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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

NWA/DL pilot Alan Stuart Popwell

Military veteran, NWA/DL pilot Alan Stuart Popwell
APRIL 26, 1950 ~ MARCH 29, 2019 
Notification with the passing of retired Northwest/Delta pilot Alan Stuart Popwell, age 68.  Alan joined Northwest Airlines 03-31-1989 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 2015.  He is survived by his wife Penny Comer Popwell plus many other dear family members and friends.
To view the obituary online please visit the funeral home website a
Should more information be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
ALAN STUART POPWELL, 68, of Lake Martin, Alabama passed away on Friday March 29, 2019 at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama. A memorial service honoring his life will be held on Friday April 26, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Auburn First Baptist Church with Dr. Tripp Martin officiating. Visitation with the family will follow the service in the church fellowship hall.
Stuart, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, was born April 26, 1950 in Clanton, Alabama. He received degrees from Auburn University and the University of Southern California. Stuart served his country through the Montgomery Air National Guard and the USAF, being one of few selected to fly the U2 spy plane. Following his military service, he continued his career in flying with Northwest and Delta Airlines for 26 years piloting both domestic and international routes. Retirement in 2015 allowed him more time to travel for leisure, visiting six of the seven continents. He had a passion for cruising, woodworking, supporting Auburn sports -especially basketball - and enjoying lake life from his deck.
Stuart was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Edna Popwell of Clanton, Alabama. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 47 years, Penny Comer Popwell; his sister, Cynthia Popwell, of Boca Raton, Florida; his four children - Mark (Jamie) Popwell, of Firth, Idaho; David Popwell, of Lizella, Georgia; Luke Popwell of Lake Martin, Alabama; Laura (Ryan) Gray of San Diego, California; his brother-in-law John R (Cathy) Comer of Lilburn, Georgia; 12 grandchildren, 1 grandson-in-law, 2 nieces, 2 nephews and his dear friends, “The Auburn Gang”.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Auburn First Baptist Church, 128 East Glenn Avenue, Auburn, AL 36830.
Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home and Cremation Directing.

BO/RW/NWA Capt. Mitchell M. Griffin

USAF veteran, BO/RW/NWA Capt. Mitchell M. Griffin
JULY 3, 1934 – APRIL 24, 2019
Notification with the passing of retired pilot Captain Mitch Griffin, age 84.  To the best of my knowledge, Captain Griffin first joined Bonanza Air Lines 08-13-1965 and would have transitioned with the various mergers. 
To view the obituary online and share memories please visit
The last known contact for Captain Griffin that I’m aware of was
3363 Tate Rd., Booneville AR 72927-5652.
If more is learned we will then pass along that information.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Mitchell M. Griffin, 84, of Booneville, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in his home. He was a retired pilot for Delta Airlines and veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m., Monday, April 29 at Mount Zion Cemetery in Greenwood under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three sons, Phil Griffin of Phoenix, AZ, Waylon Brown of Pennsylvania and Bradly Murphrey; one daughter, Jennifer Brown of Booneville; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter; Susan Griffin, son, Wesley Murphrey and his brother, Robert Griffin.

Pallbearers will be Robby Berg, Ryan Berg, Phillip Griffin, Tate Griffin, Waylon Brown and Randy Berg.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

DL Capt. Edwin L. O'Rourke

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Edwin L. O'Rourke
September 29, 1938 ~ April 17, 2019 
Word has just reached our group...
news with the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Edwin ‘Ed’ L. O'Rourke, age 80.  Captain O’Rourke joined Delta Air Lines 07-19-1965 and retired with Delta based 030/ATL.  He is survived by his wife Patricia, their children and their grandchildren. 
To view the obituary online and share memories please visit
Obituary below notes the family will hold private burial services on April 28th in Marco Island FL. A Celebration of Life event at a later date is yet to be determined.  For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
5552 Mallard Walk, Gainesville GA 30504-9009.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary................Edwin “Ed” L. O’Rourke, 80, of Gainesville, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at his residence. Ed was born in Warfordsburg PA to the late Thurman M. and Rosalie L. O’Rourke.  He grew up in Maryland where he was active in the Civil Air Patrol. He was State Commander and awarded jet training while attending the University of Maryland. After he joined the United States Air Force, he had the joy of becoming a helicopter pilot. Ed married his high school sweetheart Pat, and they were married for 59 years. Through the Air Force, he worked his way up to the rank of Captain as one of his main responsibilities was refueling other aircraft as they were flying across the Artic.
Upon being released from the Air Force in 1965, he was hired by Delta Airlines where his pilot career took him across the world. After thirty two years with the airline, he retired as Captain to spend time with his family at homes in Gainesville Georgia and Marco Island Florida.
His two children, Ed and Kerry, were born while the family was stationed in Newfoundland Canada.
He was known for his Irish humor, kindness, fix-it skills, full head of silver hair, and big smile.
He is survived by his wife Patricia; daughter, Kerry (Richard) Tucker; son, Edwin L. O’Rourke, and 4 grandchildren: Kellson Tucker, Mary Tucker, Lilly Tucker, and Connor O’Rourke.
A private family burial will be held Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Marco Island, FL. A Celebration of Life will be held at the later date.
Memorial contributions:
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, 845 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville GA 30501 in the memory of Ed and his beloved cockapoo, Josie.
Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at littledavenport.com

Little & Davenport Funeral Home and Crematory, 355 Dawsonville Highway, SW, Gainesville, Ga. 30501 is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia ‘Pat’ M. Ward, wife of DL Capt. Roger E. Ward

