Death is a flight, a maiden one

To all and an onward journey

As there is no return journey

No one knows how good it would be

- Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar


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  1. 1 2020 - William Stokes, Pilot, Remembered
  2. 2 2019 - Jack Odell, Pilot, Remembered
  3. 3 2019 - Ray Wallace Benson, Pilot, Remembered
  4. 4 2019 - Bruce Peter Ericksen, Pilot, Remembered
  5. 5 2019 - Robert Leslie Stacey, Customer Service Supervisor, Remembered
  6. 6 2018 - Ron S. Ainsworth, Flight Attendant, Remembered
  7. 7 2017 - Daniel James, III, Lt. Gen., USAF (Ret.), Pilot, Remembered
  8. 8 2017 - Ronald Webb, Pilot, Remembered
  9. 9 2017 - Doug Williams, Pilot, Remembered
  10. 10 2017 - Bill O'Conner, Flight Attendant, Remembered
  11. 11 2017 - Camille Ruttan Carruth, Remembered
  12. 12 2017 - Robert Bruce Townsend, Pilot, Remembered
  13. 13 2016 - Horace Shoftlar Herrington, Pilot, Remembered
  14. 14 2015 - William "Bill" Franklin, President and CEO, Remembered
  15. 15 2015 - Kevin Roberts, Customer Service Representative, Remembered
  16. 16 2015 - Candy Landon McCray, Customer Service Representative, Remembered
  17. 17 2014 - Ce Hardy, Customer Service Supervisor, Remembered
  18. 18 2014 - Roy Freer, Dispatcher, Remembered
  19. 19 2014 - Robert James Eisenlohr, Former Pilot, Remembered
  20. 20 2014 - Louise Ruby Varner, Remembered
  21. 21 2013 - Bob McCrary, Pilot, Remembered
  22. 22 2013 - John Murdter, Pilot, Remembered
  23. 23 2013 - Steve Shaw, Station Manager and Dispatcher, Remembered
  24. 24 2012 - Linda Joy McClellan, Flight Attendant, Remembered
  25. 25 2012 - Dave Maher, Remembered
  26. 26 2011 - Carol Allen, Muse Air Secretaries Club,  Remembered
  27. 27 2011 - Dicky Berry, Customer Service Representative, Remembered
  28. 28 2010 - Buford Minter, Senior Vice President-Operations, Remembered
  29. 29 2010 - Sheila Louise Sirgo, Flight Attendant , Remembered
  30. 30 2010 - Jim Wheeler, Pilot, Remembered
  31. 31 2010 - John Hepler, Customer Service Supervisor, Remembered
  32. 32 2010 - Graden "Mark" Collis, Mechanic, Remembered
  33. 33 2008 - John Hodge, Chief Pilot, Remembered
  34. 34 2008 - John Battenfield, Remembered
  35. 35 2007 - Cheryl Lee Carlson, Flight Attendant, Remembered
  36. 36 2007 - Lamar Muse, Remembered
  37. 37 2007 - Scott James Schilleci, Pilot, Remembered 
  38. 38 2005 - Victor Dewayne Jackson, Remembered
  39. 39 2004 - Dorothy Risley Little, Remembered
  40. 40 2003 - Jeffrey James Wier, Remembered
  41. 41 2001 - Carl Bremer, DAL Customer Service Representative, Remembered
  42. 42 1998 - Eliot Farley III, Pilot, Remembered 
  43. 43 1996 - Garth Avery, Pilot, Remembered
  44. 44 1995 - John Michael Mirabile, City Sales Manager, MSY, Remembered
  45. 45 1986 - John Nolan Jr., Pilot, Remembered
  46. 46 Jim Ferguson, Vice President of Flight Operations, Remembered
  47. 47 John Matter, Chief Pilot, Remembered
  48. 48 Bill Smith, Director of Dispatch, Remembered

2020 - William Stokes, Pilot, Remembered


Died May 5, 2020

William A. Stokes JR, 66, of Fleming Island, FL, passed away peacefully on May 5, 2020 at home. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Bill and Edna Stokes.  He graduated from Ribault High School and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Valdosta State University in 1975 where he participated in the Air Force R.O.T.C. program. From there William began his career as a pilot in the US Air Force.  One of the highlights of his career came in 1981 when William was chosen to fly the US hostages safely home during the Iranian Hostage Crisis.  Upon departure from the Air Force, he became a commercial airline pilot flying for Muse Air, Piedmont Airlines, US Airways, and American Airlines. He then transitioned to a position with the VA serving other veterans until his death. William gained so much pleasure, flying planes and providing assistance for veterans in need. 

He also had many other interests, the most important being with his beloved family.  Many memories were made camping at Camp Blanding, enjoying beach life in St. Augustine, fishing with his brothers and nephews, traipsing through the woods, cherishing family gatherings and reunions, dancing and traveling the world. William truly values his many friends as well. Each one meant so much to him.

William is predeceased by his parents, Bill and Edna Stokes, and his brother, Michael Stokes.

William is survived by his wife, Megan, stepchildren, Andrea Willis (Patrick), Sean Willis (Patty), two grandsons, sister, Rhonda Rutland (Riley), brother, Marvin Stokes (Stuart), and sister in law, Nancy Stokes. He was a loving uncle to Andrew Rutland (Jen), Amy Temples (John), William Stokes, James Stokes, Kevin Stokes, Brian Stokes and four great nephews.

Due to COVID-19 , a memorial celebration of life will be at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to:

Wounded Warrior Project
P.O. Box 758517
Topeka, KS 66675
In memory of William A. Stokes JR


2019 - Jack Odell, Pilot, Remembered

March 7, 1940 - , October 15, 2019


"Cap'n Jack was an all around favorite! He was one of the last to be featured as employee of the month in our inflight magazine."

- Cari Everhart

Captain (USNR-R) Jack Denton Odell, Jr. passed away in Plano, TX on October 15, 2019. He was born in Waco, TX on March 7, 1940 to Lucy Downer Odell and Jack D. Odell, Sr. He was a 1958 graduate of Waco High School and was a member of the Corps of Cadets (F-2 outfit) and Texas A&M’s 1962 class, the final class to graduate from Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas prior to its becoming Texas A&M University. Upon graduation, he was admitted to the U. S. Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL where he was commissioned as an Ensign. After he received his wings at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, TX, he was assigned to VP-48 at NAS North Island, CA for aviation training in the P-5 before the patrol squadron moved to Moffett Field, CA when they switched aircraft to the Lockheed P-3 Orion, an anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft. While on active duty, he received the Air Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. In the late 60s, Jack made the difficult decision to transition from active duty to reserve status, drilling monthly at NAS Dallas, TX. Jack continued to serve his country for an additional 20 years in this capacity and achieved the positions of Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VR-59 (The Lone Star Express) before retiring as a Navy Captain in 1990.

When his full-time Navy career came to an end, Jack’s life-long passion for flying aircraft never wavered. He was able to transition the skills he honed in the Navy to become a commercial airline pilot. While he enjoyed deploying to Naval bases around the world, it was time to establish roots back in Texas for his growing family. For the next 30+ years, Jack flew all over the world escorting passengers to their destinations via Braniff International, Muse Air, and Continental Airlines (now United). After retiring as a captain at Continental Airlines in 2000, he continued to fly for several years for the US Marshals Service. When Jack wasn’t soaring with the eagles, he was a dedicated husband, a coach and father to his two boys, a lifelong fisherman, neighborhood cribbage champion, a dog’s best friend, and a true Aggie. Outside of his family and dogs, his most beloved possession was his 1976 fire engine red F-250 Ford Ranger SuperCab. He spent his golden years donating his time to anyone he could help. He especially enjoyed serving his neighbors as a Neighborhood Block Captain, an annual host for Richardson’s National Night Out, and as a member of Richardson’s Crime Watch Patrol, patrolling the streets of Canyon Creek with his dog at his side.

