William Curtis Lucas, Jr.

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William Curtis Lucas, Jr., passed away on June 30, 2018, at the age of 84 years 6 months, after an eight year battle with Vascular Dementia. William (Bill) was born December 31, 1933 in Calera, Alabama, living there until graduating from Calera High School in 1952.  He began his first job in Calera, when he was only nine years old, delivering newspapers riding his bicycle as transportation.  He later went on to delivering Western Union Telegrams in Birmingham, Alabama. Upon graduation from high school, William attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, before joining the United States Navy in January 1955 completing the Aviation Cadet Training Program at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, then earning the Navy “Wings of Gold” at the Naval Air Station in Hutchinson, Kansas on July 31, 1956.

He married Sylvia Calfee Lucas of Birmingham, Alabama on August 10, 1956, and they began life together in Jacksonville, Florida where Bill was assigned to squardronVP-18, flying P2V’s an anti-submarine aircraft. He served four years active duty, and then remained in the Navy Reserves flying many other Navy aircraft before retiring in January 1977 as a Commander. During the time he served as a pilot in the United States Navy Reserves, he also worked as an airline pilot. His airline career began in June 1959, when he went to work for Southern Airways, in Atlanta, Georgia flying the DC-3 but later spent most of his time flying the DC-9.  Due to several mergers, after flying for over 33 years with the airlines, he retired as a Northwest Airlines Pilot in 1993. 

His parents, William Curtis Lucas and Mamie Inez Dykes Lucas of Calera, Alabama, one brother Otis Earl Lucas of Richmond, Virginia, and sister, Ila Lucas Carter, of Birmingham, Alabama all preceded him in death. William is survived by his wife Sylvia, son, William (Bill) Curtis Lucas, III (Stacey) grandsons, William and Logan Lucas all of Acworth, Georgia, a niece Kay Carter Caldwell of Birmingham, Alabama, nephew Chuck Carter of Grand Bay, Alabama, and a niece Mary K. Lucas Drew, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Bill was very proud of his son, Bill III, who followed in his footsteps, becoming a pilot at an early age, now an airline pilot with JetBlue. 

Bill and Sylvia loved to travel and made several trips to Europe and Hawaii, as well as snow skiing in Colorado, snowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park, and horseback riding in Wyoming, before he retired.  Upon retiring they continued to travel going on several cruises either to Alaska or the Caribbean, but Bill mainly enjoyed camping in his Bigfoot truck/camper and driving his Duramax Dually trucks, vacationing in all of the Western States many times, especially in Wyoming, Bill’s favorite.

They moved from Fort Walton Beach, Florida where they had lived for forty-seven years, to Acworth, Georgia in August 2017 to be near their son and his family. They were long time members of First Baptist Church. Bill’s favorite Bible verse was Isaiah 40:31.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with  wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Georgia Funeral Care, 4671 S. Main Street Acworth, GA 30101 is in charge of arrangements, with a military service and burial promptly at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Georgia National Cemetery 5580 Knox Bridge Hwy Canton, Georgia 30114. A reception will follow at Williamson Brothers Bar-B-Q 1600 Marietta Hwy Canton, GA 30114 in the private dining room.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in Bill’s honor to the Navy Museum in Pensacola, Florida, 1750 Radford Blvd. Suite B, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida 32508 (www.navalaviationfoundation.org) or Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org). 

