Flight 102 Last Flights - In Memoriam
1924 – 2019 Julian Harrell Scott, 95, of Atlanta passed away peacefully on November 24, 2019. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Zadie Avrett Scott, and is survived by daughters Cindy Scott McAlister (Rustin) of Athens, Peggy Scott Spillane (Kevin) of Marietta, and his six granddaughters Brooks McAlister Eubanks (Michael), Ansley McAlister, Courtney Spillane Weeks (Steven), Rachel Spillane Dobson (Zac), Olivia Spillane Kidd (Ben), and Emily Spillane, and one great grandchild, Davis Bradwell Eubanks. He was preceded in death by his parents Letitia Miller Scott and Eugene Howard Scott, Sr., and his six siblings and their spouses. Born in Athens, Georgia, in 1924, Julian graduated from Athens High, and at age 17 joined Civil Air Patrol, enlisted in the Navy, and earned his wings as a Naval Aviator. Julian served on the initial cruise of the USS Midway at the end of WWII. Following the war, he graduated from UGA and began a lifelong career with Interlake Steel until his retirement in 1986. For over 50 years, he was an active member of St. Martin’s Episcopal in Atlanta, where he served multiple terms on the vestry, as Warden, head of the building fund, school board, and numerous others. Julian was an advocate and volunteer for many charitable organizations in the community, such as teaching 55 Alive for many years, being chosen to drive dignitaries around Atlanta during the 1986 Olympics, Atlanta Mission, and The Suthers Center. Julian’s family was his greatest joy, and he and Zadie enjoyed traveling with their children and friends. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and faithful servant and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 30th at 3pm, at Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, Atlanta, with visitation to follow. A graveside service will be held at Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, December 1st at 3pm, with visitation at the Sexton’s House at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suthers Center for Christian Outreach, 3550 Broad Street, Suite F, Chamblee, GA 30341.
Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Online Condolences may be offered at www.WagesandSons.com
George Buchkowski, 79, passed away on October 18, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. A Funeral Mass will be held on October 30, 10:30 am at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta with a reception following in Bishop Hall. Interment will be held at Georgia National Cemetery on November 1 at 2 pm. George is survived by his loving wife, Jeni and brother Andy Buchkowski (Jan). George served as a fighter pilot in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, where he was promoted to Captain. He was the recipient of many awards including the Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal as well as many others. Following his distinguished military service, George was a Captain for Delta for 30 years and as a pilot flew internationally. His hobbies including Rv-ing, woodworking and helping others. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society or Lingap Children’s Foundation.
Colonel Homer Towns Terry, age 93, passed away Thursday, September 12, 2019 after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He was born on July 17, 1926 in Tahoka, TX, being the youngest of nine children to the late Charles Lafayette Terry and Lockie Bell Terry.
During his 32-year Army Air Corp and United States Air Force Career, Colonel Terry served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam where he flew 135 combat missions in the F105 Thunderchief. He completed his Air Force career leading the Integrated Logistics Support Team for the Air Force’s F15 fighter and serving as its first systems manager when the F15 became operational. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Colonel Terry spent 10 years as an executive with the General Dynamics Corporation in San Diego California. Upon moving to Newnan, Georgia, Colonel Terry and his wife Patricia became active and beloved members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Additionally, he participated, for several years, in history classes at Newnan High School presenting students there with detailed briefings on his career and providing an understanding of the US Military’s efforts in Vietnam and other military conflicts.
Along with his parents, Homer is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia McDowell Terry and son, Robert Terry. He is survived by his children, Richard Terry and his wife Vickie, William Terry and his wife Nancy; grandchildren, Tara (Jason) Christian, Justin (Bethany) Terry, Ryan (Kammie Jo) Terry, Steven (Christine) Terry, Jonathan Terry, David Terry and his daughter in law, Kathleen Brown Terry. He is also survived by his great grandchildren, Andrew, Katie, Ariel, Asher, Brooklyn, Kinsley and Graham.
The funeral service celebrating the life Homer lived is Friday, September 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 576 Roscoe Road, in Newnan with The Very Rev. Hazel Smith Glover officiating. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 19th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson Street, in Newnan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Homer’s name to The Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22313 or online at give.salvationarmyusa.org. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.mckoon.com.