Jack is survived by his wife, Sharon McCarthy Odell, his sons, Jack (Jay) D. Odell, III and his wife, Kristen, and Michael Christopher Odell, and grandsons, Jason James (JJ) Odell and Dylan Travis Odell. In addition, he is survived by his sister, Janet Odell Zsohar, brother, James R. Odell, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. A service to celebrate Jack’s life will be held on Friday, October 25, at 2:30pm in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church Richardson; a reception will be held following the service at the church’s Shawver Welcome Center. Graveside services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 26, at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project ( or Patriot Paws (


2019 - Ray Wallace Benson, Pilot, Remembered

August 6, 1942 - June 2, 2019

Ray Wallace Benson passed away on June 2, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Sandra Kaye (Warder) Benson. He was predeceased by his father, Raymond Wallace Benson, mother Borghild Quam Benson and his four sisters. Survivors include daughter Terry Sherman (John), grandchildren Christopher, Ryan, Collin Sherman and Alexis Turner, dogs Maggie and Bernie and many wonderful nephews, nieces and the best friends a guy could have!
Ray was born on August 6, 1942, in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from Washburn High School in 1960. He then attended the University of Minnesota earning a degree in Geology and later Georgetown University earning a degree in Business Administration.
He also attended the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA and the Naval War College in Monterey, CA.
Ray joined the U.S. Navy in 1963. He earned his wings at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL.
Throughout his long Naval career he flew combat missions over Vietnam off the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga flying the Douglas A-1 Skyraider and Grumman A-6 Intruder attack aircraft. After his west coast tour of duty he was transferred to the Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach,
VA where he continued to fly the A-6 Intruder off the USS Independence and subsequently assigned to Medium Attack Wing One as Safety Officer. Upon completion of that tour of duty he made the decision to transition to the Fleet Logistics Support community flying the DC9 aircraft out of VR58, Jacksonville, FL. While there he was promoted to Commanding Officer of VR58. He received many medals and commendations during his Naval career.
Ray loved the Navy, rising to the rank of Captain.
He left active duty in the Navy in 1981 transferring to the U.S. Naval Reserve as a pilot while concurrently flying as a Captain for Muse Air, a Dallas based commercial airline, flying the MD-80 jetliner. He briefly flew for Southwest Airlines flying the Boeing 737 prior to joining
United Parcel Service as a Captain flying the Boeing 757 and 767 around the world for 21 years. Said by a fellow pilot...Ray was a “pilot's pilot”!
He was an active member of the Tailhook Association, Intruder Association, Association of Naval Aviation and the Quiet Birdmen, a prestigious organization for pilots.
An avid sports fan he enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins in addition to many other sports. He studied the stock market becoming quite an expert, walked with friends, worked in his yard, and was involved in animal rescue and transport. However, he most enjoyed spending time with his buddies.
He was an extraordinarily kind, well loved, respected man... always willing to give a helping hand. One of his exceptional attributes was his keen sense of humor which brightened the day for his many friends. He is an irreplaceable man and will be missed beyond measure by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers Ray's wishes would be for donations to be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind or the Gary Sinese Foundation which helps defenders and veterans of our great country.
Condolences and thoughts of Ray may be shared.
Heartfelt thanks go out to Cornerstone Hospice who cared for Ray in his final days. No one could have done it better!

2019 - Bruce Peter Ericksen, Pilot, Remembered


January 19, 1947 - March 30, 2019

Bruce Peter Ericksen, 72, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2019 at the Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson, Utah. He was born to Rolf and Mary Ericksen in 1947, and was raised in Rockford, Illinois in what he referred to as an idyllic childhood. After serving a full-time mission in Denmark, Bruce married Debora Lea Fullmer in the Salt Lake City Temple on November 24, 1970. 

Bruce served in the military as a pilot for the Air Force and Navy providing Aeromedical and VIP airlift operating the C-9A 'Nightingale' and C-9B 'Skytrain' aircraft. Active military service included service in CONUS, Europe, N. Africa, USSR, and the Middle East. His military flight experience led to a fulfilling commercial aviation career primarily based out of Dallas, Texas where he raised his family.

Bruce is the proud father of four children and grandfather to nine grandchildren. His life was marked with a love for his family, service to others, and his physical endurance with a particular fondness for long strenuous hikes. Shortly after retirement, an ATV accident left him a complete quadriplegic and only five months to live. As a result of blessings from Heavenly Father and miraculous care provided by his loving wife, family and friends, Bruce continued to serve those around him for nearly another 12 years. Bruce continued to find ways to uplift, encourage, and bless others despite his physical limitations. His unassuming faithfulness and firm testimony were an example of one of God's children "in whom was no guile."

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10 am in the Chapel at 12101 S. 700 W., Draper, Utah with a viewing at 9 am. Interment will be held at the Heber City Cemetery between 1:30 and 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Bennion Central Utah Veterans Home in Payson, Utah for their exceptional care, love, and professional service provided to Bruce in his final years.

2019 - Robert Leslie Stacey, Customer Service Supervisor, Remembered


July 28, 1961 - November 16, 2019

Eight years ago, Robert Leslie Stacey took up his battle against pancreatic cancer. At 3 p.m. on November 16, 2019, he laid down his weapons and stepped gently into the arms of his Lord and Savior. He was at his home in Allen, Texas, surrounded by his family, fellow warriors in the fight against this terrible disease.

Robert was born July 28, 1961 in Port Arthur, Texas, the precious only son of Jacynthe “Jackie” Stacey. He grew up with his mother, Uncle Bob and Aunt Nina Franklin, and cousins Stacie and Jerrie Franklin in Nederland, Texas.

Moving to the Chicago area for a job with Midway Airlines, it was there he met the love of his life, Kristina Marie Cook. They married on May 8, 1992 and started their family two years later with the birth of their daughter, Kaitlyn Nicole, on May 3, 1994. Their son, Dylan Franklin, was born March 13, 1997. Robert and Kristina had an amazing partnership for over 27 years.

With the closing of Midway Airlines, in 1992 Robert had the extreme good fortune to join Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Texas, where he was employed until his death. Southwest provided him with a career and a work family that has been a constant source of LUV and amazing support throughout his time there.

Robert underwent the Whipple Procedure, chemotherapy, radiation, clinical trials, surgeries and many treatments during his 8-year survival with pancreatic cancer. Despite that, he never complained and continued to work as a Superintendent of Dispatch at Southwest Airlines until just months before his death.

After learning of his diagnosis, Robert and Kristina decided to fulfill their desire to travel. They celebrated their lives together with adventures that took them around the world, from Italy to Alaska.

Everyone who knew Robert loved and respected him. He touched lives in many ways with his kindness, wisdom, intelligence and humor, and will be remembered with joy just as he is missed with sadness.

He is survived by his wife, children, cousin/sister Jerrie Franklin (Fernando) Muriel of Georgetown, Texas, Aunt Margaret Stacey of Dripping Springs, Texas, Aunt Louise McJunkin of Pelzer, South Carolina, and countless cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by cousin Stacie, his mother, Aunt Nina and Uncle Bob, Aunt Irene Ethington, Uncle David Stacey, Aunt Minnie Halsey and Uncle Junior Stacey.

The Stacey family has requested that memorial donations be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at Flowers may be sent to Custer Road United Methodist Church, 6601 Custer Road, Plano, Texas 75023.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2019, at Allen Family Funeral Home, 2112 W Spring Creek Parkway, Plano, Texas. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Custer Road United Methodist Church.

2018 - Ron S. Ainsworth, Flight Attendant, Remembered

August 24, 1959 - October 27, 2018


Ron Ainsworth passed away October 27, 2018, just 59 days before Christmas. He was born in Jackson, MS on August 24, 1959 and raised in Raymond. Ron graduated from Raymond High School in 1977, then attended Hinds Community College from 1977-1979 where he studied business and political science. Later, Ron enrolled at the University of Mississippi from 1979-1980 where he studied business and pre-law.

Ron was a real estate agent with Keller-Williams and loved to "ring the bell" after his closings. He had a love for automobiles and kept them in immaculate condition. Weather permitting, he visited the carwash at least once per day. Ron enjoyed good food. Oftentimes he would drive his Mercedes convertible to the Blue Rooster, one of his favorite restaurants. Whenever he ate out, he would order water with a lot of lemons, with a Coca Cola on the side.

