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Last Update 04/14/2018
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The National Airlines Buccaneer Convention is set for May 4-5-6 at The Embassy Suites Boca Raton. Our room rate is $99.00 per night . This year we have changed the venue a little with our Sat. event. Instead of boarding a bus to wisk us off we will be having a comedy show Sat. night at the hotel. This will give everyone more time to socialize during the day. The Hospitality Room will again be open all three days for all to drop in for drinks and snacks. Happy hour at the Hotel runs from 5:30 to 7:30 each night in the Atrium. There will be a flyer for you when you check-in at the front desk which will cover our three day events. The Sun. night Banquet dinner will begin at 7:30 right after Happy hour. For reservations call 561-989-3966....this is Carolyn and she will book your room.

If you call after 5:00PM dial 561-994-8200 then push 1 for reservations (somewhere in India) and mention our code NB5 for our rate. The cut-off date for that rate is April 27 so please dont wait too long to make your reservations. The address of the Hotel is 661 NW 53rd St. Boca Raton 33487. If your coming from the south on I-95 exit 48B and turn left onto Yamato Rd. If your coming from the North on I-95 exit 48 and turn right onto Yamato Rd, After crossing the railroad tracks turn right onto 8th Ave and just follow it around to the hotel. Parking is free unless you need Valet. The registration fee is $75.00 for the 3 days.....if your just coming for the Sunday night Banquet Dinner that will be $50.00 per person.

Looking forward to another fun weekend in Boca. Spread the word.....This is a NATIONAL PRIORITY.......Bob Pierson VP/Convention Chairman 770-328-6351

Monthly Luncheons
The Central Florida NAL Buccaneers Club luncheons are held at the Golden Corral Restaurant on State Road 200 in Ocala.

NAL Buccaneers Club Membership Renewal for 2018 Reminder
From our February Newsletter

Click HERE to download a New Member/Membership Renewal and 2018 Convention Form.

Click HERE to download Instructions for Updates and Sad News Notices.

Pan Am 103 Lockerbie Crash
Interesting web page with history and recent photos of the Lockerbie crash site.

History of National Airlines
Interesting web page with history and lots of photos.

National Airlines Movie
F/A Suzanne (Crawford) Johnson has located a YouTube Movie about NAL. It's about a 27 minute presentation and well worth watching.


NAL/PAA/DAL Capt. Jack D'Arcy
DOB April 17, 1943 DOH Sep 27, 1965 DOD Sep 22, 2017 He was born in Birmingham, AL to Doris and John D'Arcy, Jr. Jack had a life-long passion for flying and cars, specifically Corvettes. He was taught to fly at a very early age by his father and gained experience flying cargo in the early 60's. He was a flight instructor for Burnside-Ott, Opa Locka, FL, until getting hired by National Airlines in 1965, where he met his wife, Marty. He had a long and rewarding career as he moved from National Airlines to Pan Am, and finally Delta Airlines, where he finished 40 years of distinguished service in the commercial airline industry. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marty D'Arcy, his son, Brian D'Arcy, and two other children, Mary D'Arcy Cantu and John J. D'Arcy IV.A celebration of life will be announced in the near future for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Jack's memory to either Southern Grace Hospice (http://www.southerngracehospice.com), or the Fayette Fire Foundation (http://www.fayettefirefoundation.org).

Jack D'arcy

NAL/PAA FA Heidi Knights Glazebrook Adams
DOB June 6, 1947 DOH Nov 13, 1970 DOD Aug 8, 2017
Heidi was the widow of NAL/PAA/UAL Captain Dan Adams who passed away Aug 22, 2013
Heidi Knights Adams (70) of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Marblehead, MA, passed away peacefully on at her son and daughter-in-law's home in Montville, NJ. Heidi was the daughter of Sally and David Knights of Marblehead, MA. She had been battling pancreatic cancer for the last few months.

Heidi Adams
Heidi graduated from the Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA followed by Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, NY. Heidi then lived and studied in Florence, Italy for a year. Heidi's early career was in the airline industry which began in Boston with United Airlines, continued in San Francisco and then in Miami with National Airlines where she was a flight attendant for fifteen years. She lived in Coconut Grove, FL for twenty-five years where she met her husband, Dan Adams, and started her family. She pursued her interests in elementary school teaching, and tried her hand as an entrepreneur in the wine business on Cape Cod, MA, where she lived for 12 years.
Heidi and her family loved skiing, traveling and sailing. They sailed every year from Miami to Marblehead. She was a skilled oil and watercolor artist. She enjoyed restoring and painting old furniture that she discovered in antique stores from Maine to Cape Cod. Heidi was a former member of the Coral Reef Club in Coconut Grove, FL, the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA, and the Junior League of Boston. Heidi leaves her beloved family: son Daniel Adams of Holderness, NH; son Nicholas Adams, and three granddaughters.

NAL/PAA Capt. Eddie Hall Saunders  
DOB May 20, 1940 DOH Sep 27, 1965 DOD June 12, 2017  US Navy Veteran 
Eddie Hall Saunders, 77, went home to be with the Lord on June 12, 2017, in his home in Montverde, Florida. Ed was born in Bainbridge, Georgia to Tracy and Wynette (Turner) Saunders. He grew up in Green Cove Springs, where he became a member of the Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of an Eagle Scout. He also served as a Page in the US Congress. He graduated from Clay County High School where he was elected President of the Student Body and voted most-talented.
He then attended Georgia Military College and Georgia Southern College. He then was accepted into Naval Flight Training School, where he learned to become a Naval

Eddie Saunders

Aviator and achieved his professional goal of becoming a pilot. After the Navy, he became a pilot for National and Pan American Airlines, and achieved the rank of Captain. After retiring from the airlines, he studied at Oxford University before completing a Master’s program at and Sotheby Institute of Art. He had a real entrepreneurial spirit, he bought and sold real estate, owned a bed-and-breakfast, an antique shop, and a plant nursery.
Ed was preceded in his death by his parents, Tracy and Wynette and brother Tracy Saunders Jr. He is survived by his son Mark and wife Kim Saunders and daughter Jennifer Mairot and five grandchildren- He was a member of Montverde Methodist Church and served in their food pantry.
He lived out the last days of his life with a renewed relationship with the Lord and others. He never met a stranger and he always had a story to share. He loved children and dogs and always had a treat to give them. Ed was a lifelong learner; reading the Bible, looking up words in the dictionary, doing brain puzzles in the newspaper, writing lists, taking a computer class at the local library, and was a garage sale extraordinaire! He was always whistling a tune as he went about his day. We will miss him and his melodies.

NAL/PAA FA Allison Russell
DOB Nov 12, 1929 DOH Sep 23, 1955 DOD June 16, 2017
Allison Dolores Russell, 87, of Miami Lakes, Florida, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Tacoma, Washington to Nelson H. Russell and Vera Ross. Both parents have predeceased Ms. Russell. Allison grew up an army brat and relocated to many places. Clearly, she was a world traveler at heart. She learned impeccable Spanish in school in Salamanca, Spain. This served her well in her long career as a flight attendant and as she lived in the Miami area. She made many friends in her travels. Her entertaining nature and quick wit was only second to her caring spirit. Eventually she met Raymond Saigh and was his loving partner for many years until his death in 2004. Ms. Russell is survived by two half-brothers, Daniel Russell of Anchorage, Alaska, and John Russell of Vero Beach, Florida.
Allison Russell
A celebration of life will be held at Vista Funeral Home, 14200 N W 57th Avenue, Miami Lakes, FL 33014, on Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend and share their stories and experiences of Allison.
Funeral Home
Vista Funeral Home
14200 NW 57 Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33014

NAL/PAA/DAL FA "Mike" Thomas Stickley
DOB Jan 17, 1942     DOH March 4, 1964     DOD April 20, 2017
Charlotte, NC - Michaele (Mike) Thomas Stickley, 75, passed away after a lengthy illness. She was bornin Shelton, WA, the only child of the late Thelma and Aubrey Thomas.  Mike's early years were spent on the family Christmas tree farm in Olympia, Washington, where she developed a passion for horses. She competed in shows across the country, where she won many championships with her Arabian stallion, Ferteeza. She enjoyed a life-long career as a flight attendant for National, Pan American, and Delta Airlines.  Her retirement came after almost 37 years, doing what she loved. Mike's life was centered around her family and friends. Surviving her is her loving husband of 45 years, John L. Stickley, Jr.; children, Gary Stickley (Kathy), Jan Brady (Chris), Mimi Stickley, Jennie Fry (Dan), and Wendy Fowler (John); 12 grandchildren; sister-in-law, Nancy Grant; and cousin, Neil Seljestad.

