~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, former DL pilot James Marvin "Sonny" Freeman
January 31, 1942 ~ February 10, 2018
Notification with the passing of former Delta Air Lines pilot James Marvin "Sonny" Freeman, age 76.
Please see information below...services are today in Henderson KY. http://www.bellfieldbaptist.com/
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For those wishing to send a personal note, Whitepages lists the family address as
8904 E 133rd Pl S , Bixby OK 74008-3446.
~ Carol for the PCN
James Marvin "Sonny" Freeman, 76, Bixby, Oklahoma, passed away February 10th at Clarehouse Community Home for the Dying in Tulsa Oklahoma.
He grew up in Henderson County and later joined the Army, where he was a Medic and Surgery Assistant. After serving in the Army, he became a pilot and flew for Delta Airlines for many years until the tragic hijacking at Dallas-Ft. Worth in 1974, where he lost a best friend and co-worker. After becoming disabled from flying, he went into the computer programming business where he wrote programs for large industries, including Delta. He remained in the computer business until he became disabled due to Parkinson 's disease.
He was preceded in death by his parents Marvin and Marie Freeman, grandparents, and his nephew Tommy Nelson.
He is survived by his sister, Helen "Sissy" Freeman Nelson of Henderson. He is also survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; children Lisa Simpson (Donnie) of Harrisburg, Il; Cindy Merrill (Lance) , Jeff Freeman (Michelle) and Phillip Freeman (Adrienne) of Bixby Oklahoma, 7 grandchildren, nieces Diana Jackson and Amy Coney of Henderson, and other nieces, nephews and cousins.
A time of visitation and remembrance will be held at Bellfield Baptist Church, Thursday Feb 15th from 6-8pm.
.Published in The Gleaner from Feb. 14 to Feb. 15, 2018
Hijacking incident.................... death of DL pilot F/O Fred D. Jones, Feb. 22, 1974
United States February 22, 1974: Samuel Byck shot and killed Maryland Aviation Administration Police Officer George Neal Ramsburg before storming Delta Air Lines Flight 523 to Atlanta. When informed by pilots Reese (Doug) Loftin and Fred Jones they could not take off until wheel blocks were removed, he shot them both and grabbed a nearby passenger, ordering her to "fly the plane." Jones died as he was being removed from the aircraft after the event was concluded; Byck was mortally wounded when Charles Troyer, an Anne Arundel County police officer on the jetway, stormed the plane and fired four shots through the aircraft door at with a .357 Magnum revolver taken from the deceased Ramsburg. Two of the shots penetrated the thick window of the aircraft door and wounded Byck. Before the police could gain entry to the aircraft, Byck committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Bycks motive was to hijack the aircraft and crash it into the White House, in an assassination attempt on President Richard Nixon.