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Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags in Washington County to be flown at half-staff on Sunday, March 7, in honor First Lieutenant Scot Wayne Ames Jr.

Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Sunday, March 7.

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents in Washington County to lower their flags to half-staff in memory of First Lieutenant Ames Jr.

Ames Jr., 24, of Pekin, died Friday, February 19, 2021 as part of the 50th Flying Training Squadron in Columbus, MS.

He was one of two pilots who lost their lives when their T-38C Talon crashed during a training mission to Tallahassee, FL.

He was born in Honolulu, HI on April 8, 1996 at Tripler Medical Center, and he grew up in Pekin.

He attended Eastern High School, graduating in 2014. While in high school, he excelled at football and baseball. He also graduated with academic and technical honors.

Additionally, he attended Prosser Vocational School for aviation where he received his private pilot’s license in 2014.

Then, he attended Indiana State University (2014 to 2018) where he was a leader for the ROTC program as the 218th Cadet Wing Commander and a Cadet Training Assistant (CTA) during the summer before his senior year.

He s survived by his wife Audra Dial Ames of West Point, MS; his mother Ginger Bailey Ames and father Scot Wayne Ames Sr. of Pekin; his sister Courtni (Zach) LaDuke, nieces Felicity and Gwen, and nephew Evan of Borden; his grandmother Lyla Dianne McLean of New Albany; his grandfather George W. Bailey Jr. of Madison; his grandparents Gerald and Patricia Ames of Henryville, IN; and his great-grandparents Doris and Emmett Wycoff of Otisco.

Funeral arrangements will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 7 at Eastern High School with burial to follow at New Chapel Cemetery 6762 S. Bloomington Trail Road in Underwood. 

Military Honors and the Military Fly Over will be conducted in collaboration with the Columbus Air Force Base Honor Guard and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard.

Visitation will be after Noon on Sunday at Eastern High School Gymnasium.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Fallen Wings Foundation, Lt Scot Wayne Ames Jr Memorial at www.fallenwingsfoundation.org/merch/lt-scot-ames-jr-memorial or c/o Adams Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 209 S. Ferguson St., Henryville, IN 47126.