Charles Clement Knapp, 80, of Daytona Beach, Florida passed in peace on April 11, 2014, at the Emory L. Bennett Memorial Veterans Nursing Home. He was born in Waynesboro, Virginia on February 21, 1934 to the late Paul and Marie Knapp. He graduated from St. Elizabeth's Catholic High School and attended the University of Delaware. On April 16, 1956 he married Lucy Sorbara of Wilmington, Delaware. He was an ambassador of the Air Force overseas as a Cadet Captain in the Civil Air Patrol, a pilot, an Air Traffic Controller and ATC instructor at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, OK, a member of the Quiet Birdmen aviation organization, and proud patriot and US Air Force veteran. He had retired from the Federal Aviation Administration. Charles is survived by his children, Charles (Cyndi) Knapp of Williamsburg, VA, Catherine (Chris) Knapp-Cook of Mt. Crawford, VA, Joanne Knapp of Sandy Springs, GA, Alexis Ramer of St. Petersburg, FL, and Jennifer (Jim) Crock of Ormond Beach, FL; Brother Ralph Knapp of Virginia Beach, VA, sisters Winifred Stone of Wilmington, DE, Theresa Walston of Virginia Beach, VA, Leora Mora of Virginia Beach, VA, Margaret Glenn of Newark, DE; twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Charles is preceded in death by his son Geoffrey Glenn Knapp; brothers Robert of Raleigh, NC and Joseph of Wilmington, DE and sister Anna Dische of Claymont, DE. Charles will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His singular humor and quips brightened the day of anyone he encountered, friend and stranger alike. He enjoyed flying, air shows, QB's, boating, golfing, model airplane building, cameras and photography, cooking, trains, dogs, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, FL and Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL at a date to be determined. Memorial donations may be made to Florida Hospital Hospice-Care or to Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Ormond Beach, FL. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Apr. 18, 2014