NAL Capt. Bobby J. Willis
DOB Sep 29, 1915     DOH July 8, 1946     DOD April 11, 2017
US Army Air Corps Veteran
Johnie L. Willis, 96, of Jensen Beach, Florida passed away on April 10, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice. Her husband of 75 years, Bobby J. Willis, 101, joined her just one day later on April 11, 2017. Mr. Willis was born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas and Mrs. Willis was born in Trees City, LA. Together, they had been residents of Jensen Beach for over 16 years. Mr. Willis was a veteran of the United States Army and was a pilot for National Airlines for 30 years, while Mrs. Willis worked in the administrative field. She was a member of the Eastern Star, and along with her husband was a member Trinity United Methodist Church in Jensen Beach.

They are survived by their daughter, Helen Kruger of Stuart, FL; son, Dr. James Willis (Tania) of Stuart, FL; grandchildren, Christopher Arrington of Kissimmee, FL, Andrew Willis (Jenna) of Mt. Dora, FL, Allison Christino (Dave) of Orlando, FL; and great grandchild, Jackson Christino of Orlando, FL.

NAL Capt. Edward F. Holliday
DOB Dec 10, 1920     DOH Dec 19, 1950     DOD March 29, 2017
There were no services..  He lived on Key Biscayne.

NAL/PAA/DAL FE Murphy T. Gill
DOB Dec 1, 1949     DOH Feb 2, 1969     DOD March 2, 2017
Murphy Timothy Gill, 67, of Port Orange, Florida, loving husband, father and friend, passed away on March 2, 2017 at the Halifax Health Hospice – Port Orange Care Center. He was born on December 1, 1949 in Hammond, Louisiana to the late Murphy Kennedy Gill and Mary Guthrie Gill.  He is survived by his loving wife, Cathy Gill, his daughter, Deanna Springer, son-in-law, Peter Springer, grandson, Peter K. Springer and daughter, Nancy Gill. He was a 1967 graduate of Seabreeze High School and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He worked as a Mechanic and in 1978 became a Flight Engineer for National, Pan Am, and then Delta Airlines. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Cypress Head Men’s Golf Association.

PAI/NAL/PAA Capt. Robert M. Hawkins
DOB Nov 2, 1923     DOH (NAL) July 2, 1956     DOD Jan 12, 2017
US Army Air Corps WW II Veteran
Robert Mitchell Hawkins, 93, is preceded in death by his wife Nonnie Myatt Hawkins and son. He is survived by his daughter Carolyn Hawkins Grissom and son-in-law Michael W. Grissom of Orange Park FL. He was a World War II veteran in the Army Air Corp serving in the North African Theater flying transport aircraft. After being honorably discharged from his service he pursued a career in civilian aviation flying for Piedmont, National and Pan Am airlines. He had a passion for antique cars and was a long standing member of the MARC, AACA and CCCA automobile clubs.


NAL/PAA Capt. "Dick" Norman
DOB Oct 3, 1925     DOH Dec 3, 1951     DOD Dec 29, 2016
US Army Air Corps Veteran - Age 91 and resident of Tallahassee passed away. Dick was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by Kathleen W. Norman, his wife of 71 years, five children, twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Dick was born in Jacksonville, FL, the son of Richard and Gloria Norman. Gloria was the founder of Gloria Norman School of Dancing (Arlington). Richard was a pioneer in the production of silent films in the early 1920s,


Norman Studios Motion Pictures (Arlington). Dick was on the board of directors of Norman Studios Silent Film Museum and lived to see his family legacy listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recent designation as a National Historic Landmark. At the age of 17, Dick joined the Army Air Corps and was a B25 pilot during WWII. After the war he became a commercial airline pilot, flying for National Airlines and Pan American Airways for 32 years. He loved to fly and promoted aviation safety as a national representative for ALPA (Airline Pilots Association) and as a member of IFALPA (International Federation of Airline Pilots Association), focusing on federal government safety regulations. Upon retirement, Dick continued his support of aviation safety through the FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program in Leon County, educating private pilots on safe handling of aircraft and accident reduction practices. Dick Norman was devoted to God and had boundless pride and passion for his family.

NAL/PAA/DAL FA Carol "CJ" Crawford
DOB Dec 7, 1948     DOH March 16, 1968     DOD Dec 5, 2016
CJ was recognized by the FAA for her actions in the May 1978 B-727 accident approaching Pensacola, FL. Carol Jerie Crawford, age 67, of Anderson, SC passed away at her residence. Born in Norfolk, VA, she was the daughter of the late Paul C. Crawford and the late Janet E. Crawford. C. J. was retired from Delta Airlines where she served as a flight attendant for many years. Initially she was a flight attendant with Pan American Airlines until it was purchased by Delta. Mrs. Crawford was a resident of Boca Raton, FL for many years, and moved to Anderson in 2004. She was an avid animal lover.

NAL/PAA FA Theodore "Galen" Moffett
YOH 1956     DOH Dec 8, 1978     DOD Nov 30, 2016
Galen is survived by his wife Sandy; daughter Megan (Reid); sons Garrett (Nayla) and Casey; step-son Eric; granddaughter Gabrielle; grandson Kaden; mother Pat; sister Cathy (Jim); and brother Tom. Galen passed away after fighting a resilient battle with cancer. Galen was born in Miami, Florida and graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High School. He was an entrepreneur and had a passion for cooking and sport fishing. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in his memory to the Thoracic Cancer Program at Miami Cancer Institute.

NAL/PAA FA Donna Marie Norcross Rogers
DOB July 6, 1944 DOH July 19, 1963 DOD Oct 27, 2016
Donna Rogers, 72, of Marble, NC passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016 in a Murphy hospital. Donna was a native of Cleveland, Ohio and had lived in Homestead, Florida before moving to Marble in 2001. She was a flight attendant for National and Pan American Airlines, retiring in 1985 after 25 years. Donna was a member of Saint William Catholic Church, but regularly attended Shepherd of the Mountains Church.

NAL/PAA FA Rosemary McGurk
DOB Jan 22, 1939     DOH Feb 23, 1963     DOD Oct 23, 2016
Loved and missed by Harry. Brothers Terry and John and all the nieces and nephews in California and Pennsylvania.

NAL/PAA Capt. James G. "Jimmie" Brown
DOB Sep 18, 1923     DOH July 4, 1945     DOD Oct 17, 2016
Jimmie was a civilian flight instructor for the US Army Air Corps during the war and was living in Coral Gables at the time of his passing. We have no obituary.

NAL/PAA/SIA Capt Marmaduke "Duke" Dent
DOB Dec 26, 1940     DOH May 3, 1965     DOD Aug 31, 2016
US Navy Veteran - Duke was unable to recover from a fall. Many thanks to all who called with concerns about Duke in the last few days. He was very well liked and respected as a fine pilot and a true gentleman. Duke was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetary.

FA Linda Marie Cordell Stubbs
DOB Dec 30, 1949     DOH May 29, 1969     DOD Aug 25, 2016
Linda, 66, lost her courageous battle with cancer. A service was held at the First Baptist Church in Middleburg, FL.

NAL Flight Engineer Clarence Howard Ostrander
DOB April 20, 1919     DOH Dec 9, 1957     DOD Aug 17, 2016
US Marine Veteran - Clarence was a resident of Lady Lake, Florida at the time of passing and was married to Barbara Stubbs Ostrander. Burial with military honors was at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL

NAL DIspatcher Larry Dean Riddle
DOB March 1, 1943     YOH 1964     DOD Aug 12, 2016
There is no obituary or services scheduled.

