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April 23, 2020
It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our GratitudeAmerica, Inc. co-founder Joni Jordan from her long courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Those of you who were close to Joni know of the valiant struggle she waged during these past years. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Please keep Lewis and Joni’s family in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.
GratitudeAmerica, Inc., a non-profit organization was founded by Joni and Lewis to support our military veterans and families suffering post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.
April 22, 2020
Sue Morse Wilson to Ex-NWA Mechanics - ATL
Our dear friend Chuck Chase passed on this morning after many complications since last Thursday . RIP dear Chuck — with Mary Chase.
April 19, 2020
Polly Steele, wife of retired Captain Guy C. Steele, passed away on April 19th from cancer. She is survived by her husband, 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. A graveside service was held in Calhoun, GA where she and Guy had been living with their daughter since January 2020. Guy's address: 209 Thelma Road, Calhoun, GA 30701. Phone: 770-938-0045.
March 28, 2020
With a heavy heart I'm saddened to report that Capt Charlie Clements (flew for Southern at one time) flew West very early this morning. I just moments ago got the message from Jessie. His ashes will be spread in the Florida Keys he so loved, sometime later on. More information in the coming days. A very sad day. Please spread the word to his World of friends.
January 8, 2020.
Cynthia, wife of Marion Swinford
Mrs. Cynthia Grace Swinford, age 86, of Summerville, GA, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at her residence.
Mrs. Swinford was born in Sydney, Australia on March 8, 1933, daughter of the late William Edward Pavely and Amelia Scanlon Pavely. She was also preceded in death by her son, Troy Douglas Swinford. Mrs. Swinford was employed with Atlanta Public Schools as a Stenographer. She retired after 15 years of service. Mrs. Swinford was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and was a member of the Dixie Stompers line dancers of Rome. Survivors include her husband, Marion Swinford, Summerville; son, William Henry Swinford; Rome, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 13, 2020, at 2:00pm at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nanci Hicks officiating. Interment will be later in Georgia National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Trinity United Methodist Church on Monday, January 13, 2020, from 12:00 pm until time of service. Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.
VisitationTrinity United Methodist Church
Monday, January 13, 2020, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
606 Turner McCall Blvd. Rome, GA 30165
Funeral ServiceTrinity United Methodist Church
Monday, January 13, 2020, 2:00 PM
606 Turner McCall Blvd., Rome, GA 30165
November 23, 2019
Mrs. June West McIntyre, age 84 of Griffin, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
June was born in Weaverville, North Carolina on January 22, 1935. She was the daughter of the late William McKinley West and Kathleen Hampton West. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers Jerry West and Bruce West. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Robert F. McIntyre; children Arnold McIntyre, Donna Kent and Pat (Ronnie) Hensler, sisters Mary Ann Teague, Kathy Parks, Nellie Brinkley; brothers Maurice, David, and Stewart West; grandchildren Holly (Brian), Hunter (Emily), Garrett, Chase, Sommer; great-grandchildren, Amelia, Wilder, Aspen, Scarlett, Kynzie. Visitation will be Monday, November 25, 2019 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. A funeral service will be Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home. Dr. Keith Wesley will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Mausoleum.
Celebration of Life for Eddie Watson, will be held Monday November 18th at the Summit Church 2701 Hwy 51 North, Nesbit MS. Service will be 2:00 pm with visitation beginning at 1:00. Internment will follow at New Bethlehem Cemetery. Family visitation 11:00 - 1:00
Many years ago, I accompanied my father in the jump seat of the Eastern Martin 404 he was flying. So long ago I can't really remember where we were going! I think I might have been 12 or so and in those days, pilots could do things like that. several years later, shortly after I soloed in our 1939 Aeronca Chief, I accompanied him on a ferry flight in a 1049 Constellation. The 40 minutes I hand flew it are in my first log book. I also had the opportunity to do the same thing, a few weeks later, in a DC7B. Later still, in a 727. Eleven log books later, something north of 25,000 hours, 57 years of flying, 53 years as an instructor under parts 91, 135 and 121, three airlines (OZA,TWA and AA) I'll never forget that first time on an airline flight deck in that Martin 404! The bewildered kid who never lost the love for round motors and the vast reach of the sky. What a life! best, Rick Kloeppel
Karen Ellis passed away June 2019. Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119 (901) 767-8930. “A Fitting Farewell for Everyone”. Service details and obituary will be posted as soon as they become available.
