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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

DL family Steven M. Barber, son of DL F/A Carolyn Barber Lassabe

Please accept my sincere apology for this belated posting of the untimely passing of Steven Michael Barber, age 29.  Steven was the youngest son of retired DL F/A Carolyn Barber Lassabe.  To view the online obituary you may visit http://www.heartfeltconnections.net/ViewTribute.aspx?id=37742  
and for those wishing to send personal condolences to the family, Carolyn's mailing address is 240 Beau Rivage Drive , Mandeville, LA 70471-2961  ...  (985) 626-3844.
Thank you,  
Steven Michael Barber
May 26, 1986 - March 16, 2012   
Mandeville, LA 
Steven Michael Barber passed away on March 16, 2012 at the age of 29. He is survived by his devoted parents John Barber and Carolyn Barber Lassabe. He is also survived by his brother, Brad Barber and his sister in law, Jessica Barber as well as two aunts and uncle- Percy and Marie Barber and Fred and Patricia Land, and several cousins. He was a graduate of Fontainebleau High School and also attended Southeastern University. He was currently employed as a sales associate by T-Mobile in Covington. His passions in life included sports, electronics and physical fitness. He was so lovable and kind and his smile would melt your heart. He was a member of St Timothy’s United Methodist Church in Mandeville. Although his time on earth was brief, he has left an indelible mark on the hearts of all who love him and will miss him so greatly.
Preferred Charities and Donations
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NAMI/St Tammany.
Funeral Home
Bagnell & Son Funeral Home
75212 Lee Road
Covington, LA 70435
(985) 893-2235
Visitation and Services
A celebration of Steven’s life will be held at St Timothy’s United Methodist Church in Mandeville on Thursday, March 22, 2012. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM followed by a service at 11:00 AM. A reception will follow immediately at the church.
Subject: Re: Sad news! 

In a message dated 3/17/2012 10:54:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time, mo@fastband.net writes:

Funeral arrangements have not been made yet - may be in  Shreveport.
Would you please send an e-mail to everyone on your list.
Carolyn and her family need our prayers.
Her address is:
Carolyn Lassabe
240 Beau Rivage Dr.
Mandeville, LA 70471
Thank you,                 
Margaret Owens

Monday, May 28, 2012

DL family Brenda Sexton Washburn Cawley

Brenda Sexton (Washburn) Cawley
November 19, 1944 - May 27, 2012
North Charleston, South Carolina
We have received word that former Delta F/A Brenda Sexton Washburn Cawley has passed away at the age of 67.  Brenda was first married to MSY/ATL DL crew scheduler Jim Washburn (please see information below).   
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit http://hosting-25037.tributes.com/show/Brenda-Sexton-Cawley-93889527 
Personal condolences may be sent c/o son Matthew Washburn  at
2500 Caladium Drive NE , Atlanta  GA 30345-2010 ..... (770) 492-1410 
Or email:  mdwashburn@bellsouth.net  
Visitation:  Wednesday, May 30 , 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM     
J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel
2180 Greenridge Road, North Charleston, SC 29406
Funeral Service:  Thursday, May 31 at 10:00 AM    
Cokesbury United Methodist Church
4990 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29418

From: Judi Peck   Sent: Monday, May 28, 2012 10:34 AM
Subject: Brenda Sexton Washburn Cawley
Would you please publish on PCN.....
Brenda was first married to Jim Washburn, crew scheduler in New Orleans and then in Atlanta when the MSY base closed

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Matthew Washburn <mdwashburn@bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, May 27, 2012 at 9:12 PM  Subject: Brenda Cawley

Brenda  Sexton, Washburn,  Cawley, 67, of historic North Charleston, SC, died Sunday, May 27, 2012. She was the wife of Col. John H. Cawley, and Jim Washburn, crew scheduler at the MSY and ATL bases. Born November 19, 1944, to Pansy P. White and William Wilson Sexton Sr., Brenda grew up in North Charleston, graduating from Chicora High School in 1962. She entered The College of Charleston and later transferred to Louisiana State University. With a passion for travel, Brenda worked as a Flight Attendant for Delta Air Lines when most women were mothers, teachers or nurses. After having her only son, Matthew Washburn in July 1968, she continued to work as a sales representative for Xerox and a nurse recruiter for Hotel Dieu Hospital. Believing that she controlled her destiny, Brenda owned her own clothing shop called “Madness” in 1978. When she moved back to Charleston, she opened a Real Estate company, later selling it to Hamrick, Carter and Associates. She continued to serve others in the government sector as the Clerk of City Council in the City of North Charleston and later as the Deputy Clerk of Council for the City of Charleston.

When diagnosed with cancer in 2006, Brenda, in typical form, turned her cancer into “mission possible.” She inspired many survivors to live a full, active life. Though her experiences and treatments were extensive and harsh, Brenda helped others navigate their own destiny by promoting self-advocacy during cancer treatments.

She was a catalyst for strength and advocacy in the cancer community. Brenda, a woman once afraid of riding in a boat, became active with Dragon Boat, leading her team to cross the finish line on the Ashley River. In October 2011, the City of North Charleston, inspired by Brenda’s vision of finding a cure for breast cancer, dedicated its new pink fire truck in her name. The City uses the pink fire truck to raise breast cancer awareness in the community.

Brenda adored her longtime friends "The Magnolias" and wanted their goodwill to never be forgotten.