The countdown until Christmas was always on Ron's mind, as evidenced by his habitual posts on Facebook about how many days were left until Christmas. He would also post daily driving tips, a thought for the day, and a business tip for the day. 

Ron loved his puppy (Solomon), his Coca Cola collection, social media, Brach's candy corn at Halloween time, and Lifesavers (but not the green ones). More than anything, he loved to meet new people. Ron never met a stranger. His loud laugh was infectious. He was a worker who was always willing to lend a helping hand. It gave Ron great joy to help and encourage people. Ron was giving and enjoyed buying petit fours at Primos which he would deliver to friends as a "happy." 

When he was a young man, Ron made two appearances on the hit television show, Dallas. In one episode, Ron portrayed Sue Ellen's boyfriend. In another episode, Ron was a bidder at the cattlemen's auction. 

Ron never required much sleep, and instead spent a great deal of time reading late at night or early in the morning. He read a countless number of books during his lifetime and left behind a huge book collection. 

One reason Ron knew so many people was because he worked at many different places around the country. Some of his former employers are Muse Air Corporation, Manpower Group, TranStar Airlines, and Antonelli College. He was also a mentor and life coach to many.

Needless to say, God only made one Ron Ainsworth. 

Ron counted it a privilege to take care of his mother until her very end. He is preceded in death by his parents, H. S. Ainsworth and Mildred Ainsworth, as well as his brother, Roy Ainsworth. He is survived by his sister, Doris Hull; his brothers, Rodney Ainsworth; Ray Ainsworth; and James Ainsworth. Also, Ron is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held October 30, 2018 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Wright & Ferguson in Raymond, MS. Also, visitation will occur on October 31, 2018 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Pinelake Church in Clinton, MS with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given in Ron's honor to the ministry We Will Go Ministries, 799 North Congress Street, Jackson, MS 39202. 


2017 - Daniel James, III, Lt. Gen., USAF (Ret.), Pilot, Remembered

September 7, 1945 - August 1, 2017


Lt. Gen. Daniel James III was the director of the Air National Guard from 3 June 2002 to 20 May 2006 and is the son of famed General Daniel James, Jr. He retired from the United States Air Force in June 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 1981 and the National Security Management Course in 1992.

He performed 500 combat flying hours in Southeast Asia and earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was the first African-American to become the director of the Air National Guard.

On Tuesday August 1, 2017, son of the late Gen. Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. and the late Dorothy Watkins James; and brother of the late Danice James-Berry. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Dana Marie James; devoted son, Daniel Steven James; mother-in-law, Genie Da Cruz; brother, Claude "Spuddy" James; brother-in-law, Dr. Frank W. Berry, Jr.; nieces, Jamie Michelle Berry, Brittany James-Vito and her daughter, Avalon; nephews, Captain Frank W. Berry, Ryan James, Max Berry and his wife, Patty and daughter, Lilly; cousins, Leah Sims, Michael Sims, Cecil T. Hunter, Mildred Hunter, Charlene Hunter James, Rosalind Hunter Levy, Roderick Hunter, Gloria Hunter Robinson, Anthony Scott James, Janelle James Echevarria and Leslie James Taylor; a host of other loving family members, friends, co-workers and associates. On Tuesday, August 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 23 from 9 to 11 a.m., friends are invited to call at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 - 9th Street N.W., where services will be held on Wednesday August 23 at 11 a.m. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by McGuire.


2017 - Ronald Webb, Pilot, Remembered

March 30, 1958 - July 26, 2017

Ronald Jay Webb passed away on July, 26, 2017. A memorial service will be held at Wilkerson Hatch Funeral Home on Saturday, August 12th at 2:00 pm. A private interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, Texas will be held at a later date.

Ron was born in China Lake, California on March 30, 1958, the son of Phil Abernethy and Helen Dean Webb. He grew up in Waco Texas, attended Vanguard High School, then Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. For several years he worked as a flight captain for Southwest Airlines. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Phil & Helen Webb, and is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Webb and brother, Phil A. Webb Jr.


2017 - Doug Williams, Pilot, Remembered

May 25, 1947 - April 19, 2017

Douglas P. Williams, 69, of Caddo Mills, Tx. Passed away Thursday, April 19th at his residence. 
Mr. Williams was born on May 25, 1947 to Bill and Christine Smith Williams in Greenville, Tx. He married Laura M. Lair on July 27th, 2006 in Greenville, Tx. Mr. Williams was a graduate of Wolfe City High School, East Texas State University with a BS degree in Biology. 

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972-1979 and attained the rank of Captain, serving in the Strategic Air Command, 8th Air Force, 2nd Bomb Wing 62nd Bomb Squadron he was assigned to Barksdale as part of the U.S. Nuclear Triad from the end of the Vietnam War into the cold war with Russia. 

After leaving the Air Force he began a 30-year airline career flying for Royal Airlines, Muse Air, Transtar, Southwest, United and retiring with Continental Airlines. 

Survivors are his wife of Caddo Mills, Tx.. Two Brothers; David Williams and wife Doris of Greenville, Tx. And Donald Williams and Wife Chelia of Saginaw, Tx. A Daughter; Sonya Short; 2 Grand-daughters; Serenity and April Jones, a great grandson Noah Benefield. 3-nephews; Cody and Garrett Williams and Michael Williams along with a niece Jennifer Pittsinger. Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents. 


2017 - Bill O'Conner, Flight Attendant, Remembered

"I just read where Bill O Conner passed away from Cancer. He was a Muse Air Flight Attendant. Great guy ... gone way too soon."

Source:  Karen Hickman, Muse Air / TranStar Public Group, Facebook, April 23, 2017

2017 - Camille Ruttan Carruth, Remembered

December 30, 1939 - March 27, 2017

Camille Ruttan Carruth passed from this life on March 27, 2017 in Granbury, Texas.

Camille graduated from Tremble Tech High school in Fort Worth, Texas later marrying her husband of 59 years, Eugene Carruth.

Camille enjoyed traveling, not only seeing the world but also tasting and using all of her senses to the experience. She would return home and tell of the places she had seen, the colors and the textures of flowers and even foods. One of her favorite destinations was Argentina where she would watch the Tango Dancing. Other favorite places she visited on her countless trips was Switzerland, Berlin, and Norway.

She loved fine arts, music, and animals. She passed this love of animals she shared with her husband down to her children and grandchildren.
During her lifetime, she was active in many organizations and clubs from a Citizen Band Radio Club in the 1960’s to Everman Garden Club, Volunteering at the Bass Hall in Fort Worth and playing Pokeno with her friends.

During her lifetime after raising 4 children she was employed by Muse Air, Trans Star Airlines and eventually retired from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Camille was born in Bossier City, LA on 12/30/1939.

She is preceded in death by: her mother Glenn Avery Ruttan, father Jessie J. Ruttan, sister Yvonne Ruttan Pareja, and brother Rudy Ruttan.

Survived by her husband Eugene H. Carruth, Children: Rick Carruth & wife Cynthia, Cindy Manak, and husband James, David Carruth, & Sheri Carruth Lindsey. Grandchildren: Rusty Carruth & wife Nichole, Justin, Eric, & Kelsey Manak, Sarah Vasquez, & Kennedy Carruth, and several beloved nieces and nephew and will be missed by many longtime friends.


2017 - Robert Bruce Townsend, Pilot, Remembered


July 10, 1937 - February 12, 2017

He was a SON: the only child of Robert H. & Elizabeth N. Townsend of Franklin, Indiana. A true Hoosier – he loved popcorn, basketball & the Indy 500.

He was a STUDENT: graduating from the University of Indiana at Bloomington with a degree in Business. He was a member of the Acacia Fraternity and a member of their "Little 500" Bike team.

He was a VETERAN: serving his country as a pilot in the Air Force. He flew the KC 95 and KC 135 refueling tankers during the Vietnam era.

