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Sunday, February 26, 2012

WA/DL Capt. David F. Gearhart

Notification of the passing of WA/DL pilot Captain David F. Gearhart, age 76.  David hired on with Western 10-07-1968 and retired with Delta at the mandatory age 60 in 1995.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  http://shrineofremembrance.com/    or    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=David-Gearhart&pid=156111157  
Survived by wife Rose Marie personal condolences may be sent to their home at
345 Scrub Oak Way, Monument CO 80132-8554 .... (719) 481-0392
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator
Captain David Franklin Gearhart
1935 ~ 2012

David Franklin Gearhart

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David was born to David Franklin Gearhart and Vivian Lucille Sparks Gearhart on December 9, 1935 in Englewood, Kansas and passed away on February 24, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. When David was very young, the family moved to Denver, Colorado, and later moved to Englewood, Colorado. David enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1953, before he graduated from Englewood High School in 1954. David then attended Colorado A&M and was discharged from the Navy in December of 1956, before entering the Air Force, where he received Cadet Training in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was then assigned to Loring AFB in Maine as an Electronic Warfare Officer and in 1959 he married Rose Marie Schurman of Englewood, Colorado. Their first son, Gregory, was born in Limestone, Maine. He then graduated from Pilot Training at Moody AFB in Georgia in 1963, and then was stationed at Travis AFB in California where their second son, David, was born. They were also stationed at Goose Airbase in Labrador and Pease AFB, New Hampshire before he was discharged form the Air Force in October of 1968. David accepted a job as a Second officer for Western Airlines which later merged with Delta Airlines. He retired from Delta as a Captain in December of 1995. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Vivian Gearhart. He is survived by his wife: Rose Marie of Monument, Colorado; their two sons: Greogry of Seattle, Washington and David (wife, Karyn) of Hartsel, Colorado; and his brother: Stephen Gearhart of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dave and Rose Marie loved to travel and camp in their motor coach and were very active members of the Trailblazers and Rolling Springs chapters of Colorado Family Campers and RVers. Dave was a devoted husband and father, he was known for his selfless nature, and was always willing to help his family and friends. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Central Christian Church in Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Macular Degeneration Society or the Leukemia/Lymphoma Foundation. Online condolences: shrineofremembrance.com

Published in The Gazette on February 26, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

DL Dir. Flt Control Hank Echols

Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 10:14 PM
Subject: PCN - Death of DL Dir. Flt. Control Hank Echols, age 66

Word has been received of the passing of Viet Nam war veteran and
retired ATL Director of Flight Control Hank Echols.  Born January 5,
1946, George Henry ‘Hank’ Echols III was 66 years of age at the time
of his passing February 17, 2012.

To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home
website at http://www.osceolamemgds.com/    

Hank and his wife Angela Thomas were married in Florida on Christmas
Day 1972.  Survived by his wife Angie personal condolences may be sent
to the Echols home at
1521 Canopy Pasture Drive,  Saint Cloud  FL 34771-8889

At Hank’s request there will be no funeral or memorial services.
Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator

In Loving Memory
George Henry Echols, III
1/5/1946 - 2/17/2012

From: Homestead    Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 8:28 AM

Deceased full name     George Henry Echols, III (Hank)
Date of Birth     01/06/1946
Date of Death     02/17/2012
Age at death     66
Cause of death     Cancer

Mr. George Henry Echols, III, 66, of Saint Cloud, FL passed away on
Friday February 17, 2012 at his residence surrounded by his loving
family. He was the husband of Angela R. (Thomas) Echols. George was
born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 5, 1946, the son of the late
George Henry and Jewel  (Shell) Echols. He served in the U.S. Army in
the Vietnam War and was a Air Line Safety Inspector for the Federal
Aviation Administration and a Retired Director, Flight Control Delta
Air Lines. George is survived by a son,Nicholas E. Echols of
Riverview, FL.  George is also survived by a sister, Alice Patterson
of Jasper, GA. Arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory
Gardens Funeral Home and Crematory, 2000 13th Street, Saint Cloud, FL
34769. 407.957.2511. Donations in Hanks's name are suggested to the MD
Anderson Center. https://www.mdanderson.org/gifts/view-content?DFID=S_000821 
 At Hank’s request, there will be no services.