Brenda was an active and cherished member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church and is survived by her husband, Col. John Homer Cawley; her father, William (Norma) Sexton Sr. of Charleston; her brother, William Sexton, Jr. of Charleston; her son, Matthew (Elizabeth) Washburn of Atlanta, GA and their children, Madeline, Luke, and Charlotte; her step-son, Dr. John Cawley of Atlanta, GA and his children Patrick and Sean; her step-son, Michael Cawley of Atlanta, GA; her step-son, Hugh Cawley of Atlanta, GA; her niece Julie (Chris) Crawford of Houston, TX, and their daughter Campbell. She is predeceased by her mother and niece, Amanda Sexton. No matter what city Brenda called home she created close relationships with many people. She loving referred to Julie Elmore of Hanahan as her “adopted daughter” and enjoyed her daughters Emily and Amber as “adopted grandchildren”.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the visitation at Cokesburry United Methodist Church 4990 Dorchester Rd, Charleston, SC 29418 Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 5 PM - 8 PM. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 10:00 AM at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, immediately followed by a burial service at Live Oak Cemetery on Jefferies Boulevard at corner of Detreville Street, Walterboro, SC 29488 . The family will receive friends and guests after the burial service at 109 Silverhill Rd., Walterboro, SC 29488.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the Pink Fire Truck Foundation c/o North Charleston Fire Department, P.O. Box 190016, North Charleston, SC 29419 or the Dragon Boat Charleston, 1643 Savannah Hwy # 261, Charleston, SC 29407.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

C&S/DL Capt. Robert F. 'Bob' Little

Word has been received of the passing of WWII and Korean War veteran, C&S/DL pilot and Delta Golden Wings member Captain Robert F. ‘Bob’ Little, age 92.  Captain Little hired on with Chicago & Southern Airways 11-01-1945 and retired with Delta at the mandatory age 60 in 1979, based ATL. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  http://www.johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com/obituaries.aspx 
Survived by his wife Jane Latta Little personal condolences may be
sent to the family at
846 Granger Circle , Dyersburg, TN 38024-3035  ...  (731) 286-5310
Thank you,


Robert F. "Bob" Little , 1919~2012

  • BORN: November 8, 1919
  • DIED: May 21, 2012
  • LOCATION: Dyersburg, Tennessee
Robert F. "Bob" Little, 92 of Dyersburg, Tennessee died on Monday, May 21, 2012 at his residence.  Born Saturday, November 8, 1919 in Hoisington, Kansas, he was the son of the late Robert Clyde Little and the late Effie F. Little.
Robert F. "Bob" Little was a B-17 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Attached to the 23rd Bomb Squadron, 5th Bomb Group where he flew 72 missions in the Pacific before coming to the Dyersburg Army Air Base in November, 1943. He was an instructor for the B-17 crews at the base until it closed in 1945.
"Bob" served on the Board of The Dyersburg Army Air Base Memorial Association from 1997-2006 when he became a member of the Honorary Board. He was a dedicated docent, avid Museum supporter, and invaluable resource for visitors who cherished their talks with him about his experiences.
Mr. Little started his commercial pilot career with Chicago & Southern Airlines who merged with Delta Airlines on May 1, 1953. When Mr. Little retired from Delta Airlines, in 1979, he held the title of International Captain.
He was the Command Pilot for the final flight of the famed B-17, The Memphis Bell, from Altus, Oklahoma to Memphis, Tennessee on June 15, 1946.
From April, 1951 until 1953, Mr. Little's Tennessee National Guard Unit, the 155th Fighter Squadron was reactivated for service during the Korean War. In 1963 he retired from the military reserve with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Mr. Little was a member of the Dyersburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church and an avid collector of watches and clocks. He was also a past board member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors
Memorial services will be 7:00 PM Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Officiating this service will be Rev. Larry Blakeburn.
Visitation will be from 5:30 PM until 7:00 PM at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg, Tennessee.
He leaves his wife of 67 years, Jane Latta Little of Dyersburg, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by a sister, Roberta L. Stewart.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the Donor's Choice.
Online condolences may be made to the family at johnson-williamsfuneralhome.com
From: THFoster6@aol.com    Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 1:09 PM  
Subject: Passing of Capt. Bob Little

Bob Little has been in home hospice care for several months, suffering from heart & kidney failure. He died yesterday, May 21, 2012.
I don't have any other details at this time.
His wife, Jane, lives at:
846 Granger Cir.
Dyersburg, TN 38024-3035
home phone 731-286-5310
Jane does not use a computer.
Travis Foster

DL Capt. Brian R. Emard

We have received this sad news that Air National Guard/Desert Storm veteran and DL pilot Captain Brian Emard has passed away after a courageous struggle with medical issues.  Captain Emard hired on with Delta 01-10-1986.  Brian’s obituary and family letters to all appear below as he describes his fight for life. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit  
 http://blackfuneralhomes.com/cgi-bin/heald-obit.cgi?Name=Brian R. Emard  Survived by his wife Janet personal condolences may be sent to the family at PO Box 816, Sanbornville, NH 03872, and email at brijanemard@gmail.com
Services with military honors were held Thursday in Maine.

Capt. Brian R. Emard


Brian Roger Emard aka "Kemo Sabe (Native Warrior)"
October 29, 1953 - May 20, 2012
Wakefield, NH

WAKEFIELD — Brian Roger Emard died Sunday, May 20, 2012.
He was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and friend, and will be
missed dearly.
SERVICES: His wake will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the
Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main St., Springvale, Maine. A Mass of
Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, May 25, at Notre Dame
Church, 10 Payne St., Springvale, followed by a committal service with military
honors at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 83 Stanley Road,
Springvale. To view the complete obituary and/or
to leave condolences for the family, visit http://www.blackfuneralhomes.com/ 