NAL/PAA Flight Attendant Carole Adeline Headley Wilson
DOB May 4, 1950     DOH Dec 23, 1969     DOD Aug 5, 2016
Lived in Branson, MO

NAL/PAA F/E Ray McCall
DOB May 11, 1929 DOH Dec 9, 1957 DOD June 4, 2016
USAF Veteran. There is no obituary to be found.

NAL/PAA Captain Michael A. Jullie
DOB Dec 13, 1938 DOH Jan 13, 1969 DOD- May 28, 2016
US Navy Veteran Michael Adolph Jullie, of Coral Gables, passed away peacefully on May 28th. He was born December 13, 1938 in Robbinsdale, MN to Adolph and Florence Jullie. He graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He proudly served as a Navy pilot in Vietnam. He was a captain with National and Pan Am Airlines. He developed real estate properties in Fort Pierce and South Miami, FL. He was, at one time, a Guardian Ad Litem.
In the 1970's he owned and operated Abel Air Conditioning Company.

As a Certified Financial Planner, he founded the financial services company Jullie and Associates. He was predeceased by his parents and recently, his brother. He is survived by his devoted wife, Gail

OZR/NAL/PAA F/A Mary Lou Hemann Jackson
DOB Aug 11, 1922 DOH Nov 21, 1952 DOD May 27, 2016
Mary Lou Hemann Jackson, 93, of Houston, TX passed into the comforting arms of her Lord and Savior on May 27, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Truxton L. Jackson in 1994. Mary Lou was born on August 11, 1922 in New Baden, IL. She was a flight attendant for over 30 years first for Ozark Airlines, then National Airlines and finally for Pan American Airlines. She has many nieces and nephews with whom she was very close. Mary Lou had an infectious smile, a deep love for her faith and a strong opinion on politics. She lived in Coral Gables, FL for many years and was involved in the Coral Gables Garden Club and the Easter Seals Society. She attended the Church of the Little Flower, a Catholic Church where she was a parishioner until her move to Texas in 2014. She will be laid to rest with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.


Dawn Wilson, Wife of Captain Bob Wilson
DOB May 2, 1932     DOD May 8, 2016 - Dawn Angela Tushbant Wilson, 84, of Franklin, NC. was born in Bloomfield Hills, MI, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lola Jeffries Tushbant. Dawn loved horses. She was very artistic, enjoyed making unique artwork, crafts, an herbalist and avid reader. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, “Capt.” Bob Wilson of Franklin; daughter, Linda Barrett (John) of Ocala FL; two grandchildren, Jessica Shick and Michael Barrett (Lorena) both of Ocala FL and two great grandchildren, Kadence Shick and Bianka Barrett.
Dawn Wilson

NAL/PAA Flight Attendant Sharon N. Thomas Collier
YOB 1954 DOH June 26, 1974 DOD April 29, 2016 Sharon Collier, 62, passed away on April 29, 2016 after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Originally from Orange, New Jersey. She moved to Miami in 1974 to pursue career with National and Pan AM Airways as a flight attendant. She leaves behind her daughter, Ciera and four grandchildren.


NAL/PAA Captain Bill Blomeley
DOB July 4, 1921 DOH March 29. 1945 DOD April 23, 2016
US Army Air Corps VeteranWilliam Stanley Blomeley, Jr., age 94 of Ellijay, Georgia passed on Saturday, April 23, 2016. He was born July 4, 1921 to his late parents William Stanley Blomeley, Sr. and Cordilia Urslene Elzy Blomeley in Brighton, Alabama. He was of the Methodist Faith and was a graduate of Miami Technical High School. Mr. Blomeley served in the United States Army Air Corp during the Korean War and retired as a Captain with National and Pan American Airlines.


NAL F/A Sara Corry Beverly
DOB Jan 31, 1944 DOH Feb 22, 1963 DOD Apr 22, 2016
Sara Corry Beverly, 74, longtime resident of Ocala, FL, went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2016. Sara was a National Airlines Flight Attendant at one time. She loved animals, especially dogs and cats. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Beverly of Ocala; three grandchild-ren; sisters, Mary Morgan, Patricia Corry; and brother, Al Corry. Rest in Peace, beloved Sara.

NAL/PAA/NWA F/A Nancy Sylvester Smetanka
YOB 1946 DOH Nov 22, 1968 DOD April 5, 2016
Nancy (Sylvester) Smetanka 1946-2016
NAL 11/22/68 - 1991. Nancy was with NWA for 1 year and 8 months after PAA and was NWA/SFO Inflight Base Manager. She then worked for the City and County of San Francisco on the Airport staff for 5 years as manager of Customer Service for the Airport. There is no obituary.


NAL/PAA F/A Shirley Smith-Hill
DOB Nov 1, 1949 DOH Dec 23, 1969 DOD March 30, 2016
Shirley Smith-Hill, age 66, of Briny Breezes, FL and Champaign, IL, formerly of Delray Beach and Highland Beach, FL, unexpectedly passed away at home on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. She was born on November 1, 1949 to Edd Lee and Eleanor Smith. Shirley is survived by her husband of 34 years, Michael Hill; three children, ten grandchildren; two sisters, two brothers, and several nephews and nieces.

NAL/PAA F/E Bob Whiteman
DOB Dec 4, 1927 DOH Aug 16, 1965 DOD March 12, 2016
US Navy Veteran. Robert Allan Whiteman, 88, of Naples, Florida, formally of Lighthouse Point and Miami Springs, Florida passed away on March 12, 2016. He was born December 4, 1927 in Pitts. Pa. Bob was the loving husband of Mary Frances for 64 years. She pre-deceased Bob in 2014. From Pennsylvania, they moved to Florida where he was a devoted husband and father. He flew for National & Pan American Airlines retiring as a flight engineer with 25+ years. He also owned & operated Miami Springs Cyclery. He loved playing tennis but his favorite hobby was boating where he was Commodore of the SeaBirds Yacht group. He leaves behind three children & their spouses.
He is also survived by his six grandchildren.


NAL/PAA Tampa Line Mechanic Albert Royal
USAF Veteran Albert Royal 87, died Feb. 20, 2016 under Hospice care at his home in John Knox Village. A native Floridian, he was born in Scanlon and raised in Zephyrhills. He served 20 years in the Air Force and worked another 20 years for National Airlines/Pan Am. He is survived by Maureen, his wife of 38 years; his sons, Steve (Kim) and Kent (Kathi); grandchildren, Sean (Mallorie), Sheyanne Padgainii (Artiom), and Stephanie. A Mason for 65 years, he was a kind and loving man with a smile that lit up the room. He loved to read, enjoyed the out of doors and was an avid and inquisitive gardener.


NAL/PAA F/A Carol A. Herndon
DOH Sep 27, 1963 DOD Feb 14, 2016 There is no obituary.

EAL/NAL/PAA F/E Harford Earle Knowles
YOB 1924 DOH Mar 14, 1966 DOD Jan 12, 2016
US Navy Veteran Harford Earle Knowles, age 92, of Sylva, NC, died January 12, 2016 and was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gertrude Knowles; wife, Audrey Knowles; daughter, Karen Knowles; brothers, Bryant, James, Robert, and Ronald Knowles. Harford was a WWII naval veteran, master mason for 50 years and worked as a flight engineer for Eastern, National, and Pan American Airlines

NAL/PAA FA Carol L. Gallagher Albert
DOB unknown DOH June 8, 1962 YOD 2016
wife of Captain Art Albert
Carol L. Albert, formerly Carol Gallagher passed away at home in South Miami. Originally from Harrisburg PA, moved with family to Hialeah Fl, where she was hired by National Airlines, as a Stewardess, and married Captain Arthur Albert. She stated most recently "she had a great life, and felt very fortunate. She is survived by her husband Arthur Albert, step sons Nick, Scott, and nieces Vanessa, Denise, and her beloved cats. Any contributions would be warmly directed to The Humane Society, or ASPCA, a couple of her most passionate concerns. Thank you...