CAPTAIN JOHN DAVID KISH
Sad news to report this morning.
RIP John David Kish, 74 years old; born January 18, 1944 and died January 26, 2018.
As I recall, John was a member of Clansmen of VA46 while on active duty with the Navy and joined the Navy’s Salty Dogs of VA205 at Naval Air Station Atlanta after leaving active duty where he served as squadron landing signal officer, maintenance officer, executive officer and commanding officer.
He was hired by Southern Airways in 1973 where he flew as copilot on the Martin 404, copilot, captain and flight instructor on the DC9 and Boeing 757.
Toss a nickel on the grass fellow Southern family members and Salty Dogs of VA205, we have lost a good friend, pilot and squadron mate.
Larry E. Burke
Memorial Service will be March 9, 2019, at 1:00 pm, at 2325 Luther Bailey Road in Senoia, GA.
Guy M. Allred passed away March 3. Arrangements are pending but he will be transported to Biloxi for a military service and burial at Biloxi National Cemetery.
Jeff Adams Crow (Husband of Paula Wolford Crow)
December 18, 1949 - February 28, 2019
Jeff Adams Crow, Jr., 69, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his immediate family on Thursday morning, February 28th, 2019.
Jeff is survived by his wife of almost 32 years, Paula; his children, daughter Taylor Soutiere (and her husband Derek Soutiere) of Houston, TX, and his son Adam Crow (and Kelsey Nelon) of Dallas, TX; his grandchildren, Genevieve and McLain Soutiere; and his beloved dog and partner-in-crime Jackie. He now joins his father, Jeff Adams Crow, Sr, and his mother, Carolyn Strother Crow (both of Elaine, AR) in heaven.
Jeff was born in Helena, Arkansas on December 18, 1949 and raised a few miles down the road in Elaine. Raised on a farm, he quickly learned the value of hard work and enjoyed simple pleasures like flying “treetop high” in the family’s crop duster plane. He graduated valedictorian from Elaine High School and went on to attend Rhodes College (Class of ‘71) in Memphis, where his love affair with this city began. He only left it once, to earn his Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville (Class of 1973). He swiftly returned to Memphis and concentrated in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, workers compensation and medical malpractice. He earned several accolades and honors during his career, including being admitted in 1974 to the U.S. District Court-Western District of TN, arguing a case in the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988, chosen as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (honoring top trial lawyers in America), and he was featured on major news networks, most notably the oldest and most-watched newsmagazine 60 Minutes. Jeff retired from his practice after serving the Memphis community for over 35 years.
Outside of his law career, Jeff remained devoted and committed to serving his fraternity, Kappa Sigma. His service to Kappa Sigma spanned several decades, including a 5-year run as their National Worthy Grand Treasurer from 2003-2005. He met many of his closest friends thru Kappa Sigma, and he still maintained that one of his proudest moments was when his son was initiated in their Xi chapter at the University of Arkansas.
Despite his many career successes, Jeff was most devoted to his family. Paula was the love of his life, and he found great joy in doing everything possible for his children. Much of his spare time was spent planning grand experiences, including elaborate trips to Europe and the Caribbean. When he wasn’t traveling, he enjoyed fine meals and smoking cigars. He was an avid wine collector and curated a vast collection of rare red wines. He loved assigning his wines to commemorate special events, his favorite being a vintage Chateau Margaux reserved for his daughter’s wedding.
Jeff was a memorable and special soul and will be missed by many. He had a special zest for life and was a courageous fighter til the very end. His family finds comfort in their many memories of him.