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
    ~Abraham Lincoln

     Brian Emard passed away on May 20, 2012, at his home in Wakefield,
New Hampshire. He was 58 years old.
     He is survived by many who will love and miss him dearly: his wife aka "squaw,"
Janet and their three children Michael, Jessica, and Kristie; his daughter-in-law
Melody and granddaughter, Skyla Kenai; his parents, Roger and Theresa Emard; his
sisters, Janet Hamel and JoAnn Woodward; his mother-in-law, Lorraine Sevigny,
along with over 30 in-laws and over 80 nieces and nephews. He also had many
close friends who were cherished as family over the years.
     Brian attended the University of New Hampshire through the Reserve Officer
Training Corps. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology,
he went on to join the Air National Guard. He defended freedom and the country
he so deeply loved in both Operation Desert Storm and Saudi Arabia. He retired
from the Guard as Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years of service. He also flew
commercially for Delta Airlines, Israel Air, and Korean Air. He loved being in the
sky, flying with the eagles. Brian also loved the land, always preferring to be
outdoors. Before his prestigious ranking as Captain of some of the most advanced
aircraft in the world, his original dream was to become a park ranger. An avid and
skilled hunter and fisherman, he possessed a passion and enthusiasm that he loved
to share. His children
joke that they were taught to pitch a tent and cast a pole before tying their shoes.
After travelling to Anchorage as a pilot on several occasions with the Air National
Guard in his early 20s, he made a quick habit out of annual fishing trips to Alaska,
where he would include as many family and friends as possible. Eventually, Brian
and his wife Janet turned his "retirement" dream into reality and opened a bed and
breakfast in The Great Land. Together, they ran Anchor River Lodge for 5
successful years. Two years ago, Brian started his own fishing charter business,
AK Salmon Charters, becoming not only the Captain of the Sky, but the Captain
of the Sea.
     Brian left more than loving friends and family behind. He left a positive impact
on the community at large. He not only coached his own children, he established a
youth sports recreation league called Strafford Friends of Recreation, which
children continue to enjoy the benefits of today. His passion for the environment
was boundless.
He could often be found cleaning the litter off not only his campsite and property,
but off the sites and land of others. In Alaska, he spearheaded the development
of a natural gas line in the Anchor Point community to improve energy efficiency
and lower costs. He also made it a point to donate to environmental groups and
preservation societies, further ensuring that the nature he cherished so much
could be better enjoyed by everyone.
     Brian was an appreciative man who openly acknowledged that he couldn't have
lived out his dreams without the unconditional love and support of his family and
friends; especially his wife, Janet, who he loved and cherished for the 34 years
they shared together. He was a devout Christian man who put family above all and
he shared frequently that he could not have been more proud of all of them. They
will always shine his light and continue the exceptional legacy that lives within
them all.
     Brian was blessed and loved immensely, and the tremendous positive impact
he had on hundreds of lives will live on through their hearts and souls.

"And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make." ~Paul McCartney

     Relative and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 5 to 8 PM at the
Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 AM at the Notre Dame
Church of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, 10 Payne Street, Springvale. Committal
prayers and military honors will follow at the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial
Cemetery, 83 Stanley Road, Springvale.
     Arrangements are under the direction of the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral
Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.blackfuneralhomes.com/
     In lieu of flowers or gifts, it was Brian's wish that donations be made to the
Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Jimmy Fund, an organization that was always close
to his heart. There will be a collection box at his wake and mass or donations
can be sent to Janet Emard, PO Box 816, Sanbornville, NH 03872.

Dear Family and Friends,  
Thank you all for your care and support during this difficult time for our family. Brian passed away yesterday, May 20.  He is no longer in pain and is now at peace.
The service schedule is as follows:  
Wake 5-8 @ Carll Heald & Black Funeral , 580 Main St., Springvale, ME on Thursday 5/24 
Funeral 11 am @ Notre Dame Church, 10 Payne St, Springvale, ME 5/25 
Military Services to follow Mass @ 12 pm - Veteran's Cemetary, 83 Stanley Rd,  Springvale, ME 5/25
Love you all,
From: PCN ILLNESS Mgr Sent: Monday, March 19, 2012 8:37 AM
Subject:  Illness Update - Capt Brian Emard
RE: Illness Update - Capt Brian Emard

Below is the update sent from Brian himself. 

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Joshua 1:9  Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be
thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whither-soever thou

If someone were to tell me just three months ago that I would be
writing a mass email to family and friends quoting scripture I would
have told them they needed to start smoking something different. I
find it an incredible transformation that I have experienced when I
can do this comfortably without any inhibitions whatsoever. It amazes
me what a natural transition it’s been to find the Truth and Love in
our Father. I always wore my emotions on my sleeve but never my
religion, and would have felt uncomfortable doing this just a short
time ago. How could I have been missing the real message of the
scriptures all these years, even being raised as a believer in a
strong Catholic family, and raising our own children the same way? I’m
just so thankful that I finally opened my eyes to what’s been right in
front of me all these years, and now He will save me.

Where do I begin?? The long and winding road continues, with both
chemotherapy and radiation temporarily stopped because of yet another
previously unknown obstacle: low blood platelet count. The good news
is I feel great. The best I have felt in several weeks. I have been
off the chemo for over a week now when my weekly blood test showed a
dramatic drop in my platelet count. Another test just three days later
showed it so low that I had to also stop radiation treatments. As we
found out, platelets are what clots your blood, so it becomes a
serious issue because radiation kills brain cells and causes swelling
and bleeding, so we cannot run the risk of bleeding out through the
brain. When I returned again Thursday for another test my count was
finally improving (being off the chemo for several days) but not quite
good enough to resume radiation. It needs to be at a significantly
higher threshold than that to get back on the chemo, but I’m convinced
that will happen soon. Bottom line is I have one month down and just
two weeks to go of this phase once I can get started again. Hopefully
that will all resume tomorrow after we get the blood test results from
the test I will take first thing tomorrow morning at Dana-Farber. I’m
once again very thankful I am being treated in such an incredible
facility that has their finger on my pulse constantly, and makes
adjustments like this accordingly. I was very worried and concerned
about all this at first, but my doctors and team have convinced me not
to consider this a setback but nothing more than a temporary delay.