SAFFOLD, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Thomas Noel Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Thomas Noel Saffold, beloved husband of Deborah Saffold and father and grandfather as well as dear friend and celebrated flight instructor to many, passed away on July 18, 2019. He died peacefully, just weeks before his 91st birthday. Only son of Thomas Reid Saffold and Nellie Saffold, Tom is remembered with deep adoration and respect. He was born in Atlanta, Ga. and raised in Buckhead, Ga. He worked with his father on a dairy, raising cattle and learning the many lessons of farm life. In high school, he drove the local school bus while attending Madison High School until graduation in 1945. He left Buckhead to attend North Georgia College in Dahlonega, Ga., enrolling in the R.O.T.C. program before transferring to the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated in 1949 in the top 10% of his class with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and as a Distinguished Military Graduate, commissioned officer, 2nd Lt. in the Army Chemical Corp. He expressed life-long gratitude for his Aunt Lida Starr, with whom he lived in Atlanta while he attended college. Upon graduation, he took a job with Southern Bell and immediately went on military leave to serve full-time in the United States Air Force and begin pilot training. He attended flight training in Bainbridge, Georgia and soloed in a Piper Cub. He was transferred to Laredo Air Force Base in Laredo, Tx., where he went from flying Piper Cubs to flying jets, the source of enormous joy throughout his life. One of few pilots with a college degree, he earned his wings in 1954. Tom went on to serve his country for over 30 years in the USAF and Georgia Air National Guard and logged over 9,000 hours worldwide. He flew PA18, T-6, T-28, T-33, F-84D, E, F, G, F-86, F-100, F-105, C-45, C-47, C-97, C-124, as well as numerous civilian aircraft. His decorations included the Vietnam Service Medal and Legion of Merit. Tom enjoyed a 40-year career as an engineer and manager for Southern Bell, AT&T and BellSouth. He continued flying in service of the USAF – Georgia Air National Guard 116th Tactical Fighter Wing, promoted to the rank of Brigadier General at retirement in 1982. In retirement, he was Chief Flight Instructor with the Atlanta Navy Flying Club at Dobbins Air Force Base, member of the VFW in Dunwoody, Ga., and the Atlanta Chapter of the Order of Daedalians, devoted father and grandfather, and avid Georgia Tech fan. Tom enjoyed a full and active life, having travelled the world with visits to every continent and pursued success and happiness with a wonderful optimism and unassuming spirit. He was kind-hearted, gracious, hardworking, and wise. Through his final days, he repeated his thankfulness and love for his family, with his wife Debbie at his side throughout their 39 years of marriage. Survived by his three children and their spouses, Carolyn (Rhys) Wilson of Atlanta, Ga., Jennifer (Jeff) Collins of Atlanta, Ga., and Stephanie (John) Berthelsen of Cumming, Ga., and his 6 grandchildren, Allison, Emma, Lida, Thomas, Edith, and Taylor, Tom will be missed by so many. A funeral service will take place on Monday, July 22nd, at 1pm at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel at 173 Allen Road, NE, Sandy Springs, Ga. The family will receive friends from 12pm until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, gifts of memorial can be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
JAMES “BOB” MELL
1923 – 2018
Major James Robert Mell, World War II Veteran, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the age of 94. He was the pilot of a B-25 aircraft, based in Corsica during the war and was awarded the Air Medal and the distinguished Flying Cross.
Born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on October 26, 1923, he was the son of Robert and Frances Mell. After the war, he married his “beloved Jane” Kreiling and they were wed for 62 years. After his military career, he was a sales manager for the Potash Company of America. He played in the “Atlanta 17” Big Band for 33 years and sang in church choirs for over 50 years.
Known as Bob to his family and friends, he left us all a legacy of his love for God, others, and his joy of life. He is survived by his daughters: Shirley Mell of Atlanta, Georgia, and Betty and her husband, Tim Stalker, of Lawrenceville, Georgia; brothers: George Mell of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania; John Mell and his wife, Karan, of Toccoa, Georgia; grandchildren: Cherie and her husband, Rob Atkinson, of Raleigh, North Carolina; Tamie and her huband, Andrew Mayo of Raleigh, North Carolina; Amanda and her husband, Dan Cambre, of Austin, Texas; great-grandchildren: Austin DuBose of Wilmington, North Carolina; Jocelyn DuBose, Timothy DuBose, Cody Atkinson, and Sierra Atkinson, all of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Bob will be laid to rest at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. A “Celebration of Life” memorial service will be held Saturday, February 3, at 11:00 AM at Embry Hills United Methodist Church. Friends and family are welcome! In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Embry Hills United Methodist Church, located at 3304 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, Georgia, 30341.