Family, friends and those whose lives Jeff touched are invited to celebrate his life this weekend. Visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Saturday, March 2nd, and a service will be held at 2pm Sunday, March 3rd. Both events will take place at Memorial Park Funeral Home at 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119. Jeff will be buried in a private ceremony in Helena, AR on Monday, March 4th. He will rest in peace eternally next to his parents.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the American Breast Cancer Foundation or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
May 28, 1938 - December 19, 2018
Obituary for Nancy AlexanderMrs. Nancy Alexander of Palmetto passed away December 19, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Leland H. Alexander of Palmetto; daughters, Angela Sharp and her husband Andrew of Alpharetta; Mandy Alexander of Tybee Island, GA; brother, Eugene Streets and his wife Mary Frances of Philippi, WV; granddaughters, Meagan Sharp of New York, NY and Given Sharp of Kennesaw, GA.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 2 o’clock at Palmetto First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ronald Capes officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Newnan. Those wishing may sign the online guestbook at www.parrottfuneralhome.com. Parrott Funeral Home and Crematory, 770-964-4800.
September 27, 2018
Michael W. “Mike” Young, age72 of Gulfport, passed away on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Walker Young and Pauline Young. Mike is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Martha Young; his daughter, Janna Young; his grandchildren, Casey and Carissa Cabral; his great granddaughter, Arianna Carbral; and his sister, Priscilla Day (Wendell).
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, then served in the U.S. Air National Guard. He was a Loadmaster for the Tennessee National Guard and FEDEX while living in Memphis. Mike was one of the first SWAT team members to serve with the Memphis Police Department.
Mike moved to the MS Gulf Coast in 2003 and worked at S&D Coffee and Tea Company until his retirement last year. He was a charter member of the Parkway Baptist Church, Woolmarket, MS.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Parkway Baptist Church Building Fund, 16372 Old Woolmarket Road, D’Iberville, MS 39532.
The funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Parkway Baptist Church, Woolmarket. Interment with military honors will be at a later date at Biloxi National Cemetery.
RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 11280 Three Rivers Road, Gulfport, MS is serving the family.
An online obituary may be viewed and condolences and photos shared at www.riemannfamily.com
March 15, 2017
We are very excited to announce that our Boeing 747-400, Ship 6301, opens to the public on Tuesday, March 28th! The plane will open to Delta employees, retirees, their families, and the public from 1-4 p.m., following a press event in the morning. On Wednesday, March 29th, we continue the celebration of the 747 Experience by opening the plane and museum hangars from 12 noon-4 p.m. on a day we’re normally closed.
Admission on these two days will be $7.47 for everyone, with the exception of Delta employees, retirees, their PPRs, and military who are always free with ID.
March 11, 2017
Megan Hendrix , daughter of Susan and Roy Hendrix
Megan is the daughter of Susan & Roy Hendrix. Roy is a retired aircraft mechanic from Northwest Airlines, formally Republic and Southern Airways. In addition to working in Atlanta Georgia Roy worked in Orlando Florida prior to retiring. Our prayers are with the Hendrix family I their hour of need. There will be a visitation on Saturday March 11, 2017, from 4pm to 6pmat Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, 2049 Highway 138, Jonesboro, Ga. 30236. The funeral is at McDonough Christian Church, 2000 Jonesboro Road, McDonough GA 30253, on Sunday March 12, 2017, at 3:00pm.
Below is the obituary from the Ford-Stewart Funeral Home web site.