Patricia McCarstle Ward
Bonham, Texas -- A memorial service for Patricia Cecile McCarstle Ward will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 623 Star St. Bonham, Texas with the Rev. Robin Smith officiating.
Pat Ward went peacefully to Heaven on April 17, 2019 at 4:25 a.m. at her home in Ivanhoe, Texas at the age of 80.
Patricia was born on October 17, 1938 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Jewell Adrian and Ary Louise Corcoran McCarstle. She graduated from Istrouma High School in 1956. She married the love of her life, Roger Eugene Ward on January 1, 1958. They had two daughters, Lauren Alayne and Leslie Alisan.
Patricia got her pilot’s license in 1965 and enjoyed the aviation community along with Roger, achieving multiple ratings including Single and Multi-engine Land, Single Engine Sea, Commercial pilot, and Instrument rating.
She attended LSU with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology in the early 1970s. She had a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. She graduated from Baton Rouge Vocational School as an LPN in 1978. She continued her nursing education at Our Lady of the Lake, earning her Registered Nurse Diploma in 1982. She enjoyed working in the Emergency Care Unit until she and Roger moved to Texas in 1993.
Pat achieved numerous accomplishments in aviation, active in many civic organizations, and had a soft place in her heart for animal rescue as well as being an avid writer with many contributions to aviation publications and the weekly local newspaper.
She joined the International Organization of Women’s Pilots, The 99's, in 1963 and chartered the South Louisiana Chapter in 1966 and served as chairman for three terms over 35 years.
Other accomplishments include: Silver Anniversary Powder Puff Derby Chairman (1971), organized the first Pilot Poker Run and Penny-A-Pound flights for charity. She was Secretary of the South-Central Section (1986), Vice Governor and Section Governor (1990-1992), Co-founder of International Council of Governors (1994-96), International Vice-President (1996-98). She co-founded The Aviation Association of Louisiana, Associate and Judge with National Intercollegiate Flying Association for USPFT and WPFT, Volunteered with the Balloon Federation of America Competition Division (1989-91), member of the Board of Directors for Baton Rouge Area Pilot’s Association, participated in the Amelia Earhart Society of Researchers including a expedition to the Marshal Islands, FAA Safety Counselor, member of the Cessna 195 Club, member of National Aeronautical Association, and secured exhibit and archives on Women in Louisiana Aviation at the state aviation museum. She was the editor for publication of Louisiana Aviation Information as well as the South-Central Section Approach magazine. Pat was inducted into the Forest of Friendship in 1992 and a Jimmie Kolp Award Honoree for her contributions to aviation and FAA Aviation Safety Award recipient (1993).
Pat was actively involved in her community with the Republican Women, Kiwanis Club, Red River Theater, and a member of the Fannin County Airport Commission. She was passionate about animal rescue and cruelty and founded the Fannin Animal Search Team, member of the United Animal Nation’s Emergency Animal Rescue Services, the Disaster Animal Response Team with deployments in Arkansas and Florida, supporter of Braveheart Animal Rescue, and hosted a class in Fannin County for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team Animal Response. She recruited and organized the Lake Fannin America by Horseback filmed by RFD TV in 2004.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Jewell Adrian McCarstle, Sr, and Ary Louise Corcoran McCarstle, and her brother, Jewell Adrian McCarstle, Jr.
Those surviving to carry on Patricia’s legacy are her husband of 61 years, Roger Eugene Ward; daughters, Lauren Alayne Ward and Leslie Alisan Williams and husband Thomas Alenzi Williams, Sr; grandchildren Sarah Alisan Weems, Lydia Grace Cranford, Landon Roger Wightman and wife Tiffanie Lee Wightman, Nicholas Brandon Wightman and wife Rita Rocco Wightman, and Chandler Norman Wightman; great grandchildren: Madilyn Grace Mercer, Carson James Weems, Amelia Ava McKenna Wightman, Charlotte Everleigh Marie Wightman, and Courtney Claire Cranford as well as her brother, Louis Henry McCarstle, who resides in the Philippines.
The family will receive friends at Wise Funeral Home in Bonham, Texas Friday, April 26, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
An online guest register is available at www.wisefuneralhome.com

Update with corrections....
we appreciate daughter Lauren contacting us....
thank you!
        ~ Carol for the PCN 
From: laward1960@yahoo.com
Subject: Re  Death of Patricia ‘Pat’ Ward, wife of DL Capt. Roger E. Ward
Mom’s service will be Saturday 27th at 1400. Visitation is Friday 26th from 1800-2000 at Wise Funeral home in Bonham Texas.
Our address is
353 PR 207
Ivanhoe, Texas 75447


Patricia ‘Pat’ M. Ward, wife of DL Capt. Roger E. Ward
October 17, 1938 ~ April 17, 2019
The Ward family shares their sad news....this news with the passing of wife and mother Pat Ward.  I have not seen an online guestbook or funeral home website, but to the best of my knowledge Patricia McCarstle Ward was born/raised in Louisiana, and was 80 years of age at the time of her passing.  Please see available information below.  Captain Roger Eugene Ward joined Delta Air Lines 11-04-1968 and was based MSY, then DFW prior to his retirement.  Patricia is survived by her husband Roger, daughter Lauren plus many other dear friends and family members.
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family address as 
2001 Westshore Drive, Garland TX 75043-1029.
Lauren writes that a memorial service will be held for her mom on Saturday, April 27th at 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Bonham TX. Arrangements are being made for a visitation Friday evening prior.  If more news is received we will be sure to post it and as always, corrections and/or additional information is appreciated.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Sent: 4/18/2019 9:40:13 AM ... Subject: Roger Ward's Wife
Roger Ward’s wife Pat passed away Wednesday morning from throat cancer.  I talked to Roger’s daughter, Lauren yesterday and she said she would let me know of any arrangements............... I will pass on any information I receive concerning a service.  Roger has some dementia but I talked to him yesterday morning ..................
-----Original Message-----
From:  [mailto:laward1960@yahoo.com] Sent: Friday, April 19, 2019 3:47 PM
..............Mom’s Service will be Saturday 27th at 1100 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
here in Bonham. We are arranging a visitation for Friday evening but at this
time have no set time.................thanks for all your help...................