18 Comments To "William Curtis Lucas, Jr."

Guy Thompson On Jul 09 2018 at 11am
So sorry for your loss. Warmest thoughts and prayers for you, Sylvia and family. May we always remember the good times. Reply to this comment
Sylvia Lucas On Jul 10 2018 at 5pm
Thanks!! We did have some great times together especially at the reunions for Class 4-55.
L D Lowe On Jul 06 2018 at 10am
Prayers to the family. Flew many a trip with a fine pilot and Southern gentleman, his presents will be greatly missed. Reply to this comment
Sylviia Lucas On Jul 07 2018 at 7am
Thank you! Bill loved his Southern Airways family and we always enjoyed the Christmas party or luncheons when he could spend time with you and others, until the dementia erased some of the memories he so much cherished.
Donna 2 On Jul 05 2018 at 3pm
Praying for you Aunt Sylvia, Bill and family. I love you! Reply to this comment
Sylvia Lucas On Jul 06 2018 at 10am
Thank you Donna. I miss all of my younger sister's children. Your uncle Bill is now with his family rejoicing, but also with your mother and grandmother as well as others who have gone before him. When I read Aaron and Amy's comments, it just reminded me of the good times I had when I brought you to Fort Walton Beach so we could all enjoy the beach and time together. I love you, too.
Suzanne Cook On Jul 03 2018 at 3pm
Sylvia and Billy, Words can never describe the great loss we have right now. My heart breaks for you but then when the tears start I remember all the good times we had together over the last 40+ years and I start smiling! From short sheeting beds to having fun at Disney World! Not to mention our game of words and the use of Hotters! Christmas together!! Crossing rivers on horseback, grizzly bears, elk, and deer! We had some major fun that we will have again so we can think of Bill and Arlis!! I love you! Suzanne Reply to this comment
Sylvia Lucas On Jul 05 2018 at 3pm
Thanks, Suzanne. We did have some great times with you two from the first time we met you at Cody Ranch. It was all fun! I love you, and pray you are feeling better.
Bill Spears On Jul 03 2018 at 3pm
My sincere sympathy to Sylvia and family, along with prayers for comfort and strength. II Cor. 1:2-4. Bill was always so well liked by those of us who were privileged to do business with him. His kind spirit contributed much to a developed friendship over the years. May you all know God's all sufficient grace and peace. II Cor. 12:9a. Reply to this comment
Sylvia Lucas On Jul 05 2018 at 3pm
Thanks, Bill. I remember your Dad went through this struggle, but at least we know once the earthly battle is over, there is peace through faith in Christ.
Amy Merrell On Jul 02 2018 at 7pm
My heart hurts for you. I'm praying for you, Aunt Sylvia and will continue to do so! I love you so much! Reply to this comment
Sylvia Lucas On Jul 05 2018 at 3pm
Thanks, Amy. I love you, and pray you and your family are doing well. Love, Aunt Sylvia
Patricia (Patti) Davis On Jul 02 2018 at 7pm
Bill Lucas was my uncle by marriage. He has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. He was a gentle, quiet fun loving man. Rest In Peace and Joy, Uncle Bill. We will see each other again some day. Reply to this comment
Sylvia Lucas On Jul 05 2018 at 3pm
Thanks, Patti. Thank you for coming. It was good to see you. I love you. Love, Aunt Sylvia
Dale Sexton On Jul 02 2018 at 4pm
I met Bill and Sylvia while he was in memory care at the same facility as my wife. I could tell from talking to him that he was a force to be contended with in the business world at one time. I could also tell how much he loved his wife and son. The minute they left he would always talk about them. His face lit up every time his wife was there. There were days when he would talk for hours about his son flying airplanes. He was so proud. Bill was a sweet spirit and was well liked by all the other residents and nurses. Rest in peace dear friend. You have won your battle with this horrible disease. Reply to this comment
Sylvia Lucas On Jul 05 2018 at 3pm
Thanks, Dale. Knowing you made our lives better during Bill's battle. Thank you for your prayers, and I will continue to pray for you in the loss of your sweet Jeannie.
Joan Phillips On Jul 02 2018 at 4pm
Sylvia I am so sorry to hear about Bill. Have been praying and will continue to do so. Love you. Joanie Reply to this comment
Sylvia Lucas On Jul 05 2018 at 3pm
Thanks, Joanie, for your prayers. The last eight years, but especially the last eight months brought many tears, but knowing that he is with our Lord, brings peace.
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