Friends, family and the community said their final goodbyes to a local World War two hero Friday.
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ira Weatherly Jr. passed away peacefully at his home in Dothan last week.
Weatherly's Funeral service was held at Byrd Funeral Home Chapel.
On August 6th, 1945, Weatherly co-piloted his B-29 airplane in a weather reconnaissance mission, before the Hiroshima Bombing Mission.
"Very quite man not a man who would brag about his accomplishments, a lot of those accomplishments, his war history I wasn't even aware of until I was grown because he didn't really like to talk about it but in his last few years he talked about it a lot and I was able to learn about his historical contributions," said Ira Weatherly's youngest daughter Linda Weatherly Dean.
After 25 years of service, Weatherly retired from the military and became a chief test pilot with Hayes Aircraft in Dothan.
He was 90 years old.
When suffering silences me, I trust that the Lord will ask others to pray for me and my family and all who are hurting.
I’ve had a week straight out of Romans 8:26: “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.” There are times the heart hurts so much it is mute.
Even so, I can still offer God what I have: my tears.
I can ask him to use my tears to water the seed of my faith, so that I grow closer to Christ instead of drawing away.
I can ask him to use my tears for good: to wash away someone else’s suffering.