Recently Col. James E. Gilliland, Ret. USAF presented John P. Brooks his retirement flag that flew over Pearl Harbor in his honor in 1984. Colonel Gilliland is a highly decorated U.S. Air Force pilot. He flew 100 missions over Vietnam from 1967-1968 and was awarded the Air Medal, the Legion of Merit, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and a Distinguished Flying Cross from W.W. II.
Mr. Brooks said, “Today will be one of my most memorable days as an American. I had the privilege of meeting a true United States hero. I cannot believe he honored me with his retirement flag. I have placed the flag in its case, and a photo of Col. Gilliland flying his RF-4C on the mantle of the fireplace in the funeral home.”
The Colonel has asked Mr. Brooks to personally escort his casket to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. at the time of his death. He explained that after carefully researching Dallas area funeral homes, he chose North Dallas Funeral Home because of their experience with burials at Arlington National Cemetery and their outstanding reputation in the community.
Mr. Brooks said, “Knowing his retirement flag was a ‘one of a kind’ and a great treasure to the Colonel, I was awed at his presentation. He said he was presenting it to me as his “Thank You” in advance. I hope that everyone who comes into my Business will see it and know that I am proud to be a citizen of the greatest country on earth.
Just a quick note to say how nice it was to have met you and to work with you in supporting the JRoyston Brown family during the time of his home going.
You and your staff did an excellent job for the funeral, for which I’m sure all of us are grateful.
Thursday afternoon at the National Cemetery was a hot afternoon. I almost went down with the heat, as well as the lack of water, prior to that service. I apologize I almost embarrassed all of us and I would have, ifl had totally collapsed.
Even though I did not finish my remarks, I sense we did close on the high note with TAPS. Thanks again, Frank. Let’s stay in contact and ifl can assist you further, please let me know.
With Warm Christian Friendship,
Gil A. Stricklin, Sr.
CH (COL) USA, Ret.
Thank you so much so much your guidance an help with mom’s funeral arrangements. As much as I really dislike the whole funeral industry, I was very pleased to meet you and work with you. We were very impressed with your sincerity, professionalism and low-key approach.
We were very happy with the way everything worked out.
thank you so much for helping with the services for my mom, Renee’ Dyer. Your kindness is much appreciated.
The family of Charlie Elkins-Maria Zarate
I am so grateful to you for doing such a great job with Charlie’s funeral. You made it look flawless and I will add the memory that you created for me in my heart where they will stay forever. I loved the honor guards and Charlie would have too.
Once again, Thank you for taking such good care of me.
Marty Elkins 2017
Frank DeNeale was entrusted to handle our beloved daughter Brenda’s final needs.
If she had been his own he could not have been more attentive to details.
Your made this journey for us one filled with care & compassion bearable.
With sincere gratitude, Thank You for all you have done.
On behalf of my family I ant to tell you how much we appreciated your handling of my husband’s funeral, along with your staff.
Our limousine driver was early, so very kind and obviously has done many military funerals. I do not remember his name, but you may.
I would recommend your services in a minute.
The Cummings Family
I can not express how much we appreciate all you did for us. You went above and beyond in
helping us during this difficult time in our lives. Many, many, many thanks from our family.
The Family of Patrick Adie Reed.