Chuck was born in Laurel, Mississippi; but he lived an itinerate life with his father in the military. He often stayed with his grandmother and came to Christ at an early age at her knee. Chuck chose to go into the Air Force through West Point since The Air Force Academy had not yet graduated their first class. He graduated from West Point in 1958. Chuck had his choice of three bases at which to train to be an instructor pilot and providentially chose Craig A.F.B. where he met Barbara. They married in December of 1958. After two years as an instructor pilot in Laredo, Texas, Chuck was chosen to be an Olmstead Scholar. At that time, it was difficult to get a degree in Europe because it was thought that Americans had an inferior education to Europeans. Chuck thought that after studying something for two years the Air Force would expect him to have a degree, so he went to the Belgian embassy in Washington, D.C. and met a professor who promised him a degree if he would study in the area in which he taught and if he passed the Oral Examination. So, Chuck moved to Belgium, studied Theoretical Atomic and Nuclear Science, in French, passed the Oral Examination, and got his degree. While in Belgium he flew with the Belgium Air Force. Chuck served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, but he was not a typical fighter pilot. His call sign was, “Straight lace,” and on his Helmet he had the words, “For me to live is Christ.” Other assignments included: base commander at Kwan Ju A.F.B. Korea, and Base commander at Williams A.F.B. Arizona. When he retired from the Air Force after 23 years, he went to U.T. and got a PHD in Operations Research. He then taught at Texas State for 20 years. Texas State gave him a leave of absence for four years to serve as the first civilian dean of the Air War College at Maxwell A.F.B., in Montgomery, Alabama. Chuck had the privilege of filling the pulpit at Fellowship Bible Church New Braunfels many times. Chuck passed into glory on December 17th, 2022 - exactly 2 years after his sister Debbie passed away on the same day. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Barbara; sons Craig, Charles, and Chris, and three grandchildren: Naomi, Nathan, and Andrew. We will greatly miss you, Chuck.
There will be a Memorial Service held at the Fellowship Bible Church in New Braunfels, TX on Thursday, December 22, 2022 at 1:00 PM.