In Memoriam

Wayne Cease

Wayne Michael Cease, 57, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away suddenly on Friday, May 13th. After graduating from Auburn University with a major in Management Information Systems, Wayne went on to receive his MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He achieved success in the IT and development fields, culminating in a 17-year tenure at Truist, where he was a VP of API Operations.

Wayne and Helen Cease were marries on November 4, 1995 and had two daughters together, Darby and Emily. Wayne was also a loving stepfather to Helen's daughter, Kelly. He was a doting father who never failed to be there for every academic milestone and sporting event.

Wayne was an avid runner, cyclist and loved training and competing in events with his daughters. Wayne loved working with his hands; he designed and managed construction of the home Wayne and Helen raised the girls in. The house was filled with furniture he had built in his wood shop. In his spare time, he loved volunteering for Angel Flight Soars and flying his family across the country for vacations. He loved traveling, adventure, baking for his loved ones and a great Kentucky bourbon.

In addition to his wife, Helen, and his three daughters, Darby, Emily, and Kelly (Donovan) Preston and son-in-law Alex Preston, Wayne is survived by his parents, Joyce and T.W. Cease, and by his sister and brother-in-law, Diane (Cease) Harper and Jeffrey Harper. Wayne is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles from New York to Wisconsin to Alabama to Georgia.

His last act of service was organ donation.

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

Timothy Coomer

Timothy Lee Coomer, age 58, of Brentwood, TN, passed away May 4, 2022 after a long and valiant fight against synovial sarcoma. He was born in Nashville, TN to Donald and Sue Coomer.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Marson and Evie Coomer and Fred and Ione Rowland, and his mother-in-law, Deloris Spencer, with whom he had an exceptionally close bond.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Coomer, and four children, Shawn, Ryan (daughter-in-law Jessica,) Seth, and Nicholas; his parents, Don and Sue Coomer; his brother, Ken Coomer (sister-in-law Sarah and nephew Sky), his brother, Max Coomer (sister-in-law Meredith and nephews Mitt and Benjamin), and his sister, Katrina Coomer. Numerous other family members will cherish his memory: David Spencer, Laura and Hanes Sparkman, Jessica and Alessio Pasini, Jennifer and David Peterson (baby Wyatt), Kelly and Kenny Posey, Kendall and Elisha McFarlin, and Kamaron Posey.  

Tim was a native Nashvillian, born on June 10, 1963. He was a devoted husband who cherished his wife of almost 37 years. He was a father beyond compare to his four children, always offering advice, love, and a listening ear. He was a caring son, brother, and uncle and strived to be a light to everyone he encountered. A brilliant and talented entrepreneur and businessman, Tim cared deeply for his work family at SIGMA Actuarial Consulting Group. He strongly valued education and achieved his MBA from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and his PhD in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. He was the author of the book, Discipline Strategy, which encapsulated his approach to life. A skilled private pilot, critical thinker, lifelong learner, and visual artist, his absence will leave a void in the lives of many. He will be forever missed.

For Tim, the meaning of life was defined by relationships and experiences. He lived his life accordingly, with generosity, integrity, kindness, and love. He believed in a loving God, and set his faith and future on the tenets of Christianity.


Don Hershall Hall

Don graduated from Auburn University with HONORS in Electrical Engineering, with emphasis in computers.  He worked at several high tech companies and was last employed as an Executive for IBM.  He had a great sense of humor and was loved and respected by his friends, co-workers and superiors.  He became interested in flying and built his own airplane.  He was a highly proficient pilot with over 500 hours logged in his airplane, but was killed in a crash due to engine failure in 2012.  We are proud to say that he was a fine example of a son of Hershall and Barbara Hall, brother to Julie Hall Marco, Husband to Gennett Hall, and especially, a devoted father to his two daughters, Abigail and Allison.


Jack R. Cannon

March 1, 2016

Jack R. Cannon died Tuesday, March 1, 2016. He was born on November 15, 1940 to the late Earl Jack and Mildred Nadine Cannon and raised in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Jack graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS Degree in Marketing and Accounting. After being commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1964, he served in the U.S. Air Force for 23 years and completed various military assignments, including a combat tour in Vietnam.  Among his military awards, Major Cannon was awarded a Bronze Star for meritorious service, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Combat Medal and Air Force Commendation.  In his civilian career, Jack was employed by Union Camp Corporation in Wayne, New Jersey for 28 years and retired as General Manager of International Sales and Marketing. He then spent five years with Price and Pierce International as Senior Vice President of Sales and developed Asian and South American markets before choosing permanent retirement.

