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JAMES L. POYNOR SR., 91, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at The Cedars Retirement Home, Leo, Ind., after a lengthy illness. Born in 1922, in McKees port, Pa., he was the second son of the late Thomas and Margaret (Turner) Poynor and one of eight siblings. After graduating from McKees port High School in 1940, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943 as an aviation cadet. After receiving his "wings", he was stationed at Kimbolton Air Base, England, with the 379th Bomb Wing and flew 34 combat missions in Europe as a B-17 pilot. After the war, he married Grace Marjorie Heintz in McKeesport in 1945. He continued serving in the Air Force working in military police, special investigations, and counterintelligence, serving at various locations including Guam, England, Korea and several bases in the United States. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1972, his last assignment being Commander, 4500th Security Police Squadron at Langley AFB, Va. The family first retired to Orlando, Fla., later moved to Pisgah Forest, N.C. then eventually to Harlan to be close to family. He is survived by two sons, James L. Poynor Jr. of Orlando, Fla. and Robert (Sandra) Poynor of Deatsville, Ala.; daughter, Marjorie Poynor of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; three sisters, Nell Haynie of Harlan, and Fanny Bunting and Mae Castle, both of Hicksville, Ohio; niece, Maggie (Mendall) Campbell of Harlan; and many other nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his wife in 2007. Memorial service is 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at The Cedars, Leo, Ind., with visitation one hour before the service. Burial services will be private and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402 or online at www.mightyeighth.org. Arrangements by Hockemeyer Funeral Home, Harlan, Ind.
Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Oct. 8, 2013