NAL/PAA Captain Ted A. Neff
DOB Dec 21, 1939 DOH Aug 8, 1969 DOD Jan 9, 2016
USAF Veteran - Captain Ted A Neff died on 9 January at the Hospice of the Miami Veterans Hospital in the presence of his family. Cause of Death was Alzheimer's disease.

Ted Neff

F/A Marjorie Harris Nace
YOB 1927     DOH Jan 28, 1949     DOD Jan 5, 2016 -Widow of NAL Captain Elmer W. "Hap" Harris YOH 1948 who died in a car crash in 1965. Records indicate she worked 1 year before she quit to marry "Hap".

FA Rosalie J. DeLuria Marion
YOB 1943 DOH July 19, 1963 DOD Jan 1, 2016
72, formerly of Homestead, passed away on January 1, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Rose was born in New Castle, PA, The family moved to Miami in 1957 and Rose graduated from Miami Sr. High School in 1961. She became a stewardess for National Airlines in the 1960's. She gave up flying to become a stay-at-home wife, mother to daughter, Lori and step-mother to Paige and Britt Austen. She was an active member of the Coral Gables Junior Woman's Club for several years before the family moved to the Redlands in 1976. While living in the Homestead area, Rose stayed busy volunteering for school PTA's and as a member of the Homestead Junior Woman's Club. She decided to turn her love for baking and entertaining into a business venture and in 1984 opened Tiffany Tearoom, which remained a popular Homestead restaurant for nearly 20 years. Rose later worked for Carnival Cruise Lines prior to meeting and marrying her husband of 22 years, Donald Marion. They resided in Boynton Beach, FL, where Rose worked in retail sales until a few years ago. She is survived by her husband, Don.

Marion RJ


NAL/PAA/CAL/UAL Crew Scheduler Bob "Ringo" Hayes
DOB Oct 20, 1935 DOH Aug 10, 1961 DOD Dec 29, 2015
Robert "Ringo" Hayes, former crew scheduler for NAL/PAA/Continental/United has died of congestive heart failure. Suzanne and Bob had a daughter, Angela, who was able to get out of Michigan despite the raging winter storm and was able to be at her father's side when he died. Ringo was 80 years old and is survived by his wife, Suzanne, daughter Angela, her husband and 3 grandsons.

NAL/PAA FE Dale Button
DOB July 4, 1929 DOH Dec 21, 1958 DOD Dec 14, 2015
Born in Kansas, a loving and devoted son. Dale was a Veteran who served his Country with pride and was dedicated to his career as a Pilot Engineer for Pan Am. He enjoyed lunches and conversation with Carmen and other good friends. He is survived by extended family in Kansas. There will be no services to mark his passing, and donations are to be made to charities of choice.
Button Dale

NAL/PAA FE Peter "PJ" Martin
74, of Pompano Bch, FL, passed away Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. Survived by his wife, Susan Martin. Born August 27, 1941, in Orange, NJ, he moved to Hollywood as a teenager with his parents John & Antoinette Martin. PJ flew for National Airlines and PanAm for over 25 years. He founded and operated a successful advertising newspaper in South Florida. Also a licensed boat captain, he enjoyed the ocean, the Keys and the Islands with his family and friends.

Martin PJ

NAL/PAA/DAL Captain Robert W. Kitchen
DOB May 19, 1939 DOH Jan 13, 1969 DOD Oct 19, 2015
USAF Veteran Robert W. Kitchen, 76, formerly of Lincoln and McCook, Neb., passed away on October 19, 2015 in Franklin, Tenn. Former USAF Pilot, retired PanAm/Delta airline pilot, loving father and husband. Funeral Service at 12:00 noon, on Thurs., Oct. 22, at Wyuka Funeral Home Chapel, 3600 “O” St, Lincoln. Burial to follow with Military Honors, Wyuka Cemetery.

NAL/PAA Flight Attendant Gladys D. Sanchez
DOB July 27, 1932 DOH Jan 30, 1956 DOD Sep 25, 2015
Gladys was a Cuban who won two Gold Medals for Cuba in the Olympics before the Castro take over. She was one of the first Cubans hired by National Airlines as a Stewardess and retired from Pan Am in 1990. If you knew her, you loved her. She would receive over three hundred Christmas cards from all over the world. Gladys loved tennis and attended matches here and overseas. Besides being a wonderful tennis player herself, she would snow ski around the world till her knees gave out. She was the best Cuban cook who served great wine before we Americans knew about their dishes or even drank wine with our meals. Gladie was one of 17 children and from the beginning of her arrival in the U.S.A. she never missed sending money every month back to family in Cuba. A Great Dear Friend to so many, may she find a game in Heaven.

NAL/PAA/DAL Capt.Gary Edward Lakin
DOB Aug 4, 1940 DOH June 13, 1969 DOD Sep 4, 2015
USAF Veteran, 75, passed away September 4, 2015, in his home. Gary was born August 4, 1940, in Portsmouth, VA, to Walter and Iris Lakin. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1959 and from East Carolina University in 1963. He went into the Air Force pilot training program and married Julia Ann Parsons of Candor, NC, December 1964, the same year he graduated. They moved to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, where both his daughters were born. Gary flew KC-135 aircrafts and made three trips to Southeast Asia where he served in the Vietnam War. After leaving the Air Force in 1969, the family moved to Miami, FL, and Gary took a job as a pilot with National Airlines. In 1980 National was purchased by Pan Am and Gary was transferred to John F. Kennedy airport in New York. The family moved to Virginia Beach in 1983. Pan Am was purchased by Delta Airlines and Gary flew for Delta until he retired. Gary loved boating, fishing, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

Gary Larkin

He and Julia were world travelers and enjoyed over 40 cruises together. Gary will be remembered for his witty sense of humor and his fun-loving spirit.Gary is survived by his wife, Julia; and daughters, Kimberly L. Catt of Virginia Beach, VA, Debora L. Ragland and husband Lee of Williamsburg, VA; mother, Iris B. Lakin of Virginia Beach, VA; grandson, Pierce Lakin Catt; and step-granddaughters, Amanda Ragland and Leigh Ann Luce. He is predeceased by his father, Walter Capps Lakin.

NAL/PAA/DL dispatcher Carlton Ray 'Carl' Bankston
November 20, 1939 ~ August 31, 2015 Carlton Ray Bankston, 75, of Holden Louisiana, passed away August 31, 2015 after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Mr. Bankston was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church. He graduated from Holden High School where he achieved all-state honors in basketball, a sport which he enthusiastically taught his two sons. After high school he joined the U.S. Marine Corp. He went through basic training in San Diego and served tours of duty in Hawaii and the Mediterranean. Mr. Bankston stated the Marines were easy after enduring the challenges of farming in south Louisiana and playing basketball for Alton Leggette. Following his service in the Marines, he began a 39 year career in the airline industry working for National, Pan American, and Delta Airlines. During his career with the airlines he resided in Miami, New York, and Atlanta, but always kept his "home" in Holden.
Carl Bankston
Working for the airlines allowed Mr. Bankston to easily pursue one of his joys of life which was traveling. Always planning a trip, he visited all 50 states, along with Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Upon retirement from Delta Airlines where he served as a flight dispatcher, Mr. Bankston returned to Holden to pursue his other joys: gardening and visiting with family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Wagner Bankston; sons, Steven Ray Bankston (Kymberly) of Birmingham, Alabama, and Stuart Lyle Bankston (Rebecca) of Holden; grandchildren, Barnes Ray Bankston, Carter Bankston, Christopher Bankston, Myia Bozeman (Derrick), Tyler Bankston, McKenzie Bankston, Gauge Bennett, and Kati-Grace Bankston; sisters, Annette Wagner Harvey and Fayrene Mitchell; sister-in-laws, Shirley Bankston and Mildred Bankston; along with several nieces and nephews. Mr. Bankston is preceded in death by his parents, Hollis Ray and Erma Howze Bankston; as well as brothers, Byron and Geron Bankston