Saturday, April 13, 2019

NWA Capt. Capt. Albert V. Mondus Jr.

NWA Capt. Capt. Albert V. Mondus Jr.
July 19, 1941 ~ January 26, 2019
As noted in the April 2019 issue of the Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column (note: you may notice a misspelling of the last name as Mondrus), the passing of retired Northwest Airlines pilot Captain Albert Victor Mondus Jr., age 77.  Captain Mondus is survived by his wife Sherrie along with their children and grandchildren. 
To view the obituary online please visit
Our information is limited....if more news is received we can then add to our memorial site.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary.............Albert V. Mondus, Jr., age 77
Albert passed away at his home in Longboat Key FL on January 26, 2019 surrounded by his wife and three children after a yearlong battle with cancer.
“Al” was known as a true aviator, spending 36 years as a commercial airline pilot, which he often said without hesitation, “it’s the greatest job in the world”. He had a true passion for the sky, which later turned to boating in the waters of the Gulf and being an avid snowmobiler in Wisconsin. Al was born in Chicago, raised his family in Illinois, spent time in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, retired on Eagle Lake and wintered in Longboat Key.

He will be missed by his wife Sherrie of 57 years, his three children, Scott (Karen), Dawn and Mark; siblings Gloria (Jim), John (Rita), Joyce (Mike) and Gary (Cheri), grandchildren Alan, Danielle, Alleanya, Markus, Michael, Viktoriya, JohnO, Kelly and a large, close extended family that “played hard together” along with many aviation, boating and snowmobile groups. Preceded in death by his parents Albert and Shirley Mondus.

Friday, April 12, 2019

WA/DL Capt. Wallace H. Goltry

WA/DL Capt. Wallace H. Goltry
September 2, 1946 ~ February 8, 2019
As noted in the April 2019 issue of the Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of retired Western/Delta pilot Captain Wallace Hunter Goltry, age 72.  Captain Goltry joined Western Airlines 11-02-1978 and retired with Delta Air Lines, based LAX. 
Captain Goltry’s death notice is available online at
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the family residence as
2173 Calle Riscoso, Thousand Oaks CA 91362-1140  ...  (805) 523-2755.
If more information becomes available to us, we will be sure to pass it along.
               Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN
Online notice.....Wallace H. Goltry
Wallace Goltry 72, of Thousand Oaks, Pilot, died 2/8/2019. Arrangements by Rose Family Funeral Home
Published in Ventura County Star on Feb. 26, 2019.
Rose Family Funeral Home
4444 Cochran Street
Simi Valley, CA 93063

DL Capt. Michael J. Foley

Military veteran, DL Capt. Michael J. Foley
October 29, 1941 ~ January 25, 2019
As noted in the April 2019 issue of the Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of retired Delta pilot Captain Michael John Foley, age 77.  Captain Foley joined Delta Air Lines  02-13-1970 and retired with Delta in July 1999, based 031/JFK.  He is survived by his wife Carolyn plus their children and grandchildren.
To view the obituary online please visit
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Michael John Foley, 77, died Jan. 25, 2019, at home in Key West, Florida after a brief illness having been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on Dec. 23.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn (Davenport) Foley, daughter Jennifer Pleasants (John) of Portola Valley, California, and son John Foley (Jill) of New York City, and five grandchildren, Jack, James, and Josie Pleasants and Quinn and Mae Foley. He is also survived by his identical twin brother Francis J. Foley (Judy) of Hanover, Connecticut. He is survived by other siblings Tom Foley, Sheila Foley Hanois, Edward Foley and James Foley.
Michael graduated from the United States Naval Academy with the class of 1964 and went on to be an A4 jet attack pilot with 178 missions over North Vietnam between 1966-1968. After the Navy, he flew for Delta Airlines from 1970-1999 flying international flights his last few years. He practiced law in Houston, Texas with the law firm of Haynes and Fullenweider after graduating from South Texas College of Law in 1976.

Having moved to the Florida Keys in 1980, Michael was a Monroe County School Board member representing the Upper Keys and also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Florida Keys Community College. Michael became an avid fisherman and boater and continued his Navy love of the sea. His ashes will be sprinkled into the waters in his backyard in Key West.

