Bob Bill McCrary, 65, a true Southern gentleman, a jokester and a dear, sweet, kind man, departed this life Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, headed west into the wild blue yonder.
Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Bob was born in Cushing to Grace Sitton and Allen McCrary on July 1, 1948. He played football, baseball and basketball at Cushing High, graduating in 1966. Despite having rheumatic fever his junior year of high school and confined to bed for a year, he still earned a baseball scholarship to Lamar University where he played football as well. Graduating in 1970 with a BBA, he went to work for Arthur Anderson, a CPA firm in Houston. His aviation career started in 1971, joining the U.S. Air Force and completing pilot training in Lubbock at Reese Air Force Base. Capt. Bob spent 10 years in the Air Force, his last three years of service flying his favorite plane, the U-2, out of Beale Air Force Base and around the world.
Bob was extremely patriotic and took his highly classified clearance level seriously. He never spoke about his U2 flying days until last year after PBS aired a special about the spy plane. Bob was the youngest pilot selected to join that elite group. In a T-38, Bob broke the sound barrier twice, yet was content to drive his truck at 5 mph under the speed limit, which could drive you crazy, but you knew he just wanted to be safe!
His post-military flying included Texas International, Muse Air, Trans Star and then Delta Air Lines where he retired in 2007 after 17 years. Because he was so enjoyable to fly with and very professional, both captains and first officers liked flying with Bob. Flight crews appreciated his support, calm demeanor and superior landings.