Megan Rebecca Hendrix age 31 of Jonesboro passes away March 10, 2017. Megan was a member of McDonough Christian Church. She is survived by parents: Susan & Roy Hendrix; sisters: Melissa Edwards (Silas) of Jonesboro, Tracy Connell (Scott) of Hollonville, and Heather Smith (Dave) of Hampton; grandparents: Dan & Syble Summerour of McDonough; aunt: Kathy Brock; nieces and nephews: Gabrial, Owen, and Rebecca Edwards, Kaitlyn, Brandon Henderson, and Hadleigh Smith. Funeral services will be held at 3 PM, Sunday, March 12, 2017 at McDonough Christian Church with Minister Paul Leslie officiating. Burial to follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to McDonough Christian Church Gate B3 Ministry at 2000 Jonesboro Road, McDonough GA 30253. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge 770-210-2700. www.fordstewartfuneral.com
March 2, 2017
Sad news came this morning about our friend and fellow Southern Airways pilot Gordon Doody. This is from a fellow Naval Aviator and A7 squadron mate: "I received a call from Cynthia Doody that Gordon passed away this evening, Wednesday, March 1st. His health had deteriorated to the point he was ready to let go. He will be cremated and there will be a church service but no funeral. Gordon brought a lot of laughter to whoever had contact with him. He will be missed." Gordon never met a stranger and was a friend to all he met. Rest in peace Howdy Doody!
December 17, 2016
Funeral arrangements for Lee:
In lieu of flowers we request donations in memory of Lee and honor of his kids, be sent to your local Breast Cancer Foundation (Jessie our oldest is a survivor of this horrible disease) or to the charity of your choice. We would like to take a minute to thank everyone for "shining your light" our direction during this difficult time in our life. It has given us the strength to move forward as we begin our the next chapter in our lives. From our family to yours, have a blessed and safe holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We know Lee is dancing with the angels and watching over all of us.
Vicki and Kids
December 3, 2016
John Rosson and Janet Pizzo Summers
Obituary for Deborah Summers' (maiden name Lambert) brother-in-law and sister-in-law who died in the Gatlinburg, TN, fire last week. May they rest in peace.
Forwarded from Karen Ellis (edited): http://www.legacy.com/ obituaries/commercialappeal/ obituary.aspx?page=lifestory& pid=182975221
Lillian, here's the obit for Debbie Summers' brother-in-law and his wife. They had 3 sons who were with them but made it to safety before becoming unconscious. I've already posted it in SOU on FB. There are all sorts of fundraisers going on for the boys, who appear to be late teens/early 20ish in pictures.
November 30, 2016
Robert Thompson Jr.
Memorial service for Robert Thompson Jr. is at William Gayleano Murray and Son Funeral Home chapel 923 McDaniel St. S. W. Atlanta Georgia 30310 Saturday morning at 11am. Dec. 3rd.
August 23, 2016
Delta's Oldest 747-400 Moved to Flight Museum
Dick, Last Aug I flew this plane from ATL- HNL 1/3 of the way there I hopped into the L seat & the Capt went to the bunk. We coasted out over SoCal/LAX area. As we continued W a plane below & out in front of us called over Interplane freq 123.4 "Who's that moving up on American XXX so fast?" I answered him sayin "It's just a couple of CoPilots @ the helm & we're speeding while the Capts asleep!" We really weren't The plane cruises well @ .85 Mach saving gas & time! Many of those narrow body jets doing CA-Hi cruise @ .76-.78. It doesn't sound like much but that extra mile/min is significant & you. An really notice it in the air. I told the guys that the plane we were in was due to retire in the next 2 wks & it was the 1st commercial -400 build for Launch customer NWA. They wanted some pics so when we got abeam of them I turned the plane slightly towards them to give them a descent shot, then rolled back to course & left them in the dust!!!
August 7, 2016
Delta Flight Museum Surplus Sale
Date: 12 Aug, 2016, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Sale will take place in the Museum Support Building beside the Delta DC-9 and B-747 aircraft parked next the Museum gate entrance.
This sale will feature aircraft seats (economy and economy comfort), full and half sized galley carts (no drawers), bulkhead closets and overhead bins from the planes, shirts, small memorabilia, and office chairs. Lots of great stuff!
