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Celebrating the life of

David ‘Dave’ Warren Hargett, (Major Ret) AK ANG

October 26, 1950 - May 07, 2021

David ‘Dave’ Warren Hargett, (Major Ret) AK ANG

HARGETT, David ‘Dave’ Warren Hargett, (Major Ret) AK ANG

Dave died peacefully at home on May 7, 2021 with his wife Georgie by his side, following a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dave was born at Barksdale AFB, Bossier City Louisiana on October 10, 1950.  He was the second son of the late James and Geneva Hargett.   He graduated USAF Pilot Training for the Alaska Air National Guard in November 1972 and after some time in the C-123 qualified as C-130 Aircraft Commander in 1976.  Before retiring 22 years later in 1993, Dave flew many missions all around the world, including humanitarian, combat and USO assignments, earning many decorations, commendations, and campaign ribbons as an Airlift Pilot. 

He continued his love of aviation by flying for Northern Air Cargo, Zantop International Airlines and Emery Worldwide Airlines, as well as some miscellaneous Bureau assignments.  In 2003 Dave joined the FAA in Birmingham Alabama as an Operations Inspector and after moving to Savannah, GA in 2018 was forced to retire in September 2020 due to his ill health.

Dave is survived by Georgina, his wife of 28 years, Stepdaughter Sally Jewell-Allain (Richard), Stepson Phillip Jewell (Jennifer) four grandchildren and his siblings, James, Susan, Chris, Janet, Linda, and John. In accordance with Dave’s wishes there will not be a service at this time.  He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Georgina extends a sincere thanks to the nurses and caregivers of St joseph/Candler Home Health Care and to Kindred Hospice.

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After reading Dave’s obituary made me realize just how humble he was too, so many accomplishments in his full life & I'm so honored to say I had the pleasure of spending time with both you & Dave, you know we’re here for you Georgie, so very sorry for your loss but I continue to be in awe of your strength this past year. Sending you Much Love Louise Ed & family.

- louise limbach, Savannah, GA

Love you both . I cannot express enough the impact of a stop at a yard sale and meeting you both has had on my life .Two of the greatest people I have had the pleasure to meet anywhere in this world . I will never forget who showed up first to make sure we had what we needed not even 48 hours after our house fire. You two, grand kids and Zena . Dave definitely will be missed .#BRAVERIFLES

- RICK EVANS, Pooler, GA

We are so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. We know he put up a gallant fight and glad he is no longer suffering. He was a great neighbor for over 15 years in Helena and I am glad I got to speak with him a few weeks ago. He had a great career and we know you were both proud of his many awards and accolades. Thanks for keeping us informed Georgie and know we are thinking of you during these difficult times. Peace be with you. Tom and Mic Warren

- Tom Warren & Michelle Warren, Ashville, Alabama

Georgina and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

- Claudia Welch, Savannah, Ga

I am so sorry to hear about Dave. I spoke with him a few times and he was truly a kind person to talk with. May the Lord give you grace during this trying time.

- Douglas Turner, Lexington, NC

I want to send prayers to the Hargett Family. I worked with Dave for many years in the FAA. He was a great person to work with.

- Melissa Elder, Louisville, KY

HARGETT family, Please accept my deepest condolences and know Jehovah God loves you and can restore your spirits, give you peace, and strengthen you. Jehovah compassion will not fail. The Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort. who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4. Read Psalm 34:18. I am so sorry for your loss. I will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers.

- Karen Duffy (co-worker), Kissimmee, FL

Georgiana, Dave was one of the smartest Inspectors that I have had the pleasure to work with. I am deeply sadden by his passing. My prayers and thoughts are with your family.

- PatBruce, Vesavia HIlls, AL

Georgie, there aren’t enough words to express how we feel about you and Dave. Dave was a great friend and I look forward to our reunion at Gate four. You know if you need anything we are available. I will go to Arlington just let me know when. God has you in His hands.