PAA/DL Capt. Tom Godber

Military veteran, PAA/DL  Capt. Tom Godber
February 19, 1937 ~ March 30, 2018
As noted in the April 2019 issue of the Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of retired Pan Am/Delta pilot Captain Thomas Henry Godber, age 81.  Captain Godber joined Pan American 06-01-1964 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1997, based 031/JFK.  He is survived by his wife Ellen, along with his children and grandchildren.
Captain Godber’s obituary may still be viewed online at 
 Please see available obituary information below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Thomas H. “Tom” Godber
BIRTH :   19 Feb 1937
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
DEATH  :  30 Mar 2018 (aged 81)
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Obituary.................Thomas Godber  (1937-2018)
Our dear husband, father, and grandfather, Tom Godber, passed away on March 30th, 2018. He suffered a head injury when he slipped on the ice during one of his daily walks along the Mississippi, and never recuperated. He died at home in hospice, surrounded by people who love and adore him. We will forever miss his generous heart, smiling eyes, and never-ending optimism. He was 81 years old.
Tom was born in Philadelphia on February 19th, 1937. Wherever he traveled in life, he collected dear friends who were drawn to his kindness and contagious joy of life. He graduated as Class President from Lower Merion High School before becoming a Navy Jet Pilot. For the majority of his career he worked as an Airline Captain for Pan Am, based primarily in Berlin, Germany, and later for Delta Airlines, based in NYC. He retired in Minnesota where he lavished attention on his grandchildren on a daily basis.
He is survived by wife Ellen, children Erik (Kim) and Yvonne (Derk), grandchildren (Niko and Kaia), sister Bobbie, and close friends and family members.
Fly west, sweet G-Pa. You mean the world to us.

NC/RC/NWA/DL Capt. Gary L. Vopal

NC/RC/NWA/DL Capt. Gary L. Vopal
June 15, 1950 ~ August 19, 2018
As noted in the April 2019 issue of the Air Line Pilot magazine’s In Memoriam column, the passing of retired North Central/Republic/Northwest Airlines/Delta Air Lines pilot Captain Gary Lee Vopal, age 68.  I believe Gary was born/raised in Wisconsin.  Friends write that he first joined North Central Airlines in 1978, and he would have made the various mergers. 
I was not able to locate an online obituary.  In lieu of an online obituary notice, please see news below that was received from aviation colleagues.  If anyone has additional information and/or corrections, we would appreciate hearing from you.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Subject: Passing of Gary Vopal
......Gary Vopal, passed away shortly after 9 PM EDT at his home in Lenoir City, TN on Sunday, August 19th.
Gary retired on the B747 a few years ago. He started with North Central in 1978.
For the last five years Gary has been dealing with a cancer that formed around his Pancreas. He underwent
several years of treatment which held it in check after an initial operation. However when
I last talked with him in July, they were trying another type which was causing
him a lot of discomfort. He set a survival record of years for such a cancer.
He will be cremated, and as of now Linda doesn't know of any plans for a service

In addition to Linda he is survived by a grown son, daughter, and two grandchildren...................

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

DL Flight Control retiree Richard F. Patton

USAF veteran, DL Flight Control retiree  Richard F. Patton
JULY 7, 1927 – APRIL 1, 2019
News has reached our group with the passing of Delta Air Lines retired meteorologist Mr. Richard Frank Patton, age 91.  Mr. Patton is survived by his wife Billie, their children plus grand- and great grandchildren.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit
Visitation and services will be held April 13th at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 5755 Mallory Road, College Park, Georgia. 
Please see information below.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary...............Richard Frank Patton of East Point, Georgia passed away peacefully on April 1, 2019. He was currently residing at Heartis of Fayetteville with his wife Billie at the time of his passing where he was surrounded by his family. Richard was the first born of 4 children to Lorene and Wescott Patton on July 7, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois. The family lived on a farm in Whitewater, Wisconsin until Richard was 14 and then moved to Beloit. He graduated from Beloit High School in 1945 and joined the Air Force at the age of 18. He served for 21 years as a meteorologist and retired in 1963 as a SMSGT. During his time in Tokyo, Japan he met and married Billie Eubanks, a corporal in the Army. After retiring from the Air Force, Richard started work for Delta Airlines in Atlanta where he continued his meteorology career for 25 years, retiring in 1991. Richard loved his church family at East Point Christian where he served as an elder for many years. He was a devoted family man and loved by everyone he came in contact with. He will be greatly missed by many. He is survived by his wife of 68 years Billie, a son Alan (Linda) Patton, a daughter Patti (David) Burke, 4 grandchildren Sean Patton, Stacey (Eric) Gibbs, Katie (Joshua) Odom and Jessica (Darryl) Atherton and 7 great-grandchildren. A brother Edward (Joan) Patton, 2 sisters Pat (John) Von Der Vellen and Judy (Frank) Young. Services will be held Saturday, April 13 at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 5755 Mallory Rd, College Park, Ga. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm and services will begin at 2:00. There will be a gathering for family and friends after the graveside service at the home of David and Patti Burke.
In lieu of flowers donation may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee The American Indian Christian Mission, Show Low, Arizona.
-----Original Message-----
From: Rocky   Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2019  Subject: Richard Patton
  So sorry to report that our retired meteorologist Richard Patton
died on April 1. Visitation and service Saturday.


DL Capt. Don H. Cagle

USAF veteran, DL Capt. Don H. Cagle
April 30, 1937 ~ April 07, 2019
Notification with the passing of Delta Golden Wings member retired Delta pilot Captain Don H. Cagle, age 81, nearing his 82nd birthday at the time of his passing.  Captain Cagle joined Delta Air Lines 02-03-1969 and retired with Delta in 1997, based 031/ATL , Line Ck. Airman.  He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Gaugler Cagle in February of 2018.  Please see obituary notices below.
To view/sign the online guestbook for Capt. Cagle, please visit the funeral home website at
Funeral Services: April 12th at 11:00 AM, at First Baptist Church, 147 Church St., Jonesboro, Georgia.
Arrangements have been entrusted to
FORD STEWART FUNERAL HOME of Jonesboro (770) 210-2700.
                Thank you,
                    ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituaries...............Mr. Don H. Cagle, age 81 of Stockbridge passed away April 7, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife: Phyllis G. Cagle. Mr. Cagle served in the Air Force for 13 years as Captain, a B52 Pilot and Wing Commander, was a retired Delta Airlines Pilot with 28 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church Jonesboro where he served on several church committees, was a member of the Gideons and was President of Macedonian Call of Georgia for 20 years. Mr. Cagle is survived by his sons: Scot Cagle and wife Debbie of Fayetteville and Rex Cagle and wife Teresa of Stockbridge, sister: Dannie Jo Davies of Okeechobee, FL., grandchildren: Jessie Finn and husband Michael, Cameron Cagle, Carson Cagle, Spencer Cagle, Natalie Cagle and Luke Cagle, and several nieces, nephews and extended family. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2019 in the Worship Center of First Baptist Church Jonesboro with Dr. Charles Q. Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family request Memorial Contributions to Gideons International, www.sendtheword.org 
..................................Phyllis M. Cagle    
          May 17, 1939 ~ February 11, 2018