If I wasn’t aware of the lurking demons in my brain, I would swear
that there was nothing wrong with me. I spent this whole beautiful
weekend at home with our daughter, Kristie here and lots of friends
visiting. We got a lot of yard work done, cutting down and stacking
several trees. No chainsaw in my hands (doctors orders) but my
incredible family and friends are always right here to help no matter
what I need done.

We had a sweet campfire last night at the water’s edge .Janet’s twin
sister Janice and her family came over and we all  enjoyed each
other’s company as we have so many times, but how different precious
times like that seem to me now. I’ve got to tell you all again, don’t
ever take anything for granted, especially your family and friends.

I truly feel like I’ve already been cured even though that is not
medically possible with my diagnosis. I still feel the miracle I
believe in has already happened and that our Father has already
eliminated the devil from my body and made me once again an adequate
temple for the Holy Spirit to dwell in my house forever.

This whole journey has been so surreal it’s hard to adequately explain
my feelings throughout this timeframe, only that it has curiously
seemed far less dramatic and even more natural than I could have ever
imagined. Occasionally in the past when thinking about what something
like this must be like, I could imagine myself crawling into a ball
and waiting for the devil to take me. In fact, the exact opposite has
happened. I have never felt fear, self pity, or even had a good cry
about my circumstances. From the beginning, when the words
“unfortunately, the tumor was malignant” from my doctor hit us between
the eyes like a sucker punch on our last day in the hospital after the
surgery, I have been totally focused on positive thoughts and energy.
When we heard those words and my youngest daughter Kristie and wife
Janet immediately broke up and started crying I felt determined that I
would not be the cause of any further pain to them, and that I would
be there for them for a long time because they obviously needed me as
much as I needed them. I had not done the research they had and was
totally unprepared for this worst case diagnosis. They had discouraged
me from doing so because my oldest daughter Jessica suspected this
from the beginning but didn’t want me to be aware of it and be
worried. Funny, how we are always trying to protect each other from
fear and pain through our love of one another. The first thing I said
to my wife and daughter after the doctor left was they needed to be
strong for me because I was going to fight this and never give up but
they needed to help me muster the strength to do that through their
strength and support. So that is what my wife and family have been
doing for me ever since. We are all determined that this will not
destroy what we enjoy most, our love and time with each other and the
beauty of ever day things.

I am looking forward to our son, Michael and granddaughter Skyla’s
visit soon. She will be turning one in April and Janet and I plan to
fly to Seattle to be there for that wonderful celebration! How lucky
and blessed we are!!  Looks like our return to Alaska will be delayed
because of the treatment delay so probably looking at the first to
second week of May right now. They’ve got so much snow there this year
it won’t cause us to miss too much getting there a month later than
normal. Nothing will stop me from getting back there. It’s the closest
thing to heaven I’ve ever experienced on this magnificent planet!!

Love and God Bless,


Brian and Janet Emard
PO Box 806
Anchor Point, AK 99556

Keep those emails of support and prayers coming. They rejuvenate my
strength every day, which I need to keep up this battle.

From: George Chaudoin Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 6:30 AM
Subject: Brian and Janet Emard
Good morning!

 In case you have not received the email below with the attached file
from Janet & Brian Emard, for your review.  Dick Eklund message is
at the bottom with the Emard's New Hampshire address.

 Brian does not have an easy road ahead, but as you can tell from the
letters, he is going to do his very best to heal himself.   I am
sure Brian will appreciate cards and letters during his treatment
and upon his return home to New Hampsire.

 I will forward along any updates that I receive in the coming weeks.

 Please feel free to forward to pilots who may know Brian, that are
not on this email distribution.

 I apologize in advance if you received this message more than once.


 Begin forwarded message:

 From: Brian and Janet Emard brijanemard@gmail.com
 Subject: Brian and Janet
 Date: January 30, 2012 10:43:29 AM EST
 To: Dino Atsalis k.ja@comcast.net

 Dear Dino,

 We have some tough news to share with you but it is our wish to do
so and ask for all the spiritual power you can will our way. Brian
is in the fight of his life ........... for his life. He had a
seizure in Alaska around Thanksgiving shortly before we came back
to NH for the winter. We arranged for medical followup here to a
brain tumor discovered in Alaska.
 He had surgery here Jan 17th. Everything else including our most
recent update (attachment) I am including in this message. You will
see from all that, how determined and positive he his and his
strength grows with every day. We cherish our close friendships and
Brian didn't want to bother anyone with this over the holidays or
until we knew exactly what we were dealing with and had a plan.

 He has attacked this with military precision. He feels humbled and
empowered by the outreach of family and friends across the country.
Please let us know if you would like to be included in future
updates. Please also feel free to disseminate information to anyone
whom you think may be concerned.

 Brian is the love of my life and I know that with all of your
prayers that he will beat this thing. He is "The wind beneath my
 My hero, lover and best friend !!

 God Bless

 I am sorry it has taken a little longer than anticipated to update
you on my health status.  Since my discharge from the hospital on
Friday, we have been overwhelmed.  On that day, we received the
unexpected and shocking news that the tumor  removed was classified
as a glioblastoma - which was our worst case result.  A
glioblastoma is a Stage IV brain cancer.  We will be coordinating
and collaborating with specialists in oncology and radiology within
the next two weeks, as well as having the follow up with the
neurosurgeon to remove the staples/bandages.  At that point, I will
be released to do light activity and will start to begin my
treatment plan.  Grim information aside, we want to emphasize that
we have a lot of faith, hope and love. We are determined to fight
this head on and do whatever is necessary to beat this.  We have a
long and hard road ahead of us, but have several key factors in our
favor: the location of the tumor (right frontal lobe), the fact
that the visible part of the tumor was removed, the surrounding
tissue appears healthy, and there was no residual tumor apparent on
the post op MRI.  We plan on attacking this aggressively and taking
a multi-faceted approach including nutrition and supplements.  We
are not going to rely on just chemo and radiation, I plan on
consulting with many specialists and have found guidance and
inspiration on a few people who have been surviving with this for
nearly 15 years. Also looking onto some promising clinical trials
to participate in.

