Charles R. Askew
Graveside service for Charles R. Askew, 80, of Decatur will be today, November 8, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery with David Holmes officiating and Roselawn Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Askew died Saturday, November 5, 2011. He was born September 25, 1931, in Dothan to William Henry Askew III and Ruby Flowers Jones Askew. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be missed dearly.
He married Joanna Martin in 1952. Family was incredibly important to him, and he was known by all as a very loving family man.
Charles graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering from Northrop Aeronautical Institute in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1955. He worked for NASA at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville from 1959 until his retirement in 1992. He began his career with NASA working on the Saturn V rocket as a technical advisor of construction. He continued his career as the manager of program planning and control for the Hubble Space and Chandra telescope programs. Charles was also an Army veteran of the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Joanna Askew; one son, Charles Ray Askew Jr. and wife, Carlene, of Priceville; three daughters, Claudia Parker of Decatur, Catherine Askew of Huntsville and Carol Askew Woods and husband, Mike, of Melbourne, Fla.; his brother, Joseph Askew of Calera; and six grandchildren, Katy, Rachel and Margaret Parker, Anna and Charles Addison Askew, and Nick Woods.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry and Ruby Flowers Askew; two brothers, Bill and Pitt Askew; and one sister, Anne Flaherty.
Pallbearers will be Charles Ray Askew Jr., Charles Addison Askew, Mike Woods, David Manthey, Ken Wallick, Jim Gillikin, Eugene Yarbrough and Jeremy Yarbrough.
Memorials may be made to the or the Community Free Clinic of Decatur.
This obituary was originally published in the Decatur Daily.