Mrs. Phyllis M. Cagle age 78 of Stockbridge passed away February 11, 2018. Mrs. Cagle was a long time member of Jonesboro First Baptist Church where a big part of her life was devoted to being a member in the choir where she was able to sing many solos throughout the years. She was preceded in death by her brother: Greg Gaugler. She is survived by her husband: Don Cagle: children: Scot & Debbie Cagle of Fayetteville and Rex & Teresa Cagle of Stockbridge; brother: Rev. Vince Gaugler (Brenda) of Jacksonville, FL; sister in law: Diana Gaugler of Conyers and Dannie Jo Davis of Okeechobee, FL; grandchildren: Jessie Finn, Cameron Cagle, Carson Cagle, Spencer Cagle, Natalie Cagle and Luke Cagle; several nieces, nephews and extended family.......................

Sunday, April 7, 2019

NWA Capt. Jerry Logan Pope

Military veteran, NWA Capt. Jerry Logan Pope
May 29, 1930 ~ March 23, 2019
Notification with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Jerry Logan Pope, age 88.  Captain Pope joined Northwest Airlines 05-08-1959.  He is survived by his wife Gloria.
To view the obituary online and to view the family photo gallery, please visit
Arrangements are not known....should more news be received we will be sure to pass it along.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Jerry Logan Pope, Bloomington, MN, passed away on March 23, 2019 at the age of 88. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Jerry was named after his mother, Geraldine Logan. His father, James Soule Pope, was editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Atlanta Constitution newspapers. Like his father, Jerry had a talent for writing.  For many years he wrote freelance articles and book reviews. He also read avidly, with favorite writers ranging from John D. MacDonald to Kate Atkinson and, later in life, the poet Emily Dickinson.
As a child, Jerry loved creating home monster movies with his beloved brothers, Jimmy and Logan. The family moved from Atlanta to Louisville, Kentucky, when Jerry was in high school, and he graduated from Louisville’s Male High (an all-boys school) in 1947. As a teen, he became a boxer, coached by his older brother.  Other interests of early adulthood included deep sea fishing and skiing.
Jerry graduated from the University of Florida in 1951 with a varsity letter in tennis. After college, Jerry enlisted in the Air Force, but instead was drafted into the Army and ended up serving in the Marines for two years. He later joined the Navy as a pilot, serving for three years and rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He was then hired by the Army as a civilian flight instructor, thus giving him an association with four branches of the military. Several years later, he went back into the Navy for three more years, based at the Roosevelt Roads Navy base in Puerto Rico. During the Cuban missile crisis, he flew between Rosie Roads and Guantanamo Bay to transport photographs of the silo installations.
Jerry’s adult life was defined by flying airplanes, playing tennis, and making music. He joined Northwest Airlines as a pilot in 1959. There he later met his wife, Gloria, an NWA flight attendant. Jerry flew aircraft including the DC-6, DC-7, Lockheed Electra, and B-727 during his 31-year career at NWA, retiring in 1990 as a DC-10 captain. He remained interested in flying, and the last movie he saw in the theater was Sully.
The life of a pilot allowed Jerry ample time to perfect his tennis game, and upon his retirement from the airline, he dedicated himself to the pursuit of a top-ten national ranking for his age bracket, travelling the country to participate in tennis tournaments. He welcomed moving into a new age bracket every 5 years, and held the #1 sectional ranking in singles for his age division 34 times. In 2006, he achieved his goal with a national ranking of #8 in singles in the 75 age bracket, and #2 in doubles.
Jerry also served as a linesman and umpire at the U.S. Open tournament in Forest Hills, New York, and he mentored many junior tennis players, including serving for 17 years as volunteer assistant coach at Jefferson High School (where Jerry’s stepson Matt played on the team). In 1999, Jerry was named to the U.S.T.A. Northern Hall of Fame for his many tennis accomplishments. His picture hangs on the hall of fame wall at the Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center.
Jerry’s competitive tennis career ended in 2007, when he suffered a stroke. He trained to regain his agility and strength, but when it became apparent that he would not be able to play tennis at his former level, he took up golf instead, and enjoyed watching tennis and golf tournaments on television. He also loved to walk along the banks of Nine Mile Creek. For many years, he and Gloria took a break from the Minnesota winters on the Florida gulf coast, watching sunsets and Roseate Spoonbills from their balcony.

Jerry took up music later in life, learning to play the guitar and the harmonica. Music was a joy shared with Gloria, and many evenings were spent with friends and family experimenting with their collection of oddball instruments. Jerry also composed his own songs, especially for family occasions, and created a songbook titled “Dreaming in Panther Country” (a reference to his love for wildcats).

