Class of 1959 Paducah High Graduate.
After graduation, I moved to Fort Worth and attended a trade school.
I had various jobs over the next couple of years, but the important
thing that happened is that I met my wife to be, Evelyn, and she was
the most beautiful gal I had ever seen. It was love at first site and
we were married in November 1961. We have two daughters, Deborah and Angela. Deborah has three daughters and a step-son, and Angela has a son and a daughter. That gives us six grandchildren to enjoy.
I joined the US Army in 1961 and married while in the military. After
my discharge from the military, I attended Arlington State College,
now UT Arlington, and while there I joined their flying club and
obtained my private pilot license. I used my GI bill to obtain as
many pilot ratings as I could with the aim of becoming an airline
pilot, which didn't pan out, but I worked several years as a flight
instructor and charter pilot.
In 1970 I was hired by the FAA for an air traffic controller
position. I served in Albuquerque, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, and
Dallas/Fort Worth. My active control years ended in 1984 when a rare
tissue disease caused me to become legally blind. God provided a
smooth transition to the automation department and, in 1989, I
transferred to the training department at DFW where I served until my
retirement in January 2006.
Since retirement I have taken up golf, serve on the committee of Child
Evangelism Fellowship of Greater Fort Worth and work with the Gideon's
International. I have recently joined the Southern Baptist of Texas
Disaster Relief Team, and am currently receiving my training to help
whenever disasters occur. My wife and I are also doing BSF, Bible