He was a HUSBAND: to the late Jane B. Townsend and then to his surviving wife of 46 years, Paula C. Townsend.

He was a PILOT: serving in the Air Force, and then flying for Braniff International (He never missed a BISE Fly-In from 1982 – 2016), Muse Air/TranStar and American Airlines. In his 30 year airline career, he flew the 707/720, 727, and the DC 9/Super 80. His home base for 30 years was Dallas, TX. He loved flying South America, Hawaii & Mexico – anywhere warm and sunny.

He was a FATHER: to 3 wonderful children - R. Mark Townsend (& Justine) of Marco Island, FL, Lynne Townsend of Todd, NC and Brad N. Townsend (& Laura Beth) of Austin, TX
He was a GRANDFATHER: to Kate Evelyn and Luke Vogt Townsend of Austin, TX.
Needless to say, they were his pride and joy.

He was a FRIEND: the best friend anyone could ever hope to have. He never met a stranger. He will be missed by all whose life he ever touched. He loved Marco Island and enjoyed all it had to offer – through the years, it was tennis, golf, boating, sunsets, the Commodore Club and always – the sunshine.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 18th at Hodges Josberger Funeral Home at 10:00 am.


2016 - Horace Shoftlar Herrington, Pilot, Remembered


Horace Shoftlar Herrington, 76, of Grapevine, Texas, passed away on Aug. 22, 2016, in Grapevine, Texas.

Services will be held in Grapevine, Texas, on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, and in Coldwater, Louisiana, on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

The Grapevine service will be led by the Rev. Frank Roberson on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Foust and Son Funeral Chapel, 523 S. Main St., Grapevine, (Tarrant County) Texas, preceded by visitation at 5 p.m. Additional services will be held in Louisiana on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Mike Henderson officiating at Coldwater Baptist Church in Hagewood, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. at the church, followed by burial at Coldwater Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers are Gary Self, Dave Self, Kevin Herrington, Zac Bounds, Ty Bounds, Shayde Harrison, Reid Santiago and Ranse Santiago. Arrangements are under the direction of Foust and Son Funeral Home of Grapevine.

Horace was born in Many (Sabine Parish), Louisiana, to Kermit and Marie Herrington on Nov. 3, 1939. He graduated from Mt. Carmel High School as valedictorian of his class. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in electrical engineering in 1962. He married Robbie Robbins on March 4, 1962, at Coldwater Baptist Church, Louisiana, and they moved to Valdosta, Georgia, where Horace began pilot training for the Air Force. A year later they moved to Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, where Horace flew KC-135 refueler aircraft during the Vietnam War. He achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Air Force, and was awarded three medals for saving the lives of downed pilots by circling until help arrived and for the number of missions completed. He was released from active duty in April 1967 and served in the USAF Reserve until 1987.

Horace worked for a number of airlines during his career, first as a pilot for Braniff Airlines from 1967 through 1982, and then for Muse Air, TransStar, Continental Airlines, Evergreen, Skyways International, Frontier Airlines (where he was chief pilot and Airbus Project Manager) and as a flight crew instructor for Southwest Airlines.

Horace was a deacon and member of First Baptist Church, Grapevine, since 1967.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Horace Herrington is survived by his wife, Robbie; daughters, Janet (Michael) Varnum, Karen (Roman) Santiago; brother, Larry (Sandra) Herrington; sister, Betty (Bobby) Chance; grandchildren, Nani (Shayde) Harrison, Roman Santiago III, Reid Shoftlar Santiago, Jewel Santiago, Ranse Santiago and Matthew Varnum; and numerous other relatives.


2015 - William "Bill" Franklin, President and CEO, Remembered

After Lamar Muse sold the airline to Southwest Airlines in 1985, William Franklin, who postponed plans for early retirement, came over from Southwest to take over as its president and CEO. His retirement came two years later in 1987 when Southwest parked Muse (renamed as TranStar Airlines) and liquidated its assets.

Here’s what Lamar Muse wrote in his “Southwest Passage” memoir about hiring Franklin to be the VP of Ground Operations at Southwest Airlines:

“Bill Franklin, who had earlier been fired from Texas International, was unhappy with his position at Frontier Airlines in Denver and anxious to return to Texas. I was equally anxious for a good ground operations officer and, as far as I was concerned, Bill was the best there was. It was not hard to convince him that he should be our VP-ground operations.”

When Southwest had to sell its fourth airplane in 1972, Franklin led the effort to maintain its schedule with one fewer airplane – by reducing the amount of time an airplane spent at the gate unloading one flight and loading the next from 25 minutes on average to 10 minutes.

According to his obituary in the San Angelo Standard-Times, Franklin died Friday, June 19, 2015. He was 88.  Graveside services were held the following Tuesday morning at Blanket Cemetery in Blanket, some 80 to 85 miles southeast of Abilene. His home was listed as Lampasas, Texas.


2015 - Kevin Roberts, Customer Service Representative, Remembered

It is with great sadness that I learned of Kevin Robert's departure.

Kevin Roberts
Southwest Airlines - LAS Operations Agent
November 18, 1957—June 14, 2015

Source:  Ronald J. Whipple, Facebook

2015 - Candy Landon McCray, Customer Service Representative, Remembered

March 20, 2015

After a battle with breast cancer, Candy Landon McCray, a former Customer Service Representative for Muse Air in Austin, passed away peacefully in her home Friday evening, March 20, 2015. 

"This gal will surely be missed by all. She was a fighter. A true inspiration and such a beautiful, giving person inside and out!!!!"


Thanks to Paula Falconer for sharing this news.

2014 - Ce Hardy, Customer Service Supervisor, Remembered

November 11, 2014


Ce Hardy, 58 of Fort Smith, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in a Fort Smith hospital. She was a substitute teacher for the Greenwood School District and attended Community Bible Church in Fort Smith.

Ce worked for Muse Air at Dallas Love Field in Ground Operations as a Customer Service Supervisor.

Memorial service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Community Bible Church in Fort Smith. Arrangements are under the direction of McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Hardy; one daughter, Summer Hardy of Fort Smith; one brother, Billy Phillips of Hobbs, New Mexico and one sister, Cindy Lennard of Titusville, Florida.


2014 - Roy Freer, Dispatcher, Remembered

September 4, 2014

Born July 31, 1937 in Lawrence, KS; Passed Away September 4, 2014.

Joined the Army in 1960 - 1963. Worked for Braniff Airways, Muse Air, TranStar Airlines, and Southwest Airlines as an airline Dispatcher from 1963 – 2007.

Roy was always building something in his shop, usually for other people. He loved his time on his tractor. He spent many summers on Mission Trips.

He served in many different capacities in the United Methodist Church Keller and the United Methodist Church Haslet (Crossroads UMC).

Survived by his wife, Emma Sue Williams Freer (Married March 12, 1960), children Cheryl Freer and Ronald Freer (Wife: Susan Sweet Freer) and Connie Freer Brown.

Source:  Ron Freer, Roy's son.

2014 - Robert James Eisenlohr, Former Pilot, Remembered

Mr. Robert James Eisenlohr, age 73, of Houston, Texas, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. He was born May 1, 1941, in Muskegon, Michigan to Laurel and Doris Eisenlohr. Bob was raised in Hart and graduated from Mason High School in Mason, Michigan with the Class of 1958. He proudly served his country for twenty-two years with the United States Marine Corps, including two thirteen-month tours of Vietnam. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel, and then worked as a commercial pilot with Muse Air, TranStar, and Continental Airlines. He and his wife lived their retirement years in Houston, Texas.

Robert is survived by his wife, Teruko Mori Eisenlohr of Houston, Texas; their two children, Naomi (Robbi) Franklin of Nashville, Tennessee, and James (Nubia) Eisenlohr of Austin, Texas; two granddaughters, Mori Franklin and Sienna Eisenlohr; two sisters, Kathleen Joy Miller of Muskegon, Michigan, and Charlene Joyce Eisenlohr and her husband, Neil Mueller, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and a brother, Ronald Jay (Pat) Eisenlohr of Mason, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob was interred in Hart Cemetery, where a private graveside service was held. The family requests that any memorials be directed to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030.