NWA Capt. Paul Rigo Reyes

Navy veteran, NWA Capt. Paul Rigo Reyes
January 15, 1938 ~ March 27, 2019
Word has reached our group with the passing of RNPA member retired Northwest pilot Captain Paul Rigo Reyes, age 81.  Captain Reyes joined Northwest Airlines 03-11-1968.  He is survived by his wife Pat along with his children and grandchildren, plus many other family members, friends and colleagues. .
To view Captain Reyes’ obituary online please visit
A celebration of life event is being planned for later in July at the Reyes family home in Eagan, Minnesota.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN
REYES—Paul Rigo
         A Navy pilot who went on to become a DC-10 captain for Northwest Airlines, Paul died in Jacksonville, Fla., on March 27th. He was 81 years old.
         Paul grew up in the Philippines and in Nantucket, Mass. He graduated from the Mount Hermon School in Gill, Mass., in 1957, and graduated from Williams College in 1962. That same year, he married Bonnie Bulger, on Nantucket, and also joined the Navy.
         He’d developed an awe for flying as a boy in the Philippines during WWII, when Japanese aircraft swooped in low to strafe him while he was fetching water from the local well with his sister.
          While in the service, though he recognized the potentially lethal solemnity of military orders, he also didn’t fail to revel in the exhilaration of being a pilot. He mortified his parents by taking a detour from a training exercise to do a series of touch-and-gos in his Navy jet at the tiny little Nantucket airport, and one of the framed pictures from his time at sea was of himself in a flight suit, taking a large fingerful of frosting off a cake baked to celebrate the 10,000th carrier landing—which he’d made—of his squadron, the Blue Tail Flies (VA-153). When he was older, he installed a surround-sound system in his house largely so that he could crank up the sound of jets maneuvering in “Top Gun” and other military films.
         After completing two tours in Vietnam, Paul moved his family to Eagan, Minn., in 1968. The family continued to spend summers in Nantucket, and when there were strikes at Northwest—and there were many in the 1970s—he joined his father, the artisan basektmaker Jose Formoso Reyes, in his shop there. His mother was Mary Elizabeth Ham (known as Betty), whose family had a long connection to the island.
         In 1995, after he and Bonnie had divorced, he married Darlene (nee Davidson, known to all as Pat). He left Northwest in 1998, when he’d reached the mandatory retirement age. He spent years afterward working on his golf game, fishing in Canada with his friend and neighbor Douglas Wills and hosting social gatherings with Pat, with whom he shared a passion for excellent food and wine.
         Paul kept a special place in his heart for Mount Hermon, and supported the scholarship programs there that had so benefited him and his brother Robin. While there, he learned to appreciate classical music, to wear a coat and tie with ease and the superb social skills that served him throughout his life.
         A celebration of his life will be held in July at the Reyes family home in Eagan. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Class of 1957 scholarship at Northfield Mount Hermon, or to a charity he also supported, Outreach Asia of Edina, Minn. His remains will be interred at Prospect Hill Cemetery on Nantucket.
         Paul is survived by his wife Pat, by his daughters Koren of Westerly, R.I., Nina of Red Wing, Minn., and Paige of Roseville, Minn., and grandchildren Sydney and Avery Reyes Beattie. He also leaves a sister, Francina of Virginia, and was predeceased by his younger brother, Robin, and both parents. His stepchildren are Heidi (Frederick) Beacham of Santa Clara, Calif., her husband Miles, and their children, Masen and Taylor, and Brent Frederick of Edina, Minn., his wife Kirsten, and their children Evelyn, Brookston and Harrison.
From: William Day Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2019 
Subject: NWA Pilot Paul Reyes has passed away.
Friends and Colleagues,
Pat Reyes, the wife of Paul Reyes, notified Gar Bensen that Paul passed away Wednesday evening. Pat shared that Paul’s health has been going downhill recently. About a week ago he took a fall and was hospitalized at the time of death. His was a peaceful passing.
Paul Reyes was 81 years old and his NWA date of hire was March 11, 1968.

More information will be shared by the RNPA Forum when it becomes available. Please share the news of Paul’s passing with your NWA pilot friends who may not be on the RNPA Forum distribution. 

NAL/PAA/DL Capt. Louis Huertas Jr.

USAF veteran, NAL/PAA/DL Capt. Louis Huertas Jr.
February 3, 1939 ~ April 5, 2019
Notification with the passing of retired Pan Am/Delta pilot Captain Louis Huertas Jr., age 80.  Captain Huertas joined Pan American 06-19-1967 and retired with Delta Air Lines in 1999, based 030/ATL.  
Obituary information is available online at the funeral home website: 
Stanfill Funeral Home of Miami, FLorida entrusted with arrangements  (305) 667-2518.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary..............HUERTAS, LOUIS, JR., CAPTAIN
Born in Manhattan Feb. 3, 1939 to Louis and Margaret Huertas.
Died in Miami April 5, 2019.

Predeceased by his first wife, Frances. Survived by his wife, Cecelia and children Douglas Huertas (Linda), Katharine Cordero (Brian), Sabrina Lawrence, Andrew Huertas (Jessalyn), Janet Shepherd (Thomas), and nine grand-children. He served as Captain in the U.S. Air Force, National Airlines, Pan American Airways and Delta Airlines. Lou loved his family, his church and baseball. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St. Catherine of Siena Church. Visitation held at Stanfill Funeral Home on Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12 from 4 to 8 P.M. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 A.M. at St. Catherine of Siena Church on Saturday, April 13.