 Above all, I am extremely blessed.  I have the best support
structure that a man can ask for.  The most important things that I
have dedicated my life to - family, friends, and faith are all
present and are going to help me win this battle. Janet, the love
of my life for 32 years,and my children have been researching this
condition, providing me with encouraging facts and survival stories
to read and given me more information, hope, and encouragement. The
information out there is so grim and depressing I have to separate
myself from it, but my kids  have become my filters, and are
feeding me all the pertinent information I will need to educate
myself fully and be able to determine my  treatment. All I know is
I have far too much to live for and look forward to and am
determined to knock the hell out of this shit by killing it with
radiation and chemo and starving it through proper diet and
supplements. We also have an incredible group of extended family
and friends that have been and will be here for us as I begin this
battle.  Most of all, I have my faith which has brought me through
many ups and downs in my life.  I have had an incredibly full life,
seen the world, and been able to do everything I ever wanted from
fight for my country to standing up against grizzlies.-HA  One
thing has remained constant:God has always answered my deepest
prayers. He made the blind see, the deaf hear, cured many from
disease, and even raised men from death including himself. I have
no doubt He will be there for me now, especially with all of the
prayers coming our way.

 For now, I am happy to be home, comfortable, and with my family.  I
am recovering well from my surgery, having less pain everyday and I
am looking forward to getting back to a semi- normal routine. After
all our consults and appointments in the next two weeks we will
hopefully have a schedule and a plan. Only then will we have any
idea what we can plan for. We hope to continue to enjoy our dream
in Alaska, and what we love most : sharing all that with family and
dear friends, but the schedule will have to be flexible. Treatment
and Monitoring are the keys. The duration schedules will
continually depend and change depending on how my followup MRI's
show how I am responding.

 What do I need? Your prayers, support, encouragement, contact, and
companionship. Even phone calls are a little difficult for me right
now, but after a week that won't be a problem because my surgery
should be healed. Thank-you for all your continuing support and
prayers, because with your help and my determination I will become
a part of the small percentage of long term survivors.

 Please be in touch,
 Love Brian

Brian and Janet Emard
 PO Box 806
 Anchor Point, AK 99556

 28 JAN 12 meesage from Dick Eklund with Janet & Brian's contact
information in Sanbornville:


 Brian had surgery on JAN 17th in Portsmouth,NH to remove a brain tumor

 He will start 6 weeks of radiation and chemo on FEB 6th at Dana-
Farber Institute in Boston. He will stay in Boston Mon-Fri of each
week, coming home on weekends.

 He is very excited about his doctor and the treatment plan at Dana-
Farber. He will actually be participating in a trial for a promising
new drug.
needs rest and peace and quiet.
 He would appreciate cards and letters sent to
                                  Brian Emard
                                  P.O. Box 816
                                  Sanbornville, NH  03872

 His email address is      brijanemard@gmail.com

 He will put out an update on his situation when he is well enough to  o so.

 Please keep Brian and his family in your thoughts and prayers..
                                                            Dick Eklund

DL family Clay Parramore

Word has been received of the passing of Clarence “Clay’ Greer Parramore IV, age 29.  Clay is the son of former DL pilot Capt. Clarence Greer Parramore III and retired DL F/A Dora Parramore.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/  
Personal condolences may be sent to the family at
1660 Tappahannock Trail, Marietta, GA 30062-2088 ....

Thank you,



Clay Parramore , 1981~2012

The Atlanta Journal Constitution today published the obituary of the death of the son of former Delta and retired Air Tran Captain C. Greer Parramore III, and retired Delta Flight Attendant Dora Parramore, Clarence 'Clay' Greer Parramore IV, 29.  Clarence IV, known as Clay to his friends, was born January 27, 1981 and died Monday, May 21, 2012.  The cause of death was accidental.  Expressions of condolence may be sent to Captain Parramore  at 1660 Tappahannock Trail, Marietta, GA 30062-2088 .... phone

770-252-4410, and email CGrePar@aol.com 
Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.    Dave



PARRAMORE, Clarence, IV Clarence Greer Parramore IV Clarence "Clay" Greer Parramore IV, 29, of Atlanta, died May 21, 2012. He is survived by his mother, Dora Parramore; father, Clarence Greer Parramore, III; sisters, Sara Parramore, Ginger Wilson; nieces, Sara Wilson and Katie Wilson; aunt, Patricia Nagel. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 24th at 11 o'clock in the Kellett Chapel of Peachtree Presbyterian Church. A burial will take place in Florida at a later time. At the request of the family, please do not send flowers. A reception will follow the service at the church.


Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 23, 2012 
Arrangements under the direction of:
H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel
4550 Peachtree Road Ne , Atlanta, GA 30319  (404) 261-3510

NWA Capt. William D. 'Bill' Brewer

Captain Bill Brewer , 1933~2012
Word has been received of the passing of Air Force veteran and retired NWA pilot Captain Bill Brewer.  Born May 28, 1933 William Douglas Brewer was near 79 years of age at the time of his passing May 5, 2012.  Bill’s obituary mentions that he retired in 1991 with 32 years as a commercial pilot. 
Survived by his wife Phyllis personal condolences may be sent to the family at
888 Cypress Lake Circle , Fort Myers, FL 33919-6014  ...  239-489-0889
Or contact Phyllis by email at phyllisbrewer888@gmail.com 
Thank you,
From: RNPA News   Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:01 AM  Subject:  Bill Brewer Has Flown West
May 23, 2012

 I have very sad news to report about Bill.  As you pilots say, he has "Flown West".  He died on May 5th, 2012 following open heart surgery.  He had many complications following the surgery and they proved to be overwhelming..  His family misses him terribly.  I know how much his flying career meant to him and how much he enjoyed his interactions with all of you.  He enjoyed reading "Contrails" which was filled with great information and news about fellow pilots. 

I am sending a copy of his obituary and don't know how you handle the communication part.  My phone number is
239-489-0889 and my email is phyllisbrewer888@gmail.com.  A memorial service for Bill will be held on June 3rd at 3 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, Florida.  The church address is 13411 Shire Lane   Fort Myers, Fl 33912.   For directions to the church call 239-561-2700 or his wife Phyllis at 239-489-0889

Thank you very much,  
Phyllis Brewer

Captain William Douglas Brewer
May 5, 2012

  William D. Brewer (Bill), 78, of Fort Myers, Florida died Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at the University of Miami Medical Center in Miami, Fl. 
            Bill was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 28, 1933 to William Lloyd Brewer, and Clara Bailes Brewer.  He attended Will Rogers High School and received a BA in Business Management from the University of Oklahoma.  Following college he joined the Air Force and served 7 years as a pilot in several inflight refueling squadrons, where he flew KC-97’s in the Strategic Air Command. 
            After the Air Force, Bill began a 32year career as a Commercial Airline Pilot. He truly loved flying and often would exclaim, “it sure beats working for a living”.  He began his career with Pacific Airlines and transitioned through several mergers, including Hughes Air West and Republic Airlines. He ultimately retired from Northwest Airlines as a DC-9 Captain in 1991. During his career he also proudly represented his fellow pilots on the Airline Pilot’s Association’s National Retirement and Insurance Committee, and was instrumental in preserving the retirement benefits of his fellow pilots through three mergers. 
            Following his retirement, Bill and his wife, Phyllis, enjoyed traveling between homes in Fort Myers, Fl and Incline Village, Nevada, and visiting family and friends in Northern California. Bill had a great sense of humor and was loved by many for his kind heart and optimistic spirit.  He never tired of a good joke and was always ready for a spirited discussion on most any subject.  One of his favorite sayings was “My job is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”. 
            Bill’s life was centered around enjoying family and friends. A lifetime traveler, he always enjoyed planning the next adventure with his wife, Phyllis.  They explored Europe, Asia, South America and much of the United States.   He especially enjoyed boating on SF Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and Lake Tahoe.  He loved the California Redwoods, the mountains, and the warm tropical breezes of SW Florida.
            He was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers for over 25 years. He served in many capacities and was co-founder of the congregation’s Endowment Committee. 
            Bill is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughter, Katherine Diane McNamara, her husband Scott McNamara, their children Christopher, Suzanne and David;  son Daniel Brewer,  his wife Karen and their children Gregory, Michael and Harrison; and his first wife, MaryAnn Peterson.
            In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers Endowment Fund, Autism Speaks, or Planned Parenthood. 
            Memorial services in Fort Myers as well as California are being planned. Cremation is being arranged by Harvey Engelhardt Funeral Home and more information about Bill can be found at www.harvey-engelhardt.com 

Monday, May 21, 2012

NWA Capt. Evans Kellogg EK Whiting

News has reached us that Viet Nam war veteran and NWA pilot Captain E. K. Whiting has passed away due to an accidental fall at home.   Evans Kellogg Whiting was 73 years of age at the time of his passing May 6, 2012. 
Captain Whiting hired on with Northwest 12-02-1968.
NWA Capt. Evans Kellogg Whiting , age 73
Born in NC , DOB 09/08/38 ,  hire date 12-02-68
Survived by wife Marianne Kibler Whiting
Address:  1111 Koohoo Place , Kailua HI 96734-3276

Evans Kellogg Whiting
Kailua, Hawaii     
Published May 18, 2012
Evans Kellogg Whiting, 73, died early Sunday morning, May 6, after a fall from his roof in Kailua, HI. He had been photographing the full moon. EK was born September 8, 1938, in Asheville, NC, and moved to Camden in the fall of 1948. He graduated Camden High School with the class of 1957. After a year at Davidson College, he enlisted in the Army and later graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He entered the Air Force and flew B52s for two tours of duty in Vietnam. After the war he became a pilot for Northwest Airlines and loved it so much that in the thirty years he flew, he said he felt he’d "never worked a day in his life." He retired at age 60 in Hawaii, and energetically pursued his love of travel and adventure, often combining trips with volunteer opportunities such as tutoring children in the Cook Islands.
Mr. Whiting was the son of the late William Scott Whiting, Jr., and Emily Kellogg Whiting Norvelle, and is survived by his wife Marianne Kibler Whiting; his daughter Kimberly Sprague Whiting; his twin grandchildren Bennett Theo Whiting Staton and Eliza Shanti Whiting Staton; his son William Scott Whiting; and three remaining sisters: Eleanor Whiting Moylan, Mary Rice Whiting Somerville, and Isabell VanMerlin.

From: RNPA News  Sent: Monday, May 07, 2012 9:04 AM    
Subject: RNPA News: EK Whiting Has Flown West. 
I have another sad message to send.  Last night EK Whiting went out onto the roof of his Lanikai house (he had recently built a special platform there) to look at the 'super moon' and somehow fell to his death.  I was only just notified and have little in the way of details, but with his wife Marianne's permission I will forward more later.