2014 - Louise Ruby Varner, Remembered

Former MC employee Clint Davis reported: 

It is with great sadness that I communicate the passing of one of our original TUL station members, Louise Varner. After Muse Air pulled out of TUL, Louise went on to work for Southwest there until retiring recently. Louise was loved by all of us and we will always keep her in our hearts, as we do with all of our beloved Muse Air family.

Obituary follows:

Louise Ruby Varner
Born: January 22, 1949
Died: May 12, 2014

Louise Ruby Varner, 65, of Collinsville, OK passed away Monday, May 12, 2014 in Tulsa, OK. She was born in Bartlesville, OK to Alvin Guy and Pansy Mae (Juby) Loyd on January 22, 1949. She had lived in Collinsville since 1981. Louise had recently retired from Southwest Airlines where she was a Ticket Agent. She was a member of Victory Christian Center. 

She is survived by her Husband: Rick of the home. 1 son: Rick Varner, Jr. and his wife Katie of Skiatook. 1 Daughter: Misti Dawn Varner of the home and 3 grandchildren: Emily, Bridgitte and Breyden Varner. 

She is preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother: Dan Loyd. 

Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home. 

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hermon Wood officiating. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Word Cemetery northwest of Decatur, Ar. Funeral services are under the direction of Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home.

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2013 - Bob McCrary, Pilot, Remembered

Photos by CM Everhart

Reported by

Bob Bill McCrary, a true Southern gentleman, a jokester and a dear, sweet, kind man, departed this life Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, headed west into the wild blue yonder. 

Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home. 
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. 

Bob was born in Cushing to Grace Sitton and Allen McCrary on July 1, 1948. He played football, baseball and basketball at Cushing High, graduating in 1966. Despite having rheumatic fever his junior year of high school and confined to bed for a year, he still earned a baseball scholarship to Lamar University where he played football as well. 

Graduating in 1970 with a BBA, he went to work for Arthur Anderson, a CPA firm in Houston. His aviation career started in 1971, joining the U.S. Air Force and completing pilot training in Lubbock at Reese Air Force Base. Capt. Bob spent 10 years in the Air Force, his last three years of service flying his favorite plane, the U-2, out of Beale Air Force Base and around the world. Bob was extremely patriotic and took his highly classified clearance level seriously. He never spoke about his U2 flying days until last year after PBS aired a special about the spy plane. Bob was the youngest pilot selected to join that elite group. In a T-38, Bob broke the sound barrier twice, yet was content to drive his truck at 5 mph under the speed limit, which could drive you crazy, but you knew he just wanted to be safe! 

His post-military flying included Texas International, Muse Air, Trans Star and then Delta Air Lines where he retired in 2007 after 17 years. Because he was so enjoyable to fly with and very professional, both captains and first officers liked flying with Bob. Flights crews appreciated his support, calm demeanor and superior landings. 

He was blessed with three wonderful children, Laurie, Stuart and Gracie, his pride and joy. Bob married the love of his life, Anita Kay, on June 16 1987, enjoying her love and friendship for 26 years. 

Giving back to the community was important to Bob, who participated in several youth mission trips and delivered Meals On Wheels for three years. Bob's passions other than his wife and children were his friends, flying airplanes, horses, bird dogs and Bess, the black Lab. 

Bob loved living on his ranch on a hill south of Weatherford, where he was often heard to say to Anita, while sitting on the back porch enjoying the view and sunset, "Just another beautiful day in paradise." 

Survivors: Left to cherish so many good times with Bob are his wife, Anita; daughters, Laurie and husband, Ed, and Gracie; son, Stuart; brothers, Sam McCrary and wife, Helen, and Sid McCrary and his life partner, Les Weidner; sisters-in-law, Sandra Lydick and husband, Larry, and Sherry French; and many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who meant so much to him in his life. 

2013 - John Murdter, Pilot, Remembered

Photos:  Left: John at the 2012 Reunion.  Right: John in his Muse Air Captain's Uniform (photo by CM Everhart).

Reported by Ronald J. Whipple, via the Muse Air group on Facebook:

"I am saddened to report that our friend John Murdter passed away on September 22nd. His funeral was in New Jersey but, his daughter Jessica Murdter-Atkinson asked me to pass along the family's plans to hold a Celebration of Life Service at the Jesuit High School in Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 12th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. He is survived by his wife Ann, daughter Jessica and two sons, Jeff & Joe. Charlotte and I are planning on attending and hoping to see some of you there."

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John Henry Murdter, August 10, 1952 - September 22, 2013

Farmers Branch, Texas: John Henry Murdter passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Morristown Medical Center. He was 61 years of age.

Born in Jersey City and raised in the Lake Hopatcong section of Jefferson Township before living in the Dallas, Texas area for many years.
Mr. Murdter was a pilot for American Airlines for the past 25 years.

He also served in the US Air Force as a pilot during peacetime.

John was a history buff and a world traveler.

He was a member of Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church in Farmers Branch, TX.

Survived by his wife: Ann Marie Hardebeck.  Five Children: Jessica Ann Murdter-Atkinson and husband Ben.  Jeffrey Murdter and wife Ashley.  Joseph Murdter.  Jessica Marie Aylmer.  Adam Aylmer.  Two Granddaughters: Ella Lucia Lynn Atkinson and Lorelyn John Murdter.  Parents: Henry Murdter and Marilyn (nee Barsotti).  Sister: Kathy Herr and husband John.  Brother: Michael Murdter and wife Elsa.  Also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held 6-9pm on Friday, September 27th at the Bermingham Funeral Home, 216 S. Main St., Wharton, NJ 07885.
A funeral mass will be held on Saturday 10am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 204 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Foundation, 3330 Dundee Road, Suite 4, Northbrook, IL 60062 would be appreciated. (www.

2013 - Steve Shaw, Station Manager and Dispatcher, Remembered

Celebrated at Southwest Airlines' Headquarters, April 27, 2013


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Dear Friends,

I am sad to report that our dear friend and colleague Steve Shaw has passed away. I don't know many facts other than he was waiting on a liver transplant but died in Hawaii a few days ago. I hope that anyone who knows more will let us know the funeral details and if I learn them I will let you know.  

Rhonda Cates 

2012 - Linda Joy McClellan, Flight Attendant, Remembered

Linda Joy McClellan of Loxahatchee and Erie, Pa., died Tuesday, April 24, 2012, after a battle with cancer.

She was 55.

She and her mother, Joanne McClellan, established Trosseau Fine Vintage Linen on Royal Poinciana Way.  Their shop was featured in Martha Stewart's blog, The Martha Blog.  

Born in Erie, Pa., where she was raised, Ms. McClellan was Miss Erie County 1974.

She attended Penn State Behrend. She started her career modeling and making TV commercials, then became a flight attendant with Muse Air. She also worked as a flight attendant for US Airlines for more than 10 years.

Besides her mother, Ms. McClellan is survived by two cousins, Kathy King and Janet Huckaby; and a niece, Ashley Huckaby-Roberts.

At her request, a public service will not be held. A private service and a memorial service will be planned in Erie.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407; the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, 3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409-2733; or the Adopt A Cat Foundation, 804 U.S. Highway 1, Unit 1, Lake Park, FL 33403.

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2012 - Dave Maher, Remembered

Photos:  Left:  Dave at the 2007 Reunion.  Right:  Dave's photo.  
(Dave was a Revenue Management Analyst at Carnival Cruise Lines.)

News reported by Jim Kellum, March 26, 2012:

"A mutual friend that works with Dave Maher called me this afternoon to let us know that Dave died of a heart attack.

"I do not have much info other than she said his sister is flying into Florida to make arrangements. 

Dave requested to be cremated and his ashes spread into the sea."

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2011 - Carol Allen, Muse Air Secretaries Club,  Remembered

December 21, 2011

Former Muse Air employee and Secretary Carol Allen passed away today at a hospice in the DFW area. She had been battling a malignant brain tumor. Carol is survived by her daughter Michaela Allen. At Muse Air Carol ran the Muse Air Secretaries Club, a marketing outreach to secretaries and administrative assistants responsible for booking their bosses travel. Funeral services for Carol will be held on Friday, 23 December at the Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst, TX.