PAA Capt. Albert ‘Al’ Merone, age 89

USAF veteran, PAA Capt. Albert ‘Al’ Merone
February 23, 1930 ~ April 3, 2019
Word has reached our group with the passing of retired Pan American pilot Captain Albert Merone, age 89.
To view the obituary online please visit 
Arrangements entrusted to Fred H. McGrath & Son Funeral Home of
Bronxville, NY 10708  (914) 337-6770.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 

Obituary................Albert "Al" Merone
Albert "Al" Merone, of Bronxville, passed away on April 3, 2019. Beloved husband of Dianne P. Merone. Loving father of Al Jr., Loriane (Lou) Zaccardi and Marissa (Jake) Szczepanski. Cherished Papa to 9 grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Eugene. After proudly flying B-29s in the US. Air Force during the 
Korean War, Al went on to have a 30 year career as a Captain for Pan American World Airways. In addition he had a very successful contracting business building homes around the area. Al was a long-standing member of the Knights of Columbus, Mt. Vernon. He had a passion for the game of golf and loved his NY Yankees. He was a member of Leewood Golf Club for over 40 years, where he was very active on their Board of Governors and served as President for 5 years. Calling hours at the Fred H. McGrath & Son, Funeral Home, Bronxville, between the hours of 4 and 8pm, Friday. Mass of Christian Burial, St. Joseph's Church, Bronxville, on Saturday, April 6 at 9:45am. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at stjude.org/tribute.

USAF veteran, PAA/DL Capt. Jeffery Fairbrother

USAF veteran, PAA/DL Capt. Jeffery Fairbrother
March 29, 1940 ~ March 22, 2019
Word has reached our group with the passing of retired Pan Am/Delta pilot Captain Jeffery Alan Fairbrother, nearing his 79th birthday at the time of his passing.  Captain Fairbrother joined Pan American 01-03-1966 and retired with Delta Air Lines.  He was preceded in death by his first wife Kathleen ‘Kathy’ in April of 2002.  Remarried in 2009, Captain Fairbrother is survived by his wife Beth, his children and grandchildren, plus many other close family members and friends. 
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
Obituary may also be viewed online at https://www.hcnews.com/obituaries/jeffery-fairbrother
Services:  Visitation at the home of Ruth Adele Waggoner in Comanche TX, April 11th 4-7 PM
        Celebration of Life at Barking Rocks Winery in Granbury TX , April 12th 4-7 PM
        Graveside service at Holly Hills Memorial Park in Granbury TX, April 13th at 2 PM
Obituary and all information appears below. 
For those wishing to send a personal note, whitepages lists the Fairbrother residence as
504 N Elm St., Comanche TX 76442-2243.
For further information, you may contact Beth at bfairbro@gmail.com
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary...............Jeffery A. Fairbrother passed away under home hospice care in Comanche, Texas on March 22, 2019.  He was peaceful and comfortable and did not struggle.

Jeff was born on March 29, 1940 to Myrl Godspeed Fairbrother, Sr. and Nellie Druscilla Johnson Fairbrother in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He was preceded in death by both parents, his wife Kathleen Diane Davis Fairbrother of 39 years, his brother Myrl Fairbrother and spouse, and his sister Phyllis Fairbrother Lucchesi and spouse.  Kathy passed away in 2002.  He is survived by his wife Beth Waggoner Fairbrother, daughter Cynthia Fairbrother Fitch and husband Clinton (Vail, Colorado), and daughter Christine Fairbrother Gilbert and husband Bill (Granbury, Texas), brother Larry Fairbrother and wife (Orlando, Florida), grandchildren Clinton Robert Fitch IV, Catherine Vinita Fitch, Kasey Diane Fairbrother, and Ty Taylor Gilbert, and great grandchild Braydon Cooper Fitch.  Jeff married Beth Waggoner Fairbrother in 2009 in Comanche, Texas.  He has wonderful nieces in Grand Rapids.  Survivors include each of them and their spouses, their 17 children, and their 39 grandchildren as well.  Jeffery embraced Beth’s mother, Ruth Adele Moore Waggoner, Beth’s 3 children and their spouses, and Beth’s 6 grandchildren.
He went to the a recruiting office for the Air Force to accompany a friend, took the test and was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program.  This was an unique program and no longer exists – however, at the time it was designed to allow high school graduates to be placed directly into the pilot training program.  It was discontinued in 1961 and requirements were changed.  He was assigned to 61-D at sent to Lackland AFB.  After completing pilot training, he was assigned to USAF Basic Training in Lubbock, Texas.  Upon graduation, he was a new 2nd Lieutenant and pilot and he was sent to Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, OK for intensive training in the C-124 (Globemaster).  Prior to going to Vietnam he was involved in missions to support DOD in special circumstances all over the world, support troop movements for the Army (including the Cuban missile crisis), deployed to the UN for Congo Airlift support, flew several CIA missions, a mission for NASA, and a NUMA mission involving Jacques Coustou.   In 1963, he volunteered to serve in Vietnam based in Saigon and flew several hundred combat missions.
Jeffery met and married Kathy Davis in Dover, Delaware in 1964.  He left the Air Force in 1966 to take a job as a Captain with Pan American Airlines based in San Francisco, California.  He experienced the hey-day of the Pan-Am experience and enjoyed travel and trips all over the world.  He was able to travel to many destinations with Kathy and his daughters.  This inspired a love of travel in each of them.  He transitioned to Delta Airlines when Pan Am was purchased in the 1980’s.  He flew many notable individuals, musicians, singers, and actors, including the Beatles, the Philadelphia Eagles, Liza Minelli, Larry Hagman, Paul Hogan, and others.  At that point in time, the passengers were able to come into the cockpit and meet and visit with the Captain.
Travel and community service were important to him.  Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and Comanche Community Rehab (both restoring houses), Pecan Plantation Volunteer Fire Department, Lions Club, Civil Air Patrol Granbury Squadron 441, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Rio Brazos Texas Master Naturalist Group, and the Comanche County Historical Museum.
Services will include a Visitation at the home of Ruth Adele Waggoner in Comanche on April 11th 4-7 pm, a ‘Celebration of Life’ at Barking Rocks Winery in Granbury on April 12th 4-7 pm, and a graveside service at Holly Hills Memorial Park in Granbury on April 13th at 2 pm.  For more information, contact Beth Fairbrother at 325-330-9014.
In lieu of flowers, please consider the Comanche County Historical Museum Remodeling budget (Jeff was always remodeling) Comanche First Baptist Church, Granbury Civil Air Patrol Squadron 441, or Fossil Rim Wildlife Refuge.
Kathleen D. Fairbrother
Date of Birth: Sunday  July  12, 1942
Date of Death: Sunday  April  28, 2002
Age at Death: 59 years, 9 months, 16 days
Kathleen D Fairbrother, 59, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, died Sunday, April 28, 2002, in Fort Worth after a brief battle with cancer.  Kathleen Fairbrother was born July 12, 1942, in Seattle, Wash. She married Jeffery Fairbrother on April 9, 1963, in Arlington, Va. She was a homemaker and business owner and a former Granbury resident for 20 years.