- Corky and Patty Smith, Anniston, Alabama

I have tried to write my condolences for the past hour. It's so hard to explain just how much Dave and Georgie impacted my life. So I am going to just say Thank you Dave for all the time you gave to others, and for being my friend. You are missed, and remembered fondly. I love you both.

- Joanne Parysek, Pelham, Alabama

Dave was a friend from our days in the Air Guard together. I lost contact with him a few years ago unfortunately but have fond memories of demolition derby days in Eagle River with Mike Leahy. My condolences to you Georgina, his family and many friends around the globe. Rest in Peace.

- Mike Surgenor, Glendale, Ky

Always enjoyed working with Dave whether flying with him or later providing Intel briefs, he always had a sense of humor and was willing to work through issues! A good man!! My condolences to all, he will be missed!

- Chuck Moore, Gillette, WY

Georgie, I'm so glad you were able to find me and that Dave and I were able to have, what turned out to be our last conversation together. As mentioned by many of Dave’s and your friends, co workers and fellow volunteers, Dave was very caring. Shortly after I arrived in Anchorage in Oct 1980, Dave offered me a place to stay on his couch, as I'd begun a job working with Dave and had only arrived in town with literally a few dollars. This short stay turned into three years, by which time Dave and I had flown together many times with Dave as the Aircraft Commander in the Alaska Air Guard's Hercs of the 144th TAS, Kulis ANGB. I can say I’ve slept on better couches, but ... I've never had a better friend and seldom known a kinder person. Dave was also an excellent pilot, well liked, very knowledgeable and a prolific mainstay of the 144th. He flew all over South & Central America, Europe, the Pacific as well as the lower 48 and the Arctic, supporting the units worldwide mission of airdrop, re-supply and cargo hauling. In his many years of living and flying in Alaska, he'd flown the recip engined, C-123J and the turbo prop, C130E & H Hercules with the Guard as well as DC-6's with Northern Air Cargo. I hadn't intended this as an early flying record of Dave (Davey) Hargett ... but I wanted those friends/co-workers and fellow volunteers, who've known you and Dave, since, your time in Alaska to share an understanding of the impact those years had on him. Dave & I and another good friend, all retired from the AKANG together in the summer of 1995, (Dave and Kit having spent many more years there than me), as we started new chapters in our lives. The news of Dave's premature passing will be a shock to his many friends, co-workers and fellow Guardspeople. Many of us are much the richer for having called Dave a friend. Georgie, you've been everything and more, that Dave could have wanted as his lifelong mate. You’ve stuck with him, nurtured and nursed him through this unthinkable time in both of your lives, giving him the best love and care possible. Please accept Annie’s and my profound condolences over Dave’s loss, and I know you'll take comfort from the lifetime of memories that you both shared. Many of us will do the same. With love, Bob and Anne Provoncha (If I can do anything, please let me know.)

- Bob and Anne provoncha, Skelton, UK

So sad, I’ve missed Dave for many years, often thought of him and our mixed adventures with the Alaska AIr National Guard.

- Gerald “Gerry” Morgan, Anchorage, Alaska

The first thing that came to mind was his smile. Then sadness. He is missed. Condolences to those who knew him best.

- Bruce Morgan, Anchorage, AK

Sorry for your loss John , I never met your brother but I remember how proud your were of him I hope you and your sisters are doing well

- Andy smith, Sherwood, AR

Dear Davey, where to begin trying to explain YOU...my 1st flight with the AK Air Guard was with you as Aircraft Commander. We went to Kodiak and you didn't want a tourist on board but you let me go anyways. It didn't endear me that day, but you became one of my dearest Buddies, (all the guys were my Buddies) but you were the best one. with Provoncha and Lynn Shaw, Judy Corrado, and many more, life was pretty darn fun and good. Those Easter brunches were so much fun and we even got Davey out of those jeans and into a suit. You cleaned up real good. I was so happy for you when I heard you met someone and she changed your life forever. Who goes to Tasmania and meets someone over the phone in Australia and falls in love? Davey does. Im sorry I lost touch but it wasn't for want of looking, we all talked about him now and then, wondered where he is. His name came up again at a reunion with friends just recently, so its a blow hearing this sad news. It sounds like he had a wonderful life and Family with Georgie and I know he was happy. My deepest Condolences to you, Georgie and Family, and if there is anything you need, like old pictures of the "Wild Bunch", please email or call. I'm still in Alaska. Ellen (Forsythe) Lawson; e210wench@aol.com