NAL Stewardess Alisan F. Raney Strong
Wife of NAL/PAA Chief Flight Engineer Royal V. "Roy" Strong
DOB Sep 9, 1928 DOH Oct 23, 1959 DOD Aug 25, 2015
For more than 86 years Alisan Strong graced this earth with her kindness, generosity, sense of humor and abounding love. She has now joined her husband Royal, brothers, daughter and countless friends in God's kingdom. Alisan lived an amazingly colorful life given her quiet, unassuming demeanor. She was a showgirl at the Copa Cabana in New York, Ms. Philco Jackpot in Las Vegas and traveled the world as a flight attendant for National Airlines. Her children and grandchildren loved to hear stories about meeting famous people and life in NY. Always someone to help anyone in need she also generously gave of her time for more than 20+ years as a Patron of the Museum of Science where she developed many lifelong friendships. Alisan was married to R.V. Strong for more than 40 years before he passed in 2005.
Alisan Strong
She is survived by her children and stepchildren, Royal V. Strong, Jr., Cheryl Cunningham, Richard Martin, and Suzanne Perkins. She was blessed to have seven grandchildren. Alisan was also very close to her sister Lois Gee and her sister-in-laws, Kathy Reed, Gloria Reed and Joan Strong.

Capt. Aret E. 'Sid' Trask
89, of Eustis, passed away August 24, 2015. Born in Hamden, Ohio, and grew up in a large family on a dairy farm. After graduating from Chardon High School he joined the Navy where he was trained as a Radio Operator; after the Navy he used his G.I Bill tuition to attend the University of Miami and also took flying lessons. He became a Purser ( Flight Attendant) for Eastern Airlines. His first flying job was as a Co-Pilot for Northeast Airlines out of Boston, Mass. For a short time when he was laid-off from Northeast he worked as a Policeman in Miami, FL and also as a crop duster pilot in Texas for 3 months, until he was hired by National Airline.
Sid Trask
He continued working for National Airlines even when it was eventually bought by PanAm. He retired as a Captain from PanAm with a total of 34 years of flying. Sid enjoyed boating and water skiing and flying his own small airplanes when he lived in South Miami in the 1960's; after moving to Eustis he has enjoyed many years of the antique car hobby, owning Model A's, a 1967 Mercedes 250SL, a 1929 Ford Phaeton 4 door convertible, a 1931 Deluxe Ford pick-up Flower Delivery truck, and a couple of Jaguar convertibles. Sid was a co-founder of the Chardon/ Geauga County Day in Eustis, FL, a long-standing member of the Eustis Elks Lodge, and was very involved in the Eustis community. Sid was predeceased by his parents, Wina and Cora (Brannon) Trask; sisters, Margaret Ogden, Alta Trask and Opal Richmond; brothers, Maurice, Glenn, Wayne, Dana, Arlin and Bud Trask. He is survived by a daughter, Paula Trask-Heskett (Frank) of Eustis, FL and a sister, Carol Brcak (Joseph) of Montville, OH; 12 Nieces and Nephews and 15 Great Nieces and Nephews.

C&S/DAL/NAL/PAA Captain Joseph H. Stewart
DOB Feb 21, 1924 DOH Sep 23, 1954 DOD Aug 21, 2015 US Navy Veteran passed away at age 91. Born in Olathe, KS to Harry Stewart and Dorothy Nelson on February 21, 1924. He graduated from Naval Flight Training at Corpus Christi, TX in 1944. He flew the Grumman F6F Hellcat out of Melbourne, FL. Due to injuries he did not serve in WWII. In 1946 at Savannah, GA he join the Merchant Marines. After returning home to Olathe he met Barbara Sheets whom he married in 1950 before being commissioned aboard the Essex-class aircraft carrier "USS Boxer" with the flight squadron "The Bitter Birds". He flew a Vought F4U-1 Corsair as a Lt. Senior Grade during the Korean War. In 1953 he joined Chicago & Southern Airlines as a commercial pilot before it merged with Delta Airlines. He flew copilot on Douglas DC-3s, continuing on flying for Delta as a First Officer on DC-6s and DC-7s. He was furloughed in 1954 from Delta.
Joe Stewart
Moving to Miami the same year he joined National Airlines where he achieved Captain status at age 35 flying Convair-340 and 440s out of the NYC base in 1959. Over the years he flew many variety of aircraft including the Lockheed Electra and Boeing 727. He ended the list qualifying as Captain on the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 in 1976 while based in Miami, FL. He remained in Miami with National Airlines until it merged with Pan American Airlines where he continued flying DC-10s as Captain. In 1984 he retired from PANAM. His wife predeceased him in 1995. Later moving to Southwest Ranches, FL he married Laura Driskell in 2005. After retirement he continued his life-long hobby of rodeo tie-down calf roping, acquiring his last cowpony at age 85. He is survived by his wife Laura, his daughter Marsha Brentlinger, his sons Randy and Joel Stewart, their spouses, children, and grandchild, plus his sister Jean Thompson, and her family. His ashes will be inurned in Arlington National Cemetery, VA in the spring of 2016.

NAL/PAA Captain Connie Norman Hall
DOB May 7, 1936 DOH March 15, 1965 DOD Aug 15, 2015
Capt. Connie N. "Sam" Hall, age 79, passed away at Bartow Regional Medical Center in Bartow. Born in Anderson, SC, Mr. Hall was a resident of Winter Haven since 1992, moving from Heartwell, GA. He was a retired airline pilot for Pan American Airlines. He was a member of Airline Pilot's Association.
Connie Hall
Mr. Hall is survived by two sons: Craig Hall, Winter Haven and Christopher Hall, Salt Lake City, UT, three daughters: Kathy Hall-Hunt and Julie Shorb, both of Brooks, GA, and Carrie Flagler of Lakeland, FL.

NAL/PAA/DAL Captain Jim Rockhold
DOB Feb 4, 1939 DOH June 19, 1967 DOD July 27, 2015
US Navy Veteran James Albert Rockhold of Port Orange, Florida, passed away on July 27th, 2015 He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1939 to James Alton Rockhold and Helen Gray Rockhold. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his grandparents, Albert Gray and Sallie Shaver Gray, George Rockhold and Essie Potter Rockhold and brother, Preston Rockhold. Jim received his pilot’s license at age 16, which sparked his lifetime love of aviation. As a young man, he enjoyed teaching flight and ground school to future pilots. After graduating from Louisiana State University, he was commissioned into the U.S. Navy
Jim Rockhold
He eventually became a Commanding Officer in the VR3 Squadron flying cargo aircraft around the world. Upon leaving the service, he began his commercial flying career with National Airlines, followed by Pan American and Delta, from which he retired as Captain in 1997. After retirement, he and a friend took on the challenge of building an experimental airplane.
Jim was an elder at Port Orange Presbyterian Church where he taught adult Sunday school for several years. He was also an accomplished tennis player, and enjoyed tennis with friends at Spruce Creek Fly-In. Above all, He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane Waln Rockhold and two daughters, Holly Jeffries (Matthew) and Amy Wang (Albert), five grandchildren, Erik, Cassidy and Skylar Jeffries and Annabelle and Albert James Wang along with sister, Sally Ann Martin (Dyke). He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

NAL/PAA/DAL Flight Engineer John Taylor
DOB Feb 1, 1940 DOH July 30, 1973 DOD July 12, 2015
USAF Veteran John F. Taylor passed away peacefully onJuly 12th.  He is survived by his beloved wife Kathy, brother Jim (Shirley), two sons Bryan and John (Vicki), and grandchildren Grady and Ryan. John was born in 1940 to Clara and John Taylor of Knoxville, TN.  He served in the Air Force were he found his love for aviation. He later earned his A&P license at George T. Baker which led to his first aviation job at National airlines performing aircraft maintenance.  John went on to become a professional flight engineer at National, Pan Am and Delta Airlines with a career spanning more than 33 years.  He continued to fly with a private pilot’s license and build two of his own experimental aircraft. 