August 4, 2016
The original Southern Airways, Republic and Northwest hanger is now run and used by Delta. With a new paint job
July 31, 1967 - Last DC3 Flight
The Commercial Appeal files July 31, 1967; Southern Airways flight 240 was to depart Dothan, Alabama, at 6:55 on the morning of July 31, 1967, making stops in Montgomery, Birmingham and Florence-Sheffield before its 10:20 scheduled arrival in Memphis. Due to mechanical problems, the plane was flown back to Memphis from Birmingham with the remaining stops canceled. That would be the airline's last scheduled flight of a DC-3, the last of 26 owned by Southern. The planes will be sold to make way for the airline's DC-9 jets.
June 29, 2016
Captain Claude Allen 1920-2016 Southern Airways (1944 - 1979)
The last of my parent's immediate family from the Greatest Generation has completed his journey on this earth to join his family members in Heaven, including his son Dave, his brother Dalton, his sister Clara (my mom), his beloved wife Elaine who passed away just last month, his first wife Barbara and his parents (my grandparents) who have been gone far too long. My Uncle Claude Allen is pictured below in a photo that hung at the Fox Theatre when the film in which he flew in premiered there. The 2nd photo is a more recent one with my mom. After tours of duty with the Air Force, Claude was one of the first group of pilots hired by Southern Airways. As a young lad, he rode his bicycle from Union City to Ellijay to visit friends and relatives (makes me exhausted to think about). He said the roads were dirt and narrow and he would have to pull over when a car came by smile emoticon:) He was a boxer in the Air Force, he did weights and pull ups into this nineties. He was extremely tough, yet so very kind, and a true southern gentle-man. I will miss him SO much. He retired in 1980 but was not happy with the FAA mandate that pilots could not fly after the age of 60, and in protest, he ran all the way to work (over 25 mles) his last day wearing a tee shirt that said "I'd rather be flying". My mom and I flew with him on his last flight. I am fairly certain there is no age limit on flying in heaven, so Captain Allen, my sweet uncle, you can now soar on eagle's wings for eternity! I love you and will miss you so much.
Debi Rivers Flemming
May 17, 2016
Elaine Allen (Wife of Captain Claude Allen)
Elaine Allen, age 72 of Canton, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at her residence. Visitation will be 6:00PM- 8:00PM Friday May 20, 2016 at Darby Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00AM Monday May 23, 2016 from Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, Jasper, GA with interment following in the Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA. Father Charles Byrd will officiate. She is survived by her husband; Claude Allen, Canton, GA, son; Edward Bragg, Chattanooga, TN, daughter; Susan Arp, Canton,GA, 4 grandchildren; Ashley Arp, Aaron Arp, Kyle Arp, Elena Bragg. The caring staff of Darby Funeral Home is in charge of these arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Animal Care at Bent Tree Foundation http://benttreefoundation.org/
March 13, 2016
SO/RC/NW Captain Jesse Hill is in critical condition in Baptist Hospital in Memphis.
I just talked to Mary Jo Hill. The doctors tell her that Jesse is still in very critical condition. As I told you in an earlier message he is suffering from pneumonia and the flu as well as the leukemia he has had for awhile. So far his blood pressure is OK but his kidneys are not performing as they should so they will start him on dialysis tomorrow. They are keeping him sedated so he is not able to talk but you might want to send a card. Mary Jo is asking for continued prayers for them. Their home address is: 8674 Havenhurst Dr., Germantown, TN 38138 Phone: 901-230-3972 email: email@example.com
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February 20, 2016
Bill Byrnes passed away this morning.
The showing will be Monday February 22, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
with a rosary to follow. The funeral home is located at: C. J. Mowells & Sons, 180 Jeff Davis Drive, Fayetteville, Ga. 30214, Phone: 770-461-7641. The funeral mass will be on Thursday February 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM. The church is located at: Saint Gabriel Catholic Church, 152 Antioch Road, Fayetteville, Ga. 30215. Phone: 770-461-0492. There will be a luncheon following the service.
Thanking you in advance for all your prayers,
The Byrnes Family
February 16, 2016
Dad, Chuvk Tippitt, Sr., passed away in Kingwood, TX, this morning. I hope all of his coworkers realize how much they meant to him,