 Contact Name     Jane Nadeau
Contact Email     jane.nadeau@delta.com
Contact Phone     404-714-4486


From: Rochelle   Sent: Monday, February 20, 2012 7:23 AM
Subject: death of retired director of flight control, hank echols

Hank was one of the good guys.
Condolences online or to his wife, Angie at
1521 Canopy Pasture Drive
St. Cloud, FL  34771-8889


Sunday, February 12, 2012

NEA/DL Capt Norris Marston

Date: 2/11/2012 6:56:46 PM
Subject: passing of Captain Norris Marston retired NEA/DL
We have just received word from George Chaudoin on the passing of retired NEA/DL Captain Norris Marston. Captain Marston was hired by Northeast on November 10, 1958and retired from Delta in April, 1991.

Norris Marston died yesterday, Feb.9th after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was 80 years old. Though presently of Tryon North Carolina, he was a long-time resident of Cape Ann. Born in Boston, he grew up in Rockport and for many years was the doyen of the family farm on Gloucester's Dennison St. "Nocky", as he was known to most everyone, was a retired Delta Airlines Captain.
In 1953, he graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine and Electrical Engineering and an officer's commission in the Naval Reserve. Following a brief stint as a merchant officer, he transferred to the regular navy and attended flight school in Pensacola Fl.
For a number of years he flew out of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, patrolling the east coast of North America and Canada in command of a Lockheed P2V ("Sub Hunter").
As part of his distinguished career as a Navy pilot, he attended atomic bomb school and was among an elite few certified to fly planes carrying the Betty Weapon. A pilot's pilot, he was encouraged to become an astronaut, but his 6' 4" height kept him from being selected. Following his Navy service, he joined Delta Airlines, for whom he was a commercial pilot for the next 35 years.
Norris loved the sea. He was an excellent sailor with an impressive Rhoads-19 racing record at the Annisquam Yacht Club. He was a fixture in Lobster Cove and well received in many ports along the east coast and the Chesapeake Bay aboard his beloved 55 ft. Wellington ketch, "Amazing Grace".
A devoted father and mentor to dozens of young people who valued his experience and advice, he was known for his great love of life, his stories, and wonderful sense of humor. His was a life proudly and joyfully lived. He was truly an officer and a gentleman and will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flower donations may be made to the:
Williams Syndrome Association Summer Camp Program
570 Kirts Blvd. Suite 223
Troy, MI 48084
Blue Side Up George
I wish to thank George and Dick for passing along this sad news about Norris. When and if more info comes in we will pass it along.  Mark
Mark Sztanyo

Saturday, February 4, 2012

NWA Capt. Paul E. Murphy

From: PCN       Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2012 1:31 AM
Subject:  Death of NWA pilot Capt. Paul E. Murphy, age 81
Word has been received of the passing of Korean War veteran and
retired NWA pilot Captain Paul Murphy, age 81.

To view/sign the online guestbook and read the complete obituary
please visit the funeral home website at www.palmmortuary.com/     or
To view the family photo gallery, click on this link which should take
you directly to Captain Murphy’s picture tribute:

Survived by his wife Mary Lou personal condolences may be sent to the
family at
2604 Golfside Drive , Las Vegas, NV 89134-8808  ..  (702) 363-6551

Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator


From: Ray Dahl Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 2:33 PM
Subject: Captain Paul Murphy

PAUL MURPHY Retired airline pilot captain, Paul E. Murphy, 81, of Las
Vegas, has flown to Heaven Jan. 31, 2012. He was born Dec. 1, 1930, in
Quincy, Mass., and was a 41-year resident of Nevada. He served in the
U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Paul was an avid golfer and a
retired airline pilot and a member of Airline Pilots Association.

Bonanza through to Northwest.

He was preceded in death by mother, Agnes; father, Paul; sister,
Evelyn; and brother, Bernard. Paul leaves to mourn his wife, Mary L.
Murphy; son, Chris (Denise) Murphy of Ione, Calif.; daughters, Audrey
(Richard) Kanthack of Las Vegas, Irene (David) Fehrenbacher of Citrus
Heights, Calif., and Gayle Lavelle of Madison, Ala.; 12 grandchildren;
and 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.,
with services following, both at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave.

Graveside services will be at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7,
at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Buchanan Blvd.

 Paul will be greatly missed by all.



