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Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

Wednesday, January 30th, 1929 - Sunday, April 12th, 2020
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Obituary

Robert E. Wilson, 91, of Highlands, formerly of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

In 2016, Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Dawn Wilson. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his two brothers.

Bob served in the 511th Army Paratrooper Division as well as a Draftsman in that division during WWII. Bob was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the Army Occupational Medal Japan. He was a parachute rigger who was also rated for sailplanes and hot air balloons. Bob had an avid love for all things that fly. He knew all planes from the inside out. He had been a check pilot and an Antique Airplane judge for 25 years, receiving many aviation ratings throughout his life. He raced airplanes and did aerobatics at airshows always for fun. Bob built many airplanes and flew them each. In his spare time, he was also involved with RC planes. Bob ended his professional aviation career, retiring as an Airline Captain at one of the largest airlines at the time, with the highest seniority level of all other pilots.

Bob’s flying career started with being a crop duster, ending as a Captain of the DC10. Flying was in his blood.

Bob also enjoyed motorcycle trips with friends and making beautiful artwork and carvings, one of which was displayed in the Cherokee Museum. Bob was kind and generous and will truly be missed.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda Barrett; two grandchildren, Jessica Shick and Michael Barrett and two great grandchildren, Kadence Shick and Bianka Barrett.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
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Frank H. Davis

Posted at 06:53pm
I'm sorry to learn of Bob's passing. I flew with Bob at National Airlines. Bob was always a prefect gentleman and a wonderful role model for those of us that were blessed to fly with him. Bob was a great teacher. He taught me many techniques and skills that I utilized though out my commercial airline flying career. I extend my condolences and prayers to his family and friends.
Blessings,

Frank H. Davis
Frank H. Davis
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Herald Stockton

Posted at 05:02pm
Dear Family,
I Knew Bob from the Aviation Historical Meetings at the airport. I never flew airlines or crop dusted, but I did fly for over 60 years including 21 years in the Air Force. So our experiences were somewhat different, but we were both serious pilots who loved it and found it far more than a job. We really enjoyed exchanging stories and experiences. When pilots reach our ages (actually, I'm only 86) we can't feel it unjust to pass on. I didn't see him after he went to Highlands, but will always recall him and that bond that pilots who really loved flying feel. So glad to have known him.
Hal
(Maj. Herald W. Stockton, USAF (Ret))
Maj. Herald W. Stockton, USAF (Retired)
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Tom Dickerson

Posted at 08:53am
Great friend, very smart, talented man, will be missed. I'll always remember sitting at their dining room table watching the deer talking travel, planes, totem poles in Vancouver and how we both enjoyed seeing how things were made. He loved his family and lived an amazing life.
Thanks for your service and contributions Bob Wilson.

Jim Gettys

Posted at 06:50pm
Bob was a wonderful Captain to fly with. A real gentleman and a great instructor.

Jim Gettys F/O National Airlines
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