Rushing attends honor presentation
Published 1:39 am Monday, July 9, 2007
By by Adrienne Mckenzie – Special to the Standard
The Atmore American Legion is named after Billy Glenn Rushing, who lost his life in 1918 during the first World War.
Charles Rushing was among guests as the American Legion Post 90 Ladies Auxiliary presented a plaque in honor of Billy Glenn Rushing. An indoor picnic was held Wednesday to commemorate Rushing. Also present for the event were other decendents of the Rushing family including Gene Rushing of Pensacola, Fla.
Stanley said the main reason for gathering was to honor Rushing. By doing so, five descendants of Rushing attended the event.
The relatives of Rushing in attendance included, Gene Rushing, Charles Rushing, Julia Fretwell, Randy Fretwell Jr., Emily Fretwell and Haley Fretwell.
Billy Glenn Rushing was born in Troy on Sept. 13, 1893. He moved to Atmore with his parents a couple of years later. He attended high school in Atmore and continued his education at the Polytechnic Institute at Auburn. He
graduated in 1915 as an electrical engineer.
Rushing was the son of Atmore's major W. E. Rushing. He fought in the war in
Germany, Austria, Turkey and Bulgaria in 1917 and 1918 as an aviator in
France. However, he lost his life while on assignment as ferry pilot, out of
Tours, France, on June 15, 1918.