A Fulton Pilot's Legacy Lives On

8 years 7 months 3 days ago Thursday, May 12 2011 May 12, 2011 Thursday, May 12, 2011 4:56:00 PM CDT May 12, 2011 in News
By: Michael Gossum
loading

FULTON - Planes and a grin. That's how many people remember Sam Robertson's life.

"Sam took me up about as high as you could go, and as we circled we got higher and higher, just above the clouds, and he looks at me with that big grin, and says welcome to my office," said his mother Carol Robertson.

From early in his life, Sam Robertson, always wanted to be a pilot.

"It made it easy to get birthday gifts, just buy him a certificate for flight time," said Carol Robertson.

Sam said he wanted to be a pilot. So he was already focused at age 6, kind of knowing, not kind of, he knew what he was wanting to do when he got out of high school and went on to college," said former Coach Darrell Davis.

Family friend Wayne Chailland was with him the first time he flew a plane.

"We flew around for a short period of time, and I turned around and looked at Sam, and said would you like to fly? He said, really, yea! His dad was in the back, I saw his fists clench a little bit," said Chailland.

Chailland helped start the Kingdom Pilots Association scholarship program for high school students who were interested in flying.

Sam Robertson was the first recipient of this scholarship, and Sam's career took flight from there.

Robertson attended the Air Force Academy, trained in Texas, where he won three out of four awards given at graduation.

Later, he was stationed in England. This would be the last place he would fly a plane.

July 7th is a date Robertson's parents will never forget for all the wrong reasons.

Yea, we've got a lot of grief in our lives. This has been the most difficult year, I've ever had to face," said Carol.

Sam was at a bible study in England with his wife when he died suddenly, because of a small tumor in his brain.

Just before he passed, commenting on the bible study, he gave his wife words of comfort.

"But you know God's always in control, he sees the big picture when we can't, and he's always going to do what's best for us,"?said his mother about what Robertson said.

His mother said it was a tough night, but is thankful it didn't happen in the air.

"If it had happened while he was flying, and we never would have known what killed him, what caused the crash, there could've been ground casualties. There would have been a black mark on his record. You know we're just so thankful it happened when and where it did," said his mother.

This year the KPA decided to name the scholarship in his honor.

Now maybe, someone else will get the chance to soar, just like Sam.

 

More News

Grid
List
COOPER COUNTY - A company from Illinois was brought in for the continued search for the body of Mengqi Ji... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 11:11:00 AM CST December 13, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA- Columbia police arrested one man Thursday in connection with the December 9 homicide at Welcome Inn. According to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 9:51:00 AM CST December 13, 2019 in Top Stories
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The House Judiciary Committee has approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The charges now go... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 9:27:00 AM CST December 13, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The magic tree is a bit more magical on Friday. The Columbia tradition is being tailor-made for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 3:50:00 AM CST December 13, 2019 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - School and city officials predict upwards of 10,000 people will visit Columbia this weekend for graduation ceremonies at... More >>
1 day ago Friday, December 13 2019 Dec 13, 2019 Friday, December 13, 2019 3:27:00 AM CST December 13, 2019 in News
COOPER COUNTY - Crews searching for missing woman Mengqi Ji Elledge have cleared debris obstructing the search area and have... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:28:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
MORGAN COUNTY -- A judge ruled the Garden of Health Clinic doesn't need a license to openate, ending a nearly... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 7:12:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Better Business Bureau is projecting a nearly 8% increase from 2018 to 2019 in scams pertaining to... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 5:36:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- Back-to-back administrative changes have shaken things up at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School. Just yesterday, principal Gwenn Roche... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:24:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
BOONE COUNTY – Almost a year later and no arrests have been made since Melissa Peskey was found dead in... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:01:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
MILLER COUNTY - Three people were arrested on Wednesday and taken to the Miller County Jail on drug charges. ... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:47:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorneys involved in a lawsuit against the University of Missouri over an open records request are seeking $345,000... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 2:17:13 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A second man is in custody in connection with a shooting at a Kansas bar that... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:56:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Parents are now able to see exactly how much Missouri schools are spending on their children, as part... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 1:21:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
UNITED STATES - U.S. regulators are setting up a new three-digit number to reach a suicide prevention hotline in order... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:58:32 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – The Paris Road ramp onto southbound U.S. 63 will be closed from 11 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m.... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:42:00 PM CST December 12, 2019 in News
MOKANE - Christopher Sanford will now be able to move around more easily, after teachers at South Callaway School District... More >>
2 days ago Thursday, December 12 2019 Dec 12, 2019 Thursday, December 12, 2019 3:00:00 AM CST December 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Court documents in the case of a man involved in a shooting that left an 18-year-old woman dead... More >>
2 days ago Wednesday, December 11 2019 Dec 11, 2019 Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:33:00 PM CST December 11, 2019 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 27°
9pm 29°
10pm 28°
11pm 27°
12am 27°