2011 - Dicky Berry, Customer Service Representative, Remembered

April 14, 2011

A memorial service for Richard West "Dicky" Berry, 54, will be on Friday, April 22, 2011 at First Methodist Church in Leesville at 2:00 pm. Visitation will be starting at 1:00 pm at the church.

Dicky passed away at his home in Leesville. Dicky was a 1975 graduate of Leesville High School and an active member of the LHS Alumni Association. He served in numerous positions including President and was honored as Alumnus of the Year in 2010. He was always an avid Wampus Cat fan and enjoyed his reunions and visiting with his classmates and other friends.

Dicky also had an avid love for history. He was the president of the West Louisiana Historical and Genealogy Association for two years. This Association was a collection of historical and genealogical lovers that worked together to unpack the history that surrounded them.

Dicky attended college at Northwestern State University where he was a member of Gamma Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order. His days with his fellow Brothers were times that he always regarded as memorable.
He was always interested in state and local politics and served on the Democratic State Central Committee as a representative of Vernon Parish.

Dicky was one who never met a stranger. During his career, his many jobs brought him to Dallas, Orlando, and Atlanta. At each of these locations he made many good friends. He enjoyed getting together with these friends often and always remained in contact with them either through Facebook, email or phone calls. People always remarked that no matter how long it had been since they had talked, Dicky would make you feel like it was just yesterday.

Dicky was employed as the Mainstreet Manager for the City of Leesville and was instrumental in developing activities in downtown Leesville. His love of people and civic pride made this a job that he loved and was devoted too. He enjoyed working with the merchants of downtown Leesville and the many activities he worked at to bring citizens to the downtown area.

Dicky began working for Muse Air on June 23, 1982, as employee #334. His last position at the airline was with TranStar as a Customer Service Representative in MCO in 1987.

Dicky is survived by his parents, Richard "Dick" and Patricia "Pat" Berry of Leesville; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Lisa and Greg "Frank" Franklin of Anacoco and Denise and Eddie Esserman of St. Simon Island, Georgia; brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Marty Berry of Lake Charles; nieces, Tiffany Franklin and Hanna Esserman and nephews James and Matthew Berry.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richard W. "Dicky" Berry Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 1381, Leesville, Louisiana, 71496.

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2010 - Buford Minter, Senior Vice President-Operations, Remembered

November 13, 2010

Pictured:  Buford Minter (left) and Lamar Muse at the "First or Second and Last cook off" at Bachman Lake, Dallas, TX, USA.  Photo credit:  © 1987 CM Everhart all rights reserved.

Buford A. Minter, 89, died November 13, 2010 at the hospital in Temple, Texas. Born January 31, 1921 in Dallas, Texas to Buford A. Minter, Sr. and Sylvia King Minter. Upon graduation from high school in Dallas, he went to work at Braniff Airways in Dallas, a long career until age 77.  There Mr. Minter began working in aircraft maintenance as an aircraft cleaner leading into executive management. He was a founding officer of Muse Airlines, Dallas; V.P. at Associated Air Center, Dallas; and President of Aerocorp, Lake City, Florida.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Shirley Stewart (Batson) Minter of Georgetown; brother, Bill Minter and wife Ellie of Frisco, TX; in San Antonio, daughter Sandra Ferguson; In Dallas, daughter Rene Minter and husband Keith Sanger; son Chris Minter; In Dallas, son Edward Batson and wife; in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania son Max Batson, Jr. and wife. There are six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions in Buford's memory be made to the Wesleyan at Scenic (nursing home), 2001 Scenic Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628, 512-863-9511. Services Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. (Nov. 17) at First United Methodist Church, 410 East University, Georgetown, Texas 78626, 512-863-2370.

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2010 - Sheila Louise Sirgo, Flight Attendant , Remembered

July 1, 2010

Sheila Louise Sirgo was born in New Orleans, LA and passed away at her home in North Miami Beach, FL, on July 1, 2010. 
Sheila was the loving daughter of Joyce Gervais Sirgo and the late Louis Joseph Sirgo. She was the caring sister of Lisa Sirgo, sister-in-law of Donald Gandolini, Jr., and thoughtful aunt of Ryan, Dante, and Michael Gandolini. Sheila was the beloved godchild of Reginald Booth and the late Elaine Hamilton and godmother to Robert Wagner and Dante Gandolini. Sheila is also survived by her faithful feline companions, Little Boy and Weasel. She is remembered fondly by many family members and dear friends. 

Sheila was beautiful, intelligent, and fiercely independent. Her wanderlust carried her to exotic locations around the globe. Sheila eventually settled in Miami where she enjoyed the magnificent view of Maule Lake that greeted her daily. The sea and sunshine fed her spirit. Her faith deepened throughout her time in Florida. 

Sheila graduated from St. James Major High School and The University of New Orleans. She began her career as Systems Analyst with The City of New Orleans. Sheila enjoyed many years as a flight attendant with various airlines. She was most recently employed as an administrative assistant at TressAllure. 

Photo by CM Everhart. Other photos (125) are available at the link below.

2010 - Jim Wheeler, Pilot, Remembered

Wheeler, James C. (Jimmy) 

Surrounded by friends and family, the spirit of James C. (Jimmy) Wheeler, pilot, quarterback and fifth generation Texan, passed from this world on June 23 after a prolonged and valiant battle with COPD. 

Jim was born in Dallas on May 1, 1947 to Lois and James Wheeler, moving to Amarillo in 1954. He attended West Texas State College on a football scholarship and was also on the baseball team. 

"Wheels" was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy in 1970 at Pensacola, Fla. in pursuit of his lifelong passion for flying. He received his wings of gold in Corpus Christi and was assigned to VR-21, a transport squadron based at Barbers Point, Hawaii. He flew C-118's on missions throughout the western Pacific and U.S. during the Vietnam war. After completing active duty Wheels remained in the Naval Reserve until 1992, flying missions in South America, Europe and Beirut. 

He began his airline career in 1979 with Texas International Airlines. Mr. Wheeler retired as a Captain from Southwest Airlines in May, 2007. 

Jim was a voracious reader, student of history and an excellent writer, having contributed numerous interesting musings published in the Copperas Cove Leader-Press. 

He spent many years coaching little league football and baseball in Copperas Cove, winning several city championships, making lifelong friends with his players, many of whom went on to play college football. 

Mr. Wheeler married his soul-mate Brenda Boyd on 29 Oct., 1983. Their proudest achievement was the birth of their two sons, Samuel Clayton Wheeler (25) and Travis Conner Wheeler (22). He is also survived by sisters Barbara Metker and Patsy June Richards, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Jim was a truly unique individual who carved out his life with vision and perseverance. His son Sam described his father in one word: "honorable". Son Travis said "He was rich in love, knowledge and happiness". James C. Wheeler will be sorely missed by his dear family and hundreds of friends throughout the country. It was one hell of a party, Woodrow. 

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home 254-634-2638 

Published in Dallas Morning News on July 6, 2010 

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2010 - John Hepler, Customer Service Supervisor, Remembered

"It is with a very saddened heart that I share the information of the passing of John Hepler.
"He lost his long battle with prostate cancer.
"He was an early on employee as a CSR/Supervisor in DAL and then as a CSR in LAS until the demise of Muse Air/ Transtar. Although we divorced many years ago, we remained good friends and we have 2 wonderful kids. My prayers go out to his wife and family." 
- Denise Ivy, March 1, 2010


2010 - Graden "Mark" Collis, Mechanic, Remembered

January 9, 2010 

Graden "Mark" Collis Surrounded by special friends, Graden "Mark" Collis, who lived by the motto, "you've got to be a friend to have a friend", of Mooresville, was carried on angels' wings to heaven on January 9, 2010 after a courageous three-year battle with a brain tumor. He received weeks of great care at St. Francis Hospital, Mooresville, and IU Hospital, Indianapolis. 

