United States Air Force Major Michael L. Spaight was honored today by many friends and family from in and around Greenville as he was laid to rest near Cash, Texas.
Michael served as a pilot during the Korean Conflict as a pilot of a F-84 Thunder Jet during the three-year conflict between 1950 and 1953. He flew many other planes, many that are on display at Barksdale Air Force Base near Shreveport, Louisiana. Michael went on to serve almost ten years active duty before transferring to the Air Force Reserve and the Texas Air National Guard.
Spaight’s son, Kevin, said Michael would have been content to stay in Kansas but one winter in 1961 almost 17-inches of snow was dropped on Wichita. A small company in Greenville (many know it as Temco) contacted him and after shoveling snow to get out of the driveway then again to get back in Michael moved his family to Greenville in just two weeks after being called to the “bomber plant”.
Michael never met a stranger and was at home at the Market Square restaurant or later on at Rubie’s Cafe on the square. He took part in the Hunt County Honor Guard as well as the Patriot Guard. He was a flight instructor and many in the area learned to fly under his tutelage. Michael was upset in 2004 that many veterans depended upon a tape of a bugler playing Taps during the final service. Michael bought a bugle and taught himself how to play Taps for veterans and first responders at their funerals. Finally, in his last years you would find Mike driving the Citizens on Patrol car to events in and around Greenville.
Members of the Patriot Guard, Friends at the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and Hunt County Honor Guard were stationed along the walk way to Major Spaight’s final resting place in Hunt County.