Mell, James “Bob”
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2018
ALEXANDER, Ronald Ray (Ron) Alexander, age 74, of Griffin passed away November 17, 2016. Ron’s love of flying began at the age of 14 and he received his pilot’s license at the age of 17. After high school and college, he joined the United States Air Force where he served his country in the Vietnam War. The Air Force awarded Ron the Distinguished Flying Cross and two Air Medals. In 1969, he was hired by Delta Air Lines where he worked until retirement in 2002, with 34 years of service as Chief Pilot. Ron was an entrepreneur having owned and operated several businesses since 1979. In March 2004, Ron founded the Candler Field Museum, a non-profit organization. Candler Field is named after the original Atlanta airport. He is survived by his wife, Regina Alexander; daughter Julie Alexander and her husband Eric Lund, and their son Alexander; daughter Jane Smith and her husband Rod Smith, and their children Luke and Grace. Visitation for Mr. Alexander will be Sunday, November 20th from 6-8 P.M. at the Conner- Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 W. McIntosh Rd, Griffin, GA. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at Candler Field in Williamson, GA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider making a contribution to the Candler Field Museum, 349 Jonathan Roost Rd, Williamson, GA 30292 or www.peachstateaero.com Please join her family and friends in honoring the life of Ron Alexander by visiting www.conner-westburyfuneralhome.com and posting your tributes and memories. Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 W. McIntosh Rd., Griffin.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 20, 2016
Lt Col. Warren Charles Boyes, Jr., 63, passed away on September 14, 2016.
Born to Warren Charles and Margaret Louise Frantz Boyes on March 31, 1953 in Kingston, Pa., Warren was the oldest of three sons. A lifelong lover of aviation, Warren graduated from Lehigh University in the ROTC program and was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force.
Warren “Boomer” served for 23 years as a fighter pilot flying F-16s, A-10s, OV-10s and F-4s. After he retired from the Air Force, Warren joined Delta Airlines where he flew domestic and international flights for 20 years. A lifelong learner, Warren received two graduate degrees including his law degree.
Warren had an insatiable zest for life and adventure and was a self-proclaimed expert in all things. He instilled in his family a love of travel and the importance of making family memories. He was brilliant, loyal, hardworking, happy and always whistling.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he is survived and missed dearly by the love of his life, his wife of 41 years Jessie Sinift Boyes, their three children Jessica Christi Boyes Tillery (Adam), Warren Charles Chip Boyes, III and Kaili Tiana Boyes, two grandsons Adam AJ Kenneth Tillery, Jr. and Noah Warren Tillery and brother Jeff Boyes.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 30 at 2 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery, 5580 Knox Bridge Highway, Canton, Ga., 30114. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
POWELL, Jr., Robert H. Robert H. “Punchy” Powell, Jr., a WWII Veteran Fighter Pilot, loving husband, respected father, Atlanta businessman, and noted WWII historian and author, passed away June 22nd 2016, at the age of 95. Services will be held on Sunday, June 26th at 2 pm at Oak Grove Methodist Chuch. “Punchy” Powell, was born November 21, 1920, in Wilcoe, WV. He was the only son of Robert H. Powell and Gypsy R. Powell. Bob was married to Betty Wiley Powell, of Thorpe, WV, who predeceased him. They were married, for 70 wonderful years. He is survived by 3 children, Robert W. Powell (Nancy) of Atlanta, GA, Linda Powell Catarino (Roger) of Columbia, SC and Betsy Powell Wall (Jimmy) of St. Simons Island, GA, 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and extended family and friends. We also want to acknowledge and thank his wonderful caregivers. Bob was a member of Oak Grove Methodist Church, 352nd Fighter Group Association, The Order of the Daedalians, Silver Wings Fraternity, The Mighty 8th Air Force Historical Society-GA Chapter, WWII Round Table and the American Legion. He flew 87 missions in the P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang in WWII. On D-Day, he flew 3 missions totaling 16 hours in his P-51 Mustang. Bob separated from the USAF in 1954 at the rank of Captain. He attended WV University where he earned his BS in Journalism. Bob and Betty moved to Atlanta in 1956, where he was an advertising sales executive. They resided in Atlanta for 59 years. Honorary Pallbearers are the Faith Class at Oak Grove Methodist Church and Silver Wings Fraternity. Pallbearers are Robert McCreary, Gilly Smith, Steve Hicks, Travis Reynolds, Ken McCoy, Brent Bracewell, RJ Catarino, and Chris Wall. The family will receive friends on Saturday evening June 25th from 5pm-7pm at Turner Funeral Home. Military services will be held at 2PM at Oak Grove Methodist Church. A reception will be held after the brief graveside service, at the church Fellowship Hall. Donations in lieu of flowers to The National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force, P. O Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402 or The American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton MA 01061-0151.