Fallen Hero: Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Donnie “Chief” Terwilliger, Sr.

Biloxi/Crofton, KY

Funeral Home

Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home




Memorial service, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West, 2 PM, Monday, March 4, 2024


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary 

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on February 23, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Donnie “Chief” Terwilliger, Sr., age 71, who had served in the MSARNG within the 1108th TASM-G and worked full time at the MS  AVCRAD has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord. 

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed: “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism, sacrifices, and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright, and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Donnie “Chief” Terwilliger, Sr., age 61, of Crofton, KY, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2024, at his home of natural causes. The family has chosen cremation with a celebration of life to be held at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-West at 2:00PM Monday, March 4, 2024. Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home has been entrusted by the family with the care of their loved one. 

   Mr. Terwilliger was born on May 9, 1962, in Keesler AirForce Base, Biloxi, MS, the son of the late Thomas Edward and Joyce Elaine Roberts Terwilliger. Donnie was a veteran in the US Army for over 28 years; serving in Saudi Arbia, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. 

   Survivors include his wife, Donna Ulmer Terwilliger of Crofton; his son, Donnie (Lauren) Terwilliger, Jr. of Booneville, IN; his daughters, Amanda Mayton of Christian County, and Heather Barnett of Hattiesburg, MS; his brothers, Tommy Terwilliger of Pass Christian, MS, Bradley Terwilliger of Someier, MS, Bobby Terwilliger of Saucier, MS, and Jody Terwilliger of Saucier, MS; eleven grandchildren, Jocelyn Varnado, Caitlyn Varnado, McKayla Varnado, Trey Varnado, Maddox Barnett, Baylee Terwilliger, Dawson Terwilliger, Brayden Goodman, Jaxon Mayton, Ava Terwilliger, and Maisyn Terwilliger; and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in his memory to Wounded Warriors.