Once Avery's squadron took off during a storm on a mission from Thornbrough AFB, Cold Bay, Alaska to drop a live atomic bomb in the ocean for a test.
They lost two engines on take-off, so the commander circled back and set the plane down, locking the brakes.
She was an adventurer, made friends throughout the world, and always had a travel bag close at hand.
He flew many missions from Arizona and then transferred to Spokane, Washington to work on B-36 bombers. Don immediately enrolled in Texas Technological College in Lubbock in September, 1954 receiving 0 a month on the GI Bill. At that time there were 3,400 students enrolled at Texas Tech and half were veterans.
He served as President of the Lake Houston Area Pachyderm Club, and as an officer in their state and national organizations.
Working summers, nights and weekends, Pete earned a M. In 1994, Pete retired from a 20 year career in sales and management with AAA, turning his attention to civic involvement and volunteerism.
Her family includes: son Steve Sims, daughter-in-law Kathy Sims, grandkids Austin and Conner Sims; her son Brad Sims; her son Kevin Sims, grandkids Roland, Pippa, and Lillian Sims; her stepson Lee Greer, daughter-in-law Ellen Greer, granddaughter Katherine Greer; her stepson Andy Greer; her stepson Russell Greer, and daughter-in-law Shelley Greer. ''Bob'' Avery and Elsie Roach Avery, arriving on this earth one mile south and 1 1/4 miles west of Whitharral, Texas in a half dugout during a flood on April 18, 1931. He learned young how to make a hand on the family farm, working before and after school each day.
Arrangements for Donald Ray Avery, 85, of Whitharral, Texas who passed from this life at a Levelland, Texas hospital on Saturday, December 24, 2016 will be held at pm on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at Krestridge Funeral Home Chapel, Levelland, Tx. Don graduated from Whitharral schools in 1948 after eleven years of education, skipping the fifth grade.
When it stopped, the plane was less than ten yards from the ocean cliff.