United States Army soldierDied when: 69 years 85 days (830 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn
Charles Ray Willeford III (January 2, 1919 – March 27, 1988) was an American writer.An author of fiction, poetry, autobiography, and literary criticism, Willeford is best known for his series of novels featuring hardboiled detective Hoke Moseley.
Willeford published steadily from the 1940s, but vaulted to wider attention with the first Hoke Moseley book, Miami Blues (1984), which is considered one of its era's most influential works of crime fiction.
Film adaptations have been made of four of Willeford's novels: Cockfighter, Miami Blues, The Woman Chaser, and The Burnt Orange Heresy.