Paul Edward Murphy was blessed with an abundance of leadership
qualities. It would be accurate to say that this man was an
outstanding luminary and that his natural abilities served him well.
He knew with certainty how he wanted to set priorities in all aspects
of his life. He struck those who knew him as the kind of person who
awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what he expected
from his day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. Paul was
a man who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an
organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, Paul
would set about immediately to create it.

       His parents were Paul and Alberta Murphy. Paul was raised in
Massachusetts. Paul was brought up to be reasonable in his actions and
was taught to use his intellect wisely. He was an honest and
straightforward child, traits that reinforced his self-confidence.
Even at a young age, Paul was credited with having a positive
influence on those around him.

      The positive atmosphere that Paul generated spread to his
family. Paul was raised with two siblings. He had one younger sister
Evelyn and a younger brother Bernard. Paul served as a catalyst within
the family. He often found himself in the role of providing fair
solutions to those sibling disputes. In every family activity, Paul
was able to demonstrate his uncommon logic and skill at building

      Paul's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that
enthusiasm generated led to his exhibiting leadership qualities early
on in his childhood. He liked to see things executed properly and
showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out
of control. At the same time, he was willing to experiment with
different approaches as he worked a plan towards a solution. As a
young boy, he took part in baseball, bowling and golf. He was an Altar
Boy and a Boy Scout. In his spare time he liked playing baseball and
building model airplanes.

      When it came to academics and school, Paul's organizational
skills reaped dividends. Paul was able to create a system for getting
his class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong
ability to analyze his schoolwork and assignments, he could apply a
practical, common sense approach completing his studies. He showed a
natural curiosity in the manner in which he tackled new types of
problems and would regularly challenge his own reasoning ability in
finding solutions. He graduated from Waltham High School in 1949. He
enjoyed some courses more than others and developed favorite classes
and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Chemistry.

      As Paul knew in other aspects of his life, he had a clear vision
of what he sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. On
November 23, 1974 Paul exchanged wedding vows with Mary Louise
Morrison at Little Church Of The West of Las Vegas, Nevada. Mary was a
significant part of his life, and it wasn’t necessary for Paul to be
overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of
their mutual devotion. Paul's secret to success was that he always
kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the
important skill of being a good listener.

      Family and children were important to Paul, even if he didn’t
always show it. Paul was blessed with four children, Chris, Audrey,
Irene and Gayle. They were also blessed with twelve grandchildren,
Ryan Murphy, Russell Murphy, Kimberly Bailey, June Perez, Greg
Gleason, Melissa Tribble, Aaron, LaVelle, Alex LaVelle, Hope LaVelle,
Brandy Salazar, Joseph Murray and Zach Fehrenbacher. There are also
Seventeen grandchildren: Kayli Gleason, Jossalyn Gleason, Amanda
Perez, Emma Perez, David Murphy, Jason Murphy, Rachel Murphy, Allison
Bailey, Jaime Bailey, Michael Murphy, Juliana Salazar, Natalie
Salazar, Lily Tribble and Benjamin Tribble. Five Nieces and Nephews-
Theresa Tim, Debbie Patrick, Mike Kathy, Becky Deanna and Ruth
Trottier. Paul was able to keep order in the family by using the same
efficient and straightforward methods with the family as he did at
work. Paul rarely made a scene when it came to discipline. Instead, he
was subtle and patient in his dealings when teaching the children
right from wrong.

      At work Paul was viewed as a natural leader. He could marshal
all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in
order to meet virtually any objective. He was great at developing
strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. Paul
was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting
things done. He was able to establish and meet objectives and
schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the
big picture clearly in sight. Although Paul might have been described
by some as an overachiever, he was without question a dedicated and
diligent employee. His primary occupation was an Airline Pilot. He was
employed for many wonderful years with Northwest Airlines.

      Paul was an Air Force veteran. He was in Bermuda as a Hurricane
Hunter. Paul saw action for the Korean War. Through his dedication and
hard work, he achieved the rank of Sergeant. He received several
awards including many military commendations. Paul's fellow soldiers
knew that he worked well within the system, understanding the
importance of rules and striving to follow them. Paul's life approach
was all about order.

      Not only did Paul find pleasure in pursuing his various hobbies,
he also enjoyed the discovery and research involved in learning about
them. His skill at problem solving had a positive influence on these
activities as well. His favorite pursuits were playing golf, wood
working, boating and photography.