Survivors: Husband, Jeffery Fairbrother of Godley; daughters, Cynthia Fitch and husband, Clinton, of Allen and Christine Gilbert and husband, Bill, of Godley; sisters, Judith Blazevich and Kim Rodgers, both of Plano; and grandchildren, Robert Fitch, Catherine Fitch, Kasey Fairbrother, Dondrae Gilbert, Holden Gilbert and Ty Gilbert. Wiley Funeral Home Granbury, (817) 573-3000

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

DL F/A Suzanne Brierly-Young, wife of DL Capt. Brian A. Young

DL F/A Suzanne Brierly-Young, wife of DL Capt. Brian A. Young
February 20, 1949 ~ March 24, 2019
Suzanne’s family wish to share this news with friends and co-workers .... sad news with the passing of retired Delta Air Lines F/A Suzanne Brierly-Young, age 70, wife of retired Delta Air Lines pilot Captain Brian A. Young.  Suzanne is survived by her husband Brian, her children and grandchildren, plus many other dear family members and friends including her much loved critter pals. 
To view the obituary online and share memories, please visit the funeral home website at
Suzanne’s obituary notes private services will be held Monday, April 8th in Indiana.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.
For those wishing to send a personal note, condolences may be sent to the family at
15360 Estancia Lane, Wellington FL 33414-7451.
            Thank you,
                ~ Carol for the PCN 
Obituary for Mrs. Suzanne Brierly-Young....................

On the evening of March 24, 2019, Suzanne Brierly-Young passed away peacefully at the Care Center at Delray Medical Center, Delray Beach, FL. She was predeceased by her parents and younger sister, Anne Fischer.
Suzanne was born with her twin sister, Jean, in Union City, Indiana, on February 20, 1949, to Gene and Aileen Brierly. Suzanne worked in her family's business, Gene’s Bakery and Delicatessen, throughout high school and college. She attended Purdue University and graduated with a major in English. She then joined Delta Airlines as a flight attendant and flew for over 38 years until she retired in 2009.
During her career with Delta Airlines, she visited most of the cities in the United States that were served by Delta. When Delta started service to the Western Pacific in 1985 to Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, South Korea, Suzanne flew those flights from Portland, OR. During her time with Delta, she lived in Chicago, IL; South Florida; and Vancouver, WA. She cherished the many friends made, and the relationships forged while working for Delta.
In 1997 Suzanne acquired her first Quarter horse and was captivated with the equine world. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Wellington, Florida, to be able to live with their horses. In 2006 she was introduced to the Irish Draught breed and welcomed the first foal in 2010. She loved being part of the equestrian community and valued the friendships she made. Suzanne loved her dogs: Nova, Ellie, and Stella whose unwavering devotion brought her companionship and joy for many years. They were very close to her in the last two years of her life, never leaving her side.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 41 years, Brian Young; her three daughters, Caitlin, Kelley, and Barbara; her sisters, Jean Olson (NH) and her older sister Sharon Wand (AZ). She leaves behind grandchildren, Wyatt and Lindsay; numerous cherished nieces and nephews; along with her many treasured four-legged friends that kept her company until the end.
When she observed Guide Dogs working at the airport, they always brought a smile to her face. She often talked about the importance of their job and how travel for some people would be impossible without them. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Guide Dog Foundation: Pilot Dogs, Inc located in Columbus, OH, would be appreciated. They are Located at https://www.pilotdogs.org/
On Monday, April 8, 2019, there will be a private burial service for the immediate family at Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus, Indiana with the Rev. Patrick Galligar officiating.
Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.
Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the Suzanne’s family at barkesweaverglick.com
Rcvd on our Web site.............. 
 Deceased full name 1 Suzanne Brierly-Young
 Date of Birth :  02-20-1949
 Date of Death : 03-24-2019
 Relationship : Flight Attnd ,  Retired
 Domicile : MCO (Orlando)
 Age at death : 70
 Cause of death : Endocarditis 
 Living Spouse : Brian A. Young
 Address : 15360 Estancia Ln.,  Wellington FL  33414
 Airline : Original Delta
 Contact Name  Brian Young
 Contact Email  Byoung206@aol.com
 Contact Phone  561-329-0478