Taylor.