Mark, age 47, was born in Warner Robbins, GA on October 30, 1962. When he was 28 years old, he married "Becky" Collis, his sister's roommate from Modoc, Indiana. A veteran, Mark was honorably discharged August 1987 at the rank of Sergeant from the Air Force.

Mark had a passion for aircraft and obtained his private pilot's license. With an A&P license he worked for Muse Air, TranStar and then 18 years with United Air Lines. 

After 911, Mark made a career change and after receiving HVAC certification, he was blessed to work for Airtron with an amazing group of new friends. 


2008 - John Hodge, Chief Pilot, Remembered

1919 - 2008

John Archie Hodge, born on July 19, 1919, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, passed away quietly at home on Tuesday afternoon, May 27, in Dallas, Texas. He was the beloved husband and friend of Anne Dolores Petersen Hodge for more than 70 years; the dear and strong father of Lorene Hodge Schneider of Spring, Texas, and Nancy Elizabeth Hodge of Dallas, Texas; loved second father of his two sons-in-law, Douglas Orr of Dallas, Texas, and Paul Schneider of Spring, Texas; the devoted and generous Grandpa of Caroline Callies-Smith of Houston, Paul Andrew Schneider of White Plains, New York, and Lydia Elizabeth Hanson Orr, of Dallas, Texas; and a fondly remembered brother and uncle to his family members in California, Arizona, and Montana. He is preceded in death by his wife, Anne Dolores Hodge, brother, Glen Elwood Hodge, and parents, Amy Beatrice Hanson Hodge and James Archie Hodge. 

After attending University of the Pacific and San Francisco State University, John completed Army Air Corps Cadet training, married Dolores in 1942, and began his flying career. 

During World War II he served his adoptive country in North Africa, India, and Italy in the Military Transport Command. John was recalled during the Korean Conflict, serving in the Strategic Air Command, flying global support. 

His marriage to Dolores of more than sixty-four years took them from Oakland, to Denver, to Dallas, back to Oakland, and on to El Paso, Dallas, and Houston. John and Dolores reared their two daughters in Dallas, El Paso, and Irving, Texas. 

John and Dolores served in many capacities at the First United Methodist Church of Irving, enjoying their many years as members of the Keystone Class and as sponsors of the Golden Age group in Irving which continues to serve the social needs of older adults today. 
For the last two years of his thirty-five year career with Texas International/Continental Airlines, John and Dolores moved to Northampton outside of Spring, Texas. He continued to work in the airline industry for the next ten years as FAA Coordinator and Manager, Base Operations, for Texas International/Continental Airlines; Assistant Chief Pilot, Transtar; and Chief Pilot, Muse Air. 

He began his third career at age seventy with North Harris Community College - Tomball Campus where he worked in various capacities until age eighty-four. 

First as members of the Tomball United Methodist Church and then of Klein United Methodist Church, he and Dolores continued their lifelong service to the community. In Spring, they helped rear the next generation of their family, contributing much care, love, and direction to their grandchildren. John's last year was spent back in Dallas with Nancy and her family. His support of his daughters and his grandchildren stressed the value of education, humor, and family. He loved flying, hunting, Western movies, football, sailing, gardening, reading history, nature, exploring many parts of the world, and enjoying the adventure of travel with his family. He was sure to be present for any concert, play, recital, art show, or graduation his grandchildren took part in. 

We will remember his laughter, his love of Texas, his strength, his devotion to us all. We will miss him every day. 

His family and friends will be celebrating his life on June 14, 3:00 p.m., at Klein United Methodist Church which is located at 5920 FM 2920, Spring, Texas 77388-3013. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Boy Scout Troop 878 John Hodge Memorial Scout Fund for deserving scouts in need of financial assistance. Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home 10116 E Northwest Highway Dallas TX 75238 (214) 340-8008.

Published in Dallas Morning News from June 8 to June 12, 2008. 


2008 - John Battenfield, Remembered

BATTENFIELD, JOHN M. Age 78 of Rowlett, Texas was born December 4, 1929 and passed away January 28, 2008 at his home in Rowlett after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elaine; sister, Helen Rolland and three children that made his world, Mark and wife, Judy, Roger and wife, Cheryl and Connie Walls and husband, David; five grandchildren, Sean, Jason, Nathan, Alisha and Jennifer and two great granddaughters, Erin and Taylor. 

His airline career spans 56 years including Braniff, Muse Air, American Eagle, Associated Air and as an FAA-DAR up until his passing. 

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in Williams Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends Wednesday, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Directors. Memorials may be made to the Prostate Cancer Research Institute. 


2007 - Cheryl Lee Carlson, Flight Attendant, Remembered


Cheryl Lee Carlson, died Thursday, November 29, 2007, at her home in Dallas. She was born Nov. 16, 1952, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. 

Cheryl received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and her Masters Degree in counseling from Texas A&M University at Commerce. She was a flight attendant with Muse Air from its inception to it demise, and worked as a private flight attendant for the Beach Boys. Cheryl was a part of the airline industry for more than a dozen years. She also taught at the high school level in Arkansas. 

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2007 - Lamar Muse, Remembered


"Lamar’s illness gave him several good weeks at the end of his life. He was able to enjoy visits from his family and friends, and he received emails from hundreds of people around the world whose lives he had impacted. Because he was able to participate in these memorials to him, no memorial service will be held. His ashes will be spread under the “Big P” on the rocks in Waddington Channel, British Columbia, a place he called heaven." 

2007 - Scott James Schilleci, Pilot, Remembered 

April 2, 2007

Pilot dies in plane crash in Sinton 

© 2007 The Associated Press 

SINTON, Texas — A Spring Branch man died Monday when his single-engine airplane crashed near the San Patricio County Airport west of Sinton

The Department of Public Safety identified the crash victim as Scott James Schilleci. 

Trooper Eric Jimenez said in his report that Schilleci made two passes above the runway before the plane crashed at the east end of the runway. Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time of the crash and may have contributed to the crash, according to the trooper's report.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. 

Schilleci owned a Vans Aircraft RV-6, a low-wing, home-built airplane that features two side-by-side seats. 

Casey Rubey, manager of Kestral Airpark, said in a story in Tuesday's editions of The Herald-Zeitung that Schilleci was a professional pilot and was very responsible. "I can't believe this has happened," Rubey said.

(End of Associated Press story) 

NTSB Crash Report no longer available. 

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SCOTT JAMES SCHILLECI, 45, of Spring Branch, Texas, died Monday, April 2, 2007. He was born May 12, 1961 in Morgan City, Louisiana. A resident of Spring Branch, Texas 7 years, he was a native of Houston, Texas. He was an Airline Captain employed by Continental Airlines 23 years. He was a member of Cibolo Community Church in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, a member of Airline Pilots, Association, and a member of a local chapter's dirt bike club. A memorial service was held Thursday, April 05, 2007, at Cibolo Community Church in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas with Pastor Paul Wilson officiating. 

Survivors include his wife, Stacye Schilleci of Spring Branch, Texas; a son, Sean Schilleci of Spring Branch, Texas; two daughters, Shea Lyn and Shelby Schilleci of Spring Branch, Texas; parents, Joel and Gloria Schilleci of Crystal Beach, Texas; 3 sisters, Alison Lovett (Jeff) of Giddings, Texas, Angela Mylius (Michael) of Magnolia, Texas, Sharon Chapin (Tony Prusac) of Houston, Texas; in-laws, Bill and Suzanne Baugus of Spring Branch, Texas; sisters-in-law, Stephanie Watson (Roy) of Kingwood, Texas and Shannon Robert of Boerne, Texas; 19 nieces and nephews. Services entrusted to Resthaven Funeral Home, Sinton, Texas. 
(End of obituary) 

From the Muse Air Guest Book: Terry Taylor, former Muse Air employee, had this to say about Scott Schilleci:

"I would like to take this time to honor a man ( Scott Schilleci ) who I have had a privelege knowing for the past 25 years. He was a pilot with Muse Air. Scott Schilleci was a committed husband to his wife Stacy as well as a committed father to his three children. Scott died April 2nd, 2007 in a fatal accident while flying his private plane attempting to land in Corpus Christi, Texas. Over 600 people attended his funeral services. Many who attended were in the airline industry. Scott was a man of integrity and character. Hi life has already and will continue to leave a lasting legacy for many to admire. I will miss you my brother!!"