- Ellen (Forsythe) Lawson, Anchorage, Alaska

Our sincere condolences for you and your family. Dave was one of my favorite Alaska Air Guard members to serve with. We shared a love of our Alaska and the understanding of what a privilege it is to serve our nation. He was a truly remarkable person with a wide-range of interests, ideas, and opinions (which nearly always led to lively conversations). Prayers and blessings for you and your family, now, and in the coming days Georgina.

- Michael Haller, Anchorage, AK

Georgie and family, our hearts go out to you all during this time. We have googled you and Dave many times with no success, but have some great memories. Please know you are in our thoughts! We would love to know when he is interned in Arlington. Love Scot & Vickie Clay

- Scot & Vickie Clay, Anchorage, Alaska

Dear Georgina & Family, my best times with Dave were on many Air Guard deployments, where I flew as his navigator. He was a gifted pilot who always placed the wellbeing of his crew before his own needs. Dave was one of two Aircraft Commanders on our first deployment from Alaska to Africa over the North Pole in 1992. We flew out of Mombasa, Kenya, into the famine villages of Somalia. Emotions ran high as we helped starving locals offload our cargos of food. Back at our hotel each evening, we’d meet by the pool to debrief the day’s events. One evening Dave arrived with several CARE nurses, who were extremely grateful to him and his crew. They had been robbed by their security guards, and had rushed the plane asking for help. Dave welcomed them aboard and flew them to safety, no questions asked. Our sympathies, love and prayers to you and your family.

- George & Mary Lu Cannelos, Buckeye, AZ

It has been many years since I last flew with Dave and for Lynda many years since she last saw him across the counter in personnel but neither of us will forget his ready, goofy smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

- Tom & Lynda Henery, Morrison , Co

So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I knew Dave since 1983 when I first went in the Air National Guard. We flew quite a few missions together over the years. Dave was always there for the Guard and his crews. He was good man and a good pilot. RIP buddy.

- Joe Buli, Anchorage , AK

I am so saddened to hear of Dave's passing. He was a legend and fixture in the 144th Airlift Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, and an all-around good guy. He was a great pilot and a kind human being. He loved teasing me and the other Navigators with Navigator jokes. Here's one regarding aircraft electrical systems and transportation: Q. What's on the Non-Essential Bus? A. The Navigator. I regret that we lost contact over the last several decades, but I thought of Dave often. Georgina, I'm sorry I've never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I'm so glad you had each other in your lives. Condolences to you and the rest of Dave's family.

- Gene Ramsay, White Bear Lake, MN

I am so saddened to hear of Dave's passing. He was a legend and fixture in the 144th Airlift Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, and an all-around good guy. He was a great pilot and a kind human being. He loved teasing me and the other Navigators with Navigator jokes. Here's one regarding aircraft electrical systems and transportation: Q. What's on the Non-Essential Bus? A. The Navigator. I regret that we lost contact over the last several decades, but I thought of Dave often. Georgina, I'm sorry I've never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I'm so glad you had each other in your lives. Condolences to you and the rest of Dave's family.

- Gene Ramsay, White Bear Lake, MN

I first met Davey in the spring of 1980 when he, I and Bob Provoncha decided to add to our incomes by going into the construction business together. Later we came to our senses and decided that aviation was a better career path and our paths unfortunately divided. Davey had a fantastic sense of humor and a dedication to whatever he did. He was also a good friend. I enjoyed not only the time we spent together sitting on a frozen log eating lunch on a job site as well as the time we spent in the cockpit of the Hercules flying for the Alaska Air Guard. Davey is now flying west toward the setting sun as befits an aviator. I would be happy to fly on his wing. My deepest condolences to Georgie and his family.

- Scott Allen, Bellingham, WA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200