Fallen Hero: Lt. Col. Robert D. (David) Scales


Funeral Home

Stephens Funeral Home of Meridian

2800 Old North Hills Street` Meridian, MS 39305
(601) 483-2206


January 30, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Stephens Funeral Home of Meridian
2800 Old North Hills Street`
Meridian, MS 39305


January 31, 2020

11:00 AM
Druid Hills Methodist Church
3565 State Blvd
Meridian, MS 39305


January 31, 2020

2:00 PM
Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery
258 Honors Circle
Newton, MS 39345


Lt. Col. Robert D. “Dave” Scales

April 7, 1947 ~ January 27, 2020 (age 72)

Another great Airman and Fallen Hero has passed from our ranks on 27Jan20.  Lt. Col (LTC) Dave Scales, age 72, a retired member of the MS Air National Guard who had served within the 186th Air Refueling Wing, where he served as a pilot, safety officer, and flight instructor has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country giving up their family time, comfort and safety for their country ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur still remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.   Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.  You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels.  May God continue look over you and your family.  “Stand At Rest Airman”


Funeral services for Lt. Col. Robert D. “Dave” Scales will be held Friday at 11am at Druid Hills Methodist Church. Burial will follow at 2pm at Mississippi Veterans Cemetery in Newton. Stephens Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.

Lt. Col. Scales, 72, of Collinsville, was retired from the MS Air National Guard where he served as a pilot, safety officer and flight instructor during his tour of duty. He also was an Amateur Radio Operator (HAM) and loved anything electronic. He constructed his own ham radio and was very active providing emergency communications during disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. He enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves and was avid Gunsmoke fan. He loved life, his family and was a most devoted father to his children, grandfather and husband to Beverly for 50 years.

Along with his wife, survivors include his children Dr. Charles Webb Scales (Theresa) of Ponte Vedro, FL, Suzanne Scales Rutherford (Robert) of Jackson, MS; grandchildren Gregory James Scales, George Nelson Rutherford, Margaret Elizabeth Rutherford along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dr. James Webb Scales and Dorothy Scales; brothers James Webb Scales Jr., Arthur Paul Scales and sister Joyce Scales Orr.

Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home.