A pilot for over 45 years, Jack's passion for flying and devotion to country compelled him to volunteer as a Coast Guard Aircraft Commander with the Coast Guard Auxiliary out of Air Station Savannah, where he continued to serve up to the time of his passing. In addition, Jack joined ANGEL FLIGHT SOARSTM in 2003 and flew over 100 missions, volunteering his time and expertise to helping those in need get the medical treatment they required.

He pursued his love of hiking, skiing and fishing in the Colorado Rockies with his wife and daughters. Jack is survived by his lovable and beautiful wife of 50 years, Sherri, his two daughters, Stacy and Kristen, son-in-law Rodney Green and two grandchildren, Rachael and Kade.

Services will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, March 7, 2016 at the Fox and Weeks Funeral Home, Hodgson Chapel, in Savannah, Georgia. The family will receive friends at 10:00 am prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jack’s honor to Angel Flight Soars, Inc. at and also to Veterans Support Foundation at

There will be a service at Arlington National Cemetery, date to be determined.

Please sign the online guestbook at

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel


Taylor Pickett

April 10, 2011

Taylor King Pickett, M.D. Taylor King Pickett, M.D., 51, of Texas and Mississippi died on Sunday, April 10, 2011 in McComb, Mississippi.

A native of Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Pickett was a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, practicing in both Lufkin and Houston, Texas. He was an experienced private pilot and volunteered with ANGEL FLIGHTTM.

He was predeceased by his parents, Patricia Taylor Pickett and Charles King Pickett.

Survivors include his four children, Elizabeth Riley Pickett and Hannah Taylor Pickett, both of Houston, Adalee Katherine Pickett and Smith King Pickett, both of Summit, Mississippi, and his sister, Eliska Pickett Morgan (Scott) of Mobile, Alabama, other relatives and many friends.

A Celebration of Life will be Thursday, April 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Five Rivers, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., in Spanish Fort, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his memory be made to Angel Flight Soars, Inc., 2000 Airport Road, Suite 227, Atlanta, Georgia 30341 or through their website,

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Brian Waring

April 9, 2011

Brian Scott Waring, 40, of Cumming passed away April 9, 2011, at Emory Hospital in Decatur. Born in New York, Brian was the son of Jerry and Nancy Waring of Cumming.

Brian was a graduate of Norcross High School and earned his BA in business administration from the University of Georgia. He served in the U.S. Army from 1993-2000, where he attended flight school. From 2002-2007 he served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Brian was a pilot for Air Life Georgia, owned by Air Methods, the largest EMS helicopter service in the world.

In addition to his parents, Brian is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Heather Steffey Waring of Cumming; children, Taylor Nicole Waring and Austin Scott Waring of Cumming; sister, Christine (Rolf) Versluis of Milton; brother, Matthew Waring of Cumming; nephews, Zander Steffey, Grant Versluis; nieces, Caroline Versluis, Julia Versluis, Lilah Versluis, Ansley Steffey.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 14, at 11 a.m. at St. Brendan Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 13, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Brian's memory be made to Angel Flight Soars, Inc. at or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Condolences may be expressed online at McDonald and Son Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


Harvey Watt

Nov. 19, 2010

Harvey Woodson Watt, Sr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Trusdelle Watt, born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada on November 27, 1916 passed away on Friday, November 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. As a young boy, Harvey Watt was educated in Brantford. He later attended Country Day School in St. Louis, MO followed by Howe Military Academy in Howe, Indiana. Upon his mother's remarriage to Mr. Edward Seagram, he returned to Canada and lived there until his late teens.

