Captain Donald Cyrus Addison, 79, USCG (Ret.), passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness, on Aug. 8, 2013, in Mobile, Ala. Captain Addison served in the Coast Guard both enlisted and then as an officer for over 33 years, including active duty during the Vietnam War. Addison was Coast Guard Aviator number 982 and received his wings on July 16, 1963. Among Addison"s many awards are the Distinguished Flying Cross for the perilous rescue of seven crewmen from a burning tugboat off the coast of North Carolina in treacherous weather conditions on Dec. 22, 1971, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal for assisting a pilot in finding two persons from a hunting party who had been swept into the icy waters of Dungeness Bay, Wash., on Jan. 30, 1965, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal while serving as ship/helicopter project officer at the USCG Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Ala., from May 1975-September 1976. Addison flew helicopters, C-130s, and the HU-16, sometimes called the Albatross or the Goat. He was a pilot for search and rescue and was instrumental in saving many lives. In 1983, President Reagan commended Addison for his investigative work in identifying the "Unsung Hero" of the Air Florida plane-crash accident on Jan. 13, 1982. Captain Donald Cyrus Addison was born on July 4, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Survivors include his wife, Lois Hue Addison of Mobile; children, Dawn McKinney (Thomas) of Daphne, Ala., Donald Addison of Mobile, Cheryl Bullock (John) of Pascagoula, Miss., Pamela Holberg of Mobile, John Addison (Leslie) of Mobile, Kristen McVeay of Morgan City, La., and James Addison of Daytona Beach, Fla.; brother, Ronald Addison (Jamie) of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; along with 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Captain Addison is preceded in death by wife, Carmencita Bernardo Addison; mother, Edna Herbert Blick; father, Cyrus Clarence Addison; nephew, Richard Addison; sisters, Marianne Addison Turner and Thelma Addison Limle.
A Memorial Mass, to be officiated by the Rev. Matthew O"Connor, at Christ the King Church in Daphne, has been scheduled for at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Catholic Charities. The family of Captain Donald Cyrus Addison wishes to thank the loving care provided by Lynwood Nursing Home and Alacare Hospice.
Arrangements entrusted to Ascension Funerals & Cremation, Mobile, Ala.