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from June 24 to June 25, 2016
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Jerry Anderson Church, 78, of Amelia Island, FL and Atlanta, GA, passed away on June 17, 2015. He was born in Valdese, NC on February 24, 1937 to John G. Church and Clara Pritchard Church. After his childhood in Valdese, Jerry attended North Carolina State University, graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He worked at Douglas Aircraft Company for two years and then entered the US Navy’s aviation program. Following his Navy service, Jerry flew for Delta Airlines for 30 years until he retired as a Captain in 1997. Jerry loved his flying career and often regaled his family and friends with fascinating Navy and Delta anecdotes. For many years, when not flying, Jerry was sailing. He, his children and friends sailed widely throughout Biscayne Bay and the Caribbean and up the Intra-coastal Waterway to Chesapeake Bay and New York. Sailing his boat into the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration in New York Harbor was one of his best-loved trips. Upon retirement, Jerry focused on his two favorite activities: travel and learning. In 18 years, he and his girlfriend, then wife, Linda, explored six of the seven continents. They hiked, drove, flew, biked, rode trains and cruised to enjoy the world’s beauty, history and diversity. When not traveling, Jerry was learning. Whether it was science, history, economics or genealogy, he was constantly researching on-line, reading a book or watching an educational DVD. Jerry will be remembered most for his kindness, welcoming smile and loving heart. He was devoted to his family, spending many months caring for his parents in their final years. Always generous with his time, knowledge and affection, Jerry was a loyal and steadfast friend. Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Linda Stone, his son, Scott Church of Lakeport, CA, his daughter, Sarah (Chuck) Israel of Miami, FL, his adored grandsons, Austin and Cameron Gray of Miami, FL, his sister and brother-in-law, Gwen and Sam Eason of Orange Park, FL, his uncle, C. Willard Church of Valdese, NC, and his mother-in-law, Charlotte Smithloff of Atlanta, GA. He also leaves three nieces and several cousins who were very dear to him. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 28, 2015
Captain Willie Clifton (Bill) Bussey was born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 18, 1936, to Clifton Gerrell and Martha Louise Williams Bussey. He departed this life for his eternal heavenly home on October 25, 2013.
As a small boy he always wished for an airplane and an airplane suit. In 1952 he hitch-hiked to the Atlanta Airport from South DeKalb and washed airplanes for $4.00 a day or one hour of flying time. He received his flying license before his drivers license.
He graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School and joined the Georgia Air National Guard in 1954. He started pilot training as an aviation cadet January, 1956, and attended Advanced Interceptor School at Perrin Air Force Base. He retired as Major from the Georgia Air National Guard.
In August of 1959 he was employed by Eastern Air Lines where he worked for 31 years until they ceased operations in 1991. He went to Taiwan and flew Captain for EVA Air Lines and instructed in the simulator until his retirement in 1998.
Bill was a Mason and a member of the Silver Wings Fraternity, Order of Daedalians, EAA, REPA, and AOPA. He recently received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award for 50 years of accident-free flying. He was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church where he had served as deacon and elder.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ann Lee Garbutt Bussey; daughter, Laura Alice Bussey of Covington, GA; sons, Willie Clifton (Clif) Bussey, Jr. and David Heath Bussey, both of Atlanta; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gerrelldine and John Bomar, Cindy and Larry Edmondson, all of Stockbridge, GA, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.
