OBITUARY

Gerald Earwood

July 6, 1961November 4, 2018
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Gerald Lynn Earwood passed from this life on November 4, 2018 in Cedar Park, Texas. Gerald was born on July 6, 1961 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Frank Eugene “Gene” Earwood and Emma Tomlinson Earwood. He graduated from Calallen High School in 1979. It was there where he earned his nickname “Snake” after a biting incident during a football game.

Gerald began flying at the age of 16. After graduating from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation in 1984, he began his career as a pilot; first, with Doss Aviation followed by Texas National Airlines and then, with Midwest Airlines. At the time of his passing, he was a pilot with JetBlue Airways, based at JFK flying an Airbus A320.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 33 years Carla Wharton Earwood. He is also survived by his daughter, Ashleigh Earwood of Nacogdoches, TX and his son, John Earwood who currently attends The University of Texas in Austin. Gerald is also survived by his mother, Emma Earwood; his sister Becky Grant and her 2 daughters Crystal and Tiffany Grant; his brother, Mark Earwood and his wife Laura along with their 3 sons Ryan, Cyle and Mitchell Earwood; his niece, daughter of his deceased brother Phillip Earwood, Jessica Earwood Rieger and her husband Andrew; his father in law and mother in law Herbert and Shirley Wharton; his sister in law Becky White and her 2 sons Jared White and his wife Gina and Adam White; his brother in law and sister in law Terrell and Shirley Wharton and Terrell’s daughter Kynna Hamilton; his brother in law and sister in law Mike and Shelly Wharton and their son Cameron; 4 great-nieces and 1 great-nephew as well as a multitude of friends from across the country. He is preceded in death by his father, Frank Eugene “Gene” Earwood and his brother, Phillip Earwood. A Visitation for Gerald will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Stonebriar Funeral Home located at 10375 Preston Road, Frisco, TX 75033.

The Funeral Service for Gerald will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Stonebriar Funeral Home located at 10375 Preston Road, Frisco, TX 75033.

A Graveside Service for Gerald will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Waresville Cemetery in Utopia, TX.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Lake Country Christian School 7050 Lake Country Drive Ft. Worth, TX 76179 or CASA of Deep East Texas 411 E. Hospital Street Nacogdoches, TX 75961.

Gerald loved God, his wife Carla, his children, his family, his friends, the Texas Longhorns, flying airplanes, football, snow skiing, hunting and tubing the Frio River. He will be missed and loved always.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 8, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, November 9, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gerald Earwood

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Mike McGee

November 14, 2018

I was an Air Force ROTC cadet in 1985 at Lackland AFB. After my first flight with an Air Force T-37 IP who had clearly volunteered to fly T-41s in Hondo, TX to be near his girlfriend, it was obvious he had no concerns about getting me through the tough two week Flight Screening Program. Worse, he was a “screamer” while in the cockpit. I reluctantly became the first cadet in my 200 man group to request an IP change. They assigned me a guy only 3 years older than me who had something like 2,000 hours in light planes. His introduction went something like this: “Cadet McGee, nice to meet ya, my name’s “Snake” Earwood. I understand you changed IPs...let’s just say quietly that guy is a jerk so don’t sweat it, we’ll get you through this program.” I flew fighters for 20 years and am now a Jetblue captain...all because of him. I just happened to chance upon a list of new hire pilots at Jetblue and saw that a Gerald Earwood had passed, and I knew it had to be him though I hadn’t seen him since I left Lackland back in 1985. Would love to have met up with him again and had him as a First Officer and thanked him again in person. Godspeed “Snake”, you were the best.

Daniel Ghera

November 13, 2018

It was a pleasure to know Gerald and to fly together when we were at Midwest Airlines. I wish his family well and want to offer the encouragement that Gerald had the assurance of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ and is now in eternity with Him. Cherish in his memory.

Jon and Shelly Davis

November 11, 2018

Carla and family- So sorry to hear about Gerald. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. We will always remember the great times we had at SOSU and the marvelous ski trips with you and Gerald. We treasure the friendship and the many memories! Take care.

Jim Kaiser

November 11, 2018

SO sad to hear of Gerald's passing. During our early days sharing a crash pad at Midwest Express, he and cousin Jon always made life more fun. Condolences to his family.

Josie Ortiz

November 10, 2018

Heaven has called home one of earths finest of God's creations. Gerald had the most approachable personalities, a warm smile was on his kind face always. I was blessed to have flown with him at Midwest Express Airlines for years. I remember how he handled 911, the guy was a force to be proud of.

Grant Hilliard

November 9, 2018

Gerald was one of the first friends that I made when our family moved to Calallen. I have fond memories of those days with Gerald. Activities which began with riding mini bikes in the neighborhood and followed with years football practices and games. Gerald and I exchanged letters via "slow mail" when I moved away from Calallen for a year. I was so looking forward to seeing Gerald at our next class reunion. Knowing that Gerald had accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, I will now look forward to a reunion with Gerald some day in paradise. Seeing all the pictures and comments posted it clear that Gerald was a good husband, father, employee and a friend to many. What a great guy! I pray that God will comfort and give peace to the Earwood family.

Jack Bessett

November 8, 2018

Gerald and I were friends from 1st grade till we graduated high school at Calallen. We played sports together along with his younger brother Mark. Gerald was always good spirited and a bundle of fun. We lost touch after we all separated and went our ounces ways but my childhood friends are always in my thoughts and prayers. Prayers to the family in this time of sorrow. Gerald you will be missed, until we meet again.

Toni Higgins

November 8, 2018

Many of us former Midwest Pilots and Flight Attendants were in New York on September 11 and spent several days there. When we were finally dispatched to leave LGA, I knew we were in good hands when I looked in the cockpit and saw that Gerald was our Captain. I couldn't think of a more professional, caring person to bring us all home to reunite with our families and loved ones.

Rest in peace.

Victoria Rowland

November 8, 2018

Carla,
I still remember you walking away from your wedding service as you climbed in the plane with your soulmate. My heart hurts for you and your children. While years go by so fast please know that we will always be bound by a friendship that marches through time. I know you have a unwavering faith in God . Lean on His arms now and I am lifting you up in prayer
Your friend ,
Vicki (Wendt)Rowland

Debbie Nunn

November 7, 2018

I was lucky enough to have flown with Gerald on many occasions at Midwest. He always had a smile on his face, and kind words to say about everyone.
Whenever I saw his name on my schedule I would smile, knowing I was in for a good flight. He made every trip fun with his great sense of humor, and sharp wit, and I always felt safe with him at the controls. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very sad and difficult time. Gerald was one of a kind and will be missed by many.