Bob Gould
Mr. Evans K. Whiting
Cullum: 24298
Class: '62
Cadet Company: I2
Date of Birth: September 8, 1938
Date of Death: May 6, 2012
Mr. Evans K. Whiting  24298-1962 died on 5/6/2012 died in Kailua, HI
Interment:  Unknown

NWA pilot Jeffrey Scott Larsh

Notification of the passing of Air Force veteran and NWA pilot Jeffrey S. Larsh.  Born October 24, 1956 Jeffrey Scott Larsh was 55 years of age at the time of his passing May 18, 2012.  Scott hired on with Northwest 09-05-1986.
Survived by his wife Nancy personal condolences may be sent to the family at
10435 Courageous Drive , Indianapolis, IN 46236-9149  ...  (317) 823-8007 
Thank you,
Jeffrey "Scott" Larsh, Indianapolis, passed away May 18th, 2012. Scott was born in Wichita, Kansas, on October 24th, 1956, to Harry and Lorene Larsh.
He graduated from Norman High School and the United States Air Force Academy. Scott was a pilot for the Air Force and Northwest Airlines. After retiring, Scott worked as a Certified Financial Advisor.
Scott is survived by his loving wife, Nancy; son, Alex; mother, Lorene; and brothers, Steve, Matt, and Pat.
He was a longtime member of Holy Spirit at Geist Catholic Church.
Visitation will be held at Harry W. Moore Funeral Care and Crematory, 8151 Allisonville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46250 on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a short service at 7:30 p.m.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 23rd at Holy Spirit at Geist Catholic Church, 10350 Glaser Way, Fishers, IN 46037.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society .
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 21, 2012.

Ann Holloway Cantrell, wife of Capt. Jack Cantrell

Notification of the passing of Ann Holloway Cantrell, wife of retired DL pilot Captain Jack Cantrell.  Ann was 86 years of age at the time of her passing May 19, 2012.  To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
Personal condolences may be sent to Captain Cantrell at
8045 Royal Troon Drive, Duluth, GA 30097-1645 ...  (770) 813-1233
Thank you,
In Memory of Ann Holloway Cantrell
January 23, 1926 - May 19, 2012

Ann Holloway Cantrell passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012 in her home in Duluth, Georgia with her loving husband Jack by her side. Born in Atlanta, Georgia to Irene George Holloway and James Roy Holloway on January 23, 1926. Ann married native Atlantan Jack Cantrell. After meeting Jack on September 19, 1940 at Margaret Byrons School of Dancing, Ann writes "It was a beautiful autumn day, or so it seemed after we met. It was the beginning of a courtship that lasted 4 years and ended in our marriage." Jack and Ann married hours after Jack received his Navy WINGS in Pensacola, Florida on August 8, 1944. An only child, Ann and Jack had eleven children. Jack Moreland, Patricia Irene, Carol Ann, Susan Allen, Diane Gay, Carter Holloway, Karen Marie, Connie Lynn, Stephen Scott, Leslie Kay and Ansley Paige. Their 67 year marriage enjoyed these children followed by 25 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. After the Navy, World War II and the Korean War, Jack and Ann returned to Atlanta where Jack found his career flying for Delta Airlines. Travel and children became their life. Seeing Ann and Jack on TV at the b\Braves Game was a regular event. Following the braves for years, they were honored with a "Cantrell Night' in the late 60's. Ann spent her life raising her children, traveling with her husband and children and attending various sports events. She loved her husband with everything she had, her children with fierce devotion, her grandchildren and great grandchildren with splendor. She also loved the beach, Jekyll Island, Christmas, traveling with Jack and the kids, snow days and her children returning home from their travels and homes away from Atlanta. Ann and Jack are members of Northminister Presbyterian Church. In appreciation of Ann's great love and devotion to children, the family appreciates donations to Angel Flight Foundation, headed up by her first born, Jack, and to the Children's Hospital of Atlanta. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Sandy Springs Chapel. Interment will follow in Arlington Memorial Park. Sandy Springs Chapel, 136 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Service Information
Funeral Service:  Tuesday, May 22, 2012
1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m.
Sandy Springs Chapel
136 Mt. Vernon Hwy.
Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328

Brenda Douglass, wife of WA/DLCapt. Clem Douglass

Word has been received of the passing of Brenda Fern Hunt Douglass, wife of WA/DL pilot Capt. Clemuent Tranumn ‘Clem’ Douglass III.  A celebration of Brenda's life was held on her 59th birthday May 19th.  Please note more information below and please take a look at Brenda’s caringbridge site  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/brendadouglass  which journals her courageous fight with lung and brain cancer.  You will also see lots of great family pictures.  It is evident that Brenda will be missed tremendously by a wonderful family and her many friends!
~ In memory ~
Brenda Douglass , 1953~2012

Personal condolences may be sent to the Douglass family at 
13741 47 Street Court N , Stillwater MN  55082-1239
or contact Captain Douglass at 651-351-0064 
or by email at  clemdouglass@comcast.net
Thank you,

From: Dick Deeds  Sent: Monday, May 14, 2012 10:15 AM pilots@wallybird.com
Subject:  Brenda Douglass
                As many of you know (http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/brendadouglass), Brenda went to heaven last Monday night, peacefully and quietly in her "healing room" which we had set up at her request in the Fireplace room on the main level of our house, and surrounded by her family and friends.  Her cremains sit on the mantle in that room, and will be interred at the Air Force Academy sometime next month in a Memorial Ceremony.  In the meantime, a celebration of her life will be held on her 59th birthday, Saturday, May 19th at North Oaks Country Club, 54 E. Oak Road, North Oaks, MN 55127 from 1-3 PM.  You are welcome to attend.  (In true Brenda Douglass fashion, she was able to attend all the wedding events of CT IV and his bride, Amy before passing twenty-two hours later.)
                Please check out the Caring Bridge website (above) written by her brother and sister explaining her yearlong effort to survive a terrible disease.  And don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions or comments. 
With Love, Clem 651-246-5195      