Interment service with military honors, 10:00 am on Tuesday, OCTOBER 29th at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, 2284 Candler Road, Decatur, GA followed by visitation Founders Hall, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 5801 Hugh Howell Road, Stone Mountain. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 12:00 noon with a light lunch afterward in Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eastminster Presbyterian Church or Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
HARRIS, Robert October 31, 1920 – January 21, 2014 Robert Harding Harris, age 93, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014.
Bob was born on October 31st, 1920 to Florence and Augustus Harris. He grew up in Montgomery, Alabama and graduated from Sidney Lanier High School. Bob began college at Auburn University in 1939. In 1941, he was accepted into the Aviator Cadet program of The Army Air Corps and took a leave of absence from college in order to serve his country.
During his time in the Air Corps, Bob piloted 150 missions over the Eastern Himalaya Mountains on a route referred to as “The Hump” by allied pilots. It was the only supply route for U.S. troops between China, India, and Burma. Due to treacherous weather conditions, the absence of navigational aids, and the threat of enemy planes, The Hump was known to have the most dangerous flying conditions of any route during WWII.
By 1945, Bob had piloted over 28 different aircraft, experiencing his dream of flying high-performance fighters. This dream was ultimately fulfilled when he was selected to be one of the test pilots for America’s first jet aircraft, the P-59.
During the war, Bob was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned to Auburn at the end of his service and was reintroduced to a girl he had met a few years earlier, who he remembered fondly as “the lovely freshman who wore a pink fuzzy sweater, a cute plaid skirt, and saddle shoes.” Six months after they reunited, Zuma Jeanette Williams from Cordele, GA agreed to become his bride. The two were happily married for 62 wonderful years.
Bob graduated from Auburn in 1946 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and joined General Electric in Schenectady, NY. He was thrilled to be named one of the three Distinguished Auburn Engineers of the year in 1986. During his 38-year career with G.E, Bob and Zuma lived in Atlanta, GA, Washington D.C. and Tokyo, Japan. His final assignment before retiring was Vice President and General Manager of Northern Pacific Operations in Tokyo.
Bob served as Chairman of the Aviation Committee of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and was active in The Rotary Cub, Silver Wings Fraternity, the Order of Daedalians, Northside United Methodist Church. Bob was an avid reader, gardener, golfer, and history buff. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He never met a stranger and lived life to its fullest. Bob expressed it best when he said, “I feel blessed with a beautiful family, good health, strong faith in God and Christ, a love of my county, a devotion to my fellow man, and a belief that I contributed just a little to our world. What more could a person ask of life?”
Bob is preceded in death by his wife, and his two brothers. He is survived by four children, nine grandchildren as well as five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The memorial service will be Saturday, January 25th, 2:00p.m. at Northside United Methodist Church. A reception will follow in the Faith and Arts Center at the Church. In Lieu of flowers please make donations to Northside United Methodist Church, 2799 Northside Drive, Atlanta, 30305.
I have the sad duty to inform you that Captain Bernard J. Dvorscak, USNR (M) made his last flight on September 21. He was 85.
A native of Hazleton, PA, Bernard enlisted in the US Navy V-5 Flight Training Program in 1946. He was stationed aboard the USS FD Roosevelt in 1947 and received his US Navy Pilots Wings of Gold January 1950 after qualifying aboard the USS Cabot flying the F4U-4. He was then assigned to VF-171 NAS in Jacksonville, FL where he flew the Banshee Fighter while aboard the USS Midway, the USS Coral Sea, and the Leyte Aircraft Carriers. He was a member of the first operational jet fighter squadron in the US Navy.
Returning to school, he graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1956 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and was a member of the Yellow Jacket Flying Club. He joined Lockheed Aircraft Co. as an Engineering Test Pilot flying and instructing in the C-130, C-141, C-5A and B, Jetstar and Hummingbird: a jet-powered VTOL aircraft; was the first pilot to Fly-By-Wire in the Lockheed C130 Hercules and was part of the first team to perfect in-air flight refueling.
Dvorscak qualified to fly more than 35 aircraft during his career. He graduated from the US Navy Test Pilot School Class XXI 1959 and flew the Douglas F4D-1 in the Mach One era in December 1958 at NAS Patuxent River. He retired from the Navy Reserve in July 1976 as a Captain and from Lockheed in 1990.