      No matter what the activity was, Paul had the ability to
motivate others. This talent influenced his participation in sports,
too. He sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and
he stayed cool and calm under pressure. He relished the stimulation of
the action and energy associated with sports. In high school, Paul
played baseball. Recreational sports included bowling and playing
golf. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his
favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were
baseball and golf.

      Paul lived his life guided by a well-defined set of beliefs. His
faith and religion were important aspects of those beliefs. He was a
member of the local Catholic Church. During his time in the Catholic
Church, he was an Altar Boy as a young man.

      Traveling, especially vacations, was another way for Paul to
apply his exceptional leadership and organizational skills. He liked
exploring different places but also enjoyed designing and scheduling
the trips in advance. He had real talent for developing the perfect
itineraries. Favorite vacations included going to the cabin in Utah
and traveling to Mexico and Puerta Vallarta.

      Paul was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of
Paul's favorites was Boots a cat. They were best friends for 8 years.
His family was rounded out by his Dachsunds-Dudley and Candy.

      When Paul's retirement finally came in 1985, he was well
prepared. He had worked out all of the details well in advance and
knew exactly what he was going to do. His new life involved relocating
to Las Vegas, Nevada. In retirement, he found new pleasure in golfing,
bowling and woodworking. Always a well-informed person, Paul enjoyed
adding to his wealth of knowledge. Retirement afforded him the time to
enjoy that experience and provided one more opportunity to look ahead
at what life might offer him.

      Paul passed away on January 31, 2012 at Mountainview Hospital in
Las vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his spouse, children,
grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Services were
held at Palm Cheyenne Mortuary 7400 W. Cheyenne Las Vegas, Nevada.
Paul was laid to rest in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial
Cemetery in Boulder City, Nevada.

      Paul Edward Murphy knew what he wanted from life and never
hesitated in going after it. He could be characterized as a driven
individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement. Paul
was decisive and outspoken at times but was also positive and upbeat
about most things. He was a leader, both intentionally and sometimes
by default. If he saw that something needed to be done, he was always
ready to step up and actualize, organize and implement a plan.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

DL Capt. L. M. 'Milt' McKnight

From: PCN Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 1:23 AM
Subject: Death of DL Capt. Milt McKnight , age 70

Word has been received of the passing of Air Force veteran, retired DL
pilot and Delta Golden Wings member Captain L. M. ‘Milt’ McKnight. Born December 26, 1941 Lloyd Milton McKnight was 70 years of age at the time of his passing January 27, 2012. Milt hired on with Delta 03-14-1969 and retired at the mandatory age 60 with 32+ years of service, based ATL Dept. 030. Lloyd Milton McKnight and Louise Jeannette Hackney were married in Florida May 14, 1977. Milt is survived by his wife Lou Jean.

I have not been able to find an obituary to date, but I did find this very nice online tribute written by a friend and wanted to share it with you. As you can see by Milt’s updates below, Milt had been fighting the good fight for a very long time.

For those wishing to send personal condolences to the family,

the McKnight’s home address is

100 Bridger Point Road , Fayetteville, GA 30215-5213 ... (770) 631-0534

Thank you,
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator

Godspeed, Milt

I remember the first time I met Lloyd Milton McKnight, who my good
friend always referred to as Uncle Milt — he was, in fact, my friend’s

Uncle Milt was, simply, one of the best people I’ve ever known.

Milt died Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 70. When I
received a text message at a bar Friday night, I had to read it a few
times to believe it.

Uncle Milt had a certain indestructibility about him. Strong-minded,
Southern, military men who just happen to be competitive shooters
often do. When I found out he had cancer a few years back, I just
assumed he’d beat it.

Milt was a man’s man. He served his country in the Air Force and then
flew jet airliners for Delta when only real men earned their pilot
wings. He had been retired for a few years, living in a pond-bordered
home that Southern Living should feature when I first met him in 2008.
My friend and I were going to a NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway,
and he and his wife lived about 15 minutes from the track.

Airplanes turned out to be my in with Milt. He had models in his man
cave, a finished basement with a big screen TV, a bar and an armory,
of every jet he ever flew.

I didn’t know anything about guns, but I knew planes from my days of
rooming with some pilots in college. Milt seemed impressed, and the
stories soon followed.

Uncle Milt could make you remember to use your “sirs” and “ma’ams”
without saying a word. You wouldn’t just avoid swearing in front of
him; you’d want to use proper English. He wore glasses and typically
kept a gun within arm’s length.

