Aviation Machinists Mate Third Class
JB Cody was born in Detroit, Alabama. The family later moved to Lake
Cormorant, MS, where JB and his sisters attended high school. He
served our country in the U. S. Navy during WWII as an aviation
machinist’s mate third class aboard the USS Shipley Bay.
While home on leave in 1945 he met Marjorie Elaine Love at a USO dance in
Memphis, TN. When he was discharged from the Navy after the war, JB
returned to Memphis where he and Marjorie began their 62 years of marriage
Being mechanically inclined, as evidenced by his work as machinist’s mate
in the Navy, JB and his young family moved to Starkville, MS, where he
attended Mississippi State University. He graduated in 1954 with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. After
graduation they returned to Memphis where they raised their family.
In the early 1990’s JB and Marjorie moved to Fernandina Beach, FL, where
they enjoyed their retirement years.
||The following memory was
provided by JB Cody's son, Steve Cody.
JB is my
dad's full “first and middle” name. It wasn’t short for anything. My
grandparents wanted him to have only initials for a name so that no one
could attach a nickname. I believe my grandparents must have had
experiences in their lives with people making fun of their names, William
Burly and Azilee Jesse Cody. I’m sure they had good intentions but at
times in my dad’s life initials only caused him trouble. He told me there
were times when he wished he had a real name even it was Jay Bee Cody! He
shared one story about this with me involving his service in the Navy
where many times he had trouble getting paid as his pay voucher said JB
Cody. The pay officer would refuse to pay him until he signed his “full”
name. So, he started signing his name as J (only) B (only) Cody and they
would call him Jonly Bonly Cody.