Bernie co-authored “The C-5 Galaxy History.” During retirement he instructed flight ground school, aided with the assimilation of the National Aerospace Museum, Chantilly, VA, the development of the Marietta Aviation Museum, was a member of Silver Wings Fraternity, Order of Daedalians and lectured on the Battle of Midway and the Battle of Britain.
Bernie joined Society of Experimental Test Pilots in 1964. He was a member of St. Jude’s Church for 50 years where he loved singing in the choir.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Davie Dvorscak; their children Michael Dvorscak wife Camille, Holly Hunter and Joan Paucke, husband Joe; grandchildren Gene Hunter II, Timothy Hunter, Luci Cameron, Jennifer Paucke, Holly Paucke; siblings, John L Dvorscak, EJ Dvorscak, Bernadine Magnus, and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catholic Center at Georgia Tech, Marietta Aviation Museum, Silver Wings Fraternity, Inc.
Lt Col (USAF,Ret) Robert K Early Born February 17th 1923 Portsmouth VA. Died August 5, 2013 at the age of 91. Graduated From Woodrow Wilson HS January 1940. Began as a Navy Apprentice Mechanic in 1941 but always wanted to fly. Started Aviation Cadets school in 1943. Graduated in Class 44c in 1944. He achieved 7 aeronautical ratings as well as a Bachelors Degree and a MBA from the Univ of Oklahoma all while on active duty. Married Virginia Steel March 31, 1944. And so began a long flying carrier and life as a loving husband. He spent 24 years with the Air Force flying everything with wings. Flew fighters, bombers, trainers, transports, and tankers. Everything from P51’s to B52’s. Even flew a DC-3 on his 90th birthday! Honorably served our country in WWII and the Korean War.
Retired from the Air Force May of 1966 after 24 years of service with a total of 8500 flight hours. Went to work for United Air Lines as a Flight Instructor. Transitioned to a line pilot for United in 1969. Retired June of 1983 totaling 42 years of flying experience without scratching the paint on an airplane!
Wife Virginia passed away in October of 2003 ending a 59 year marriage. They had one son Robert S Early who is married to wife Lauren and lives in Colorado. Robert also flies for United. He has fathered two of Bob’s beloved grandsons, Nathan and John Early.
Robert wed Iris Scheffel in March of 2007. They had a wonderful life together traveling the world right up until his passing, including a final cruise from Bombay, India to Athens, Greece where they recently renewed their wedding vows.
Robert was a gentle, kind man who touched the lives of everyone to whom he came into contact. He loved golf, flying, traveling the world, and ice cream! He spent the first two thirds of his life flying all over the world. He then spent the last third of his life cruising all of the world. He will be missed by all who were blessed to know him!
Also survived by Sister Mildred Hawks
Brother Ira Early
Daughter Angela & Greg Garvin
Grandsons Grayson, Austin, and Colton Garvin
His Memorial Service will be held this Sunday, August 11th at 2:00pm at Briarlake Baptist Church Chapel.
3715 LaVista Road
Decatur, GA 30033
Inurnment will follow with full military honors at Ft. Logan in Denver, CO on Monday, August 19 at 12:00pm.
Robert J. Chambers, 64, of Powder Springs, GA passed away on April 26, 2013 from complications of a stroke caused by a reaction to a prescription medication. Bob graduated from high school in West Orange, NJ prior to graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, CO with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1970. After pilot training, he served in flying squadrons in Germany for four years before attending the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, graduating with a masters degree in astronautical engineering in 1977. Married to the former Toni Tononi of Fairborn, Ohio since 1978, Bob and Toni moved and lived across the U.S. with his flying and engineering assignments in California, North Carolina, Illinois, and Florida. Serving as an aircraft commander of AC130 gunships before retiring from the Air Force in 1990, Chambers became a flight test manager with Arinc Research, which moved him and his wife to Warner Robins, GA for 9 years and finally to the Atlanta area in 2001. Retiring from Arinc in 2009, he consulted on engineering projects until his wife retired from teaching in 2011. In between following his hobbies of aviation, computers, photography, science-fiction, movie-going, model railroading, target shooting, avid reading, Corvettes,and motorcycles, Bob and his wife also made sure to enjoy many Stateside and overseas trips. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Toni; sister-in-law Candy Prystaloski of Beavercreek, OH; brother Thomas Chambers of Upland, CA; four nieces; two great-nieces; and many loving and supportive friends