2005 - Victor Dewayne Jackson, Remembered

1962 - 2005

VICTOR DEWAYNE JACKSON born October 30, 1962 in Houston, Texas walked into the sunset on Sunday, May 8, 2005. He was a beloved son, and brother. Victor enjoyed photography, writing, music but most of all people. He was employed with Transtar Airlines and later 18 yrs. for Federal Express. He is survived by his parents, Otis and Anna Jackson, sister, Janice Jackson (Nolan), brothers, Byron Jackson (Rachael) and Justin Jackson, one nephew, Byron Jackson, and three nieces, Demetria Johnson, Lauren Johnson, and Kirby Jackson. He held a special spot in his heart for his daughter, Jasmine Archangle. Visitation will begin at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 13, 2005 at McCoy and Harrison Funeral Home. A celebration of Victor's life will be Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 12 Noon at Covenant Glen United Methodist Church, 401 Present St., Stafford, Texas 77477, Rev. Robert Childress, officiating. 


2004 - Dorothy Risley Little, Remembered

Dorothy Risley Little passed away on September 22, 2004 in Dallas, TX. 

Worked for Braniff Airways for over 28 years, Muse Air for 5 years, and ended her career with Southwest after 17 years of service. 
Survived by her husband, Thomas Harp Little; son, William R. Little; daughter, Sharon A. Gill; grandchildren: Toni Sweatman, Scott Willson and wife, Amber, Abby White and husband, Matthew, Max Little; great-grandchildren: Caitlin Sweatman, Christian Sweatman, Connor Sweatman; son-in-law, Dan Gill; and daughter-in-law, Martha Little. 

Family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM on Friday, September 24, 2004 at Restland Funeral Home. Services will be at 9:30 AM on Saturday, September 25, 2004 at Restland's Wildwood Chapel. Restland 972-238-7111

2003 - Jeffrey James Wier, Remembered

1953 - 2003

WIER, JEFFREY JAMES, of Farmers Branch. Born December 18, 1953 to Kenneth and Cece Wier in Dallas, TX, and passed away on November 25, 2003. Devoted and beloved husband and father. After graduating from Mountain View College he attended University of Texas at Dallas. He married his high-school sweetheart, Nanci Cheatham, on March 22, 1975. Jeff had a life-long passion for aviation, and early in his career worked for Southwest Airlines, Muse Air, and as an air traffic controller with the FAA. 

Source: The Dallas Morning News archive, published November 28, 2003 

2001 - Carl Bremer, DAL Customer Service Representative, Remembered

Carl Van Horne Bremer, 65, a 27-year resident of Irving, Texas, an employee of American Eagle, and former Customer Service Representative of Muse Air, departed this life on Saturday, December 1, 2001. Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2001, 7-9 p.m., at The Presbyterian Church at Hackberry Creek. Services are scheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 11 a.m., at the church, officiated by Reverend Dale Patterson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated to UT Southwest Medical Center, c/o Office of Development (Cancer Research), P.O. Box 910888, Dallas, TX 75391-0888. Arrangements entrusted to Brown's Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., Irving, Texas. - See more at:

1998 - Eliot Farley III, Pilot, Remembered 

March 9, 1998

COLLEYVILLE, TX (Special) - Memorial services for Eliot Farley III, 46, of Bedford will be at 1 p.m. Friday in First United Methodist Church in Colleyville under direction of Foust Funeral Home. 

Farley died Monday, March 9, 1998, in a Bedford hospital. 

He was born Dec. 13, 1951, in Boston, Mass. He attended Fay School, St. George Academy in Newport, R.I., and several Massachusetts schools. He had served in the U.S. Air Force, and he was stationed at Reese AFB in Lubbock. He married Barbara Whorton in 1979. 

He began in corporate aviation, serving with several companies in Lubbock. He moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 1980, and he was an A&P mechanic. In 1984, he flew for MUSE Air/Transtar and America West Airlines. In 1988, he began flying for UPS. He was a member of the Independent Pilot's Association, and he was chairman of the Publication Committee. He was a member of Grapevine United Methodist Church and Fort Worth Petroleum Club. 


1996 - Garth Avery, Pilot, Remembered

December 22, 1996

Garth D. Avery, 48, of Oakwood, OH died Sunday, December 22, 1996. He was a 1966 graduate of Troy High School where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and graduated from Penn State University in 1970 with a degree in accounting from the college of business administration. While at Penn State Garth was active in many organizations including the Theta Zi Fraternity and Blue Band. He received his initial flight training from the Air Force ROTC unit while attending Penn State University; he later received C-141 advanced flight training at Vance AFB in Enid, OK and was also stationed for a time at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. He served in the Vietnam War and spent three years at Howard AFB in Panama. Garth was certified in several large engine jet transport aircraft, he was an FFA Designated Examiner in the Douglas DC-8 and also flew for Braniff International and Transtar Airlines. He was currently the Boeing 767 flight manager for Airborne Express. While living in Oakwood, Garth served as a Smith School volunteer; RTC board member and was a member of the Fairmont Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife of 23 ½ years, Christine of Oakwood; daughters, Sarah 11 and Natalie 9; mother, Dorothy Stiles of Troy, PA; father, Dale Avery of Hampton, NY; brother, Gary Avery of Charleston, SC; 12 nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Greg P. Avery, in 1972. 


NTSB Narrative:

On December 22, 1996, at about 1810 eastern standard time (est), a Douglas DC-8-63F, N827AX, operated by Airborne Express personnel on a test flight, impacted mountainous terrain in the vicinity of Narrows, Virginia. The three flightcrew members and three maintenance/avionics technicians on board the airplane received fatal injuries. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed for the night flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The local test flight operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, and originated from Greensboro, North Carolina at approximately 1740 est.
The airplane required a functional check flight (FCF) following major modifications and "C" check inspections at a Greensboro (GSO) Part 145 repair station. A portion of the FCF was accomplished on December 21, 1996; however, the flight was terminated at GSO due to low hydraulic quantity. Following some delay for ground maintenance activity, the FCF was resumed the following day. The airplane departed GSO about 1740 local time on a 14 CFR 91 IFR flight plan filed back to GSO. Following climbout, the flightcrew was assigned a block altitude of 13,000 to 15,000 feet mean sea level (msl). The airplane was observed on air traffic control (ATC) radar to depart the floor of the assigned altitude block at low speed. ATC inquired if the flight had an emergency, and the flightcrew responded in the affirmative and that they were descending through 8,000 feet. There was no further radio contact. Evidence from the CVR and FDR indicated that the descent was related to operations associated with the flight test profile rather than a structures or systems anomaly. The airplane descended at a higher than normal rate and struck local mountainous terrain at about 3400 feet msl.


(Photo by CM Everhart)

1995 - John Michael Mirabile, City Sales Manager, MSY, Remembered

In memory of my great friend, John Michael Mirabile, New Orleans City Sales Manager, who passed away in 1995. John started out in Reservations at MC in DAL, and then joined the Sales team where I met him in DAL in 84. He would have loved going to this reunion, as MC was a very special part of his life. Here's to remembering all of the good times and good friends this weekend! 

- Karla Palmer

1986 - John Nolan Jr., Pilot, Remembered


"He loved to fly and was so excited to fly for Muse Air. He loved his profession, he loved his family and was a wonderful Dad who is truly missed." 

- John E. Nolan, III. 

(Photo by CM Everhart)

Jim Ferguson, Vice President of Flight Operations, Remembered

(Date Unknown)

Source:  Hal Soyez

John Matter, Chief Pilot, Remembered

(Date Unknown)

Source:  Hal Soyez

Bill Smith, Director of Dispatch, Remembered

(Date Unknown)

Source:  Hal Soyez