Robert C. Conway
Lt. Col. Robert Colhoun "Bobby" Conway, USAF, Ret., 87, loving father and grandfather, died Tuesday, September 2, 2013 at St. Dominic Hospital. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 5, 2013 at St. James Episcopal Church, 3921 Oakridge Drive in Jackson. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday at the church. Lt. Col. Conway was born on December 29, 1925 in Vicksburg, the son of the late Eustace and Stella Conway. A 1943 graduate of Carr Central High School in Vicksburg, he continued his education at Mississippi State University and Georgia Tech, where he studied chemical engineering. While attending Mississippi State, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. In 1966, he received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In 1944, Lt. Col. Conway joined the U.S. Army
during World War II
, becoming an aviator and flying the P-51 fighter plane. He began serving in the USAF when it became an entity in 1947, flying the B-47 and B-52. In 1952, he was transferred to Strategic Air Command. Lt. Col. Conway served in 96th Bomb Wing. He served a one year tour of duty in Vietnam as an SAC Intelligence Officer in Saigon. For his service, Lt. Col. Conway was awarded the Bronze Star
and retired from the USAF in 1975. In 1951, Lt. Col. Conway married the former Ann Loper of Meridian, and during his tenure in the military, enjoyed spending summer leaves with his family at his childhood home on Eagle Lake north of Vicksburg. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Meridian, and in 1986 returned to Jackson where they were longtime communicants of St. James Episcopal Church. An avid golfer, he was a member of Colonial Country Club. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Ann Loper Conway; brothers, John Armstead Conway and Eustace Conway Jr., and sister, Stella Conway Fisher. Survivors include his daughter, Ruth Conway Fly and his son, Robert C. Conway, Jr., both of Ridgeland; grandchildren, Ann Elizabeth Fly Howard and her husband Sam of Madison; Virginia Conway "Ginny" Fly of Ridgeland; great granddaughter Posey O'Neal Howard and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box, 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. The family would like to thank the doctors and medical staff at St. Dominic Hospital for their care and compassion.