John Taylor
John and Kathy retired in the Spruce Creek aviation community located in Port Orange where he enjoyed spending time with their many friends that shared the same passion for aviation.

NAL Flight Attendant Doris "Diane" Nelson Long
DOB Feb 23, 1952 DOH Feb 29, 1972 DOD July 10, 2015
Doris “Diane” Long, 63, of Ponce Inlet, Florida, passed away July 10, 2015. Diane was born February 23, 1952, to the late William D. Nelson and Eleanor McKey. She is survived by her sister, Linda Leigh Mullins, and her two nephews, Douglas F. Mullins and Dwight M. Mullins.
Diane was a Florida native who loved to travel and see the world in her youth and, in recent years, with her sister Linda. Diane deeply loved and cherished her family and friends and was often the bright light in any room she entered. She touched many lives with her presence.

Doris "Diane" Long
Diane enjoyed a glass of wine with her friends in Daytona which always included smiles and laughter. During her years of employment, she worked as a flight attendant with National Airlines, a restaurant manager for the Daytona Beach Shores Hilton, and a Realtor for Gaff Realty and Watson Realty in the Daytona area.

NAL/PAA Flight Engineer Herbert M. "Hank" Severn
DOB March 20, 1930 DOH Oct 18, 1965 DOD July 8, 2015
USAF Korean War Veteran, Herbert passed away in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 85. He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the son of John W. and Edna E. Carmen Severn. He married Kathern Baker on August 9, 1953 at Wichita, Kansas and worked as a Flight Engineer for Pam-Am Airlines. Herbert was a U.S. Air Force veteran of Korean War. Herbert lived in Gamaliel since the 1980's, moving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Kathern Severn of Gamaliel, AR; son, Steven (Monica) Severn of Pembroke Pines, FL two daughters, Cindy DeBergh of Gamaliel, AR and Belinda C. Severn of Claremont, FL; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild and two sisters, Ila Marie and Goldie

Hank Severn

NAL/PAA F/A Emily Georgiana Kubelle Hitchcock
DOB July 3, 1945 DOH Feb 24, 1967 DOD July 7, 2015
Emily Hitchcock, age 70, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday 7/7/15. Emily was Born and raised in Queens, New York and moved to Miami, Florida in 1965. Emily began a career as a flight attendant for National Airlines and eventually retired from Pan Am and she enjoyed every minute of it. She would always tell stories of the famous people who went on her flights and she would joke about knowing when her plane landed in New York because all of the people on the flight would start clapping when the planes wheels touched down.
Emily Hitchcock
She loved New York and would proudly pronounce it the way "New Yorkers" do but she also greatly appreciated a happy retirement in sunny South Florida. She is survived by her husband Ralph and her son Travis (Nicolle) as well her two stepsons Chad (Ivis), Glenn (Lara) and her 5 grandchildren.

NAL/PAA Flight Attendant Supervisor Ester A. Daugherty
DOB Oct 6, 1926 DOH Feb 27, 1950 DOD June 17, 2015
Esther Arango Daugherty, 88, of Powell, Ohio formerly of Ocala, Florida, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Esther retired from National Airlines/Pan Am. She was a Stewardess Supervisor on the first commercial flight within the United States, coined "Jet Flight Number 1" from New York to Miami in 1958. She loved traveling and seeing the world with her husband and love of her life, Michael Daugherty.


NAL/PAA Flight Engineer Jesse Lee Hale
DOB Aug 19, 1924 DOH Dec 14, 1955 DOD June 15, 2015
US Army Air Corps WW II Veteran. Records show that Jesse remained a Professional Flight Engineer throughout his career, not withstanding the information below.

Jesse Lee Hale, age 90, of Lenoir City,TN went home to be with our Lord early on June 15, 2015. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 14, 1924. After finishing high school, he joined the U.S. Army Air-Corp during W. W. II. After the war was over, he went to work for National Airlines in Miami, FL. He continued his education and became a flight engineer and then went on to become a pilot. He worked for them for 35 years, and at the time, he retired he was a pilot for Pan Am. J. L. moved back to Lenoir City with his wife, Elaine, in 1983, where he became active in the Highland Park Ruritan Club and Avery Masonic Lodge for 25 years.


Jessie Hale

NAL Captain Francis X."Frank" Riley
DOB July 18, 1917 DOH Feb 12, 1948 DOD May 25, 2015
WW II Army Air Corps Veteran
Francis Riley, first American pilot hijacked to Cuba, dies at 97. Frank had survived attacks by Japanese fighters during World War II, but nothing could prepare him for his date with history. Riley, at 43, was the pilot of the first American airliner to be hijacked to Cuba, on May 1, 1961. A World War II hero, Riley died on Memorial Day, May 25, in Fort Lauderdale at 97. "Every time I get on an airplane and go through security I tell them how my dad was the first one to get hijacked and I always get a smile from the TSA people," said his daughter, Patricia Riley. "I think today how flying in the old days was so different." By the fall of 1961, Congress passed a bill making air piracy a capital crime. Security screenings began.
"This character came into the cockpit and put a knife to my throat. In his other hand he held a gun. He said, 'If I don't see Havana in 30 minutes we'll all be dead,'" Riley told the Miami Herald at the time. Antulio Ramirez Ortiz, who booked his ticket under the name of "Elpri Crofesi," taken from a buccaneer in the early 19th century, seized Riley's National Airlines Convair 440, with its eight passengers, over Marathon. Ortiz wanted to alert Fidel Castro of a potential assassination attempt.
Riley took evasive actions by zigzagging out of Florida in hopes of attracting attention.

Frank Riley
Alas, officials initially believed the wayward aircraft was lost at sea. Instead, Riley and his craft were soon over Cuba's air space - and the Cubans threatened to shoot down the plane. "They said National Airlines didn't have any flights scheduled for Havana and that if we didn't go away, they were going to shoot us. I didn't tell them this man had a gun on me but I did tell them it was an emergency and that I had to land," Riley recounted in a Miami Herald story. Once in Havana, "they treated us very politely and fairly," Riley told the Herald in 1961. "They took Crofesi away and that's the last I saw of him." As the ordeal unfolded, Riley's wife, Helen, a National flight attendant he married in 1949, had taken their 4-year-old daughter Patricia and 2-year-old son Jim to visit her mother in El Portal. There, she heard a disturbing TV newscast. "They started talking about a missing airliner, and boom, it hit me, my husband was the pilot," she said in a 1961 Miami Herald article. "For two hours we waited and worried. I knew he would pull through because he had some pretty close calls before." Indeed, Capt. Riley, who was born in Jersey City, had over 30,000 flight hours from World War II, the Korean War and his years as a pilot for Santa Fe. He flew for National Airlines until his retirement in 1977 as a DC-10 captain. He was a war hero for his flights to U.S. ally China as a member of the Air Transport Command mission during World War II. At 10, in 1927, Riley was enthralled with the news of Charles Lindbergh's historic transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. He knew he, too, was destined to fly. For the Army, Riley flew B-24 bombers that were converted to carry troops along with cargo like gasoline and explosives on treacherous missions to China from the U.S. over the Himalayan Mountains - "The Hump." When attacked by Japanese fighters, Riley's only escape was to dive into the clouds with his giant B-24, his daughter said. Riley was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross three times and the Chinese Medal of Honor for his 168 flights over the "Hump." Later, while Riley was living in Southern California, RKO Pictures approached him to appear in the movies because of his rugged good looks. He declined. Flying was his passion, his daughter said. "As devastated as I am to lose my wonderful father, I am proud that he served the armed forces and had a good long life in Miami, living to almost 98. He loved Miami and was part of its history. He was a wonderful father and a wonderful pilot. Just a great man from the greatest generation." In addition to his daughter, Riley is survived by his wife, Helen Blasiak Riley, his son James Barrett Riley, and seven grandchildren. Services will be private. Donations may be made in his name to Veterans of Foreign Wars at .