Harvey purchased his first airplane to fly across the southeast as an insurance salesman landing on main streets of small towns. Mr. Harvey Watt was a flight instructor for the Army Air Corps in Camden, South Carolina during WWII. Harvey flew for Eastern Airlines for 30 years. During that time, he founded the Aviation Insurance Agency, Harvey Watt & Co., Aviation Insurance Agency of Ontario, Toronto Inc., Ontario Reinsurance Company, and an airplane leasing company. Harvey Watt is credited with inventing pilot loss of medical license disability insurance and saved innumerable careers by providing AeroMedical assistance.

Harvey split his time golfing and flying his planes between Peachtree Golf Club and his home in Atlanta, Gainesville Country Club and his home at Kingsley Lake, FL, TPC Sawgrass, Pablo Creek Club, Mid Ocean Golf Club and his home in Bermuda, and La Romana Country Club and his home in Casa De Campo, Dominican Republic. Harvey Watt is a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Ga. He was one of the founding members of the Atlanta Airport Rotary Club, Quiet Birdman of Georgia, and Cherokee Town & Country Club. He served on the Board of Directors for Georgia Military Academy, later Woodward Academy until his death. Harvey was a Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in the Aerospace Medical Association and recipient of the Airline Medical Directors Award.

Harvey Watt married Mae Hampton on December 12, 1942 in Gainesville, Florida. Together, they had three children, Harvey Woodson Watt Jr, Helen Mae Watt, and Robin Hampton Watt. He is survived by his wife, Mae, son Harvey Jr, granddaughter Mary Katherine Tinsley, her husband Chip, Harvey Watt III, daughter Helen Alston, grandson Robin Alston and his wife Elizabeth.

Memorial service to be held 11AM Wed, Nov 24 at St. Lukes Episcopal Church 435 Peachtree Street Northeast. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Angel Flight Soars, Inc.


Winston "Wink" Moore

Oct. 21, 2010

Mr. Winston Erle “Wink” Moore, 67, of Fayetteville, passed away on October 21, 2010. Mr. Moore was an aviation enthusiast who loved to fly. He was an aerobatic pilot as well as a commercial pilot for 33 years. He retired as a captain on the 747-400 for Northwest Airlines. He was a graduate of Auburn University and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He is survived by his wife Sandra Moore; step-daughters, Stacy (Jason) Harpole of Berryville, AR, and Shelly (Nathan) Rogers of LaVergne, TN; grandchildren, Jacy, Jason, Joelle and Jeffrey Harpole of Berryville, AR; and Coraline Rogers of LaVergne, TN; as well as many friends, including those at Bear Creek Airport, fellow pilot classmates and the Waffle House.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 4:00 PM in the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville with Rev. Kristin Heiden officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 at the funeral home.


George Everett "Chip" Millican

Oct. 5, 2010

Obituary:   George Everett (Chip) Millican, III, 47, died Monday, October 4, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Atlanta and raised in East Cobb, Chip was a 1986 graduate of the University of Georgia where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Chip will be remembered for his loving and generous heart, his big smile, and how he was a friend to all he met.

Chip is survived by his wife, Tina; son, Konrad Schmidt: mother and father, Patricia and Everett Millican of St. Simons Island; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Mark Papanicolaou, and nieces, Alex and Paige Papanicolaou of Bogart.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the chapel of Lord and Stephens, WEST, with Pastor Tim Hunter officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Park in Atlanta at 2:30PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Angel Flight Soars, Inc. at, (770) 452-7958 or, (877) 272-6226.

The family will receive friends Wednesday October 6, 2010 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Lord and Stephens, WEST, is in charge of arrangements.


Brody James Cole

Brody Cole, 7, was granted his angel wings on September 29, 2009, following a lifelong illness with mitochondrial disease. Brody's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Brody touched so many people in his short, yet very memorable life. He lived his life to the fullest despite his illness. Through it all, Brody remained a happy, vibrant little boy who always became the center of attention wherever he went due to his outgoing and very special personality. Please honor Brody's memory by giving your time and donations to Angel Flight Soars, Inc.


Tara Frankel

June 15, 1972 - August 5, 2009

Tara volunteered tirelessly for ANGEL FLIGHTTM and numerous other charities. Tara's smile was infectious and could brighten any room. The love and happiness she brought to so many lives truly cannot be measured. Tara passed away from stomach cancer on August 5, 2009. Please honor Tara's memory by giving your time and donations to Angel Flight Soars, Inc.