BETHEL â€” A memorial service for Robert Phillip Michaels Jr., 88, of Bethel, who died Monday, July 17, 2005, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 22, in Bethel United Methodist Church.
A native of Morrisville, Mr. Michaels was reared in Roxboro, where he was a member of St. Markâ€™s Episcopal Church.
He attended the University of North Carolina.
He was a U. S. Army veteran, having served from 1941 to 1945. He was drafted just before World War II and elected to apply for flight training from which he attained rating of single engine pilot. As a fighter pilot he was assigned to the 530th Fighter Squadron. With his squadron he was assigned to China-Burma-India as protector from Japanese attacks of the transport air route from India to China.
He was awarded the United States Army Distinguished Flying Cross. He also received the China War Memorial Medal and Chinese Air Force Pilot Wings from the Republic of China and an Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters for combat service in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. He retired from the U. S. Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Mr. Michaels was associated with Venable Tobacco Co. in Durham for a number of years before joining A.C. Monk and Co. in Farmville, from which he retired as senior vice president after 30 years with the company.
He had served as a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church official board, the Pitt County Development Commission, and Pitt County Morehead Scholarship selection committee.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Margaret Martin (Brownie) Michaels; two daughters, Margaret M. Michaels and husband, Mark Tull, of Greenville and Gail M. Sapp of Kenansville; two sons, R. Phillip Michaels III and wife, Gail, of St. Louis, Mo. and Dr. R. Gregory Michaels and wife, Ana Maria Linares, of Alexandria, Va.; nine grandchildren, Meg Rauch, Zachary Michaels, Christopher Brock, Caroline Brock, Kevin Sapp, Ethan Sapp, Katie Michaels, Daniela Michaels, and Martin Michaels; and a great grandchild, Juliet Carol Rauch.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Walker-Ayers Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Bethel UMC, P.O. Box 207, Bethel, NC 27812 or to St. Markâ€™s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 661, Roxboro, NC 27573.
Published in the Roxboro-Courier Times on 20 July 2005