Wil­lard Gathings Plentl, Jr.

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

DAVIDSON - On Satur­day, March 23, 2019, at the early age of 73, Will de­cided it was time to go fly­ing with the ea­gles. He was born to the late Lt. Colonel Wil­lard G. Plentl, Sr. and Glo­ria Belle Plentl in Hous­ton, Texas. His brother John Pa­trick Plentl pre­ceded him in death.

Will had a dis­tin­guished mil­i­tary ca­reer serv­ing in the Air Force, North Carolina Na­tional Guard and the Re­serves. He was a pi­lot and a Pro­fes­sional En­gi­neer earn­ing a B. S. in Civil En­gi­neer­ing from the Vir­ginia Mil­i­tary In­sti­tute in 1967. His love of avi­a­tion came from his fa­ther, for­mer Avi­a­tion Direc­tor for Vir­ginia. Both were Avi­a­tion Di­rec­tors and Past Pres­i­dent of NASAO - the only fa­ther/son to ac­com­plish this achieve­ment.

He will be re­mem­bered for his life time ded­i­ca­tion and con­tri­bu­tions to avi­a­tion for over 50 years as Direc­tor of Avi­a­tion for North Carolina, Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor New Hanover In­ter­na­tional Air­port, Deputy Direc­tor of Char­lotte-Dou­glas In­ter­na­tional Air­port and an Avi­a­tion Con­sul­tant with Par­rish and Part­ners.

He was a life mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of the First Flight So­ci­ety and then Pres­i­dent of the First Flight Foun­da­tion. Dur­ing his ca­reer, he re­ceived nu­mer­ous awards and was a twotime re­cip­i­ent of the North Carolina ‘ s high­est honor - the Or­der of the Long Leaf Pine, awarded by Gov­er­nor Martin in 1992 and by Gov­er­nor Hunt in 1997.

Will was a won­der­ful hus­band, fa­ther, Papa and brother. He is sur­vived by his high school sweet­heart and lov­ing wife, Ann, of 51 years; by two amaz­ing sons: Wil­lard G. Plentl, III (Maria) and Jeffrey S. Plentl (Sarah); four grand­chil­dren: Mor­gan, Tan­ner, Cooper and Wynn; by a spe­cial great-niece: Jennifer; by his sis­ter: Joy Plentl Hens­ley (Mike); mother-in-law: Ruth Flow­ers; and by many nieces, neph­ews and other fam­ily and friends.

Vis­i­ta­tions will be held Thurs­day, April 11th from 6- 8 pm and on Fri­day, April 12th from 12 noon un­til 12: 45 pm at Mitchell Fu­neral Home in Raleigh. Fu­neral Ser­vices will be­gin Fri­day at 1 pm in the fu­neral home chapel, with burial and Mil­i­tary Hon­ors to fol­low at Raleigh Me­mo­rial Park.

In lieu of f low­ers, please do­nate to your fa­vorite char­ity in mem­ory of Will. A Full Trib­ute and on­line guest­book are avail­able at www.Mitchel­latRMP.com

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