Capt. Don Smith
DOB Sep 6, 1924 DOH Dec 5, 1955 DOD May 29, 2015
Donald W. Smith, of Pembroke Pines, Florida passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015 at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center in Bradenton, Florida. He was 90 years of age. He was born in Westchester, Pennsylvania on September 6, 1924, son of Charles and Jennie Bell (Hoskins) Smith. Mr. Smith enlisted in the United States Army during WW II and served under General Paton in Europe. Following the war, Don returned and became a police officer with the City of Hollywood and later with the Broward County Sherriff's Department. Before his retirement, Don was a Pilot for both National Airlines and Pam Am Airlines following 30 years of service.

Survived by his loving children, Mark (Julie) Smith, Ronald (Lisa) Smith, Sandy Smith and Sara (Mike) MCraw. Also survived by 11 grandchildren, Jason, Nathan, Justin, Micah, Jordan and Austin Smith, Kyle, Sawyer, Savannah, Casey and Julia McCraw, great grandchildren, Ashley, Hunter, Urijah, Logan, Summer, Emma and Julian. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 57 years, Birgit Viola (Hedenskoog) Smith in 2011.

Don Smith
Visitation on Monday, June 1st from 6:00 ~ 8:00 P.M. at Fred Hunters Hollywood Memorial Home, 6301 Taft Street, Hollywood. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Don's Life will begin at 7:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Coleman officiating. Interment will be private.

F/A Diane Phillips Smith
May 10, 1948 ~ May 16, 2015
Diane Phillips Smith, 67, of Homestead, Florida, passed away peacefully in her home on May 16, 2015. She was born on May 10, 1948 in Ogden, Utah to Freda Rosene Bowns and Alvin Miles Phillips. She grew up in Slaterville, Utah and graduated from Weber High School in 1966. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was an airline stewardess for National Airlines. She married the love of her life James Smith, and then later made their home in Florida. Diane and Jim both worked for Batch Air for a number of years. She enjoyed traveling, photography, socializing, fishing, dancing and loved her animals.

Diane is survived by her husband Jim, sisters Shirley Hill, Karen Stevenson and Sheri Crawford of Ogden Utah and step-children Donna, Jimmy, Tammy, Terry and best friend Lynn Smith and loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews .

Capt. Jesse E. Trevathan
DOB Jan 11, 1921 DOH Dec 27, 1945 DOD April 26, 2015
US Army Air Corps Veteran
Jesse E. Trevathan, Jr. (94), of Vero Beach, FL, died of complications from lung cancer and CHF at “martini time” April 26, 2015 at home with his loving wife of 48 years, Laila, and children at his side. Born in 1921 in Laurens, SC to parents Jesse and Mary, he was the third of seven children. Jesse is survived by his brother, Louis and two sisters, Mary Catherine and Vivian. A teenager and senior class valedictorian during the Great Depression, Jesse attended UNC-Chapel Hill when events in Pearl Harbor inspired him to contribute to the war effort by joining the Army Air Corps. He successfully captained 87 missions over the “Hump” in a B-24 Liberator during World War II earning two DFC’s.

Returning home to begin a 35-year career with National Air Lines, he and his first wife, Beatrice, had three children, Kimberly, Jesse and Ben. He later married Laila and raised two children, John and Lesley. His flying career spanned 5 decades in which he learned to fly in the Stearman biplane and eventually he became an international captain flying the Boeing 747. Retired 34 years, Jesse enjoyed traveling and family visits with his children, 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and many more extended family members and friends. His optimism, integrity and kindness were an inspiration to us all. Jesse and Laila have lived in Vero Beach, FL for 19 years…. As he has always called it, his “paradise”. A private memorial will be held at a later time.

Capt. Alton G. Graham
September 8, 1941 - April 22, 2015
Alton Gregory Graham passed away quietly on April 22, 2015. He was born in Fairhope, AL and grew up in Summerdale. As a young boy Al dreamed of flying the F-8 Crusader jet. He made that dream come true as a U.S.M.C. fighter pilot. He served in Viet Nam as well as other bases worldwide. As a former fellow fighter squadron pilot recently said “Al made that plane do things it was not supposed to be capable of”. Al was a career airline pilot having flown for National Airlines, Pan American Airways and Delta Airlines. He is survived by his wife Diana (Armstrong) and his son. Al is most proud of that amazing son Major Christopher Armstrong Graham, U.S.M.C. and his beautiful family; wife Tricia (Smith) and his “little man” Conor. He was preceded in death by his parents Lorene (Morgan) and Alton Dewey Graham as well as his brother Norman.

Al is survived by his brothers; Nathan and A.D. Graham, his sisters-in-law Barbara (Brown) and Kathy, his brothers-in-law Bill and Thomas Armstrong (Karen), as well as his beloved “second mother” Aunt Euvada (Morgan) and Uncle Dick Steffler along with his Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. Al will no doubt be remembered as a gentle, kind man who loved aviation and could fly anything. He will be dearly missed by his many friends in and outside of aviation as well as his neighbors who could always count on him for a favor, a smile or his wry wit. GOD’s grace was evident in all aspects of Al’s life. He worked to achieve and live his dreams. And, while we did not get the miracle we were all hoping for there can be no denying the many miracles of grace, goodness and kindness surrounding him in his last days.

Capt. Alto Joseph Furlong Jr.
DOB March 3, 1934 DOH Jan 25, 1965 DOD April 21, 2015
Born in Indianapolis IN where he attended Cathedral High School. He began flying at the age of 16 with his father, becoming the first father & son helicopter team in Teterboro, NJ. He flew for various small airlines, including helicopters, where he met his loving wife, Marilyn. They were married on December 31, 1956 in Santa Monica CA. He was then drafted into the United States Army in 1956 where he served in Fort Eustis, VA. There was a parade in his honor as a training instructor. He then flew for North American Aviation in Los Angeles, CA before being hired by National Airlines in September of 1959.
He flew as a Captain on the 727 & DC10 and then flew with Pan Am on the A-300. After Pan Am, he flew with Air Afrique until he retired in 1994. He was an avid golfer, a member of the Country Club of Miami, The National Buccaneers and The Quiet Birdmen. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Marilyn, and his beloved children Alisa DeCarolis, Kathleen Bas and Alto Furlong III. He also left behind his grandchildren, Steven DeCarolis, Stacey DeCarolis, (Anthony DeCarolis, predeceased), and Ryan Bas. He also left behind 2 great grandchildren, Emily & Ethan Ford.

Al Furlong

Pilot Harry Irving Bay
DOB Dec 26, 1914 YOH 1942 DOD April 16, 2015
Harry Irving Bay, 100, passed away at Beach House Assisted Living in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, on April 16, 2015. Mr. Bay was born in a small town near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on December 26, 1914, one of ten children of Samuel Leon Bay and Esphira Shapira Bay. In his late teens and twenties he traveled extensively by motorcycle and train throughout the United States, working a variety of odd jobs.

Harry Bay
He also learned to fly, and in his early thirties became a pilot for National Airlines, where he met his beloved wife of 64 years, the late Elizabeth ( Betty ) Merriam, a flight attendant from Montclair, New Jersey. Mr. and Mrs. Bay were married on April 4, 1948, in Jacksonville, and he continued to work as an airline pilot for a number of years while starting a wholesale electronics business in his garage. When the business, named The Bay Company, grew, Mr. Bay left National Airlines to run it full time with his wife. He had a lifelong love of airplanes, flying, and travel, and took his family all over North America in small planes. He was also an avid investor who had a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade for several years; he was interested in health and physical fitness and exercised throughout his life. In his sixties, Mr. Bay purchased a Mooney 21 airplane, and in his late seventies, he retired from operating his business to devote more time to managing his investments and flying. His wife Betty was a professional model, and Mr. Bay appeared with her in a number of print advertisements and television commercials, many of which are still in circulation throughout the U.S. He continued to fly his plane into his eighties, and drove a white Corvette with a red leather interior until his late nineties. Mr. Bay is survived by his son William F. ( Bill ) Bay and daughter-in-law Nina Haucke Bay of Jacksonville, his daughter Christine Bay Fisher and son-in-law Paul E. Fisher of Chicago, and by his sister Eve (Bay) Rosove of Los Angeles. A private service will be held at a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Jacksonville Humane Society, 8464 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida 32216

