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Milo Burns High
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Birth: Aug. 19, 1926
Pontotoc
Pontotoc County
Mississippi, USA
Death: May 24, 2007
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

With respect for our dear neighbor from Lakecrest Circle on Sky Lake in the Frayser community of Memphis.

MILO BURNS HIGH, 80, of Memphis, passed away on May 24, 2007, at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis, TN. Captain High was born August 19, 1926, in Pontotoc, MS, the son of a farm family and one of seven children. Captain High flew airplanes from the age of 16. His 64-year aviation career was varied and included flying for the military, corporate, and private sectors. He was a civilian pilot for both the Navy and the Air Force and flew in the South Pacific during WWII and in South Korea. Later he flew private planes for celebrities such as Elvis Presley and Bob Hope. Captain High retired from Federal Express in 1994, where he flew the corporate jet for Fred Smith. In 2004 he received the prestigious Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, having flown for over 50 years. Upon retirement he continued to fly for personal enjoyment. He logged more than 28,000 hours in the air piloting at least 74 different aircrafts from a crop duster to a Lear Jet. His last flight was in August 2006 when he took off from Charles Baker Airport in Millington, TN, piloting the 1942 aircraft that he had restored. Captain High is survived by his wife of 27 years, Paola Quarin High; two sons, Gregory Milo High (Mountain Home, AR) and Milo Burns High (Nashville, TN); two daughters, Linda High Horner (Cordova, TN) and Gina Victoria High (Bartlett, TN); one granddaughter, Alyssa Rugiero and one great-grandson, Jackson Randolph Holiday. He is also survived by one sister, Keller Hatley and one brother, Randolph High. Visitation will be on Tuesday May 29 from 5-8 p.m. at Family Funeral Care on Summer Ave. Services will be held at Bartlett United Methodist Church on Wednesday, May 30 at 11 a.m. with interment in Memphis Memory Gardens. Family Funeral Care is handling arrangements. (Published in The Commercial Appeal 5/28/2007)

Also, predeceased by brother Royce High.

As a Mississippi farm boy, Milo B. High looked up and discovered a passion for flight that defined his life, sending him both to war and to work flying entertainers like Elvis and elected officials across the nation and the world. Mr. High of Bartlett died of congestive heart failure Thursday at Methodist North Hospital. He was 80. "Flying was his passion. It was part of his DNA," said Paola High, his wife of 27 years. "When he was around an airplane he was in total control. The plane became part of him." He was born in Pontotoc, Miss., the son of a farmer and one of seven children. He was 16 years old when he made his first solo flight from an airfield near West Memphis. His final flight was in August when he took off from Charles Baker Airport in Millington. He was piloting the 1942 Stearman trainer aircraft he restored. In between, he logged more than 28,078 hours in the air. That means he spent more than three years of his life airborne. He flew for 10 different companies, piloting at least 74 different types of planes, from a crop duster to a DC4 to a Lear jet. In World War II, he was a trainer for the U.S. Navy. During the Korean War, he was in the Air Force Reserves. As a civilian, his passengers included Elvis Presley, President Gerald Ford, entertainers Bob Hope and John Denver, plus numerous U.S. senators. "When he flew Bob Hope, he (Hope) knelt in the cockpit door and told jokes from the time they took off to the time they landed," Paola High said. Hope later gave him a set of golf clubs. Mr. High was also quick with quips and one-liners. "He made flying fun," she said. He spent two years as Elvis' pilot, flying the Jet Star nicknamed Hound Dog. "Milo had nothing but high regard for Elvis. He was very protective of him," she added. In a 2004 Commercial Appeal interview, Mr. High said: "Everybody recognizes me as a very smooth pilot." A good pilot, he explained, was one who flies so smoothly that when a passenger gets up and walks down the cabin aisle he won't get thrown against the wall or bumped around. He retired in 1993 after more than 14 years as a corporate pilot for FedEx. In 2004, Mr. High received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration. The honor recognized him for more than 50 years of service and safe flying. Along with his wife, Mr. High leaves two sons, Gregory Milo High of Mountain Home, Ark., and Milo B. High Jr. of Nashville; two daughters, Linda High Horner of Cordova and Gina V. High of Bartlett; a brother, Randolph High of Millington; a sister, Keller Hatley of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., a granddaughter and a great-grandson. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Family Funeral Care. Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bartlett United Methodist Church, with burial at Memphis Memorial Gardens. (By Mary Powers, published in The Commercial Appeal 5/29/2007)

 
 
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 Parents:
  Sam B. High (1887 - 1958)
  Mary Ozelle Knight High (1889 - 1972)
 
 Siblings:
  John Henry High (1911 - 1974)*
  Franklin Randolph High (1913 - 2014)*
  Samuel Woodrow High (1916 - 1993)*
  Della Lorraine High Cleveland (1919 - 1945)*
  Royce R. High (1921 - 2003)*
  Keller Mae High Hatley (1923 - 2014)*
  Milo Burns High (1926 - 2007)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Memphis Memory Gardens
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Carole McCaig
Record added: May 28, 2007
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