But Milt had a beauty about him that was magnetic. When I got to hang
out with him, I was hanging out with the man I want to be when I grow

The way he called his wife by her proper name (Lujean) always made me
smile. His stories were genuinely interesting. He could explain
something as complex as making ammunition and make you feel like you
learned something.

I learned a lot from Milt during those race trips. He showed me how to
properly fire a handgun with hot action and the subtle differences
between Boeing 757s and 767s. He’d listen to every word of my long-
winded racing stories and opinions while Jean made us chili.

I can’t remember if Milt was a Dale Earnhardt fan or not, but I think
they’d get along great.

I imagine they are now.

My prayers go out to his wife and family.

This entry was posted on January 29, 2012
JoeVanHoose.com Athens, GA

-------Original Message-------

From: Buford Ness Date: 1/28/2012 9:08:29 PM
Subject: Lloyd Milton McKnight passing

"Milt" McKnight passed on to glory yesterday afternoon (Jan 27, 2012)
per his facebook account.


Blessings to you, Buff Ness Cell 972-841-3970


From: Milt McKnight Date: 4/16/2011 2:45:54 PM
To: pilotcommunication.net
Subject: Milt McKnight update

Hi all.

As you may remember, my lung cancer returned last August. I went
through second line chemo cocktail for six months and as a result of
remarkably improved PET scan in late December, my oncologist put me
a maintenance chemo protocol. I get a treatment every 21 days. I feel
good, and really have no complaints except for the neuropathy caused
by the first round of chemo in '09. I will have another PET scan
this month to see how thing are going.. I appreciate your thoughts,
prayers and emails.

Please keep my wife, Lou Jean, in your prayers because as we were
going into the Fayette County Hospital for MY appointment last
Thursday (she always insists on going with me), she tripped and fell
on some paving tiles at the hospital entrance. ER visit x-rays
indicated fractured right wrist and possible torn right rotator cuff.
Will see the orthopedic doctor on Wednesday.

Our best to all of you, especially those of you who are going through
hardships of your own.

Milt McKnight


Following update from Milt: 10-26-2010

Hi all,

Just a short update. My cancer showed up again on a PET scan on
August 30th. The oncologist classed it as stage 4 since it has
migrated into the lymph glands. I started a second round of chemo on
the 30th of September and had my second dose last week. Side effects
(other than just feeling bad) have so far been minimal. Still trying
to work at the gun store but have had to cut back a little. My spirits
are good and one day His plan will be revealed, until then we do what
we can. My "right arm" of course is my wife Lou Jean, without whom I
could not have made it as far as I have.

Thanks again for all your prayers, thoughts and well-wishes.


update 02-05-2010

Update Update #2
Description of illness Inoperable late stage lung cancer
Living Spouse Lou Jean
Address 100 Bridger Point Rd.
City Fayetteville
State GA
Zip 30215

First of all I would like to thank all of my prayer
partners. My God is a wonderful God and is everlasting.
I had 37 radiation treatments and 12 chemos.PET scan on Monday,18 Jan
- then wait four days for results. The results indicated the tumor is
dead and the scan was normal and lymph nodes clean. Now, with one
voice, Praise the Lord!
I go back for another CT scan in three months. No more chemo! We will
be working on the neuropathy using medication and acupuncture. I have
an appointment next Monday with the acupuncturist and will try next
week to start the process of trying to get some of my voice back.
Will try and keep you updated.
I also have to start exercising to see if I can regain some strength
after such a sedentary lifestyle over the past several months. My
thumbs are in good shape due to much use on the TV remote, so I won't
have to work on them.
I will have to tell you though that the results were not unexpected
because I have faith in my God. Had they been different, my faith
would have sustained me because God has a plan, and I have accepted
His will and His plan, whatever it may be.
Once again, Thank you all.


Contact Name Milt McKnight
Contact Phone 770-631-0534
Latest update 2/9/2012
From: Lou
Jean McKnight

Date: 2/9/2012 5:07:52
To: Carol Faulkner
Subject: Milt

Good Afternoon,

Milt's obituary was published in today's AJC. Memorial service is this
Saturday (11th) at 2 pm at C.J. Mowell's Funeral Home, 200 Robinson Road, Peachtree
City, GA.

Lou Jean McKnight