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Captain Roy Malott
Posted by: Don Shanks (Moderator)
Date: April 13, 2009 08:08PM

CAPTAIN ROY MALOTT

(1915-2009)

Captain Roy Malott died quietly on April 11, 2009 in Wilmington. He met his recent declining health with exceptional patience and good humor. He was 93.

Clive Roy Malott was born June 30, 1915 in Enid, Oklahoma, the son of Edna Nancy Lenhert and Morton Ray Malott at the home of his grandparents. As the child of Salvation Army Officers, he and his four sisters enjoyed an exciting and adventuresome childhood in various communities throughout the Mid-West and South.

While living in Meridian, Mississippi he met and fell in love with Thelma Gail Humphries with whom he eloped in 1935. They were married for sixty-nine years until her death in 2004.

It was while attending a special program at the University of Mississippi in Oxford that he experienced the expansive freedom and exhilaration of flying airplanes. Aviation was to become an integral part of his life.

During World War II he was a member of the Fourth Ferrying Command, United States Army Air Corps. He made many crossings of both the north and south Atlantic ferrying aircraft to the Allies. He also participated in the Fire Ball Express, providing transport to India along a route pioneered across Africa by Pan American Airlines. Following the war, he flew the Pacific with the Flying Tiger Line, providing transport from the west coast of the United States to Tokyo.

In 1948, he took a job as a Captain with the fledgling Piedmont Airlines and his family moved to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. In May of 1963, Roy and Thelma moved into the house they designed and built on Hewlett's Creek on Masonboro Sound, where they resided for the next forty-four years.

Captain Malott enjoyed both inland water and ocean sailboat racing. He was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club, the Cape Fear Country Club, and the Surf Club of Wrightsville Beach, NC.

He is survived by his two daughters, Barbara (Mrs. William Douglas Powell) and Roi ( Mrs. Howard Allen Penton, Jr.); four grandchildren, Deborah Gail Davis, Carmer Love Davis III, Elizabeth Malott Penton and Howard Allen Penton III; seven great grandchildren and two sisters, Pearl Malott Holmes of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Evangeline Malott Evans of Bryant, Arkansas.

A memorial service will be held at St. James Parish, 25 South 3rd Street, Wilmington, NC on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM.

Contributions may be made to the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, 131 Racine Drive, Wilmington, NC (successor to the Society for the Preservation of Masonboro Island) or Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC.

Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel

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