Dear Piedmont Silver Eagles,
Captain Stephanie Hamilton, president of the Piedmont Silver Eagles sends us the following on the passing of Captain Leon Fox's wife, Evelyn.
Evelyn has flown west, Capt. Leon Fox’s wife, Evelyn Fox.. I would like to include this poem for her.
"To fly west, my friend, is a flight we all must take for a final check."
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds--and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of--wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence, Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
Do not look at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I'm up in the sky,
I've passed my final check ride,
And now I'm free to fly.
To places I've only dreamed of,
While flying mortals though the sky,
Do not grieve for me, for I 'm free to fly,
Do not grieve for me, for I did not die
Sixty one years with you Leon. and I’ll be up there every Sunday and every day of the week welcoming Piedmont Pilots, Family, and Friends.
Mrs. Leon Fox
Some of you may not know, Capt. Leon Fox along with Capt. Zeke Saunders, and Bill Taylor were the original Pilot’s with Piedmont Airlines. Capt. Leon Fox was the first Pilot to fly from ILM to CMG (now Cincinnati) well; he had about six stops before he got there.
I just got off a five-day, three day and two day, Capt. Tory Vaughan sent me this information. I called him and asked him to be a moderator for the PSE on any members’ deaths in case I’m out on the line. His e-mail is email@example.com
Thank you Tory.
Capt. Leon did not ever have e-mail, I talked to his daughter tonight, and she wants to stay in touch with us, Ms. Chesca Fox. I’m going to put her on the website so she get’s the info from us and stay’s in touch. She’ll pass along the e-mails to her dad. firstname.lastname@example.org
, e-mail her.
The Piedmont Silver Eagles will send $50.00 to Charitable Funds on behalf of Capt. Leon and Mrs. Evelyn Fox, the family’s choice.
One thing we would like to say tonight. Evelyn thank you for putting up with all us Piedmont renegades at the beginning in 1948.
Our Prayers are with you and yes; we’ll look after Capt. Leon and take very good care of him. Would like to get him to the reunion in CHS, it may be to soon for him. Tory take care of this please and let us know.
Your Brothers and Sisters,
Piedmont Silver Eagles
Evelyn Bolling Fox, 82, of Wilmington, NC, died Monday, September 20, 2004, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
She was born July 19, 1922, in Winston-Salem, NC, the daughter of the late Willie Webster and Mattie Henderson Bolling. She and her husband have made Wilmington their home since moving here in 1948.
Mrs. Fox was a charter member of Windemere Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School for many years, in addition to a senior ladies’ Bible class, which was her great joy.
Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Leon Fox of Wilmington; three sons, Leon “Lonnie “ Fox, Jr. and wife Ann of Lake Waccamaw, NC, Donald Fox and wife Frieda of Houston, TX, David Fox and wife Lisa of Allen, TX; one daughter, Chesca Fox and husband Louis Daniel Duval III of Littleton, MA; four grandchildren, Amy Schmitzer of Wake Forest, NC, Beth Fields of Supply, NC, Jeffrey and Laura Fox of Texas, two great grandchildren, Kate Schmitzer and Anna Fields; two sisters, Helen Long of Denton, NC, and Lois Rominger of Winston-Salem, NC; one brother, Gerald Bolling of MA; and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 24, 2004, in Windemere Presbyterian Church by Dr. Roland Banks.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel.