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August 26, 2018

December 1977

Robert and Sharon DeStefano (left) along with John and Wendy Hoback (right).  They are the last two Southern Airways, Inc. pilots, and both will be retiring from Delta in Octobe 2018. 


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



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.


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:

  • Memorial Park Funeral Home
  • 5668 Poplar Avenue
  • Memphis, TN 38119


  • Tuesday December 20, 2016
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm


  • Tuesday December 20, 2016
  • 2:30pm

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): 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

Aviation Group
Dick Jenkins

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!!!

Regards, Doug​​​


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


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:
Jim Robinson <>


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,
Chuck Jr.