Posted by: Beth | May 11, 2012

MRIN-3 Harry Lee Chaffins (Jr) and Carolyn Rose Ball

Harry L. Chaffins (Jr) and Carolyn R. Ball

My paternal grandparents


Harry Lee Chaffins (Jr)

  • Also known as Bennie Chaffins (Bennie was a nickname that his father, Harry (Sr), had given him and a name that he preferred)
  • Also known as Bennie Bennett (He was raised most of his life by his step-father, Jake Bennett. So far, I’ve seen him use it in the 1940 census and on his Social Security Number Application).
  • Born: 11 Nov 1930 in Lackey, Floyd County, Kentucky
  • Military Service: US Army Co. K 63rd Infantry Regiment
    • Enlisted 23 Oct 1952
    • Honorable Discharge on 31 Jan 1953
    • Grade: Private
    • Mechanic
    • Stationed at Fort Ord Military Base on Monterey Bay, California
    • Service Number 56109105
    • Pension or VA Claim Number 21119545
  • Married: about 1952 to Carolyn Rose Ball
  • Died: 20 Feb 1960 at the Veterans Administration Center (Fort Whipple VA Hospital), Prescott, Yavapai County, Kentucky
  • Buried: 24 Feb 1960 in the Wickenburg Cemetery located in Wickenburg, Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Cause of Death: Pyogenic Abscesses right lung due to Acute Nephritis
  • Parents: Harry Lee Chaffins (Sr) and Emma Jean Willoughby

Interesting Note: Clint Eastwood served at Fort Ord the same time as Bennie. He may very well have been one of Bennie’s swim instructors.

Carolyn Rose Ball

  • Born: 13 Nov 1935 in Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado
  • Married: about 1952 to Harry Lee Chaffins (Jr)
  • Married: Donald Arthur Garilli
  • Died: 29 Jun 1987
  • Buried: Cremated
  • Cause of Death: Heart Attack
  • Parents: Perry Eugene Ball and Martha Melvina Summers

Their Children

  1. private
  2. Lloyd Eugene Chaffins (1954-2010)
  3. Ronald Perry Chaffins (1955-1955)
  4. private
  5. Kenneth W. Chaffins (1959-2005)

Carolyn’s other spouse and children

  • Spouse #2. Donald Arthur Garilli
  • Born: 30 Oct 1936 in the District of Columbia, USA
  • Married: about 1961 to Carolyn Rose Ball
  • Married: private
  • Married: private
  • Died: 03 Nov 2012 in Federal Heights, Adams County, Colorado, USA
  • Age: 76
  • Cremated: Ashes to be spread on Father’s Day 2013, in the Colorado National Park near his favorite fly fishing spot.
  • Parents: Joseph Garilli and Julia A. Walker

Children of Carolyn and Donald

  1. private
  2. private
  3. private


  1. The Wickenburg Sun Newspaper (Wickenburg, AZ), 26 Feb 1960,  Page 2, Obituary for Harry Chaffins (Jr)
  2. Commonwealth of Kentucky, State Board of Health, Bureau of Vitals Statistics, Kentucky Vital Records, Certificate of Birth, Record No. 57258, Harry Chaffins Jr.
  3. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, Application for Social Security Account Number, Harry Lee Chaffins Jr. (Applied as Bennie Lee Bennett)
  4. Arizona Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, State File No: 1907, Harry L. Chaffins
  5. Wickenburg Cemetery (Wickenburg, AZ),  Section: 2, Lot: 1, Row: 36, Name: Harry Lee Chaffins Jr
  6. The Wickenburg Sun Newspaper (Wickenburg, AZ), 09 July 1987, Page 2, Obituary for Carolyn (Ball) Garilli
  7. The Wickenburg Funeral Home (Wickenburg, AZ), Record of Funeral  for Carolyn (Ball) Garilli
  8. The Wickenburg Sun Newspaper (Wickenburg, AZ) , 18 Nov 1955, Obituary for Ronald Perry Chaffins
  9. The Wickenburg Funeral Home (Wickenburg, AZ), Record of Funeral for Ronald Perry Chaffins
  10. Arizona Department of Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, State File No: 6757, Ronald Perry Chaffins
  11. California Birth Index 1905-1995, Kenneth W. Chaffins
  12. Conversations with the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office (Sacramento, CA), Case No: 10-04772, Lloyd Chaffins (Note: This is not a Public Record)
  13. Family Members
  14. 1940 U.S. Census, Colorado, Boulder County, Longmont, Sheet 7B – The Ball Family
  15. 1940 U.S. Census for Buffalo, Beckham County, Oklahoma, Sheet 10A – The Bennett Family
  16. 1940 U.S. Census for Mount Rainier, Prince George’s County, Maryland, Sheet 14-A, The Garilli Family
  17. Social Security Death Index
  18. Adams County, Colorado, Marriage License Index, 1960-2010
  19. I Personally Attended The Event, 2nd marriage of Donald Garilli
  20. Obituary for Donald Garilli
  21. U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963, Harry L. Chaffins Jr. [database on-line]


  1. I’ve got pictures of Kenny and Lloyd chaffins. How do I get them to you so you can post them and update the lineage from their children?

    • Hey Andie, you can send them to me through FB or email. I can post them here for you. I don’t put info on living people on here for their own protection. I can give you access to the family tree on I’d just need your email address

      • Albert Corder and Clara Belle Summers were my great grandparents, and Anna and Paul Meadows my grandparents. I found your blog by attempting to find info on Clara Belle Summers.

  2. Beth, am I correct in thinking Carolyn to have been your gtandmother, Martha your 1st great grandmother, and Clara Belle 2nd great grandmother?

    • Hi Mary Louise, yes you are correct

  3. I just wanted to say your blog is great. I am relatively new to genealogical research and started my own family history blog. It’s always so interesting (and of course, helpful!) to see how others have done it. Great job.

    • Thank you so much, Allison. It is definitely a labor of love and I have SO much more to add. I look forward to seeing what you do with your blog.

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