Sunday, May 20, 2012

DL Capt. Harold C. 'Slick' Slone

Word has been received of the passing of WWII veteran and Delta Golden Wings member Captain Harold C. ‘Slick’ Slone.  Captain Slone hired on with Delta 05-02-1946 and retired at the mandatory age 60 in 1981.
Captain Harold Clay Slone Sr., born August 21, 1921, 
passed away May 13th, 2012 at the age of 90.
Survived by his wife Betty personal condolences may be sent to their home at
3009 Cambridge Drive, Arlington TX 76013-1104  ...  (817) 461-1113
Thank you,
Harold Clay Slone Sr. (1921 - 2012)
Harold Clay Slone Sr., 90, went to his heavenly home Sunday, May 13, 2012, in Arlington. Graveside service: 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wade Family Funeral Home, 4140 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington. Harold was born Aug. 21, 1921, in Fort Worth. His life as a Baptist Christian was lived with enjoyment, striving for perfection in all things: student, college TWC, pilot training and flight instructor. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945, during World War II, as a Military Airlift Command pilot. He joined Delta Air Lines in May 1946 as a pilot and retired in August 1981 with the rank of captain after 35 years of service. Harold's zeal for jogging, hunting, world traveling and crossword puzzles was only surpassed by his love of family and friends. Harold was preceded in death by his first wife, Adelyn Marie Slone. Survivors: Wife, Betty H. Slone; son, Harold C. Slone Jr. and wife, Ree; stepdaughter, Betty Clark; grandchildren, Kelly and wife, Trudi, Amber and Collin; and numerous other family members.
Published in Star-Telegram on May 16, 2012.
Funeral Home:  Wade Family Funeral Home
4140 West Pioneer Parkway, Arlington, Texas

 1974-75 Delta Airlines ad with Captain Harold Slone

former DL pilot William Larry Martin

Notification of the passing of Air Force veteran and former DL pilot William Larry Martin, age 67.  Captain Martin passed away on May 9th while on vacation with his family.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at  http://www.hiers-baxley.com/obituaries/William-Martin20/ 
To the best of my knowledge the mailing address for the Martin family in Bronson is  PO Box 98 , Bronson, FL 32621-0098  or call (352) 486-2201
Thank you,
William Larry Martin
  December 3, 1944 - May 9, 2012

Obituary for William Larry Martin

William Larry Martin, 67, of Bronson passed away on May 9, 2012 while on vacation with his family. Martin was born in Winnesboro, LA, and moved to Bronson at just 6 months of age. After graduating from the University of Florida in 1967, he entered in the United States Air Force where he was an Instructor Pilot in the Advanced Jet Trainer. Captain Martin spent the next five years serving his country before moving to South Florida in 1971. While in Ft. Lauderdale he was a pilot with Delta Airlines as well as a contractor specializing in industrial, commercial and whole subdivisions. Martin moved back to Bronson in 1983 where he took a job with the Levy County School Board as the director of Maintenance and Transportation. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, and his cattle. He was happiest while on his tractor and spending time with his “Fussy Bear”, Emily Malloy. He enjoyed skeet shooting with his daughter Maggie and was also very proud of his family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine Martin of Bronson, son Matt (Kathryn) Wilkins of Mt. Dora, daughter Maggie Martin and future son in law Jimmy Vickers of Gainesville, granddaughter Ashlee McCard and great granddaughter Zayna McCard, both of Woodland, AL, brother Lee (Earleen Williams) Martin of Bronson and sister Carolyn (Timothy Jacobs) Jacobs, of Tampa, FL.
Funeral services will be Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Bronson with visitation beginning at 3:00 PM. Burial will follow at Rosemary Hill Cemetery in Bronson.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in Larry’s honor to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, FL 32626, 352-493-0050. On line condolences may be sent through our website at

WA/DL Capt. William 'Bill' Strachan

~ In Memory ~
Capt. William ‘Bill’ Strachan
William C. Strachan, 1935~2012


Word has been received of the passing of WA/DL pilot Captain William C. ‘Bill’ Strachan, age 76.  Bill hired on with Western 04-21-1969.  
There were no services.  
A private scattering of ashes will take place at a later date in Hawaii.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
Survived by his wife Mary Lou, personal condolences may be sent to their Arizona residence at 
1414 E. Nighthawk Way,   Phoenix AZ   85048-4742 ...  (480) 460-0087
Thank you,
Posted On May 18th, 2012 - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
May 13, 2012
William C. Strachan, 76, of Phoenix and Honolulu, a retired captain at Western and Delta airlines, died in Phoenix. He was born in Aberdeen, S.D. He is survived by wife Mary Lou, son Steve, daughter Susan Strachan-Payne and three grandchildren. No services. Private scattering of ashes.
From: Dick Deeds Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2012 7:28 PM  pilots@wallybird.com
Subject: William C. Strachan, Captain, WAL/DAL - "Gone West"
Thanks to Tom Bakos for this sad info. If I get any further info I'll forward it.

This afternoon I received a phone call from Mary Lou Strachan advising me
of Bill's passing at 0035 hrs. today, 13 May 2012. Bill and I were new hire
classmates in April 1969. His date of birth is 29 AUG 1935. Their place of
residence is 1414 Night Hawk Way, Phoenix, AZ. 85048. There are no services planned.
Best Regards,
Thomas M. Bakos , Henderson, NV.  Phone: 702-896-6743