John L. Wolford Jr
Virginia Beach - On Wednesday, July 31,
2013, Captain John L. Wolford, Jr. made his final flight from ORF to
HVN. Two weeks prior to his departure he accepted Christ as his Lord and
Savior and thus had the assistance of the Holy Spirit guiding his final
approach. Jack, as he was known by family and friends, was born in June
22, 1939 in Washington, D.C. At the age of 14, Jack sailed alone to
Europe with his trumpet on the S.S. United States. He graduated from
High School in Wiesbaden, Germany and upon his return received an
appointment by the Honorable Sam Rayburn, then Speaker of the House of
Representatives, to the U.S. Air Force Officers training School,
Lackland, AFB, Texas. He was then obliged to join the family business
and would become a Milwaukee factory trained Harley Davidson mechanic in
Washington, D.C. He enjoyed flat track racing and TT scrambles. He
volunteered with the The Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Bethesda,
Maryland and was a member of the Pelican's skydiving team. Jack was a
horseman and at one point owned the Illinois State Champion Cutting
Horse. Eventually his love for aviation led him to become a pilot flying
crop dusters, air mail, and ultimately passenger airliners. Jack was
hired with Allegheny Airlines June 2, 1969 and retired in the left seat
of a USAir DC-9. Jack was an avid fisherman and hunter and in fact
purchased the first 25ft Boston Whaler in the state of Virginia in 1983.
He was a member of the NRA, Potomac Lodge #5 F.A.A.M., and the Airlines
Jack joins his mother Betty "Tiggy" House and
sister Dawn Sisson in heaven as well as countless other family members.
He is survived by his wife Rose Marie Wolford, son Rev. John L. Wolford,
III and his wife Lori, brother Richard Wolford, and sister Jane Gavin. A
memorial service will be held in Little Compton, R.I. at a future date.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made in
his memory to the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, attn: City of
Refuge. 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock, GA 30188.