OBITUARY

Paul Edward Pokorny III

September 29, 1965December 29, 2020

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we announce the passing of Paul Pokorny of Collierville, TN, on Tuesday, December 29, at the age of 55 years.

He will be remembered by his wife of 16 years, Sara; son, Jeffrey; brother, Greg; sister-in-law, Joanne; and nephew, Jarod Pokorny; as well as many other family members and friends.

Paul, originally from Bath, PA, was a pilot. After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1988, he served in the United States Air Force and later flew for ATA Airlines. After earning a Master of Arts degree in Teaching in 2009, he finished his career as a pilot and flight instructor at FedEx Express. At FedEx Paul felt great satisfaction in being able to combine his love of both flying and teaching.

Paul was simply a good person - kind, gentle, thoughtful, intelligent, and talented. He was someone who found purpose in his life and his work. He treasured his family and friends, and he was loved in return.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in Paul’s name to the Mid-South Food Bank.

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Frank Thomas

January 11, 2021

Sarah,
Gloria & I are saddened to hear of Paul’s passing.
I have fond memories of flying with Paul.
We remember attending your wedding in the “cave” & were honored to be a part of your celebration.
You & your son are in our thoughts & prayers. Stay strong.
Frank & Gloria

Kristin Peer (Hood)

January 9, 2021

Sarah and Jeffrey,

I am so sorry to hear about Paul's passing. Sending you lots of love from California.

Love, Kristin (kiki)

Ann and Todd Neuser

January 6, 2021

Dear Sara and Jeffrey,

Please accept our deepest condolences. We were very saddened to hear about Paul and will keep you and your family in our prayers.

Ann and Todd

Keith McKeon

January 6, 2021

Sara and Jeffrey,
I wish nothing but the best for you both moving forward. Paul was my oldest and truest friend all the while growing up and I would not be the man I am today if it was not for his impact on my life. Even as teenager back in Bath, it was plain to see that Paul was cut from a better and nobler mold than most.

I can simply say, I will miss my friend for the remainder of my days.

Brad Robinson

January 6, 2021

I remember Paul from the Air Force Academy. He was in my squadron, and his personality always distinguished him as one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. I sincerely share my condolences with the Pokorny family.

Brad Robinson
USAFA 1989

Rebecca Clarke

January 5, 2021

Dear Sara and Jeffrey,
We are deeply sadden to hear about Paul. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts are with you. May your memories of Paul forever stay near. ❤️
Love,
Rebecca Clarke
(The Fines)

Seth McCaskill

January 5, 2021

Paul was one of the best people I've ever met. His endearing personality, integrity, and quick wit always made for a good friendship. We talked about playing guitar, seeing Saturn through the telescope, and getting together for this New Year's when he got out of the hospital. While that can't happen, I will think about him when I play and sing, when I gaze at the stars, and when I am in the presence of good friends.

Joe Abel

January 3, 2021

I shared some good times and some miserable times with Paul freshman year at the Academy in CS-22. He was true team player who persevered with a great attitude. Paul's smile and demeanor always let everyone know everything was going to be alright. So sorry I didn't take the time to reach out to him at the last reunion. He will be missed...

Michael Sasse

January 3, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with and getting to know Paul in the FedEx Training Department the last several years. He was a vital part of a team that rebuilt and taught the course for new instructors and check airman. He was also an excellent instructor. I’ll always remember his quick smile and positive attitude, even as he labored through frequent treatments. He was and is an awesome individual who will be missed by many.

Ben Miller

January 3, 2021

Paul was a joy to work with. Always upbeat and professional. I appreciated his service to both the US Air Force and Fedex. He will be missed. So sorry for your loss. Respectfully, Ben Miller

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