Capt. Donald “Don” Wesley Terrell
Captain Donald “Don” Wesley Terrell, of Jonesboro, “slipped the surly bonds of earth” for his last flight on Oct. 10, 2011, following a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving family and dear cat, “Rusty,” at his beloved home on Lake Spivey.
Capt. Terrell was born to Wesley Gallimore Terrell and Sarah Margaretta Riggs Terrell, in Bridgeport, Conn., on Aug. 6, 1930. He grew up in Bellevue, Ky., and spent his boyhood camping on the shores of the Ohio and Licking Rivers. He attended the University of Cincinnati before joining the Navy in 1949. He became a Naval Aviation Cadet where he learned to fly at NAS Pensacola. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a captain from the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1965.
While stationed at NAS Pensacola, he met Lunette Campbell, whom he married in 1954, the same year he began his career with Delta Airlines. They had four daughters and raised them in Addison, Ill., and Pass Christian, Miss. The “Terrell Girls” were joined by two brothers after he married Kaaren Fay Parsons in 1976.
Capt. Terrell’s long career with Delta began on the DC-3 and ended as a captain on the L-1011, in 1990, having been based in Chicago, New Orleans, Miami and Atlanta. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time on the lake with family and friends and returning to Pensacola for the annual family get-together at the beach.
He is survived by, and will be greatly missed by, his wife, Kaaren, of Jonesboro, Ga.; daughters, Diana McGuffie, of Jackson, Miss.; Cindy Walsh (Bill), of Madison, Miss.; Sharon Terrell, of Pensacola, Fla.; Darien Terrell, of Orlando, Fla.; sons, Daniel Terrell, of Athens, Ga., and Adrian Terrell (Shelby), of Fort Bragg, N.C.; grandchildren, Megan McGuffie, Philip Walsh (Jodi), Lauren McGuffie Ellington (Joe), Brent Walsh, Blair McGuffie, Daniel McGuffie; and great-granddaughter, Marley Kate Johnston. Other loved ones include Lunette and E.J. Sacks, Kenneth Parsons, Angie Mahurin, Beverly Busino and Aisha Pujadas.
Visitation will be at Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, at 2047 Hwy. 138, S.E., Jonesboro, Ga., TODAY (Wednesday, Oct. 12), from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Barrancas National Cemetery at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Funeral services are incomplete at this time. For further information, contact Pensacola Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, 7433 Pine Forest Road, Pensacola, Fla., 32526, (850) 944-0355. Please see the memorial page at Legacy.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, the Humane Society or the Red Cross. Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., Jonesboro/Stockbridge, (770) 210-2700, www.fordstewartfuneralhome.com.