F/E Bob Sarver
DOB Dec 31,1938 DOH June 22, 1970 DOD April 11, 2015
USAF Veteran
Robert Lee Sarver, 76 of Estero, FL died April 11, 2015 at Hope Hospice. He was born on Dec. 31, 1938 in Wick, WV, the son of John and Winnie (Morgan) Sarver and was the youngest of 4 children. He was a member of Estero United Methodist Church and entered the Masonic Order in 1962 and belonged to the Mt. Olivet No. 3 - a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Jerusalem Chapter #3, Calvary Commandery #3 and Nemisis Shrine. His spiritual "walk to Emmaus" completed a profound enrichment on his life in May 2002. He served our country in the US Air Force for four years. He began his flying career with National Airlines and finished his career with Pan Am Airlines spending the last 5 years based in Berlin, Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall. After leaving Pan Am he worked in the family business for the next 12 years building and managing Country Clubs until his stroke.He loved sports and ran track and played football for Auburndale High School as well as in the Air Force. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, flying, Western Movies, antique cars and participated in 3 Coast to Coast "Great American Car Races" as well as racing Porsches in Europe for the Porsche factory.
Bob Sarver
He leaves behind to celebrate his memory his loving wife of 57 years, Helen (Smith) Sarver of Estero, FL; 3 children: Cynthia (Sarver) Churchward (Husband Jack), John Curtis Sarver, Robert Lee Sarver II (wife Rebecca). Eight grandchildren: Elizabeth Anne (Churchward) Smith, Cassandra Leah (Churchward) Salzman, Jack E Churchward III, Melissa Dawn Sarver, Lisa Nicole Sarver, Robert Lee Sarver III, John Preston Eagle, Gloria Jean (Eagle) Esch. 13 great grandchildren: Kayne Montgomery Cantlon, Liam Alexander Osman, Serenity Faith Irvin-Churchward, Cassara Jade Salzman, Maric Emerson Smith, Rowan Avalon Smith, Miles John Ross, Abel Alexander Irvin-Churchward, Rebecca Diane Eagle, Joseph Odell Eagle, Sarah Eagle, Dana Hill Esch, Jacob Kenneth Esch. Additional family includes: David and Sandy Smith, Betty Bower, Michael Esch, Kate Ross, Andy Smith and countless nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his 2 brothers, Lou and John and 1 sister, Catherine.

Capt. Leslie C. Jacobs
DOB April 5, 1948 DOH Jan 1, 1979 DOD March 15, 2015
Leslie Charles Jacobs, 66, died Sunday, March 15, 2015. He is survived by his loving children: Karin Jacobs Woodruff (Chad), Leigh Jacobs Willingham (Lee) and Rebecca Jacobs. Surviving grandchildren are Addison Hope Woodruff and Charles Parks Woodruff. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emily Coker Jacobs. Leslie was a member of the Talladega High School Class of 1966 and graduated from the University of Alabama in 1970. While at the University, he was a member of the Varsity Tennis Team and later admitted into the A-Club. Leslie was a veteran of the United States Air Force and enjoyed a long decorated career with National Airlines, Pan-Am and Delta as a Captain flying around the world. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Talladega and Caravan Men’s Sunday School Class.

F/E Leo Jimenez
DOB May 22, 1924 DOH April 26, 1965 DOD May 16, 2015
US Army Air Corps/ USAF Veteran
Leo Jiménez, 90, a Retired Professional Flight Engineer, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, 15 year resident of Tallahassee, passed away at home on 16th, March, 2015. Leo was born in Anolaima, Colombia, SA on May 22, 1924 coming to the United States of America via Ellis Island, NY in 1926. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, originally serving in the Army Air Corp and later in the Air Force. After his military service, he graduated from the Academy/College of Aeronautics, Class of 1948. Working as an airline mechanic he finally applied to be a Flight Engineer, a rewarding position that spanned many decades with several established airlines, starting on the Lockheed Constellation and DC-7B. Later he flew on the Lockheed Electra and the Boeing 727, and before retiring, the Boeing 747.
Leo Jimenez
He was a member of the National Airlines Buccaneers and Past Member of the Civil Air Patrol, a devoted and lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, Miami Dolphins and was an avid sports enthusiast. Leo is survived by his wife 60 years, Notie-Ann; two daughters, Debilu (Brian) and Carolisa (Robert); one son, Allen;

Capt. Richard H. "Dick" Peeples, Jr.
DOB May 10, 1932 DOH May 16, 1966 DOD March 8, 2015.
On March 8, GOD reached out his gentle hands and gathered Dick up into his loving arms. Besides God, Dick had three loves in his life. Foremost was the love for his family. Jeanne his wife of 61 years plus the 5 years they were together before marriage. Jeanne was fourteen years old and Richard being sixteen years old when they met. Three wonderful children followed. First being our beautiful daughter, Jeannine, then Richard H the 3rd (Joanne), and finally Gregory Scott (Rita). We have also been Blessed with three grandchildren, Richard H the 4th, Brett Michael, and Lindsey Leigh. The other loves of his life were flying and boating/fishing. Jeanne’s first boating trip with Dick, she fell overboard. Not being able to swim, but not drowning, she knew he was the one for her. They spent every July fishing and cruising the Bahamas. Richard the 3rd aka Captain Bric took to the water becoming a well known fishing captain. Greg enjoyed the water as well but like his father, flying was his passion. He is an eighteen year Captain with Spirit Airlines.

Dick’s career was colorful and fun. After graduating from the University of Miami, he entered the Air Force. The next eleven years he spent on active duty. After flight training, he flew KC97’s and then transferred to B47’s. During the Cuban Missile Crisis he spent his days sitting in his plane on the tarmac with a Hydrogen Bomb strapped under his seat waiting for the call to take off. After eleven years on active duty, he transferred to the Air Force Reserves. In the following years he flew first with National Airlines and then Pan American Airlines. Excitement followed him in the airlines, being the second airplane hijacked to Cuba. That flight and the negotiations to get him, the crew, and the plane back was and anxious procedure. He was the only pilot hijacked twice. 13 of April 1966, he was Honorably Discharged from the United States Air Force. In the Reserves, he flew the HU16 accompanying President Nixon on overwater trips. He retired from the Reserves on the 30th of March 1978.  

Capt. Lewis "Tap" Holt
Age 75 Died February 22, 2015. Tap was a native Central Floridian, Officer in the USAF & a career commercial pilot with National, Pan Am and United Airlines. His kindness and compassion were displayed to many as he taught Bible Studies, served in his church as well as cared for and adored his wife, Jill & cat Tirzah.

F/E Vern Bergman
Vernon (Vern) Curtis Bergman, 86, passed away on January 21, 2015. He was born in Minneapolis, MN on April 19, 1928. He is survived by his
beloved wife, Velma, 2 children Linda Stetling and Susan Barton, 3 grandchildren, 8 step-children and 15 step-grandchildren. Vern was a retired flight engineer for Northwest, National and Pan American Airlines and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Memorial donations can be made to the Lane Purcell Hospice House, 2452 County Road 526 East, Sumterville, FL 33585 or the Wounded Warriors Foundation

Capt. Frank Twomey
DOB Dep 5, 1920 YOH 1950 DOD Jan 20, 2015 - USAF Veteran- Francis Aloysius “Frank” Twomey, 94 of Miami passed away on 1/20/15. Born in Calverton Long Island, NY, on 09/05/1920, he served in the USAF and was a graduate of Fordham Univ. He was hired by National Airlines in 1950. Frank was predeceased by his wife, Charlotte and is survived by his sister, Clare Torre and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 3-6 PM Monday at the Stanfill Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 AM Tues. at Holy Rosary / St. Richard Catholic Church 7500 S.W. 152 Street followed by Military Honors. Burial will be in Mansfield, LA. Contributions may be made in his memory to Holy Rosy / St. Richard Catholic Church.

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