Stephen Boozer Lt.Col. (Ret) USAF, 74, unexpectedly took his final flight on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at his residence in Fort Worth, Texas. Upon graduation from the School of Aeronautical Engineering at Auburn University, he began a 20- year career with the Air Force. A pilot, he spent most of those years flying KC-135 aircraft. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Steve continued his love of flying and began a second career as a commercial airline pilot with Southwest Airlines. Flying until the FAA mandated retirement age, Capt. Boozer continued with Southwest as an instructor in their Pilot Training Center. Stephen is survived by his wife of 50 years, Peggy Boozer (nee' Entrekin), his daughter Stacey Boozer Cribbin of St Louis, MO, his son Brannon William Boozer of Katy, TX, and four wonderful granddaughters: Taylor Anne, Paige Danielle, Madison Claire, and Layne Elizabeth Cribbin. Additional special family members Michael Kniepman (Stacey) and Jack Schwarze (Paige) both of St Louis, MO. A native of Jacksonville, Alabama, Steve was preceded in death by his parents James Vernon Boozer and Ethelyn Boozer Peak. His grandparents, Lawrence and Mamie Boozer were lifelong residents of Pleasant Valley, Alabama. Steve loved sunsets and gin gimlets, dinner and drinks with friends, family gatherings by the outdoor fireplace, and last, but not least, flying in the left seat of a Boeing 737. Following a brief service with military honors, Steve will be at rest at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that, in remembrance, a contribution to your favorite charity
, and a toast at sundown to a life well-lived.